This winter has stretched SO long this year! Today only, there were hailstones everywhere, which was really awesome! I love winter and hailstones, but the problem is that with winter comes a host of problems related to our skin and hair. One of my major persisting problems has been dandruff, over the years, and related hair fall. Sometimes, I have oily dandruff, and in winters, I tend to have a dry, flaky scalp with dandruff. I was really upset because my regular hair stylist told me he could see the dandruff prominently, and I decided to chuck out all the SLS products and use SLS free products instead. I was using the Organic Surge range, but I didn’t find it very good, since it made my hair more tangled and dry. So, I searched and decided to try the Tea Tree shampoo from Jason Naturals. Jason Naturals has been making natural products since 1959 and is one of the most trusted brands for natural products.
This normalizing shampoo gently cleanses and nourishes to minimize dry, flakey skin build-up on the scalp. Australian Tea Tree Oil, known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungicidal properties, is combined with Grapefruit Extract and protein to purify and fortify hair follicles while soothing Calendula, Hops, Sage Extracts and Wheat Germ Oil, helps relieve discomfort of itchiness. Gentle enough to use everyday, hair is soft with added volume, luster and manageability (details taken from their website).
Directions For Use:
Use at least three times each week. Wet hair and lather, massage onto scalp. Rinse and repeat if desired. For best results, follow with Jason Tea Tree Conditioner.
INR 1250 in India, and $9.78 in US for 17.5 fl oz.
Water (Aqua) , Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Lauryl Glucoside, Babassu Oil Polyglyceryl-4 Esters, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Algae Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (1), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (1), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (1), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract (1), Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract (1), Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract (1), Citric Acid, Glycerin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Lecithin, Panthenol, Potassium Hydroxide, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropyl Sulfonate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Sulfate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol (1), Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid , Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal , Hydroxycitronellal , Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Fragrance (Parfum)
(1) Certified Organic Ingredient.
It is a huge bottle of 17.5 fl oz and this is the only one that seems to be available for this variant. It comes in a plastic bottle, which clicks shut satisfactorily. It has an opaque outside, so we can’t really see how much is left. But considering that most shampoo bottles are like this, it’s sort of okay. The most annoying thing is the huge bottle, because you can’t travel with it unless you use a smaller bottle for it. But given that smaller bottles would be relatively more expensive, I am fine with it.
My Take on Jason Normalizing Tea Tree Treatment Shampoo:
So, I have been using this for a few weeks and I am ready to review this now. I used this 3 times a week, on alternate days, as advised on the bottle. My hair usually gets greasy after 2 days of shampoo. My scalp is pretty oily, so my hair gets greasy really quickly, but my scalp still flakes and itches, and I don’t know why! It’s like I have the worst of both worlds!
So, firstly, it doesn’t lather much. Actually, it lathers really less, and I was kinda expecting it, but it lathers even less than Organic Surge, but the trick is to mix it with a little water and then apply it to your scalp so that it lathers fine. It is a clear liquid and slightly runny in consistency. It smells of tea tree oil and I really like the smell. It’s fresh and balanced, not overpowering at all.
When I applied it to my scalp, I expected it to tingle like the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo which is very cooling, but this one doesn’t tingle, just feels nice. I massaged it onto my scalp for a while and left it for around 5 minutes then washed it off. The first thing I noticed is that my hair did not tangle, like it did with Organic Surge. It felt pretty soft and smooth. I used some conditioner nevertheless, and the result was pretty good. Easy to comb, tangle-free hair. It felt very effective in removing product build-up too, like hair spray I used. I have yet to see how it fares with removing oil since I don’t apply oil religiously.
Now comes the best part, my boyfriend told me after the first wash that he saw much less flakes on my scalp! I was like “What?!” I didn’t even need to ask. Over the next few washes, the flakes have reduced considerably and I’m expecting the dandruff to be gone! Yoohooo! I don’t have a very serious dandruff problem though, so maybe it is because of that, but it was pretty upsetting for me, and now it’s much lesser. Added benefit – lesser hair fall! It actually did it, even without promising to!
This is how my hair looks when I used this. It didn’t help much with volume.
Now for the criticisms – Even though it says sulfate free, there’s a huge list of chemical ingredients in this, so it’s not really as natural as we would like. Also, it contains some suspiciously named ingredients like “Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate,” “Sodium Co-co-Sulfate,” “Sodium Sulfate,” some alcohols, and even Sodium Chloride which is table salt! I don’t really know how related these are, but they are from the sulfate family, and I don’t want alcohols and salt on my head! I felt sort of cheated that a product claiming to be natural had these ingredients. But then again, I believe a lot of the hype around SLS is actually pseudo-science, which we give into (and admittedly, I gave into it too, but I am still not very convinced) so I will continue to use it. Also, since I need to finish this huge bottle before moving on to something else.
Pros of Jason Normalizing Tea Tree Treatment Shampoo:
- Gives soft, smooth, clean hair, which is tangle free.
- Doesn’t dry out the hair, or strip it of its natural oils.
- No parabens, SLS, or phthalates.
- Contains tea tree which is helpful in tackling dandruff.
- Smell is pleasant and lingers for a while.
- Removes product build-up effectively.
- Lathers fine when mixed with water.
- Reduces dandruff from first wash!
- Reduces hair fall.
- Doesn’t tingle a lot, so good for those who don’t like it.
Cons of Jason Normalizing Tea Tree Treatment Shampoo:
- For a product claiming to be natural, it has a lot of chemicals, and some from the sulfate family, and some alcohols too.
- Bulky packaging, not useful for travel.
- Isn’t available in small sizes.
- Pricey in India.
Since it is working well for me, I am rating it pretty highly, although I am disappointed by its ingredients, which is the main reason I really bought it, but you can give it a try and see how well it works out to be. I might repurchase depending on how well it keeps working. If it banishes my dandruff, I’m never leaving this one!
Take care, until next time!
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