The Good: No bad ingredients
The Bad: Not a decent or interesting scent, Does not clean . . . at all, Not the least expensive of the Suave shampoos.
The Basics: One of the worst shampoos I have ever used, Suave Professionals Sleek Shampoo only earns a point by not making one’s hair smell bad!
Shampoos have three essential components for me: price, aroma, and cleaning quality. Suave Professionals Sleek Shampoo falls down on all three fronts.
The meat of my review comes in this: after three weeks of using Suave Professionals Sleek Shampoo, my wife poked me and said, “Hun, have you washed your hair lately?” “Umm, yeah.” “No, I mean in the last few weeks.” “Yeah.” “New shampoo?” “Yes.” “Pan the hell out of it.” “Really?” “Yeah; it’s not working. Like, at all.”
The Sleek Shampoo is a little more expensive than the average Suave Shampoo. The 12.6 fl. oz, bottle is a little more expensive than the average Suave shampoo. This “adjective shampoo” does not smell like anything at all and it does not clean hair.
The Suave Professionals Sleek Shampoo is intended to be paired with the same brand's Sleek conditioner, but given neither work particularly well, it is not worth going through the trouble to synergize them.
Suave has been expanding its line of inexpensive shampoos and Shampoos into the professional haircare market where they are trying to compete with shampoos and Shampoos from the likes of Matrix. With Sleek Shampoo, the brand is on shaky footing. In virtually every market in the United States, Suave Professionals shampoos and Shampoos may be found on sale for $1.50 - $1.99 for a 12.6 fl. oz. bottle. The Sleek Shampoo has an indistinct, vaguely medicinal, watery scent. That scent dissipates after about fifteen minutes after using. The 12.6 fl. oz. bottle is a flat tube bottle with a flip-top lid that is easy enough to open with one hand. While it gets slippery when wet, it is easy enough to hold onto because of the flattened sides.
Inside the bottle is Sleek Shampoo and it is a pearlescent white colored fluid that is about the same consistency as liquid dish soap. It .has a fair lathering quality, but requires a little more to use to go through a whole head of hair.
When it comes to use, this is a simple Shampoo and one need only flip the lid and dispense about a quart-sized dollop into the palm of the hand before applying it to the hair. The Sleek Shampoo requires a decent-sized dollop to get a lather going in a full head of hair. I have better than shoulder-length hair and it takes approximately a quarter to half-dollar-sized blob of shampoo to make it stretch through my mane. While it lathers fine, it does not actually clean hair well at all.
Suave Professionals’ Sleek Shampoo does not clean, does not condition, and does not make hair smell distinct or good. All it has going for it is that it does not make one’s hair smell worse after using. That, sadly, is not enough to make it even worth trying, though.
For other Suave shampoo reviews, please visit my takes on:
Suave Professionals Men Deep Clean Peppermint Shampoo
Suave Professionals Almond + Shea Butter
Refreshing Waterfall Mist
Fresh Mountain Strawberry
Juicy Green Apple
Suave Professionals Rosemary Mint
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