WARNING: Although discussing brands of shampoo this is NOT a sponsored post. I DON'T DO THEM! I have not been given the products, nor been paid for using them. These are my own honest thoughts! I simply put SLS free shampoo into my search engine and trawled through the results before buying.
I have been using my new SLS and Parabens free shampoo for 3 weeks or 4 washes, DB has used it twice so far. We both have different types of hair. Mind is slightly coarse, thick but rapidly thinning:( his is fine and flyaway. I can just about get away with washing every 5 or 6 days, DB usually 2 or 3.
The first one I chose was a shampoo by this company here. It has lavender and chamomile in it and smells gorgeous. It does foam but nowhere near as much as a normal shampoo. I gather foam is lacking in most of these shampoo's, time will tell. I use about a 10p size portion of shampoo and wash once.
I had been warned by others on-line that it takes time for your hair to adjust to these types of shampoo. From a feel point of view when dry, this 4th wash has felt the best. My hair is softer than of late and a little more shiny, seems to make no difference whether I use a vinegar wash as a conditioner or not.
However, its one and only drawback is when your hair is wet, it just feels odd. Neither of us can find the word to describe it, but claggy, tacky or heavy are the three closest. Careful brushing is required to make the brush actually go through easily. It doesn't tangle, it just feels as though there is something still on your hair, preventing the normally slick passage of a brush of wide toothed comb. DB says the same.
He dries his hair every time whereas I mainly air dry. As mentioned before, once dry it is fine but it wasn't the first two times of being used. It was soft on those first two but still odd. However, DB's hair looks good, not as flyaway as normal which is a good thing. Our scalps look good as well, no minute flakes of skin to be seen on either of us.
My scalp for the most part, has just about stopped itching. I went SLS free because I constantly itch and it drives me mad. Someone had suggested it could be SLS. I have tried all manner of things from the doctor and chemist. Conditioner seemed to be the main culprit hence the vinegar rinse as a replacement. Eventually though, the itchiness would return.
With this shampoo, I am almost itch free for about 3 days then have intermittent itching afterwards.
SLS and other compound free shampoo's are not cheap, this one being just under £8 plus P. & P. We have decided to try another make, to see how it compares from this company. Does it have a similar feeling when wet, how it is when dry and will my scalp remain itch free?
Watch this space.