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Smell (Irrelevant to effects)
Since this product is meant to be so ultra-cleansing, we weren’t quite sure what to expect when we opened the bottle. We were pleasantly surprised with a fresh, clean scent that strikes the balance between herbal and sweet notes. Neither overtly masculine or feminine, the scent isn’t aggressive or harsh in any way.
Taste (Irrelevant to effects)
We didn’t taste this shampoo, and you shouldn’t either. It’s not meant for mouths.
The shampoo itself is a thick gel that is slow-flowing and easy to handle. The color is bright green in the bottle but quickly dissipates when lathered. When applied to wet hair, the shampoo lathers densely and quickly. This is good, as a richer lather will help eliminate contaminants more effectively. Do not worry about working the shampoo through the ends—the 3” closest to the scalp will be tested, so running it through your lengths will only waste the product (and it isn’t cheap!).
Effects (Onset, Duration, Intensity)
When we used this cleansing shampoo, we started with a silver dollar-sized amount for our thick, coarse hair. You could probably use less if your hair is finer, but we wanted to make sure we were getting the most from the product. It lathered up very quickly and made for dense, luxurious suds. Per the directions, we allowed the product to rest in our hair for 15 minutes before rinsing. We did take the extra step of agitating it a bit with our fingertips every so often to help loosen contaminant particles.
After rinsing, we were pleasantly surprised at the way our hair felt. It wasn’t overly dry or rough in texture and felt very, very clean—no buildup or residual oil in sight! That said, if you have color-treated hair, prepare to touch up your roots before the test. This shampoo took much of the color out of our hair, particularly around our temples and at the crown.
Several of us are prone to dryness and flaking on our scalps, but we didn’t experience any over-drying or itching after using this product. The aloe vera extract in the shampoo appears to help rehydrate the hair and skin after cleansing. Even after repeated uses, we didn’t experience unpleasant scalp dryness.
Best used for
If you need to pass a hair drug test, this product can be used to successfully cleanse your hair of contaminants like THC. Since most hair drug tests can detect use within a window of about 5 and 90 days, it can be helpful to abstain if you have a longer period of notice.
That said, if you only have a day or two to prepare for your test, you are better off scrubbing intensively and hoping for the best: the THC you consume in that day or two won’t be present in your hair until after your test is over.
Best used with (Complimentary Product)
We found this product to be very effective on its own, but if you only have a short time to cleanse and need to beef up your shampoo regimen, we recommend supplementing with a wash or two with Zydot Ultra Clean Shampoo. The two cleansers combined work to deep-clean your hair shaft, ridding it of THC and other contaminants. Zydot can be added to your purchase of the Aloe Toxin Rid Shampoo when placing your order.
We’re not going to sugarcoat it: this is the single most expensive shampoo we’ve ever used, by a long shot. At $235.90 per 5 oz bottle($47.18 per ounce!), the price is steep. However, compared to the potential cost of losing an awesome job (or your existing one, for that matter) the price may not seem so bad. Also, if your backup plan is to bleach and recolor your hair repeatedly like some cleansing methods call for, you’ll probably spend close to this amount in box dye in addition to doing insane damage to your hair.
If you’re looking to minimize the amount of money you spend on this product as much as possible, try to buy it well before you need it. This will not only save you overnight shipping costs, but it also makes the product available when you need it, allowing you as much time as possible to cleanse.
There are other cleansing shampoos available on the market, but we like the Old Style Aloe Toxin Rid Shampoo for its gentle cleansing properties that rid hair of impurities without stripping it of vital nutrients. The Zydot is a good supplement, but too many cleanses with it will damage your hair over time. In terms of cleansing ability balanced with hair health maintenance, this is one of the best products we’ve tried.
OLD STYLE TOXIN RID SHAMPOO w/ALOE: Treatment is an effective chelating agent that removes residual medication, heavy metals, “chlorine green,” and other impurities harmful to the hair. The botanical Aloe Vera soothes the scalp while eliminating toxins. This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
DIRECTIONS: Apply OLD STYLE TOXIN RID SHAMPOO w/ALOE. Lather well and comb through. Leave on 10-15 minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm water. Repeat as many times as possible.
Note: Bottle will appear to be ½ full to help prevent leakage during shipment.
INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Deionized Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leave (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Disodium Oleamido MEA SulfoSuccinate, Cocamide MEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate-20, di-Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Proteins, Biotin, Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto) Extract, Ceramide-III, Polyglyceryl-3 Distearate, Octinoxate, Thioctic (a-Liproic) Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Metabisulfite, Parfum (Fragrance), Methylisothiazolinone, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Yellow #5