Throwback Shampoo

I am heading out of town on Tuesday next week for an exciting blogging adventure (I promise to fill you guys in the minute I get the okay!) and since I won’t be in town to train my clients any day except for Monday, I’m making it a point to take them through seriously sweaty workouts this week. ‘

One of my clients told me that she “loves to sweat” today and that was music to my ears! Workouts that leave me drenched in sweat are my favorite, so I totally get what she was saying. (Sweating outside in the humid Florida summer heat, on the other hand, is miserable. There’s a fine line between the two, my friends.)


In between training clients, I grabbed a quick lunch in the break room before it was time to teach water fitness.

egg salad with apricots

On the menu for today was a vegetable-packed egg salad with two apricots and almonds.

Once I was done with lunch, I had about 20 minutes to spare until water fitness, so I downloaded some new songs to keep my class rockin’. “Tutti Frutti” was the hit of the day. My water fitness group loves their ‘50s jams!

After water fitness, I was absolutely drenched in sweat. The summer heat is here to stay! I couldn’t wait to hop in the shower and slipped on my old school shower sandals and quickly rinsed off at the gym.

Nike Shower Sandals

Big slip-on sandals like the ones I wore to protect my feet as I showered at the gym today take me back to locker room showers during my high school days after diving or water polo practice. I just needed my Herbal Essences shampoo and I would’ve been instantly transported to the fall of 2002!

Herbal Essences 90s

Actually, Herbal Essences was my “fancy” shampoo that I would save for special occasions. Post-diving or water polo practice, I usually used Suave green apple or tropical coconut shampoo because it was like $1.50 for a bottle and smelled like heaven.

Now I’m all about Marc Anthony Instantly Thick shampoo and conditioner. I also occasionally use L’Oreal Damage Erasing Balm on my hair as well to (hopefully) help with my split ends and keep my hair healthy!

Question of the Afternoon

  • What is your favorite shampoo/conditioner?
  • What was your favorite shampoo/conditioner in high school?

In high school I was all about Herbal Essences, Pantene Pro-V, Daily Defense and Suave. I occasionally used Ultra Swim because I was always afraid my hair would turn green from all of the chlorine, but I didn’t like that stuff at all. It always left my hair tangled!


  1. says

    I used to use Suave vanilla scented or V05 strawberries and cream smell. I’m sure I smelled like melted lipgloss all through high school… Now I use Pureology. I can’t believe I spend so much for shampoo but luckily a bottle lasts forever.


  2. says

    That egg salad looks amazing!

    I use a variety of shampoos–Herbal Essences, Aussie, Pantene (whichever is on sale and I have a coupon for!). I love Aussie’s deep moisturizing conditioner, which I use once a week. It really is moisturizing, and it smells so yummy.


  3. Jessica says

    FYI…Herbal Essence brought it back! Lovin it! Definitely my middle/high school & college. Lately, it’s been Dove or Pantene until I realized a month ago the original Herbal Essence is back!!!!


  4. says

    I am an Aveda girl for sure! It is my guilty pleasure, but you know what? I am 41 years old and I get compliments on my hair ALL the time! And my boyfriend is always smelling my hair. 😉 I love the damage remedy conditioner and the shampoo (can’t remember the name) that gets the chlorine out – cuz I have a pool. In highschool I was at the mercy of my mother who bought whatever was on sale – usually Suave or V05 or some crazy stuff that made my hair fall out. By college I discovered Aveda and have been hooked every since. I miss Cherry Almond Bark conditioner big time!


  5. Maria says

    I am a full time PT and fitness instructor in Texas where we get some serious heat, but I am always thankful I am not in Florida, its way more humid there. Fridays I teach 6 classes throughout the day, and I usually shower 3-4 times a day if I was in the sweaty Florida heat I would have to take WAYYY more.

    Now that you have started working at a gym (and teaching outside water fitness) do you find you are taking more showers? Do you get annoyed and are over joyed at the 1 a day shower days? Or is that just me?


  6. says

    I was a BIG herbal essence gal I mean literally made my Mom buy me all the smells but now I use organic natural stuff and still trying to find my favorite! Thanks for sharing brought back memories 🙂 Love + Shine CourtStar


  7. Gail says

    I didn’t know you were a diver! Too cool, I was a diver in high school and college and now I coach little ones and high schoolers!


  8. says

    I always loved Herbal Essences and I still do. I just really like how it smells and their smoothing shampoo makes make curly, and frizzy hair feel soft and manageable so I can straighten it. 🙂

    That egg salad looks yummy! I haven’t had egg salad in so long. I definitely need to bring that to work for lunch one day next week.


  9. Jenna says

    I currently use Organix Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo & conditioner. It leaves my hair so shiny and soft. And I love that it is sulfate free and safe for color treated hair. But in high school I obviously lived with my parents and my mom would buy Matrix Biolage. The smell of that brings back so many high school memories. If I had to buy my own shampoo it was definitely the Suave Strawberry.


  10. says

    Suave and Herbal Essences actually make my hair feel like straw so while I love the smell of them, my hair hates them! I used to use Pert Plus when I was little (it smells great, to me) and now I just use head and shoulders because my dad has dandruff and I just like the way it makes my hair smell, so now I buy it for my house, too!


  11. kyla says

    I used Pantene for curls in high school but also John Freida blonde shampoo, sometimes my mom’s salon shampoo, I bopped around!

    Now I use Herbal Essences’s Totally Twisted. Love the smell and it works great on my hair!


  12. Rebecca says

    Oh my goodness, Julie. Thank you for the huge throwback to my high school days as well…I used Herbal Essences as well as the VO5 stuff (blueberries and cream is a huge scent memory for that!).
    I remember trying ALL the tricks for keeping hair from becoming a rats nest with swimming. Conditioner in the cap (which just made your cap pop off), Ultraswim shampoo …which few could afford (or convince their parents to buy), and having your hair “stripped” (also heard it called a “Malibu”) at the salon. I remember my sister looking at my hair in disgust one day in high school at how “green” my hair looked in the sun….fun days!
    I would never forget our stupid “true test of a swimmer/diver” was that if in the middle of the day if you licked your hand, it would smell like chlorine, lol we were such nerds, but I miss it!


  13. Jan Klein says

    I was an Apple Pectin shampoo girl when I was younger. It smelled so good! Now I’m obsessed with a Keratin infused shampoo & conditioner that Rusk makes.


  14. hilary says

    i use herbal essence’s long term relationship shampoo, but the old herbal essence line is back and i just might have to go back! that was my first “adult” shampoo.


  15. Sharan says

    Herbel Essence Long Term Relationship = scent of freshman year of university. I probably used it in high school as well. Fructis was really popular when I was in junior high.


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