Dove has proven to be one of the go-to brands for personal care, especially its popular hair and body care products. Honestly, when it comes to shampoos, Dove was a favourite choice amongst other equally-great contenders in the hair care market. That’s because the brand is known to be gentle on your skin and hair – just like a dove.
So, when I got my hands on Dove’s new Hair Boost Micellar Calcium Shampoo, it got me really excited! From the packaging to the smell, everything was very inviting. We all need some kind of boost and nourishment for our hair after all the stress our delicate tresses are put through – hot iron, colour, blow drying, pollution, dirt, bacteria, etc.
After purchasing the product, of course I’m not going to wait another day to put the shampoo to the test. My first impression: the texture of the shampoo was not the usual creamy liquid – rather, it was transparent, with a mild hint of purple. Texture and consistency wise, it was as common as other Dove shampoos. I really had my hopes high for this highly-acclaimed brand’s new shampoo formula.
The shampoo claims to boost hair nourishment and strength from deep down, starting from the roots all the way to the tip. If you have oily and dull hair, this shampoo apparently gives your roots a deep cleanse by removing excess oil and damaging build up. It also aims to reduce hair fall which is caused by dry and brittle hair.
So with all those exciting claims in my head, I was pumped for my hair to look like it was straight out of a shampoo ad. But it did not turn out quite as I expected.
During the hair was process, it was going great. The lather was perfect and I felt it was cleaning my hair pretty decently. However, after drying my hair, the after effect wasn’t what I expected. It left my hair too dry and it felt like there was a layer of buildup left on my scalp.
After reading a couple of reviews online, it turns out, many users faced a similar buildup issue. Additionally, and I totally didn’t expect this, it left me scratching my scalp from time to time. I’m assuming the itch was from the buildup that was sitting on my scalp, having a barbecue.
It was quite an uncomfortable situation. Wherever I was, I was noticeably seen sneaking a few scratches here and there. I thought maybe it was due to the change in shampoo. So I tried my luck once again, really hoping for a different result. Nah, it was the same. And just so you know, I have normal hair.
I’m guessing the excess buildup from the calcium or some other chemical compound caused an unwanted layer of discomfort. Apart from that, it kinda left my hair dry, which resulted in unwanted tangles, the following day. The look and feel right after washing was great, but I can’t say it felt the same the next day.
I didn’t use any conditioner after shampooing because I don’t usually need the help of a conditioner for tangle-free hair when using Dove shampoos. My hair is soft and silky just by using shampoo alone. For this formula however, I guess a conditioner would be helpful.
On a final note, I guess this shampoo might work differently on other hair types, but for me, I can firmly say – it was not quite a right fit. The excessive buildup and dry hair was a turn off. I don’t think I will be using this formula of Dove, but I’ll definitely vouch for other shampoos that did Dove proud, like the anti-hair fall shampoo which I have been using for a good few years now. Sometimes, the advertising of the product can certainly be alluring, but the results – not so. So, I would advise you to read up on some real user reviews first before planning on purchasing a new product, even though the brand can be a trusted one.