Last week I blogged about my favourite time-saving dry shampoos, but of course I don’t just rely on those to keep my hair clean. I was on the hunt for sports-specific shampoo very early in my running adventures, when you spend a lot of time getting hot and sweaty in the gym you have different product demands from shampoo.
First, I want a shampoo that is deep cleansing, to remove product residue and sweat. Secondly, I want something that is gentle enough to use frequently because the chances are that us sporty girls need to wash our hair more often than our non-sporty counterparts. Finally, I don’t want to settle for a product that makes my hair look anything less than fabulous, my ‘sports’ shampoo has to perform as well as my favourite ‘normal’ shampoo (which for the record is Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo). With those criteria in mind, here are my favourite deep cleansing shampoos.
I always have a bottle of TreSemme Deep Cleansing shampoo in my bathroom and my gym bag. It cuts through grease, hair spray and wax like a hot knife through butter. It has a clarifying formula with extracts of grapefruit and lemon to get my hair squeaky clean and Vitamin C to make it soft and shiny.
It smells very light and fresh. The texture of the shampoo is quite runny so I have to be careful not to squeeze out too much at a time. I shampoo my hair twice with this, the first time to remove traces of styling products and any oil build up, the second time to really cleanse my hair and scalp. On the first shampoo it doesn’t foam very much but after rinsing thoroughly the second application is really foamy. (That is the way you should always wash your hair, by the way, two shampoo applications with a thorough rinse after each one and then the conditioner).
TreSemme Deep Cleansing Shampoo is approximately £3.59 for 500ml and available at most high street chemists and supermarkets.
Frederic Fekkai’s Apple Cider clarifying shampoo is what I use to give my hair a bit of a treat. It contains apple cider vinegar to clarify the hair and scalp; apple, sage, rosemary and verbea extracts to moisturise the hair; silk, oat and wheat proteins to hydrate and vitamin E and A to protect the hair.
It also does a great job of removing every trace of product build up and sweat residue without stripping and drying out my hair, leaving it shiny and swishy (I LOVE swishing my hair from side to side after I’ve washed it with this!) and it has a gorgeously subtle scent of apples. The texture is quite thick and creates a rich, creamy lather. I tend to use the Fekkai after I have been swimming to remove traces of chlorine because I think it feels quite nourishing.
Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo is £20 available from Space NK
Malin + Goetz shampoo gives my scalp a tingly wake up call thanks to the peppermint content. It gently removes oil and residue while the olive oil gently hydrates my hair. Unlike other olive oil shampoos I have tried, Malin + Goetz doesn’t make my hair feels ‘clogged’, instead it feels light and gently hydrated.
The shampoo lathers nicely so I don’t need to use gallons of it to feel as though I’m working up a good froth. It rinses out easily, there is nothing I hate more than having to spend about 20 minutes getting every last bit of shampoo out of my very long, very thick hair! I like to use this after an early morning hot yoga class to really wake me up with a blast of peppermint!
Malin + Goetz Peppermint Shampoo is £16 and available from Space NK
Bumble and Bumble’s Sunday Shampoo is the perfect product to use for a weekly deep cleanse. It is especially good for my hair because it is formulated to remove hard water minerals as well as product residue and oil – and I live in possibly the hardest water area in the world!
A tiny amount of Sunday Shampoo goes a very long way, I use about 3 x 50p size blobs to shampoo my hair twice. That might sound like a lot, but LD regularly accuses me of drinking shampoo and conditioner because it disappears so quickly when I have a shower!
The only drawback with Sunday Shampoo is that it is not suitable for colour-treated hair.
Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo is £15.50 available from the Bumble and Bumble website
What is your favourite shampoo? Have you tried any of these products?