I’ve switched back to a brand of shampoo that I’ve depended on for years, Suave. After going through one bottle of Pantene Pro-V,I’ve decided that the Pantene makes my hair a little too soft, and straightens out the natural curl. The dry winter air does that enough without help from my hair care product.
My son left a bottle of Fresh Mountain Strawberry Suave shampoo at the house, so I finally decided to use it up, even though that fragrance wouldn’t have been my first choice to purchase. They’ve actually changed the names of the fragrances again, so this one is now called Sun-Ripened Strawberry. Suave also offers: Mango Mandarin, Tropical Coconut, Waterfall Mist, Ocean Breeze, Wild Cherry Blossom, Juicy Green Apple, Aloe & Water Lily, Pomegranate Splash, Lavender Lilac, and something called Daily Clarifying which is supposed to be hypoallergenic.
It squeezes out of the bottle as a soft gel and lathers up nicely. For my short hair and braided “tail, ” I use a puddle about an inch in diameter for the first lathering, and about half of that for the second one. We have extremely hard water, but the product works well, even so. It rinses out easily and cleanly.
The list of ingredients in these shampoos is long, with a lot of chemicals (which isn’t really a dirty word). First in the list is water, followed by Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate. This is the most common ingredient in shampoos and body washes. It is a high-foaming surfactant that breaks up oils. Only six individuals out of 6.8 million users reported allergies or other reactions (such as serious eye irritation) to occasional use when followed by thorough rinsing, in a study by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review. Prolonged exposure may cause irritation, but when used properly people just lather up once or twice and then rinse shampoos away. I’ve never had any problems with any sort of adverse reaction.
The source of the label, “Naturals, ” is that each product does seem to contain actual plant extracts. The strawberry contains real strawberry juice, although it’s really far down in the ingredient list. Ocean Mist and Waterfall Mist contain algae extract, Wild Cherry Blossom has Oriental Cherry flower extract, etc. The colors are added artificially to match the expected hue associated with the name. Therefore, the Sun-Ripened Strawberry is pink, Lavender Lilac is a light purple, and so on.
I’ve also used the Green Apple fragrance, and I like that one better than the strawberry, as it really does smell like slightly spicy green apples. The strawberry is fruity and sweet. Both of these fragrances are moderately strong, but not overbearing, when lathering up. But they only leave a light scent on the hair. I consider this a good thing, because I don’t like strong fragrances. The scent only stays in my hair for about a day.
The bottle I’m using up is 15 ounces, but it seems to now come in 22 ounce bottles, of a slightly different shape, which cost anywhere between $2.50 and $3.50. Suave is almost always cheaper than other shampoos, and I’ve always had good results using them.
I really don’t have any negative feelings about this product. I prefer the spicy scents over the flowery or fruity ones, but they are all the same formula, apart from the fragrance. I don’t spend a lot of time on hair care. I just want a product that cleans, doesn’t smell strong, and doesn’t reduce the remaining natural curl of my hair (which has become less the older I’ve become). And I don’t want it to cost very much. Suave Naturals meets all these requirements.
My all time favorite shampoo was also a Suave product, Golden Wheat and Honey. Sadly, that one is no longer made. I thought it had a light, fresh scent and left my hair fluffier. That could have been all an illusion... the formulas are probably all the same. Nevertheless, I wish they would bring back that option.
When this bottle of Fresh Mountain Strawberry is gone, I’m sure that I will buy another Suave Naturals product, perhaps the Waterfall Mist or Ocean Breeze.
Suave Naturals Shampoo product information