I know I've mentioned before, but my hair gets really greasy. So, I'm a firm believer that using a clarifying shampoo at least weekly if not more, makes a huge difference in my hair. If you have greasy hair and use a lot of products, you definitely want to make sure you're using a clarifying shampoo to remove all that gunk from your hair.
The thing to remember is, not all clarifying shampoos are created equal. Some clarifying shampoos are made with chemicals and weird ingredients you can't pronounce and are definitely questionable as to whether they actually clean your hair or make it worse, let alone, are even safe to use. Like most things in my life, I prefer natural over chemical. Avalon Organics is an organic cruelty free brand that makes a variety of products, including skin care, hair care, body care, and baby products. They're a 100% vegetarian company, and most of their products are vegan. To find out which non-vegan ingredients they use, I sent an email to their customer service department, and this was their response:
So, all but their lip balms and baby products are vegan. Yay!
Back to the shampoo, here's the ingredient list:
Below are the pros and cons to this shampoo. I'll begin with the pros:
1) It smells like Lemon Pledge, which might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoy the smell. Maybe it's because I associate the scent of Lemon Pledge with my mom cleaning when I was a kid, so I associate it with cleanliness. Either way, it's a plus for me.
2) It's gentle enough to use every time I wash my hair, especially in the summer. This means I use it 2-3x a week. During the cold weather months, once a week will still give you the benefits of this shampoo.
3) I love that it's organic, as I prefer organic ingredients.
4) It makes my hair very shiny every time I use it.
5) My hair does feel genuinely clean after each use.
6) My hair is smoother and feels lighter after each use.
7) I feel like it truly does get the grease and oil out of my hair without stripping it of it's natural oils. My hair doesn't feel dry or brittle afterwards.
8) It's natural and not full of chemicals.
Now for the cons:
1) It's a very thin shampoo, which means I need a lot for my hair. I feel like I use more than I do with other shampoos because it is so watery.
2) Elaborating on what I said above, the price is high considering how much I need to use. The website has it for $10.50, but I bought it at my local food store for $7.49, and I think that's the regular price. I don't recall seeing a sale tag on there. Either way, at $7.49, $10.50, or anything in between, considering how much I use each time, I don't know if I would say it's cost effective for me. If you use it 1x a week (which I will once the winter hits), the price is more bearable.
Also, this is the part where I can't classify as a pro or a con, but I felt these tidbits were worth mentioning:
1) I don't want to say that it makes my hair too clean, but literally, after I rinse it out, my hair squeaks it's so clean. It's fine once I dry it.
2) The lemon scent does not linger after I dry my hair. My conditioner is all I smell after my hair is dry and styled.
Overall, I have already and will again repurchase this shampoo. Out of all the clarifying shampoos that I have used, this is my favorite. And I've been using it for years. My aunt, who's a vegetarian, bought me this way back when I was in high school to try, and I've been a believer ever since.
Have you tried this shampoo, or any other Avalon Organics products? What are your thoughts?