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Birchbox Review: Fekkai Shampoo & Conditioner

Feb 6, 2014

I've been getting Birchbox for about three months now, and I'm always super excited when it arrives! The samples aren't always the bomb diggity, but each month I get at least one that makes the whole thing worth it.

The January Birchbox has been my favorite so far, mostly due to this ULTRA FABULOUS FIND:

I don't think I've ever been this excited about shampoo and conditioner. I have tried everything y'all -- from expensive brands your hairdresser cons you into buying, to knockoff generics you get at Sally's, and every gimmicky middle-of-the-road brand in between.

I keep my hair long, and it's really thick and wavy, plus I color it (I'm a lot nicer to it these days since I use eSalon, but it wasn't always so). I tend to need a lot of whatever product I'm using because my hair soaks it up so fast, and shampoo is especially challenging because I use more than the average person to ensure clean hair, but I don't want to overdo it because my red hair will get brassy fast. Because of this, I only wash my hair once every 2-3 days, and while it's less maintenance, I miss having my hair smell really nice because my skin doesn't hold fragrance, but my hair will.

When I opened my January Birchbox, I was less than thrilled to see sample size shampoo and conditioner. I'm a hotel hoarder so lately I've been using all of my samples from various hotels to A) save money and B) free up some cabinet space in my bathroom.

I was initially most excited about the Revealed Palette Sampler (eye shadow), but they were the wrong colors for me. The Burt's Bees hand cream was nice, but I have enough hand cream. And the Journey perfume wasn't a great fragrance on me.

Feeling kind of bummed, I took a break from my hotel samples and tried the Fekkai shampoo and conditioner. The first thing I noticed was how incredible it smelled. It reminds me of something I can't place, but whatever it is, it's a very clean, bright scent that hangs around all day after you use it, and I swear it will change your mood every time you get a whiff!

The shampoo is very thick and concentrated, so I massaged a little into my hairline then added water and worked over the rest of my scalp. I typically don't use shampoo all over my hair unless it's noticeably dirty, so I only needed about two quarter-size worth of shampoo, which is half of what I would normally use. The conditioner was just as delightful and left my hair feeling super soft and silky afterwards.

The big selling point of this shampoo/conditioner is that is makes your hair shiny. From Birchbox: Natural olive oils encapsulate each strand to soften, hydrate, and add megawatt shine. Added bonus: This creamy rinse is totally safe for color-treated hair.

It's tough to get my hair shiny without putting something greasy on it, so I didn't notice a huge difference on that count, but here's the major thing I did notice -- After using it for the first time, I didn't think about washing my hair until six days later. Even then, only a couple of strands around my face were getting stringy, but the rest of my hair was smooth yet still voluminous. It didn't even smell dirty!

A cool thing about Birchbox is every time you review a product they send you, you get 10 points. 100 points = $10 to spend on their website, and I think I'll use my reward to get Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Crรจme and see if that will boost the shine of my hair.

The one thing I'm not sure about for long-term use is one of the ingredients is sodium laureth sulfate, an additive to many products to get suds and foam. You can blame those drunk ad folks on Madison Ave. for bringing it into the mainstream:

I switched to L'Oreal EverStrong products last year and immediately noticed a change in the rate my hair dried out and got split ends between cuts, so I know that pesky additive isn't the best for my hair. In the summertime when I wash my hair more frequently, I'll switch between the two.


  1. The glossing cream is AMAZING. It's lightweight and just the smallest little pea-sized amount is all it takes to give glass and -- more importantly for me -- smooths all fly aways better than anything I've ever used.

  2. This is such good news! I can't wait to try it!

  3. The burts bees isn't hand creme.. its a really amazing facial moisturizer. Try it on your face!