Long term readers of my blog will know how obsessed I am with growing my hair. It’s been (almost) a life long mission to have a full, long, healthy head of hair and although I’m half way there, my hair has been looking a little dry and damaged lately, and since getting a trim isn’t an option, I thought I would trial run different products each week – in the hope I can restore it’s natural condition.
I appreciate that the only ‘real’ way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off, however unfortunately since I have very thin hair, I’d be forever cutting it shorter if I trimmed it every time a damaged hair appeared – so I’m trying a different method, and trialing lots of the beauty industries top recommended products. I’m sure I’m not the only one attempting this too, especially since thick, long locks are most definitely on trend – so I hope you’ll enjoy joining me on my ‘healthy hair’ adventure.
First up is Scruples White Tea Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner. A relatively unknown or unspoken about brand in the beauty blogging world, I was delighted to give this a try – not only after reading lots of great reviews on Amazon and Google, but also because of how incredibly delicious the products smell. Reminiscent of a relaxing spa, using the shampoo and conditioner in your shower (or if you’re lucky enough to have a bath, even better) transports you to a lovely calm place and instantly leaves you feeling very refreshed.
Formulated with Scruples’ own patented Protective Barrier Complex which rejuvenates colour treated hair and injects the moisture and protein back in that bleaching removes. Sulfate free, it won’t irritate with sensitive scalps (which unfortunately, among other things, I suffer with too) and similarly, it won’t add any nasty chemicals to your hair which may dry it out more, or weigh it down.
I appreciate that using a new shampoo and conditioner often has a ‘honeymoon period’, whereby the first few days have a dramatic difference on your hair’s condition, before eventually wearing off – so I’m going to give all of the products longer than a week to work their magic.
Sure enough, the first few days of using the Scruples products were amazing. I noticed a real difference in the condition of my hair, particularly the ends which are extremely dry, even after leaving a treatment masque on it – and also the roots, which were much shinier and healthier looking than usual.
After about the 4th/5th day, which is when you’d usually expect the effects to wear down a little, the conditioner in particular seemed to continue to keep doing it’s job perfectly, however due to the nature of the packaging, I did find myself using greater amounts each time – as it was easy enough to squeeze lots out and slather it on.
A little tip on the conditioner bottle stated that for intense conditioning, you should apply the conditioner, wrap your head in a towel and place under a heat source for 10-15 minutes, before rinsing thoroughly and styling. I actually found this to be far more effective than many of the masques I own, and although I didn’t have any heat sources per say, I gave the towel a few quick blasts of heat with the hairdryer to speed up the process.
Overall, I was very impressed with how quickly and efficiently both products worked in restoring the hair’s condition and making it far more manageable, especially since the effects didn’t wear off after a few days. I still think it is important to change your shampoo and conditioner regularly so that your hair doesn’t get used to a particular one, and therefore will not be weighed down – but rather ‘constantly surprised’ and stay in great condition. I’d definitely recommend a try if you’re looking for a healthy hair fix, and they are both fairly affordable with the shampoo priced at £17.95 (350ml) and the conditioner £14.95 (150ml). There are certainly benefits to trying new products and shocking your hair!
For more information, please visit the Scruples website here.
Healthy Hair: Part Two will feature Nanogen’s Thickening Treatment Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Growth Factor Treatment Serum.