“I had strangers telling me my hair was gorgeous!” said one tester after using the Pureology Nanoworks Shampoo & Conditioner. The admittedly pricey pair earned its splurge-worthy status, taking first place in our biggest testing category. Testers repeatedly commented on its “rich, thick lather,” especially notable because the shampoo doesn’t contain the common sudsing agent sodium lauryl sulfate, which can cause hair and scalp dryness. The color-protecting formula made it popular among panelists with colored strands. “It made my hair smooth and kept the color vibrant,” said one. Volunteers also noted that it improved softness and combability, and the latter was confirmed in the lab. Both the Pureology and second-place Biolage received perfect scores for wet combing on the Instron, demonstrating their prowess at detangling and protecting strands from further damage. Still hesitant about spending big bucks on shampoo’ Consider that a bottle is designed to last for 80 shampoos (about three months), thanks to its concentrated formula.
Reviewed: September 2011
Price When Reviewed: $53.00