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(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.
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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