OGX vs Herbal Essences (The Definitive Guide)

By Calum Torrington

3 February 2023

You’ve likely seen OGX and Herbal Essences products on your social media feed before, or perhaps you’ve seen them at your favorite hair salon. Both are highly sought after, but which brand should you use?

If you're thinking about giving them a try, check out this comprehensive guide to find out which cult-favorite hair system is better.




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OGX vs Herbal Essences Shampoo

A great shampoo is one that effectively cleanses your hair fibres whilst delivering special care for any specific hair concerns you might have (e.g. dryness, damage, etc.). I don't think there's a single person out there that would dispute the fact that OGX and Herbal Essences shampoos are some of the best in this regard, and there are dozens to choose from. Fundamentally, though, there are a few key differences to note.


The OGX Renewing + Argan Oil Shampoo is a hydrating treat for the hair. It quickly works into a lather that deeply cleanses the scalp and hair, whilst strengthening it against heat and environmental damage.

The shampoo includes a nourishing blend of Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil and Potato Starch which strengthens and protects. It is also paraben-free and sulfate-free to avoid drying your hair out.

Users have commented on how soft and sweet-smelling their hair was after using this product. People also seem to enjoy the calming blue packaging (which is a great addition to any bathroom, we might add!).

The OGX Argan Oil shampoo is available in two sizes: a 13 fl oz bottle for $8.71 or a 25.4 fl oz bottle for $15.25.

Another great alternative is the Herbal Essences Argan Oil Repair Shampoo. With 90% naturally-derived ingredients, this shampoo uses the power of botanicals to repair and clean your hair. It is also color-safe and suitable for all hair types.

The shampoo is enriched with soothing Aloe, and just like OGX's, the formula also features Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan Oil - aka "the liquid gold of Morocco"), which contains essential fatty acids to refortify broken hair. The rich blend of oils adds a gorgeous shine to the hair and makes brushing more manageable.

As well as being color-safe and paraben-free, Herbal Essences is a cruelty-free brand and carries the Leaping Bunny Logo to confirm this.

You can pick up a 13.5 fl oz bottle of this shampoo for $7, making it slightly cheaper than the OGX shampoo.

OGX vs Herbal Essences Conditioner

Akin to cleansing your skin, washing your hair is a critical step, but in doing so you are stripping it of moisture, and you need to replace that moisture by using a conditioner—just like you would for your skin with a moisturizer! As far as conditioners go, there's not too many as good as those by OGX and Herbal Essences.


So, next up for review is the OGX Renewing + Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner. This creamy, oil-based treatment helps to combat dryness and frizz to reveal silky, smooth hair. This hydrating formula is free from parabens and sulfates, making it a gentle treatment for all hair types.

Like the two shampoos, this conditioner is imbued with Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil which deeply conditions and seals split ends. It’s a popular conditioner in the beauty community as it instantly adds shine and body to damaged hair. Furthermore, the product has a relaxing aroma that makes it a treat to use (a bonus aromatherapy session, if you will!).

You can purchase this conditioner in two sizes: a 13 fl oz bottle for $8.71 or a jumbo 25.4 fl oz bottle for $15.25.

Our final product is the Herbal Essences Argan Oil Conditioner. This is a deep hydration treatment designed to rescue dull and damaged locks. It has a thick, dreamy texture that locks in moisture and detangles knots.

Some key ingredients are Argan Oil for shine and Aloe Leaf Juice to repair broken bonds. It also includes Ecklonia Radiata Extract which reduces hair roughness and Vanilla for a sweet, soothing scent.

You can pick up a 13.5 fl oz bottle of the Argan Oil Conditioner for $6.99.

OGX vs Herbal Essences Conclusion

After having compared the two brands' best-selling Argan Oil shampoos and conditioners, we've decided that OGX is the marginally superior brand. While the treatments from each brand are incredibly similar—from key ingredients to results—any brand that goes out of their way to avoid using harsh sulfates in their products is a winner in our book.

To round off our review, here are our recommendations for the best-selling ranges and products that OGX and Herbal Essences offer.

OGX Best-Sellers

For strong & healthy hair:
Try Nourishing + Coconut Milk

For volume:
Try Thick & Full + Biotin & Collagen

For heat protection:
Try Protecting + Silk Blowout

Herbal Essences Best-Sellers

For shine:
Try Shine-Brilliance

For dry hair:
Try Hello Hydration

For curly hair:
Try Totally Twisted

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