Why I love a Paraben-free Shampoo

For several years now, I have suffered with itchy scalp syndrome. I don’t know what triggers it or whether it’s genuinely something medical but I always get an itchy scalp and find it a little flaky and rather ugly-looking.

I’ve tried and tested what seems like hundreds of shampoos now and finally moved onto paraben free options. When I got the opportunity to test and review one of the shampoos, naturally I jumped at the chance.

They recently launched their Brave Botanicals range so I decided to review the Lavender & Jasmine Body & bounce shampoo to try to give my hair a much-needed boost and see if this paraben free option finally settled my scalp.

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As soon as it arrived in the post, I started putting it to the test washing my hair every couple of days and using my normal everyday conditioner alongside it. The shampoo is clear in colour and lathers up really nicely when water is applied.

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After a couple of uses I definitely say a reduction in my flaky scalp, it didn’t disappear and there was still some itchiness but it wasn’t as severe as usual. However after a couple of weeks it started to come back which could just be my scalp getting used to the shampoo too much which does tend to happen to me.

My hair was definitely a lot bouncier and had a lot more body. It’s pretty frizzy/wavy anyway which you think means I don’t need more body but surprisingly, it can look really flat and lacklustre a lot of the time.

Faith in nature use lots of natural ingredients in their shampoos and have an incredible range as well. Not only do they offer amazing shampoos, they also offer other hair care, body care, skin care, body care, home care and even pet care. It’s on my list to try out some of their skin care next as I think the fact that they are SLS and Paraben free will give my skin the much-needed boost it deserves.

Overall I am really impressed with the brand and can’t wait to buy some more of their lovely free from products. It’s difficult to know what you should and shouldn’t avoid when it comes to extensive lists of ingredients but this has given me the knowledge to start targeting my skin and scalp problems a lot more and hopefully give me the results going forward as well.

Let me know in the comments if you have tried anything Paraben free before and if you have any recommendations for me that would be fab.

Laura x

*This shampoo was sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review, as always my thoughts are my own*

 

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Garnier Ultimate Blends Delicate Soother Shampoo

I hate my scalp…. It’s not a secret that my scalp is my arch nemesis and we fall out a lot of the time!

It may seem like a bold statement but my scalp is super sensitive to nearly everything and trying to find shampoos, conditioners, hair masks that don’t irritate it more, just becomes a chore nowadays.

I’ve tried and tested so many products out since the start of the year but don’t get me wrong, I don’t exactly give up after a couple of washes. I slog out the tried and tested rule and try it for a few weeks to see the full effects and a lot of the time, I’m left disappointed with the results.

After purchasing one of the latest offerings from Garnier’s Ultimate Blends collection, I decided to put it to the test and share my results. I decided to buy the Ultimate Blends Delicate Soother Shampoo after seeing an advert on the tv talking about soothing the scalp. I was hoping it was going to be the shampoo of my dreams and the answer to all my problems.

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Made with rice cream and oat milk, this shampoo is a gorgeous pearlescent colour and looks rich and nourishing when you pour it out to use it. The purpose of the ingredients are to help reduce itchiness in the scalp, leaving your hair with a lightweight feeling and avoiding to weigh down the scalp.

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I have to admit my hair has been super soft and healthy looking whilst I have been using it which is always a plus. My hair hasn’t been dry feeling which a lot of medicated shampoos normally do to me. I also noticed a reduction in the dandruff/dry scalp that used to appear in my hair.

Now I haven’t had a lot of dry scalp problems lately but have suffered immensely with itchy scalp. I would say after using the shampoo for a 3-4 weeks now, I have noticed a lot less tightness in my scalp and hairline and only the odd bit of itchy feeling going on. It hasn’t cured me by any means so don’t expect a miracle product but everything works differently on different people and in my situation, my scalp just hates me.

I tend to alternate my shampoos every so often as they just start having adverse effects on my hair so I try to mix it up with Neutrogena T-Gel for a medicated dose on my scalp.

I’ve had a scout round again and found Wilko is selling this shampoo at a bargain £1.90. This is normally £3+ so this is a great reduction in price and should be snapped up soon if it’s something you want to try for yourself.

Feel free to leave any shampoo-related reviews you’ve written/posted about so I can check them out for the future.

Laura x

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Fudge Clean Blonde Shampoo

Those of you who see my selfie’s from time to time will have seen my ombre hairstyle I have been rocking for the last 2 years. I have naturally very dark hair and tried my hardest to make the ombre work and look as natural as possible. Unfortunately as those of you with blonde hair out there will know, your hair can start to look yellowy or even brassy in colour. I have tried various shampoos over the last couple of years and thought I would do a bit of a review on one I have been using for over 2 months now. I give you …… Fudge Clean Blonde.

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I started using this shampoo when I was visiting my aunt in New Zealand and noticing the blonde was getting brassy looking. I had made the earlier decision to leave my blonde shampoo at home in favour of more suitcase space! I used it once a week in order to brighten up those blonde bits and it definitely made a difference. I saw an instant improvement after only 1 wash so I continued using a small amount every week. It does state on the bottle to wear gloves or wash your hands immediately after usage. The reason being, the violet tones and deep purple colour definitely stain your hands so be warned.

After using it in the same way for 2 months, I noticed after 1 particular wash the other week, an odd lilac colour to my blonde. Holy Crap! I had managed to stain my barnet lilac. I immediately started worrying that I had left it in too long or not rinsed it correctly. I calmed down and realised unfortunately it was one of life’s silly mistakes and god knows how I managed it, but sure enough a bit of my hair was on the lilac side.

Don’t worry it wasn’t noticeable unless I pointed it out so if this is a shampoo you use, it’s ok to keep using it. It’s a fab shampoo and I will keep using it in future. At the moment I am waiting for my hairdresser’s appt in a weeks time and am planning on having a fair chunk of hair cut off. This will probably take most of the ombre out of my hair so the blonde shampoo will more than likely go in a cupboard for a while until I fancy a change-up again in my hair.

I hope you found this a useful review.

Laura x

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