First, yay!, because Sarah's pregnant! Go tell her eveything's going to be fine!
Now, do you remember when I asked for recommendations for 2-in-1 shampoo conditioners? Lots of you gave suggestions, and then I bought five to try. Three were from the suggestions and two were just There and so I bought them. One I wanted to buy but didn't was the Dove 2-in-1, because I could only find it in a huge bottle and I didn't want a huge bottle when I was only using 2-in-1s for the last weeks of pregnancy.
I may change my mind on that huge bottle, because I'm continuing to find 2-in-1 products helpful even now that I'm not pregnant. I usually shower at night (I prefer mornings, but geez), and I don't like to go to bed with wet hair. Recently, I've been washing my hair in the morning, leaning over the bathtub. If I use a 2-in-1, this is pretty quick and easy, and makes me feel all fresh and shampooey-clean in the morning, which is a pleasant change from the stale, matted feeling of hair that was slept on while wet.
Of the five I tried, there were 2 winners, 2 losers, and 1 fine. The losers were a Suave 2-in-1 and a Target brand 2-in-1, both of them Pantene copycats (words on label such as "pro-vitamin formula"). They made my hair seem darker and duller and yuckier and frizzier. When I used those two, I liked my hair less. The Suave one was the best of all five for making my hair easier to comb, but that was its only good point.
The fine one was Garnier Fructis Fortifying 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner for Normal Hair. I liked it pretty well, but there were a couple of days when my hair looked like it needed to be washed even though I'd just washed it. Also, my hair was harder than usual to comb. The smell was pleasantly fruity, but I don't usually like fruity scents.
The two winners were Pert Plus 2 in 1 Shampoo Plus Medium Conditioner for Normal Hair, and Herbal Essences Hello Hydration 2 in 1 Moisturizing Shampoo + Conditioner. The Herbal Essences gets an edge because of its cool bottle, pretty color, and yum coconut-y smell. The Pert Plus gets an edge for nostalgia (I used it in high school), and because I think it made my hair the softest and prettiest of all the kinds I tried. They both left my hair relatively easy to comb, and I didn't think they made my hair look much worse than usual.
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