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- R+Co makes salon-worthy haircare products with the help of professional stylists and groomers.
- My hair gets tangled easily, but R+Co’s new Super Garden shampoo and conditioner set ($72, or $36 per bottle), is the best natural detangler I’ve ever tried.
- Both the shampoo and conditioner have a calming smell and work through knots quickly and gently.
- The lightweight formula is plant-based and infused with hemp-derived CBD, but experts say it’s unclear whether there is enough CBD in the formula to have any significant effect on the hair or scalp.
I’m in a love-hate relationship with shampoo. I’ve always preferred my hair long, and the obsession only intensified when I grew it out for my wedding. Since then, I’ve kept my mermaid locks long and strong, but for some reason, they just don’t play well with soap and water.
In my experience, a lot of shampoos actually tangle my hair, and it becomes a laborious process to work through the mess with help from conditioner. But then I started using the R+Co Super Garden CBD Shampoo + Conditioner set, and it turned out to be the dream team I was searching for.
After a month of swapping out my usual formula for this new duo, I can vouch for the shampoo’s 5-star performance. It’s a lightweight, creamy formula, but trust me when I say a little goes a long way as it lathers quickly. One or two squeezes of the bottle produced enough product to equally distribute throughout my long, thick hair. It also moves through strands without tangling or knotting them, and the end results are fabulous (with or without conditioner).
That being said, the Super Garden Conditioner really is like the cherry on top of a sundae. While I’ve always considered conditioner to be the detangler post-shampoo, this formula feels more like a luxury than it does a haircare bare necessity. The conditioner’s formula is even lighter than the shampoo, and it rinses easily when applied to the middle of the hair downward. If there are any tangles the shampoo missed, this formula takes care of them.
The drying process is also a breeze (pun only slightly intended). I tend to alternate between blow drying and air drying, and I’ve found that both methods post-Super Garden shampoo and conditioner yield similar results: Incredibly soft-to-the-touch strands that are easy to brush through.
It’s worth noting that I didn’t notice a minty-fresh feel on my scalp, but I also don’t have a lot of scalp irritation, which might be why the formula didn’t have that effect on me. And as far as the duo’s chill-factor is concerned, I can’t say for sure if it was the CBD, peppermint oil (my go-to stress reliever), or a placebo effect, but I did feel more calm stepping out of the shower than I did stepping into the shower.
The Super Garden line is vegan, paraben- and sulfate-free, and the ingredients are as green as the mint-colored formulas themselves. Infused with a combination of coconut oil, moringa oil, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and hemp-derived CBD, the products are natural detanglers that soothe, smooth, and hydrate the hair. They also double as aromatic stress relievers so that your shower is both cleansing and calming.
I probably don’t have to tell you that coconut oil is a star ingredient across the entire beauty spectrum. It’s amazing for your skin, nails, cuticles, and, yes, your hair. It’s rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and lauric acid, and helps to prevent frizz, remove sebum build-up, and reduce protein loss from the hair, says Hannah Reid, a stylist at Nine Zero One Salon and a certified trichologist technician.
Moringa oil is also rich in vitamins, and contains over 90 nutrients, including zinc, as well as 46 antioxidants, Reid tells Insider. This ingredient is key to keep keratin production rolling, your strands strong, prevent breakage, and protect your locks from heat damage and environmental stressors. “It also has benthic acid which improves the shine, luster, and softness of the hair as well, making hair easy to comb through,” Reid adds.
Peppermint and eucalyptus are a dynamic duo. Together, the essential oils are antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiseptic. In other words, they’re amazing for scalp health. They keep dryness, itchiness, and sebum build-up at bay, therefore promoting quicker, healthy hair growth, Reid says. Plus, they’re soothing and smell incredible.
The shampoo and conditioner set is marketed as a hemp-derived CBD-infused formula, but the jury’s out on whether or not the inclusion of this ingredient is actually worth the highlight. According to an R+Co representative, each bottle only contains 1% of hemp-derived CBD, but according to Dr. Alex Capano, chief science officer of Ecofibre Unlimited and the first person to earn a Ph.D. in cannabinoid studies, there’s not enough research to say whether the CBD’s anti-inflammatory, stress-relieving properties actually work in this application.
CBD oil is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and fatty acids, which have been shown to increase blood circulation. According to Reid, this can “improve scalp health and help to stimulate hair growth.” The only caveat? There isn’t enough research to say if (and how much) hemp-derived CBD actually has a significant impact on scalp health.
While components of hemp, such as omega-3s and omega-6 fatty acids have been shown to improve hair growth, strength, and scalp health, hemp seed oil is not the same as CBD, explains Dr. Alex Capano. “The science just isn’t there for me,” she says, noting that even if there was a reasonable amount of CBD being applied per shampoo, it would likely just rinse away with the rest of the shampoo before it could exert any significant effects.
“But assuming [there is a reasonable amount of CBD in the formula] (again, I’m skeptical), then that CBD could result in a very pleasant sense of calm and even relieve a dry, itchy scalp,” adds Capano. “Still, a scalp oil that remains on the skin for a prolonged period of time makes more sense to achieve these effects.”
Finding the right products that work for your hair is as personal (albeit tedious) as narrowing down your skincare staples. There’s a lot of trial and error and wasted dollars that goes into buying new formulas, testing and tossing them before you declare a winner. For long hair that tangles at the touch, I have yet to find a shampoo and conditioner duo that works as seamlessly as the R+Co Super Garden Set. It’s lightweight, gently works through tangles and knots, and leaves your hair feeling soft, smooth, and style ready.
Obviously, $72 for shampoo and conditioner is quite the splurge, but as far as haircare formulas go, Super Garden is top-shelf material. Plus, a little goes a long way, so you don’t have to lather up a ton of product per use (you also don’t have to use a conditioner every time you wash your hair). And, you’re paying more for sustainable packaging: The brand is starting to switch from virgin plastic to post-consumer resource (PCR) packaging with this new launch.
Should you try it? If your hair tangles easily, or you’re just looking for a formula that feels luxurious and smells amazing, R+Co’s Super Green Garden Shampoo + Conditioner duo is for you.
Pros: It’s a natural detangler, smoother, and softener, smells great, and enhances your shower’s stress-relieving capabilities.
Cons: The set is pricey, but the products can be purchased individually. The CBD inclusion might not be all it’s cracked up to be.
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