My hair is a disaster zone recently. For several reasons. Dousing it with heavily chlorinated water 2-3 times a week doesn’t really help, but because I monkey-ed around with my hormone pills, it’s lost a lot of its shine and gloss. It feels strung out and dry at the moment and I miss the way it used to look.
I’ve been using Pantene, but honestly? It hasn’t helped. I’m going to have to go back to basics to try and put some semblance of life back into it.
So I need to go and re-stock up on this:
I should never have stopped using this. I was lured away by an ASDA sale and the idea of a big brand name. I should have remembered what Elle Woods said. ‘The rules of haircare are simple and finite’. And top of the list has to be ‘Stick with what works and don’t try to be a clever dick’.
Alberto Balsam can be found at the cheap end of the range in most supermarkets, discount stores and even in the pound shops. Yep, it’s about £1 per bottle of shampoo or conditioner, and they make several varieties.
My husband uses this:
His argument is that he doesn’t have enough hair to merit conditioner, and this does the job just fine for washing. It smells nice too – it actually has an apple-y tang, which is more than can be said for some of the more expensive brands!
The ones I favour, the white ones, are Coconut and Lychee. They’re the formulated pair for ‘Detangling’ – which was something I really needed when I had hair down to the small of my back. It’s bobbed to about my shoulders now, and I want it shorter. The thing is – not only was it great for getting the tangles out of my hair, it left it in fantastic condition. It was shiny, glossy without being greasy, weighty without being heavy and it held a style really well if I wanted to use straighteners or curling tongs. Also, it has a smell reminiscent of actual coconut. I have no idea what a Lychee smells like, so I can’t comment on that part…
I should never have stopped using this. I will be going back to the supermarket on payday and stocking up with plenty of it. At £1 per bottle, it makes a mockery of the products that cost over £4 each.
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