Dreadlocks Shampoo Review: Tea Tree & Rosemary Shampoo Bar
OK yall this is a quick review of a shampoo I just received from Bucks County Soap Factory: Dreadlocks Shampoo. I bought the Tea Tree & Rosemary shampoo bar. Ingredients per their website: saponified oils of organic coconut oil, organic unrefined first press extra virgin olive oil, organic castor bean oil, beer, china white clay, organic essential oils of tea tree and rosemary. Tea tree's benefits are: treatment for oily and dry scalp, dandruff, itchiness, and has antimicrobial/septic/viral properties. Rosemary's benefits include all the above plus it helps stimulate hair growth.
First impression was WOW the scent smelled beautifully and strong, but not overwhelming. It looks like a standard bar of shampoo, but is imprinted with "LOCS". I give the company itself 4 thumbs up for two reasons: 1) A hand written thank you note on the receipt shows the company truly appreciates its customers and 2) They included a free sample of Dragon's Blood.
Like all shampoo bars the lathering of the soap is poor in comparison to chemical shampoos, but that is to be expected and is actually a good sign. Before I washed my hair suffered from small amounts of dandruff due to dry scalp (some dandruff is due to excessive oils). As I washed I could feel the dandruff on my scalp becoming oily again, which means the shampoo was doing it's job to lift dirt/dandruff off and away from the scalp. The first wash didn't seem to do the trick so I repeated. The 2nd time my scalp felt bare of all excess oils/dandruff. The shampoo left my hair feeling oily, but as my hair dried it felt moisturized not oily.
A day later is when I notice negative symptoms of the shampoo. I wake up the next morning and I notice more dandruff on my pillow than usual. I inspect my hair and scalp in the mirror and notice more than normal amounts of dandruff. My scalp also felt noticeably tight, which is an indicator of dryness (in my case anyways). I'm not too sure what went wrong (besides the drying effect of the shampoo of course). Upon further research of Tea Tree oil I learned that it is a strong astringent and if not used correctly it can make dry skin even drier.
Though I am unsatisfied with the results from this shampoo I still am a fan of the company and their other products...just not this one. If you have oily skin this shampoo is perfect, but if you have dry skin use this shampoo sparingly or not at all.
PS- So "medically" dandruff is not the same as a dry scalp. So I guess what I have isn't necessarily dandruff, but just dry skin, which can be caused by dehydration, excessive washing, washing with water not cool enough, LACK OF SECRETED OILS (common problem in the black community), or change in the seasons.