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Neutrogena Therapeutic T/Gel Shampoo
Member Name: musicmad2020
Neutrogena Therapeutic T/Gel Shampoo
Date: 17/06/11, updated on 15/07/11 (305 review reads)
Advantages: Leaves hair impeccably clean, Effective at clearing dandruff
Disadvantages: Colour/Smell, Price, Possible side effects
I have been colouring my hair since I was 12, so I've always used shampoo's/conditioners specifically for pro-longing colour and repairing breakages as a result of endless colouring and styling. However since becoming a brunette, I've noticed my scalp has become dry, flakey and at times quite painful (to the point whereby parting my hair really hurts). It's something I have become conscious of and so I've been on the lookout for a shampoo which would clear up and treat my scalp. I initially was going to buy head & shoulders to clear up the problem, however I noticed T Gel Therapeutic shampoo on the shelf below it, for a cheaper price, also claiming to be an "effective treatment for Scalp Psoriasis, Seborrhoeic Dermatitis and Dandruff".
It should be noted that this product is packaged in a white box, so this is what you should look out for on the shelves. Inside, is a clear plastic bottle with a blue lid, and a set of instructions. The colour of the shampoo itself is not exactly what I'd call inviting - infact it reminds me of the leather cleaning shampoo we have for our sofa. The question is, is this shampoo any good?
There is a list of instructions to follow before application. There are also warnings stating not to go into direct sunlight straight after use, and also that it may dull blonde/highlighted hair because of the coal tar extract. Infact there are quite a lot of warnings and lists of possible side effects, so it's worth checking these out before use incase they cause a reaction. To use, it states you must wet the hair, lather and leave for a few minutes. Then, rinse it all off and repeat the process once more.
The product is a browny orange colour, and looks a little like treacle, although smells more like furniture polish. It's look and smell isn't exactly appealing, however I was willing to overlook this given it's meant to be a treatment. I managed to massage it in my scalp and lather it well, and left it for a couple of minutes. I was worried it may sting, given it's not only a treatment but states it must not be used on broken skin, but fortunately it didn't sting or tingle as I was expecting. When I rinsed my hair after both applications, the water turned an orangey brown colour so it was certainly doing something! It made the bath water look like Shrek's swamp though, so needless to say I didn't stay in it for long!
As I had given my hair quite a rigorous lather, it had left it a little knotty which is unusual for my hair. I applied some L'oreal Damage repair Masque mainly to the mid lengths and ends to ensure my hair was conditioned and smooth ready for drying. I was careful not to apply much to my roots, just incase this caused further build up/irritation to my scalp.
After I had finished drying my hair, I instantly noticed how clean it felt - the cleanest it has ever felt, bar when I visit my hairdressers after it's been washed/styled professionally. Although it states it takes 6 weeks of using this product 2/3 times a week to really take effect, I noticed an instant difference in the level of dandruff and dryness in my scalp - it's not absolutely perfect but there has definitely been an improvement. I can't get over the feeling of how amazing clean it feels. This leads me to wonder if infact half the problem of the "dandruff" was actually shampoo build up, as I have certainly noticed a massive difference just by using a different one, however this is a medicated treatment which perhaps is designed to clear away everything, including any build ups as it treats the scalp.
As for any difference in colour, my hair is dyed with "XXL Bittersweet chocolate", therefore isn't prone to dulling like blonde shades might with this product. I did notice my hair looked quite shiny and healthy after use, so certainly will not strip the colour as far as I can tell.
Some weeks later:
After using this shampoo on my hair for around 3 weeks now, and I am on my second bottle. I chose the larger size this time, which at £6.40 is very expensive but given my previous experience with it, I was willing to pay that, especially as it recommends two applications and I have very thick hair.
During the first bottle, I had also tried out "Head and Shoulders" for the first time, as I have been told this is fantastic for lightening/lifting the dark molecules I have in my hair. I thought it might also clear up the mild dandruff problem - kill two birds with one stone as they say. Unfortunately, my scalp had an unprecedented reaction to the use of H&S... my scalp has never been so bad and I'm just glad I didn't have to leave the house! Apparently, this is a very common reaction to this particular "miracle" shampoo - but either way I was sticking to the t-gel from now on. After about 3 separate washes with the t-gel shampoo, I am happy to report my reaction to H&S looked as if it had never happened, and my scalp was flake free. I am continuing to use this shampoo along with a coconut conditioner as apparently coconut oil is also very good for problem scalps.
Having a spell of dandruff might be a common problem amongst adults - but it's not something which will ever be attractive or glamorous. Before trying T-Gel shampoo, I had never heard of it before and infact I thought the brand was limited to skincare products... how wrong can you be! After my first use I felt a difference, and it certainly earned my respect when a deviation onto another brand caused the problem to worsen significantly. Yes it is pricey, smells funny and has potential side effects - but I am happy to report it most definitely works, for me anyway. It's not the sort of shampoo I'd use if I wanted my hair to smell nice, or if I was on holiday - but for when my scalp is playing silly beggars, then I know for sure this is a product which will cut through the nonsense and get straight to work. In the future I would like to see better advertising of this product, as from my experience I'd really recommend it.
Also available in Wilkinson's, Boots and many online retailers.
Summary: Definately better than Head and Shoulders