When I first bought the Pureology Hydrate Light shampoo and conditioner ($45 for both), I didn’t expect much. Sulfate-free shampoos are notoriously disappointing. No lather, build-up, that “I swear I just washed this hair” look that makes you wonder why you bothered in the first place. But the Pureology Hydrate products don’t disappoint.
In addition to a generous lather, the shampoo has a lovely minty scent. The conditioner is hydrating, but doesn’t weigh hair down, even after several consecutive days of use. I have fine hair, so I’ve always gravitated to volumizing products. But the hydration in this shampoo and conditioner gives a bouncy softness that negates the need for a volume boost.
Want to try the product before you commit to spending more than $20 on shampoo? You can pick up travel-sizes at your local Ulta store. Looking to save money on full-size products? You have two options: 1) Pureology sells a jumbo size that gives you 4x the amount of shampoo for double the price. 2) You can hit up eBay for salon sizes and inexpensive product.
Now that I know I like this shampoo and conditioner, I will probably pick up the gallon jugs they sell for salons on eBay and then refill my smaller bottles. You can’t always trust eBay sellers, so be diligent about reading comments from other buyers and product reviews. You don’t want to get stuck with a bottle full of useless goo that’s supposed to be shampoo.
If you’re looking for a drugstore brand, I’ve never found one that I didn’t hate. Maybe some of the CHS readers can make a recommendation for sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner in a wallet-friendly price point.