Back when I originally purchased the Giovanni 2Chic Ultra-Volume shampoo and conditioner, it took me a moment to figure out whether I wanted the shine or volume formulations. My hair is normal-ish but fine, and so sometimes smoothing and shine-infusing products can weigh it down. After loving the volume products as much as I did, though, I was very interested in revisiting the Ultra-Sleek line, which features Brazilian phyto-keratin and Moroccan argan oil.
For some background, Giovanni carries a handful of different cruelty-free hair care lines and for their 2Chic shampoos and conditioners you have 4 options: Ultra-Sleek, Ultra-Moist, Ultra-Volume, and Repairing. You can read my thoughts on the Ultra-Volume hair care and other Giovanni products in my original review as well as a later empties post, if you like! Now, on to the products I’ve been using over the past several weeks.
The Ultra-Sleek shampoo is lauryl and laureth sulfate-free, but has a gentle lather. My scalp really appreciates the mildness, though the shampoo is definitely still effective, as well. My boyfriend (who tends to just reach for whatever shampoo I’ve brought home) has pretty mainstream tastes and wishes it got a little frothier, but generally enjoys it just fine. There’s a lot of nourishing ingredients in here and I’m really happy with the looks of the ingredients list in general, particularly for the affordable price point.
Ingredients: Aqua (purified water), sodium cocomphoacetate, decyl glucoside, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, cocomidopropyl betaine, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), beta carotene, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, argonia spinosa (argon) kernel oil, hydrolyzed poulinia cupana (Brazilian cocoa) keratin extract [phyto-keratin], aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf jiuce, aspalathus linearis (rooibos tea) extract, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, macadamia ternifolia (macadamia) seed extract, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) extract, sodium benzoate, citric acid, sodium PCA, phenoxyethanol, natural fragrance.
The conditioner doesn’t feel overly heavy, but definitely has an instant detangling effect on my hair and makes it feel really smooth. I try to stay away from silicones when it comes to haircare because my fine hair can get very weighed down, and this one is silicone-free (yay!). Despite the presence of a lot of really hydrating oils and shea butter, this doesn’t feel too heavy for me at all. I prefer to rinse it out right after applying instead of letting it sit in my hair for a few minutes because I just find it doesn’t need any time at all to really do its job.
Ingredients: Aqua (purified Water), stearyl alcohol, isopropyl palmitate, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5), beta carotene, guar hydroxypropytritimonium chloride, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, hydrolyzed poulinia, cupana (Brazilian cocoa) keratin extract [phyto-keratin], aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, aspalathus linearis (rooibos tea) extract, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, macadamia ternifola (macadamia) seed extract, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) extract, sodium benzoate, citric acid, potassium sorbate, natural fragrance.
This duo has been awesome for me, and I think it’s a very balanced formulation. My hair gets clean but the shampoo isn’t excessively strong. My hair is left feeling very smooth and silky, but it definitely also retains some body and bounce. It also stays clean for as long as it normally would, and I can either wash it every day or every other day as I choose.
Neither one of the products has a strong scent and I find that they just subtly smell like nut butters such as shea and cocoa as well as maybe argan oil, all of which are found in the ingredients (there is a bit of natural fragrance listed in the ingredients, as well). The packaging can be a little firm to pop open, but I will also say that whenever I stick these bottles into a suitcase I am very confident that they’ll stay secure and leak-proof through their journey. Back when I owned the Ultra-Volume duo I was in fact doing a lot of traveling and really appreciated the bottles for this reason.
I think Giovanni 2Chic haircare is a fantastic deal, as the shampoos and conditioners have worked phenomenally for me and generally cost $9 at full price, whether through their website or at a natural health food store. I know that they occasionally go on sale at Whole Foods for around $7, but you can also pick them up at Vitacost for $6.29. Either way, the price point is great. These get a big thumbs-up from me.
Giovanni Cosmetics provided the 2Chic Ultra-Sleek shampoo and conditioner to me for review purposes; I previously tried the 2Chic Ultra-Volume products by purchasing them myself. All opinions are my own.