Lather, Rinse, Repeat

Internet, I need a new shampoo. Well, actually I need a new haircut---my last one was this one, in October if you can believe it---but I rather think a new shampoo will be easier to come by, at least for the moment. You know, while the economy is crashing down around our ears and my newly-diagnosed cat is bankrupting me with things like glucose curves and pet-sitting bills and low-carb diets. (Seriously! My cat is on a low carb diet! He's just like Jennifer Aniston!)

I'm trying to grow my hair, you see, so that I can wear it up for the wedding. And while it's now long enough to fit into a wee little ponytail---or a ponystub, as Sean calls it, somewhat grossly---there's no getting around the fact that it's just a little.......mullety when it's down. In fact, the only way my hair actually looks vaguely decent right now is in pigtails, and while my office has a fairly lax policy when it comes to things like wearing jeans to work, I point-blank refuse to be that 29-year-old sitting in a meeting with her hair in pigtails.

(Although you should know that I'm totally wearing the pigtails right now.)


(But that's only because it's a Sunday night and I'm on my couch in my hoodie, wondering why one of my eyebrows is HOLY MOTHER OF PEARL, ABOUT THREE TIMES THE SIZE OF THE OTHER. Hopefully that's just a trick of the light. Or perhaps I have a lazy eye! Won't that be a joy in the wedding photos?)

Anyway, what were we talking about? Oh right, my hair. It's such an achievement to actually be able to tie it back for once that I'm loath to cut even an inch or two of it off, even though I know that's what I really need to do in order to have it grow out more like a blunt bob and less like a wispy, mullety, Bon Jovi-esque thing. I'll get around to it, for sure, but until then, I need to buy a new shampoo to keep it looking somewhat acceptable.

And so I turn to you! I'm sure you all have glorious manes, luscious locks like a girl on a Timotei advert---I totally used Timotei in the 80s and early 90s, by the way, in the hopes of becoming a pretty, blonde, horse-riding girl myself, instead of bespectacled nerd---so please, Internet, share your favorite shampoo with me!  I've been using Dove up until now, and I'd like something that gives me a little shine and a little volume, but apart from that, I'm open to pretty much anything. Well, anything that costs less than a pet-sitter. Pet-sitters are making bank, you guys! Honestly, we're all in the wrong business.


PS: My friend Angie, with whom I went to the Bahamas for work last August, is in the top 50 applicants---out of more than 34,000!---for The Best Job In The World. She's currently in 17th place and we really need to get her to first, if only so we can all go and visit her on her tropical island when she wins. Please vote for her here if you get a minute!

Mar 16, 2009

Pantene! I use it religiously, even though my hairdresser tells me off. I'm growing mine too. Straight it hits me mid back, curly - which it always is, it's just under my shoulderblades. My hairdresser will tell you the shine is the colour - which I need because I AM GOING GREY! But I swear it's the Pantene. That stuff, is gods gift to long lustrous locks. I totally love the curly haired one. Because - obviously - I'm curly haired. <3

Mar 16, 2009

Just voted for your friend- that video was too cute.

Try this shampoo and if you don't like it, no worries, it's still a great body wash (what I use it as) -
(Philosophy Amazing Grace)

Mar 16, 2009

You know, I can't even believe what an amazing job that is - and as opposed to your friend's, some of those top videos aren't even all that awesome. It's strange to me why they got picked in the first place. But I voted for your friend of course, she has to get all the way up there! :)

Shampoo! Why yes, I did in fact have a luscious mane (sort of) for the longest time. Now it's aaaaaaall short. BUT in either case, this is the best shampoo ever:

It's John Frieda's Shine Release® Volumizing Shampoo, there are different kinds of it which you would just have to decide on yourself.

I swear, it TRANSFORMED my hair. It makes it fuller and shiny (but not overly so), it just looks healthier overall.
It is a little expensive, at least over here in Europe, but it's not too bad and I seem to remember that they actually have it for less in the US which is where I first found this, as a matter fact.

Also, you look beautiful in the above snapshot. :)

Mar 16, 2009

I agree with Katharina. I use the John Frieds Brilliant Brunette Volumeizing shine release shampoo (that may not be the EXACT name for it) and it is fabulous! I have used it for probably 5 or so years and it still makes my hair look amazing every time. I also use a dab of the conditioner on the ends of my hair and everything is very soft and shiny all the time. And it's not that expensive and readily available at Target.

Mar 16, 2009

I LOVE the shampoos/conditioners from The Body Shop.

I got hooked on it by a friend...I think I have tried them all, but they all work in their respective areas. The Olive glossing shampoo is great and so is Guarana can mix and match for the shampoo and conditioner. But they look and smell great.

Elysabeth Reichman
Mar 16, 2009

I like Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle at the moment. My husband is a big fan of the Avalon Organic Lavender, but I think it makes my very straight hair way too dry.

Mar 16, 2009

I don't have any comment/suggestion for the shampoo dilemma, other than John Frieda Briliant Brunette. Personally, I buy whatever all-natural, biodegradable, organic shampoo I can find. I like to think that means I'm not high maintenance. The economy hasn't made me budge on my high moral standard just yet. ;)

However, have to point out that you are wearing your engagement right on your right hand! How very European of you! Now can you please explain the reason behind this phenomenon? I'm so fascinated by it. Also, I completely, 100% approve. I've sworn that whenever I get engaged it will be to an Israeli (because they're all AWESOME) and I will wear my ring on my right hand. ;)

Mar 16, 2009

I'm not sure what the going rate for a pet-sitter is but if it is anything close to boarding well, then, this might violate one night's stay but not by much. So I would recommend Aveda. They've got two basics, Shampure and Rosemary Mint, that are not as pricey as the super special will turn your hair into anything you want shampoos. Plus, my old stylist (she moved to Colorado somewhere *sniffle*) who trained in NY with that guy who does the hair on What Not to Wear, she recommended to stick with a basic (read: less expensive) shampoo and then get the fancy conditioner. Good luck! Also, I once grew my hair out from a pixie cut and I can't tell you how many trips I made to my stylist to only have her cut the back of my hair. Oddly, I think it grows faster.

Mar 16, 2009

I like Bumble and Bumble Gentle shampoo and the conditioner that goes with it (has a different name but is in the same color bottle). I also like Biolage, which smells really good.

Mar 16, 2009

I use Aveda shampoo and conditioner and switch flavors every time I need more. Right now, I'm loving Rosemary Mint. It's a pretty simple shampoo that smells AMAZING and leaves my hair extremely shiny and not frizzy.

Mar 16, 2009

I really love the Redken line, specifically the All Soft shampoo. I've gone through a bunch of other brands (Bedhead, Rusk, Pureology, Joico, ISO) that didn't match up.

Mar 16, 2009

I adore my Kerastase. It is a little on the expensive side; I pay £40 for three bottles of product. I lost half my hair thanks to chemo so my hairdresser told me to only wash every other day. So all the bottles last for two months.

Mar 16, 2009

1)Get yourself a bottle of Biotin vitamins. It's super great for growing hair and nails.

2) I use Paul Mitchell Lemon Sage Thickening shampoo because my migraine medication makes me lose my hair and I love it. It's not on the cheap side but my hair is very dry so I don't wash it once or twice a week at the most so it lasts me a long time.

Mar 16, 2009

I dated a hair dresser (no, he wasn't gay) for four years so I've got you covered here. Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoos are incredible. I promise it won't disappoint, especially on the softening side. Something else that you should try is this product called Its a Ten. Its kind of hard to come by but you can find it here: It really does all those things and its the only "product" I'll use.

Mar 16, 2009

Favorite shampoo/conditioner is Pureology Cleanse (shampoo) and Pureology Hydrate (conditioner). Plus, you have to use so little that it will last a really, really long time. Which helps offset the cost.

Mar 16, 2009

I use Bumble & Bumble Gentle Shampoo and Super Rich conditioner, with the Bumble and Bumble Sunday shampoo once a week (I have a thing, where my once a week HAS to be on a Sunday, because that's what it's name is...but really you can use it whenever).

Also, it's not shampoo, but I can't stop plugging Living Proof products. it's like an illness, ever since I discovered it I haven't been able to stop talking about it. I use the "straight making no frizz style cream" and it is the best thing to happen to my hair EVER!

Mar 16, 2009

Hello, I have tried EVERYTHING. And my favorite shampoo and conditioner? INFUSIUM. It's like, 4 bucks a pop at Target!

(I use the Moisturologie line, if you are interested. Smells great too. Bonus!)

Nothing But Bonfires
Mar 16, 2009

Emily -- not wearing my engagement ring on my right hand. I just took the picture in PhotoBooth so everything is reversed like a mirror!

Mar 16, 2009

like Whoorl, i have tried everything too...expensive salon stuff and inexpensive target stuff. in the end, my hair comes out looking EXACTLY THE SAME.

currently, i'm using herbal essences. because my god, it smells so good!

Mar 16, 2009

I used to use Dove as well. Now I use Body Shop, and absolutely love it! I use their Ginger Shampoo and the Guarana Berry conditioner, which leaves my hair smelling so lovely! I highly recommend anything from them. It's more expensive than Dove, obviously, but it's totally worth every penny.

Mar 16, 2009

I love the Bumble and Bumble Seaweed shampoo and conditioner! Also, Moroccan Oil is the Best - just a dime size on your hair before you blow dry. It is Awesome!

Mar 16, 2009

Try Trader Joe's Nourish Spa line. It's $2.50 for 16 oz bottle that's lasted me nearly a year.

Mar 16, 2009

I use Better Botanicals' Neem Care Shampoo. It's kind of awesome because it's all natural and the best part is that it makes my hair really shiny (which is a huge feat for my otherwise confused, frizzy-curly locks): I use their conditioner too.

Operation Pink Herring
Mar 16, 2009

I've heard that Bumble&Bumble stuff is great, but I've never tried it myself. I am currently using the Mistreated line from Kiss My Face -- love it. Got it at Whole Foods!

Mar 16, 2009

I don't like Brilliant Brunette -- it gives the shine, but completely fails from a tactile point of view, and I'm all about touchable hair. I alternate between ISO Bouncy Cleanse, Bouncy Condition and Bouncy Cream (leave-in moisturizer), and Paul Mitchell Awapuhi shampoo (I omit the conditioner and use Bouncy Cream afterward). I've had dreadful luck with cheaper shampoos, unfortunately. Thank God for the swap meet.

Mar 16, 2009

I second Elizabeth's mention of Redken's All Soft. After about a week's use, I didn't even have to use conditioner anymore and trust me: that's a feat. At the pharmacy, it's about $13 for a bottle. BF and I both use it because not only is it awesome, but it smells really good in a genderless way.

Mar 16, 2009

So this is totally random but, did you take that picture with the isight camera on a mac? I ask because every time I take a picture using that thing, EVERY TIME, one of my eyebrows looks soo much larger than the other. So don't feel bad about it.

Mar 16, 2009

I absolutely LOVE the tea tree line from Paul Mitchell, not the cheapest, but I've gotten deals from my hair dresser. Try the Lavender Mint shampoo and conditioner for moisturizing or the Lemon Sage for thickening and volumizing. I have crappy thin hair and this stuff makes it feel pretty amazing!

Scottsdale Girl
Mar 16, 2009

Dude...AVON. CHEAP and MAGNIFICENT. I use the color care line but any of them are deliciously inexpensive and do the job you choose them for.

And even when they aren't on sale they are like less than $4 a bottle.

Mar 16, 2009

Terressentials pure earth hair wash is awesome.
It's rather expensive, but it also lasts a long time.

Failing that, Aveda. They discontinued the Sap Moss stuff, unfortunately (that conditioner was amazing), but the Dry Remedy that replaced it is good, too.

Mar 16, 2009

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette- smells yum, makes super shiny hair.

Mar 16, 2009

INFUSIUM! All the way. #1 you cannot find a less expensive shampoo #2 it also happens to be the BEST!THING!EVER!(sorry, I had to)

The smell is divine, clean and soft but very yummy and the conditioner is the real deal, nice and thick and super moisturizing.

Trust me (and Whoorl for Pete's sake) and give it a go!

Mar 16, 2009

I am no help because I am in the same predicament. I've had short (chin length), very layered hair for the last, oh, 6 years. And now I'm trying to grow it out to at least shoulder length so I have "options" for my wedding. Now I have a totally different style (smooth and shiny instead of textured and messy) so I am on the hunt for new hair products. It is frustrating!

And I always have to have my hair cut a bit shorter (sort of a swing bob) in back, otherwise when I go back (only 5 weeks later!), I have a mini-mullet. I've been growing it out for 3 cut cycles now so my stylist finally cut a new shape into it instead of letting it be all no-style growing out layers.

Lady Saotome
Mar 16, 2009

I've got hair past my rear (am attempting knee-length at the moment - it's going slowly now) so here's my advice based on years of healthy hair growing...

It's a good idea to switch shampoos inbetween every bottle - no matter how fantastic a shampoo is, your hair needs a break now & then. Use a clear-rinsing or clarifying shampoo once a week - it removes the build-up that all shampoos gradually leave in your hair which weigh it down. I use Suave's version - Suave may be cheap but they are actually one of the gentlest shampoos. A lot of shampoos use the same soap base as dish detergent - harsh stuff, Suave uses a mild soap that's kind to your hair.

I suggest hot oil treatments at least once a week & Pantene's deep conditioning mask, too. But no more than once a week - they make your hair so soft & healthy but too much would really overload your hair. A cold-rinse after you're all done helps seal in the conditioning. You might want to try a leave-in conditioner, too. They'll all do wonders for helping your growth, too.

I've tried about every shampoo there is & Pantene is my tried & true favorite. I always come back to it but after a month or two of use, it starts to loose it's luster - that's when I take a break & usually try something new. But I always go back to Pantene.

Mar 16, 2009

It's been over a year since I got my hair cut, so take that. ;-)

I have to agree with the John Frieda Brillant Brunette, it smells yummy and it's great for shine (without looking greasy). I also use the Tresemme classic care stuff when I'm feeling cheap. It still works great and doesn't make my hair flat.

Mar 16, 2009

Pureology. Even if you don't color your hair, it's worth it. You don't need to use it every day so it will last you longer, maybe once or twice a week, but if you use the shampoo, then put in conditioner and use a comb (instead of fingers) to really comb it through and then maybe wash your face and do something else in the shower while you leave it in, then rinse out, and ah, your head will be happy.

Mar 16, 2009

i have similar (terrifying) eyebrow realizations on a regular basis (most of this was a hair realization - and i *realize* that - however)... ANYway

so i went and had my eyebrows waxed to even them out. and they were fixed quite a bit, but now i find one being A LITTLE POINTIER than the other. and freaked out about it. because i'm kind of a symmetrical type a-hole.

the best piece of advice came from my wedding makeup artist:

"eyebrows aren't meant to be twins - just sisters."

- but i kind of wanted to punch her in the face, because her eyebrows are completely drawn on.


Mar 16, 2009

Totally Fekkai Glossing Shampoo, Conditioner, and the Glossing Cream. Give it a week to work the old stuff out of your hair, and fabulosity! They make a volumizing line too, but this one works on all hair types. You can even get it at bath and body works too - no need to find a big salon. I switch between this and the curls line depending on how I'll wear my hair, and see a serious difference in my hair when I run out of either. Good luck!!!

Mar 16, 2009

I've been using Vive Pro Nutri Gloss for normal to fine hair for the last few weeks. I really like it. It makes my hair soooooooo soft and glossy! Even when it hadn't been cut for months and months.

It's this one:

Mar 16, 2009

oh i am so not the person to answer this. i use the expensive stuff - aveda rosemary mint, federic fekkai - the pink one - and paul mitchell clarifying - really because it smells like lemon.

but the ohter half of the time, i love pantene because it makes my hair super soft.

Mar 17, 2009

I recomend Suave's buget-copy of Matrix's Biolage shampoo and conditioner. It's fresh and moisturizing without killing all volume, and it's a fraction of the price of the real thing.

Mar 17, 2009

I vote for just about anything you find at the 99cent store. I know what you're thinking, but in this economy I'll take Charles Worthington London any day. I picked up this shampoo, slightly different bottle style.

I've also picked up Pantene, Dove, and Nexxus there.

If 99cents isn't your thing, then go for Big Lots. They also have the name brands for cheaper!

I have tried the copy thing 4 times... it's really hard. I promise I have a pulse, and this letters thing is making it rise slightly.

Mar 18, 2009

I love Citre Shine! It's a little hard to come by though. Most places just carry the styling products not the shampoo and conditioner. Rite Aid seems to be the best place.
Also, prenatal vitamins do wonders for your skin and hair, but you may want to switch the bottles out so as not to completely scare the boy!

Mar 18, 2009

I almost voted for some biotch named Linda, who is NOW in slot #17, but luckily I checked your post and got Angie's name, so all is well and my vote has been cast.

Make sure she gets my cell number so she can let me know when our flight leaves.


Mar 21, 2009

(a bit late on this, i was away for a couple of weeks)
timotei! that brings back memories...
i see a few people have mentioned body shop shampoos, they are not bad, i find they don't foam very easily. i used to really like the body shop ginger shampoo.
right now my very favorite is trader joe's tea tree tingle. it's great for my sensitive scalp. i also like whole foods 365 mint shampoo. great quality, great price!