Thursday, 28 January 2016
Review | Vichy Dercos Dermo-Soothing Shampoo
I popped a bottle of Vichy's Dercos Dermo-Soothing Shampoo into my virtual basket whilst doing my Christmas shopping at LookFantastic, as always keen to try an SLS-free shampoo that hopefully wouldn't irritate my eczema. I was surprised to learn that this is Vichy's first SLS-free shampoo (their other shampoos do contain SLS, which disappointed me); Vichy claims that this shampoo, "acts on the main signs of a sensitive scalp to provide immediate and lasting comfort. Hair is left looking shiny, soft, light, and easy to style. The scalp feels soothed of discomfort."
The outer packaging gave plenty of information about the product; the bottle within the carton is quite nice, with the blue plastic and the white flip-cap which clicks closed quite securely. The shampoo itself is colourless and quite runny in texture, making it easy to work through my hair. It has a subtle, pleasant scent which I can't place - it smells nice and clean though and it certainly isn't offensive.
Now I have to be honest; my scalp isn't particularly sensitive, and is not the reason I avoid SLS in my shampoos. My scalp is, in fact, very oily, and I don't suffer from dandruff or itchiness, so I was uncertain how well this shampoo would suit me. In terms of irritation - I've not had any, it hasn't triggered any outbreaks of eczema - so I'm happy with that, and imagine it would suit sensitive scalps well. Unfortunately, my hair didn't stay clean for very long and within 24 hours it was looking lank and greasy - I don't think that's a fault of the shampoo for one minute, it just doesn't suit my hairtype very well, which is a shame as it's otherwise a lovely product.
Vichy Dercos Dermo-Soothing Shampoo is priced at £8.50 for 200ml of product; I think that's quite a reasonable price for a nice, basic, SLS-free shampoo. If your scalp is oily like mine then this probably isn't for you, but if you do suffer from a sensitive scalp then I do think this would be worth a try! Unfortunately it's back to the drawing board for me, in my search for an SLS-free shampoo that works for oily hair... Have you tried any Vichy shampoos? What's your favourite haircare range?