April 25, 2014

Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner Review

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Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner

Cleansing Conditioners at the drugstore are becoming more and more come and this new Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner is one you’ll find easily enough your next trip to your local shop.

This actually for color treated hair. I didn’t dye my hair, never have, but I thought I’d try it and review it as a cleansing conditioner but not so much as how it performs on color treated hair.

Hope that’s ok!?

Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner is a sulfate-free cleansing conditioner that’s formulated for color treated hair.

According to so many reviews and marketing I’ve read on this it was supposed to be have a beautiful rose scent. Honestly, it smelled like the traditional fruity sweet floral Herbal Essences signature fragrance but not so much like roses to my nose. Maybe I’m missing something? The lovely thing about this scent is it lingers beautifully! It’s the type of scent that people will lean it and smell your hair asking what you used to wash it! But for me it does not smell like roses.

I’ve already tried the Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner already which I find MUCH thicker. This is rich, creamy, thick yes, but it seems like once I apply it to my wet hair it breaks down instantly and becomes thinner and easier to work through my locks. I actually like the lighter texture as it seems to cause less build up, it’s easier to work through my hair, and it rinses quicker.

People are sometimes confused with how a cleansing conditioner works. It’s basically like a rich hair masque that’s balanced to clean hair as it conditions. It sports the same consistency as a conditioner, does not lather or foam, but still cleanses hair as it conditiones in one step so no need for shampooing prior. You might wish to clarify your hair weekly after using a cleansing conditioner daily. I personally clarify my hair at the end of the week because cleansing conditioners can cause build up. At one point in my life I was free from silicones because I was using Lush haircare exclusively and lord knows my hair had a great hair day every single day of its life. But when I started to use silicones again I had to be conscious about the build up I was causing thus I do remind myself to clarify.

The thing about the Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner formula is I felt like it created considerably less build up. This formula is lighter than the Naked formula so if you wanted something lighter go with this.

Overall, I can’t speak for color treated hair but my own longer, slightly dry, wavy hair looks great after using this! My hair is smoother, softer, with less frizz and I’m able to comb through it without catching a ton of tangles. I’d dare say it was as good as Wen if not better because of the lighter texture.

This one gets a Muse Approval.

Love it!

Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner is available now at drugstores.

Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Cleansing Conditioner 1

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • vanilladreamcream

    I have really dry scalp. Do you know of a shampoo that moisturizes my scalp without causing buildup?


  • Karrie

    I’ve seen the Naked one but not this one for color treated hair. I do want to try a cleansing conditioner and see how they work for me before putting down the money for Wen. I think I will give this one a try. Thanks for the great review.

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure! Don’t get me wrong Wen is great but these new drugstore ones are quite good too 😀

    • ame

      I might try this one, but Wen DESTROYED my color AND my hair, so I am definitely wary. I have yet to find a Cleansing Conditioner from any line that hasn’t had the same effect, actually.

  • Gillie

    I like that the dimethicone doesn’t appear until pretty far down in the list. Others I’ve seen, it’s nearly the first ingredient. I might be tempted to give this one a try.

    Thanks, Muse!!!

      • Gillie

        I bought this yesterday and washed my hair before bed. My hair is insanely soft today, but the ends are “grabby” and my waves are a lot more diaphanous than usual. I don’t think it’s anything I couldn’t fix with some styling cream, so I’ll finish the bottle, but the jury is still out on whether or not I’ll repurchase. My hair smells great, though!

  • Tamine

    I wonder how it works on oily hair. I have sensitive scalp and very oily hair, so I wash it almost every day. It sucks!

  • Katherine

    Can oily hair people use cleansing conditioners? I would like to try this product.

  • Lisa

    I love the normal Color Me Happy shampoo (it smells so good!) so I’m tempted to try this out…I’ve never used cleansing conditioner before so how often do you wash your hair when you use this or any other cleansing conditioner, Muse?

    Great review!!

    • Isabella Muse

      thanks Lisa! I typically co-wash four days a week and the other three I shampoo/conditioner as normal 🙂

  • Katie

    I’m obsessed with the Herbal Essence Color Me Happy products! The smell so ridiculously good. I use the shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and dry shampoo (although the dry shampoo doesn’t smell like the others). I didn’t know that they had cleansing conditioner! Thanks for posting this. I’ll be on a look out now!

    • Isabella Muse

      hi shannon I just replied above to karena 🙂 take a look at my reply as I included a link 😀

    • Monica

      Another great detox shampoo is the Original Neutrogena Shampoo. I love it! Pantene also makes a Damage Detox but I dislike Pantene immensely. Garnier also makes their Pure Clean line. Redken used to make a hair scrub that polished & detoxified hair but also made it super soft.i think it was called Nature’ s Rescue.

  • Karena

    Hi Muse – Thank you very much for the wonderful review! I am a WEN girl, but I do wonder about what to use for clarifying because I use styling product a as well. May I ask what you use to clarify? Thanks very much!

  • JoElla

    When I run out of the naked version, I will pick up this one.

    I am also really enjoying the naked moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, so hopefully I will enjoy this as well.

    • Isabella Muse

      I haven’t tried the shampoo/conditioner! I was thinking about it as it has gotten some great reviews!

  • Jenny

    I love the original one but I was getting build up issues after continued use 🙁 So glad to hear that this one has a lighter texture, will definitely purchase after I’m done with my current one!

  • Monica

    Kerastase has an amazing cleansing conditioner for color treated hair, but it’s pricey @ $40+. Even if I use I cleansing conditioner I have to use conditioner afterwards because my hair is very dry from bleaching it. I’m looking forward to trying this one. Thanks, Muse!