My hair has been through a lot. I’m talking numerous salon days of double-process bleaching, root touch-ups, temporary dyes, and several bottles of gloss to get it back to its natural color. As a result, the hair from my roots to ears is incredibly healthy while the rest is dry and barely hanging on. This makes trying hair products extremely challenging. Some are too heavy and weigh my hair down, while others leave it begging for moisture.
The Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Banana + Coconut Nourishing Superfood Shampoo & Conditioner is one of the few wash-day combinations that can take care of both textures. I love the cute juice-bottle shaped packaging and its banana Laffy Taffy-like scent that lingers in your hair — I can smell it for days after I wash it out.
Like most of the Briogeo line, these two products don’t contain a lot of the bad guys (like sulfates, parabens, and phthalates) found in many cleansers and moisturizers. Instead, you get a blend of fruits that are found in lots of healthy smoothies: Banana, which contains hair-strengthening potassium, coconut, rich in omegas, vitamin E to promote growth, and antioxidant-packed açai to help counteract outside stressors.
Washing my hair with the shampoo once followed by conditioner is usually enough to clean my hair. The way this shampoo lathers feels so nice, I tend to wash twice — just for kicks. It leaves a clean feeling without irritating my sensitive scalp or my stripping my hair. I also love how the fragrance mixes with the steam in my shower, making the whole bathroom smell like a tropical drink.
The conditioner is incredibly moisturizing and makes both the healthy and damaged parts of my hair feel smooth without weighing it down. I apply it all over, concentrating it on my ends. Post-wash and after air-drying or heat-styling, my hair smells great, feels soft, and looks super healthy. I know this shampoo and conditioner isn’t technically for volume, but the added lift it gives my roots is a nice bonus.
Needless to say, I’m in love, and clearly, so are our readers. No wonder it won a Readers’ Choice Award this year.