Should Your Shampoo and Conditioner Match?

As a product label reader, you’ve probably come across instructions on bottles of shampoo and conditioner about using them together. Take our Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner for example:

After shampooing with Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Sulfate Free Shampoo, apply Natural Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner and comb through. Allow to sit for up to 3 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

Is it Necessary?

Do you really need to use the matching shampoo first? Or is it just marketing language meant to make you spend more money? Could you get the same results using different lines, or even different brands?

It’s common for naturalistas to mix products across collections and brands. While product mixing isn’t inherently bad, there are some benefits to keeping it in the family. Furthermore, those benefits have less to do with spending money, and more to do with product performance.

Why Together is Better

We make formulas for shampoos and conditioners side-by-side. The Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Shampoo and Conditioner were specially formulated to moisturize, soften, strengthen, boost shine, and ease detangling on wash day.

With a pH of 5.0 – 5.8, the Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Shampoo gently lifts the cuticle to remove dirt and product buildup. It also nourishes strands with vital moisture from sweet almond and avocado oils. While this function is ideal for cleansing and moisturizing the hair, leaving tresses in their freshly-shampooed state without the right conditioner can result in dryness, brittle strands, and breakage.

To restore balance in the hair and scalp, use of a corresponding formulated conditioner is necessary. This is why combining the Almond & Avocado shampoo and conditioner is most important.  With a pH of 3.9 – 4.5, the Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner is designed close the open cuticle, while allowing strengthening botanicals and moisture to penetrate the hair. The result is soft, manageable, easily detangled, moisturized hair with intense shine.

Getting it Right

When we test products in our special DE salon, it’s never in isolation. Products within an entire collection are tested together for performance and cohesion. When testing our Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Shampoo and Conditioner, haircare professionals examined the effectiveness of the products together. Formula improvements were made based upon feedback and observations using both products.

As a result, we adjust formulas both ways (shampoo and conditioner) to make them better for your hair – together.

The Bottom Line

Most of all, we aim to make products to keep your hair clean and moisturized while promoting maximum health and growth. Think of your wash day choices as a prescription for your hair’s health. If you had a headache, would you take one Tylenol and one Advil – or one dose from the same bottle? If you’ve got dry natural hair in need of intense moisture, the Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Shampoo and Conditioner is the Rx of choice.

Do you prefer to use shampoo and conditioner from the same line on wash day, or do you prefer to cocktail them? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

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