Review: Moroccanoil Smooth shampoo and conditioner

A while back Moroccanoil launched a new Smooth collection consisting of a shampoo (R350), conditioner (R370), blow dry lotion (R430) and mask (R570) specially formulated to sleeken unruly, frizz-prone locks without sacrificing volume.

Smooth operators...
Smooth operators…

Everything in the line up contains antioxidant-rich argan oil and strengthening amino acids and the conditioner and mask takes things a step further to include mega-hydrating argan butter and coconut-derived fatty acids. What’s not in the mix are sulfates, phosphates and parabens.

Moroccanoil's BLAH working his magic on a model at the launch
Moroccanoil’s Global Creative Ambassador, Steven Turpin, working his magic on a model at the recent launch in Cape Town.

Having very fine, dead straight hair that requires a light touch, I didn’t feel I was the right target market to review these babies but my loss was my friend Alice’s gain. She’s got thick, fabulous, naturally curly hair that requires a little more moisture and is a big Moroccanoil fan so it made sense that I hand her the sham and con. She’s been using them for a while now and her thoughts are as follows:

‘The shampoo didn’t work out for me. It didn’t “spread” or foam well so it kind of just sat on my scalp and I didn’t feel like it did a good enough job of cleansing. It kind of made my hair feel oily. The conditioner is fantastic though! After the first time I used it I could feel my hair was significantly softer and my curls were really definite with no frizz. I learned the hard way that I have to use very little but once I got that down I got the best results. I like to team it with the oil applied to the ends before blow drying and together the results are awesome.’

Models in white and bloggers in black. And no, that wasn't planned.
Models in white and my fellow media peeps in black. And no, that wasn’t planned.

I didn’t receive the mask so I wasn’t able to dole it out to my curly girls but I do want to let you know I’ve been using the Weightless Hydrating Mask for fine, dry hair (R420) and I love, love, love it. I can’t remember where I got it from (I have a vague recollection of receiving a voucher to blow at an online store and it was on special or something) and it lived in my bathroom cupboard for ages. I took it out on a whim the other day thinking I’d use it as a weekly treatment but I’ve now been using it every second day. You only need a small amount and I can happily slap it over my entire head – roots and all – and still come out with sleek, swishy locks that feel bouncy and clean. And then there’s the smell! I was always a bit ‘meh’ about Moroccanoil’s sweet, musky scent when it first arrived on the scene but now it’s like an addiction.

Love, love


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