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Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy - Total Nourishing Care S&C.

5 September 2013
So anyone who follows beauty trends, reads beauty blogs or frequents on beauty sites will most likely have read something about the Clear Scalp & Hair range. They offered samples for a 7 day challenge and since I'm on a spending ban and keen to try new hair products I applied for the samples. They arrived weeks later, long enough for me to forget about it.

When this little pack arrived I was excited and I did the same thing I always do when I get samples, I googled reviews.

The 2 main things that stuck with me were:
  1. People were saying their hair was falling out after using this.
  2. People were Everyone was saying it smells Ah May Zing.
When I read this business about hair falling out I was a little concerned. Obviously hair loss on your head is shit and no one wants it. Problem is my hair falls out at such a rate that I'm surprised I'm not bald anyway so I was kind of on the fence about this but I figured for the sake of beauty and the possibility of finding a great new product I took the plunge.
No directions of use.. Just blah, blah, blah.
I went on the Clear Hair website and had a read, mostly I was looking for directions of use, since this seemed like it was supposed to be a little different to your average shampoo and conditioner I figured maybe there was a recommended way to use it. Sounds plausible right? I mean, even the cheapest shampoo you can find at the supermarket has directions on the back.

Well I couldn't find any info there, I went back to reviews and re-read them hoping to find something and finally I went to google images to see if I could find a photo of the back of the bottles. Nothing (except one that was no longer available on the website it was orginailly on).

So there I was, sitting on my bed with my new samples which I was keen to try until I started researching them. Now they sounded pretty crap to be honest. No directions of use and bad reviews, what was I getting myself in to? A 7 day challenge apparently.
But this is bullshit too.
For starters if you wash your hair everyday you are doing it a disservice. I wash my hair 2-3 times a week and even that is probably one time too many. So already this isn't a 7 day challenge, it's either a 'however many times you wash your hair in a week' challenge or a '7 wash' challenge. I don't know which one though because there are no damn directions for use. How am I supposed to know how to get the best results if they don't tell me!

On the website it basically talks about making the scalp healthy to help produce healthy hair... Alright I'm not gonna talk to much about that but it lead me to believe that the conditioner should be used all the way up to the scalp. Hate this. My hair is fine, long and there isn't a whole lot of it so products in my roots weight it down. I thought to myself "Whatever it's only 7 days or 7 washes or.. I dunno. This whole damn thing is bloody confusing and I'm just going to use it how I want and blog about them"

Here is a quick break down of how I use the shampoo and conditioner:
  • Double cleanse with the shampoo (roots only). Started doing this a little while ago, hair loves it and not changing for anything or anyone.
  • Apply conditioner to ends and mid lengths, use excess product on hands to give my scalp a little massage.
  • Next time I'm washing my hair I do the exact same thing except I change the shampoo for another in my shower. Why? I don't know. It was just something my brain told me to do and I obeyed.
Now they do smell nice but I wouldn't rave about it, I'd describe it as 'fruity floral', kind of a generic nice smell which I recognise from other hair products. For those people freaking out with the 'OMG's and 'THIS SMELLS SOOOOOO AMAZING!!!!!11!' all I can say is, calm down and stop washing your hair with crap.

The shampoo lathers really nicely, I like that. Can not stand shampoo that doesn't give me a white fluffy afro. What can I say, I just like sulfates and since they don't give me problems I will continue to embrace them. I also find that even after a double cleanse my hair feels pretty awesome, usually shampoo leaves my hair feeling knotty and matted together and it needs a serious dose of conditioner but I don't have that issue with this shampoo. My hair feels fairly soft and silky, not quite what it does after being conditioned but a damn sight better that any shampoo I've used in the past. If I was in a time crunch I would be kind of ok with not conditioning.

Shampoo, typical consistency you would expect.
The conditioner is nice, I only need a little since my hair feels quite good after the shampoo anyway and it rinses out easily and my hair feels good afterwards. I like that too.

Conditioner, again typical consistency.
So what do I think?

First of all lets discuss the hair loss issue. I didn't have this, in fact my hair fall has been significantly less. Now I don't know if this is due to these products or the fact that I have started scalp massaging several times a week. Either way I'm (insert french word) stoked about this. I'm keen to keep my hair, I'm sure you can relate. My only speculation on why people might be experiencing excess hair loss when using this is possibly washing too much with the shampoo and not rinsing properly, SLS and SLES have been known to cause hair fall but this is due to not rinsing the product properly so wash the damn shampoo out of your hair properly people. Stop being lazy.

Since I can't find a skerrick of information about how this range is supposed to work (except something about lipids which I just don't understand - would be keen to read a post from The Science of Beauty on these products. Hint, hint Sarah!), I would have to say that this is a standard cleanse and condition set, there is no way I can rave about it because I just see no concrete proof that this stuff has done anything special.

Not a great photo but the reason I show it is because  the Sodium Laureth Sulfate is used interchangeably with Sodium C12-13 Pareth Sulfate. Both are ingredients that make your shampoo foam and are considered gentler that Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and in turn should be kinder on your scalp.

The condition of my hair hasn't changed, it's not better or worse it's just still my hair which I'm happy with because other than my year after year shedding it's nice hair and unless it's going to become thicker then there isn't much I would change.

Another thing I'm keen on is the price, $10 a bottle at Priceline and they can be as cheap as $4 each when on sale.

So has the 7 day challenge worked for me? I'm on the fence. I've been using it for more like 2 weeks, maybe even 3 now but like I said earlier, not every day and I alternate my shampoo. The rate of my hair fall has decreased and I'm not getting as much breakage. Can I guarantee that this is due to the shampoo and conditioner? No, I'm not comfortable making that claim but I can say it hasn't hurt in the slightest and I'd happily buy these products again.

But of course we must keep in mind that everyone's skin and therefor, scalp, is different. Taking in to consideration that people have claimed to suffer some pretty serious side effects when using these products I would recommend that if you choose to try this range that you use some common sense and monitor what is happening with your hair. Realistically you should be doing this with all products you use on your hair because your scalp is just as important as the skin on your face and body.

Have you tried any Clear products? What are your thoughts?

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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3 comments on "Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy - Total Nourishing Care S&C."
  1. Hi, I don't like the condescending tone of this post. The short sentences that convey your contempt aren't really doing it for a review post.

    I wash my hair daily because I have to, it gets extremely oily in 20 hours and I've tried to ease my way out of it but I just feel dirty and uncomfortable.

    Clear is okay, just like an other supermarket brand it's affordable so I'm not complaining since I haven't lost hair, it smells so good!

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

    1. The condescending tone is where it should be, I don't like products that make big claims and don't back them up with real evidence that is easily attainable and clearly stated, also I think products should come with directions of use.

      No where does it state how to get the best results from the product and that really annoys me. I assume that it's intended to be used every day because the challenge put forward is a 7 day challenge. I'm not saying that no one should wash their hair everyday, I'm just saying that it doesn't work for me, I also struggled with severely oily hair and it took me almost a year to get my hair to the point where I wasn't washing it on a daily basis. I'm not going to potentially ruin my hard work because a large company tells me to.

      I won't apologise for the way I review, I will always be completely honest about how I felt about the product and how it performed for me. Ultimately this was a positive review but the products have their down side and I won't apologise because I didn't sugar coat it.

      I think Clear is marginally better than the average supermarket brand and yes it does smell nice, although after reading 50 reviews with half of them consisting only of "It smells amazing!" you tend to expect big things and I think it smells just as nice as most other supermarket brand cleansers and conditioners.

      Thank you for your constructive criticism, I do appreciate you taking the time to read my post and letting me know what you thought.

  2. I've tried Clear a few times in the past :)
    I think its affordable and leaves my hair feeling lovely. I too love a frothy shampoo and feel like i get a better clean from it. But I've used non frothy shampoos in the past and think its just something we need to adjust to using cause were so used to the ol' frothy shampoo. :)

    I've tagged you in a get to know me tag hun x