ORS Olive Oil Moisture Restore Creamy Aloe Shampoo Review

I believe in clarifying my relaxed hair. I’ve believed this for a while. That’s evident if you look back on some of my wash day recaps. As a result, I’ve used several different clarifying and deep cleansing shampoos over the years from different brands.

Some of those shampoos have been better than others, including the one that I currently use.

black woman's hand holding the ors olive oil creamy aloe shampoo bottle.
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The clarifying shampoo that I currently use is the ORS Olive Oil Moisture Restore Creamy Aloe Shampoo.

This is a popular favorite in the relaxed hair community. Probably because it can also double as a neutralizing shampoo after a relaxer touch-up and it’s not drying like a lot of other clarifying shampoos are.

This shampoo claims to
  • Gently cleanse and not strip away natural oils
  • Leave hair tangle-free and soft
  • Remove buildup including dull relaxer build-up
  • Moisturize
  • Add shine

Key ingredients in the ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo are
  • Olive Oil to nourish and add moisture
  • Aloe Vera for adding moisture
  • Panthenol for removing buildup

The direction for using the shampoo is “work the desired amount into wet hair, massaging to create a rich lather. Rinse thoroughly and repeat application as needed.” As I previously mentioned it can be used as a neutralizing shampoo and the directions even say it can be used weekly.

Personally, I wouldn’t use it weekly even though it claims to be, and is, gentle and moisturizing. My reasoning is I do notice that it deeply cleans my hair and my hair doesn’t need that deep a clean every week.

I found this shampoo because so many other relaxed hair bloggers and vloggers used it. So when I needed a new clarifying shampoo because the one I was using was discontinued, I just had to give this one a try.

I bought it from Sally Beauty and was able to get it during a sale so I didn’t pay full price for it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Sally Beauty sells this shampoo anymore. I’m not sure why but I can’t find it on the website. It can be purchased at Target and Walmart.

It’s really affordable and can be found at most retailers (Amazon not included) for under $5 a bottle in the U.S. I’m not sure about availability or pricing overseas. So even if it’s not on sale it’s not a bad deal.

I have to admit I was skeptical like I usually am when it comes to hyped-up products. How could a clarifying shampoo actually really clean my hair without drying it out?

I’m still not sure how but I know this one can.

When I first tried the ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo I was easily able to work it into a good lather. It didn’t irritate my scalp and when I rinsed it out my hair didn’t feel stripped nor did it feel like product residue was left on it.

I also recently found out it was sulfate-free. For years I thought it had sulfates because sulfate-free isn’t prominently displayed on the bottle. Full disclosure I haven’t been able to find it on the bottle yet but did see it noted on the ORS website.

I started using the ORS Olive Oil Moisture Restore Creamy Aloe Shampoo a few years before writing this review, not sure what took me so long to write this. Since my first few uses of it, this shampoo became my top recommended clarifying shampoo.

I don’t clarify my hair on a set schedule, at most probably once a month. When I do decide to clarify my hair it usually needs it and this shampoo brings my hair back to life.

I plan to continue using it until for some reason my hair doesn’t like it anymore or it’s discontinued (please don’t ORS!).

What clarifying shampoo do you use?