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Aveeno Baby Shampoo Review

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A few months ago I went to the doctor; I was experiencing “unusual hairloss” (~70 hairs). Having recently entered my quarter-life (read: twenties) I can’t help but panic about these things… Unfortunately for me the first thing she did was prescribe blood tests (I’ve never had blood drawn without fainting). Everything came back normal though (fortunately or unfortunately?!), so I followed her other suggestions: a gentle, sulphate free shampoo and… no blow drying!

I picked this shampoo up back in August, but I can’t stand reading product reviews that go something like, “I picked this up yesterday and I am literally obsessed”. Now that I’m almost finished the bottle I feel like I can give a good review. I was so excited to use this because one of my friends told me the day she put sulphate free shampoo in her hair she didn’t as much hair in the shower. Needless to say I had high hopes!

First a little bit of hair background, I have a lot of very fine hair with a few coarse strands woven in there. There’s a bit of a wave to it (naturally dried hair in these pictures), but if straightened/blow dried it will fall very flat and limp (limp hair in these pictures). I wash every 3-4 days, even though I produce a lot of oil (I produce a lot less now that I wash every few days as opposed to when I washed every day). The only other sulphate free shampoo I’ve ever tried was Dr. Bronner’s baby castille soap, which is for another day, so I didn’t know what to expect except difficulty lathering (the suplhates and their derivatives are usually responsible for a rich lather).

Now onto this shampoo! The first thing I’ve noticed is that it has a really odd smell for a baby shampoo. I’ve used a lot of baby products in the past and I’m used to (and appreciate) their clean simple scents. This shampoo has a much stronger, older smell. The best way I can describe it is as a “mature” floral scent, this is a bit more Chanel #5 than Marc Jacobs Daisy, if that makes sense. I’ve found the smell is strong in the shower, but it definitely doesn’t linger: I can’t smell it on my pillow the morning after a wash. I also have to use a bit more of this compared to a regular sulphate-full shampoo, because it lathers less and I like a full lather.

My favorite part about this shampoo is that it doesn’t hurt when I get it in my eyes. I don’t know how I’ve made it this long without learning an appropriate eye-avoiding shampoo technique, but I have. This was also my favorite part about Dr. Bronners: you could basically pour it onto your eyes with no irritation (please don’t do this though!).

BUT because of it’s built in “gentle conditioning” it does weigh down my hair, and combined with the doctors advice to quit blow drying, this means my hair is flat on my scalp immediately after a wash. Which is a major downer. Having healthy hair is great, but isn’t it better to have slightly more damaged hair that looks good?

And to compound the issue, I did not experience less hair loss, it fluctuated between around 70 hairs, just like before… So for me, switching to sulphate free shampoo didn’t affect my shedding during wash. But I do feel good about the shampoo because I figure anything that doesn’t burn my eyes must be better for my scalp and the environment (do fish eyes burn because of sulphates being washed down the drain….?)

Now I have to go shampoo shopping again and the question is: will I repurchase? Aveeno baby shampoo hasn’t quite convinced me yet, so I will look around before I repurchase!

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