Product Type: Capasal hair care products
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Head and shoulders above the rest?
Capasal Therapeutic Shampoo
Member Name: steves001
Capasal Therapeutic Shampoo
Date: 30/11/11, updated on 30/11/11 (355 review reads)
Advantages: It works for me!
Disadvantages: Slight lingering smell of coal tar; more expensive than some
I can't praise this shampoo highly enough: it works for me. Still, people's needs differ and no product of this nature will suit everyone. So, in keeping with my usual practice, I'll just briefly relate my personal experience and keep technicalities to a minimum.
According to the accompanying leaflet, this therapeutic shampoo is a treatment for a range of 'dry, scaly scalp conditions'. It also gets your hair clean!
This is technically a 'topical' treatment. In other words it's for external use - you just use it much like any other medicated shampoo. Full instructions can be found in the leaflet that comes in the box with the plastic bottle.
It contains salicylic acid, coconut oil and distilled coal tar (the main active ingredients). Golden brown in colour, it is very concentrated and a little goes a very long way.
~~Availability and price~~
Capasal is widely available without prescription, online or over the counter at local pharmacies in the United Kingdom. At over £6 for a 250ml bottle, this is certainly not the cheapest medicated shampoo on the market but for me it has been worth every penny.
Luckily I've had few problems with my hair over the years (apart from keeping it cut and under control, that is!) So when I suddenly developed a seriously scaly scalp out of the blue last summer I was quite concerned, fearing all sorts of dire conditions and consequences, needless to say...
I tried several off-the-shelf medicated shampoos for some time, but to no avail. Finally I decided to consult my doctor, who immediately recommended this product. I'd never heard of Capasal and assumed it was only available under prescription, but I subsequently discovered it was also available 'over the counter'. Hence this brief review.
Following advice to use this daily, using the bottle cap as a measure, I found within a week or so that the symptoms had mercifully disappeared. No more scales or itching! So far, these have not returned and I've now reduced the frequency to slightly less than daily.
The only slight drawback may be the faint scent of coal tar. Personally, this does not bother me and is far outweighed by the benefits.
~~A unique solution?~~
According to the 'netdoctor' website (address below), 'There are currently no other medicines available in the UK that contain this combination of active ingredients'. Having said that, I do recall briefly trying an ointment containing similar ingredients and also a mousse of some sort; but I soon discontinued these, much preferring the simplicity and efficacy of the shampoo.
I make absolutely no claim to any specialist medical knowledge. While this brief review is purely an account of my own personal experience, I hope it may be of more general value or interest.
As with all medicines, you are advised to consult a doctor or qualified pharmacist before using this product.
~~Further instructions & information, printed and online~~
The package leaflet provides quite detailed information, including possible side effects, sensitivities etc. Some information may also be available online - see links below.
* It works for me!
* The slight lingering smell of coal tar may not appeal to all.
* More expensive than some better known alternatives
* netdoctor 'Capasal therapeutic shampoo' : www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100000446.​ ;html
[© SteveS001, 2011. A version of this original review may be found on other review sites]
Summary: Can't praise this therapeutic shampoo highly enough for what it's done for me