We’re getting ready to head to the US for a few weeks to do some stuff that isn’t going to be all that fun, but needs to be done. Like, dealing with all of the stuff we’ve had in storage for the last few years. So this week has been kind of hectic and I’m glad it is finally the weekend! I am looking forward to seeing my family though since it has been a while. Plus, I’ll get to do a bit of shopping at Costco, of course. I never have a visit to the US without a bit of Costco too.
If you’re in the UK, don’t forget that a new coupon book started this week. And if you’re in the US, you’ve only got another week (until October 26) to pick up anything in the latest coupon book, and get ready for Halloween.
Kirkland Signature Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner – This week I’ve got a cautionary tale about hair care. Sometimes, more expensive does not mean better, it just means that you are spending a lot more money.
When we were in Australia last year I decided that I was going to treat my hair to some Molton Brown shampoo and conditioner since we weren’t going to be there very long; it is around $40.00 AUD, $30.00 in the US, or £18.00 in the UK for each 10 ounce bottle of shampoo or conditioner. I didn’t want to buy the big bottles of Kirkland Signature shampoo and conditioner because I knew it would be impractical to try to get them back to London from Sydney and I hate wasting stuff like that. So, I splurged and bought myself the Molton Brown products for colour treated hair. After I used it for about a month, I didn’t think it was anything particularly special for my hair, but the smell of their products is really gorgeous so I was okay with it.
After using the Molton Brown for the six months we were in Sydney and then a couple more months when we first got back to London, I noticed that my hair wasn’t looking its best and my stylist said it was looking pretty damaged. It was limp and dull, plus my curl wasn’t as peppy as it should have been either. I thought maybe I was getting sick or not eating particularly well, but I didn’t realize what a number the shampoo and conditioner were doing on my hair. What really confirmed for me that it was a shampoo issue was how quickly my colour needed to be redone once we were in London again. Yes, I skipped any kind of hair cut or colour for the whole time we were in Sydney so really my hair should have been healthier without the colour processing and blow drying. I had to have the colour done in about half the time that I usually do and not only is that harder on my hair, but harder on my purse too. That’s when I decided that it must be down to what I was using on my hair. And it turns out, I was so so right.
Previous to trying the nice smelling but not nice for my hair Molton Brown, I had tried Philip Kingsley, another expensive shampoo brand (about the same prices as Molton Brown), but I had only used it sporadically and had really used the Kirkland Signature as my primary shampoo and conditioner. When we moved into our own flat again I went back to using the Kirkland Signature Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. And my hair loved me for it! Within about two weeks I felt like my hair had almost completely recovered from the foray into bad pricey shampoo and within a month it was back to looking and feeling great and more like my hair should look. My hair stylist commented on how much healthier my hair looked several times too, and he’s back to thinking that I actually take care of my hair in between visits and don’t just sit around seeing how hot I can get my blowdryer. So I think it really must be as terrific as I think. Not only does my hair look great again, but the KS stuff is way cheaper than the fancy salon brands and I don’t have to get my colour done as often using it either. So that is a lot of savings thanks to Costco and just this little switch probably pays for my Costco membership for a year (colouring your hair is expensive, guys). For the price, you just can not beat the quality of the KS shampoo and conditioner.
Kirkland Signature Moisture Shampoo – We used the previous version of the KS shampoo and conditioner for a long time and the new formulation is even better, I think. The bottle says it will make your hair healthier, softer and shinier. The shampoo uses their Moisture Nutrient Complex, which they say provides hydration, nourishment and helps improve the overall performance, manageability and vibrancy of hair. And indeed, my hair does feel really nice after I use it. It has a nice florally fragrance, which doesn’t seem quite as powerful as the scent in the conditioner. It comes in a fairly large container, thankfully with a pump so you just have to worry about having someplace to set the bottle in your shower and not about actually picking it up or moving it to get some out. Some might not think it is all that attractive but who needs a lovely looking bottle that you never really look at and just sits in your shower? Luckily, we don’t, though, in the package’s defence, I actually like it and think it looks better than other big shampoo bottles from brands like Aveda. The important thing is that it is actually a really great shampoo with a nice fragrance that leaves your hair looking nice too. It’s also safe to use on colour treated hair. I have to get my hair coloured far less often with this than with other, more pricey shampoos. I also don’t have a problem with it fading my colour when it is new as some shampoos with strong sulfate formulations so often do. The shampoo is sulfate, paraben and even gluten free. Did I mention that it’s also quite low cost? I have paid way, way more than this for Aveda and other salon brands. A litre of Aveda could run you around £24.00 – £32.00 and other salon brands could be that much for just a small (relatively) bottle. In any case, that’s far more than the Kirkland Signature shampoo and probably not even as good for your hair as I have found out the hard way. I know this is a product that you can get in the US and at other Costco locations around the world too. 1 litre for £6.79 (US: $10.93). Item #: 0519825.
Kirkland Signature Moisture Conditioner – On the bottle they say it is a “Professional Salon Formula” but I’m not really sure what that means exactly because it just seems like a decent quality conditioner. It seems nice and thick and does a great job at keeping my hair looking shiny and healthy. The thing that I really appreciate is that it is safe for colour treated hair. It’s hard to find a decent conditioner, that doesn’t cost a fortune, isn’t hard to actually buy, and won’t strip the colour right out of my hair. I’ve noticed that it somehow manages to keep my hair soft and shiny, but allows my natural curl to develop and look great. I have natural curl in my hair, but if I use a conditioner or shampoo that has lots of stuff in it that weighs down my hair it gets all straight and flat looking. And really, no one wants that. The KS conditioner though is free of sulfates and paraben, so I think that helps keep my hair in better shape and allows the curl to come out too. It’s also gluten free, though I’m not sure what that means in terms of hair care. I’ve never really thought about gluten in my shampoo and conditioner. However, if you’ve got a gluten allergy, I guess it can cause a problem for you. The bottle is fairly compact considering how much there is in it and has a pump, just like the shampoo. It definitely fits in my shower better than some of the large bottles that I have had previously from other brands. My one and only gripe about the conditioner formula is that it is super perfume-y when you first put it in your hair. It’s got a very floral and strong scent. The strong floral smell dissipates fairly quickly and you do get used to it. I don’t know how guys would feel about this, Dave still uses it and says that it is okay because he doesn’t smell like a flower all day long. So, I guess that’s okay then. However, if you are really sensitive to smells, this might not be a good fit for you. 1 litre for £5.19 (US: $8.35). Item #: 0519925.