Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner Combined

Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner Combined

In this article I’ll discuss the following topics about volume adding shampoo and volume adding conditioners combined:

  • How do they work?
  • What are the advantages?
  • Who should use it?
  • Is it better to use a volume-enhancing shampoo and conditioner separate?

Let’s start with the first topic!

Maybe we should first ask another question: do they work? Well, it will depend greatly on who you ask. If you ask the makers and sellers of the 2-in-1 shampoo conditioner, they will certainly say it works. If you’re more sceptical you might want to read on…

How does Volume Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner Work?

The way volume adding shampoo and conditioner work is rather technical. But we’re not shying away from that at all. So here goes:

The cleaning ingredients that are in normal shampoos are, so-called “anionic surfactants“. This has a small negatively charged head with a non-polar tail.

The conditioning substances in normal conditioners are usually “cationic surfactants“, almost always quaternary ammonium compounds (quats in short) positively charged polyatomic ions of the structure NR4+, R is an alkyl group or an aryl group.

So much for the technical stuff. It gets easier from here on!

The problem with a shampoo-conditioner combination product is that normally the cations and anions will react with each other, resulting in a substance comparable to milk gone sour.

Without getting into more technical detail, let’s conclude that with very smart and sophisticated technical and chemical techniques the shampoo and conditioner will not mix in the bottle.

Only when applying it to your hair will the shampoo do its work (cleaning the oil out of your hair and off of your scalp), and when rinsing will the conditioner leave its “nice and nurturing” oils on your hair.

In conclusion, we can say that a volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner combination does work (remember: if the shampoo and conditioner would mix in the bottle it would come out as sour milk).

What are the Advantages of a 2-in-1?

Probably the most obvious one is that you’re saving time. Applying a good quality shampoo and letting it rest for a while, and doing the same with a volumizing conditioner costs you about 7 minutes of your time.

If you can shave of 4 minutes by using a combination, and that is a nice time saver (to stretch this idea a bit: say you wash your hair 2 times per week, times 52 weeks, times the 4 minutes you save, totals to a total of 416 minutes per year; which is just under 7 hours; add to that the amount of water saved and energy, and you might actually have a point. Seriously).

Who Should Use It?

A 2-in-1 shampoo conditioner is best used by people who have so-called normal hair. For those of you have oily hair, you will find that it does not clean your hair well enough.

For those of you who have typical dry hair, you might find that it will make your hair even dryer. Should you do want to use a combi product, you best use a separate conditioner to moisten your dry hair. But then again, if you do that, it kind of defeats the purpose…

Is it Better to Use Shampoo and Conditioner Separate?

For a lot of people, it will be an intuitive choice. Meaning that you either “believe” in a combination product or you don’t.

More factual: a combi product works well for people who have normal hair. For most others (curly, oily, dry, thinning, etc) it makes more sense to use separate products. Mainly because special volumizing shampoos will do different things for different types of hair.

The Best Brands

Should you still want to go for a combination product, below you will find a list of products that are of good quality. As always there are plenty more products on the market, but this is a good selection.

  • Head & Shoulders 2-in-1 Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner, Green Apple; this is even a 3 in one!
  • Suave Professionals men’s, shampoo & conditioner, 2 in 1 ocean charge
  • AXE 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Ag Hair – Sterling Silver Toning Shampoo and Conditioner 1/2 Gallon 64 Oz Each; this comes at a hefty $115!
  • Suave Kids 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner, Cowabunga Coconut, 22.5 Ounce; this one is particularly good if you have a sensitive scalp


You might also want to read this article on how to make your hair grow faster.


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