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Product Review: Ted Gibson Brazen Brown Shampoo and Conditioner

Ever since my shiny-hair disaster a month ago, I've been lamenting the loss of color in my hair. Conditioning treatments have eliminated the rough texture, but I wasn't sure what to do about the dull hue. (I didn't want to have it professionally colored.)

Enter Ted Gibson Brazen Brown shampoo ($36) and conditioner ($36). Both of these products promise to moisturize hair while imbuing it with rich brown tones. They contain temporary hair color meant to boost the color between salon visits, or just to intensify the hair's natural shade. (It's also available for blonde and red hair.) For my full review, just

There isn't much of a scent to either the shampoo or the conditioner, and both are fairly concentrated. For my shoulder-length hair, I needed only about a quarter-sized dollop — so while the products aren't cheap, they seem like they'll last a long time. (I'm all about cost per use.) After using the shampoo and conditioner, I blow dried my hair and was rewarded with a richer brown color. It wasn't drastic enough to make anyone think that I'd colored my hair, but it was noticeably shinier and more robust.

I really love this duo because it gave my hair a boost of color, without having to deal with the long-term commitment of permanent dye. Plus, my hair is soft without feeling weighed down. While this shampoo and conditioner are definitely not budget buys, I think they're worth the price if your hair color is blah or uneven. As long as it keeps my hair looking this pretty, I'll happily keep it on my must-buy list.


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silver-wings silver-wings 8 years
exact same problem here! my hair has gotten realy brownish it used to be a very rich and drak browm almost black, i might save some bucks and give this a try, since i was actually considering to dye it!
starlotus713 starlotus713 8 years
Did it turn your hands brown? I've used the Aveda Clove color depositing conditioner and I love it, but its discontinued now. I had to wear rubber gloves when I used it and make sure to rinse the shower out or it would stain the tile...
murmurkibbies murmurkibbies 8 years
Um, I wash my hair with cheap shampoo and conditioner and it looks fine. Why would I do this?
SoulfulSuga SoulfulSuga 8 years
Would this be useful for hair thats never been dyed? I have really dark brown hair...its my natural color and I've never dyed it. Just curious!
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 8 years
I love the Artec line! This is a pricey duo and I don't know if I can justify the price...even if it does last a long time.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I'm not sure if the shampoo/conditioner would darken highlights -- my guess is they would be affected but they wouldn't all be one color. Peony, I would go with the conditioner. You can leave it on your hair for a few minutes and that will help deposit the color.
Peony Peony 8 years
what about only using one product-- either the shampoo or conditioner? i have about 4 shampoos and 5 conditioners in my shower now and dont want to get too out of control (some would already say I've crossed that line), but i would try one. what would you suggest?
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
Thanks for the review! I am currently growing my hair out for _Locks of Love_ and it's two tones due to a dye job growing out. We're "allowed" to use temporary color so I think this'll be perfect!
davisdavis davisdavis 8 years
Bella, I'm glad that you found something to help you through the heartbreak of accidental peroxide! Misslilad, I've tried the artec line, and I didn't really see any difference in my hair, so maybe this stuff is better?
Seraphim Seraphim 8 years
my hair is brown with golden hihglights.... i'm wondering if this would darken my highlights? is that a silly question?
vanessa-k vanessa-k 8 years
anyone used the blonde version?
misslilad misslilad 8 years
does anyone know how this compare to the artec color-depositing line? of course if it is as good as all of you say, maybe i will start saving my pennies
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I like it a lot. FYI: I once tried the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette shampoo and conditioner, and while it's nice enough, it didn't give results the way the Ted Gibson shampoo and conditioner do. So it's one instance in which the fancier option actually does do a better job!
cbgmick cbgmick 8 years
Thanks for the review Bella!!! I've seen this and have wondered if it's worth the $$. I think it will go on my Christmas list to myself :)
bellanatella bellanatella 8 years
Five stars, huh? That's worth a shot in my eyes.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Aw, thanks, Karisaamy. I'm finally back to normal now — after a LOT of deep-conditioning treatments and this shampoo and conditioner. Phew! And I agree, Aimeeb — definitely a product that's worth the splurge.
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
I was wondering how your hair was doing after all that.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
This stuff is amazing!
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