Ayurvedic medicine has long been touted as an excellent alternative to Western treatments, and as a way to prolong life and live better.

Chagrin Valley has found a way to incorporate it into their solid shampoos.

“A rich oil infusion of Ayurvedic hair care herbs creates a nourishing shampoo. Shikakai, increases bounciness and silkiness. Bhringraj, considered the “king of herbs” for hair growth, helps strengthen the hair shaft. Amla promotes stronger, healthier new growth. Hibiscus flowers help in the treatment of dandruff and hair loss. Aritha cleans hair without drying and helps create a fabulous lather”.

My initial draw to this was the dandruff claim. I loves me a natural dandruff treatment. I also liked the idea of bounciness and silkiness.

So how did this score? Not very high on the Christina meter. :(

Even though it was supposed to “clean hair without drying”, it stripped my hair of all the oils and left it feeling quite dry. Mind you, I have oily hair. No other shampoo has been able to perform this astonishing feat. My hair did feel clean, but I wasn’t happy with the dryness.

Increases bounciness and silkiness? Not so much. There was no real improvement in this area. And I noticed no improvement with the dandruff. It seemed to be like any other shampoo.

“Bhringraj, considered the “king of herbs” for hair growth, helps strengthen the hair shaft. Amla promotes stronger, healthier new growth”.

I didn’t see much in the way of either of these. It could be that I didn’t use the shampoo long enough to notice any changes, but there was no noticeable new growth. I get the impression that this shampoo is meant to maintain healthy hair, rather than repair any damage. It didn’t help, but it didn’t harm either.

Pros: Really, really deep cleans, maintains healthy hair.
Cons: Too drying, does not provide bounciness, silkiness or dandruff control.

Grade: D

If you’re going to claim your product can clean hair well without drying it out, it had better do that. Sure, we can use a conditioner, but the results I saw here are inexcusable.

Available at Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve. Sample sized bars are $2.60 (1.5 oz); Full sized bars are $7.95 (7 oz).

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