Best v. Worst: Shampoo
Posted on March 16th, 2015
I’m a bit of a klutz when it comes to my hair, I don’t know how to give myself a salon worthy blow-dry, my days of applying hot rollers religiously morning after morning are long gone and I’ve got a pretty paltry hair routine. Having said that I’m doing the best I can to slowly amass an arsenal of hair products that give me idiot-proof amazing hair.
First on the list is shampoo. I managed to survive the majority of my teenage years into my early twenties using John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde. These products still have to be up there on my list even though I’ve been diligently testing out alternatives for what feels like forever. Since then it seems I have been rotating my way through the various Kerastase shampoos and conditioners. I have had great success with both the Bain de Force (perfect for seriously damaged hair but not to be used consistently) and Cristalliste (which is perfect for adding shine to long hair). More recently I was recommended to try out Kerastase’s latest line Discipline which is formulated for unruly, frizzy hair.
I cannot speak for the entire Discipline line, I started with just purchasing the shampoo (thank god) which was an easy decision after learning that this is free from sulphates and other nasties. Ever since that day my hair has routinely appeared dull, lacklustre and greasy. I was left with sticky residue at the roots which had never happened to me before. This prompted me to think that my after showering routine was out of sync as I religiously spend more than enough time scrubbing at my hair to make sure that I have washed out every last inch of product. My lifeless (and greasy) hair appeared like it hadn’t been washed for a week straight out of the shower which prompted me to continually put my hair up in order to avoid people branding me unhygienic. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I changed everything; used a new conditioner, used no conditioner, used no products post showering, blow dried, let air dry, I had exhausted every single option until I decided to test out a new shampoo. Surely it wasn’t my trusted friend Kerastase that was letting me down?
Forward a few days later to another aimless trip to Space NK. Perusing the haircare products I was recommended a shampoo by Malin + Goetz that would supposedly change my hair. I had never tried anything from this line and was suspicious after my recent experience. However, after reading a little about what it promised I bit the bullet. The Gentle Neroli Shampoo has been developed to purify and balance hair and the scalp (which was exactly what the doctor ordered). Neroli calms the scalp and hair whilst the moisture-rich proteins strengthen and protect. This is perfect for coloured, sensitive or damaged hair as it won’t strip, irritate or dry your scalp/hair and best of all it’s free from most chemicals that lurch around in hair products.
Immediately after trying this my hair was softer than I can remember it being, the shine was back as was some added bounce. The nasty residue left by my Kerastase nightmare shampoo was a thing of the past; my strands had been cleansed instantaneously. This hasn’t caused any irritation on my incredibly over-sensitive scalp and hasn’t dried out my processed ends. I can honestly say that this is the best shampoo that I have ever encountered and I do not plan on being parted from it anytime soon.