Arbonne Hair & Scalp Revitalizer

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I’ve posted before about my battle with dandruff and itchy scalp. I’ve found that Organix Australian Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner almost completely eradicate my scalp issues (check out my post on that subject), but I’m always on the look out for products that will boost my scalp and hair health.

Which is why I tried Arbonne’s Intelligence Thermal Fusion Hair & Scalp Revitalizer (that’s a mouthful). It’s a gel/lotion that you apply to your scalp after your regular shampooing and conditioning and massage in. You leave it on for 5 minutes and then rinse. Every time I use it, I notice a warm tingling feeling. The package warns of skin sensitivity, but I didn’t have any problems (and I have very sensitive skin). After I use it, my scalp feels great.

Because my dandruff and itchiness are under control with regular shampooing and conditioning, I don’t use this very often. I usually use it when I’ve been using a different shampoo and conditioner or when I haven’t washed my hair in a couple days and instead relied on dry shampoo (in other words, when I will likely have signs of dryness and dandruff).

DISCLAIMER: All that being said, I always use it with the shampoo and conditioner that I know correct the dandruff problem, so it’s not 100% clear that the revitalizer is making any difference at all. And for $30 for 2.4 fl.oz. bottle, I’m not likely to buy it again because I can’t pinpoint exactly why I need it.

 

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Organix Australian Tea Tree Shampoo

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Okay, so I have been searching for natural dandruff shampoo that actually works. This search has been going on for years, and I’ve tried LOTS of shampoos. I didn’t post about the ones that didn’t work well because they may work for some people, just not me. Today, though, is a momentous day because I can finally post about the dandruff shampoo and conditioner that work really well for me.

Organix is an awesome company that makes cruelty-free hair care (and some body care) products derived from natural, organic ingredients. I have posted about its Coconut Anti-Breakage Serum, which is an amazing product if you have frizzy, damaged hair. Its other amazing products are its Australian Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner, the discovery of which has made my life richer. more meaningful, and virtually flake free. 🙂 The active ingredients are tea tree oil and neem oil, both of which sooth your scalp.

I’ll stop right here because I know what you’re thinking: “Tea tree oil does not work on my dandruff. I might as well be slathering my head with anchovies.” I know! I thought the same thing. I tried so many shampoos with tea tree oil that did absolutely nothing. BUT this stuff works well (I’m on my third bottle). Maybe it’s the combination of tea tree oil and neem oil. The other big difference is this is the only time I’ve used a dandruff fighting conditioner in addition to the shampoo–making it a sort of double whammy. I follow the directions and put the conditioner on my scalp (which, as someone with super oily hair, I learned never to do or else risk having limp, flat hair all day), and it makes my scalp cool and happy. And it doesn’t weigh my hair down. This shampoo and conditioner combo really is great. It works well, smells wonderful (quite a feat for natural dandruff shampoo), and leaves my hair shiny and soft. I use it every day, and it’s only when I skip a day that I notice itchiness, flakes, etc.

You can find Organix products at most grocery stores, big box stores (like Target), and drugstores (like Walgreens and CVS). Both Ulta and Walgreens seem to have the best selection of Organix products. And if you’re a commitmentphobe, you can order trial sizes of Organix’s popular products directly from their website.

Jason Normalizing Treatment Shampoo

I bought this shampoo because I have dandruff. I didn’t always have this condition, but now I do. And it’s super annoying. Because I didn’t grow up with it, I haven’t put in the years of time trying different products and finding out what works for me. Which means that I am now blowing through tons of products that don’t work to find one good one.

That is the case for this shampoo. 😦 The frowny guy is there because I really wanted this to work for several reasons. One, I love the Jason brand and their model (they have been creating natural beauty products since 1959, none of them tested on animals). Two, this shampoo is realitively cheap and easy to find at my local Walgreens. Three, I really want to not have dandruff any more. And four, the more ingredients that I try and eliminate, the fewer ingredients I have hope in to fix my scalp.

To expand my point number four: I am positive that this shampoo will help someone out their with his/her dandruff. There are lots of reasons out there why people get dandruff, from the situational (allergy to a type of shampoo, oily build-up) to the medical (seborrheic dermatitis, Malassezia fungus, psoriasis). And different problems have different treatments, which means that you have to try different approaches for your specific issue.

That being noted, I don’t think tea tree oil is my solution based on using this shampoo. Tea tree oil kills fungus, so it is a go-to natural ingredient in anti-dandruff shampoo. (NOTE: Many people are sensitive to tea tree oil, so it’s a good idea to test this product on a small patch of bare skin to find out if you are before lathering it all over your head). I used the shampoo as directed for 2 weeks and did not see a difference in my scalp. It’s a shame because it smells really nice and is free of parabens, SLS, and phthalates.

If you’ve had a good experience with this product, please comment and let me know!