REVIEW – My hair has always been fine, but ever since my adventure with cancer 10 years ago, it’s been also been thin and it sheds a lot. This is most likely the lasting side effects of chemo and the fact that I was thrown into instant menopause with my first treatment. I’ve tried different vitamins and even the iRestore Laser Hair Growth System without any noticeable improvements. When I was offered a sample of British M Kombucha Shampoo, I thought what the heck, let’s give it a try. Let’s see what happened.
What is it?
British M’s Kombucha shampoo is what they call a “teatox” for your hair and scalp. It’s a daily PH perfect shampoo that is free of: Parabens, Phthalates, SLS, Silicone, Triclosan, Unrefined Talc, Mineral Oil, Petroleum, Polyethylene, Microbeads, Metallic Aluminum, Toluene, Octinoxate, Oxybenzone, and Avobenzone.
Ingredients and claims
The claims according to the press release info:
Daily use maintains vibrant, smooth, shiny hair and a healthier scalp and is approved by KFDA/MFDS to help prevent shedding hair.
Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Glycerin, Alcohol, SodiumChloride, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Polyquaternium-10, PPG-3 Caprylyl Ether, Coco-Betaine, Sodium Benzoate, Coco-glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Tetradecene, Salicylic Acid, Hexadecene, Panthenol, Sodium Citrate, Niacinamide, Disodium EDTA, Malt Extract, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Caffeine, Cocamide MEA, Xylitylglucoside, Isopropyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glucose, Ethylhexylglycerin, Denatonium Benzoate, Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool
Yikes, that’s a LOT of ingredients. The “kombucha” part of the shampoo is the fermented black tea. Most people drink kombucha but I’m going to use it on my hair 😉
I tend to wash my hair every day with either baby shampoo or Sauve Daily Clarifying Shampoo. I rarely if ever use a conditioner and I don’t find my hair to ever feel dry or oily.
The British M Kombucha shampoo comes in a large 750ml pump bottle and is thick and rich feeling with a gender-neutral pleasant/clean scent. It lathers very well and left my hair feeling smooth and slick like I was rinsing out conditioner instead of shampoo.
Typically after I rinse out my hair, I will lean over in the shower and sort of gently wring it out with my hands to get most of the water out before I wrap my head in a towel. This is when I have noticed shedding hair. I also notice stray hairs in the sink while standing over it styling my hair with my fingers. After using the Kombucha shampoo every day for a week, the shedding hair has almost completely stopped.
What I like
- I think it really stopped my hair from shedding
- Thick rich lather
- Nice smell
What I’d change
I was shocked and surprised because not seeing 6-10 hairs in the sink is not normal for me. Is it a coincidence? I wasn’t sure so I changed from using the Kombucha shampoo every day to only using it a couple of times a week. So far the shedding is still gone. So my next test is to stop using it altogether and report back in a couple of weeks to see if the shedding has started back up again. The problem is that I really like it and don’t want to stop using it 😉