The Shampoo Files: Oribe Signature

Publish date:
November 29, 2014
oribe, paraben-free, conditioner, shampoo, celebrity hair stylists, chlorine-free

The image of the celebrity hairstylist is one that has always intrigued me. Rising to a level of fame in your own right by styling supermodels and divas is the dream of many a young stylist. Legendary Cuban-born stylist Oribe (OR-BAY) has been cranking out beauties since around the time that I was born.

Embodying the tattooed bad-ass persona with raw talent, Oribe has worked with some of the most important photographers in the editorial world, such as Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, and Patrick Demarchelier. Translating his talent into a brand was a no-brainer: The Oribe product line is as splendid as the stylist's starry client list.

Oribe sent me their Signature Shampoo and Signature Conditioner to review for you, and, big surprise, I was impressed. Sometimes you try a shampoo and it's good, other times you feel like you're in an Herbal Essences commercial.

My first experience with this luxury shampoo was as fantastic as its gorgeous packaging. The raised logo adds a bit of mystique and the vintage looking faux-glass bottle makes you feel like a member of the upper crust.

What: Oribe Signature Shampoo, Oribe Signature ConditionerIntended Users: This is Oribe’s "for everyone" offering.Intended Results: Promising an everyday indulgence, the Signature family detangles and protects.Price: Signature Shampoo: 8.5 oz. for $36.00. Signature Conditioner: 6.8 oz. for $39.00.

Price Per Oz: Shampoo: $4.23/oz. Conditioner: $5.73/oz.Notable inclusions and exclusions: Both the shampoo and conditioner are chlorine- and paraben-free and have edelweiss flower, watermelon, and lychee extracts. The shampoo contains two kinds of keratin and proteins of jojoba, rice, and sweet almond, as well as coconut and oat derived cleansers. The conditioner has antioxidant-packed macadamia nut oil, glycerin, and wheat protein.

My Take: L-U-X-E. The wash is thick, foamy, and smells fresh, like grass or moss. I can’t use it to wash my weave because of the sulfates, but it was nothing short of awesome on my hair. You only need a dime-size amount of either product for a head like mine, and you are rewarded with a crazy-thick lather and slippery, saturating conditioner. My blowouts came out sleek and perfect, and I even tried shampooing two days in a row to see about dryness, of which there was zilch. Nothing but smooth, shiny, soft strands.

The price of this stuff is high, but you can rationalize it if you aren’t a daily washer and/or don’t have super thick hair. I can see a set lasting a few months in that situation. I personally think it's worth the money. If you are a luxury coveteur, buy it with a loyalty card to reap every sweet dollar, and if you like it, grab the liter size for an even better deal.

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Photos: Darnell Scott