ApotheCARE Essentials Vanilla Argan Oil Sweet Almond Shampoo and Conditioner for Dry Hair ($12.99 each, a 12-oz. bottle with pump), and The Mender Hair Oil ($10.99 for a 4-oz. bottle)

Got an unruly mop? These three silicone-, paraben- and dye-free hair helpers can…help? If you don’t mind hair that’s sleeker, smoother and dramatically flatter.

Like, dude, where’s my volume?

There’s a shampoo, a conditioner and a hair oil, and they tame big hair stat. I see a difference immediately when I use them together on my wavy hair, which is dyed and healthy for the most part, but I do have to deal with dry ends.

Thing is…the lack of volume.

Depending on how much puff you want in your pouf, flattening can be a good or a bad thing. If you crave the kind of control that tames tresses by weighing your hair down (which I totally get, because sometimes wild hair needs/wants serious taming!), these will do that, but if big hurr is your priority, like it is mine, ’cause #bighairdontcare, I’d say skip ’em.

SHAMPOO INGREDIENTS
Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine*, Sodium Chloride, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Extract*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract*, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Arctium Lappa Root Extract*, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract*, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycol Distearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Polyquaternium-10, Cocamide MEA, PPG-9, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool *Plant-Based Ingredients

CONDITIONER INGREDIENTS
Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol*, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine*, Glycerin*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Extract*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract*, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Arctium Lappa Root Extract*, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract*, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, Behentrimonium Chloride*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), Dipropylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Potassium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool *Plant-Based Ingredients

HAIR OIL INGREDIENTS
Mineral Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Octyldodecanol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Extract*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract*, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Arctium Lappa Root Extract*, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract*, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopherol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool *Plant-Based Ingredients

I’m on the fence about these three… Depending on how I feel about volume at any given moment, I like them. When I’m not in a “big hair” mood, I think they’re pretty good individually and used together…but I don’t love them enough to restock.

But they get points for being affordable and for having a fantastic fragrance, IMO, which reminds me of a schmexy, much $$$-er vanilla at Tom Ford.

❤️❤️ 2 out of 5 hearts

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen