5.29.2017

30 Days of New Wash :: A Hair Story

I was gifted a free bottle of shampoo from the brand Hair Story in exchange for an honest review. It's called "New Wash" and is brand new to the market.

In addition to an honest review, I thought I'd log my experience with the shampoo.

Here is what New Wash claims to do:
"Say no to shampoo. New Wash is the new way to clean hair with aloe and essential oils – instead of detergent – to respect the natural moisture barrier. New Wash works on EVERY type of hair, and you’ll never need conditioner again to mask the damage that shampoo and detergent cause. Rediscover your hair, restore its vitality, and prepare to be amazed."

So, naturally I set out to be amazed and went to wash my hair 30 times using only this shampoo and recorded my thoughts, reactions and the results.

Before I start the log, I'll give a bit of my hair's story -- a Marta scalp history, routine, you know, just a little background information.  I wash my hair once a week since washing it every day has been proven to be bad for your hair. I shampoo and condition because that's how it's done. If I want to be technical, I actually condition first, and then shampoo because it's supposed to help protect the hair from the harsh chemicals in the shampoo.

Before I got pregnant, I had dry frizzy hair. I could literally go 10 days without washing my hair and having it get and look oily. However, to my dismay, pregnancy changed all that because now it only takes 2 to 3 days from the initial wash for it to look suuuuper oily (those darn hormones.) Because of that, I tend to use a lot of dry shampoo until the next wash. While using this wash, I'm gonna stay away from the dry shampoo and see if this New Wash helps with the oiliness.

Now, without further ado... 
Here is my experience with New Wash shampoo:

First Impression: The bottle I received in the mail is 8 fluid ounces and looks rather small. I'm not sure how it's supposed to last me 30 washes, but since I have shoulder length hair -- it might. It smells kind of minty and that's surprising since the only other shampoo I've encountered with a minty smell is Selsun Blue. I hope it doesn't tingle like SB though. I also looked up the retail price for 8 oz. of New Wash and it's $40 -- wowzers! This must be shampoo gold.

Wash #1: I ended up pumping about 12 squirts total for my thick shoulder length hair and that kind of worried me because I'm not sure if this bottle will make it for 30 washes. I will say that the squirts are rather thin, so maybe it will last... we'll see. Anyways, I did what the directions said to do and pumped the shampoo onto my hand then distributed into my hair, massaged it into my scalp and then took a comb to my hair before rinsing it out. No suds ensued in this process. I then rinsed which took longer than I expected. My hair felt pretty clean after that and pretty light weight. I was pleasantly surprised! I air dryed my hair and my natural waves were present without any fixative. We're off to a good start.

Wash #2: It's been about 5 days since I washed my hair last and up until today, my hair was fine. I woke up today and my hair looked like part of it was drenched in oil. It only took 10 pumps this time and I felt like it was maybe a little to much. I'm going to try 8 pumps next time. I massaged the shampoo into my scalp and then combed my hair before rinsing. As soon as I started to rinse, my hair felt instantly clean and fresh!

Wash #4: So, I dropped the bottle during my shower and the pump broke. I was pretty upset about it and was unable to fix it. I ended up squeezing the bottle and getting quarter shaped drops onto the palm of my hand. I did that 4 times before my hair felt completely covered in shampoo.

Wash #10: My hair is starting to get super oily from this shampoo. The first day this shampoo feels super clean and makes my hair look great, but come day three and I feel like my hair is glued to my scalp because of the oil my hair is producing. I hope that this goes away with time.

Wash #16: Hair still oily. I feel like with each wash it gets more oily and faster. I've also noticed that if I wash my hair with this shampoo and then using some type of styling product, I need to wash my hair the next day because it feels really stiff and uncomfortable.

Wash #24: I am super glad this trial is coming to an end because I can't handle the oiliness of my hair these days. I am prone to think that the oil levels are mostly due to my postpartum wacky hormones since I was noticing more oil secreting from my scalp before, but I find that this shampoo is really helping.

Final Wash + Impression: I am so glad this trial is over because I was having to wash my hair every other day when using New Wash. I'm hoping that I can regulate the oil levels of my scalp because this is getting out of control...

Here's What I Loved: 
- the smell :: the fact that my hair smelled minty was one of my favorite things about this shampoo.
- the idea that the shampoo is infused with essential oils.
- how clean my hair felt :: when you rinsed your hair, it felt like the dirt and grime from your hair was being stripped away.
- the way you washed your hair :: I loved not having to scrub like my life depended on it.
- hardly any dandruff :: this was AUH-MAZING! I loved not having flakes everywhere.

Here's What I Didn't Like:
- the oiliness of my hair increasing as I was using it :: again, maybe this is because of my postpartum hormones.
- the quality of the bottle :: the pump broke with one drop in the shower; making it very hard and time consuming to use.
- the price :: 40$ for only 8 ounces seems a little exaggerated.

All in all, I think New Wash is a good shampoo, it just wasn't for me -- at least not at this time. I am one of those people who can't stand oily hair and this just made me cringe toward the end. I don't know if the shampoo is to blame or if my body is going through some weird phase. However, I do think that the fact that it was able to regulate my dandruff levels was amazing! If my hair would go back to how it was pre-baby, I think this would be the shampoo for me.


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NOTE: 
I was given a bottle of New Wash free of charge for review.
However, this review is my own personal & honest opinion.
This review was not influenced by the fact that I received the mat for free.

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