I have fine but coarse hair that lacks volume, an oily scalp with dry weak ends caused by heat styling. And for a few years now I have been using targeted haircare to treat each of these conditions separately. They say long hair ends are several years old, and are prone to being weak and fragile due to loss of proteins. My ends are around 3 years old – I know this since my hair has just completely grown out of the chemically straightening treatment I did 3 years ago. When I don’t feel like experimenting, I stick to Matrix haircare (which I’ve been using since university days) as they fail to disappoint and are reasonably priced. Prior to this review I had already been using the older version of the Matrix strengthening conditioner to strengthen my 3-year-old ends. Whilst I find it easier to find conditioners that work for me, a recent bad experience with a volumising shampoo has led me to search for new shampoos that won’t irritate my scalp. Which is why I’m sharing reviews of as many as 3 shampoos in one haircare post!
Suigo Tea Tree Hair Spa Hair Shampoo
- What they say: A mild formula that adjusts the oil secretion on your scalp, eliminates obstructures of the hair follicle and balances scalp PH levels. Suited to hair with dandruff and oil buildup problems. Walnut extract prevents flakes from forming & sage keeps hair and scalp feeling fresh.
- Texture: A clear green gel with a refreshing tea tree scent. The cooling sensation on my scalp was most noticeable in the first few washes but lessened towards the end, perhaps because I got used to it.
- My hair concern: Oily scalp. I like to wash my hair at night, so I need a shampoo that can keep my oily roots at bay not just overnight, but all through the next entire day.
- My experience: It did an OUTSTANDING job at keeping my scalp clean & the effects lasted overnight which gave my roots more volume and movement the morning after. The price is also reasonable, considering 500ml pump is twice the volume of most other shampoos.
- Price: $32.50 AUD / 500mL
Kerastase Specifique Bain Divalent Balancing Shampoo (For Oily Roots – Sensitised Lengths)*
- What they say: A balancing bath for oily scalp and dry hair. Deeply purifies the scalp, nourishes sensitised areas of the hair & leaves hair naturally soft and shiny. Contains salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and purify the scalp, vitamin b6 to regulate sebum production, two cationic polymers to detangle the hair, and a cooling agent to refresh the scalp.
- Texture: White pearly appearance
- Packaging: The only thing I don’t like about this shampoo is the packaging – it’s a chunky screw-on lid instead of the “flip up” lid you expect with shampoo.
- My hair concern: Oily scalp.
- My experience: It’s everything you expect Kerastase to be – refined, luxurious in texture (even when it lathers) and high performance. Whilst I didn’t notice any particular cooling sensation, it gives a deep clarifying clean that can feel a little tingly with daily use, so I recommend alternating it with another shampoo. So far I haven’t experienced any itchiness, but my husband did.
- Price: $38 AUD / 250ml
Matrix Biolage Advanced Fiberstrong Conditioner
- What they say: Strengthens and softens fragile hair that uses Bamboo and Intra-Cylane™ technology to fill in the gaps, seal and smooth the cuticle to reinforce the fibre, provide condition and strength. Gentle paraben-free formula that reinforces from the core. Bamboo promotes resiliency of hair strands to prevent breakage. Suitable for colour treated hair & also available in Shampoo and a lightweight Fortifying Cream for added daily protection against breakage.
- Texture: I have used both old & new formulations of this range, and the new version is much more concentrated & absorbs really well even in the shower.
- My hair concern: Dull, dry and weak ends.
- My experience: Unlike the previous formula where I felt I needed to alternate with a hair mask to add back moisture, the new formula delivers just the right amount of moisture I like for daily use – soft but not overly rich. Less hair fallout & ends look shinier and healthier. I also like applying the Fortifying Cream (absorbs quickly & doesn’t weigh hair down) before heat styling for extra resilience against heat damage.
- Price: $29.00 AUD
Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo*
- What they say: Daily shampoo that cleans down to the root, removing excess sebum and build-up and creating the foundation for healthy hair. For all scalp and hair types.
- Texture: A tea-coloured gel that features an aromatic blend of vetiver, cinammon and rosemary leaves.
- My hair concern: Oily scalp, dandruff and itchiness after using Aveda Pure Abundance Shampoo (volumising)
- My experience: When I first bought this, I was suffering from scalp build up from Aveda’s volumising shampoo that caused itchiness and dandruff. It was odd, because I had gone through at least one or two bottles before & had no problems. Scalp Benefits was a god-send, as it immediately cleaned my scalp yet was soothing at the same time, and all was back to normal again within a day. I’ve since gone through a couple of bottles of this. My husband prefers this shampoo out of the three.
- Price: $29 AUD / 200ml, $89.95 / 1L
muk Spa Argan Oil Treatment & Repair Shine Spray
- What they say: Contains a blend of pure Moroccan Argan Oil, linseed oil, sweet almond oil, keratin protein and aloe vera. Provides intense conditioning, shine and moisture to the hair, whilst smoothing frizz and eliminating flyaways. Protects hair from blow-drying, hair irons, chlorine, salt water adn sun exposure. Reduces hair drying time by up to 50%.
- Texture: A clear & very viscous oil that absorbs very quickly into the hair
- Packaging: The Treatment comes with a dropper, whereas the Shine Spray gives a fine mist.
- My hair concern: Dry ends, flyaways & long blow-dry time.
- My experience: Having used both expensive and supermarket brands of various types of hair oils, this is HANDS DOWN my favourite hair oil of all. It provides intense moisture without making it look greasy, absorbs really quickly, and you only need the slightest amount to tame flyaways. Best of all I love how my locks feel with this oil – luscious, soft, smooth and strong. On wet hair, I one generous drop (with the dropper) daily, and use the residue on my palms to tame flyaways. On dry hair, I prefer using the Shine Spray to spritz a little on my palm to add moisture back to heat-styled hair, or if I forgot to apply oil when my hair was wet. I recommend both types of packaging for their versatility, and with these two it was hard to go back to my old hair serums & other hair oils, so I’ve thrown them all out since.
- Blow dry time: I have long coarse hair which takes forever to dry, and it only speeds up blow-drying time, but natural air-drying time as well.
- Price: $34.95 AUD / 100ml
Products marked with an asterisk were purchased by me. All other products were provided for consideration.