I have been eyeing these in Dischem for a while, because I’ve always wanted to try the Moroccanoil products but they’re a bit pricey for me considering hair isn’t my top priority. I’ve decided my New Year’s resolution for 2014 is to put more effort into my hair. I might actually start styling it occasionally. My local Dischem always has the Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil conditioner, but not the shampoo, and I wanted to try them together. I mentioned as much in a tweet session with some other bloggers and Freebies PR and was lucky enough to be sent both the shampoo and conditioner to try out.
I really like the packaging and the bright turquoise blue is what caught my eye in the shops initially. The next thing that I immediately noticed was that these products are sulfate free, which is something I’ve always wanted in a shampoo/conditioner but isn’t easy to find at a good price point. These retail for R99.95 each.
I wish I could compare them to the Moroccanoil products, but unfortunately I haven’t tried them, and even if I had it might be unfair considering the price difference. I was hoping for a lovely scent, but I found the Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco products don’t have a noticeable fragrance. They do however have a faint, clean scent which is pleasant but not breathtaking.
The first time I used the shampoo and conditioner I wasn’t sure what to say about them because I didn’t see much difference in my hair, but having used them several times consistently there is definitely a cumulative effect. By the third or fourth use my hair had a definite smoothness, shine and softness to it, which is what I really need from a shampoo and conditioner. My hair is colour treated every month and tends to be quite coarse. I find the shampoo lathers really well, and the conditioner is not heavy. I do find I use a lot more of the conditioner than I would with a thicker, creamier one because it feels so light and I want to make sure it’s actually working! They contain shea butter, wheat protein, keratin and grape seed oil. I noticed the Argan oil is right at the very end of the ingredients list in the shampoo, so it in fact contains relatively little, whereas it is a more concentrated in the conditioner.
Whether you love this (and I know some of you do from my Instagram comments!) or feel underwhelmed might depend on the type of hair you have. I found for my damaged, colour treated hair I still need to use a hair treatment or mask (there is actually a treatment in this range, btw) but it definitely made enough difference to make it great value for money. I would definitely purchase these to use alternatively with a silver shampoo to banish brassy tones. Now to convince my neighbourhood Dischem to stock the shampoo and not only the conditioner!