OGX Hydrate and DeFrizz Kukui Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Review

It's so hot right now I can barely bring myself to blog. Vancouver's undergoing a heat wave this week, which means 30+ degree weather! For us, that's pretty damn hot. Along with the heat, comes the humidity and with it dry, brittle hair. Luckily, I've been trying out the new Organix Hydrate + Defrizz line and can report on whether this is worth buying.

The Product
Consisting of a shampoo, conditioner, oil and a curling cream, the entire Organix Hydrate + Defrizz line is formulated to give you smooth, sleek hair free from damage and the dreaded frizzies. Like all Organix (OGX) products, the shampoo and conditioner are paraben-free, sulfate-free and were not tested on animals.

The Guts
For the shampoo, the top ingredients are:

  • Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate - cleansing ingredient
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine - a cleanser, conditioner and anti-static ingredient derived from coconut oil. This one has been known to cause some skin irritation. 
  • PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Coco/Isostearamide - yet another cleanser
For the conditioner, the top ingredients are:
  • Cetearyl Alcohol - a pretty standard ingredient in conditioners. This is used to moisturize the hair
  • Cetyl Alcohol - a foaming agent that also helps moisturize hair
  • Behentrimonium Chloride - helps to smooth the hair, but there is some evidence that it can irritate some people
The star ingredient of these two products though, is the Kukui nut. Kukui oil is traditionally used in Hawaii as a moisturizing oil for the hair, nails and body. You can find all sorts of Kukui nut products in Hawaii, so I was curious to see how this "mainland" product fared. I'm pretty happy that the Kukui nut appears so high in the ingredients list of both these products.

Price & Packaging
Both the shampoo and conditioner come in 385 mL bottles and are both $9.99 at London Drugs. The packaging is very simple, with a flip-top cap and squeezable case. It's unusual shape means it will take up more space on your shower shelf, but I also like the slightly luxurious touch the curvy shape provides.

After testing out these products in tandem for the past 3 weeks, I have to say I am pretty... okay with the results. With such a rich sounding, "miracle" ingredient, you kinda expect more. As the ingredient list above shows, the largest ingredients in these products are pretty standard and that reflects my results.

My hair feels smooth and smells great afterwards, but isn't exceptionally soft. As well, I think it may be a tinge too heavy for my fine hair as I noticed I got greasy roots faster than normal.

Final Verdict
Buy - works well and the price is pretty good, but don't expect any miracles.

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