Hair colorists are human beings: they are not perfect. So I couldn't get angry when my colorist of three years screwed up back in January. The mix he made was different, turning my natural black hair color to a weird, ashy mess instead of the desired chocolate brown. He was pretty confident it was going to fade in the sun; it didn't. But I let that one slide. I should have voiced my concern more strongly, but I was in a hurry and didn't have time to bitch. I recently returned last week as my natural hair color had grown out again. Again, for some strange reason, it went the same color of cigarette ash. It was the weirdest thing and I made it clear that I was unhappy with it. He, too, was confused and it was obvious something went wrong with the mix. Again, as I said, I have seen him for three years and have been completely happy but the last two times, I'm starting to think maybe he was drunk. Who knows? So he added another coat or something bleachy (I didn't question, I never do...sigh) and it put my scalp on fire. My head fried. I couldn't bear more than ten minutes but he promised it would lift the color.

It sort of did. Not really. Again, not incredibly happy but not upset enough to complain. After all, it's hair and mine grows rather fast. The more pressing issue at hand wasn't my hair color but my scalp. Incredibly damaged. Not to gross you out but the dandruff was out of control, some flakes seemingly as large as saucers. Embarrassing.

In this scalp damage crisis, I knew I had to be pretty picky about what I was going to put in my hair to recover the scalp. It came down to a few choices but Max Green Alchemy was ultimately my top choice. A little bit of research (including Marta's review of MGA Conditioner) swayed my decision, not to mention I am a big fan of the hair products I have used. So I wasn't reluctant to give the Scalp Rescue Shampoo a shot. MGA's shampoo is vegan, packed with awesome botanicals, essential oils and vitamins. There's no SLS, parabens or petrochemicals, and one of the finest attributes is its ability to help treat psoriasis of the scalp, seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff. Or, in my case, a severe case of scalp grossness.

It has all the goodies one needs to repair damaged scalp. Tea tree is a top ingredient, and known to help dandruff and scalp relief. This was a priority for me for obvious reasons, and the fact there was lemon tea tree in it was also a benefit. I was also happy to discover neem, an antioxidant I've been getting friendly with. If you read the ingredients, you'll notice tons of yumminess that you'd want to put in your hair, as well as some less commonly used ingredients like coltsfoot, burdock and yarrow (not a lot of info during research but botanicals do more good than harm and I'll take these over parabens any day).
The scent of it is incredibly aromatic, a burst of lemons and the shampoo itself is a nice, thick consistency.

As for my scalp? It says MGA deserves a medal.

And my hair colorist? Three strikes and he's out.

Ingredients
Purified Water, Aqueous Herbal Extract (Glycyrrhiza Glabra* (licorice) Root, Tussilago Farfara+ (coltsfoot) Leaf, Achillea Millefolium* (yarrow), Salix Alba+ (willow), Tabebuia Impetiginosa+ (pau díarco), Arctium Lappa* (burdock) Root, Berberis Aquifolium (mahonia), Calendula Officinalis* (calendula), Equisetum Arvense* (horsetail), Urtica Dioica* (nettles)), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate (coconut derived surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (coconut derived surfactant), Sucrose Cocoate (sugar/coconut emulsifier), Coco-Betaine (coconut derived surfactant), Leptospermum Petersonii (lemon tea tree), Melaleuca Alternifolia* (tea tree), Lavandula Angustifolia* (lavender), Pelargonium Capitatum* (geranium), Rosemarinus Officinalis* (rosemary), Oryzanol (rice extract), Hydrolysed Soy Protein (hair strengthener), Glycerine (vegetable source), Panthenol (pro vitamin B5), Sodium Chloride (solar sea salt), Macadamia* Ternifolia (macadamia) Seed Oil, Parfum (fragrance of plant origin), Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C ester), Aloe Barbadensis* (aloe vera) Leaf, Mixed Tocopherols (plant derived GMO-free vitamin E).
* Organic + Wildcrafted