Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hairvitalize Balsam and Protein Shampoo (Dollar Tree)


Never judge a product by its cringeworthy brand name...
Given the number of shampoos I’ve already reviewed, one must think I’m obsessed with my hair.  I assure you that’s not even the case.  In fact, it’s just the opposite:  Since I don’t care, I don’t really have a go-to brand, hence the reason for me jumping around and trying so many different kinds…but now, thanks to Dollar Tree, I might just have my “go-to” shampoo.

You have to be skeptical when approaching Hairvitalize (a brand name that makes me cringe).  At least, I know I was.  32 ounces of shampoo for just a dollar?  Considering I have also reviewed 12 and 20 oz. bottles from the Tree, and was underwhelmed with each one (though for different reasons), I thought for sure this would be another one for the discard pile.  But I was wrong.  This stuff works! 

First things first, it has a proper consistency for shampoo, something that Silkience didn’t have.  Also, unlike that brand, it lathers up pretty well, so you actually feel like you’re cleaning your hair, rather than just rubbing soap in it.  I’ve used this product for probably two full bottles now (and since my hair is generally short, one bottle ends up lasting me at least a month), and my hair is pretty much the same as it always was.  I’m not sure if it really moisturizes all that much, but it certainly doesn’t dry it out, and that’s good enough for me.  And can you really go wrong with 32 oz. of the stuff for a buck?

I will give in and say that the scent pretty much sucks.  It reminds me of straight-up rubbing alcohol, actually.  But even when smelling it in the bottle, it’s so weak, that I highly doubt it has much of a fragrance once it’s in your hair.  I could be wrong, but no one’s ever said my hair smells terrible after I’ve used it, and that’s some information that I know my wife wouldn’t hold back.

In contrast, I will say that while I find it to be a great shampoo, my hair-obsessed wife is less than enthused with this product…in fact, she flat-out refuses to use it, opting instead for some kind of salon-wannabe-bullshit.  So if you treat your hair as if you’re constantly expecting there to be a sudden hair contest wherever it is you’re going, and you want to win first prize, then maybe this isn’t the shampoo for you.  Or if you want your hair to smell like it’s made of strawberries, then you definitely will want to look elsewhere.  But if you just want something that’s going to do what shampoo is supposed to do, and clean your hair, then the retardedly-named Hairvitalize might be just what you’re looking for.

Overall: 8.5/10.  It’s not the greatest-smelling shampoo in the world, and it’s really not going to take your dry hair and turn it into moisture-filled locks of beauty, but if you’re just looking for a product that simply does what it sets out to do, and for a phenomenal price, look no further than Hairvitalize.  It’s easily the best shampoo product I’ve found at Dollar Tree, and it’s also the cheapest, making this a highly-recommended product!

2 comments:

  1. I like Hairvitalize Balsam and Protein Shampoo but I can't find it any more in the Dollar Tree Stores in Columbus, Ga. Could you please order some more for our stores in Columbus

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    1. I do not work for, nor am I affiliated with, any of the businesses whose products I review. I pay for all of them as any customer would, so I am not in a position to order or request to order any products.

      I will say I looked for Hairvitalize at my local Dollar Tree (also a Columbus, but different state) just two weeks ago, and it was also gone from there. However, it seems to still be available on Dollar Tree's website, and I think they ship to their stores for free, so assuming you don't mind ordering by the case (which is 12), you could have them ship it to your Georgia store.

      http://www.dollartree.com/health-beauty/hair-care/Balsam-Shampoo/591c599c599p30229/index.pro

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