Review: Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo & Condintioner

8:57 AM

I ran out of my favorite shampoo two months ago, so I decided to give Suave Clarifying Shampoo a try, and see if it can replace the more expensive shampoo that I use now. As you know, I have used  Aura Rejuvenating Shampoo since I got my sisterlocks installed 3 years ago, and I really loved it ever since. Currently I’m running through bottles quicker than I want, so I was hoping that the Suave Clarifying Shampoo & Conditioner would be a nice replacement.

To the new readers who don't know, I use two types of shampoos, since I tend to wash my sisterlocks twice a month. One set of shampoo is more moisturizing and doesn't stripe out as much, and then I have a clarifying shampoo that stripes out EVERYTHING. The clarify shampoo is used right before my retighten since I don’t want stuff (build up & residue) trap in my locks. Below is the final review of Suave Clarifying Shampoo & Conditioner as a clarifier.

Bring out the natural beauty of your hair with this pH-balanced deep cleansing formula that helps remove residue without stripping moisture.
  • Longer lasting fragrance*
  • For normal to oily hair
  • Hypo-allergenic
- The smell is just divine and it last for days!
- Cleans really well and not as striping as my other shampoo*.
- Conditioner is light and does soften my sisterlocks.
- The COST is the biggest advantage to this product. You can find the Shampoo and the Conditioner for $1 at your local dollar store.

- Not as striping as my other shampoo (I know it weird) but it just doesn't clean as good as my other shampoo.
- Conditioner is hard to find at the local store.

Conclusion: I like this shampoo, and I don't know if I should consider using this product for a couple of month, and then switching to the more expensive brand for a month or two. I'm really on the fence with this one. The other shampoo is a MUCH better as a clarifier than this one, but the other shampoo will no doubt get more expensive as my locks get longer.

In the end, the Suave is looking more and more attractive in the long run, but  if you looking for a really good clarify, I can't recommend this as a complete replacement. If you used this shampoo, I would love to hear your feedback on what you think of it as a clarifier.

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  1. 2 words: LOVE IT!

    My main stays are this shampoo and a baking soda/apple cider vinegar mix. (I alternate wash weeks with the Suave)

    On occasion I will use the SL herbal shampoo.

    1. Thanks for the respond. I do like this shampoo, but I know I can't use it for my main clarifier. I like that you do a combination to keep your locks clean.

  2. I twist once a month, but wash every week. South Texas is hot as all out, so sometimes I need that rinse twice. I've been using this product duo from Day 1 of being loc'd (nearly 3 years now), but I don't have major issues with it. In fact, I prefer it to anything else I've used since I've had locs. Nothing can beat the expensive stuff, but as my locs have gotten longer, spending $15/bottle only to use up 3/4 in one wash is downright ridiculous.

    I made the mistake of bleaching my locs when they first matured 10 months in. This suave is not for bleached locs. It WILL strip it. I've dyed my hair black since then, but as long as I use this shampoo, I can feel where the bleached ends existed, and my own natural black is. To combat this, I use a hot-oil treatment every now and again. And I'm more or less a quarterly ACV slut. There's nothing like an ACV rinse. Other than the occasional dye job to battle the streak of poliosis, I'm pretty much a lazy loc-er.

    Between the hot-oil and the ACV, I use the Suave. If I wash more than once a week, I use the conditioner without the shampoo. It's light, and I can rinse out the sweat and gunk, and feel clean afterwards. The set doesn't really work on lint, but I've learned to compensate for not tying up my hair by avoiding sources of lint. Otherwise, I do a soak every four months or so with the Suave, then have my handy dandy sister pick what's left out for me. A very small crochet pin does a bang up job. Don't poke into the loc.

    As for the scent of the shampoo, I'm running up on seven days right now, and you wouldn't be able to tell. I've got that white-girl swish, where they pass by with a flick of their hair, and you smell their shampoo. Gets me lots of compliments out here in 'roughneck country'.

    A breakdown of what I use is: ACV 4 times a year. A clarifying soak 3-4 times a year. Suave weekly/bi-weekly. Castor-oil/olive oil blend to twist or moisturize by spritzing. Clean eating. Clean living. And plenty of vitamins and minerals, e.g. horsetail, iron, omega 3s, vitamin D, women's daily. What I've learned the hard way is that my environment and what I put into my mouth really does comes out in my skin and hair.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this Shampoo. This shampoo does strip (and I found many with SLS or smilar do the same thing). The fact that you treating your hair is what you need to do when using those type of shampoo, especially with colored locks. I love the smell of this and still use it from time to time (when I don't have any build up).

  3. P.S. I use the Suave as a cheap body wash too. It leaves my skin feeling awesome.

    1. Never thought to do that? Will have to give it a try.


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