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Clear Men Scalp Therapy

When Unilever wanted to send me some of their new Clear Men Scalp Therapy shampoo, I was pretty skeptical. I tend to lump all those big guys into the same category of cheap shampoo that isn’t worth using, despite the low cost–like their other brand Suave. Shudder. However, this Clear Men shampoo is actually not that bad, and at just under $5, the price is not worth arguing about.

For starters, let’s see what’s in this. The back label touts “a blend of 10 nutrients and botanical actives including: ginseng, tea tree, and natural mint.” Sounds good so far. I follow the instructions and peel off the label to see the full list of ingredients (which isn’t very consumer-friendly, is it? What if I wanted to see that list in the store?). Leading the list is water, then Sodium Laureth Sulfate (foaming agent), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (foam booster), Sodium Chloride (salt? hmm), Dimethiconol (skin conditioner, assumedly for the dandruff), fragrance, Carbomer (controls consistency of the shampoo), Dimethecone (another version of Dimethiconol), Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate (related to Sodium Laureth Sulfate), and the rest of the ingredients are actually pretty natural or harmless stuff (save for some common preservatives). Bravo there, Unilever. Thank you for not advertising a “natural” product and then leaving us in a chemical bath.

This shampoo smells like bubble gum and mint, but it doesn’t linger (thankfully). It comes out looking like its all conditioner, in an opaque white consistency of a lotion or something. It was able to remove three different kinds of hair products I tried with it, so you shouldn’t have to worry about that. It also does a good job of making sure your hair feels nice long after you leave the shower. It accentuates hair products nicely, rather than leaving behind greasy remnants and tangles like cheap shampoo often will.

I didn’t have dandruff before using this shampoo, and I don’t have dandruff after using this shampoo, so I can’t comment on the anti-dandruff qualities.

Overall: alright, I’ll give it to them. This shampoo and conditioner combo is really not that bad. It’s not the best shampoo I’ve ever used, but it’s definitely the best $5 shampoo I’ve ever used. If you’re at the store and you have a $5 budget for shampoo, and you look over and see Suave or Clear Men Scalp Therapy, go for the latter. That, I can guarantee is a better bet.

Have you used the Clear Men Scalp Therapy shampoo and conditioner? What did you think? Give your thoughts in the comments below.