I am still on the hunt for a great shampoo that is kind to my scalp and is affordable and works well too!
A reader alerted me to Tara Smith’s Shampoo and Conditioner range, which she found at Tesco.
The products do not contain:
* Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
* Artificial colouring
* Synthetic fragrance
* Animal derivatives
Tara is a celebrity hairdresser – the tagline on the products is, “Tested on film stars no on animals.” Damn right!
There’s four kinds of shampoo and conditioners to the range:
Feed the Root Shampoo & Conditioner
Big Baby Shampoo & Conditioner
Straight Away Shampoo & Conditioner
C Curls Shampoo & Conditioner
Base Coat Serum
Top Coat Glosser
Rock On Hard Hold Styling Gel
I got Feed the Root Shampoo & Conditioner, Straight Away Shampoo & Conditioner, Base Coat Serum and Top Coat Glosser. The shampoos and conditioners come in 100ml and 250ml sizes, at £2.25 and £4.99 respectively, so it’s great value!
So my main purpose of trying this range out was because I wanted something without too many chemicals in it and something to help my flaky, sore scalp – so Feed The Root was the range I was the most interested in was that.
About the shampoo:
Key ingredients are:
* Bambusa Vulgaris leaf/stem extract which has been used for centuries in Asia and Hawaii to cure skin disorders. Bamboo’s smooth shiny properties are due to silica deposits within its stem.
* The five yeast extracts are from zinc/copper/magnesium/iron/silicon which provide nutrients and have moisturising and cell renewing capabilities for both skin and hair
* Menthol gives the shampoo its tingle factor
* Organic fragrance
* Cool Head 100% organic essential oil blend dominated by Cooling Peppermint and enriched with Patchouli, Cedar and a twist of sweet Aniseed.
It certainly did give my scalp a lovely tingle and didn’t irritate at all. My scalp has been particularly dry lately though, so I don’t think I enjoyed the full benefits (I have been massaging virgin coconut oil into the scalp twice a week – this has been helping) along with this shampoo. The conditioner is most effective if you give it a good 3-4 mins on the hair – my hair is very very knotty so most conditioners do struggle with my mop.
It’s actually very hard finding a genuinely scalp friendly shampoo that doesn’t contain SLS and parabens for less that £10. I know that when I was scanning the shelves in Boots, apart from their Naked range, it was nearly impossible to find something SLS free.
I have only tried these two out once but once again no complaints – once again, no nasty additives.
The products come in very cute, rounded bottles too, they look more expensive than they actually are. You can get these in good old Tesco or Cult Beauty. Will I buy it again? Yes! But a bigger bottle!