Hippo Brigade’s Favorite Shampoos and Conditioners

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.