KRISTA AND THE ARGAN-NOTS

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Shampoo

Pros: Not very expensive, cleans hair

Cons: scent, static, dry hair

I’m forever on the lookout for really good hair care products.  Things that don’t leave me dry, frizzy, greasy, or weighed down.  When I first discovered argan oil products, I was . . . eh.  My first try was Organix Argan Oil of Morocco.  The ?  Was perfectly acceptable, but didn’t win any awards.  The ?  Better.  Nice scent, not too heavy, not too waxy or greasy, and works great in the shower as a detangling conditioner.  Neither, of course, measured up to my , but, as the price has risen, it’s a bit out of my range these days.  Yes, I am sadder for it.  It’s beginning to look like maybe they’ve stopped making it, and that’s a tragedy, because it’s amazing stuff, as I said in my review HERE.

My latest argan shampoo purchase?  .

I admit, I bought it because it was cheap.  It was cheap, and, about halfway through that breathtakingly long sodiumdimethicocambatglycpolydivinylquaternium ingredients list was “Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil.”  That’s the stuff.  Noticeably lower on the ingredients list than I’d like, but budget meets desire and this is the result.  A side note:  this product does make a big deal out of being “sulfate-free.”

My first opening of the fli-top bottle was a major disappointment.  The Orlando Pita has an amazing scent, wonderfully nutty, sweet, and earthy.  This stuff?  Smells like cheap shampoo.  Sorry, no other way to put it.  It’s got a sharpness to it, a tang that reminds me of the old, before-they-started-loading-them-with-fake-fruit-scents Suave shampoos or some of the cheaper baby shampoos.

The feel and texture are average shampoo-like.  It lathers pretty enthusiastically, and it rinses thoroughly without residue, though my hair was left a little squeakier and grabbier than I like.  That usually means my hair will wind up a bit dry if I don’t condition.

Which was exactly what it meant this time, too.

My hair was left smelling weirdly tangy, and it was dryer than usual and more prone to static.  I didn’t notice any difference in how tangly my hair was—it tangles easily all the time, and that didn’t get worse or better with this shampoo.

Now, when I follow the shampoo with the Orlando Pita oil or the Organix argan conditioner, there’s a marked improvement.  Of course, there would be.  The smell improves, the static lessens, and the dryness is alleviated.  You may be saying to yourself “that’s true of any shampoo.”  Except it’s not.  Some shampoos leave my hair smelling good, feeling great, and not static-laden even without conditioner.  This isn’t one of them.

In all, for the price, this is a solidly average shampoo.  To be completely blunt, it’s no better than Organix, doesn’t smell as nice, and is more expensive.  If you’re looking for a great argan oil shampoo, pony up the bucks for the Orlando Pita if you have it.  If you don’t?  Organix, while a step down, is still pretty nice.  But this stuff?

It’s not awful, there’s just better to be had for less.

One little afterthought:  most of the argan hair care products come in packaging of gold and turquoise.  I’m not sure what that means, if anything, but it strikes me as odd.

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