When it comes to my hair and my blog I’m the first one to admit that it is a rather grey area. I never really discuss hair products on here for some reason therefore I plan on changing that this year as I like most people enjoy finding new products that work for my hair type.
Due to my lack of hair posts I will give you a quick summary of my hair type before I crack on with my review of the Klorane Shampoo with Nettle*. I’ve being dying my hair since I was twelve so it’s a pretty long time, it’s not something I’m proud of to be honest as I would like to have hair that isn’t chemically treated however my natural colour is horrible. I used to have white blonde hair as a child however when I started to get older, I would say from around nine my hair started to turn to a mousy brown. This really wasn’t very nice therefore I had a few blonde highlights put in when I was twelve in order to lighten it; this slowly stemmed into full highlights as I got older.
Over the last few years I have dyed my hair a dark brown, an odd shade of ginger and now it is back to some sort of blonde (don’t ask). I don’t dye my hair that often to be honest, I would say roughly once every six weeks or so and even then I only ever touch up my roots therefore despite it being chemically treated my hair is pretty soft and in quite good condition.
The only thing I have major issues with when it comes to my hair is how oily it can get. It can be a viscous cycle having oily hair as you end up wanting to wash it more frequently which only makes the issue worse. Dry shampoo folks is often my best friend in the morning let me tell you. Therefore when I found out that there was an opportunity to try a shampoo aimed at oily hair I immediately put myself forward on the off chance that I would be accepted. Luckily I was and within a few days had the Klorane Shampoo with Nettle* sitting in my bathroom cupboard.
This Klorane Shampoo in a nut shell aims to simply prevent hair from becoming greasy too quickly. Sounds perfect to me but does it work?
Having now being using this shampoo for over two weeks I have came to the conclusion that sadly this didn’t work for me. I used this shampoo solely for the two weeks in order to give it a chance to work as over a period of sustained use it aims to reduce the time between washes due to oil secretion being regularised. Unfortunately I personally didn’t see any difference in the time it took for my hair to look a bit oily. I still had to use a bit of dry shampoo each morning after washing my hair so that I wasn’t left feeling self-conscious about my hair.
The product itself reminds me of washing up liquid in terms of appearance, it is however far more runnier. I found that I needed more product than usual for me to feel as though I was properly washing my hair, even though SLS ingredients were present it didn’t foam up that much for me. The ingredient of nettle Urtica dioica is the main factor in which this product is based upon as nettle extracts help to regulate the activity of sebaceous glands, these are microscopic glands that secrete oil (sebum) across your body. Unfortunately for me and maybe you most of these glands are found upon the scalp and face which is why people can often suffer with oily hair, blackheads or acne on their face.
I have to say overall I really like the idea of a product like this; it’s just a shame that on this occasion it didn’t work for me. I hope that one day I find something that works better however maybe this could work for you; after all we are all different.
If you’re so inclined to give this a try it can be picked up from Escentual for £6.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polysorbate 20, Cocamide Mipa, Sodium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Caramel, Ceteareth-60 Myristyl Glycol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Disodium Edta, Fragrance (Parfum), Green 3 (I42053), Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparbaen, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-22, Propylparaben, SodiumHydroxide, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract (Uritica Dioica Extract).
Urtica dioica is the Latin and indeed scientific name for this species of plant. Having been graduated from my BSc now for a good few months it was oddly nice to write a scientific name for a species down once again. I was suddenly swept back to memories of many an ecology essay or two.