Joico Moisture Recovery Shampoo Review

I’ve used many different shampoos from several different brands since I started my healthy relaxed hair journey in 2014. Most of them were drugstore-type brands that you can find at big box stores and Ulta. I rarely used a salon hair brand unless I received it for free, or went to the hair salon. Mostly because of the cost and because I didn’t think salon products would make any big difference to my hair if I used them at home.
Joico Moisture Recovery Shampoo Review | A Relaxed Gal
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During my bout with protein overload, my hair was constantly dry so the stylist I go to suggested I start using the moisturizing shampoo she had started using on her clients. The shampoo was the Joico Moisture Recovery Shampoo. Until now I didn’t know much about the brand Joico. I did realize I’d seen it when browsing Ulta and in a few videos from relaxed hair vloggers but had never paid the brand any attention.

I did like the way my hair felt when she used the shampoo and I’m always down for a good moisturizing shampoo so I decided to give it a try. It was actually perfect timing because Ulta had it on sale. So I went to the store and picked up a bottle.

Here’s some info about the Joico Moisture Recovery Shampoo. It claims to be a gentle cleanser that is good for extra thirsty thick/coarse hair because it saturates with intensive moisture and seals it in helping the hair have
  • 24-hour moisture replenishment
  • Double the softness
  • 3X less prone to breakage
  • Shine and look healthy

I’ve been using the shampoo for over 6 months as my first lather shampoo. At first, I was only using it every few weeks but now I’m using it more frequently as I feel like it does a good job of cleaning my hair without completely stripping it.

The reason I wasn’t using it frequently was that it’s a sulfate shampoo. I don’t have any issues with sulfate shampoos and use them within reason. When I started using the Joico Moisture Recovery Shampoo I still had a bit of damaged hair on my head and I thought that using sulfates weekly could make the damage worse.

Here are a few additional details about the Joico Moisture Recovery Shampoo
  • It seems the best place to buy it is Ulta. They usually have this brand on sale several times a year
  • The shampoo comes in two sizes 10.1 oz and 33.8 oz. I got the 33.8 oz because the store I went to was out of the smaller size.
  • It lathers really well. Especially when I get my hair soaking wet.
  • A little bit goes a long way so if you have the larger bottle it should last you a while.
  • It has Hydrolyzed Keratin in the ingredient list which doesn’t bother me as I don’t have much protein in my hair regimen right now.

I’ve found that using the Joico Moisture Recovery Shampoo helps me to have a good hair week because it does a good job of removing product buildup without drying out my hair so I have a clean palette to work with. I’ve also found that my hair holds moisture longer during the week.

I plan to continue to use it as my first lather shampoo and follow it up with a sulfate-free shampoo. I may at some point also try out the other products in the Joico Moisture Recovery line - the conditioner and treatment balm.