Comparison: John Frieda Root Awakening versus Suave Professionals

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Comparison: John Frieda Root Awakening versus Suave Professionals

(I don’t know that I’m going to get into too many comparisons or reviews of toothpaste, shampoos, et cetera. I’ll likely stick with makeup. But this comparison really surprised me, and I wanted to share what I found.)

A while back, I picked up some John Frieda Root Awakening strengthening and restoring shampoo and conditioner during a BOGHO (buy one, get one half off) sale at the local drugstore. I liked John Frieda’s shampoos even though they were pricier - they made my hair look and feel better than Suave did - so I’d alternate the inexpensive stuff with my John Frieda haircare. While I was in the store, I spotted something new from Suave - their Professionals moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, in the bigger bottles. They were also BOGHO, so I decided to give them both a try.

I got home and used the John Frieda stuff the next morning. I noticed an almost instant difference in how my hair felt. It was easier to style, it moved better, it didn't break as much, it was less brittle. As another plus, I needed to use less product to feel like my hair was actually clean and conditioned. After going through a full bottle of both the shampoo and conditioner, I was quite happy to stock up the next time I saw it on deep discount at another local store. It was pricier than the super-inexpensive stuff like Suave, and I was still in the "trying to economize" mode; but since I paid about $4.50 per bottle (about 60% of normal price) I was okay. I figure: you pay more for better performance.

I used the inexpensive stuff (regular Suave) for a few weeks, finishing off a half-bottle of shampoo. Then I switched to Suave Professionals Moisturizing with Almond and Shea Butter. That first day my results seemed pretty similar to JF's Root Awakening...but I attributed it to better results than the Suave regular, not necessarily on par. One day's usage / results might not be typical. So for the past week I've used the Suave Professionals...and yes, results have been comparable to what I got with John Frieda's Root Awakening. I have tried two varieties of John Frieda's Root Awakening (moisturizing and breakage-prone), but only one variety of Suave Professionals (moisturizing), so I can't say if results are going to be the same all across the line. Still and all, I'm happy - and I'll probably be putting three varieties in rotation now until I use up all the John Frieda that I have stockpiled.

Miscellaneous: Suave Professionals versus John Frieda's Root Awakening shampoo

Cost Comparison

John Frieda's Root Awakening Moisturizing Shampoo costs $6.79 for 8.45 ounces. That works out to $.81 per ounce. At the exact same local drugstore, Suave Professionals Moisturizing Shampoo costs $3.49 for 32 ounces. That works out to $.11 per ounce. One bottle of John Frieda shampoo lasted me nearly a month. I don't know yet how long it will take me to use up a bottle of the Suave shampoo, but I'd be shocked if it were significantly less.

Let's see...81 cents per ounce versus 11 cents per ounce. I didn't make it past trigenometry, but I can do that math.

(Note: my local drugstore currently has a sale on John Frieda Root Awakening: $4.99 for 14.5 ounces. This is a significant savings, as the per-ounce price drops from $.81 to $.34. Still...that's more costly than the Suave Professionals' -=regular=- price.)

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