I’ve always had trouble finding a good shampoo. I’ve had a nice run with conditioners, but good shampoos have always eluded me. No matter which shampoo I use, my scalp is always an itchy, oily mess by the end of the day.
For two months I tried washing my hair every second day, on the advice of many people on hair forums who swore that it cured their shampoo woes, by letting the scalp “naturally” balance its oil production – my hair just got more and more gross (dull, oily, dust collecting, and itchy itchy itchy). It was a relief to go back to daily hair washing. While it’s terrible for the longevity of hair dye or treatments, it’s preferable to the uncomfortable alternative.
So I’m always up for trying any new shampoo that might work for me. Here are my latest road tests:
Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner*
This is a really nice, dense shampoo, and you don’t need much of it to get a good lather – lucky, since it’s on the pricey side for a pretty small bottle! It’s one of the best shampoos I’ve tried scalp-wise, but my head still gets itchy at around the 20 hour mark.
The conditioner on the other hand – stunning. I’ve tried a lot of in-shower oil treatments, and while this doesn’t make that claim, it blows those out of the water. It makes my hair feel like it’s just had a keratin treatment.
This shampoo and conditioner set is designed as aftercare for Yuko’s anti-frizz treatment (similar to a keratin treatment). For an aftercare shampoo, I found that it was surprisingly good – sulfate-free shampoos usually leave my hair feeling dirty, but this worked well. The shampoo is as runny as juice though, which I suspect is a cultural thing, since I used some really runny ‘poos (heh) in Japan (thick doesnt necessarily mean denser, since thickening agents dilute your shampoo if anything, but it just feels right, psychologically). Oh, and it smells deliciously like apple juice. The conditioner/treatment is pretty good – I would’ve loved it had I not also used the Moroccanoil one quite recently. It’s really ruined all other conditioners for me.
Dove Colour Radiance Shampoo and Conditioner*
My standard shampoo and conditioner are Dove’s Intensive Repair, which are both affordable and effective – the conditioner is my drugstore HG. Since I don’t have coloured hair, I can’t comment on its effectiveness, but this lower sulfate formula is indistinguishable from the regular stuff, to me anyway.
Aldi Five Stars Shampoo
I HATE THIS SHAMPOO. I hate it with every fibre of my being. It somehow makes my hair feel squeaky, AND greasy, AND staticky. But I hate excessive waste, so I’ve been trying to finish this by mixing it with other less horrible shampoos (and it only comes in a huge bloody bottle too, by the way). Maybe I can offload this onto my parents. No stars for you, Aldi.
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