{"id":605343678770,"title":"Briogeo Review: Is Award-Winning Hair Care Worth It?","created_at":"2023-04-27T23:47:55-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Briogeo Review: Is Award-Winning Hair Care Worth It?\",\n \"keywords\": \"briogeo, briogeo review, briogeo reviews, briogeo shampoo, briogeo scalp revival, briogeo hair mask, briogeo don't despair repair, briogeo hair, briogeo scalp revival shampoo, briogeo sephora, briogeo hair care, briogeo shampoo review, briogeo scalp, briogeo ulta\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the ingredients in two of Briogeo's most popular products (Scalp Revival Shampoo and Don't Despair, Repair! Hair Mask) to give our take on whether they're likely to be effective or if they're a waste of money. We highlight one questionable additive.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/briogeo-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/35816075\/\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/hairitage-review\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/20242976\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4289931\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5429933\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5093181\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/29761728\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/35226791\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7831075\/\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/odele-shampoo-review\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4350143\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ulta.com\/p\/scalp-revival-charcoal-coconut-oil-micro-exfoliating-scrub-shampoo-pimprod2029881?sku=2590814\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ulta.com\/p\/dont-despair-repair-deep-conditioning-hair-mask-pimprod2021375?sku=2575505\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/22517595\/\"\n],\n\"mentions\": [{\n \"@type\": \"Brand\",\n \"name\": \"Scalp Revival\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Brand\",\n \"name\": \"Don't Despair, Repair!\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"coconut oil\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"charcoal\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"peppermint oil\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"fragrance\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Brand\",\n \"name\": \"Abbey Yung\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Brand\",\n \"name\": \"Lea Toshiye\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"hydrolyzed wheat protein\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"argan oil\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Sephora\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Ulta\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Amazon\"\n }\n],\n\"datePublished\": \"2023-04-27\",\n\"copyrightHolder\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n},\n\"publisher\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/\",\n \"description\": \"Illuminate Labs is the most transparent supplement company in the U.S., and is a leading publisher of research-based health information.\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"supplements, science, nutrition, exercise, health, medication, pharmaceutical, wellness, diet, weight loss, medical research\",\n \"publishingPrinciples\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/editorial-guidelines\",\n \"memberOf\": [\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"U.S. Chamber of Commerce\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.uschamber.com\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Certified B Corp\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.bcorporation.net\/en-us\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Natural Products Association\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.npanational.org\/\"\n }\n ],\n \"logo\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Illuminate_Labs_Favicon_48x48_7595c3cc-e27b-47b8-a4fe-edcc7ed9b29a.png?v=1666502785\", \n \"width\": 48,\n \"height\": 48\n},\n \"foundingDate\": \"2019-01-30\",\n \"sameAs\": [\n \"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/twitter.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/company\/illuminate-labs-supplements\",\n \"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UCpgSJAsIPb-fZ25djtTxBEA\"\n ]\n }\n}\n\/\/ ]]\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Briogeo_Review_Article_Header_Image_Optimized.png?v=1682653555\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eB\u003c\/span\u003eriogeo is one of the most popular hair-focused cosmetic brands. The brand sells everything from shampoo to hair masks to scalp serums, and claims that their products are “award-winning for a reason.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut do Briogeo products contain ingredients proven in clinical studies to enhance hair quality and appearance, or are these just marketing claims? Does the brand use any questionable additive ingredients? What retailer sells Briogeo for the best price? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Briogeo products?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in two of Briogeo’s most popular products (Scalp Revival Shampoo and Don’t Despair, Repair!) to give our take on whether they’re likely to be effective or if they’re a waste of money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll also provide a cost breakdown to show which retailer sells these products for the best price, and feature real, unsponsored Briogeo user reviews.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eScalp Revival Shampoo Ingredient Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Briogeo_Scalp_Revival_Shampoo_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1682653572\" alt=\"Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in Briogeo Scalp Revival shampoo are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA number of these ingredients have research backing for the potential to improve hair quality.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCoconut oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is one of the most effective natural ingredients for healthy hair. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/12715094\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of Cosmetic Science\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that coconut oil reduced protein loss from hair, suggesting it can prevent hair damage.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCastor oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was shown in a 2022 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/35816075\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to “improve hair luster,” which is the clinical term for shiny hair.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePanthenol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e may improve scalp health, as we documented in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/hairitage-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHairitage reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article on another hair brand that contains this ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCharcoal\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e may be healing to the skin according to a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/20242976\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, although research on the cosmetic benefits of this compound seem early-stage.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePeppermint oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is one of the most effective botanical compounds for supporting hair growth. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4289931\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eToxicological Research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal found that “peppermint oil promotes hair growth without toxic signs.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eGinger root oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e may also naturally support hair growth according to a 2017 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5429933\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eClearly there are a number of research-backed ingredients in Briogeo’s shampoo. However, there is also one inactive ingredient that may be questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eFragrance\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a broad categorical term that fails to describe the specific fragrance compounds used, and a 2016 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5093181\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e analyzed safety data on fragranced consumer products and concluded that fragrance can \"impose serious risks to human health.\" It's also a common contact allergen.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe find it unfortunate that Briogeo chooses to use fragrance in this formulation, because we would recommend it otherwise and consider it a highly impressive shampoo from an efficacy and aesthetic perspective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll analyze the ingredients in Briogeo’s hair mask next, but first we’ll feature some real user reviews of the brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal, Unsponsored Briogeo User Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA popular beauty influencer named Abbey Yung reviewed various Briogeo products in a video with over 50,000 views:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/Hi60oRGmhvw\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named Leo Toshiye shared her experience using Briogeo for two straight months:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/8XkDAJe8w_I\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDon’t Despair, Repair! Hair Mask Ingredient Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Briogeo_Hair_Mask_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1682653614\" alt=\"Briogeo hair mask ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in Briogeo’s award-winning “Don’t Despair, Repair!” hair mask are shown above. The brand claims that this product can “strengthen and repair dry, damaged hair.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLike the previous Briogeo product, there are a number of active ingredients in this formulation with research backing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eHydrolyzed wheat protein\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was shown in a 2018 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/29761728\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to be non-toxic and to effectively condition hair.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eArgan oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was shown to protect hair against damage in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/35226791\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of Cosmetic Dermatology\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAvocado oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was also shown to be effective in preventing hair damage in a 2021 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7831075\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, although this was an animal study so the data is less convincing than a human trial.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAloe vera\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e may have scalp-healing properties as we documented in our review of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/odele-shampoo-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOdele Clarifying Shampoo\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003ePanax ginseng\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cb\u003e root extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was shown to promote hair growth in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4350143\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of Medical Food\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider this hair mask likely to strengthen and repair hair as the brand claims, however it contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003efragrance\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (which we reviewed in the previous ingredient analysis section) so we don’t currently recommend it.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eQuestionable Clinical Claims\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are a number of uncited and questionable clinical claims on the Briogeo website.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs shown below the brand claims that their hair mask is \"scientifically proven\" to decrease hair breakage:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Briogeo_Questionable_Clinical_Claim_1_Optimized.png?v=1682654069\" alt=\"Briogeo questionable clinical claim 1\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHowever, there is no citation or proof of this claim which makes it highly confusing. \u003cstrong\u003eWe cannot find clinical trials on Briogeo products on PubMed or any other clinical trial database.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBriogeo also claims that their rice water product is proven to strengthen hair:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Briogeo_Questionable_Clinical_Claim_2_Optimized.png?v=1682654263\" alt=\"Briogeo questionable clinical claim 2\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHowever, \u003cstrong\u003eagain there are no links to the scientific studies referenced and no proof provided of this claim.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe urge Briogeo to either transparently publish the clinical studies they reference in their marketing or remove these statements entirely from their website. It's simply unfair to consumers to make specific clinical claims of efficacy and not clearly provide the proof of those claims.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhere to Buy Briogeo for the Best Price\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere’s a price breakdown for the two products reviewed in this article at the time of publishing:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eScalp Revival Shampoo\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrand website: $42 (plus $6.95 shipping, \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.briogeohair.com\/products\/scalp-revival-charcoal-coconut-oil-micro-exfoliating-shampoo\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSephora: $42 (free shipping – requires account, \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.sephora.com\/product\/scalp-revival-charcoal-coconut-oil-micro-exfoliating-shampoo-P418507?skuId=1895580\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUlta: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$42 (free shipping\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e – \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ulta.com\/p\/scalp-revival-charcoal-coconut-oil-micro-exfoliating-scrub-shampoo-pimprod2029881?sku=2590814\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmazon: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$42 (free shipping\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e – \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/41OhCmc\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink to official Amazon listing\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDon’t Despair, Repair! Hair Mask\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrand website: $39 (plus $6.95 shipping, \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.briogeohair.com\/products\/dont-despair-repair-deep-conditioning-mask\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSephora: $39 (free shipping – requires account, \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.sephora.com\/product\/dont-despair-repair-deep-conditioning-hair-mask-P388628?skuId=1784636\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eUlta: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$39 (free shipping\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e – \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ulta.com\/p\/dont-despair-repair-deep-conditioning-hair-mask-pimprod2021375?sku=2575505\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmazon: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$39 (free shipping\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e – \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3nfeyjZ\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink to official Amazon listing\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhen considering shipping fees, the two Briogeo products we reviewed in this article range from 14-15% cheaper on Amazon and Ulta than on the brand’s website.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal Customers Review Briogeo\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBriogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair! hair mask has been reviewed over 3,500 times with an average review rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Abigail cordero” who claims that it caused positive changes to hair appearance:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e“I have tried so many products and I finally tried this one and was scared at first because of some people stating that it causes rash so I go ahead and tried it and first use my hair was so soft …. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eSecond use my hair was feeling so good and I have really medium...\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cb\u003eLight curls and it’s very dry bc of the coloring .this really helps my hair”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Michelle Smith” who claims the product caused hair loss:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“I used this product exactly as directed, I even set a timer to make sure I didn’t leave it in too long, and it made my hair fall out! My hair is now horribly rough and tangled, and smells awful\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, even after washing it out with my normal shampoo and conditioner. Definitely do not buy!”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOur Clean Hair Care Picks\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Shampoo_Image_20df2087-a8ba-4c39-adbe-7dd14757ec84.png?v=1666993226\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ingreendients.com\/products\/daily-shampoo?aff=3\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eIngreendients Daily Shampoo\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003eis our top shampoo pick, because it's formulated 100% from plants and contains research-backed active ingredients like acetic acid, derived from apple cider vinegar (ACV), which\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8706394\/\"\u003eresearchers suggest\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\"can condition hair making it softer, silkier, shinier.\"\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=267\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=7700\"\u003eHappy Head Topical\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eis our top hair growth solution.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThis formulation uses FDA-approved hair loss ingredients like minoxidil which is\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/12196747\/\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eto increase hair count by 11%.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe brand also publishes the percentage concentration of each active ingredient, which is a sign of quality and transparency.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros and Cons of Briogeo\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the pros and cons of Briogeo as a brand in our opinion:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePros:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMany research-backed ingredients\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eShould improve hair appearance\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eShould improve hair moisture content\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eShould improve hair luster\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eShould improve scalp health\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBeautifully branded\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCons:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eContains fragrance\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eExpensive\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrand website charges shipping fee on all orders\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBriogeo has some of the most potent formulations for improving hair quality of any hair care brands we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe two products analyzed in this review both contained five or more research-backed active ingredients, and we believe both products are likely to improve hair quality, hair luster, hair moisture content and scalp health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t currently recommend either product due to the inclusion of fragrance, which may be harmful to human health according to some clinical trials.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe hope that in the future, Briogeo launches fragrance-free versions of their products, because we would consider recommending them to our readers given the impressive active ingredient efficacy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost online customer reviews of the brand that we came across while researching this article were positive.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor consumers interested in purchasing Briogeo hair products, Amazon and Ulta currently have the best prices when considering shipping fees.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-04-27T23:50:39-04:00","updated_at":"2024-03-18T19:28:10-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in two of Briogeo's most popular products (Scalp Revival Shampoo and Don't Despair, Repair! Hair Mask) to give our take on whether they're likely to be effective or if they're a waste of money. We highlight one questionable additive.","template_suffix":"","handle":"briogeo-review","tags":"_related:hair"}

Briogeo Review: Is Award-Winning Hair Care Worth It?

Briogeo Review: Is Award-Winning Hair Care Worth It?


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Briogeo is one of the most popular hair-focused cosmetic brands. The brand sells everything from shampoo to hair masks to scalp serums, and claims that their products are “award-winning for a reason.”

But do Briogeo products contain ingredients proven in clinical studies to enhance hair quality and appearance, or are these just marketing claims? Does the brand use any questionable additive ingredients? What retailer sells Briogeo for the best price? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Briogeo products?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in two of Briogeo’s most popular products (Scalp Revival Shampoo and Don’t Despair, Repair!) to give our take on whether they’re likely to be effective or if they’re a waste of money.

We’ll also provide a cost breakdown to show which retailer sells these products for the best price, and feature real, unsponsored Briogeo user reviews.

Scalp Revival Shampoo Ingredient Analysis

Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo ingredients

The ingredients in Briogeo Scalp Revival shampoo are shown above.

A number of these ingredients have research backing for the potential to improve hair quality.

Coconut oil is one of the most effective natural ingredients for healthy hair. A clinical trial published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science found that coconut oil reduced protein loss from hair, suggesting it can prevent hair damage.

Castor oil was shown in a 2022 medical review to “improve hair luster,” which is the clinical term for shiny hair.

Panthenol may improve scalp health, as we documented in our Hairitage reviews article on another hair brand that contains this ingredient.

Charcoal may be healing to the skin according to a medical review, although research on the cosmetic benefits of this compound seem early-stage.

Peppermint oil is one of the most effective botanical compounds for supporting hair growth. A clinical trial published in the Toxicological Research journal found that “peppermint oil promotes hair growth without toxic signs.”

Ginger root oil may also naturally support hair growth according to a 2017 medical review.

Clearly there are a number of research-backed ingredients in Briogeo’s shampoo. However, there is also one inactive ingredient that may be questionable from a health perspective.

Fragrance is a broad categorical term that fails to describe the specific fragrance compounds used, and a 2016 medical review analyzed safety data on fragranced consumer products and concluded that fragrance can "impose serious risks to human health." It's also a common contact allergen.

We find it unfortunate that Briogeo chooses to use fragrance in this formulation, because we would recommend it otherwise and consider it a highly impressive shampoo from an efficacy and aesthetic perspective.

We’ll analyze the ingredients in Briogeo’s hair mask next, but first we’ll feature some real user reviews of the brand.

Real, Unsponsored Briogeo User Reviews

A popular beauty influencer named Abbey Yung reviewed various Briogeo products in a video with over 50,000 views:

A YouTube creator named Leo Toshiye shared her experience using Briogeo for two straight months:

Don’t Despair, Repair! Hair Mask Ingredient Analysis

Briogeo hair mask ingredients

The ingredients in Briogeo’s award-winning “Don’t Despair, Repair!” hair mask are shown above. The brand claims that this product can “strengthen and repair dry, damaged hair.”

Like the previous Briogeo product, there are a number of active ingredients in this formulation with research backing.

Hydrolyzed wheat protein was shown in a 2018 medical review to be non-toxic and to effectively condition hair.

Argan oil was shown to protect hair against damage in a clinical trial published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

Avocado oil was also shown to be effective in preventing hair damage in a 2021 clinical trial, although this was an animal study so the data is less convincing than a human trial.

Aloe vera may have scalp-healing properties as we documented in our review of Odele Clarifying Shampoo.

Panax ginseng root extract was shown to promote hair growth in a clinical trial published in the Journal of Medical Food.

We consider this hair mask likely to strengthen and repair hair as the brand claims, however it contains fragrance (which we reviewed in the previous ingredient analysis section) so we don’t currently recommend it.

Questionable Clinical Claims

There are a number of uncited and questionable clinical claims on the Briogeo website.

As shown below the brand claims that their hair mask is "scientifically proven" to decrease hair breakage:

Briogeo questionable clinical claim 1

However, there is no citation or proof of this claim which makes it highly confusing. We cannot find clinical trials on Briogeo products on PubMed or any other clinical trial database.

Briogeo also claims that their rice water product is proven to strengthen hair:

Briogeo questionable clinical claim 2

However, again there are no links to the scientific studies referenced and no proof provided of this claim.

We urge Briogeo to either transparently publish the clinical studies they reference in their marketing or remove these statements entirely from their website. It's simply unfair to consumers to make specific clinical claims of efficacy and not clearly provide the proof of those claims.

Where to Buy Briogeo for the Best Price

Here’s a price breakdown for the two products reviewed in this article at the time of publishing:

Scalp Revival Shampoo

Brand website: $42 (plus $6.95 shipping, link)

Sephora: $42 (free shipping – requires account, link)

Ulta: $42 (free shippinglink)

Amazon: $42 (free shippinglink to official Amazon listing)

Don’t Despair, Repair! Hair Mask

Brand website: $39 (plus $6.95 shipping, link)

Sephora: $39 (free shipping – requires account, link)

Ulta: $39 (free shippinglink)

Amazon: $39 (free shippinglink to official Amazon listing)

When considering shipping fees, the two Briogeo products we reviewed in this article range from 14-15% cheaper on Amazon and Ulta than on the brand’s website.

Real Customers Review Briogeo

Amazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion.

Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair! hair mask has been reviewed over 3,500 times with an average review rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

The top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Abigail cordero” who claims that it caused positive changes to hair appearance:

“I have tried so many products and I finally tried this one and was scared at first because of some people stating that it causes rash so I go ahead and tried it and first use my hair was so soft …. Second use my hair was feeling so good and I have really medium...Light curls and it’s very dry bc of the coloring .this really helps my hair”

The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Michelle Smith” who claims the product caused hair loss:

“I used this product exactly as directed, I even set a timer to make sure I didn’t leave it in too long, and it made my hair fall out! My hair is now horribly rough and tangled, and smells awful, even after washing it out with my normal shampoo and conditioner. Definitely do not buy!”

Our Clean Hair Care Picks

Ingreendients Daily Shampoo is our top shampoo pick, because it's formulated 100% from plants and contains research-backed active ingredients like acetic acid, derived from apple cider vinegar (ACV), which researchers suggest "can condition hair making it softer, silkier, shinier."

Happy Head Topical is our top hair growth solution.

This formulation uses FDA-approved hair loss ingredients like minoxidil which is clinically shown to increase hair count by 11%.

The brand also publishes the percentage concentration of each active ingredient, which is a sign of quality and transparency.

Pros and Cons of Briogeo

Here are the pros and cons of Briogeo as a brand in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Many research-backed ingredients
  • Should improve hair appearance
  • Should improve hair moisture content
  • Should improve hair luster
  • Should improve scalp health
  • Beautifully branded

Cons:

  • Contains fragrance
  • Expensive
  • Brand website charges shipping fee on all orders
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Conclusion

Briogeo has some of the most potent formulations for improving hair quality of any hair care brands we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health.

The two products analyzed in this review both contained five or more research-backed active ingredients, and we believe both products are likely to improve hair quality, hair luster, hair moisture content and scalp health.

We don’t currently recommend either product due to the inclusion of fragrance, which may be harmful to human health according to some clinical trials.

We hope that in the future, Briogeo launches fragrance-free versions of their products, because we would consider recommending them to our readers given the impressive active ingredient efficacy.

Most online customer reviews of the brand that we came across while researching this article were positive.

For consumers interested in purchasing Briogeo hair products, Amazon and Ulta currently have the best prices when considering shipping fees.