Review | Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge Fortifying Shampoo

Hello readers! It’s near the middle of July and I’m trying to make preparations for moving into my new dorm for the next two semesters. The dorm will be similar to an apartment and my brother will be my roommate, so I’m a bit excited about that!

Along with my excitement, I have a product review for you! This time, it will be on a product from the Garnier line! Particularly, the Garnier Fructis hair care line!

This is the Hydra Recharge Fortfying Shampoo and it can be found in Publix, Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens and maybe a few other stores too! Its price range is between $2.99 to $4.49, including the online prices (with the exception of Amazon. . .).


For those who don’t know, I bleach and color my hair occasionally. For bleaching, I like to do bleach baths (mixing a batch of my favorite hair bleach and developer with shampoo) since it allows the bleach to spread easily through my kinky hair.

For coloring, it’s a different story. When I’m bored with wearing a certain hair color in my hair for a period of time, I do the Vitamin C treatment (mixing shampoo with 6 to 7 crushed up Vitamin C pills) to strip the rest of the color out.

I mention these two processes because the shampoo needed is vital for both treatments. I ran out of the African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo from Shea Moisture and decided to buy a cheaper brand of shampoo to use as a base.

This is where the Garnier Fructis Hydra Recharge shampoo comes in.

Before using it for bleach baths and Vitamin C treatments, I decided to test this on my hair to see how it would work. I washed my hair outside using the water hose and the shampoo (it was a hot and beautiful day outside, so I wasn’t going to stay indoors. . .).

I can safely say that this shampoo does very well on my hair! The first time I lathered up my hair with it, my hair did not feel stiff and dried out. It felt normal like I had washed my hair with a sulfate-free shampoo instead. It was only on the second lathering that my hair began to feel slightly stiff, so one washing with this was considered to be good enough.

For my Vitamin C treatments, it’s great! After mixing it with the crushed up pills, the consistency is a foamy gel and with a bit of water, I don’t need a lot of it to lather up, leave in on for 40 minutes and rinse it out. It’s a great base for the Vitamin C pills.

For the bleach baths, I can’t add too much of this shampoo since it’s a thick gel consistency. I have to be careful to add the right portion of shampoo to the hair bleach so it will work effectively on my hair.

All in all, it’s a great shampoo and if I truly decide that I like it, I might buy the bigger bottle. But I want to try the Triple Nutrition shampoo and compare the two before making a decision. For now, I will continue to use this for the two treatments until it is empty.

Until next time, readers!

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