This is my first article for IMBB.
Today I am going to review the Sunny Arnica shampoo by Bakson. Ours being a typically hot, dry climate, most people in India suffer from problems related to dry hair. I have spent so many fruitless hours hunting through aisles in the supermarket for oily hair shampoos, but in vain. There’s every imaginable product out there, shampoos for damaged hair, frizzy hair, split ends, coloured hair, low density, hair fall, you name it. While there are not many consumer range products targeted at oily hair, one can always look at those manufactured by more expensive brands like L’Oreal Professional, TBS, etc. However, people with greasy scalps often need to wash their hair very frequently, so it becomes even more vital that a daily use product does not burn a hole in the pocket.
I came across this little gem in the least expected of places – in a chemist shop. That’s because Arnica is an old homeopathic herb, and has been used to treat scalp and hair issues, among its other medicinal benefits, since time immemorial.
Here’s a look at the bottle of Bakson’s Sunny Arnica Shampoo:
Price: Rs 80 for 150 ml. Bigger sizes are also available.
Main Ingredients: Extracts of Arnica and Cantharis
As you can see from the picture above, the packaging sucks. It totally looks like something purchased off a medicine shop counter. And it certainly won’t look very flattering sitting on the bathroom shelf with all those other fancy shower gels and pretty bath items! Moreover, aesthetics aside, it is not possible to store the bottle upside down, a major drawback considering the thick consistency of the shampoo inside. After half of it is over, I have often had to invert the bottle and shake it hard to let the thick liquid descend before I can squeeze the tough plastic and get some out. It comes with a very tight flip cap and I’ve never had it leak while travelling.
The colour is bright translucent green. I have noticed that creamy or opaque shampoos (as most shampoos are) are highly unsuitable for oily hair. This may be because they tend to have a moisturizing effect on my already overactive sebum flow. A more gel-like consistency is therefore more preferable.
On my first use, I found I could describe it in a single word – OVER DRYING . which is great for people with excessively greasy, but otherwise healthy hair. Since conditioners usually make my hair look oily the very evening I shampoo, I avoid them most of the time. Instead, I usually apply hair-oil to my hair the night prior to washing. This routine worked especially well for me with Arnica shampoo, which managed to extract all the oil from my hair, and left it squeaky clean, with bouncy, soft, and shiny hair. If you are not going to use a conditioner, it is important to do this, because your hair may become too dry from it. Prolonged use has significantly increased my hair volume and growth.
I’m not too crazy about the smell though. It has a typical medicated smell to it, which, however, is not very overwhelming or repulsive. I am used to it now and don’t mind it so much.
Pros of Bakson’s Sunny Arnica Shampoo:
1. Perfect for people who have extremely oily hair.
2. If you’re looking for an inexpensive but effective shampoo for everyday use, then this is it.
3. It is a natural/herbal product!
4. Medically proven to stimulate fresh hair growth, stop hair fall and increase volume.
5. Available very easily at your local chemist, homeopathic store, or Food Bazaar.
Cons of Bakson’s Sunny Arnica Shampoo:
1. Only suitable for oily/greasy hair. It’s a complete no-no for people with dry hair. Those with normal hair wanting to increase volume, may try with liberal amounts of conditioner.
2. The smell, being quite medicinal, may put you off. However, I got used to it pretty soon.
3. The packaging is bad and unsuited to the kind of product inside.
Will I repurchase? Yes!
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