I Tried Davines' SOLU Shampoo and My Hair Has Never Been Softer

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Davines SOLU Shampoo

Davines Solu Shampoo

Byrdie / Leigh Weingus

What We Like
  • Hair is super soft after use

  • Cleanses hair and gets rid of buid-up

  • Keeps hair more clean-feeling between washes

  • Lightweight

What We Don’t Like
  • Don’t love the smell

If you don’t want to wash your hair every day and want super-soft hair, the Davines SOLU Shampoo is a great place to start.


Davines SOLU Shampoo

Davines Solu Shampoo

Byrdie / Leigh Weingus

We put the Davines SOLU Shampoo to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review. 

I don’t think I’m unique in saying that the pandemic—and the many months spent inside that came with it—completely upended my life. Suddenly I was padding around my apartment in pajamas all day, and without anywhere to go, I decided to try washing my hair less

Just like that, I went from someone who washed her hair every day or every other day to someone who washed her hair twice a week. I liked this new schedule, I found: I only had to deal with styling my hair twice a week, I went through shampoo and conditioner more slowly, and showers became less of a big deal. The only problem? My hair got greasy by day three, and it wasn’t pretty.

That’s why I was excited to try the Davines SOLU Shampoo, which promised a deep-cleansing experience that would reduce buildup. Here’s how it worked for me.

Davines Solu Shampoo

Best for: Anyone who deals with buildup and wants softer hair. 

Uses: Removes buildup and residue, leaving hair feeling clean. 

Active ingredients: Valtellina buckwheat extract, sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate.

Byrdie Clean?: Yes 

Cruelty-free?: Yes

Price: Retails around $30

About the brand: Founded in Parma, Italy, in 1983, Davines started as a research laboratory that produced high-end hair care products for cosmetics companies before bringing them to the masses.

About My Hair: Frizzy, and I touch it a lot

I would describe myself as a bit of a chronic hair-toucher. It’s a nervous habit that I’m not proud of, but it certainly doesn’t help with the issue of my hair getting greasy between washes. I started getting gray hair strands when I was 27, so I use a single process dye on my roots every four months or so, and my hair tends to be pretty frizzy and poofy naturally, so I straighten it after I wash it (and will sometimes do touch-ups on days when I don’t). 

The Feel: Lightweight

Heavy shampoos tend to wreak havoc on my hair, leaving behind a lot of residues and a stiff feeling that I can’t stand. The Davines SOLU Shampoo is incredibly light, easy to rinse out, and doesn’t leave behind any residue. It also leaves my hair feeling shockingly soft, and keeps it smooth-feeling and non-greasy for longer than any other shampoo I’ve tried. 

The Packaging: Compact

I have several different shampoos resting on the side of my bathtub, and the Davines SOLU Shampoo is by far the most compact. At only 8.45 ounces, it’s smaller than most bottles of shampoo, but it has a very chic look to it that reminds you of its classy Italian origins and the fact that it was originally used in a professional setting. 

The Scent: Nothing to write home about

While there isn’t anything awful about the scent of the Davines SOLU Shampoo (and it’s very mild), I’m not the biggest fan of what I can smell. The scent is a bit earthy, maybe from the buckwheat extract. It doesn’t linger, though, so it only bothers me when I’m applying it. 

Ingredients: Clean and high-quality

The Davines SOLU Shampoo is made with clean, high-quality ingredients with standouts like buckwheat extract and Sodium C14-C16 Olefin Sulfonate, which cleanses the scalp without actually being a sulfate.

The Results: Excellent

I’ll be using this shampoo until the moment it runs out, and then I’ll order more.

I have a few complaints about the Davines SOLU Shampoo: It’s a little small, it’s a bit expensive, and I’m not crazy about the scent. But in terms of the magic it worked on my hair, I can’t say enough great things: My hair is shockingly soft for days after I use it, and it doesn’t start getting even slightly greasy until day four.

Davines Solu Shampoo

Byrdie / Leigh Weingus

The Value: On the expensive side, but worth it

At $30 for 8.5 ounces, the Davines SOLU Shampoo is not your average bottle of cheap drugstore shampoo. But if it’s within your means to splurge, this shampoo will not disappoint—and will probably better serve your hang in the long run, too. 

Davines Solu Shampoo

Byrdie / Leigh Weingus

Similar Products: You've got options

Biolage Advanced Full Density Thickening Shampoo ($23): To be honest, I rarely find that a new shampoo makes a huge difference in my hair, so I was pretty shocked by how much I loved the look and feel of my hair after using the Davines SOLU Shampoo. The last shampoo I used that made this much of a difference (and I still use it often) is the Biolage Advanced Full Density Thickening Shampoo. While they serve slightly different purposes (as the name implies, Biolage’s shampoo is all about thickening), if you’re looking for a less expensive shampoo that will achieve similar results, you might want to opt for Biolage. If your goal is to rid of residue and soften your hair a bit, go for Davines. 

Final Verdict

Regardless of what hair issue you’re dealing with, it’s hard to go wrong with the Davines SOLU Shampoo. It will make your hair softer, smoother, and keep grease at bay. 


  • Product Name SOLU Shampoo
  • Product Brand Davines
  • Price $30.00
  • Weight 8.45 oz.
  • Ingredients Aqua / Water / Eau, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Pca, Sodium Methyl 2-sulfolaurate, Lauramidopropylamine Oxide, Glyceryl Oleate, Coco-glucoside, Parfum / Fragrance, Disodium Coco-glucoside Sulfosuccinate, Polysorbate 20, Benzyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Myristamidopropylamine Oxide, Disodium 2-sulfolaurate, Citric Acid, Polyquaternium-7, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Limonene, Polygonum Fagopyrum Seed Extract, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Ci 14700 / Red 4, Ci 61570 / Green 5, Ci 19140 / Yellow 5.
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  1. National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Compound Summary for CID 23716379, Sodium c14 olefin sulfonate. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Sodium-c14-olefin-sulfonate. Accessed June 7, 2022.

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