July 15, 2014

Influenster VoxBox: Herbal Essences Naked Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner and Dry Shampoo Review



Disclosure: I received these products complementary for review purposes from Influenster. I will always be 100% honest in my opinion with any product review.

So, a couple of days ago, my lovely sister drops a package off at my house and it's an Influenster box. I'd forgotten that I put my parents' address in on the pre-survey. For some reason, the last several boxes I was supposed to get never arrived  at my house, even though I know I put my address in correctly. It was a precautionary thing.

Anyway, so it's here, and of course, it's been opened. I can't say I didn't expect it (thanks mom!) but it didn't dull my excitement. I was so excited, I threw away the box before thinking to take pictures of everything. I also sincerely apologize for not getting the full bottles in the pictures I took on my phone. I'm awful about waiting.
In the box, I got a full sized can of the Herbal Essence Naked Dry Shampoo as well a travel-sized pair of Moisture shampoo and conditioner. I was super excited to try this just based on the way it smelled-- like limes and mint. I've tried other Herbal Essence conditioners with pretty good success, so I had the same expectations for this line.
A bit about my hair: 
African-American
Relaxed ( been about 2 months since my last relaxer)
Guessing  that I have a combination of  4B/C hair 
I have very fine hair that can either be very dry but gets weighed down easily by heavy products.

I'll start with the product description from Herbal Essences:
Naked Moisture
free of heavy residues, parabens, and dyes, my moisture shampoo and conditioner restore hair’s natural moisture and pampers each strand. dare to bare your softest* hair with herbal mint fusion extracts. 
I tried the dry shampoo first, a couple of days before my regular wash. Smelled awesome, made my scalp itchy though, so I don't think I'll be using it for the intended purposes. The last time I had a bottle of dry shampoo was last summer when it came in an Ipsy bag. I learned to use it for other things, like boob sweat and sweaty feet. I'm sure that's what it will be used for again... that and the occasional refresh of a dirty Asher-dog's outside smell.

On my wash day, I decided to change my routine a bit to see results from the initial use.  I don't typically use a lot of shampoo on my hair, since it gets dry easily. I try to concentrate the shampoo on my scalp and use conditioner on the actual hair strands. On any other day, I might let my conditioner sit on my hair for several hours before rinsing.

Upon the first wash, my hair felt squeaky clean and a bit stiff. This is good and bad. It's good because I can use the shampoo as a clarifying shampoo for bi-weekly washes to clean excess product from my hair that might be weighing it down. It's bad because using it every week would only further dry out my hair. I would have to alternate with a thicker moisturizing shampoo. This isn't a problem for me since I already do this regularly.

To combat the stiffness, I had to use about half of the bottle of conditioner before I was satisfied with the amount of slip I was getting. Slip is exactly what it sounds like-- when your hair feels slippery and soft after you rinse the product out.  Again, I wasn't really surprised by this due to previous experiences with Herbal Essences conditioners. The product has a thicker consistency to it, but it's very light. I wouldn't be upset about using it up quickly because it's inexpensive.

The only product I used on my hair prior to blow-drying and flat-ironing was Aphogee Pro-Vitamin Leave-in Conditioner as a bit of extra conditioner and heat protection. I noticed that I didn't have to do much work to detangle, which is always the worst part of my wash day. After blow-drying, my hair felt soft and clean. No super-crunchy feeling, so that made me feel much better.
 I straightened my hair with my flat iron set on roughly 325 degrees, in small sections starting from the back. You can probably tell that I need a trim, but my hair laid nicely with a bit of bounce to it. It felt light and smelled good. I found myself randomly turning (swinging) my head to smell it.

So here's short answers you're looking for:

Problem: Dry, dirty hair

Herbal Essences Naked Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner will do a good a good job of cleaning you hair, but I did not find the shampoo to be moisturizing. I felt that it stripped my hair a little more than I wanted. The conditioner was moisturizing, though I did have to use a pretty good amount to feel the desired effects. Helped in detangling my usually hard-to-detangle hair, so I liked that a lot. I could definitely see myself going through a bottle of that in a heart beat. I found the dry shampoo to be absolutely of no use for my hair. Might use it for other body parts

Who is this product for?
This product is for you if you're looking for an inexpensive/cheapie shampoo and conditioner to incorporate into your hair care regimen or if you're a PJ (product junkie) who likes to try new things on a regular basis. Your pockets will in no way suffer for this purchase.

Would I purchase it? 
Conditioner- Absolutely
Shampoo- Maybe

Price: $3-$8

Where to purchase?
Seeing as how it is Herbal Essences, you're sure to find these products at your drugstore. Wal-Mart, Target, CVS and Walgreens are all places I've seen Herbal Essence sold and you can usually catch them on sale at some point.

Buy at CVS
Buy at Drugstore.com

Well, that's all I have for you today my beauties! Have you tried any of the Herbal Essences Naked line? Are you a fellow PJ? Make sure you're following me everywhere so that we can keep this conversation going.
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Disclosure: I received these products complementary for review purposes from Influenster. I will always be 100% honest in my opinion with any product review.



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