Last month I tried my very first Pureology product ever — Colourmax Spray hair color protectant — and came away impressed. I decided to keep an eye on the brand.
Pureology Dandruff Scalp Cure Shampoo and Conditioner ($35 each, wow!) are the latest additions to the Pureology product family. The company caters to people with deep pockets and color treated hair, but are they charging too much?
While generally effective at treating dandruff, most over-the-counter dandruff shampoos tend to strip away hair color. Pureology sought to develop a product that could treat dandruff without ruining a dye job.
As with Head & Shoulders and most other dandruff shampoos, the active ingredient in Pureology’s dandruff products is pyrithione zinc, an antifungal/ antibacterial agent commonly used to treat scalp scaling, itching and flaking, but while most dandruff products limit the amount of pyrithione zinc in their products to 1%, Pureology uses 2%.
To save hair color, Pureology products use a blend of UVA and UVB protectants the company calls “Anti-Fade Complex.”
I will get dandruff from time to time, particularly when the seasons change. To treat it, I’ve always just reached for Head & Shoulders Shampoo ($8) and a conditioner like Bumble & Bumble Super Rich, but, even limiting my use of Head & Shoulders to no more than once a week (and then only on my roots), my hair felt dry and my color would fade faster than usual.
After using both Pureology dandruff products once a week for a month, not only did my dandruff go away, but my hair color didn’t.
Pureology Dandruff Scalp Cure Shampoo
Price: $35 for a 10.1-oz bottle
Use: To treat dandruff without stripping away hair color
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
The shampoo has a lovely vanilla scent with a touch of musk and builds into a nice lather. It’s not as drying as Head & Shoulders is, and while I could probably have used it safely on my full head of hair, I stuck to only using it on my roots. I figure that way the 10-oz. bottle should last upwards of a year, which breaks down to about $3 per month.
Pureology Dandruff Scalp Cure Conditioner
Price: $35 for a 8.5-oz bottle
Use: To condition roots and treat dandruff without stripping away hair color
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C
At 8.5 oz. the conditioner is considerably smaller than the shampoo. It also contains pyrithione zinc, but only at 0.5%. The directions on the bottle suggest applying it directly to the scalp, not to the hair shaft or ends.
I have dry hair and always condition my hair from roots to ends. When using Pureology’s conditioner as the directions advised, I then had to apply an additional conditioner to the rest of my hair. Not a big fan of extra steps, and before long I wasn’t using Pureology’s Scalp Cure conditioner at all.
If you have color treated hair and get dandruff from time to time, consider Scalp Cure Shampoo. With the time and money involved in getting a good dye job, it’s an investment. Pureology’s reputation for color safe products appeals to me, but $35 for their dandruff conditioner does not.
Check out Pureology Scalp Cure shampoo and conditioner at your local Pure Beauty store.
Happy Saturday! I’ve got errands on the agenda this afternoon. I plan to hit Costco and Target (and hopefully Sephora, whee!) for some household shopping, but later I want to visit a pet store close to home; they’re holding cat adoptions today… I just want to go and visit with the kitties. None can come home with me today though. 🙁
How was your Friday night? Did you do anything fun? I watched HellBoy II: The Golden Army (t’was El Hub’s idea). I went along mostly because I’m a fan of the director, Guillermo del Toro, but the movie was a nice surprise — visually stunning, and the characters are well developed and interesting. The main character, HellBoy (the big red dude), has this thing for cats. He won’t allow anyone to harm them, so he’s alright in my book.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,