We all know that Garnier is a household name in haircare, but have you tried their Fructis line? There are so many options to choose from. One of the most talked-about products is the shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair. It’s specifically designed to nourish your hair while still protecting it against external aggressors like heat or harsh light. And with its vibrant packaging, we’re pretty sure this will be on everyone’s wish list! Here are the things that we like, and don’t like, about the Garnier Fructis Line
We Like the Lightweight Formula
Set aside some time to look at the ingredients list. You’ll notice that most of the products contain glycerin, aloe extract, vitamin E, and even camellia oil — all of which are known to soften hair plus add shine. The lightweight formula allows users with normal or dry hair to skip on extra silicones or keratin treatments so we like its gentleness too!
We Are Indifferent Towards the Scent
This is really a personal preference. Some people may think that this shampoo smells great but I honestly couldn’t stand it for more than three seconds when I opened up my sample bottle. It has a strong chemical scent that does fade away after rinsing out your hair but trust us, you’ll want to ensure that you use a conditioner afterward so your hair doesn’t feel really dry.
We Like its Color Protection Promise
This is not the cheapest drugstore shampoo out there, but if it can protect our hair from external damage (like heat styling!) we’re definitely going to buy it! To treat colored hair with gentleness and care, look for products that have Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil in them.
It’s an organic oil that makes up 98% of Castor Oil with antioxidant properties and may help repair your hair cuticle and prevent color loss over time. Garnier Fructis Colour Vibrance Shampoo (P395) contains this ingredient too so if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, pick it up instead!
We Dislike the Packaging and Dispenser
The bottle is quite heavy so beware when traveling with it because you’re bound to have some leakage issues. Also, the opening of the bottle cap seems way too small (and constricting) so it’s hard for users to get their hands into it. And since there’s no pump dispenser, we had to really squeeze out some product every time which made us hate this more and more as time went by. They have since added a pump to some of their larger quantity bottles though.
We Like the Repairing Effects on Damaged Hair
Garnier Fructis Color Vibrancy Conditioner (P380) makes these claims: “Infused with argan oil from Morocco to moisturize and renew hair that’s been over-processed, color-treated, or over-styled. Imparts intense shine while sealing the cuticle to strengthen hair from within.”
We think that this conditioner really does deliver on its promise. The combination of vitamins and argan oil definitely helped us smooth out our dry locks! Plus the price is right for drugstore users so we give it a thumbs up!
We Dislike That It Stiffened Women’s Hair.. A Lot!
With all the silicones in this product (Cetearyl alcohol, anyone?) it feels really thick when you’re applying it onto wet hair but once you rinse everything off your strands will feel like they’ve just been slipped into a binder.
If you have fine hair or a really bad case of ‘the frizz‘ this product is not for you unless your hair tends to be waived and more volumized after styling.
Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Cream (P395) contains the same silicones as the shampoo but in cream form so if you’re fond of argan oil this will work better on your strands since it won’t stiffen them up like the conditioner does!
For P395, we get two bottles of shampoo and one tube of anti-frizz cream. This is probably the best part about the Garnier Fructis line – (oh, the horror!) This is really disappointing for us because we want you to get smooth and shiny but not thick-textured hair. 🙁
We Like that It’s Affordable!
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly anti-frizz solution then this one works great on our strands! Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti Frizz Serum (P295) contains silicone so it does weigh down your hair a bit after application but thankfully the effect wears off after several hours.
We Like its Protective Qualities For Healthy Hair
You’ll also like that it’s infused with antioxidants from red apples which helps condition your hair from within.
In conclusion, we like the shampoo and serum for their protective qualities for our dry and damaged hair, but we dislike how thick it makes our locks feel (the silicone in both products!). Garnier Fructis conditioner is a no-no for fine hair or those who want to feel body and volume in their strands after styling. For us though? We like both of these!