The Good: Inexpensive, Decent conditioning properties, Cleans hair well!
The Bad: No recognizable scent.
The Basics: Alberto VO5 2 in 1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner works surprisingly well for daily cleaning and conditioning needs.
Right before my wife lopped off my hair – 20 years in the growing! – I found myself tro save some time. To that end, I picked up a couple of bottles of Alberto VO5 2 in 1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner. Unlike the moisturizing shampoo and conditioner 2-in-1 (reviewed here!), the VO5 2-in-1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner actually works and it works pretty well. Instead of being ineffective, the Normal 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner actually cleans and it only truly suffers from not having a delightful smell to make it a slam-dunk.
I like products that produce a decent scent memory or trigger one that I already have. Alas, Alberto VO5 2 in 1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner is not ideal for that. After a month, my hair was noticeably cleaner and more manageable than it was before, but it did not smell better (outside being devoid of any bad-smelling elements).
Using Alberto VO5 2 in 1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner leaves hair without any heavy residue and each time I used it, I came out with my hair feeling very clean. The moisturizing properties of this conditioner are almost immediate. Within a week, I noticed my hair was more manageable as well as cleaner.
I tend to like shampoos that both clean and leave hair smelling good. The Alberto VO5 2 in 1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner did the former well and the latter poorly. The Alberto VO5 2 in 1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner has a mildly medicinal smell to it. The medicinal smell washes out after the conditioning is done and it leaves my hair without any scent in it.
Since I began washing my hair with the Alberto VO5 2 in 1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner, my hair has never gotten back to dry and cracking, as it was when I was using just a shampoo.
With a cost of approximately $1.19 for a 15 fl. oz. bottle, Alberto VO5 2 in 1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner is comparatively inexpensive. The bottle is smooth and is more flat than round. When wet, it slips out of the hands easily. The cap has a flip-top that makes it very easy to get the shampoo/conditioner out with only one hand. As well, the large cap makes it even easier, though because the hole is still fairly small, there is no waste from the bottle.
Alberto VO5 2 in 1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner is a light green, opaque shampoo/conditioner that is creamy and smooth. It has a nonwatery consistency and while it is not especially thick, it does not need to be watered down to get the most out of the product.
Like most hair care products, there is nothing mysterious to using this product. You wet your hair, lather it up, let it set for a few minutes and rinse. Most VO5 products I can get away with using about a quarter-sized drop and that is so with Alberto VO5 2 in 1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner. But while I quickly discovered that a quarter-sized dollop of the 2-in-1 in my hand easily lathered up to be able to work through all my hair, my hair never got clean on the first try; I always had to wash at least twice and for the duration of my using this 2-in-1. I had long hair and Alberto VO5 2 in 1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner lathered up incredibly to condition all of my hair.
As a shampoo, this has an excellent lather quality. It took very little to work it up to a lather and that lather spreads into the hair and it cleans very well. Indeed, with average usage, the product was one of the easiest shampoos I have used to spread through my hair. This required very little agitation to lather it properly, especially for the minimal effort.
This 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner rinses out incredibly easily, as well. When I am in a hurry and can only wash my hair, the Alberto VO5 2 in 1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner rinses out very quickly and leaves my hair conditioned. Alberto VO5 2 in 1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner requires almost no effort to rinse out, making is a quick shampoo/conditioner to apply and rinse out. Since having my hair abruptly cut, the conditioner aspect of the Normal Shampoo & Conditioner, works because my hair has not developed any split ends!
Alberto VO5 2 in 1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner makes my hair feel heavy when it is still wet, and when I only wash it once with the 2-in-1. Once dry, the shampoo and conditioner lives up to its promise of moisturized, healthy-looking hair. Moreover, it does not dry out my hair, nor does it leave it with any greasy residue (when I wash with it twice).
While this is inexpensive, Alberto VO5 2 in 1 Normal Shampoo & Conditioner cleans and conditions, without leaving any delightful scent in the hair or on the head.
For other shampoo reviews, please check out my analysis of:
Suave Refreshing Waterfall Mint Shampoo
VO5 Kiwi Lime Shampoo
Bigelow Mentha Hair Mint Shampoo
For other health and beauty reviews, visit my Health And Beauty Review Index Page for an organized listing of the products I have reviewed!
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