Shampoo, we all use it and yet we seldom talk about it. When was the last time you and a few beauty loving buddies had a conversation about shampoo? Exactly. Truthfully shampoo very rarely gets me excited but if I could recommend one bottle of hair cleanser, it oddly would be Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo. Hear me out...
I'm sure we've all seen the bizarre adverts for Alpecin Shampoo, racing car sound effects and all - cheesy and if I am entirely honest off putting. I beg you to look past the annoying selling gimmick and try this out for yourself, especially if you find you shed more hair than you'd like to, have weakened hair and/or what to grow you hair a little quicker than average.
As you may or may not be aware, Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo is aimed at those suffering from hair loss. If you know me in person, you may be scratching your head wondering why in the world I of all people own or use such shampoo - I have hair as thick as rope and long enough that I can nearly sit on it, I really should cut it. Well not so long ago, I was convinced I was loosing more hair than normal, I became obsessed with checking my hair line and scalp and began researching products to counteract the problem. It turns out it wasn't all in my head, my iron levels were low and hair loss is a very common side effect of such deficiency. Other than finding a great new shampoo in the process, I did quickly learn that hair loss is no joke.
The shampoo in question is of course Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo - a typically aquatic scented, low foaming scalp treat that contains not only caffeine but also Salicylic Acid and Piroctone Olamine. The idea is that the caffeine within the product is absorbed by the scalp and hair root, resulting in stronger less prone to both breakage and premature loss. I also find that as the hair is not been shed as quickly it does tend to grow a little quicker - this is not in any way backed up by any scientific evidence just my own musings and regular use of this shampoo. If that is not enough, the Salicylic Acid and Piroctone Olamine make light work of dandruff and in my experience help clear any blemishes on the head/shoulder area - bizarre I know.
I will be entirely honest in saying that this is not the most delicate of shampoos and as such not one I would recommend for daily use. As someone with naturally oily hair, I find Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo a blessing; it has allowed me to train my hair to go two to three days without washing and as such my hair is in better condition. I wouldn't say Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo is overly drying but it is not by any means moisturising, on the plus side it does remove product built up with ease and doesn't leave my hair over cleansed and fluffy.
Yes I might be on the receiving end of a few odd glances when I pull a bottle of Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo out of my bag in the gym, but trust me when I say it is honestly one of the best shampoos I have used. Consider this my little beauty secret.
Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo £7.49 via Boots - link.