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Ahh.. hair, we all love it. We either want more, want less, want more volume, want it in different places, want less in different pla.. well, you get the picture. :).
I ordered my bottle of Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo.. that's a mouthful, from www.amazon.co.uk it would seem Avalon are based in the US so naturally it is imported from there before being delivered to consumers in the UK.
The delivery was prompt, as to be expected from a retailer of amazons stature. As I ripped at the box like a child eager for his presents at Christmas and after unfurling the bubble wrap I was presented with a medium size bottle of shampoo, not to dissimilar to the photo of it above this review, in fact, remarkably the same!
On the front of the label Avalon kindly tells us what the shampoo is and the ingredients it features. Now, I am not someone that suffers from MPB and I would certainly not recommend it as a solution to those that do, it does not cure baldness and is not intended to, but what it does claim to do is to give you a healthy scalp and therefore improve the health of the hair that you DO have.
I do have a personal interest in all things herbal, nutritional, and I am a bit of a naturalist so the main reason for my purchase of this shampoo was the fact that it contained no harsh chemicals or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (Something that in small increments is harmless in most shampoos but the fact that it is used to clean drains and sewers isn't exactly riveting).
I first opened the cap to have a quick smell and found it pleasant and not especially overpowering either. Sort of like lemon mixed with a hint of tcp giving it a overall herbal smell. You get a generous 400ML for your hard earned cash, and although this doesn't sound like a lot this stuff will last you ages!.
Now, onto the ingredients on the bottle it claims it is 'fortified with biotin, saw palmetto and wheat protein for a healthy scalp and thicker, fuller hair' I am familiar with all those ingredients.
Biotin is found in many foods including eggs, nuts, and dairy in general and is well known to be good for the hair, skin, and nails, I know little of the effects of Biotin applied topically but can only presume that it will be of some benefit however minor.
Saw Palmetto is thought to help manage DHT (one of the precursors for baldness in men and women) although evidence of it's efficacy is still quite sketchy.
And Wheat Protein presumably is a protein that the hair and follicles can absorb to improve the strength of your hair.
According to Avalon Organics the shampoo can be used to 'Maintain Healthy Scalp', 'Nourish Follicles'. 'Help Restore Thinning Hair' (Not saying it will GROW new hair)
'Strengthen Hair Strands'
'Boost Body and Volume'
The ingredients Avalon included in this shampoo are from my own experience and personal research useful for the things the shampoo claims them to be. However, it would be silly to assume this is somehow a cure for baldness or going to grow new hair for those that are thinning overnight.
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Now to the bath, I have suitably wet my hair and prepare to lather the shampoo into my hair.. oops.. I realise this doesn't lather TOO well, I presume that this is due to the lack of SLS which isn't necessarily a bad thing and certainly not something that would dissuade me too much from the shampoo. It sinks into the scalp very well actually and I experienced a slight tingling sensation as I massaged it into my scalp, pretty cool actually!
It rinses out perfectly well and the smell doesn't overpower you either, once my hair had dried I could feel how soft and see how shiny my hair was it looked fantastic, and I was especially happy there were no harsh alcohols that strips your scalp and hair of it's natural oils and this was something that reflected in my hair after I had used Avalon's shampoo.
Overall a great natural and green product, I would recommend it to others but the lack of foaming and herbal smell may be enough to put some people off, it is also quite pricey at around £7 but it lasts absolutely ages so is well worth the money.. I would advise all those looking to improve their routines that have a vested interest in using a more natural range of products to try this out. :)
After reading recommendations from hair related forums, I switched to Avalon Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo for my fine and limp hair and suitable for daily use. What made me buy this shampoo is because of its ingredients - it is free from artificial colours, synthetic fragrances or parabens. The product has a few key ingredients - biotin, saw palmetto and wheat protein - which supposed to help:
- Maintain healthy scalp
- Nourish follicles
- Help restore thinning hair
- Strengthen hair strands; and
- Boost body and volume
The product also has:
- No sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate
- No harsh preservatives or grapefruit seed extract
- 100% vegetarian ingredients
- No animal testing
The packaging is a simple plastic bottle, with an easy to open top lid. The bottle is dark blue (slightly translucent) with a beige and blue colour label. The shampoo is only available in 400ml.
==Smell and texture==
The smell reminds me of Strepsils, lemon flavour, or any other lemon medicinal product. Some people might not like this but I find it very pleasant. The texture is a little thick, so I do not feel like I need to use very much. It lathers pretty well, but not as much as other generic shampoo products.
The feeling on the scalp is fresh, like using a slightly minty shampoo. I love the product as I feel that it does help to thicken my hair immediately after wash. Generally, my hair is slow to grow but after using the product, I feel that my hair have been growing faster. While it does promote hair growth, I do not think that this product helps with balding.
The product does:
- Promote hair growth
- Thickens and volumise
However, it does not:
- Help with balding (the product did not promise to do so).
I recommend the product.
Purified water, organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium cocoyl sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium cocoyl sarcisinate, vegetable glycerin, serenoa serrulata (saw palmetto) fruit extract, panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5), biotin, thiamine, pyridoxine, niacin, riboflavin, polyquartenium-10, wheat protein, soy protein, citric acid, soyamidopropalkonium cloride, jojoba oil, organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexyglycerine, organic rosamarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil and other essential oils.
Avalon Organics, Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo, 400ml
Retails for £9.02 on www.amazon.co.uk (but I've seen it selling for £8.00).