It may be hard to believe, but I’m actually pretty simple when it comes to the things I look for in a shampoo. Like most people, I expect a halfway decent shampoo to allow my hair the opportunity to do three things: look good, smell good, and feel good. You’d think these things wouldn’t be too much to ask for, yet here I am, a product junkie drowning in subpar shampoos. That said, every once in a while I stumble upon one that actually does give me my three requirements, such as Bumble and Bumble’s Seaweed Shampoo.
Like I’ve said before, B&B is notoriously hard to find and relatively unknown in the mass haircare market, yet it consistently delivers fantastic results, so it’s a shame people are so hush-hush about it as a brand. I originally came across the Seaweed Shampoo last January while casually browsing at Sephora, unhappy with my shampoo at the time. While inside the store, I tried to pull up some reviews on my iPhone on the SS, yet found that there were not many to be seen on any of the standard review boards. I’d bought several products in the past without reading reviews on them, and ultimately ended up unimpressed. However, having tried B&B and being consistently satisfied with the quality of their stuff, I bit the bullet and paid the $23 for the SS in the 8oz. size (this is actually cheap for B&B, believe it or not).
After using it for about 6 months, I can definitely say the Seaweed Shampoo went above and beyond my expectations. The scent is a very light, clean fragrance (much like other B&B shampoos) yet it is probably the freshest out of any of the lines they offer, and as such doesn’t clash with perfume. The consistency of the product, a green gel-like liquid that’s actually not as runny as you’d think, is easily distributed throughout the hair and does a really thorough job of cleaning, as well as rinses cleanly with no residue. I typically only used a nickel-sized amount at most. I definitely felt like my hair was getting clean, and the lather was phenomenal. After rinsing, my hair felt soft, clean, and surprisingly had a lot of slip for having just used shampoo.
There is an accompanying conditioner for the SC, but I didn’t need it at the time so I can’t comment on how they work together. I used a different conditioner, rinsed that out, and let my hair air dry.
Once my hair was dry, I was really taken aback by how soft, supple, and voluminous my hair looked and felt. It was very light, airy, and had a really nice, subtle beach type wave to it, so I can definitely see why they chose “seaweed” to be the main attractor in the name (well, that and the fact that there’s actual seaweed extract in the shampoo itself). My favorite thing about this shampoo though, is not only the volume aspect that it gives my hair, but also its versatility and ability to work well with other conditioners. Sometimes companies make it so their products won’t work well with other brands, but the SS and B&B in general never seems to be that petty, which I appreciate.
I really don’t understand why there aren’t more reviews on the Seaweed Shampoo, but my guess is because it’s a diamond in the rough that people have yet to discover. I highly recommend this product, especially for the upcoming spring and summer months when one is looking for light, beautifully wavy and voluminous hair!