Of course I stopped using the shampoo and switched to an anti-dandruff shampoo which I thought would calm it down. It however didn't do all that much but I realised as it was a product to combat dandruff it wasn't the best solution anyway.
So I decided to look in to more natural shampoos that would be more calming to my scalp. I also felt my hair was in quite dry condition and really needed a good quality shampoo. Whilst on my quest for a more natural shampoo I came across 'co-washing' and to be honest even though I knew it worked for some people I couldn't help but think it was a pretty crazy idea, as it does create a build up of the product on the scalp a lot of the time. Eradicating shampoo from my routine just didn't seem like a good option for me. However I found the reason behind co-washing very interesting!
Some people co-wash to avoid a certain ingredient found in most shampoos - this being Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate. Which is what makes shampoos foam up, but it also can irritate the scalp, dry out the hair and just be damaging overall.
Not only is SLS used in clinical studies to cause skin irritation so that it can be used to identify the properties in other chemicals but it also has oestrogen mimicking properties which have been linked to PMS, also giving massive potential to cause cancer. *I would like to stress that there hasn't been a large amount of research done on this but the most recent studies do state there is a cause for a concern when it comes to this ingredient, but to what level it isn't too clear. If you are interested them I suggest doing a few Google searches on it*.
After reading all of this I took myself to Boots and read the backs of about 30 shampoos which all sadly contained Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Except for two! There was a strange looking shampoo that had an image of a ship on it for £9.50! Or there was a totally SLS free shampoo by Naked from the Naked Detox range called Naked Detox Deep Cleanse Shampoo for £3.99. Update - Boots, Tesco, Superdrug etc now stock the L'Oreal Ever Sleek Sulphate Free range.
They sadly don't advertise this on their bottles that it is SLS free however looking at the ingredients I could definitely see it was - as is the whole range by Naked. I probably would of gone for the Naked Care Sensitive Shampoo however there was only the Naked Detox range on the shelf! If you have a look on their website you can see the range of hair care products is huge.
So finally I was one step closer to achieving all round better hair and for once a normal scalp. Without sounds over the top the results were instant - the reason for this was while washing my hair with the shampoo not a single hair came out of my head! I can't remember not having to remove all the hair entwined around my fingers and not to mention the hair trapped in the plughole! I had previously put the hair loss in the shower down to me having long hair that was quite dry. Obviously this wasn't the case, again without seeming too over the top, I was literally amazed at this!
As for my scalp within a few uses it really calmed down and right now it has been back to normal for months. As for the condition of my hair - I still need to get my split ends trimmed, but other than that my hair is definitely stronger & less frizzy and now I actually air dry it afew times a week as I don't end up looking like a frizz ball.
This has really been a bit of a hair savior for me.
Update - I have now being using strictly SLS-free shampoos for 3 years, plus avoid this ingredient in shower gels, facial washes and even toothpaste!