The Ordinary is a skincare company that has taken the beauty industry by storm in recent years. Their products are affordable, effective, and formulated with minimal targeted ingredients. Did you know that in addition to skincare products, The Ordinary offers haircare products?
The Ordinary just released a shampoo, conditioner, and hydrating serum for the scalp. I’ve been using them every other day for the past few weeks and have been using their other haircare product, The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density, on and off for over a year.
I will share my experience with these hair products in this The Ordinary hair care review.
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The Ordinary Hair Care Review
For reference, my hair is long and straight, and I deal with frizziness, dryness, and loss of elasticity. Drugstore shampoo and conditioner never seem to provide enough moisture and frizz-fighting benefits for my hair, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Ordinary’s haircare line.
I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised! Read on for my complete review.
The Ordinary Sulphate 4% Cleanser for Body and Hair
The Ordinary Sulphate 4% Cleanser for Body and Hair is a new fragrance-free shampoo from The Ordinary that can be used on your hair and also as a body wash for your body. This very mild cleanser contains SLES-2, a mild sulfate designed to be gentle on the skin and without contributing to color fading of the hair.
The Ordinary notes that SLES-2’s chemical structure allows it to be included in the cleanser at a lower concentration to minimize the risk of irritation.
The no-frills formula also contains tocopherol (pure vitamin E), a natural antioxidant that protects against UV damage.
The cleanser has a thin, slippery gel-like consistency. I found that the foaming action of the shampoo was minimal, and it produced small, creamy bubbles.
As a shampoo, it was so-so for me since I am used to fragrance and a more robust lather that comes with most shampoos. But I do like the fact that the cleanser can double as a very gentle body wash.
For the low price, it’s a nice product to have on hand and would be a great 2-in-1 body/hair cleansing option for travel.
The Ordinary Behentrimonium Chloride 2% Conditioner
Don’t let the technical-sounding name of The Ordinary Behentrimonium Chloride 2% Conditioner deter you. This is an AMAZING conditioner for the $8 price point. Another no-frills formula, this conditioner excludes the bulky ingredients often found in other conditioners.
This The Ordinary conditioner contains only seven ingredients and, like the shampoo, is fragrance-free. It absorbs quickly into my hair and doesn’t leave a slippery film on my hair like most other conditioners. After waiting a few minutes and rinsing, it leaves my hair soft and silky smooth.
The most impressive quality about this conditioner is how manageable my hair is. It does not leave my hair knotty or hard to brush and leaves my hair looking full, shiny, and healthy.
I still love Olaplex to control my frizz, but for the price point, this is one of the best affordable conditioners that I’ve used on my dry, damaged hair.
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The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density
It all started with The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density. This is not a new product from The Ordinary, as it was launched in 2018 as their first haircare product. This hair serum is formulated to create thicker, denser, and healthier hair. Like the rest of The Ordinary products, it contains no filler ingredients and uses technologies that yield results.
The technologies amount to 21.15% of the serum:
Redensyl Complex (with Larix Europaea Wood Extract and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract): Targets hair loss and hair growth. Clinical results have shown that volunteers have up to 17% more hair in 84 days and results are better than hair transplant surgery.
Procapil Peptide Complex (with Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1): This hair growth peptide complex helps fight against premature hair loss and strengthens hair from the root.
Capixyl Peptide Complex (with Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3 and Trifolium Pratense Flower Extract): This peptide complex contains a biomimetic peptide combined with a red clover extract for stronger, thicker hair.
Baicapil Complex (with Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Triticum Vulgare Germ Extract, and Glycine Soja Germ Extract): This complex contains three plants to reduce hair loss and improve the condition of the hair follicle.
AnaGain (Pisum Sativum Extract): Uses organic pea sprouts to stimulate signal molecules to reactivate hair growth.
High-Solubility Caffeine (1% net caffeine by weight): Helps reduce hair loss. This clinical study determined that caffeine should not be considered inferior to minoxidil 5% solution for men dealing with androgenetic alopecia (also known as male-pattern baldness).
With so many technologies, you might think that the serum would feel heavy, sticky, or greasy on the scalp. It doesn’t. It is super lightweight, slightly thicker than water in consistency. You apply it to your scalp with a glass dropper. It absorbs easily and doesn’t leave a film or interfere with my hairstyle.
I’ve been using it on my scalp around my hairline above my forehead and temples, and I’ve seen new hair growth over the many months that I’ve been using this concentrated serum. It’s so lightweight that once absorbed, I forget that it’s even on my scalp.
Drawbacks? If you only wash your hair a few times a week, you might notice that it starts to build up on your scalp. I apply it in the evenings and can go about two applications without it becoming noticeable. This works out well since I wash my hair every other day.
Also, it’s a little pricier than most The Ordinary products, but at under $20, it’s still an affordable hair growth serum for thinning hair that has worked for me. You just have to be consistent and know that results most likely won’t come in days but rather months.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA Scalp Serum
Like The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA for the skin, The Ordinary now offers a Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA Scalp Serum. This hydrating scalp serum contains ingredients that mimic the skin’s natural moisturizing factors (NMF). The NMFs are compounds that play a key role in retaining moisture in the skin.
The thin white milky serum also contains hyaluronic acid (HA), which acts like a sponge to soak up water, provides hydration, and helps the scalp maintain moisture.
Squalane, a lightweight moisturizer similar to squalene (a natural component of the skin’s sebum), is also included to help the scalp to seal in moisture. Squalane is non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog your pores.
The scalp serum also contains arginine, an amino acid that is a building block of the collagen in our skin and the keratin in our hair. Several additional amino acids are also included in the formula to bind water and hydrate the skin.
The serum comes with an easy-to-use dropper with a sloped tip to pinpoint the application of the serum. There is no greasiness to the serum, and it feels weightless on my scalp.
My scalp gets a little itchy in the winter months, and I’ve noticed the itchiness has gone away since starting this scalp serum. This would be an excellent choice for dry scalps that deal with dry, flaky skin.
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Final Thoughts on The Ordinary Hair Care Products
Overall, I am impressed with the quality of The Ordinary’s hair care products, given their low price points. The shampoo is an affordable multi-tasker, and the hydrating serum is perfect for a dry scalp.
I’ve been seeing great results with the Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density, but it doesn’t happen overnight. It may take months of use to see a difference in hair growth, but The Ordinary hair serum really seems to be improving my hair growth.
The surprise product for me was The Ordinary Behentrimonium Chloride 2% Conditioner. It doesn’t leave my hair feeling heavy or unmanageable, which is a common issue with other drugstore hair conditioners I’ve tried. It leaves my hair soft, silky, and healthy-looking.
For an affordable lash and brow growth serum, be sure to check out The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Lash and Brow Serum. You can read my complete review here.
If you are on the lookout for a low-cost option for high-quality affordable hair care products, The Ordinary is definitely worth checking out.
Thanks for reading!