10 months ago
My hair: I'm biracial (African American and Caucasian). I have 2c waves mixed with 3a/3b curls. My hair is healthy, baby soft with fine strands, low density (thin due to PCOS), low porosity, and not color treated (virgin). So, I recently moved to a city with very hard water in a state notorious for extremely hard water. I had been doing my usual hair care routine, but noticed that something wasn't right. My hair seemed both oily and dry at the same time. My weekly Alberto Vo5 Kiwi Clarifying Shampoo wasn't cleansing my hair of all the mineral deposit build-up. So, I purchased 5 different clarifying shampoos with higher level chelating ingredients that were recommended for hard water. I am testing each one a week apart to see which I like best. I used this one yesterday (Sunday 3/24/2019). First, this shampoo will strip everything. Like, it will strip a thought out of your brain that you had five years ago! lol Not really, but this shampoo does have not just one chelating ingredient, but several. For instance, most shampoos have either Disodium EDTA or Tetrasodium EDTA. Either one or the other, but not both. Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo Three has: Disodium EDTA-Copper, Tetrasodium EDTA, Trisodium EDTA AND Disodium EDTA. All in one bottle, PLUS sulfates. This will definitely remove mineral deposits, chlorine, and product build up, but will also strip all oils and sebum. So be prepared to follow up with a good deep conditioner. In fact, follow it up with a deep conditioner and put some heat on it (like a steamer or a hood attachment for a dryer). This type of shampoo is great for deep conditioning because your hair cuticle is open and exposed for moisture retention, especially if you're low porosity like me. I liked this, but I think for me this would be best monthly or every few months, but I don't need this level of clarifying on a weekly basis. Please understand that my hair is healthy and NOT color treated... I can't imagine anyone using this on color-treated hair especially bleached. If your hair is damaged or color-treated, then you might want to consult a professional first. EDIT (WEDNESDAY 3/27/2019): I just wanted to add that my scalp still feels clean and happy a few days after shampooing with Shampoo Three. Usually by the third day I would need to shampoo with something milder (like a decyl glucoside shampoo like Shea Moisture JBCO shampoo), but not this time. If you have a consistently greasy, oily scalp and you want to "train" your scalp to go longer between shampoos, then you might want to try Shampoo Three to give your scalp and hair a good, thorough "reset". I've been very happy with my results. I highly recommend this shampoo for hard water areas and/or for people that use a lot of hair products and get frequent build-up.
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SkinCombination, Fair-Medium, Warm
HairBrunette, Curly, Fine