Welcome back, curly ladies and gents! I had initially thought this review would be my last one for TGIN, since I was only really interested in trying their shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask. However, I've recently tried their butter cream as well and have a lot to say about it, so expect a review of that at some point. But for now, let's focus on the task at hand and discuss the shampoo and conditioner! These products can be bought individually, but you can also buy them as a duo, hence the title of the post. I recommend doing this because if possible you should ALWAYS use a shampoo and conditioner from the same line, or at the very least the same brand. These products are formulated to work together to rebalance your hair's pH levels after cleansing, and are made with the intent to work together, not to be mixed and matched. It's fine every now and then to just use whatever's on hand if you're in a pinch, but in general, aim to pair these two products by brand and by specific line if possible. You can always mix and match with your other hair products, like your deep conditioner, moisturizer, and stylers.
So, with that out of the way, let's start with the shampoo and list out some stats you might be interested in. All the info below is, as usual, from the TGIN website itself.
Product Name: TGIN Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo For Natural Hair
Amount in Container: 13 ounces
What it Does:
"This unique formula is enriched with coconut oil to gently cleanse your hair, and amla oil to reduce breakage and increase moisture retention. The result is healthy hair that is left feeling soft, smooth and moisturized."
Ingredients: AQUA (PURIFIED WATER) INFUSED WITH PHYLLANTHUS EMBLICA FRUIT (AMLA) EXTRACT, VACCINIUM MYRTILLUS (BILBERRY) EXTRACT, SACCHARUM OFFICINARUM (SUGAR CANE) EXTRACT, ACER SACCHARUM (SUGAR MAPLE) EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FRUIT EXTRACT, AND CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) FRUIT, DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIPROPIONATE, SODIUM C14-16 OLEFIN SULFONATE, POLYSORBATE 20, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE (DERIVED FROM COCONUT), SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, DECYL GLUCOSIDE, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, CITRIC ACID, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, EDTA DISODIUM, PANETHNOL (PRO VITAMIN B5), TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E).
Curly Girl Method Friendly: Yes!
The shampoo and conditioner in this line both have the same scent -- it has a smell that reminds me of apples or pears and is sweet and light without being overwhelming. The shampoo lathers very well despite being sulfate free, and my scalp does feel clean after using it. However, I'm spoiled by my Carol's Daughter Rhassoul Clay, and I do find that the TGIN shampoo tangles my hair a bit too much. It doesn't have enough slip to keep my strands separated. That normally wouldn't matter since shampoo is NOT a detangler, and a good conditioner can make up for the tangling you may get from cleaning your hair. However, the conditioner...well we'll get to that.
Product Name: TGIN Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner For Natural Hair
Amount in Container: 13 ounces
What it Does:
"tgin Moisture Replenishing Conditioner is the perfect pick me up for even the most dry, damaged hair. Our special formula is enriched with shea butter and sweet almond oil to hydrate, smooth and repair strands with every use. The result is healthy hair that stays soft, moisturized, and easy to manage."
Ingredients:AQUA (PURIFIED WATER) INFUSED WITH CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, HONEY (MEL), HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT, THEOBROMA GRANDIFLORUM (CUPUACU) BUTTER, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), ARGANIA SPINOSA (MOROCCAN ARGAN) KERNEL OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PROPANEDIOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, DIMETHICONE, BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, PANTHENOL (PRO VITAMIN B5), TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E), PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE.
Curly Girl Method Friendly: No
Unfortunately, the conditioner is where this line falls apart for me. Despite containing silicones, this product doesn't have quite the slip I need to detangle my hair with minimal breakage. Don't get me wrong, it works and in a pinch I could absolutely use it and not tear up my hair, it's just not as good as other conditioners I have that serve the same function. I think if my hair were less dense this would glide through a little faster, but since I have so much hair and it's incredibly thick, not every conditioner will do for me what it does for other people.
Also, since it's lacking a bit in slip anyway, I really wish they had just left the silicones out so that this could be a good curly girl method option. It would be nice to have some silicone free rinse out conditioners in my regimen to avoid product buildup. Since Shea Moisture was cancelled, I've noticed other brands don't tend to leave that ingredient out the way Shea Moisture did.
Despite all my critiques, I do think these are good quality products that are fairly priced. Will I buy them again? More than likely not. I much prefer this brand's deep conditioner, and I'm open to trying more things from them in the future. If you're interested in trying this line, you can buy the shampoo and conditioner as a set for $19.99 on TGIN's website, which is much cheaper than buying the two items separately. You can also find TGIN products in Target, Walgreens, and select CVS stores.
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