I was excited to try Rebecca's Makes Sense Pure, Organic Argan & Hemp Seed Oil Shampoo and Conditioner ($11.95). I have long been on a quest to find a nice, natural shampoo and conditioner that truly cleans my hair without the use of harsh chemicals, preservatives, and parabens. Many of the natural shampoos and conditioners I’ve tried have been failures since I’ve found that they’re either greenwashed, or have an unpleasant, watery texture that didn't seem to clean my hair.
Both the Rebecca's Makes Sense shampoo and conditioner are natural, vegan, and cruelty-free, without mineral oils, sulfates, parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates, dyes, or synthetic preservatives. The company uses organic hemp seed and argan seed oils to moisturize, promote cell regeneration, and protect against environmental damage. They are also enriched with botanical extracts and vitamins for optimal cleansing and conditioning. So, I love the ingredient list... but do they work?
The Rebecca's Makes Sense shampoo and conditioner comes in two versions – unscented and scented – and are simply packaged in brown, plastic recyclable bottles. I received the scented version, one described as "a warm, vetiver scent infused with orange blossom," which I found to be light, fresh, and clean. The formula wasn’t watery and thin like I expected, and it produced a light lather (probably from the cocamidopropyl betaine). I followed with the conditioner and was able to comb through my fine, yet abundant, hair easily. After drying and styling it as usual, my hair looked healthy, nourished and shiny.
After about eight hours, though, I started noticing my hair looking a little flat and oily at the crown. I know that hair often takes some time to adjust to changes, especially when using a natural shampoo and conditioner, so I continued to use the products while tweaking things a little. After playing around with the amount of product I used, I found that my particular hair type (fine, straight, shoulder length hair that is naturally blonde, and a bit over processed from daily hair-drying) needed only a little conditioner concentrated solely on the ends. I also found that I had to make sure I rinsed my hair a little longer than usual, making sure that all the conditioner was out (maybe the oils in the products require an extra rinse or two to completely remove them).
I would definitely recommend Rebecca's Makes Sense Pure, Organic Argan & Hemp Seed Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. Along with several good hair days, there has been a noticeable healthy shine to my hair, and it seems to style more easily than with the other natural products. Since tweaking the amount and placement of the conditioner, my hair no longer looks greasy or flat. Because natural shampoos don't completely strip your hair like traditional shampoos do, your hair may need time to adjust to the healthy ingredients, and the amount of product used may need to be altered.