4you Beauty Board tests repairing shampoos
If you're never quite sure whether the ads for popular beauty products can be believed, relax. Our 4you Beauty Board is made up of veteran testers ready to try the latest when it comes to all things beauty. We'll share what worked and what bombed with the hope of making life a little easier for you. Check out our online database of reviews at TBO.com, search: Health.
Bioinfusion Daily Volume Anti-Aging Reconstruction Shampoo
Available at Walgreens, CVS and other stores that sell hair care products; $7.99 for 16 ounces
“Infused with annatto seed oil to help restore healthy looking shine and softer, younger feel.”
Rating: A -
Bobbi says: At first I had my doubts about this shampoo. I have color-treated hair and have to be careful. But the promotional material said it would be safe, so I washed my hair and used my normal conditioner after. It really did come out very soft with a nice shine. The next time, I decided to wash it without using a conditioner, as that would be a true test for me. (Many times other shampoos would leave my hair dry and hard to manage, so I would be forced to use a conditioner.) I have short hair and used a very small amount of the shampoo as it suds up quite well. It worked just fine, but I still like the feel better with my conditioner. Trying to be fair on this testing, I gave some to my daughter, Laura, who has long hair. She tried it both ways, with and without conditioner. It did feel soft and shiny without conditioner, but more so with. My granddaughter, Kelsey 12, with nice healthy long hair, didn’t see anything great about the shampoo. Side note: Even got my husband into the test with his oh-so-short hair and he approved. Overall we liked the shampoo and will use it in the future. So three out of four in my family liked this product.
Bobbi Lionetti, 72, is a retired military wife and volunteer.
Sebamed Every Day Shampoo
Available at most drugstores, including Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and Costco: $12.99 for 6.8 ounces
“For all hair types and sensitive scalp. Developed by dermatologists, this botanically-based shampoo protects the natural balance of your hair and scalp. (It) will not strip natural oils or irritate scalp as soap-based shampoos can.”
Jana says: This one was hard! Sebamed is a German company founded in 1957 by Heinz Maurer. Sebamed’s products are “clinically tested soap-free skincare products,” dedicated to improving skin conditions with no chemicals. I don’t have any scalp issues, but the shampoo did leave my hair feeling clean. However, it also felt dry, and my natural curls were limp and merely wavy the following day. The shampoo had a light, unobtrusive scent, but did not lather/bubble-up like regular shampoos. With a little research, I found that this shampoo does do great things for those with scalp issues and the product line promotes many skin-care items for those with skin problems. So ... if you have the need/want for natural skin products, try this line. I would love to know how it worked for you.
Jana Reicherter, 62, is retired after 41 years as a teacher at Ballast Point Elementary School in Tampa.
L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo
Available at Walgreens, CVS, Target, Walmart and other stores that carry cosmetics; $7.49 for 25.4 ounces
“Instantly and over time helps repair the five visible signs of damaged hair – split ends, weakness, roughness, dullness and dehydration – without weighing hair down.”
Kim says: Yeah, yeah, yeah – so you’ve heard it all before about my poor damaged hair and my ongoing search to find products that will help. Well, here’s a good one. L’Oreal’s new Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo made a difference right away – and, as promised, it seems to keep improving. My hair has more volume and it’s much shinier than usual. When I recently visited a friend I don’t see all the time, she kept staring at my hair and complimented me more than once. It might have been the fresh cut and color, but I don’t think so. I think it was just that my hair looks healthier. I’m fickle with shampoos, but I think I’ll stick with this one for a while. I can use every bit of help I can get.
Kim Franke-Folstad, 54, is the editor of 4you.