Monday, March 2, 2015

Dandruff Solution: Avalon Organics Shampoo

I suffer from dandruff. It's not my favorite thing in the world. I was teased mercilessly in middle and high school for something I have very little control over. Yet, over the years I've found shampoos that worked and then over time did not work. This became trickier when I went natural/chemical free 5 years ago. I have discovered I can always find a natural counterpart to a regular item and usually for about the same cost - you have to be willing to do some trial and error.

Initially, I started out with Jason's tar shampoo. I read rave reviews of people who swear by it. I couldn't get past the smell at all. I can't wash my hair if the shampoo smells so putrid that I gag as I wash my hair. About that time a stylist friend introduced me to Malibu C Scalp Wellness - pricier than the Jason's but with a refreshing spearmint scent. That shampoo worked for about a year and then my dandruff returned. Additionally, I was put off that the shampoo was vegan but contained synthetic ingredients.

During my years of no dandruff shampoo, I tried different combinations of scalp sprays and scalp exfoliating treatments. They might work for a day but then it would come right back. Most recently, in December, I was flaking badly and very self conscious about it - especially when I was doing photo shoots at the end of the month. I hope the muah didn't notice. If she did, she was kind enough to not say anything. Finally though, I discovered my new favorite shampoo when I was picking up some other items at Whole Foods.

The pink and white lettering of "New" alerted me to a product I hadn't seen before - a blue bottle containing natural, anti-dandruff shampoo that was also sls free. The smell of the shampoo was a minty, medicinal scent but not over powering. For $9 (14 fl oz) we had a possible winner. After first use, my scalp itched less and my hair was soft. Bonus: the shampoo rinses out clean. I usually have trouble with natural shampoos leaving oily residue in my scalp but this one rinses clean. The bottle recommends using 3 times a week and having used the recommended amount, I have noticed less itchiness and reduced scalp flaking. This is by far my new favorite shampoo. I would recommend this to anyone with dandruff and seeking a natural shampoo. Thoughts or comments? Post below, please!

Miss Liz

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