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My hair care regime May 2008

May 10, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments
After much trial and tribulation, leading perilously close to despair, I seem to have found a hair care regime that works. It could still benefit from some refining (I'm not entirely convinced by the Aesop mask). Hair seems to be extremely personal and what works for me may not work for others. Anyway, this is what is currently working for me.

Dr Alkaitis Organic Shampoo. This is the best shampoo I have ever used (which isn't necessarily saying much since most on the market would be better used to do the dishes). Everything is natural and derived from plants: aloe, coltsfoot, coconut, and vitamins. My hair seems to have the right balance of bounce without frizz and each wash lasts about three days.


Philip B Shin Shine. Although I don't trust a man who hides his family name (what does the B stand for; something embarrassing or merely boring?), Philip B's products are pretty good. It looks as if someone didn't do a good job of proof reading the label, but the oddly named Shin Shine does the job and isn't full of crap. There are nine ingredients in all. Two are light silicones, some fragrance and the rest are plant extracts.


Aesop Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturizing Masque. Most days I just go with Dr Alkaitis and Shin Shine. Once a week or so I add in a mask. I am currently trying Aesop's with rose, lavender and grapefruit.
It is a good anti-frizzer for those who want to avoid silicone overload. A little goes a long way; too much results in limp locks.

There are a few add hoc products that are worth mentioning:

Skin Biology Folligen. A dab of copper peptides against thinning hair around the temples. It works.

Skin Biology's Emu Oil. I use this as an occasional mask. It is supposed to stimulate the hair follicles and it is nourishing and soothing for the scalp.

Bumble & Bumble Hair Powder. Helpful for hiding grease close to roots if you need to stretch things out between shampoos.

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Note that I am still looking for a good conditioner.
  • August 26, 2008

    by ash

    <p>I appreciate the details of the minoxidil. I am currently using the men's stregnth Rogaine (with no sideffects, afaik). However, with each article I read on the Folligen, I want to try it even more. I will give it a whirl once my Rogaine supply ends, without the minoxidil.</p>

  • August 26, 2008

    by marta

    <p>I don't - for two reasons. I was really allergic to Rogaine and the Folligen worked without me adding in the minoxidil.</p>

    <p>The lower dose for women is because of the risk of growth of unwanted hair. This is what the FDA says: Dermatologic—Hypertrichosis—Elongation, thickening, and enhanced pigmentation of fine body hair are seen in about 80% of patients taking Minoxidil tablets. This develops within 3 to 6 weeks after starting therapy. It is usually first noticed on the temples, between the eyebrows, between the hairline and the eyebrows, or in the side-burn area of the upper lateral cheek, later extending to the back, arms, legs, and scalp. Upon discontinuation of Minoxidil, new hair growth stops, but 1 to 6 months may be required for restoration to pretreatment appearance. No endocrine abnormalities have been found to explain the abnormal hair growth; thus, it is hypertrichosis without virilism. Hair growth is especially disturbing to children and women and such patients should be thoroughly informed about this effect before therapy with Minoxidil is begun.</p>

  • August 26, 2008

    by ash

    <p>Marta, you got me interested in Skin Biology's folligen. I have been using Rogain. Question is do you use the minoxidil as part of your regiment after the folligen? Also, why the different % (2% for women vs. 5% for men)in minoxidil? Thank you.</p>

  • August 26, 2008

    by marta

    <p>No chemicals at all in the Dr Alkaitis. You might also like Aesop's scalp cleanser or just about anything by REN (chemical free).</p>

  • August 26, 2008

    by Winston

    <p>Hmmm.. Interesting. Though I'm not really sure about the new shampoos, since it could be that they contain chemicals (I'm a male and I need to take care of my scalp. It's pretty sensitive. It usually itches once I introduce a new shampoo) What I use is Head and Shoulders. Is there anyone who could recommend a more natural shampoo?</p>

    <p>Oh, an afterthought, I once saw this informative article on how to deal with common hair problems here : <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p>

  • July 5, 2008

    by Marta

    <p>I used to use Schwartzkopf all the time and stopped for reasons I can no longer remember - probably just exercising my consumer's right to be feckless and fickle. I don't know the other two, but I'll take a look.</p>

  • July 3, 2008

    by Julie Kay

    <p>Hair… like to say, "Been there, done that.″ Alas, still very much dolng it. I feel quite close to a partial routine. Marta, since you mentioned Stem, I must ask: Have you used Fudge, Schwartskopf or Uspa hair products? All are out of Australia. I'd like your opinion.<br />

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