Discovering new and different eco-conscious brands is always fun for me. I try to do as much research and review-reading as possible before making a purchase. So when I found out about Yarok, created by beauty editor/hairstylist Mordechai Alvow, I put this shampoo on my must-have list. Meaning “green” in hebrew, this shampoo meets all vegan requirements. The whole entire line is free of alcohol/sulfates/parabens and cruelty free. The packaging is made of recyclable plastic with the the most environmentally-friendly waterproof paper on the market (80%0 non-GMO corn). I’ve read nothing but positive reviews about Yarok and was so eager to try it. An all-natural shampoo that promises to fortify and volumize your hair? Who wouldn’t want that?!
$30 per bottle (8.5 fl oz)
In the beginning, I thought this shampoo worked really nicely. It definitely gave me a squeeky clean feel without stripping my hair. I could go more than two days without shampooing and not look like a greaseball. I absolutely love the amount of lather that it produces. For a natural shampoo, this is definitely a plus. The ingredients list is very impressive as well – simple and easy to understand. Did my hair feel fortified and stronger? Not particularly. Did it give me volume? Absolutely.
Ingredients: purified water, decyl glucose, lauryl glucose, coco protein, seaweed extract, herbal infusions (coltsfoot*, marshmallow root*, calendula blossoms*, chamomile flowers, chickweed, horsetail, slippery elm, comfrey root, sea buckthorn co2, nettles, oatstraw), wildcrafted essential oils ( lavender*, atlas cedar*, red mandarin*, sweet orange*, rosemary* ), grapefruit seed extract.
However, as I was using it 2-3 times each week, I noticed my head started to become itchy. And then really itchy on days I’d skip shampooing. And then came the dandruff. At this point, I was not a happy camper but was determined to fix this issue. So I started using it more as a ‘clarifying’ shampoo and use it only once a week. That changed nothing. After weeks, probably a couple months, of torturing myself with this I made the decision to purchase a different shampoo. Scratching my head like a dog with fleas was extremely unpleasant and made me really self conscious.
I wanted to love this shampoo like others have. I really did. Why or how I experienced something completely opposite from the rave reviews? I’ll never know. Perhaps I’m my scalp wasn’t agreeing with a specific ingredient. Would I still recommend this to someone? Sure, why not. I don’t want my poor experience to deter you from trying a product that could work wonderfully for you. Moving this from the ‘must have’ to the ‘never buy again’ list does break my heart a little. It’s ok though, it’ll mend.
Have you had experiences like mine or similar? Let me know below so I don’t feel like the only person in this world who is posting a bad review.