It's Friday!! Today's party: great book (I'm re-reading Garth Nix Old Kingdom series, Abhorsen book and it is ah-mazing) and a large cup of tea. Yeah! But first, I want to do a review of the Paul Mitchell Shampoo. I'm sure you don't remember, but I have shown it to you in a New In post I did in July. I bought it together with Protective oil for sun from my hairdresser and after 7 months of using it regularly I feel I can give you a decent review of it.
Paul Mitchell is a professional hair brand, that is sold in hair saloons, at least in Slovenia - my hairdresser warned me about the fake products online, so if you are buying online, make sure it is original product. The Instant Moisture Shampoo is supposed to be a gentle daily shampoo, that hydrates extremely dry hair, and helps to revive damaged hair. I use it in combination with La Roche Posay anti-dandruff shampoo for my scalp and I hoped it will help with the way my hair looks and feels, because anti-dandruff shampoos as a rule do nothing for my hair (and usually very little for my scalp, but that's a story for another blogpost).
The design of the bottle is nice, a classic tube, with a quite a large amount of shampoo of 300 ml. The shampoo itself is not too runny or thick, with a semi-white colour and a very nice, gentle odour. It doesn't smell of anything, just a good clean, gentle scent. It foams quite nicely as well and you do not need a lot of it (after 7 months of regular, twice a week usage I am still down to one third of it).
|The opening helps you regulate how much you use, that's a big plus for me.|
|The ingredients. I was sold after reading the bold text, failing to see the obvious no-no.|
And how are my hair doing after 7 months of usage? Not very well. In fact, I think the ends began to dry out and snap a lot faster than before and although the first impression was rather good, as I ended up with softer hair, after regular usage my frizzy hair got worse and the ends extremely dry. Of course, now when I look at the ingredients, I realise what a stupid mistake I made, not noticing the alcohol being on the third place of the list. I cannot use anything with alcohol in it, it dries my skin and apparently it dries out my hair too. In the long turn my hair does not feel hydrated and my ends are in a very bad shape.
Price? 15,90€, if I recall correctly (definitively somewhere between 13 and 16 EUR). I wouldn't mind the steep price, if the shampoo would be the answer to my prayers, but for the effect I get, which is actually worse than what I got from Le Petit Marseillaise shampoo I bought for around 2€ ... I wouldn't recommend it nor repurchase it.
Mind you, I have been using a lot of conditioners and hair product that were supposed to help with the situation, to no avail. My hair is making me pay dearly for mistakes I make in choosing the wrong products. La Roche Posay anti dandruff shampoo is crap, Paul Mitchell shampoo doesn't work and apparently my hair is done with me. I am planning to visit my hairdresser again and make a hardcore list of product to buy, like I planned 6 months ago, based on Mateja's recommendations. My hair is what her hair was and I want mine to be like hers are now, which is, in short, perfect.
I hope this was helpful to some of you. If you have dry ends, like me, and big problem with frizzy hair (again, like me), I wouldn't recommend Paul Mitchell's instant moisture shampoo. I think the alcohol is the main culprit for the drying of ends, and as for the frizzines, I need something by far stronger to help me tame it.
Do you have any experiences with Paul Mitchell products? What's your favourite shampoo, that really works for your hair?
Thank you for reading and commenting! Have a lovely weekend!