It’s no secret that the economy isn’t exactly in the best state right now. Pretty much everyone is finding that they have to cut back on minor indulgences and have a tighter budget, especially when it comes to beauty products.
Speaking for myself, I always like to buy my favorite shampoos, conditioners, and other products in larger sizes like liters so I don’t have to worry about when I’ll have to restock and if I’ll even be able to afford to do so.
I have been caught off-guard, though, in years past and found myself without my admittedly pricey preferred hair products. This always warrants a trip to the drugstore, where I can always depend on my much cheaper, yet still phenomenal, Nexxus line to be in stock.
I will be the first to acknowledge that Nexxus is far from the cheapest drugstore line around; in fact, I personally wouldn’t even consider it a drugstore line at almost $16 per product (with the exception of some of the more basic shampoos which run about $11).
Alas, you can pretty much only find it at your local drugstore, salons where they sell it exclusively, and Ulta. The base price for most Nexxus products, though, is still a far cry cheaper than the likes of similar salon brands like Bumble and Bumble and Pureology.
Surprisingly, it’s more expensive than Redken which is one of the most widely known salon quality brands around.
Nexxus has a range for pretty much every hair concern you can think of – split ends, dryness, damage, color maintenance, etc.
Since my hair is fine, curly, chemically treated, and has a tendency to get dry when I skimp on conditioner, the line comprised of the Therappe Luxurious Moisturizing Shampoo, Humectress Ultimate Moisturizing Conditioner, and Humectress Hydrating Treatment Deep Conditioner was clearly the best option for me.
Having used these products off and on for the past four years, I think I am more than qualified to rate the performance of each of them:
- Therappe Luxurious Moisturizing Shampoo: I originally started using this shampoo back when my mom was picking out my hair products for me – that’s how long I’ve been using it. The shampoo itself is of a pearly white, opaque consistency with medium thickness, so it feels runny enough to be easily distributed while simultaneously being thick enough to thoroughly saturate the hair. This product doesn’t have much of a lather, which is actually a bit surprising considering Sodium Laureth Sulfate (the ingredient responsible for lather and bubbles) is the second ingredient. It feels velvety, for lack of a better word. Per the instructions on the bottle, I usually leave this in for at least three minutes to allow it to work its magic, and then rinse thoroughly. Once completely rinsed out, hair feels satiny soft and has a nice sheen to it. I did notice my hair falls a bit flatter than I would like using this product.
- Humectress Ultimate Moisturizing Conditioner: Like the shampoo, I’ve been using this conditioner since my mom picked it out for me several years ago. If memory serves me correctly, this stuff looks exactly like Therappe – pearly white and opaque. The consistency, however, is considerably thicker and creamier. Despite its thickness, I found this to emulsify well and distribute evenly throughout my hair. I usually leave this in for 10 minutes or more, as I do with all conditioners, to allow the product to really sink it and penetrate the hair shaft. While this conditioner definitely does moisturize the hair extremely well, it also weighs it down and causes considerable buildup – I can remember this stuff causing my hair to look dingy and dirty on more than one occasion, so I always use it sparingly and never on a daily basis.
- Humectress Hydrating Treatment Deep Conditioner: Unlike the accompanying shampoo and conditioner, I didn’t start using this deep conditioner until about 2 years after I became comfortable with the original products. In fact, I didn’t even know what a deep conditioner was save for the Pantene version I had only used once in the past. Per the recommendation of my mom, I substituted the normal Humectress conditioner with the deep conditioner once a week, usually on a weekend when it would have time to sit, and allowed it ample time to do its duty. I have left this on my hair for as little as five minutes to as long as two hours, and each and every time I used it, I felt the ends of my hair being quenched and replenished, as well as the addition of a certain softness and shine that were often absent from my hair during the weekdays.
Despite the fact that I am impressed with the majority of the ways my hair reacts to this particular line, I often have a difficult time dealing with the amount of buildup these products give me – probably because each and every one is loaded to the brim with silicones, even the shampoo.
For the better part of the four years that I’ve been using these products, I was not using a clarifying shampoo – this meant that what may have been mild buildup on a weekly basis compounded into major buildup over the course of several weeks, months, and years. You can usually tell when hair has buildup because it feels coated, looks dull, and is just all around grungy-looking.
Now that I have seen the light regarding clarifying shampoo, however, I am looking forward to trying all of these out again minus the issue of buildup.
If you are really in a pinch financially but are still looking for something a bit more luxurious than your standard run of the mill drugstore hair products, Ulta sells Nexxus products at prices that are a tad bit cheaper than those at the supermarket. Ulta also sells Nexxus kits – these are usually comprised of at least a full-sized shampoo and conditioner, and may often include a styling product in a travel size as well.
Typically, the Therappe shampoo retails for $11, the Humectress conditioner for $16, and the Humectress deep treatment for $16. Luckily, Nexxus is categorized as a drugstore brand at Ulta, so it’s eligible for all coupons the store has to offer. If you were to buy the whole line all at once using the standard coupons offered, it would cost you about $40.
I find Nexxus products to have average longevity, so a 13.5oz. bottle, which is the standard size, usually lasts me around two to three months with daily use. The deep treatment usually lasts me around four to five months.
For those of you who are looking to penny pinch during this less than forgiving recession while not completely giving up the luxury of quality hair products, Nexxus is a great brand to fall back on.