Janie 13 Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Should You Buy Janie 13 Products?

In addition to bringing honest and transparent reviews of major hair care brands, we also like to review lesser known hair products that make us go, “how are they not more famous?!”

With hundreds of millions of shampoo bottles being sold each year, it can be hard for new products to enter the competitive market of hair care.

This means your new favorite shampoo or conditioner may never make it to your shower.

There’s just so much competition. So much advertising. So much bullshit on the Internet.

We want to only show you products that we love or hate. If we like them, surely other people will too. If we hate them, we don’t want you to waste your money.

So, is Janie 13 a product to love or a product to avoid?

If you don’t want to read the entire review, then just read this:

To get fuller hair we absolutely suggest Volume Plus by Janie 13!

To get healthier hair we absolutely suggest Marula Oil by Janie 13!

(Video Credit: Amy Berrios)

We personally used their Marula Oil and Volume Plus shampoos and conditioners and loved BOTH of them.

Here’s why…

Janie 13 Volume Plus Shampoo and Conditioner

This is not a shampoo and conditioner all-in-one.

These are two separate products.

Volume Plus Shampoo

Janie 13 Volume Plus shampoo uses vitamin B5 to help strengthen hair and add thickness. While it does not regrow your hair, we definitely noticed a difference in the look of our hair. For those of us who used Janie 13 Volume Plus shampoo, our hair looked fuller, thicker, and was easier to style!

Some sulfate-free hair products can leave your hair feeling unclean and weighed down.

Janie 13 Volume Plus shampoo left our hair feeling incredibly clean and not weighed down in the least.

[We still suggest occasionally using a clarifying shampoo, however. Especially if you use a lot of hair product. :)]

Janie 13 Volume Plus Shampoo Scent

This is going to sound weird to say, but the scent smells like “shampoo.” hahaha

It has a salon quality smell to it.

It’s a good smell!

Maybe there is a little “vanilla” scent to it?

It’s kind of a hard smell to identify, tbh.

The best part of the smell is that it isn’t overbearing. During the washing process, you are met with a light, pleasant scent. After the wash, your hair just smells… clean – not like you doused it with a bucket of flowers or something. Too many shampoos make your hair smell like just sprayed perfume all of yourself. Your hair should smell clean – not like a scented candle!

If you are sensitive to scents in your shampoo, Janie 13 is a great choice.

Using Janie 13 Volume Plus Shampoo

You will have to use a little more than your average shampoo.  (And it’s not because it’s a sulfate-free shampoo.)

This type of commentary isn’t abnormal from users who are using a sulfate-free shampoo for the first time.

Because sulfates cause shampoo to “suds up” when massaged into your hair, a little sulfate shampoo goes a long way. When you remove those sulfates, it will feel as though you aren’t getting that “deep clean” you are used to. Because Janie 13 Volume Plus is sulfate-free – it will feel as though you need more shampoo…and in this case…you will!

In the case of  Janie 13 Volume Plus, we did find that we required more shampoo than normal to actually get the wash we wanted. Not sure why – but that’s our honest feedback.

However, this is a small price to pay to get a great clean!

Effects of Janie 13 Volume Plus Shampoo

Our absolutely favorite side-effect from using the Volume Plus shampoo was that it made styling our hair MUCH easier!

As mentioned earlier, it didn’t weigh down our hair, it didn’t strip our hair of natural oils, and it left our hair looking thicker and fuller! What more could you want before styling?

See: 9 Volumizing Shampoos

Volume Plus Conditioner

If you want to really give your hair a refresh, then add Janie 13’s Volume Plus conditioner to your hair care routine.

The conditioner has the same scent as the shampoo but we found that it was just a tad bit stronger.

The conditioner will add a little more weight to your hair, but not enough to make hurt your styling process.

This conditioner definitely gives you, even fuller and thicker looking hair.

Unlike the shampoo, a little of the conditioner goes a long way.

If you are one of those people who opt to condition without shampooing first (which we’re all about, by the way) then you may need to use a little more conditioner.

The Volume Plus shampoo leaves your hair so clean that the hair is primed to soak up your conditioner. If your hair isn’t first washed, you’ll likely just have to add a little more conditioner to get the coverage you want.

See: Best Deep Conditioners

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But wait, it has Sodium c14-16 Olefin Sulfonate

If you are one of those “super intuned” consumers you might have noticed that Janie 13’s Volume Plus line touts itself as sulfate & paraben free, yet, includes the ingredient Sodium c14-16 Olefin Sulfonate.

Does this mean the shampoo and conditioner aren’t really sulfate free?


The shampoo and condition are sulfate and paraben free.

Sulfonate is not a sulfate.

According to Naturally Curly,

The name may be misleading, but sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate is not a sulfate. Sulfonate is related to but not the same as sulfates. In a sulfonate the sulfur is linked direct to a carbon atom where as a sulfate is linked directly to the carbon chain via an oxygen atom. They do have similar qualities when it comes to propensity of being irritating to the skin but sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate is not a sulfate.

So, don’t worry about it!

If you are looking for sulfate and paraben free shampoo and conditioner – Janie 13 delivers!

Janie 13 Marula Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

Our favorite products from Janie 13 are the Marula Oil shampoo and conditioner. Again, these are separate products, not an all-in-one.

See: Best All-In-On Shampoo and Conditioner

We liked these products because they were faster to use, had a slightly stronger scent, and made our hair feelike we just left a salon.

The Marula Oil products felt more “salon quality” than the Volum Plus products.

Both the shampoo and conditioner have a similar scent. This scent is more floral than the Volume Plus.

Marula Oil Shampoo

On the back of the bottle, Janie 13 says, “The secret to transform hair is made from Marula oil to rebuild and revive damaged hair weakened by everyday stress. A mild foaming sulfate and paraben free cleanser that gives instant hydration with humectants and pro-vitamins B-5 for shine and softness. Packed with antioxidants and nutrients from Marula oil nourishes and helps protect from UV.”

So, while not completely sulfate-free, the Marula Oil shampoo offers a little deeper clean and provides more suds than their Volume Plus counterpart.

Because of the presence of sulfates, we were able to get clean faster…or at least it felt like we were getting cleaned faster.

Although Janie 13 recommends leaving this shampoo in your hair for 3 minutes for “maximum absorption” we found that even 1 minute gave our hair new life!

Marula Oil Conditioner

On the back of the bottle, Janie 13 says, “A gentle soap free Marula oil conditioning creme that delivers intense hydration with botanical extracts for extra moisture. 12 Bio-nutrients for strengthening and instant detangling for smooth and frizz free tresses. The high level Oleic Acid found in Marula oil is essential to maintain healthy skin and hair. Vitamins A E & C and aloe, help to soothe scalp.”

You know how sometimes after using a conditioner your hair feels like there’s still conditioner in it? No matter how much you rinse, you still feel like there’s residue in your hair?

That’s often because of the presence of harsh soaps.

The Marula Oil conditioner doesn’t have soap!

After using Marula Oil conditioner hair felt clean, fresh, and invigorated…without being stripped of natural oils.

Janie 13 recommends leaving the conditioner in your hair for 1 minute, however, we find that a little longer worked better.

Perhaps their instructions for shampoo and conditioner should be switched?!

Regardless, you’ll need to experiment with how to effectively use these products. We’re all different.

Try Janie 13 Shampoos and Conditioners for Yourself!

One thought on “Janie 13 Shampoo and Conditioner Review

  • January 7, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    After using the Marula Oil Shampoo and Conditioner for over a year, I cannot do without them. My hair feels healthy and clean. And the Smooth-E Balm is another must have. Great products that don’t weigh your hair down, smell great, and are good for your hair.


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