Martoni’s Testing Lab: Shampoo: Organix?

I’m sitting at my desk, simultaneously typing and applying lotion. (I use Aveeno Active Naturals for my body and Keri Shea Butter for my feet; the Keri lotion does wonders for your feet, ladies!)  I just got out of a shower in my dorm.  It’s my first time using Organix shampoos, so I’m conducting a litte observational experiment.  If I am correct, my hair should dry by the time I finish typing this post, and we will have the results.

Ever since I was a toddler I had a hair-styling routine.  My mother kind of viewed me as her doll to play dress-up with.  She would blow dry my hair pin-straight, and then she would re-curl it with those horrible plastic curlers that tangled and ripped out your hair.  You know the one’s I’m talking about?  These, actually. (Look down.)

However, after three years at SUNY New Paltz, I have entered into the realm of being nice to your hair, and by that I mean not doing anything to it involving heat.  That’s a lie, actually.  I blow dry my bangs, but that’s different.

Anyway, on a line between straight and curly, pin-straight being 0, 5 being beautifully wavy, and poodle curly being 10, my hair is about an 8.3.  I want it to be about a 6.3.  I want it to be a soft, flowy 6.3 without using a curling iron or gels.

Last semester, I ran out of shampoo and my roommate kindly allowed me to borrow a spoonful of her Organix hydrating teatree mint shampoo.  It smelled absolutely orgasmix.  So, when I ran out of my bottle of Herbal Essences hello hydration, which is a perfectly fine brand (it smells coconutly amazing, but isn’t fancy and organic), I went down to the drug store and bought a bottle of the heavenly teatree mint shampoo.  Then I saw the ever straight brazilian keratin therapy bottle and, after reading the little blurb on the front, I bought that too.  Hey, you’re supposed to wash your hair twice anyway, right?

Here’s what the blurb said: “An exclusive blend of antioxidant rich cocoa nut oil along with lush keratin proteins to strengthen and soften the hair, while organic avocado oil and cocoa butter smooth the cuticle for straight, strong tresses, adding a brilliant glow and luminescent shine.”

Um, who wouldn’t buy it after reading that? I’m sure a few of my ex-boyfriends would even buy it.

FYI, here’s the teatree mint blurb: “An ultra hydrating blend of Australian teatree oils to add moisture and strength, while nourishing your hair with replenishing moisturizing milk proteins and micro infused peppermint oils for hydration and balance.”  Doesn’t that sound absolutely delish too?

I washed my hair with the two Organix shampoos, and then I conditioned it with Herbal Essences long term relationship conditioner, which is actually one of my suite-mates’.  (If you’re reading this, Nikki or Azad or Jackie or Jen or Sara, don’t hate me for using it.  It was calling me.)  The long term relationship one is for long hair; I used it even though I have relatively short hair.  Oh well, maybe I’m subconsciously expressing my inner clinginess.

So, in keeping with the eu naturel theme, I applied some extra virgin olive oil to my damp hair instead of my routine Biosilk silk filler, which I’ve been using since I was 9.  Again, nothing against my trusted silk filler.  I had my roommate smell my hair to make sure I didn’t smell like pasta and she said it smelled like mint, so that wasn’t a problem.

I guess it’s time to check out my hair, now that it’s dry…

Alright.  On a scale of softness, 1 being like hay and 10 being like butter, I give my hair a 9.  (My hair is not melting in my fingertips.)  On the curly scale, I give it an 8.  My hair is .3% straighter. Fail.

Oh well, the shampoo still smells amazing.  And, technically, I didn’t follow the instructions that say, “For best results, use in conjunction with other Organix products.”  Hmm.  I’ve got my eye on that soft & silky vanilla silk conditioner and that coconut milk anti-breakage hair serum.  I suppose it wouldn’t be too horrible to re-do my experiment. ;]

What have you experienced from using Organix products? Comment!

Charlene V. Martoni

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