This review is going to be a rarity for me as I don’t like reviews where people state their opinions on products they’ve never even tried, but I feel like as a beauty blogger who gets moderate traffic it’s my job and duty to protect my visitors and make sure they don’t use harmful products.
Like most of you on a budget, I often find myself browsing the beauty isle of the drugstore, not looking for anything particular but most definitely looking for the next big beauty breakthrough at a fraction of the price. This how I came upon Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy products, a relatively new drugstore haircare line that claims the following:
Just as good soil is to a tree, a well nourished scalp is the right foundation for strong, beautiful hair. For years women have been treating the wrong end of their hair. CLEAR SCALP & HAIR BEAUTY THERAPY™ made with Nutrium 10™, nourishes the scalp, creating the right foundation for strong, beautiful hair.
Sounds great, right? That’s what I thought too, so I picked up the Total Care shampoo and conditioner from Clear as an impulse buy and was excited to try them out when I got home. Now you can call me obsessive compulsive, but I always read the reviews of every product I purchase BEFORE it touches my hair, body, or face, which is exactly what I did with these products before I jumped in the shower.
I am SO glad I did and that others had to common decency to warn potential users of the devastating effects of the Clear haircare line.
As soon as I got home, I began reading through pages and pages of reviews for this line. If even only one person mentioned that this product had caused their hair to fall out, I wouldn’t use it. However, more than a dozen of the reviewers within the first few pages of reviews, across multiple avenues (MakeupAlley, Amazon, LongHairCareForum, etc.) mentioned hair loss, and all of those reviewers gave the line 1 star. That said, the overall review for this line was 3.4 stars, with 61% saying they would buy again. Naturally, in my mind that made virtually no sense, considering most reviews stated (almost screaming through text if that’s even possible) “DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT.” Upon looking at all the reviews that rated the line a 4.0 or higher in stars, literally every single one was made by a person with an account that was made the same day that the review was posted, only to never be seen or heard from again on the review boards. This is very suspicious, and quite frankly makes it questionable that any decent review for this line is fake and was mostly written by someone being compensated by Clear to boost publicity. Not only is this deceitful to potential users of the product, but it also sweeps knowledge of any harmful side effects after use under the rug, just to turn a profit.
Essentially, if you were in my position and decided to overlook the negative reviews and throw caution to the wind, you would most likely be looking forward to the following results, according to 99% of user reviews:
- Significant hair loss
- Itchy scalp
- Hair breakage
- Inflamed scalp
I did notice that quite a few users said that for the first few weeks to months of using this product continuously, their hair felt amazing; soft, shiny, and healthy. However, they didn’t notice the damage until quite some time after using it, and only then did they realize the extent of the side effects. Personally speaking, the threat of hair loss alone was enough to make me rush back to the store and return the unopened bottles, both thankful and saddened that other product junkies experienced these horrific side effects and were thoughtful enough to save me from going through them as well.
For reference, the ingredients list is as follows (there is some pretty questionable stuff in here and any one of these top ingredients could be the culprit): Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance (Parfum), Dimethiconol, Sodium Chloride, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Zinc Pyrithione, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, DMDM Hydantoin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Citric Acid, Tallow Acid or Palmitic Acid, Zinc Sulfate, Glycerin, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Sodium Isethionate, Poloxamer 407, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Tocopheryl Acetate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, PPG-9, PEG-9M, Panthenol, Lysine HCl, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Niacinamide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 33 (CI 17200).
I can only say three words about this line: Do. Not. Buy.