Sunday, April 22, 2012

Review: The Body Shop Rainforest Balance Shampoo [UPDATED]

Hello, lovelies~ I don't usually review hair care products because I'm quite fussy about having products on my hair. A little background on my hair. I rarely, almost never, used a leave in treatment or hair serum, just because of that fact. I've only dyed my hair once while I was in high school at 2002. 

My hair gets oily quite quickly. I tried to wash my hair once every two days, but sometimes I ended up washing it everyday. Lately, I have been searching for a sulphate-free and paraben-free shampoo because I thought it would be better for my scalp and hair since it is less harsh. So, when I went to The Body Shop the other day, I bought the Rainforest Balance shampoo.

The Body Shop Rainforest Balance Shampoo

Availability: The Body Shop counters

I bought the miniature size because the full size is out of stock. It was in a set of two pairs, shampoos and conditioners. There is also a green wide tooth comb inside. To be honest, I'm a little excited when I saw the comb because this is my first wide tooth comb. ^__^
Rainforest Balance Shampoo Ingredients: Aqua, Sucrose, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Lauryl Betaine, Laureth-5 Carboxylic Acid, Propylene Glycol, PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Parfum, Sucrose Laurate, Sodium Benzoate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Alcohol, Citric Acid, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Lamium Album Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol. 
I checked the ingredients and they are free of silicones, sulphates, colorants, and parabens. The shampoo contains pracaxi oil, white nettle, seaweed, Community Fair Trade sugar, and aloe vera. I guess they're supposedly good for oily scalps/hair. However, I saw two ingredients (isopropyl alcohol and alcohol) that I tend to avoid in my skin and hair care products. Both types of alcohol is notoriously known for their drying properties because they evaporate rapidly (due to their low molecular weight). This may result in dry and frizzy hair in my condition.

The product itself has a subtle sweet and fresh scent that doesn't bother my nose too much. Since it is sulphate free, it is hard to lather this shampoo. I usually get lots and lots of foam using my Aussie Cleanse and Mend Shampoo, so it might take a while for me to get used to washing my hair with less foam. I don't see it as a huge problem, though. Once the shampoo is rinsed off, I feel my hair has a rough texture, even after conditioner.

After the wash, I pat dry my hair with a towel, but it feels like my hair is all crumpled up and tangled. After I've let my hair air dry on its own, my scalp feels fresh, but my hair is frizzy and it doesn't feel soft at all. I'm starting to miss my Aussie shampoo, at least that one takes care of my greasy roots, but still leaves my hair soft. I do realize that this is because the Body Shop shampoo lacks silicone, but I was hoping that they added a substitute for the silicone to produce a nearly similar effect in producing soft hair. 

Overall, I am in between my feelings about this shampoo. Deep down in my heart, I wanted to like it , but since it does contain alcohol, my hair tends to disagree on that. Remember that every person has a different type of hair, so if it might work for you, even though it doesn't on me. ^_^ / ♥

UPDATE: The reason why my hair is so tangly and rough at first was because the silicone build up on my hair getting removed by this shampoo. I've read that too much silicone on my hair can weigh it down, causing my hair to look greasy and limp a lot faster. Silicone also prevents nutrients from entering the hair shaft as it coats the hair thoroughly.

Right now, my hair feels soft and more volumized ever since I used a silicone free shampoo. It does great wonders to my hair if I wash it with a silicone free shampoo. It has been a month now and my hair feels smoother, bouncier, more volumized and has a texture instead of fine, greasy-looking, limp hair. 
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  1. Yay ! I've been eyeing this shampoo because they said its eco friendly blah3 but I can't really tell the good and bad ingredients. I'm so glad you're reviewing it :D

    1. Anon, your welcome. I'm glad you find this review helpful. ♡

  2. nice idea.. thanks for sharing...

  3. OMG I didn't realize it contains alcohol. no wonder I had the same experience with you. my hair was very dry, tangled and severely damage when I used this shampoo. I couldn't even manage to finish a bottle. only one third and then I threw it away. and it took forever to recover. yikes!

    Apparently, any nature-related words in a product's name doesn't always mean anything. What a gimmick.

    Great review, Stephanie.

  4. Marcelle, just goes to show that we still need to skim the ingredients list carefully. I let my guard down and bought this on a whim, lol. Luckily, my hair is doing much better now ~_~ Thanks for visiting, sweetie~

  5. The reason your hair feels dry and tangly when first using this product is because it's removing the silicone built up over the years. Silicone coats your hair to create a fake shiny smooth appearance, however it prevents healthy natural oils and treatment penetrating your hair shaft. This means even though your hair may appear to be in good condition it is actually becoming more and more damaged. When you remove all the silicone you can see this damage. I stopped using traditional shampoo and conditioner 10months ago and it took a few Weeks for my natural oils to do their job but now my hair is better than ever before, naturally, not faked by silicone.

    1. Thanks for the very detailed explanation. ^_^ Learning new things everyday~

  6. thanks for the review i was just going to buy this product but decided not to after your review. :)

    1. Hi, shosy! I forgot to update this shampoo review now that I've used shampoos without silicone in them. The reason why my hair was frizzy and tangly at first was because of the removal of silicone buildup caused by previous shampoos on my hair.

      Now that it's been over a month of silicone free shampoo, my hair is softer and more volumized rather than greasy looking and limp.


  7. Pake bahasa indo aja ya. ^^ Tanya dong...
    Itu kira2 baru sebulan ya keliatan efek jadi bagusnya?
    Selama sebulan itu gmana rambutnya?
    Kering dan frizzy gitu kah?
    Rambutku kayaknya kena over silicone ini... Jadi dull banget. :(
    Pengen nge-"detox". XD

    Dan btw, di antara shampoo-condi non silicone dan sulfate yang pernah dipake, plaing direkom yang mana? Hehe, kondisi orang emang beda2 si.. tapi tetep... pengen tau aja pendapatnya gmn. :)

    1. Omong2 aku nina. ^^ Ga ada akun blogger dkk, tadi browsing cari review produk ini, dapet link ke sini.... :)

    2. Hi! Kalo di rambutku sih karena ga terlalu panjang, sekitar 2 minggu, udah bisa kliatan juga efeknya. Pertama2nya, rambutku jadi kusut dan berasa kasar, cuman abis itu balik normal sih. ^_^

      So far shampoo yang non sulphate yang baru kucoba sih yang ini doang. Yang non silicone, aku suka yang dari Kiehls yang amino acid dan L'Occitane yang Volumizing Shampoo. ^_^

      Thanks dah main2 ke blog aku~

    3. Kmaren uda ke bodyshop cari ini. Moisture ma radiance si ada banyak... tapi balance yang 200ml stoknya habis. Miniature-nya juga ga ada. T^T
      Baru cari di 1 konter si... Mo cari di konter yang lain lagi. ^^
      Mungkin gara2 lagi ada promo akhir tahun ini kali ya... dan mungkin krn tekstur rambut orang Indo rata2 berminyak makanya lagi ga ada stok. >o<
      Makasiiiih ya. :)