Motherhood is hard. And hard on you.
On top of the three-ring-circus that is parenting, your body is going through all kinds of weird changes. Some happen during pregnancy, others after.
Weight, obviously. Mood swings. Hot flashes. Cravings. Hair growth. Impressive breasts. Body odor. Hair loss. New freckles. Sensitivity to smells. A third arm – just kidding, but wouldn’t that have been the most helpful?
I could go on, but you likely know the drill or have heard the horror stories. If you somehow have escaped this, know that anything – anything – is possible. For the most part, you learn to deal with it. I mean, you are creating life here and that tends to distract from a lot of it. But sometimes the more irritating things linger on, well after your baby becomes a toddler and even into the school years. Even years after you are “done” having kids (whether your relatives believe you or not).
When I was in high school, one of my friends called me “Supermodel Hair.” I’m not telling you to brag, but rather to give you the “before”. I had thick, smooth, bouncy hair. Like a Disney princess. Except I never brushed it with a fork.
After my kids were born, my hair changed. Sometimes it is super oily. Sometimes it is dry and flaky. Sometimes I find a hair that is not quite the right color. Like so many things about motherhood, I had to learn to adapt.
I’ve tried a wide range of shampoos and conditioners to tame my tresses. Most have left me feeling itchy and in some cases, covered in a rash. My doctor said that it was dandruff, so I tested the usual suspects, none of which was a miracle cure.
For the past three months, I just gave up shampoo. I still washed my hair, but instead of using a bottle of chemicals, I tried using the bar soap I was using on my body. It had a surprisingly good effect. My hair felt and looked clean, although the texture was less flowing, if that makes sense. Also, I needed to wash it almost every day to maintain it. While not ideal, it was working.
I then came across a locally-made natural shampoo. It worked perfectly. I had clean silky hair with no itch, residue, or rash. Unfortunately I needed a lot of product to get it clean and at the price per bottle, it wasn’t very budget-friendly.
It was about that time that I was given the opportunity to try the new Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish + Dandruff Control through Smiley 360.
I was a bit skeptical to try a national brand, especially since they don’t share their ingredients list online. However, I gave it a try and am glad that I did.
From the manufacturer:
“Introducing AVEENO® NOURISH+ DANDRUFF CONTROL, a new hair care collection that immediately soothes dry, itchy scalp while nourishing every strand with exclusive ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat Complex. Available in a shampoo, conditioner and 2-in-1, this hair care collection does much more than just treat dandruff, it actually restores the health of both hair and scalp. Try it and indulge in clean, silky, healthy-looking hair that’s soft to the touch!
From the AVEENO® brand, the leaders in ACTIVE NATURALS® ingredients for healthy-looking skin and hair.”
I purchased the separate shampoo and conditioner. After one wash, I could immediately feel a difference. My hair was so soft that I couldn’t put it up in a ponytail. It still felt a bit itchy, but after two more washes, it is clean. I still need to wash my hair about every three days, but that is something I can deal with. Like with any new product, I think after using it for a while, I will really see the full effect.
I think that ultimately I have a combination of dandruff and allergies. The Aveeno products did not make me break out in a rash as others have. Either the shampoo does not have the offending ingredient or there is something soothing in it. I know that oatmeal – which is in the Aveeno – is a great natural treatment for eczema. The ingredients list on the package does include a number of unpronounceable chemicals, for those who are avoiding specific ones.
I recommend this product for anyone who has struggled with finding a shampoo that they like. This might not work for you, but if you struggle with dandruff or itchy scalp, it is worth a try. Motherhood does a number on your body, but you should still have manageable hair.
Buy Aveeno shampoo
I had a hard time finding this product, mostly because it is so new. The only place in Fort Worth where I found the specific dandruff control version is Target. I believe that other stores carrying Aveeno products will probably have it in the future. Your best option is to use the product finder on the Aveeno dandruff shampoo website. Before you shop, be sure to print this coupon for $3 off any one Aveeno Nourish + Dandruff product.
If you try it, I’d love to hear what you think.
Disclosure: I was provided coupons to purchase Aveeno Nourish + Dandruff Control at no cost to me. All opinions here are my own. Receipt of samples did not affect my review.