By Gregg Allen – Men’s Grooming Editor
You can’t turn on the TV without seeing a commercial for Bosley medical, but to be honest I didn’t know they made shampoo. I figure a shampoo made by one of the leaders in hair restoration would be well worth trying and I’m pretty happy so far.
My hair and scalp need a bit more attention than I have been giving them as I have dyed blonde dreads. I have tried a variety of products ranging from all natural to heavy chemical products, and haven’t found the holy grail of shampoo and conditioner yet.
The Bosley Revive Nourishing shampoo and Bosley Revive Nourishing Conditioner are safe for color treated hair (they have a “regular” version for non-color treated hair as well). I’ve been using them for about a month now and I’m feeling pretty good about the results.
When I looked at the ingredients list I said out loud, “Say what?! It looked like Greek to me. The second ingredient listed is:
Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate or SLMI as the “cool kids” call it.
According to Happi.com, “SMLI s an extremely mild cleanser that can be used as a primary or secondary surfactant and creates a dense, luxurious foam and imparts an elegant after-feel. Furthermore, it has excellent water solubility properties, making it a good choice for clear liquid cleansing systems.”
While I love the idea of only using all natural ingredients for my head of dreads and washing my hair with tea tree oil and conditioning it with avocado, the truth is, my situation requires a bit of chemical support.
The first time I used the Bosley shampoo I noticed a nice tingling sensation on my scalp which I really like from a shampoo. Many other shampoos leave me with this feeling that I have just added a bunch of oil and gunk that’s just going to hang around my dreads and weigh them down like Christmas tree ornaments.
Bosley describes this shampoo as, “A gentle rejuvenating, sulfate free cleanser that removes toxins such as DHT (a primary cause of hair loss) from the scalp of visibly thinning hair.”
Some of the other key ingredients the company lists for this shampoo include:
LifeXtend Complex with Saw Palmetto.
Saw palmetto extract has been suggested as a potential treatment for male pattern baldness.
What the heck does that mean?
According to Wisegeek.com, A sulfate-free shampoo is a shampoo that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which
can irritate the scalp, excessively strip essential oils, and cause hair to be dry.
Soy Amino Acid:
Soy Amino Acids apparently make hair look and feel thicker.
The shampoo was fine for me, but Jen says it made her hair feel a bit dry. I’m fine with the Revive Nourishing Conditioner, but Jen recommends the Healthy Hair Strengthening Masque for extra moisture.
Bottom line it for me you say?
I have only been using Bosley for a short time and my scalp just feels healthier, cleaner and less oily than with previous products I have tried. I’m most definitely going to stick with this brand for a bit and hopefully it will increase the growth and thickness of my hair along with the boost it has given my scalp.
Hairs to you!
Thanks for reading!
Gregg (AKA GDub) is a handsome, young music producer and music marketing professional. He is our resident men’s grooming product guinea pig.