Thursday, February 04, 2016

The Shampoo We Need to Talk About

Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo

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.

Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo

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.

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  1. This sounds fantastic; although it's not proven, I too feel like my hair is shedding more than normal so perhaps this shampoo is the key! :]

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  2. This sounds amazing! I would never think to buy this because of the packaging, but it actually sounds great!

  3. I think I have to give this a try! Like you, I have long thick hair but it sheds at a ridiculous work, it's kind of a standing joke with my boyfriend that my hairs get everywhere - apparently he's found them at work >.<

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  4. My hair constantly falls out, yet somehow manages to stay redicilously thick. This looks interesting, my son loves the advert lol. I just worry if my hair didn't fall out how thick it would be... lol


  5. I would love to try Alpecin I've definitely noticed it in my dad's shower bag but never thought of the benefits I'd get from it!

  6. ooo... When this first came out I was super cautious because the advert literally claimed nothing other than we've sold 1million in Germany!.. But there is some scientific research that shows caffeine 'stimulates' hair growth in concentrated doses [don't go rubbing tea bags on your head basically!] ... you won't see any strong claims on the shampoo bottle because they probably haven't actually clinically tested their formula AND hair growth claims would likely make it a OTC or drug product which isn't as easy for us to buy! If you are concerned about slowing hair growth, then a caffeine shampoo is defo a worthwhile investment :D

  7. wowow. This post is amazing. Already heard good things about this shampoo from men before. Will try this now!!

    Kisses from

  8. I really need to try this, my hair is falling out at a ridiculous rate :( probably due to my illness and medication but it is sooooo thin it's awful :( I also suffer with oily hair so hopefully it will help both problems, thank you for the recommendation :) xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

  9. This was an interesting read, I've been trying to grow my hair more and find it gets greasy too - how quickly did your hair change?

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  10. Slightly annoyed that I've just come back from Boots as now I'm going to have to head back out to get this, haha. I've been searching for the perfect shampoo for ages and hopefully this one might just be it! x

  11. My hair falls out so badly and it's horrible, I used this shampoo last year, or one from the same brand, I think it was in a grey bottle and it worked so so well! I think I'll pick up another one :)

    Just Little Things xo

  12. I'm sure I'm losing too much hair too, so I might give this a shot!

    Lilies and Lipbalm

  13. I've never heard of it but it sounds amazing! I'm in!

    Mel |


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