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I'm one of those slightly unfortunate people that always has to use medicated shampoo to keep my scalp healthy. It annoys me, because it limits my shampoo choices. I also have hair that requires washing every single day, or it looks terribly greasy!
My mum bought Jason Dandruff Relief Shampoo, so I decided to try it. She prefers to buy toiletries that are 'natural'; not in the way that brands like Timotei or Herbal Essences attempt to convey by their inclusion of herbs and plant extracts, but ones that avoid certain substances, such as sodium laureth sulphate. SLS is used as a foaming agent in shampoos, toothpastes and shower gels. It has been associated with skin irritation. I'm not sure where I stand on the issue; I tend to use normal products and don't experience irritation, and have had problems when using the 'natural' ranges because they're so full of essential oils that they attack my skin! However, I had read that SLS is thought to encourage grease production on the scalp and may have a detrimental effect on the hair with prolonged use. It's also free from parabens, which are preservatives. Some people believe parabens may be bad for the health in the long term. Again, I am unsure.
This shampoo retails for about £10 per 350ml. The bottle I have comes with a pump top and is made of glass. The pump helps avoid getting too much of the product out of the bottle. You can find the shampoo in health-food shops, although Holland and Barratt don't appear to stock it on their website despite offering a few Jason products.
The bottle declares that the product contains MSM, Neem Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Colloidal Sulfur (it's an American brand), and Rosemary.
I wet my hair in the shower as usual, and used a blob about the size of a 10p piece. It smelt slightly citrussy and reasonably pleasant (at first!). It doesn't foam like normal shampoo, because of the lack of a foaming agent. It makes it slightly difficult to distribute it over the scalp, but it's not too much of a problem. It does take away some of the satisfaction of hair-washing, however! It rinses out fairly easily.
I found that it dried my hair out a bit. As I have greasy hair, this wasn't really much of a problem for me; it meant that my hair felt very clean. However, I do use plenty of conditioner on the lengths of the hair to compensate. My scalp remained healthy. I did notice a funny smell, though. I couldn't quite place it but it reminded me of an Elvive medicated shampoo I'd used previously. I then realised it must be the sulphur included, which is apparently the active ingredient in preventing dandruff. It smells a bit like tyres or rubber and it does linger on the hair. I've tried perfuming my hair and using pleasantly-scented conditioners, but nothing has worked. I don't think anyone else would notice it unless they sniffed my hair very closely, but I'm still not terribly keen on it. I also noticed a slight powdery residue in my hair on a couple of occasions, but this may be due to poor rinsing on my part.
I suppose the main advantage of this product is that it avoids using SLS and parabens. It does also get the hair and scalp very clean; it feels nice to the touch. It's expensive but a bottle will last a long time, and 'natural' products often are more pricey. However, the lingering scent puts me off. With short hair it may be less of a problem. In addition, the shampoo does contain dimethicone which is claimed to be a possible carcinogen. I'm rather cynical of those claims as they mainly seem to reside on websites with an agenda of selling 'organic' toiletries. The Jason shampoo is probably worth a try, if you don't mind the faint smell of old tyres.
I have also posted this review on Ciao.
Jason Natural Products provides all natural, relief to help control the symptoms of dandruff, scalp dermatitis and mild psoriasis . Dandruff is not a hair problem, it is a scalp condition / Treat your scalp with this Iaboratory-tested formula with an extra mild, and all natural combination of FDA compliant dandruff-control ingredients / Natural scalp soothing, healing, moisturizing botanicals are combined with aroma-therapeutic essential oils of Rosemary, Olive, Patchouli and Jojoba oils / MSM (Dimethyl Sulfone) helps to balance and condition the scalp to further prevent dandruff / Benefits Controls recurrence of flaking, scaling and itching associated with dandruff, Helps prevent seborrheic dermatitis ; ;