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Do you remember the time when multiple advertisements about the Garnier Fructis Long and Strong Shampoo were doing the rounds on social media?
I have to be honest here; I myself was quite intrigued as to why this product got so much hype, but never really got down to trying it out, until some months ago!
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This shampoo is meant for those with hair that is craving for rejuvenation and hair strengthening. Hair that has lost its lustre and shine and over time has become damaged and looks lifeless.
Well, this was exactly what my hair needed – rejuvenation, using a shampoo that can bring back life, lustre and health to my locs!
So, I did a little digging over the internet and that’s when the good old Garnier Fructis Long and Strong Shampoo came up in my searches.
With no hesitation this time round, I tried it out and here’s my review for you guys!
Garnier Fructis Long and Strong Shampoo Ingredients + Review
Garnier Fructis Shampoo Ingredients
Aqua/Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Coco-Betaine, Glycerin, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Chloride, Niacinamide, Cocamide MIPA, Saccharum Officinarum Extract/Sugar Cane Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Hydroxide, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Polyquaternium-10, Salicylic Acid, Dimethicone, Camellia Sinensis Extract/Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Pyrus Malus Extract/Apple Fruit Extract, Carbomer, Pyridoxine Hcl, Citric Acid, Methyl Cocoate, Citrus Grandis Oil/Grapefruit Peel Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Extract, Lemon Peel Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Amyl Cinnamal, Parfum/Fragrance
|Ingredient Name||What It Does|
|Sodium Laureth Sulfate||Surfactant/cleansing, Emulsifying|
|Coco-Betaine||Surfactant/cleansing, Viscosity Controlling|
|Glycerin||Skin-Identical Ingredient, Moisturizer/humectant|
|Glycol Distearate||Emollient, Emulsifying, Viscosity Controlling|
|Sodium Chloride||Viscosity Controlling|
|Niacinamide||Cell-Communicating Ingredient, Skin Brightening, Anti-Acne, Moisturizer/humectant|
|Cocamide MIPA||Surfactant/cleansing, Viscosity Controlling, Emulsifying|
|Saccharum Officinarum Extract/Sugar Cane Extract||Moisturizer/humectant|
|Sodium Cocoate||Surfactant/cleansing, Emulsifying|
|PPG-5-Ceteth-20||Emulsifying, Surfactant/cleansing, Emollient|
|Salicylic Acid||Exfoliant, Anti-Acne, Soothing, Preservative|
|Camellia Sinensis Extract/Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract||Antioxidant, Soothing|
|Benzyl Alcohol||Preservative, Perfuming, Solvent, Viscosity Controlling|
|Pyrus Malus Extract/Apple Fruit Extract||Moisturizer/humectant|
|Citrus Grandis Oil/Grapefruit Peel Oil||Perfuming|
|Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Extract|
|Lemon Peel Extract||Emollient|
Water in most hair care products (and other cosmetics) is the chief component of the formula as it’s the solvent which dissolves all the other ingredients.
The water used in hair care products is sterile and deionized. This means there are no minerals in this water as they can interfere with the other ingredients.
Water-based hair products, especially conditioners are lighter, spread easily and help hydrate your hair if there are humectants (like glycerin, etc.) present in the formula.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
As far as surfactants go, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is slightly milder and less irritating than Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS).
Okay so think of this way, SLS is the worst offending surfactant which can lead to redness, dryness, irritation, etc. on skin. SLES isn’t as bad but it can trigger irritation if you have sensitive scalps, Ammonium lauryl sulfate is generally safer and mild.
While most coconut-derived surfactants like cocamide MEA, etc. are known to be safe on sensitive skin as well.
However, SLES is fantastic for cleaning your scalp of debris, dirt, excess oil and product buildup, but it can strip hair dye so it shouldn’t be used on color-treated hair.
Also, a strong surfactant can clarify your scalp, clearing the way for hair fall medication like serums, etc. to reach your follicles and help them get adequate nutrition.
Glycerin is used in shampoos to act as a humectant. These attract moisture to your strands, hydrating them and then preventing the moisture from escaping.
This makes glycerin an excellent ingredient to use on low porosity hair, dehydrated hair, damaged hair, etc.
Hydrated hair is generally more elastic and less prone to breakage, hence glycerin helps reduce hair fall this way.
Sugar Cane Extract
Sugar Cane Extract contains phenolic compounds that have anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
So this ingredient is used in shampoos/hair care products to help control scalp infections and redness. It also helps in reducing dandruff.
Sugar Cane also contain lactic acid and glycolic acid which is a naturally recurring alpha hydroxy acids that exfoliate remove dirt, grime, oil and dead skin cells in the hair strands and scalp.
My Review of the Garnier Fructis Long and Strong Shampoo
So here’s an overview of my hair before I used this shampoo. Firstly, my hair had become dry and succumbed to extensive breakage. Also, I noticed severe hair damage like coarseness and also split ends. Hence, these were my target areas.
Well, I have been using this shampoo since two months now and I have to say that this shampoo was good, but maybe it didn’t live up to all the hype it gets, in my opinion.
It worked very well on my hair and has a strong cleansing power, so it did get rid of scalp and hair buildup to a considerable extent.
It had quite a few natural ingredients that were a powerful ingredient blend that helped moisturize my hair and reduce my hair dryness. It made my hair feel really soft while it also improved the texture of my hair.
I noticed the reduction in my hair breakage within the third week of using this shampoo and I thought that was fairly good.
This shampoo has a lovely fruity smell which makes my hair smell so fresh once it dries up.
One thing that I didn’t like about this product is that it contains sodium laureth sulfate and yes, I should have checked that out before I bought it, but that was an instant no for me. But luckily it didn’t do damage to my hair or my hair colour (yes, it worked super well on my colour-treated hair too!).
The texture of this shampoo is creamy and not liquidy, so I feel like unless you dilute it with water (like I do), it doesn’t lather too well.
I bought this shampoo on Amazon for $10, which is slightly on the higher side for just the shampoo. I wasn’t able to find the Garnier Fructis Long and Strong conditioner online, so I used my old conditioner with it.
Pros and Cons of the Garnier Shampoo
· Works well as a hair and scalp cleanser.
· Helps make the hair feel smooth in texture and soft to touch.
· Moisturizes the hair and helps reduce hair dryness.
· Reduces hair breakage considerably.
· Works fine even on color-treated hair.
· Has a lovely fruity scent.
· This shampoo contains sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), but luckily it didn’t dry out my hair.
· The shampoo is creamy in texture, so it requires dilution in water for smooth application.
· Relatively on the expensive side.
Should I Use This Shampoo With The Garnier Fructis Conditioner
This shampoo works like any other cleansing shampoo would. All you need to do is make sure that you wet your hair properly before applying the shampoo.
Since this shampoo is creamy in texture, I would suggest that you dilute it with a little water in your palm, rub your palms together and then apply it on your hair for smooth application.
Once you’ve shampooed your hair well, leave it on for at least 3 to 4 minutes so that the ingredients can soak into your hair strands so that the shampoo can deliver its best effects.
Then, rinse off well under running water and I’d suggest you use lukewarm water during this stage.
You can end with conditioning your hair with the Garnier Fructis Long and Strong conditioner for the best effects of this product.
Lastly, rinse off the conditioner using cool or cold water preferably, so the moisture gets sealed, inside the hair strands.
My Feature-wise Rating of the Garnier Fructis Long and Strong Shampoo
|Hair cleansing ability||4.4/5|
|Gentleness on the scalp and hair||4.4/5|
|Effectiveness of the product||4.4/5|
The final takeaway
Overall, I have to say that it is a good shampoo because it did keep up to delivering all its promised results.
It helps in reduction of dryness, aids hydration and reduction of hair breakage and even promotes hair strength. Also it is a good scalp and hair cleanser.
It also had many natural ingredients that worked as a powerful ingredient blend on the hair, contributing significantly to enhancing its effects.
The only reasons why I personally would not buy this product again is because I do not like using shampoos with sulfates and this shampoo contained sulfates.
Also, I prefer shampoos that are liquid, rather than creamy in consistency.