My hair has been through the ringer these past two years. From highlights, lowlights, bleach blonde, varying shades of pink, and back to blonde–you better believe I am thanking my lucky stars for the ridiculous resiliency my hair has shown. Of course, just because my hair hasn’t fallen off yet from all the chemicals I’ve forced it to endure doesn’t mean it is without damage! I think my biggest hair concern at the moment has been how dry the ends and mid-strand tend to feel, along with a lack of lustre.
As some of you may know (if you have been reading my blog or following my Twitter or Instagram) I have recently returned to school to finish my degree. As a result, I am on a self-imposed budget and need to watch my spending. This translates into trying to find cheaper alternatives to my favorite expensive beauty products that don’t break the bank but deliver on their promises. In the realm of hair, this means my favorite hair care line (Pureology) is a bit out of my money-league at the moment.
So, with a budget in mind… and a need for a hydrating shampoo & conditioner that isn’t tested on animals… let me introduce to you the ULTA Moisture & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner that I stumbled upon recently. And did I mention that it is sulfate- and paraben-free?? But wait… want to know the best part? You can get both of these together for under $10. (More on that at the end of this post.)
The ULTA Moisture & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner are individually $5.99 USD each with 8 fl oz of product. You can find these in your local ULTA store, or you can search ULTA’s website. (For ease of use, the shampoo is here and the conditioner is here.)
Infused with natural argan oil, ULTA’s Moisture and Shine Shampoo helps restore shine and maintain hair’s essential moisture.
* Sulfate and Paraben-Free
* Gently cleanses and revitalizes without stripping essential moisture
* Argan Oil infuses shine
Get soft and silky hair with ULTA’s Moisture and Shine Conditioner made with Argan Oil.
* Sulfate and Paraben-Free
* Argan Oil and deep conditioners leave hair soft and silky
* UV protectants prolong vibrancy of hair color
I found that the shampoo got a few negative reviews on ULTA’s website, but the conditioner fared pretty well. Honestly, the first thing anyone needs to consider when purchasing a hair care product is what your hair type is, because that will get you started in the right direction. If you know your hair type, you will have an idea of what you need to look for in your hair care products. (Example: If your hair is very curly, you may have a problem with frizz — a smoothing shampoo and conditioner would be a better bet than a volumizing shampoo and conditioner.)
I have a lot of hair but the strands are fine so it is prone to getting oily if I over-shampoo it; also, it has a slight wave but is not curly by any means. My hair is typically pretty soft and smooth but after all the coloring (a.k.a.: chemical damage) I have done to it, the ends have begun to feel drier than I would like. I try to wash my hair once every 2-3 days, and I heat style it every time.
I first noticed that the argan oil is higher on the ingredients list, which was good news for my hair, considering right now it needs all the hydration it can get! (Ingredients lists order the ingredients in the product from highest amount to lowest amount.) Another thing that stood out to me was the scent — this shampoo and conditioner both smell great. I wish I could describe it, but it has a sweet, fresh smell to it that doesn’t interfere too much with the scent of the products I use to style my hair.
The shampoo did the job in terms of cleansing my hair gently. It’s not super sudsy but works through easily enough. Thickness is about on par with almost every shampoo you will find on store shelves. The conditioner has a thinner, runnier consistency, which was initially surprising to me as I am so used to conditioners being thick! It has a nice slip to it and with it I am able to finger-comb through my hair. It rinses out easily and leaves a “clean” (not “stripped”) feeling.
That being said, at first I wasn’t sure if it was going to be moisturizing enough… I was worried combing through my hair would be a pain because of how thin the consistency of the conditioner was. Thankfully, my hair pick combed through easily without any struggle! The biggest difference I noticed though was after I had blow-dried my hair and curled it. When I am finished curling my hair, I always brush through the curls to soften & loosen them, but recently it has been difficult because of my dry ends. After one shampoo & condition with the Moisture & Shine line, I brushed through the curls so easily that I was actually surprised!
As for price… both for under $10! If you get the ULTA Beauty catalog in the mail (it comes every few weeks, basically once a month) then you will recognize the $3.50 coupon in the photo above. Every mailer has a coupon like this on the back, and you get $3.50 off a qualifying purchase of $10 or more. Well, since the 8 oz bottles are usually $5.99 each, this would typically cost ~$11.98 (not including tax) … but when the coupon is applied, it ends up costing only $8.99 (including tax) when all is said and done! (This may vary a little depending on taxes in your state.)
I have already re-purchased this shampoo and conditioner (using the coupon again, of course!) because I think it does just as well of a job that my Pureology Hydrate shampoo and conditioner did, but for a fraction of the price!
I would say if you have a hair type similar to mine, then consider giving this a shot. If you have a different hair type but are in the market for a new, affordable shampoo and conditioner, then consider the ULTA line — they offer more than just the Moisture & Shine line! (And definitely take advantage of the ULTA mailer’s coupon if you can!)