Shampoo And Conditioner That Will Get You Bodied For $14

Herbal Essences new Rejuvenating line will give your hair major body.
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Herbal Essences new Rejuvenating line will give your hair major body.

Clairol's Herbal Essences is a super been-there-done-that drugstore brand. Their commercials in the late '90s and early aughts struck sheer terror in the ears of those who now knew "it" is sometimes faked. The conversation swirling around these ads was so funny to me. I think they were perfectly suited for the sex-soaked '90s, and judging by how many of their shampoos I used, the sex definitely sold.

Today, the brand is, like many shampoo lines, focusing on ingredients. I recently tried the Herbal Essences Rejuvenating collection, which contains "Golden Shower Tree Flower" (aka cassia) extract. Ironic connection there...but I digress. Let me tell you how it went!

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What: Herbal Essences Rejuvenating Shampoo and Conditioner
Intended Users: For all hair types, especially those in need of moisture
Intended Results: The goal of this line is to rejuvenate hair by making it softer, with extracts of fig and cassia flower.
Price: $6.99 each
Price Per Ounce: $.51
Notable inclusions and exclusions: The shampoo formulation is a standard mix of sulfates and whatnots, while the conditioner is a traditional silicone and water emulsion. Cassia tree is the national tree of Thailand, and it’s known for its gorgeous floral displays and healing medicinal properties. Fig extract could potentially be moisturizing, but the only info I could track down was about eating figs, not washing with them. Both products have peppermint essential oil, which I couldn’t detect by nose.

Overall Impression

Rejuvenating Shampoo: Not bad! It gives lots of foam, cleanses really well, and despite the silicone, didn't yield too much slip or buildup. I wouldn’t recommend using this without a conditioner afterward, though. It makes your hair feel super clean and in need of extra softness. The sweet (super sweet) candy scent is really intense. By intense, I mean my hair smelled like it from the moment I applied it until I washed it out three days later.

Rating: 2 out of 5 cat heart eye emojis

Rejuvenating Conditioner: Decidedly less scented than its sister, this conditioner is a decent drugstore option. My hair felt slippery but not too greasy, and it rinsed out easily. I feel like it also penetrated more than I thought it would: When you can feel a marked difference after you rinse, you know a conditioner has done its job.

Rating: 2 out of 5 cat heart eye emojis

I wouldn’t turn my nose up at Herbal Essences Rejuvenating Shampoo and Conditioner, though I have tried betterIt didn't make my hair dramatically softer, but it gave a definite boost in body. Using these two products, my blow-out actually came out wavier than when I use luxe or pro shampoo and conditioner. WHAT COULD IT MEAN?!  

I think the job of washing and softening allowed me to build up body and texture that is usually killed by how soft some conditioners make your hair feel. The waves always start there, but are gone by the end of the day. But with this my bounce lasted overnight and served as a great foundation for second day curling.  

Basically, if you like body AND moisture, this might be your new HG shampoo and conditioner. 

  • Do you remember those hilarious and sometimes awkward commercials?
  • Are you a ride or die Herbal Essences fan? What products do you swear by? 

Photos by Darnell Scott