Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo and Conditioner (trial & review)


I need to state for the record: I am addicted to Moroccanoil®! While I am fairly new to this range of products (you can read my earlier reviews here and here), I have quickly become a convert and no, it’s not because this is a line highly endorsed by stylists and celebrities alike; I have been convinced solely based on the results I’ve seen, using my own hair as a testing ground.  As I have in my previous reviews, I’ll begin by giving you some background on my hair type, which is long and rather plentiful, chemically processed (pale champagne blond), prone to oiliness at the roots combined with dryness along the rest of the hair shaft (weird, I know), but basically quite healthy overall.

I attribute the good health of my hair to several factors: 1) genetics and 2) the inordinate amount of time I spend pampering it. As my hair is artificially coloured such a pale shade, it leaves the door open for so many things to go wrong, with excessive dryness and breakage topping the list.  As a result, I firmly believe that just as you lavish attention to your face with proper moisturization, not to mention slathering emollient lotions on your body, so should your hair benefit from the same attention to proper hydration.

Enter Moroccanoil®, with their ever expanding line of products, all geared towards giving your hair the best and most effective nutrition available, all without the use of harmful additives such as sulfates, phosphates, and parabens, while still remaining colour-safe as well as keratin-enriched. The star ingredient in this shampoo and conditioner, is “Tilicine”, which, according to the company, is:

an element derived from the nutritious buds of a member of the hibiscus family, called the Linden plant.  By combining Tilicine with other nourishing ingredients like natural sugars, proteins and hormones, these blends penetrate the hair and plump the cuticle from the inside out for optimal shine, manageability and movement, while reducing static without weighing hair down

Having already been convinced of the restorative effects of Moroccanoil’s® ‘Moisture Repair Shampoo & Conditioner’, I was curious as to how the ‘Extra Volume Shampoo & Conditioner’ would affect and/or benefit my hair – after all, it’s not any volume I was lacking, that’s for sure!



To begin with, Moroccanoil’s® ‘Extra Volume Shampoo’ doesn’t have the exact same scent as the ‘Moisture Repair Shampoo’, being a touch lighter-smelling, and perhaps slightly more citrusy. The formula as well is significantly runnier and generally feels thinner, when comparing the two. I attribute this discrepancy to the fact that if it’s volume you’re looking for, then weighing your hair down with a hefty shampoo, would most likely not be the way to achieve that result, whereas when looking to replenish hair’s lost moisture, you would definitely need something denser to completely penetrate.  The other feature I noticed , is that if your hair is not completely drenched before applying the shampoo, you will have a harder time generating decent lather, but again, I’m assuming that anything excessive at this point, would defeat the purpose that you’d be looking to end up with.  As a matter of fact, the company’s fact sheet specifically states that as this is a water-loving product, it needs “plenty of water to build its rich, luxurious lather“. For myself, I needed to apply large quantities of this shampoo – twice – in order to create major lather, but I need to stress here that A) I have long hair, naturally requiring more product and B) I already have masses of hair, so extra volume becomes rather superfluous. What I noticed once the lather-rinse segment was completed, was that I was left with a wonderfully clean feeling head of hair, not excessively squeaky (I hate that), with that amazing Moroccanoil® scent delicately lingering behind.



A complete breakdown of the ingredients is clearly written on the back of the bottle, with “argania spinosa kernel oil” aka: argan oil, placing near the midway point of the list, signifying a decent amount of this nourishing oil.



Comparing the two Moroccanoil® shampoos, the swatch above bears the ‘Extra Volume Shampoo’ on the left, showing how much runnier and translucent its formulation is when compared to the denser and sudsier sampling of the ‘Moisture Repair Shampoo’ on the right.  There was a slight colour variation between the two as well, with the former seeming somewhat pearlescent, compared to the slight pinkish tinge of the latter.



Expecting the conditioner to be close in density to the shampoo, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it appeared rather similar to the ‘Moisture Repair Conditioner’, with the exception being that once again, the scent was in a lighter format, and there was just a small difference in the feel of the “slip” – this conditioner seemed to be a touch less slippery, yet no less effective as a result.  A little of this product goes a long way, and as is my habit, after shampooing my hair, I applied the conditioner liberally from roots to ends, thoroughly drenching my hair, while I completed the rest of my shower.  Rinsing it out was effortless, and once more my hair was left feeling very well hydrated, with no slimy residue sensation coating either my hair or my hands.



With the ingredients clearly written on the back of the bottle, you may note that the placement of the precious argan oil is further up on the list than what appears on the shampoo’s label – indicating an even higher concentration of this key ingredient.


Final thoughts: Upon drying my hair, I must confess that I did not notice any increase in volume, but then again, I did NOT expect to, seeing as how one would be hard pressed to prove any volume increase with the amount of hair I have to begin with.  What I did notice, was wonderfully clean and shining hair, with a scent that did not compete for my attention, with significantly less fly-aways.  The other thing I realized, was that my hair actually stayed oil-free longer after using this duo, perhaps because there was less moisture to begin with which would normally weigh down one’s hair.  All in all, and while the ‘Extra Volume Shampoo and Conditioner’ are perhaps not the products best suited to my hair type, they still gave me a fantastic “clean hair” feeling, and I feel that someone with thinner and/or less amount of hair which may be prone to limpness, would definitely benefit greatly from using these products. The ‘Extra Volume Shampoo’ retails for CAD $22.80 while the ‘Extra Volume Conditioner’ retails for CAD $23.80 and are available now at major fine salons and spas. For further information, please feel free to visit www.Moroccanoil®.com.

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*Disclaimer: product samples were provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration.

8 Responses to Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo and Conditioner (trial & review)

  1. Judy says:

    I have color treated hair and use this product. Also have put butterstoch heights in it (well my hairdresser did). Using this product will it strip the color?

    • Eugenia says:

      My hair is colour treated to a pale champagne blonde, and I’ve had no adverse effects, so I’m fairly certain you’ll be safe as well. Butterscotch highlights sound absolutely delish!

  2. Saima says:

    I just bought this today and your review makes me hopeful that it was worth my pennies!

  3. Interesting! Well, I’m certainly not one to be looking for more volume, but of course many of the MoroccanOil products are at the top of my list of things to try. Eugenia, since you have an idea of what my hair is like, would you recommend that I go with the regular MO shampooo and conditioner or these guys?

    • Eugenia says:

      You have even more hair than me, Liz so I don’t think you’ll benefit from the extra volume, that’s for sure! My hair tends to run on the oily side and I found the Moisture Repair Shampoo & Conditioner to work miracles on me; I was worried that something with “moisture” on the label would add more slickness to my hair, but happily, it doesn’t. The plus side, is that while my roots tend to get oily, the rest of my hair runs dry due to the colour processing and this duo helps to make it feel so hydrated and silky. I don’t believe your hair is oily, am I right? So perhaps the Moisture Repair duo would work best for you as well. Hope this helps!

      • Thanks for the detailed response! My hair’s normal but the scalp gets dry in the winter. I’m trying out Fekkai Glossing Shampoo right now, which is okay but I haven’t tried it with the matching conditioner yet so it’s hard to tell. One thing about the MoroccanOil series as well as Fekkai is I wish the bottles were bigger. I think the price + the small size is what’s keeping me back, not just the price alone.

      • Eugenia says:

        You’re so right about the bottle/price issue; for people like us that have quite a bit of hair to begin with and therefore need more shampoo to properly do the job, the smaller bottle size is a deterrent; that being said, I will gladly sacrifice somewhere else and spend it on my hair, as there’s nothing quite like finding a product that really works for you and gives you hair that everyone comments on! Like I said: I really pamper my hair, but then again, that’s just me! PS: I tried the Fekkai as well, and in my opinion, the Morocconaoil shampoo totally blew it out of the water!

What are your thoughts, beautiful?