I’m of the fine-hair-but-a-lot-of-it-and-sometimes-it-gets-greasy-on-roots-and-dry-at-the-ends variety, so my hair can often look limp and pathetic and as such relies on volumising shampoos and near on illegal amounts of product, upside down blow drying and backcombing. Stupid hair. GOD. Such abuse and all those products can really take their toll, leaving my scalp feeling a bit sorry for itself, so I try my best to use a gentle shampoo once a week to get my hair clean (I try not to worry about volume on those days) and refreshed gently. When my last gentle shampoo ran out I ended up buying Timotei Pure in B&M (gah I love that shop) for just 99p for 250ml. I remember Timotei from childhood TV advertisements but I don’t think I’d ever used it, we were a Vosene (I love that smell) family, but it is a name I’m familiar with so I saw no risk in handing over my pound coin and giving a whirl.
What drew me to toward handing over my dosh were the claims the shampoo contains no silicones, parabens or colourants (although it does contain sulphates) which is always a good sign when you want something gentle. The bottle is fine, I don’t really go mad about packaging but it’s nice enough. Apparently you can buy refills which use a lot less packaging so that is something I’ll be looking into next time I need to replace my shampoo. The product is lightly scented when in use, with what I assume is the ‘infused green tea’ but to me it just smells light and fresh, however the scent doesn’t stick around once rinsed out. The shampoo worked well enough in the shower, rinsed easily and wasn’t a pain to get out. It actually seemed to soothe my scalp which whilst not aggravated by my dry shampoo use (er hello instant volume) it certainly gets bogged down and left it feeling clean but not striped and tight.
When using a shampoo designed for greasy hair, my roots are usually happy but the ends of my hair can end up looking somewhat thirsty (even when wet) but I didn’t experience this at all with Timotei Pure which makes it a winner in my book. I’ve tried this shampoo both with conditioner and without in the interests of giving a full review and I have to say there wasn’t much difference at all. My hair was a bit tangled up without the conditioner but my hair is always a knotty mess without conditioner. My hair washing routine is usually 3-4 washes a week with one of those using a gentle shampoo and not using heat afterward – usually a Sunday or Monday. So keep in mind that my results are based on air drying my hair and going without styling products. Once my hair was dry it felt clean, smooth and left my hair looking fairly swishy or in the words of my friend’s 3 year old son ‘your hair looks mermaid-y duh-day’. Mermaidy? I’m gonna take it and run with it. Nice linguistic talents Sonny Jim. The ends didn’t feel dry and my roots stayed grease free until I next washed my hair 2 days later. This shampoo is a good basic to have in your shower and better than that it leaves your hair feeling like it has been looked after if only just a little bit