Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Beauty Scoop: Jason Tea Tree Scalp Normalizing Shampoo and Conditioner

Quicktake: won't be purchasing again. Shampoo wasn't that bad, but the conditioner definitely didn't work for me.
This was the first Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner set that I've tried. Ever since I began dying my hair blond (at a salon with bleach and all that jazz) a few years ago, I started to experience scalp sensitivities. I was using dandruff shampoos for a while, but I don't actually have dandruff (I don't have flakes) so I kind of felt like I was putting these synthetic chemicals on my scalp for nothing.  It's more of an irritation than anything but the dandruff shampoos did sometimes sooth my scalp. I have sensitive skin in general--especially my face--so I just needed something soothing and conditioning for my scalp to be happy.

By the way, if you follow me on Twitter, you'll have heard I accidentally dyed my hair dark brown last week, haha, if you guys want a "what not to do when dying you're hair at home" blog let me know. It looks pretty good, now that I'm used to it, but if you're a blonde who has gone dark before (and I did this on purpose in high school) then you know that the initial shock takes a few days to get over. Anyway, I used demi-permanent dye, and it didn't irritate my scalp at all--just FYI for those of you in the same boat as me scalp-wise.

I had some "extra bucks" so I thought I'd splurge on a new shampoo and conditioner at CVS, which is where I bought this set a couple weeks ago. This brand is paraben-free and uses a combination of natural and organic ingredients.

For those of you who don't know, Tea Tree oil has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties and unlike many substances, it can actually penetrate the lower skin layers for maximum effectiveness. Aside from shampoos, it has also been used as an ingredient in acne treatments and I'm sure there are many other uses for it.

I was much more excited to try the conditioner. The shampoo bottle seemed to have a pretty common description on the back, a little information on tea tree oil and how it was going to help normalize the scalp. The conditioner on the other hand claimed it would sooth an irritated scalp, hydrate and "plump up hair fiber to protect against heat styling", etc.

I liked the shampoo a lot. I am planning on trying another brand next, however, just to see what else is out there. My Belegenza GrowOut Shampoo is still my favorite for the moment. The conditioner, unfortunately, was a flop.  As far as conditioning it's pretty much the worst one out there. My hair felt as dry as if I had just shampooed my hair.  I'm planning on keeping it around until it's gone. I'm mixing it with the shampoo when washing my hair because I do like the added soothing ingredients like Aloe Vera. So I would cautiously recommend the shampoo as I have no other Tea Tree shampoo to compare it to, but would say steer clear of the conditioner.

Have you tried any products with tea tree oil or extract in them? I'd love to hear what they were and what you thought of them.

♥ Danielle