Weleda Wheat Balancing Shampoo

As someone who had a horribly embarrassing dandruff episode in the past, I was looking forward to trying this Weleda Wheat Balancing natural dandruff Shampoo. If you have experienced the same, like me you probably don’t want to suffer again so I now take much better care of my scalp. I have also read somewhere that wheat products are good for curls because wheat shrinks when it dries, defining the curls and holding them in place.

The Wheat Balancing Shampoo promises to reduce dandruff and promote a health scalp using a blend of wheatgerm oil, extract of butcher’s broom and organic sage. The scent was strong but comforting and familiar. I could detect the rosemary and sage leaf extract and it also contains tea-tree and copaiba balm.

This shampoo is NATRUE-certified and uses plant-based cleansing agents that are gentle on the scalp. It's supposed to be good for those who have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies. It produced a soft lather which gently cleaned my hair and scalp without leaving that tight, irritating feeling when you use "anti-dandruff" shampoo that simply strips away the top layer of scalp without addressing the problem. Whilst a lather might set alarm bells ringing, in the Wheat Balancing Shampoo it comes from Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate which is made from coconut oil and plant sugars. That looks alright to me.

The similar-named but completely different Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate is an anionic surfactant which I understand to be something that removes oil and dirt. It is derived from glucose and vegetable oils. 

I used the shampoo for a couple of months. Whilst I liked that it was gentle and smelled healthy, I'm not convinced it did a good job of keeping the dandruff away. I even gave it to another person to try, who has sensitive skin and dandruff. We both ended up using other shampoos that were less natural! It did, however, leave me with happy hair and healthy curls. I always look out for shampoos that might "kill the curl" (yes, that is the phrase that swims around in my head), and this one was curl-friendly.

I know there are many causes of dandruff and sensitive skin but the Weleda Wheat Balancing Shampoo didn’t deliver on its promises this time. I can't firmly say I wouldn’t recommend it because if you prefer natural products this might work for you, and I can see (and felt) how it could be good for sensitive skin. If you are that person, I would tell you to give it a try, although it didn’t work for me so I will not be using it again.

Weleda Wheat Balancing Shampoo is priced at £10.50.

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