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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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