Are 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioners Fab or Drab?

Let’s face it: hair gets dirty.  You have to cleanse your hair to remove dirt, excess oil and product buildup.  But cleansing your hair can leave it feeling dry, tangled or stripped which means you have to condition it.  If only there was a way to cleanse and condition in the same step.  Enter the 2 in 1 shampoo + conditioner.

Suave Professionals

2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner 

14.5 oz $1.84

ing: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Dimethiconol, Fragrance (Parfum), Carbomer, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Amodimethicone, DMDM Hydantoin, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Citric Acid, C11-15 Pareth-7, Laureth-9, Trideceth-12, PPG-9, Tocopheryl Acetate [Vitamin E Acetate], Propylene Glycol, Panthenol. Methylchloroisothiazolinone, 22. Methylisothiazolinone, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Before jumping into the review lets talk a little about shampoo and conditioner and how they work.  Shampoos use chemicals called surfactants that attached to dirt and oil suspend them in their lather and they are then rinsed away.  But in this processes of cleansing they also remove the healthy oil (sebum) that protects the hair leaving it dry.  Conditioners contain softening agents that coat the hair helping it to become less tangled and protect it.  The most common conditioning agent is silicone.

Mixing shampoo and conditioner is not as simple as just pouring them into the same bottle.  The issue is that mixing these agents can be tricky like mixing vinegar (cleanser) with milk (conditioner) –if you know your way around the kitchen you would know that this results in buttermilk.  To make a 2-in-1 solution companies suspend silicone in neutral charged polymer and add it to an anionic (negative charged) shampoo.  The surfactants in the shampoo separate from the polymer during the rinsing process resulting in the cleansing ions being rinsed away while the silicone stays and coats the strands.

So how did it feel?  For me it felt the same as using most other shampoos.  It was slightly less stripping or dry feeling as most sulfate shampoos however it did not make my hair feel soft, moisturized or eliminate the need for a separate conditioner.  Although it had silicone it did not have enough slip for me to feel comfortable to detangle my hair with it.  For me the product is purely a gimmick and did not do the job as stated.  I think that those with naturally oily hair (particularly people with naturally straight hair) might find this to be adequate for their hair needs.

For those looking to save time in the shampoo and condition process I would suggest you try a gentle shampoo like Curls Curlicious Cleansing Cream which cleanses and moisturizes in one step.

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5 thoughts on “Are 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioners Fab or Drab?

  1. this particular shampoo seems to be loaded with sulfate, and from reading your post, it leaves the silicones behind, not sure if I like the idea of silicone being left behind, but it looks more like a cowashing shampoo and that for when my hair is acting up, i think thats the only time I would resort to it, i prefer, black soap shampoo, you can make that yourself

    • I agree the ingredients are not the best, its a cheap shampoo/condish combo that uses cheapy ingredients. But I wanted to give it a try to see if it actually worked (it didn’t) but a $2 experiment is one I can live with. African Black soap is great for washing hair and body. What recipe do you use to make yours?

  2. I never thought they worked even when my hair was relaxed. It’s an extra couple minutes in the shower. I’d rather just do that.

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