Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
I’ve been having issues with shampoo irritating my skin for quite some time. I didn’t realize I had problems with shampoo until recently, but thinking back it’s probably been an issue since I was in my teens. So, half my lifetime?
Basically whenever I wash my hair, the areas where the shampoo touches my skin either breaks out or develops welts. I’ll go as long as I can without washing my hair for the sake of my skin (easy for curly/dry hair), just to wash it and start the cycle all over again. It’s frustrating.
I’ve tried Pantene Pro-V, Herbal Essences, Bed Head, Organix, multiple lines from Aveda, Bamboo, Frederic Fekkai, Lush, Wen, water only, castile soap, castile soap and coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, and many, many (many) more. I have yet to find one that works for both my hair and my skin at the same time.
After expressing my frustration with the whole process to my hairdresser last weekend, and she loaded me up with samples to try. I’ve never noticed any scalp issues when I have my hair done there, so I’m definitely willing to give it a shot!
The salon I go to uses a line called Davines out of Italy, and my hairdresser gave me four samples: Love, Melu, Oi and Solu. Solu is the only one that didn’t come with a matching conditioner. I’m intrigued by the brand’s attempts at sustainability, support of environmental causes, and the fact that they offset their carbon dioxide emissions. I’m trying to reconcile this with the fact that the packaging is still plastic, but I’ll take steps in the right direction over not. ESPECIALLY if it ends up working for me!
I tried looking the products up on Beautypedia via Paula’s Choice, but it doesn’t appear that the brand has been reviewed on that site yet. There were a handful of product reviews on Makeup Alley, so I’ve posted those ratings with each product.
Ideal for curly or wavy hair for increased elasticity. Its formula, characterized by a soft and creamy foam, is designed to gently cleanse curly or wavy hair leaving it soft and light, and giving volume.
Shampoo: 3.6/5 on Makeup Alley after 14 reviews
Conditioner: 4.4/5 on Makeup Alley after 61 reviews
I like the idea of a gentle cleanser, but I’ll admit that I’m a little afraid of the additional volume claim. There’s a reason why I call pulling my hair back “Taming the Beast”. I’m going to give this a shot anyway, but this may very well end badly.
Ideal for long or damaged hair. Its formula, characterized by a soft and creamy foam, is designed to gently cleanse long or damaged hair, making it shiny and silky.
Shampoo: 3.9/5 on Makeup Alley after 7 reviews
Conditioner: 4.5/5 on Makeup Alley after 8 reviews
I’m a little more encouraged by the description of this one. It’s kinda hard to see in my last post, but I had several inches lopped off my hair last weekend. It was feeling kind of frazzled, and I wanted to give it a fresh start. It would be nice if some of that damage could be prevented in the future so I don’t have to take that much length off again.
Particularly suitable for giving hair extraordinary softness, shine and body.
Shampoo: No reviews on Makeup Alley
Conditioner: 4.0/5 on Makeup Alley after 1 reviews
I’m not entirely sure what to make of this one. The line appears to be formulated around the use of something called roucou oil, so maybe this will be the answer to my thirsty hair’s prayers?
Ideal for all hair types. Its formula is designed to cleanse all hair types in depth. It is particularly designed for those who use styling products or in preparation for a perm service. Its foam is rich but airy.
Shampoo: No reviews on Makeup Alley
This is basically their clarifying shampoo. Given that I dye my hair I’m not sure that this is something I could use every time I wash my hair, but it may be worth having in the arsenal for the occasion that it really needs a deep clean to remove hair product?
Rather than relying on my memory for which one works best, I’m going to keep track of the results in a spreadsheet. The samples are a decent size, but I’m not sure yet whether I’ll be able to get one wash or two out of them. I’m guessing probably one, but if I can I’m going to try to squeeze two washes out of each for the sake of comparison.
I wash my hair in the evening, so I’ll fill out my shampoo and conditioner findings the following morning. That way if something is going to react it has time to act up fully before I write a glowing review about how awesome it smelled…
I’m curious to hear from you guys: Have you ever had issues finding a shampoo that worked for you? Have you found one that works yet? What do you use? Has anyone tried any of these shampoos?