Hippo Brigade’s Favorite Shampoos and Conditioners


August 16, 2012

Buying shampoo and conditioner is always an arduous task that I do not take lightly. For perspective, here are a list of things that I do take lightly:



Cleaning my toilet

Professional sports

Spray tanning

Health care reform


But hair products, oh sweet hair products, I take those very seriously. So it should come as no surprise that I have flow charts, and venn diagrams dedicated to this, and I’ve also spent an embarrassing amount of time on amazon curating the best options for evaluation. And now I’ve come up with my very own tried and true list of my favorite shampoos and conditioners. They are a bit on the spendy side, but I like to buy the best I can afford, because it really does make a difference. So be frugal with something else, but not with your hair care products, people.

I happen to take my hair shampooing very seriously because of a few reasons:

1) I have extensions. That’s right people, my hair is fake. Well, not all of it, but a vast majority of it, and it’s also expensive, so it’s really important to take good care of it so that it always looks awesome, or in my case, socially acceptable.


2) I only wash my hair every 5 or 6 days*, so I like using good stuff to make it count, and really stretch me to that last possible day.

3) I am a licensed cosmetologist, which basically doesn’t mean a whole lot, because I don’t work in a salon currently, but it means that I can be persnickety about what I put in my hair. And hold up, persnickety? Did that really just happen…Yes, yes it did.

So here are a few of my favorites:




1. Oribe Signature Shampoo and Conditioner

Oribe is a gem of hair product line. If you haven’t heard of it, get acquainted, because it’s basically the best out there. I love their luxurious shampoos, and creamy conditioners, plus they smell outstanding. Oribe also has some other good stuff too, like Dry Texturizing Spray and Supershine Moisturizing Cream which are two products that I use almost daily.

2. Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

I love this shampoo because my hair tends to get frizzy and I don’t enjoy that, but this makes it soft and pretty. The conditioner is a reparative mask, and it goes on smooth and instantly detangles, plus after I rinse it out, it doesn’t leave behind a residue, and my hair shines like a summer’s day, and it also says, “thank you.”

3. Living Proof Restore Shampoo and Conditioner.

This stuff not only makes my hair look healthy, but it feels healthy too, and I want to run my fingers through it all the time. So I look like I’m that quirky girl in the corner of the room who can’t stop touching her hair, and who occasionally eats it too, but that’s neither here nor there.

4. Davines Momo Shampoo and Conditioner

This is kinda my jam right now. I just adore everything about it. Their packaging is practically amazing, and I love the smell. The shampoo rinses clean and scrubs all the week’s gunk out of my hair really well. The conditioner is thick and coats my frizzy hair and makes it so that I can comb my hair out with my fingers in the shower. I love to leave the conditioner on for about 5 or so minutes, and after I rinse it out, I put a dime size amount back in as a leave in treatment. I don’t usually blow dry, and that little step helps my hair look sleek and smooth as it air dries.

Also, I have to mention a clarifying shampoo, I use one about once or twice a month, because I don’t wash my hair very often, product and oil tends to build up, so a good scrubbing is necessary.

5. Pureology Purify Shampoo

My hair literally squeaks with cleanliness when I’m rinsing and even though it cleans as good as a hotel maid, it doesn’t strip my color. Well, come to think of it…. I don’t have any color currently, but when I did have color, this shampoo left it alone.

So there you have it. Do you have any favorites that I missed, or I should try? SHARE! Please! Do the exclamation points make me seem desperate? Well, what I mean is share, or not. Whatever, I don’t care. But it’s more fun when you do.

::shrugs shoulders, eats hair::


*Curious why I don’t wash my hair often? Watch my hair stylist, Tera Rae Stephens explain why frequent hair washings are not super good for your hair in her video  on Babble.com.



Great writeup. Any suggestions for fine limp hair??

by Fay on August 16, 2012

Love this post – always on the look out for new hair products. And, I need to STOP washing my hair so much! But what do you do with sweaty workout hair?!

by Jen (Tiny Oranges- on August 17, 2012

Fay, I’d love to do one for fine limp hair! Maybe soon…good idea, thanks!

Jen, I just use a good dry shampoo, and I hardly work out..so there’s that. A bandana works good too, or headband, to absorb your sweat.

by Beckey @ Hippo Brigade on August 18, 2012

I’m definitely working on washing my hair less and styling it more. What do you think of the Mason Pearson brush? I have yet to actually try one—but they are so vintage! so magical! and people with good hair swear by them!

by Erin Huckaby on August 19, 2012

I’m an infrequent washer too. I can’t watch videos at work, but I’m sure that my reasons are very similar to Tera’s. I don’t understand why people are so obsessed with washing every day.

But I do condition every day.

My hair is healthy but thin and fine. Especially thin around the temples. I hate that about my hair. Any thing for fine hair would be appreciated. Though mine’s not so limp. When it is, that’s when I wash.

Can you please just come to my house and tell me what to do with my hair?
And with the rest of my life?

by Lora on August 27, 2012

Hi there,
I love your blog! Your blog is my go to blog when I need a mini mommy vacation. You make me laugh;) Can you please tell me where to get these awesome hair products? My niece is a hair dresser and is able to get product for me but she has never heard of these ones. I sent her your blog, ( which she enjoyed;)) and now she wants to try your must have hair products too. Where can we find these??
Thanks so much!

by Jamie on September 20, 2012

I prefer the shampoo and conditioner from Pro Naturals 😉

by Tara Ballantyne on August 1, 2016

I have been using Pro Naturals and works really well for my hair !!

by Mallory Lizotte on November 1, 2016

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