I used to go to this salon that, as part of their haircut, did a Tea Tree Oil scalp massage. That was one of my favorite parts of getting my hair done. The tingly, cooling sensation. The smell of the shampoo, and, lets face it – the massage was pretty good too.
Well, now I can get this same salon experience at home, thanks to Reflections. Reflections is a line of shampoos and hair care products that are similar in formulation to the big lines that you see in salons. These products were sold in stores for several years and have become a known brand. In fact, they’ve been in business for 30 years and are FDA recognized!
For some reason, they removed their product lines from mainstream distribution. However, Reflections Hair Care is making a comeback now, and is preparing to be re-launched into the marketplace.
I was recently given the opportunity to try out Reflections Hair Care’s Tea Tree Oil line. This consists of a Tea Tree Oil shampoo and conditioner, and a Volumizing System Thick Boost styling gel. The Tea Tree Oil shampoo and conditioner are comparable to the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Oil Special shampoo and conditioner, while the Volume Boost gel is comparable to Matrix Amplify.
How does the shampoo and conditioner work, though? The first thing I noticed was that the shampoo had a strong, minty-tea tree aroma, as did the conditioner. The Volumizing System gel isn’t a tea tree oil product, but it smells really good too – just like a salon!
I tend to get a little bit of buildup on my scalp. It’s not a product buildup, but more like an adult version of cradle cap. Yay, right? Anyway, the tea tree oil helps with getting rid of the buildup. And the scent combination of the tea tree oil and peppermint oil really gives you a peppy feeling, especially in the morning. Once you start lathering your hair and scalp up, your scalp starts to have a refreshing, tingly feeling. Ooooh baby, that’s the stuff! The shampoo also makes your hair really, really clean.
The Tea Tree Oil Conditioner had the same, great minty-tea tree aroma, and even more of a cooling sensation on my scalp. That was super nice. After rinsing it out, I felt like the conditioner wasn’t as conditioning as the one I normally use. Of course, I didn’t think it was nearly as heavy either.
As my hair dried, I noticed that it was extra curly. I figure that it was partly due to the lighter-weight conditioner. I decided to try out the gel to see what would happen. It definitely gave my hair more volume, but it also helped to tame & shape the curls. It didn’t leave a sticky or stiff feeling, either. Just soft and managed, really clean hair.
There were a couple of other things that I loved about the Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. One is that it was made in the US, and the fact that they don’t do animal testing.