Palmolive Naturals Healthy and Smooth Shampoo Review

Palmolive Naturals Healthy and Smooth Shampoo (with aloe vera and vitamin extracts) promises tangle-free, silky smooth hair that wouldn’t need combing for hours on end even if left untied. I picked this up because my mom told me it indeed makes your hair smooth and silky. It’s for “normal hair” (whatever that means) and I have long, thick black hair that is a bit coarse and has never been shiny on it’s own because of the aforementioned coarseness. So I was a bit skeptical about the results this shampoo would give me.

Palmolive Naturals Healthy and Smooth

What I like about this product: Well, it did make my hair incredibly smooth and soft, which doesn’t happen with just shampoo. It has a pleasant scent that is not overpowering and I actually really like it. The scent lasts through the day even in the hot Manila weather.

What I don’t like about this product: While it did leave my hair soft and silky, it didn’t help with tangles and still resulted in the hairfall I get due to breakage. And right on the day I started using this product, I developed an annoying rash on lips (of all places!) You see, I sometimes dilute shampoo in a little water to make it easier to distribute through my hair, so somehow some of that mixture trickled down my face and irritated my lips. I wasn’t using any new products aside from this one, so I landed on this conclusion. It was a nightmare, but thankfully the rash went away when I stopped using this shampoo. I kind of want to use this shampoo again to see if the rash comes back because I would really want to keep using this, but I really don’t want that rash on my lips to appear again so I’m not taking any chances.

Rating: 6/10 Maybe I’ll go back to this shampoo again sometime in the future, but for now, I’ll just be on my shampoo search for the meantime.

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Clean and Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Wash Review

[Okay a little intro: I am in this phase right now where I am trying out a myriad of skincare and haircare products to help my acne and hair calm down. Since I am going through a lot of products, I thought, why not let review these things so I can track my progress with these things and maybe even help out people who are looking for reviews on certain products. This would be my first time doing this, so I might still be a little vague for I am a bit unaware of certain terminologies concerning skincare and haircare. Okay good.]

This was the only facial wash I used when I was in high school and I had pretty clear skin back then. I stopped using it for some reason and completely forgot about it. When my acne suddenly broke out around the time I turned 21, and I saw this in Watson’s, I immediately picked it up hoping for the same results it brought me when I was a teenager.

Sorry if I can’t provide an actual product photo yet, I left mine in Manila. Maybe I’ll insert it later when I get back.

I used this for about four months on and off, I think, for it is very hard to find in drugstores. I’ll be lucky to find a small bottle available.

What I like about this product is it’s so light and refreshing. It also lathers up a lot so a small drop is enough to wash my face and neck.  A small bottle can last me two months.

What I don’t like about this product is sadly it doesn’t work for me anymore. I read online that they changed the formula (removed triclosan) so that might be it. I kept breaking out and my cheeks (where the breakouts usually happen) became really red.

Rating: 4/10 This makes me really sad because I have this nostalgic connection to it but what can I do, it just doesn’t work anymore.

Hair Shaming

I have never understood everybody else’s hostility towards my hair. You see, I have very thick, and kind of coarse, black, kind of wavy Asian hair. You’d think people from Asia would be totally cool with my hair, but I guess not. Not everyone’s hair is fine and stick-straight, not everyone is made from the same stuff those people in magazines and posters are from.

Every single hairdresser I have been to, for 22 years, have gasped and exclaimed, “OH MY GOD WHAT THICK HAIR YOU HAVE! Of course the only logical choice here is either to cut it all off or get it straightened. Of course!” For many years when I was younger, I buckled under societal pressure and had my hair straightened. It was all fine and dandy for the first month or so after the treatment, but when my hair started to grow out, I had this weird combination of wavy hair from my roots that abruptly goes straight halfway down to my tips. Then I had to have those nasty bits straightened again. After those many years, surprise surprise, my hair started to die.

It was just last just last year when I just threw my hands up and gave up with all these hair nonsense. I let my hair grow out and cut off the dead parts and started over. I soaked it with coconut milk for several hours a day, for a few times a week. I also switched to natural shampoo and conditioner. My hair’s better now, even if other people still cringe at it’s thickness and non-straightness.

What do I care, anyway? I’d rather have a full head of a mangled mess of hair than go bald with all those chemical treatments salons and magazines and general media like to shove down my throat.

My hair is fine, thank you very much.