ü greasy roots
ü dry mid lengths
ü dry ends
ü split ends
ü mousey brown
ü never holds curls
Do you have tears in your eyes? It's a sad state of affairs isn't it?
So I thought I'd document my sorry little hair journey. The latest challenger to step up and take on my greasy mop is Liz Earle botanical shine shampoo.
There's only one shampoo meant for all hair types and then a choice of conditioner - normal / dry or damaged / oily. Of course I chose oily, although I've now realised that was probably a mistake.
The shampoo contains lots of lovely natural and botanical ingredients and no nasties such as sodium laurel sulphate. I decided to try it out for a few reasons, mainly because it didn't contain SLS which I've often read is bad for the greasies (although I have tried other non-SLS shampoos before), and also because Liz Earle is a brand known for making products that deliver results.
When I first tried the shampoo, I wasn't too sure on the smell - I'm not overly keen on herbal smells and would rather have something sickly sweet any day, but it didn't smell bad, just not what I'm used to. The main scent I picked up was orange, which I like. I expected it to be difficult to lather up, and it was. Most times I tried it I washed twice as the first shampoo hardly lathered at all. I wasn't surprised by this, it's the SLS that helps most shampoos to lather easily and also, the grease in your hair prevents combats the lathering too.
The conditioner had an equally natural and fresh smell and was easy to apply from the squeezy tube. It felt light and not like it was going to do much deep conditioning, but I had bought the version for oily hair, so that's to be expected.
After trying the shampoo out for the first time, I excitedly checked my hair the next morning to see if I looked like I'd been serving cod and chips the night before - sadly no change. I gave the shampoo a good few weeks of daily use, as I do with all shampoos I try out, but there was still no affect on how greasy my hair became at the roots after 24 hours. However, there were some other noticeable changes... My hair really didn't like these products. I noticed that my mid lengths and ends were becoming rather dry and frizzy and on some occasions had a really bizarre texture, almost like I'd put too much of a product on my washed and dried hair, even though I hadn't. My hair was becoming harder to de-tangle and dry, it was looking dull and out of control and was becoming tangled during the day. I stopped using the products with probably more than half still left in the bottles.
How ridiculous that one half of my hair could become so dry but there was no change in the greasy roots department? Ah well. I think I probably should have bought the conditioner for dry / damaged hair as I would only be putting it on the mid lengths and ends and I might not have then experienced some of the unpleasant changes in my hair. Still, the shampoo couldn't cure the greasies, so I won't bother trying it with the other conditioner.
This, and a conversation on twitter brought me round to thinking I should start a list of the shampoos that have failed to keep my hair clean for more than 24 hours, so here goes...
Liz Earle botanical shine
Lush jumping juniper bar
Pantene smooth and sleek
Pantene ice shine
Pantene clarifying shampoo
Herbal essences fresh balance
Herbal essences greasy roots / dry ends
Head and shoulders for greasy hair
Tresemme vitamin C deep cleansing shampoo
Tresemme thermal recovery shampoo
Elvive nutri-gloss light
Nutrogena t-gel greasy
Body shop nettle oil balance
Body shop ice blue
Klorane sebo-regulating shampoo with nettle
Kerastase bain clarifant
Wella SP regulate scalp treatment
Phytocedrat sebo-regulating shampoo
Sunsilk for hair that gets greasy quickly
Fructis oily roots dry ends
Tigi bed head superstar
Mop lemongrass shampoo
That's a long list and I know there will be more that I've tried but can't remember. See, I'm not exaggerating when I say I can't find a good shampoo for my hair type! I've tried all the usual brands, high end stuff, nettle concoctions and scary scientific potions.
Is anyone feeling my pain? If you have any suggestions for good shampoos I can try, please comment and tell me about them! Just to add, I have tried various dry shampoos, but I think they make my hair look dull and rough and I think people can tell when you've used dry shampoo - I can! The other thing about dry shampoo is that it only masks the problem - when I use them I feel unclean! No offence to anyone who loves a bit of dry shampoo between washes - for people with an average level of greasiness I'm sure they're a good trick.
Happy to try anything (as you can see from the list!) so I'd love to hear any tips you have =)