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12 December 2013

Blousey Shampoo

As I've said in previous reviews, I've been dyeing my hair since I was sixteen years old. Before that, I took very little interest in it's maintenance and condition; I was much more interested in listening to the heaviest music around and talking about the millions of tattoos I was going to get once I turned eighteen. Who cared if I didn't brush my hair for days at a time? Or if I did, what did it matter if I back-combed it or straightened it to an inch of it's life? These problems only worsened with the introduction of hair dye. 

Which is why, when I hit my twenties, I realised with horror, that my hair was in an absolute state. It was brittle, it was limp, it was lifeless. To counteract this problem, I'd blow dry it and straighten it in the hope of hiding the frizz ball that would come from leaving it to dry naturally. Something had to change.

When I asked for a pot of Blousey for Christmas last year, I had no previous preconceptions, and only hoped that it would work wonders, given it's £18 price tag. Described as being rich and moisturising, I soon discovered that, on paper, this shampoo sounded like my perfect product - created to rescue hair that has been bleached, dyed, damaged or hair that is naturally dry and fragile, Blousey sounded too good to be true.

The main ingredients in the shampoo are bananas, an ingredient known for it's hydrating qualities. The hair is further hydrated with the addition of Cocoa Butter and Capacu Butter, both of which penetrate the strands deeply and allows your hair to hold onto the moisture. Blousey also contains Cloves, Pimento berries and Star Anaise which help to promote a hair scalp and hair regrowth as well as giving the hair a healthy shine. An all-rounded perfect concoction.

What I love about this shampoo, is that it's look and scent are incredibly natural. You can really smell the fresh bananas when you lift the lid, and it almost looks like the batter for a banana loaf. It has a sticky, gloopy consistency, which takes a little bit of getting used to. I also found that it doesn't lather up like you would expect from a shampoo; it's more like a conditioner in that sense.   

Blousey promises to hydrate the hair, leaving it stronger and in a better condition, and that it does. When you rinse the lotion out, your hair automatically feels super soft and tangle free. This experience is somewhat heightened when dry, as that's when you notice the reduced frizziness and natural shimmer that it brings to your locks.
I coupled this with Lush's Veganese conditioner, which I found worked in harmony to soften and moisturise my hair. My only qualm with this product, aside from the price tag, is that I cannot use it as a regular shampoo. I found that my hair became greasy if I used this too much in succession, although this could be due to my using it with Veganese, a product was also designed to moisturise the hair. Perhaps the partnership between the two products is too heavy for my hair.

I tend to use this more as a hair treatment as opposed to a shampoo, coupling it with Jasmine and Henna Fluff Ease for an intense moisturising session once or twice a month. Although it didn't work as a shampoo for me, I'd still recommend that you try this product as it's beautifully scented and does do exactly what it says on the tin. The price is a little on the high side but if, like me, you only use it a couple of times a month, the results you get from it will definitely justify the expenditure. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Fresh Banana, Pimento Berry Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cloves and Star Anise decooction, Ammonium Laureth Sulphate, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Cocoa Butter, Soya Lecithin, Lauryl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Cupuacu Butter, Perfume, Rose Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute, Rosemary Oil, Juniperberry Oil, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Citronellol.

Vegan?: Yes

2015 Price: £18 for 240g.


7 comments

  1. Aw, thanks, I really appreciate it :)

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  2. I have the same with Avocado co-wash. So I looked into it, and apparently if you use conditioner-heavy shampoo like Blousey & Avocado, your hair has to get used to not being stripped from all its oil. So while the co-shampoo leaves a lot of oil in the hair, your hair will produce more as if stripped. It takes ca. 6 weeks to adjust. I wasn't very keen on walking around with greasy hair for 6 weeks, so I use it like you: as treatment or conditioner.
    You can learn more if you search for co-washing.

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  3. Do you recommend this for daily use?

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  4. If your hair is dry enough yes. I personally make sure I have a clarifying shampoo like rehab or copperhead so that every now and then I can thoroughly cleanse my hair and scalp. I do this when I use blousey, avocado cowash or curly wurly as my main shampoos

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  5. I found the smell of this absolutely disgusting. I was surprised because I love the smell of bananas but this is just horrible to me.

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