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Doing Drugstore: Johnson's Baby Shampoo

Doing Drugstore: Johnson's Baby Shampoo

The last time I used Johnson's Baby Shampoo, I was illiterate and, most likely, incontinent as well. (Thank goodness things have changed in the decades since.) When I recently visited my parents, I noticed that they had a bottle of it in the shower, so I figured I'd give it a whirl.

There's something comforting about the bottle, labeling and smell. These things don't necessarily revert me to childhood, but there's something simple and sweet about it nonetheless. But does the no-tears shampoo work well for grownups? To find out,


Although it doesn't lather much, it cleaned my greasy hair well, Now that it's dry, I've got this wispy Shiloh Jolie-Pitt thing goin' on. (Sadly, though, I think Shiloh beats me in the cutiepie department.) The only problem is that it strips my hair of too many of its oils, giving me more flyaways than usual and drying out my hair. A conditioner would help with this, but my grown-up shampoos don't do this. Sadly, Johnson's Baby Shampoo isn't something I'd regularly use.

Finally, did you know that some people use this shampoo as a makeup remover? Yep. I haven't tried doing this yet, but I can see it being a great and inexpensive choice for cleaning makeup brushes. For hair, though, it's a wash (yuk, yuk).

bacon1 bacon1 9 years
Thanks for the makeup brush cleaner tip--I'm definitely going to try it!!
Naturalla Naturalla 9 years
I used it thinking it would be gentle on my very very dry scalp...I was WRONG
emilie11 emilie11 9 years
This does nothing for my hair but I use it in the shower or on a cotton pad to take off eye-makeup. It doesn't sting my eyes and gets everything off. It also works great, diluted with a little water, for cleaning makeup brushes.
juliegal juliegal 9 years
i dont use j&j shampoo but what i do use is j&j detangler for's a spray and i LOVE it...i dont like to weight my hair down w/ too much conditioner so i'll use some for the lower part of my hair and the ends and then spray the detangler allover...LOVE it it's also so good for after swimming in the ocean or pool to detangle and keep ur hair manageable and smelling nice
leanneluvsu leanneluvsu 9 years
I mean, deep conditioning.
leanneluvsu leanneluvsu 9 years
All you had to do was follow-up with a DC or a moisturizing rinse, like Patene Essential Moisture
cleegiants cleegiants 9 years
i use shampoo to clean my brushes - haven't used this particular one, but in general, shampoo works great!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I hate that shampoo; my hair was sooo dry that it looked like straw. It might be good for children however not for me. I love the products from WEN; it's one step that eliminates shampoo by creating a one step product. It's unlike any other 2-in-1 out there; try it! I love the fig one and it makes my hair very soft and shiney.
nikkeeb nikkeeb 9 years
i'd read about this last year from elle or vogue, so i tried it a couple times and didn't notice anything. after a while though, i started noticing my hair texture started feeling a lot grosser. definitely didn't experience any of the benefits elle/vogue or anyone else talks about when they use baby shampoo.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
J&J Baby shampoo does NOT contain Novocain. Is that an urban legend or something?
KimBurnett KimBurnett 9 years
Trace Face makes a good point. Sodium laurel(th) sulfate is not good for your skin and hair.
emososays17 emososays17 9 years
I looked at the ingredients for J&J Baby Shampoo and it doesn't list novacaine or a recognizable IUPAC name for novacaine.
GossipAngela GossipAngela 9 years
I have oilly hair too. J&J worked well as long as you double wash [meaning double shampoo, i heard it makes your hair super shiny]. Novacane huh. Spooky for a shampoo for babies.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I saw a sample bottle in my parent's bathroom cabinet when I went home for the holidays! But when it comes to achieving serious locks I guess it's best for all the little illiterate and incontinent ones out there.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Baby Shampoo has novicane in it which is what makes it not affect your eyes.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
I use it on my dog sometimes because flea shampoo can make her itch. Her coat looks fantastic after it! She's a golden retriever and looks as if she's just had her highlights retouched! :ROTFL: Also I'm hoping to get laser eye surgery this year and my optician has recommended I start using baby shampoo to clear the grit out of my eyes in the morning. That way, by the time the surgery rolls around, I'll be getting much less grit in my eyes. Apparently.
emalove emalove 9 years
I don't think so. I feel like it would make my hair feel very dry.
thatothrgirl thatothrgirl 9 years
After an at home hair coloring went awry, I was told to use the baby shampoo to strip some of the color off to lighten it up. It worked for that but made it oh so dry, like straw. :(
rgrl rgrl 9 years
I clean my makeup brushes with this and it's perfect. Only thing I ever use it for.
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