Clairol Hair Food Root Cleansing Shampoo and Moisture Hair Mask Review

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I was sent Clairol's Hair Food Root Cleansing Shampoo (infused with Strawberry Ginger Fragrance) to review and also their Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask (infused with Honey Apricot Fragrance). To give you a little background, my hair type is dry, relaxed, and color-treated. For over a year now, I've been co-conditioning my hair. Over time, co-conditioner's leave build up and you need a deep cleanser to remove that build-up. Clairol's Hair Food Root Cleansing Shampoo, did a good job removing product from my hair. My hair felt clean. My scalp felt clean. The shampoo had a wonderful strawberry scent and really lathered. The shampoo is also silicone, paraben and mineral oil FREE. So that went well. After shampooing, I used the Clairol Moisture Hair Mask. It's creamy and during the application, my hair felt moisturized. This mask had a very nice honey-apricot scent to it and it's also paraben & mineral oil free. So that went well. Where the problem came in, was when I started to dry & style my hair. It got really frizzy and felt very dry. Combing through was difficult. To counteract all of that, I had to use what I normally shampoo, condition and moisturize with. That's excessive! So I can't use these Clairol products on their own. Bottom line, these didn't work for me. I'm not sure if BOTH of the products caused the dryness or just one. I just feel my hair was stripped of all oils, and the purpose of these is to provide nourishment & moisture. I went online and read some other reviews. Some people did well using these and some experienced what I did. There didn't seem to be a middle ground; it was either they loved it (and it worked) or I hate this stuff (I'm never buying it again)! LOL So it really seems like a mixed bag. I'm giving these a bittersweet rating (even though they didn't work for me), because honestly I don't feel these products are formulated for my hair type (several african-american reviewers experienced what I did). So I took all of these factors into account when giving these products a grade. The Clairol Hair Food Collection (Cleansing, Moisture, Volume Collections) can be purchased at Target locations nationwide & Target.com. Have you tried it?

Disclosure: I was also given a Capresso Iced Tea Maker and two bags of tea infused with some of  the same ingredients (honey & strawberry) found in Hair Food. Receiving these free items, had no effect on my review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Sweet-Bittersweet-NotSweet
supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff) 
  Clairol's Hair Food Root Cleansing Shampoo & Moisture Hair Mask are Bittersweet 


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Margo @ PrettyPanda said...

This was so interesting to read!! I can see how you would hate it. What you dislike is what I love about it! This is the only shampoo I can use right now (strawberry ginger) because my hair is SO fine and oily I need it to be super clean all the time or I feel gross!

Brighton Hill said...

Good review! Have a great week!

xo, Bry

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Candice Petersen said...

These sound really interesting!!

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Courtney Williamson said...

These sound interesting and from the reviews I can imagine they might work really well on a different hair type. It's a shame they didn't cater more for your needs though.
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Jackie Harrison said...

This is a great brand with a new healthy product for the hair I need to track it down need something to get rid of build up and make my hair soft. Great review Kim.

Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

I tried Clairol once, long long time ago and my hair didn't like anything. Glad to see they don't use parabens in their formulas, though. A great start! Thank you for the review, Kim! x

Emmylou MW said...

Your post just reminded me I need a cleansing shampoo, as I put so much stuff in my hair sometimes it's not even funny...sigh....Too bad these ones are a no-go. TY for the honest review as usual, Kim:)

Diva Desle said...

Such a pity that these products didn't work. I hate it when hair products make your hair frizzy and feel hard and dry. Thanks for the review Kim. xxx

Mica T said...

It's a shame that the products didn't work for you as they sounded great! :( But at least you have the tea - hehe! I hope that was more pleasing! ;)

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Lilli said...

What a shame, I dont think they would be good even on my hair you know, will fear it will turn out too heavy and not well moisturized, have dry hair as urs Kim. The scent seems very lovely though! Hugs and happy July! xo

Anya Jensen said...

Great review Kim, even though it didn't quite work for you :)
A xx

Rakhshanda Rizvi said...

really shameful that both products didn't work for you. Very honest review Kim. Kisses <3

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Darcy said...

Bummer they didn't work. Seems like they did the opposite of what they were supposed to haha!
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Linda Libra Loca said...

I love the way you took the product picture, such a cute set-up!
My hair is quite dry and brittle, too (too much color treating...), so i would be interested in learning more about co-conditioning? Did you do a blog post on it earlier?

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Miss Val's Creations said...

That is too bad the products didn't work for you. I hope the iced tea maker is useful. :-)

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I'm big on co-washing as well and effective clarifying is so important. These products sounded really promising so it's a bummer that they were so drying on your hair but that happens sometimes. I'm not buying any new hair products cause I just received a bunch of Alterna ones but I have seen this line on the shelves at Target.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Nerline Germain said...

Hi Kim! Thanks for this wonderful review! When you say relaxed, do you mean chemically treated? Because that's what it means in the African American community. It's too bad the products dried out your hair! I like the packaging!

Cee said...

Another great review, Kim! Shampoos can be so challenging, what works for one person can be a total disaster for someone else - glad you go so much of the trial and error for us ;)
xox,
Cee

Dazzling zest said...

Nice review
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Dazzling zest said...

Nice review
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Ramona said...

It can be so tricky to find perfect products. Couple month ago I saw on shop shelf Pantene shampoo and conditioner. I remembered how much I loved it years ago and driven by my nostalgia I bought. I was so disappointed how dry and I would say coarse my hair become. I straight away through it out and picked up dove pure care dry oil mask and I never looked back. Last week got my second. Hair are so soft and smell so pretty.
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JOURNAL OF STYLE said...

Ohhh, sorry that they didn't work out for you, Kim! The consistence of it looks promising! Glad you have at least the Iced Tea Maker as a compensation instead! Great photos, sweetheart!

xoxo Ira
JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

Lauren Carter said...

Great review! It sounds like the shampoo did its job, but the mask didn't replace what the shampoo stripped away. The shampoo sounds like something I would use.

Jane said...

i always trust your reviews kim because you really really do a thorough job with the pictures and your words and really trying the products out. i always feel this every time i read a review of yours! xx

Sara-h Jane said...

Oh what a bummer! I hadn't even heard of this stuff before though, lol. I feel that you are the most in the know person about beauty products!

Gabrielle said...

The honey-apricot scent sounds rather lovely, although it's a pity these products didn't work magnificently with your hair! Well, they say there's, uh.. plenty more hair products in the ocean? haha :)

Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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jo said...

Aww that's too bad it didn't work out for you, Kim! Oh well, I'm sure you're going to have a chance to find something you like in the future. Happy early Independence Day and THANK YOU so much for your kind words and support on my blog! You are definitely my most loyal reader. So fortunate to have you as my friend. :))

xo Jo

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Hailey Middleton said...

So interesting. You left a really thoughtful review, I enjoyed reading it!

Hailey
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Lizzy Fresh said...

I work at Target and have always thought about picking up a few products from this line so I'm glad I saw your review first! I have pretty dry hair to begin with since I bleach my bangs and straighten the rest so this sounds almost like a nightmare product for me ;( Definitely don't think it will be worth the 10 dollar gamble on each piece now!

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miss b said...

I always admire your honesty in your reviews! I know what you mean about product build-up and a deep cleansing shampoo is a good idea from time to time. A shame that it didn't work for you but I can see that it still may be worth a try. The iced tea maker looks interesting. I've never heard of these before!

Kizzy Von Doll said...

Oh that's a shame!! I've tried products like that and had the same happen to me. I can't afford for my hair to be or even feel dry because it just puffs up and goes everywhere. What a shame. More work un-needed when you have to wash your hair again with your own products!! Super review :) Happy Friday doll x

Ashley said...

Nice review Kim! Too bad this made your hair super dry and frizzy. I feel like clarifying shampoos can be harsh sometimes!

Andrea said...

I've actually tried Hair Food shampoo and conditioner, they were giving them away on Hollywood Blvd one day when I was showing my visiting friend LA. I used the conditioner a while ago and I wasnt impressed, it was ok. And I recently opened the shampoo (cuz I ran out of my regular shampoo and I didnt have time to go buy more) and again, its ok, so I agree with your reviews! xo
Andrea
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Lorena said...

Too bad! well, on the bright side, at least they smelled good.

oomph. said...

it sounds like the two should work well together - one strips, the other gives back moisture. guess it's just not the right balance!

Margarita Bloom said...

I have tried that hair mask and it did the same thing to my hair...made it feel very stripped and dry. Didn't like it at all.

Regina
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C.G. Wilson said...

Good Day,
Great review!!! I also have very Dry Hair. I used The Honey Shampoo, and Conditioner. I did a quick experiment with the conditioner. I wanted to see if would work as Leave In Conditioner.
I added two Quarter size amount of the Honey conditioner, and 3oz of water. Shake well, then I sprayed on as my hair was damp. Comb with a wide tooth comb, and rollar set. Kept my hair smooth, and soft all day. No Frizz, just smooth, and shiny.
Honey Conditioner, not Mask work better. The mask I use as deep conditioner, Rinse well, then spray the Homemade Honey Conditioner. Complete softness. I hope this is helpful.

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