Happy New Year, everyone! First and foremost, I want to apologize for being M.I.A. on this blog. I think it’s almost been a year since my last post, but I am going to change that for 2017. So, why not start off the year by sharing a product that has drastically changed my life, and for the better I might add. If you couldn’t tell by the title of this post, I will be talking about a seemingly boring product, a dandruff shampoo. Before I go on and praise this shampoo like it’s the best thing since sliced bread, let me give you some context into my hair and scalp condition.
About five years ago when I was barely an “adult” in college (I definitely didn’t feel like an adult), I developed an itchy scalp. Prior to this, I was on my high school’s water polo and swim team, so I thought my itchy scalp was caused by not swimming in a chlorine pool five days a week. Spoiler alert: I was wrong. Basically, I dealt with an itchy, extremely irritated scalp for the next five years. The kind of irritation that burns and hurts as if you had your hair up in a tight ponytail all day. Should I have gone to the doctor and get my scalp checked out? Absolutely. But did I do that? Of course not. I am about as stubborn as heck and will try everything before going out of my way to book a doctor’s appointment. Instead, I tried numerous shampoos and remedies to alleviate my poor scalp. Tea tree oil? Nope, didn’t work. Apple cider vinegar rinse? Negative. Clarifying shampoos? A big NOPE (and they stripped my dry hair of any moisture I had).
Fast forward (or maybe is it rewind?) to about 2 months ago to when I decided to give in and try the Jason Dandruff Relief Treatment Shampoo. I hate to say this, but I’m not a big fan of the Jason brand. I mean, they are great if you are just starting to introduce more natural products into your beauty routine. They can be easily found in stores like Target, Whole Foods, and Sprouts, but they are not the most “natural” brand on the market. Previously, I had tried the Jason Normalizing Tea Tree Treatment Shampoo with no luck at all, so I wasn’t exactly expecting any fantastic results with the Dandruff Relief Treatment Shampoo. Spoiler alert #2: I was completely wrong.
Call it the placebo effect or maybe my mind wasn’t deceiving me, but the Dandruff Relief Treatment Shampoo worked after just one use! I know what you’re thinking, “Carolyn, no. You sound like an overly peppy, late-night informercial lady. You okay?” Yeah, I know it can be suspicious to trust a bold claim like this, but I’m telling you, this shampoo works.
However, there is a huge catch, and I know you’re probably thinking, “Ah-ha! Of course! These things are always too good to be true,” or maybe I’m thinking that people are truly cynical. Anywhoozens, this shampoo absolute wreaks. The primary active ingredient in this shampoo is sulfur. Sulfur is great at ridding bacteria and fungus from the scalp, but it also stinks terribly. Your hair will honestly smell like rotten eggs and it will also linger in your hair if you let it air-dry. I haven’t tried blow drying my hair, so I can’t tell you if the scent is still detectable, but I do have a tip if your worried about smelling funky. After shampooing with this product, follow up with a (naturally) fragranced shampoo and conditioner to counteract the funk. It may take a couple of washes, but you hair shouldn’t smell too potent afterwards.
Moving on from its smell, the shampoo itself is creamy in texture and looks like a custard, off-white, yellowish color. It doesn’t lather up like traditional shampoo, so I find that I have to use two quarter-sized dollops of products for my entire head. I do find that this shampoo lacks somewhat in the moisturizing department, but I counteract this with a hydrating conditioner. I mean, my hair doesn’t feel like straw, but it also doesn’t feel silky smooth after using the shampoo alone. This is also coming from someone who has hair that is more on the coarse side in regards to hair texture, so interpret these statements as you wish.
So, if you have run out of options for your irritated scalp I highly suggest trying out this shampoo. It may take a while to adjust to its scent, but the results are worth it, in my case. Besides oil cleansing, this shampoo has been my top, revolutionary discovery lately and I feel like that speaks volumes about this product. As always, let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Have you tried this shampoo? Do you have any natural dandruff/irritated scalp remedies? Any questions for me? Also, let me know what blog content you would like to see from me. Have a great day!
Jason Dandruff Relief Shampoo Ingredients Active Ingredients: Sulfur 2% - Controls Dandruff Salicylic Acid 2% - Controls Seborrheic Dermatitis. Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (water, sodium cocoyl isethionate, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, stearic acid, potassium cocoyl glutamate, glycerin, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, cetyl alcohol, cocamidopropyl betaine, hydrolyzed wheat protein, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil(1), pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil(1), camphor, dimethyl sulfone(2), menthol, methyl salicylate, potassium hydroxide, sodium PCA, xanthan gum, benzyl alcohol, capryloyl glycine, undecylenoyl glycine, amyl cinnamal, benzyl benzoate, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, linalool, limonene, fragrance (parfum) (1)Certified Organic Ingredient: (2)MSM