What it does
I picked up Alba Botanica’s Natural Hawaiian Shampoo in So Smooth Gardenia because I can’t resist Gardenia and Tuberose scents. And this one does smell amazing! In fact, the first time I used this shampoo, all I enjoyed about it was the scent. You need to use a big quantity for it to lather and feel like it’s actually cleaning your hair, and you need to be careful that it doesn’t tangle your hair if it’s long! Once I figured that out, I was really pleased with the result: it tamed frizz and fly-away hairs and provided moisture without over-drying my hair! It’s marketed as a “smoothing” shampoo for “unruly” hair, and doesn’t contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
- Tames frizz.
- Smells great.
- No harsh chemicals.
- Leaves hair feelings clean.
- Feels diluted; even for SLS-free shampoo you need to use a lot per wash, and it’s not cheap.
- Tangles hair easily.
- Not vegan; contains silk.
What this shampoo is good at is taming frizz! It’s not the best cruelty-free shampoo, but it’s certainly the best one for frizzy hair. I’ve tried Alba Botanica’s shampoos in the past and I was never particularly impressed by them. I found them a bit too drying. However this one made my hair feel clean without damaging it, and that’s without following up with a conditioner!
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