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Klorane hair care review
Hair care concerns go beyond simply getting hair clean. It can be difficult to find shampoos and conditioners that treat specific issues and deliver healthy hair without weighing it down, especially if you have a combination of concerns.
Klorane, a French beauty company, offers multiple formulas of cruelty-free botanical shampoo and conditioner designed to treat a wide variety of hair concerns. They were founded in the 1960s as one of the first companies to offer botanical alternatives to hair care products formulated with harsh chemicals.
Klorane products address hair and scalp concerns ranging from thinning or damaged hair to oiliness and irritation. Users with straight, wavy, curly or coily hair can find products geared toward them. According to Klorane, their products are made with 100 percent traceable sustainable botanical ingredients, using biodegradable formulas and packaged in industry-leading recycled and recyclable packaging.
We wanted to see if Klorane’s products successfully combine sustainability with high performance. Here’s what we discovered.
How we tested Klorane
We tested a number of Klorane products with a lifelong Klorane user, whose family also uses Klorane. We wanted to see how the products handled hair that is thick and straight, but also dry from regular dye jobs. We tried multiple Klorane shampoos, including Klorane Shampoo with Mango Butter for dry and damaged hair, Klorane Shampoo with Peony for sensitive scalps, Klorane Shampoo with Quinine and B Vitamins for thicker, stronger hair and Klorane Shampoo with Centaury to counteract brassiness. For conditioner, we tested Klorane Conditioner with Mango Butter, a best seller.
Klorane shampoo review
Klorane shampoos are formulated with active plant-based ingredients to treat unique hair needs. These nutrient-rich shampoos address concerns ranging from treating dandruff to protecting both natural and dyed hair color.
How to use Klorane shampoo
We used each product two to three times per week for several weeks. For thick, straight hair, we found that the mango butter shampoo and the peony shampoo performed best.
Klorane shampoo results
Almost all the Klorane shampoos we tested left hair feeling clean and balanced and neither dry nor oily. Particularly when used in combination with the mango butter conditioner, the mango shampoo noticeably softened hair and left the scalp feeling moisturized but not oily. The peony shampoo was nourishing on dry scalps and had a nice scent.
While some formulas were waterier than others, particularly the shampoo with quinine and B vitamins, the formulas we liked performed well enough that we think Klorane shampoo is worth trying for other hair types.
Klorane conditioner review
Klorane conditioners help moisturize and protect hair while improving manageability and detangling.
How to use Klorane conditioner
We loved the mild scent of the Klorane conditioner with mango butter. Like the shampoo, we tested the Klorane conditioner two to three times per week. This formula is intended for dry hair, and just a small amount of this rich, hydrating conditioner was effective. It did not need to be left in hair very long and it rinsed out well.
Klorane conditioner results
Hair that’s normally dry was left feeling hydrated, smooth and soft. It was easy to detangle hair. For dry, thick hair, this formula worked nicely, but this particular conditioner may be too heavy for other hair types.
Other Klorane products we liked
One of Klorane’s most popular products is their dry shampoo. It debuted in 1972 and has received the most industry awards of any dry shampoo. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk utilizes organic oat milk and rice starch to clean and refresh hair. It’s formulated for all hair types, but if you have brown or black hair, you may get better results from the Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk for Dark Hair, which includes mineral pigmentation for a residue-free finish.
If you have especially dry or damaged hair, you may find relief with the Klorane Nourishing & Repairing 3-in-1 Mask. It’s formulated for wavy, curly and natural hair and can be used as either an in-shower treatment, overnight mask or leave-in conditioner to repair and hydrate hair.
Klorane shampoo and conditioner formulas perform best together, so you may wish to follow the peony shampoo with Klorane Gel Conditioner with Peony. Unlike most conditioners, it’s formulated to be applied at the scalp, helping balance and hydrate the scalp while also conditioning and softening hair.
Most Klorane shampoos are around $20 per 13.5 fluid ounce bottle. Conditioners cost $20 per 5 fluid ounce bottle. This makes them about the same price as salon standby brands like Redken and Matrix Biolage, and about half the price of other cruelty-free brands like Living Proof or Bumble & Bumble.
Where can I buy Klorane products?
Klorane shampoo and conditioner can be purchased directly from the Klorane USA website. They’re also available at Dermstore, Ulta and Amazon. A portion of every Klorane sale goes to the Klorane Botanical Foundation, which provides grants for school gardens and funds environmental restoration and preservation around the world.
Klorane is the kind of brand that fashion and beauty professionals stock up on when they’re in France, where their products are very popular. Klorane shampoos and conditioners claim to improve softness, shine and manageability, and we found that to be true with the products we tested. With their biodegradable formulas, no animal testing and recyclable packaging, along with their sustainable ingredients, Klorane is a brand we can feel good about using.
The Klorane shampoo with quinine and B vitamins is an example of a thinner, more watery formula that’s intended for a specific hair type: thin hair that needs to be thickened and revitalized. Similarly, the shampoo with centaury, which is formulated to prevent gray or silver hair from turning brassy, performed much better on naturally blonde hair than dyed blonde hair.
In general, there’s a Klorane shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, but with so many options, it may take some trial and error to find the one that’s best for you. We also found that it was challenging to get the last bit of product out of the bottle as it ran low.
Is Klorane shampoo worth it?
In our testing, we found that Klorane shampoo delivered exceptional results — for the right hair type. With so many formulas available, consumers should make sure they’re choosing the formula that’s most effective for their hair. Creamier formulas might be too heavy for fine hair, while the thinner, more watery formulas may not be strong enough for thicker or damaged hair.
However, Klorane has made it easy to find the formula that’s just right for your hair by taking a quiz that’s available on their website. Klorane also offers trial kits of certain product lines. These kits cost $20 and include smaller bottles of shampoo and conditioner along with a product tailored to a particular hair concern, like a leave-in hair mask or spray. Klorane also offers bottles of its shampoo and conditioner that are half-size (6.7 fluid ounces) or travel-size (3.3 fluid ounces), so you can save a little money and test a smaller bottle of the product.
Is Klorane conditioner worth it?
Klorane Conditioner with Mango Butter left even dry hair feeling softer and healthier over time. Since a little bit goes a long way, we found that it was worth the price. We also appreciated its biodegradable formula.
If you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly hair care regimen that’s tailored to your unique hair care needs, we recommend Klorane. The prices of these shampoos and conditioners make sustainability and healthy ingredients more attainable while still delivering high-performing results.
Laura Duerr is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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