Product Type: Tesco hair care products
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Tesco Tea Tree Shampoo
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Tesco Tea Tree Shampoo
Advantages: Has helped me prevent an outbreak of headlice at home, a reasonably decent shampoo
Disadvantages: Leaves my hair feeling dry and tangled at first, hard to rinse out of Hollie's hair
I bought a bottle of Tesco's Tea Tree Shampoo after an emergency meeting at school. There had been, apparently, a major outbreak of headlice in the school and while Year One were largely unaffected all parents were asked to some some kind of tea tree based headlice repellent in an attempt to kill off these revolting little pests. That's the headlice, not the kids. I already use Vosene's excellent version but find these days it's making Hollie's hair dull, so I decided to take the advice of the school nurse (who chaired the meeting) and bought this mega cheap bottle.
At 88p for a 750ml bottle I wasn't expecting much; I opened the bottle before buying to check it smelled Tea Tree enough to be effective in the battle of the bugs and was reassured by a relatively strong aroma, although it's not as harsh as the Vosene shampoo and smells a little creamier overall. I think it's much better suited to young children with this more gentle fragrance as sometimes Hollie's hair would still smell quite strongly of Tea Tree even a couple of days after washing with Vosene, while I do like the fresh fragrance of Tea Tree I'm glad this one has been toned down a little really.
This is quite a thin shampoo and it's ridiculously easy to squeeze out more than you need. The bottle has changed significantly recently and rather than the 'eugh' bottle you can see above it's now packaged in a cylindrical bottle which to me looks more stylish, in an Avon kinda way. It lathers beautifully, much better than I was expecting based on the price and thin appearance of the shampoo - I recommend making sure your hair is dripping wet before application as this will help the bubbles build up, I sometimes add more water to Hollie's hair mid-lather if I notice the shampoo is starting to become stubborn as she likes a head full of bubbles in the bath!
On my own hair I find rinsing the shampoo out is a quick and easy process, but it seems to cling to Hollie's much younger hair and I have to run the shower over her hair for an age before I'm confident that it's all gone - I can always tell because during the rinsing process there's a slightly sticky feel to her scalp, I have to wait until this sticky feeling has gone and then rinse a little more to ensure the length of her hair is free of shampoo. The main reason I'm so vigilant with rinsing this shampoo is basically because if even a small amount is missed it makes her scalp itch badly, I actually thought she'd caught headlice after I'd been using this Tesco shampoo for a week as she kept scratching behind her ears - a thorough combing revealed nothing and I quickly realised it must have been the effect of shoddy rinsing due to the fact that hair wash time that morning had been a very rushed affair!
I'd say this shampoo cleans adequately, no better. It doesn't leave hair shiny and immediately after washing we've all noticed our hair is ridiculously tangled up and dry feeling, having said that it's not a particularly drying shampoo but it does make our freshly washed hair quite hard to manage at first brushing. This can be helped by using a good conditioner afterwards (not the matching Tea Tree one, which is frankly rubbish) but I always worry that I'm taking away from the repellent properties by using a conditioner with a different fragrance which could, in theory, mask the all-important Tea Tree smell. I wash my hair once a day but even with such a short time in between washes I find that my hair feels and looks dirtier than it should, my hair also lacks shine when I use this particular shampoo for any period of time so I tend to go for something else personally. At five years old Hollie's hair has a gorgeous shine anyway, and the shampoo doesn't spoil this but I notice her hair needs washing more frequently now I've been using this Tesco version - this isn't a biggie as she baths every day anyway, and it's no extra effort to wash her hair than to tie it up on non-hair wash days but I wish the cleansing aspect was a little better in all honesty.
Nit-wise, Hollie hasn't picked them up despite being good friends with a little girl whose mother doesn't seem to care that she's crawling with lice. This was also the case with Vosene, so I suspect the Tea Tree properties are just as good in this cheaper bottle of shampoo - please note here that using this shampoo won't get rid of headlice if your child has already caught them, it may force a single rogue headlice off the hair but once the (uber fast) egg laying process has begun then you'll either need to follow the wet combing method or buy a more specialised headlice treatment. I personally do believe it helps to protect children (adults too I suppose) from catching them in the first place so during term time I'll continue to use this shampoo, or maybe I'll go back to the Vosene one as I prefer the cleaning abilities and also how soft it leaves our hair in comparison to this one.
Summary: A nice enough shampoo and cheap to buy, unfortunately it's not cleansing enough for me