DOES your favorite shampoo or conditioner come from a big-box store like Walmart?
One hairstylist revealed the products she would never use, and claimed they could dry out your hair or damage it, but recommended other great budget options to buy instead.
Sabrina Shick, a licensed hairstylist, has 52k followers on TikTok, where she posted a video review of several popular products on the shelves.
The first product she criticized was a leave-in from the L’Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths line, the No Haircut Cream.
“This is bulls**t,” Shick said, referring to the claim on the bottle that the product could “help seal” split ends to reduce breakage.
“Split ends cannot be ‘mended,'” Shick argued. “They need cut off.” There’s disagreement online about whether split ends can be “sealed,” and The Sun has reached out to L’Oreal for comment.
Pointing her camera at a wide array of Herbal Essences products, Shick wrote off the shampoos and conditioners entirely.
“Smells great, but no,” she ruled. Shick said the products are “full of hidden sulfates and parabens.”
Though ingredients labels on several Herbal Essences products do include sulfates, the brand has replaced parabens in most of its products with a naturally-derived substitute, according to its website.
Even some sulfate-free products didn’t get Shick’s seal of approval. The Pantene Nutrient Blends collection, for example, was among the products the hairstylist won’t use.
Though the shampoos and conditioners are sulfate-free, Shick said they’re “loaded with sodiums instead,” which can be drying for some hair types. The labels on the collection do list sodium compounds among the ingredients.
There were also a few brands Shick dismissed without providing a reason. Shimmer Lights purple toning shampoo, Aussie shampoo and conditioner, and TRESemmé products all received a hard “no.”
“I’d literally use battery acid before Tresemme,” she claimed, though she didn’t explain why the brand elicited such a strong reaction.
Walmart shoppers can be comforted: Shick didn’t write off every affordable product on the shelves, so if you’re looking to her for advice, there are still many options.
Hask is one brand that received top marks from the stylist across the board.
“Hask is an underappreciated queen,” Shick said, suggesting viewers add the shampoo and conditioner to their showers.
She also praised the Hask deep-conditioning masks “Do not sleep on these hair masks! Use once a week,” Shick instructed.
Shea Moisture also earned her praise, particularly the Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Curl and Shine line.
“Yes OMG yes,” Shick wrote. “Shea Moisture is affordable and uses high-quality ingredients.
If you want to seek out a gentle, nature-inspired brand, Shick had two more recommendations.
Hairitage products are vegan and cruelty-free, while Wow Skin Science’s Apple Cider Vinegar shampoo earned her praise by being “all-natural.”
In the comments section, Shick reiterated that her recommendations were just that – her recommendations.
“Different products work differently on everyone,” she wrote. “You gotta find what works for you!”