Why I Stopped Using Renpure Cleansing Conditioners

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I Thought I Found A Way to Save Time

We live in very rushed times, and most of us look for effective ways to reduce the time it takes for personal grooming. Hence, the idea of not having to shampoo our hair, rinse, shampoo again, rinse, use conditioner, and rinse again - seems like a terrific idea!

Who doesn't want a full head of hair that is shiny, soft, and manageable? I know I do! In addition, I do not wish to have a head full of frizzy hair. Living in a humid climate, that can sometimes be a challenge.

It seemed to me to be a great idea, to combine a cleanser and a conditioner into one product. I remember when "Twice as Nice" first came out, and was "all the rage". That didn't seem to last very long, though, as people simply felt their hair was not really clean. I remember trying it, and felt like it made me shed a lot of hair. Of course, that experience was many, many years ago, but I still remember why I stopped using it.

The Cleansing Conditioner Rage

Today, there are lots of products on the market that are cleansing conditioners. Some of them are very expensive, and some of them are reasonably priced. I have tried quite a lot of them, only to become disillusioned, time and time again.

Don't think for a moment, that I do not understand the concept. In order to stop stripping our hair of all of its natural oils, a cleansing conditioner makes "sense". I simply found that my hair never felt clean, no matter which product I tried. There is something about having that "clean scalp" feeling, and I was not getting it with cleansing conditioners.

I have returned to shampoo and conditioner, although I now use only products without dimethicone or sulfates in them. It seems to take a while for your hair to adjust to the lack of those ingredients, but once it has - you again have a head full of healthy hair.

My Experience With Renpure Cleansing Conditioners

One of the companies that I tried, was Renpure. I absolutely loved the smell of the one called Sweet Pomegranate, although I also purchased - and used - the Rosemary Mint one. My first experiment with their products was positive. I really enjoyed how my hair felt, how manageable it was, and how it smelled.

It did not seem to leave my hair very shiny, though. Since I am in my 60's, and since I still have long, dark hair - I wanted it to be shiny, long, dark hair. That was disappointing, to say the least.

With repeated usage, over the course of 2 months, I began to notice something else that really concerned me. Every time I used it, my hands would be covered with hair that should have been on my head! I saw a lot of my dark hair in the drain, too - that's not good!

To be sure it was not simply my imagination, I used it one last time. No, it was not a figment of my imagination at all - I was losing lots of hair!

Needless to say, I stopped using it. I tried several different shampoos and conditioners, and have found a company that I am happy with. They are not a large company: I believe they only sell the shampoo from one outlet at the moment, and they make their shampoo in small batches.

My Hair Is Staying On My Head, Where It Belongs!

Now, when I wash my hair, which is not a daily occurrence, I do not have strands of my dark hair entwined in my fingers when I am finished with the final rinse, and the end results are great!

My hair is soft, shiny, manageable, and clean - and it stays that way for several days. I don't think it is a good idea to shampoo one's hair every day, anyway. Mine seems to be at its best, a day or two after I wash it.

Perhaps you have never heard of Renpure's Cleansing Conditioners. Perhaps you have never used any cleansing conditioners. Perhaps you are enamored of the "no-poo" method. Regardless of your own personal preferences, please take my experience to heart. I could not ascertain exactly what ingredients in Renpure's products were causing the hair loss, but something surely was!

Which One of These Ingredients Was Making My Hair Leave My Scalp?


  • Purified Water - we can assume this one is acceptable.
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Oil*) - this ingredient, derived from coconut oil has some concerns in regard to allergens and contaminants.
  • Cetyl Alcohol (Palm Oil*) - there are some concerns about organ toxicity.
  • Glyceryl Stearate (Palm Oil*) - low health hazard concerns
  • Behentrimonium Chloride (Rapeseed Oil*) - I never ingest it, but it seems to be considered safe.
  • Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan*) - the consensus is that it is safe.
  • Hypnea Musciformis Extract (Red Seaweed*) - protects the skin; not known to be harmful.
  • Gellidiela Acerosa Extract (Red Alga*) - no health hazards to be found.
  • Sargassum Filipendula Extract (Brown Seaweed*) - skin protector that seems to be very safe.
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower*) Seed Oil - safe.
  • Cocos Nucifera (Coconut*) Oil - no indication of toxicity.
  • Punica Granatum (Pomegranate*) Fruit Extract - no known health hazards to be found.
  • Hydrolyzed Pea Protein - low health hazard.
  • Psidium Guajava (Guava*) Fruit Extract - no well-known toxicity.
  • Butyrospermum Parkii Oil (Shea*) - the consensus is that it is extremely safe.
  • Sorbitol (Sugar*) - humectant; generally safe.
  • Amodimethicone - for conditioning hair; low toxicity indicated; can be irritating to the scalp.
  • Trideceth-12 - emulsifier; toxicity is considered to be low.
  • Cetrimonium Chloride (Palm Oil*) - preservative, known to be an allergen and toxic to skin.
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar Bean*) - health hazards estimated to be low.
  • Glycereth-26 (Coconut Oil*) - clean bill of health.
  • Silicone Quaternium-17 - it is a silicone, but seems to be safe.
  • Diazolidinyl Urea - this one says it can be an immune toxicant; may have formaldehyde in it; possible link to cancer - great!
  • Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate - known to be an allergen and considered to be toxic.
  • Butylene Glycol - seems to be safe.
  • Disodium EDTA - adjudged to be safe.
  • Fragrance - unknown, as we do not know what is used for the fragrance.

(* Derived Source)

After researching the ingredients, I am still not certain which one of them was responsible for my hair loss, but something surely was!


I have never tried Wen products, as I find them a bit pricey for my taste, so please do not think I am promoting that product, and attempting to discredit Renpure. I am not.

No, I do not have any financial interest in any particular hair care company.

In addition, I am not a member of any network marketing company, as I do not care for the multilevel marketing approach to selling goods.

My purpose in sharing my sorry experience with Renpure, is simply to save someone else from seeing a lot of their hair merrily swirling down the drain.

Heads up, everyone!

Have You Used Renpure Cleansing Conditioners?

Did you lose a lot of hair? Did you like it? Are you still using it?

  • Yes, I currently use them, and love them!
  • Yes, I have used them, but no longer do.
  • Yes, I have, and lost a LOT of hair!
  • No, I have not tried them.
  • No, but I was going to. After reading this, I will not. I don't wish to lose a lot of hair!
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© 2015 Emily Tack


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melissae1963 19 months ago from Tennessee, United States

Thank you for such an informative post. I have extremely short hair and rarely wash my hair.

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Shades-of-truth 19 months ago from USA Author

Thank you, melissae1963, for commenting. I have long hair, and have to wash mine a couple of times a week. I am just not fond of seeing my hair fall out after using a cleansing conditioner, and glad I figured out what was causing it before I lost more!

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peachpurple 19 months ago from Home Sweet Home

thanks for your review on this brand of shampoo, never heard of this in our country yet

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Shades-of-truth 19 months ago from USA Author

I am in the US, and these products are in our drugstores, grocery stores, and can be purchased online. The cleansing conditioners Renpure makes smell awesome, but it was not awesome to see the hair loss I had when I used them!

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Writer Fox 19 months ago from the wadi near the little river

That list of ingredients is amazing. I must say that I've never looked at the ingredients of hair care products before, but I'll take your word for it not to use this brand. Thanks for the information!

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Shades-of-truth 18 months ago from USA Author

You are most welcome, Writer Fox. I was pleased with it, until I started losing lots of hair while using it. That was not fun. The shampoo I am using now, leaves most of my hair on my head - where it belongs!

Sharlee05 12 months ago

This was great to read because I use renpure products and have been for about three months. When I first started, I also got a new hair brush and noticed that with the new brush, there was very little of my hair being pulled out in the brush-out process. However, I recently noticed that there was more and more hair in there (I have cleaned out the brush twice in 10 days as opposed to once a month!)and I had not correlated it with the shampoo! Thanks!

Douglas2414 12 months ago

I was amazed as I read your article as it captured my experience to the letter! Thought I was liking the product and would prefer to continue to like it I now have reservations... I HAVE noticed some hair loss (not extreme but progressive) and had not made the possible connection to this product. I just bought 2 new bottles that I think I will return in preference of a change of pace and a check on what might be happening. I too agree that it is a mystery to me which of those ingredients might be causing the issue. The ingredient list was initially what attracted me! Thank you for a well written post.

Jojo 11 months ago

I'm glad to see I'm not going crazy. I have long curly hair, that's been pretty thick my whole life. But after 2 months of using Renpure shampoo and conditioner I've been losing more hair than usual and can feel my hair thinning out. Done Renpure products for good.

Tracie 11 months ago

I started using the Renpure Biotin shampoo and conditioner in Sept. I have lost so much hair due to this product. I would wash my hair and my hands would be full of my hair and not to mention the drain.

Great Article and very informative

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Kimberleyclarke 11 months ago from England

I went 'poo-free' last year - a combination of hair loss and hand eczema made me try to cut out some of the stripping chemicals in shampoo. I must say, it is going well for me. Wen is too expensive, and I'd not heard of Renpure before reading this. We have 'Naked' conditioner, which is silicone free - the key to a decent cleansing conditioner. It costs about £5 for 500ml. Anyway - in short - this is great information! Thank you for sharing!

Kara Jacobson 6 months ago

Shades of Truth, what shampoo/conditioner did you find that has been working for you. I have spent more money, research and time looking for something good to use for my hair and haven't come across anything yet.

Teresa 5 months ago

The day you stopped using RenPure and used a different shampoo, did you immediately see less hair in your hands and in the drain or did it take a few days to see less hair coming out? I've been using Renpure for a month, and I feel like i've noticed my hair thinning since I started using it, definitely a thinning spot right on the front of my hairline at my bangs. I'm 40, and this is new. I'm trying to figure out if it's the Renpure or my Adderall (which i've been taking for 15 months) that's causing the hair thinning.

Europe has banned 1500 ingredients in body products, and this company- is American but it follows the European guidelines. Great mission statement too. Worth checking out. Plus I just bought a shampoo from them, hasn't arrived yet, but will follow up here after I've used it for a month.

Jenna Turch 5 months ago

I'm 22 years old and I used to have a think head of long thick brown hair. All my life it's been extremely oily and I thought maybe a more "natural" brand would help this problem. Now, on top of unfathomably oily hair, it's all coming out. Thanks renpure.

YAWN 5 months ago

If you are losing hair it's because it was brittle to begin with, and damaged. You are going to lose hair anyway. It's part of the exfoliation process. You don't lose hair when your pores are clogged.

Deb 4 months ago

Please tell me what shampoo Does NOT cause hair loss?

Ali 4 months ago

Conditioning shampoo combinations have never worked

since thier invention

Holly 3 months ago

Thanks for the review.. Was going to try it but now no thanks... I've been washing my hair with baking Soda and so far I like how clean my hair and scalp feels... It is really weird at first how the texture feels while washing it and rinsing but takes really quick to dry by comparison to when i use reg shampoo and conditioner ... I heard if I'm gonna use baking soda then I also need to rinse every once one a while with vinegar to balance something or other out.. Will try it next .. BTW please read about WEN before using it as I heard it can cause severe hair loss and problems !!!

emp 2 months ago

My hair looked great shiny and wavy but I couldn't breathe and my hands itched I thought it was something I ate then realized I had a new Renpure Coconut Cream shampoo and conditioner I tried this morning.

After I washed my hair again after 6 hours of feeling worse with a clarifying shampoo I am feeling a lot better. Could be the fragrance? It is quite strong. i don't know what it is.My hands do not itch anymore.

Rrf 8 weeks ago

Great article...threw mine away

Lisa2016 8 weeks ago

Damn, I purchased this product yesterday and used it for the first time last night. The smell was just ok and I was a little put off by the tingly sensation it caused in my scalp, wasn't expecting that. This morning my hair did appear a little drier then usual but it would be unfair of me to jump to conclusion and assume it was caused by this product. I was curious as to when you started to notice the hair loss. I plan to finish the bottle I brought and decide frm there if it's worth purchasing again. I will say though, had I read this article beforehand I would NOT have made the purchase. Thanks for sharing! :-)

sandy 5 weeks ago

Still wondering why Emily Tack (Shades of Truth) has not felt compelled to share her new found hair cleanser treatment that she now loves. Someone asked previously...still not answered. For me, the jury and the truth serum is still out on this. Full disclosure: I am using Renpure and while not the perfect de-tangler for fine hair, there seems to be less hair loss when combing out than other brands. used over the years. I am not saying there is not a better product. If there is, I have not found it yet, and would appreciate the author sharing the rest if her "truth shades".

Myra 4 weeks ago

I have noticed lots of hair on my hands also after about 2 months of using. I am stopping today!!

Does anyone know if your hair thickens back up after you quit using it?

Thanks for the information I only wish I had attributed my hair loss to this shampoo and quit it sooner:-(

NA 3 weeks ago


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