Product Review: Organix Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo

Price: $6.99

Purchased At: Walgreens and Ulta (also available at CVS and Amazon)

Promises: “It’s the best remedy for repairing, mending and adding silky softness to even the driest, damaged hair. Heals brittle, frizzy, unruly hair by penetrating each shaft with moisture. The result is soft, touchable, bouncy shiny hair from roots to ends. A light and airy whipped creamy shampoo formulated with moisturizing oil extracted from the Hawaiian awapuhi ginger plant, and keratin proteins to strengthen the hair from within leaving it bouncy, super soft and shiny!”

Directions: Apply shampoo generously to wet hair, massage into lather through to ends, then rinse hair thoroughly.

Ingredients: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dimethicone, Sodium Cocoyl Isothionate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultane, Cocamide DEA, Glycol Distearate, Laureth-4, Laureth-23, Amodimethicone, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride, PEG-23M, Polyquaternium 10 Hedychium Coronarium (Awapuhi White Ginger) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Parfum, DMDM Hydantoin, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, FD&C Red No.33

My Assessment: I’ve been using this shampoo for months and completely forgot about doing a review for it. I purchased this shampoo in the hopes that it would be a cheaper alternative to the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Ginger Moisturizing Lather Shampoo (review for that shampoo can be found here). In comparison to PM Awapuhi Ginger MLS, the PM shampoo leaves my hair a tab more moisturized but the Organix shampoo holds its own.  My biggest worry when using shampoos that contain protein is that they’ll make my hair stiff and clumpy, but thankfully this shampoo doesn’t do that, my hair remains soft but still feels soft… but hydrolyzed keratin is pretty far down in the ingredients list. This shampoo lathers up really well (I’m a sucker for some bubbles), is a pretty pink color, which I appreciated because even though the color doesn’t matter, I still like when products aren’t your average whitefish color, and has a pleasant fragrance.

95% of the time I pre-poo with oil, lather up only once, and dilute my shampoos with water for easy distribution from an applicator bottle so a huge requirement of any shampoo I try is that it adequately cleanses my hair on the first try in its diluted state. I have high expectations don’t I!? Luckily, this shampoo makes the cut. As I mentioned above, it lathers up well, even after I’ve diluted it and it cleans my hair and scalp (which is important because Hair Trigger is a pretty thick oil mix) without leaving my hair feeling stripped at all. As you can tell from the many wash day posts this shampoo is mentioned in, it’s a winner for me. Do I miss Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Ginger shampoo? A little, but only because it softens my hair more than this one… but I don’t miss it enough to return to it when I can grab this shampoo for $7 bucks from my local Walgreens or Ulta and it works just fine.

Have you tried this shampoo? Do you like it? Love it? Hate it?

Disclosure of Material Connection: Items in this post were purchased with my own funds. I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. Thank you for your review. I have been doing some research on Organix products to decide what my next shampoo will be. This one is going in my top 3 =) I think it would work well with my dry, curly hair.

  2. Hi Jeni,

    How often do you use this protein conditioner? Does this decrease the need for protein treatments for you? I ask bc i've purchased this item and have never used a protein shampoo before so i just wanted to know your recommendation for how often to use it and how you decide when to use this shampoo? Do you always follow up with a moisturizing DC?

    1. Author

      Hi Tarra, I use it maybe 2-3 washes a month. I usually grab this shampoo when I've focused on moisture a lot and want to add a little strength to my hair. I'm not sure if I've ever done a protein treatment on the same day I've used this shampoo, but I feel like I have done it without suffering a protein overload or hard hair… I'm not 100% sure I haven't done it, but I'm sure I have at least once.

      I always deep condition with a moisturizing DC on wash days, no matter what shampoo I use.

      This shampoo alone doesn't decrease need for a protein treatment for me, other products contribute to decreased use of protein treatments, like use of ceramide oils and protein leave-ins.


  3. Thank you for the review! Awesome info.

    I've seen this shampoo but never jumped to purchase. Much like you, I have protein concerns. I will give this consideration when up for trying something new.

    Relaxed Thairapy

    1. Author

      Ooo I hope it's on sale here on the east coast.

  4. Interesting, I've never tried a protein shampoo, but this review makes me want to give it a shot.

  5. Why would you use this shampoo compared to the Morroccan Argan shampoo?

    1. Author

      This shampoo is a repairing/protein shampoo. The Moroccan Argan Creme shampoo is a moisturizing shampoo.

  6. So would this be considered to be a protein shampoo?

    1. Author

      I liked the masked too, it was a nice pre-poo.

  7. It's funny that you just posted this, I too purchased this shampoo a few weeks ago from my local CVS on sale. The only reason I tried it is because I see you using it week after week. I have been stretching my relaxer since March and was amazed at how soft, and manageable my new growth was!!!! I noticed in the ingredients listing that there was some protein so I just made sure to use my Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisturizing Conditioner and the results were great. I didn't experience any stiffness, and I even did a tea rinse!! I heart this shampoo very much, I'm so glad I decided to try it! Thanks Jen!!

    1. Author

      Yay glad to hear you like this shampoo too!!

  8. omg, YES to this review! I literally almost had to tape myself down to stop from running out to CVS and buying this immediately after I saw it on your staples list lol (along with everything else on the list). I wanted to do some research on it first, so I'm happy you did a review. I don't know much about keratin proteins, but if it doesn't make hair stiff than I'm down to try this! (& I love the tip about diluting it with water, never done that before but will start next wash!)

    Zauni | The Kind Side

    1. Author

      Diluting and using an applicator bottle helps reduce tangles/manipulation so much, def try it!

  9. I JUST bought this shampoo not too long ago, and it was on sale for $4.99 at my local CVS. I think it's OK, since I've only used it once. I used it with the Brazilian keratin therapy conditioner and my hair felt a teeny bit crunchy, but I thought maybe it was because I was 9 weeks post relaxer (maybe too much protein). I just texlaxed yesterday and will try the shampoo again to see how it feels this time.

    1. Author

      I'm thinking it was too much protein as well, protein shampoo and protein conditioner. I hope you like it the second time around!

  10. Great review. I've never tried the shampoo but I love the conditioner for cowashing. I love their coconut milk shampoo as well

    1. Author

      Thanks Jenae. I like their Coconut Milk Shampoo too, I haven't used it a while but it was a good protein shampoo.

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