I apologize in advance to all of you who don't have access to this brand - though if you'd really like to give this a try I wouldn't mind hooking you up with a bottle (or tube, really) or two. Anyway, I'm doing something different today - reviewing a shampoo! Why? Because I think it's pretty great. But let's have a look at it first, shall we?
Let's lay down some basics about this first:
content: 250 ml/~ 8.45 fl oz
price: EUR 1.45/~ USD 2.00
- deep-cleans gently
- eliminates flyaways
- anti-grease formula
- refreshes and vitalizes hair and scalp
- moisturizes hair
- helps remove residues of styling products
- restores natural balance in hair
- for all hair types
- no silicones
First, let me talk a little about my hair, since I think it's important for you to know what my hair is like, so you can at least estimate if this would work for you as well.
I have long hair with a lot of baby hairs and flyaways and frizz - there's always something sticking up here or there. My hair gets electrically charged to the extreme if I straighten it; it will stick to any and all surfaces. It's naturally slightly wavy, though mostly at the ends. When my hair gets wet (and just a little bit of moisture suffices for this), it will curl and get even more frizzy. I have greasy hair and I'm struggling with dandruff. My hair quickly gets greasy again after washing.
Let me give you a bit of backstory as well, just so you know what the premise was: I'd been using head & shoulders for a while and liked it, but my hair still got greasy again soon after I'd washed it. I heard a lot of bloggers and YouTubers talk about deep-cleaning shampoos, and although I don't use styling products often (less than once a month, I'd guesstimate) I wanted to try one. But I didn't want to get an expensive one, because really, if you don't use styling products, I thought, what's the point? I was only gonna use it a few times a month, anyway. So I just got the Balea deep-cleaning shampoo since it's affordable and easily available to me.
I started using it in combination with my head & shoulders, but I didn't feel like it made any difference. I used up the first bottle (tube?) and didn't plan on buying it again, ever. But when I went back to using only head & shoulders, I felt like my hair went back to being greasy after washing more quickly than before. Being the genius I totally am, I deducted that the difference must have been made by the deep-cleaning shampoo, since I hadn't changed anything else. I just used up my second bottle yesterday, and it's actually the one you see above (and yes, those are water drops from the shower, I didn't sprinkle them on there for effect).
That's it for the backstory, now on to what this does for me.
I definitely feel like my hair stays clean a little longer than it used to - it still gets greasy again quickly, but I don't think it happens quite as fast. It doesn't eliminate my flyaways, but I have pretty much given up hope for that anyway. I haven't noticed any irritation from the menthol or the other ingredients. My hair feels soft and just generally nice. Also a plus: The price point is wonderfully low. I use this every time I shower, and I lather my hair up twice. Unfortunately that means I use it up quite quickly.
All in all, I have to say this is rated R for RECOMMENDATION! Worst pun ever? Maybe, but I laughed. Let me know if you'd like to see other reviews like this in the future, give me some constructive criticism! I've never written a review quite as detailed as this one, so I don't know the ropes yet. I'm aware I probably wrote too much, but there was a lot to talk about, and I felt like the details were important. Anyway, if you made it to here, congratulations. Here, have a virtual cookie.