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Must-Have: Luxe Shampoos

2014 February 21


Happy Friday, friends!

Let’s talk hair.

For most of my life, I have been a happy, devoted Pantene girl. It did the trick and for the most part, I was fine with the results and the relatively minor investment that came along with it. But as my hair has grown and I have aged and my budget has a little more room to play, I have realized that sometimes in life – and in beauty – you get what you pay for. I have tried a few different “luxe” shampoos over the past year and the truth is, I do see a difference in how my hair looks and feels. Is it life-changing? That depends on how much you care about your hair. For me, it’s worth splurging on a product that makes my thick, slightly unruly brown locks a little easier to control, smoother and more beauty than beast.

Here are my favorite “luxe shampoos” for those of you who may be looking for an upgrade:

(above) Davines Love shampoo & conditioner – this is my newest find and definitely a fast favorite. The Davines line is originally from Italy and is a natural haircare brand (editor’s note: I use the term “natural” loosely, thanks to the info that Natalie, a friend and reader, shared in the comments below – take a peek!) that uses high-grade, non-toxic ingredients that are good for you and the world around you. I have been using their Love smoothing products and adore the light scent and how amazingly soft and happy my hair feels. The unassuming packaging echoes the brand’s stripped down philosophy and a little goes a long way so I imagine my bottles will last me a while.


Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco shampoo & conditioner – Bumble and Bumble is a staple in beauty junkie shower stalls around the country and with good reason. Their creme de coco collection (I have tried the masque too and it is amazing) is rich and creamy and smells like you are on a tropical beach somewhere…with perfect hair. It’s like a lovely little vacation for your locks.


Finally, there is Fekkai. The Fréderic Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing shampoo & conditioner may have been my very first foray into luxe shampoos and still remains at the top of my list. This line is simply amazing. It leaves your hair super shiny, frizz-free and full of life. When I am not using the shampoo and conditioner, I am using the shining mist to get that impeccable Fekkai sheen and scent.

Hope you – and your happy hair! – enjoy!

4 Responses leave one →
  1. February 25, 2014

    Great post! I finally splurged on Fekkai shampoo (the volumizing version) and I could tell a difference- and so could my hairstylist! I’ve been a Pantene girl too, and occasionally Suave when the budget doesn’t allow, and last haircut she begged me to never use that again- hah!
    Anyway, the Fekkai has lasted an extremely long time, so maybe it is worth it?!

    • WWGD permalink*
      February 25, 2014

      Agreed! Mine lasts a while too and the results really are worth it. In my humble, unruly haired opinion 😉

  2. Natalie permalink
    February 25, 2014

    I love your roundups and was excited to discover a new non-toxic product! Plus the packaging for the Davines stuff is so well done. I was disappointed when I found the full ingredients on Birchbox, though…’cones’ of any kind (like dimethicone) are a no-go for my hair, as are sulfates, plus I avoid any kind of paraben in every product I use. Argh! Lots of self-described ‘natural’ companies live up to the hype they’re selling, ingredient-wise, but there are just as many which don’t. Sadly, I think it’s still up to us consumers to pore over every single ingredient label 🙁 Here’s the full ingredient list: Aqua/Water/Eau (Water), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Olive Oil PEG 7 Esters, Coco Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Olive Amphoacetate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Opuntia Coccinellifera (Opuntia Coccinellifera FLower Extract), Panthenol, Glyceryl Oleate, Glycol Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyquaternium 44, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium 10, Dicaprylyl Ether, Propylene Glycol, PEG 12 Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, FD&C Red 4 (CI 14700 (Red 4), FD&C Blue 1 (CI 42090) (Blue 1), Perfume (Fragrance)

    • WWGD permalink*
      February 26, 2014

      Aaaah!! Thank you, friend. Good info here. I still stand by the product, but not the “natural” claim, obviously.

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