The shampoo is stamped with 0% silicone on the front and sodium laureth sulfate remains the second listed ingredient on the back. The conditioner is stamped with 0% sulfates and plenty of -cones are on its list. Neither one or the other are both silicone and sulfate free. Looks like we'd still be massaging equal parts of silicone and sulfates into our precious hair anyway.
Some of you are thinking, wtf's the big deal? It's an ingredient. My deal is that they've tried to dupe us - their fans, their loyal customers, me being one of them, and I'm calling it. The disappointment I've faced, when I've looked forward to using what I thought was a great product made even better, only to be left stranded, cringing at the fact that they've resulted to tricking me into buying their claims, is enough for me to proactively share this story with you all. Misleading marketing is not only frustrating and disdainful, but it's also perpetual and the only way we can help ourselves is to educate ourselves and not be the ignorant chumps major companies like P&G, who owns Herbal Essences, take us to be. Our time, money, and loyalty are put out there, but not to be taken advantage of. Seeing someone botch the craft of great marketing with a tactless, deceitful ploy like this from Herbal Essences is like finding out that Ryan Gosling's abs were actually airbrushed in Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Quick lesson on sulfates and silicones, if you aren't aware already: sulfates are chemical cleaning agents found in shampoos and soap that are only responsible for lathering. They strip your hair of all oils which is why you feel squeaky clean afterwards, but more often than not, your hair will overproduce oils to replace the natural oils it needs. You're left with greasy, flat hair a day later, and dry, dull hair in the long run. You especially don't want sulfates if you color your hair. Silicones coat and seal your hair to make it sleek and smooth, and they stay there. They build up until your hair becomes dull, flat, and "immune" to hair products since nothing actually penetrates your hair strand. Also, the hidden trap door of HE's advertising is that sulfates are often only found in shampoos, while silicones are often only found in conditioners. Which is exactly why Herbal Essences can easily claim that their shampoo is silicone-free and their conditioner is sulfate-free. See what they did there?
Herbal Essences, please don't pull at our heart strings, dangle those throwback, parental-advisory commercials, and tease our enthusiasm for one of the greatest childhood-slash-90s hits to come back and invigorate our showers. Don't do that and falsely cater to our modern expectations of hair care with the intent to fool us, because we are smarter than you think. We were all rooting for you, HE. I'm sure if you didn't claim it to be sulfate-free when it isn't, millions of fans would've still been happy with their purchase. Instead you've found yourself losing the ones who can't stand bullshit when they see it.