Dec 12, 2014 - I've read horror stories about how this shampoo and conditioner combo can dry out the hair and strip it, so when my stylist suggest I try this for maintenance during the long stretch I go between my highlights, I decided to do a deep conditioning treatment before as well as after using the shampoo and conditioner combo wash. I also mixed coconut oil in with the concoction. While my hair wasn't left feeling stripped or dry at all, this product didn't brighten my hair. In fact, it darkened my hair from a sunny blonde to a dark ash blond almost nonexistent highlights. It's quite possibly my fault for mixing in coconut oil, but I'm still waiting for the dull color to fade wash by wash. It slowly but surely is. I probably won't use it again.