T/Gel Shampoo & Conditioner
Hi my fellow beauty fanatics, I’m feelin’ the fever of fall already, especially after being alerted to the reappearance of the Brazil Nut range at The Body Shop (they are currently having an online exclusive limited edition release on the Japanese site!!!) which has a toffee nutty chocolately scent that sends my foodie heart to heaven.
The Brazil Nut range is my absolute fave in their whole collection and I was seriously sad when they discontinued it years ago. Why remove a such a great thing from their store? Perhaps it has something to do with the raw material they were sourcing.
I keep reading about how careful they are to trade fairly with communities who produce these precious ingredients. I’m definitely stocking some of these yummy bath treats for when the weather cools down.
Speaking of nice-smelling products, I’ve something for you that is probably less than “nice” – lol! What do I mean? Why would I recommend products that don’t smell good? Because they bloody work when you have a hair problem(s).
As a general rule, I tend to stay away from products that do not have olfactory appeal, no matter how well they work, but I make an exception for Neutrogena’s T/Gel Shampoo and Conditioner because I think I may have found a cure for persistent greasy scalp.
Believe me, I’ve tried many types of clarifying shampoos but they never really tackled the root of the problem and just treat the symptoms of oily scalp – by removing the excess oil.
Now I know that the T/Gel range is marketed as a dandruff solution and my ego does feel the pinch when I personally do not experience a flaky scalp. But as you know, I had a close up of my scalp photographed and there is such a thing as unflaky dandruff. What is that, you may ask? Well, basically it is dandruff that is caused by too much sebum (oil) and it “sticks” to the scalp and its presence is quite stealthy since it doesn’t flake. It just looks like extra skin surrounding the follicle. The build up of sebum causes a vicious cycle of producing more of this unflaky dandruff and then clogs up your follicles more, and the accumulated crap on your scalp makes you greasier and greasier.
The active ingredient is coal tar (doesn’t that sound absolutely industrial?!) and apparently it causes dead skin cells to be sloughed off from the scalp very effectively but has a tendency to have a drying effect on hair. But what’s great is the conditioner that accompanies the shampoo – you massage the conditioner onto your scalp and hair which make them super soft and moisturized.
In the beginning of discovering this system, I used it almost daily until I felt the oiliness was under control, then I used it every other time I shampooed, i.e. I would alternate with regular shampoo, and two days later, use the T/Gel system. Now that my scalp is truly not problematic, I just use the T/Gel system once a week which means every two washes, I reach for it.
I might use it less now that my scalp is “behaving”. I can safely say my scalp is not gross on the second day now and I can wash my hair on the third day. I might use some dry shampoo to tide me over but I definitely need to wash my hair by the end of the third day. This is a vast improvement from the days when I would frantically find time to wash my hair every single day, no matter what season it is, because the oilies would plague me as soon as 12 hours after washing it.
These products are unfortunately unavailable in Japan so I ship them in from Chemist Warehouse in Australia.
So if you have a similar problem with oily hair/scalp, this could be your saviour. There are probably different causes for oily hair but do give this a go if you are at your wit’s end. Okay, public announcement over. Haha.
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