Sunday, September 8, 2013

#SBBC Day 8 - Maintaining Healthy Hair

The shampoo & conditioner in this post were provided to me free of charge, review, opinions, and alas - dandruff, are 100% mine.

Hi!

Day 8 of the SBBC called for either a post on maintaining healthy hair, or a letter to someone in your past. I really love the idea of writing a letter to someone in my past, but I'm not going to do that - I've left the past firmly where it is, and I really don't want to go back there at the minute. I have done a letter to a younger me before though, that you can read here if you want to.

Instead - on to hair!

I've done a couple of hair posts featuring my all-time favourite products - one being the Babyliss Pro 230 Radiance straightener, which is still my favourite hair tool, and the Hask Argan Oil Treatment, which made an enormous difference to my hair even though we were in the middle of that ridiculous heatwave a few months ago.

I've been a firm fan of Aussie products for a long time, their shampoos are a favourite of mine. I'm also a believer in changing your shampoo & conditioner every once in a while, just to give the hair a break. I received the new Anti-Dandruff shampoo & conditioner a while ago from Mane n Tail, and seeing as I'd had a pretty good experience with some of their other products I'd tried, I said I'd give them a go.


I do suffer from bouts of dandruff from time to time, and I wasn't going to show this picture, but I've already talked about my sweat and showed you my no-makeup face on here, so might as well throw in the dandruff. Who knows, maybe I'll treat you to a hard foot skin picture yet. The point of a review is to show if something works, so here's the problem:


Not pretty, right? It's an incredibly common condition, and it's an awful nuisance when it appears. Thankfully it doesn't crop up too often, but when it does, I usually reach for some hot oil treatment, which gets rid of it pretty quick. This time, I relied solely on the shampoo & conditioner.

Now, time for the honesty corner. After the first use of this, my hair felt absolutely disgusting. It felt like even after I'd dried it, it was sticky and had product on it, like when you brush hairspray out the day after a night out. It felt heavy and knotty and I actually ended up washing it again with a different conditioner to get rid of the feeling. I was going to give it to my sister to test, but I forgot, so I said I'd give it another couple of goes, to see if it got any better.

On the third use, about 4/5 days later, I used less shampoo than I had the first time, and more conditioner just on the ends. I fared much better - while my hair definitely still felt like it had product in it, it was more manageable and easier to brush. I didn't notice a huge improvement with the dandruff but I said I'd give it another few goes.

After the fifth use, about ten days/ 2 weeks after I first used it, I had the right amount down - a blob about the size of an apricot was more than enough for my hair. I used it, rinsed well, same with the conditioner, and I did notice an improvement in my hair - see:












It's still not 100% clear but it's getting there. I do notice my hair getting greasy after a few days with this - my hair is usually very dry, and I can get away with washing it once or twice a week - but with this, I definitely need to do it every 2-3 days. It does state 'daily control' on the pack, but I seriously have neither the time nor inclination to wash my hair every day. In saying that, if it gets rid of the dandruff once and for all, I don't really mind having to do it more often. An important thing about this range is this little bit here on the bottles:


The extra greasiness is more than likely down to the olive oil, but this states that it's colour safe, which is important when it comes to anti-dandruff products. There's one in particular (that rhymes with bed & smoulders) that would literally strip any dye out of your hair after a few uses. Patchy squirrel is not a good look. I've noticed no colour fading or changing since I started using this.

I'll continue to use it if it works - bear in mind that I'm also pregnant (at the time of writing this, anyway) so that can affect how your hair reacts to things. If you've got dandruff, give it a go, but don't use too much product and do stick with it for a week or two. I wouldn't recommend it for people with greasy hair or an oily scalp. 

14 comments:

  1. It's great to see the before & after snaps, must invest in some of this stuff, haven't tried Mane n Tail yet!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I wasn't going to put the before one up but it might give someone else who gets bouts of dandruff a bit of an idea about how it works xx

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  2. I've wanted to try mane and tail for ages, this sounds great!

    www.beautyangel.ie

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    1. It definitely did the job, as I said I would not recommend it for greasy hair because it would probably aggravate the greasiness but it's great for very dry hair x

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  3. Great review. It's amazing to see how different products work for different people and like Sarah said, it's good to see the before and after pics! (Bring on the hard feet!)

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    1. Cheers Gail! Haha I've a foot peeling thing waiting for me since May/June, believe me the second I'm able to bend over to actually reach my feet I'm all over it!! ;-) x

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  4. I've never seen this brand, I usually use Avon anti dandruff shampoo and it works for me!

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    1. Avon had some great shampoos and conditioners, their Advanced Techniques serum was one of my favourites too until they stopped selling in Ireland, boo :(

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  5. Great review - very honest! I like the way to persevered with it even though it didn't work well the first time round. Glad to hear you had good results with it - I'll have to give it a go sometime soon! Nice to see there's olive oil in it too as sometimes those anti-dandruff shampoos can be a bit harsh.

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    1. Thank you! I agree, sometimes the specialised shampoos can be so harsh, it's a nice shampoo to use, I'd just definitely stress that less is more. x

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  6. Oh, I don't think this one is for me!

    My hairdresser told me that dandruff is from the scalp, not the hair, so its best treatment is a hot oil - VO5 do 'em. I've only had it once or twice but it's done the trick for me.

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    1. The hot oil clears me up fairly quick too, it's my go-to treatment. I'll keep using this as long as it works, but I don't have naturally greasy hair anyway. For anyone prone to grease this would be an absolute nightmare product. I think it's just because my hair is absolutely fried, this is putting the oil back in! Definitely wouldn't use it every day though, couldn't imagine what kind of state my hair would be in.

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  7. Thank you for the before and after! I have had such bad dandruff so may just have to get these!

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    1. You're welcome! It's a nuisance, isn't it? Soul destroying sometimes when it just won't go away. If you do try it, don't use as much as you would with another shampoo. It really does put the oil back in, so there's a risk of turning into a greaseball.

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