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Have you tried dozens of different shampoos claiming to treat hair loss, damaged, frizzy, or dry hair, dandruff, oily scalp, dullness, or lack of volume…only to find that none of them actually works? I know I have.
Trust me, I’ve tried at least 20 different types of shampoos, and maybe one or two had a SLIGHT improvement, but were either way too expensive to sustain or stopped working after a while. Whenever I went to the salon, I would inevitably find out from my trusted hairstylist of over 20 years that even my overpriced shampoos were still damaging my hair with all the preservatives and artificial foaming agents…leading to clogged pores on my scalp that often result in hair loss and even scalp acne. And Singapore’s humid weather just makes every hair problem magnified.
Most liquid shampoos contain thickening agents, synthetic fragrances, chemicals to create extra lather. Not to mention the non-biodegradable plastic packaging that comes with every single bottle we use, creating more trash for our already over-crowded landfills.
Since then, I’ve been looking for a natural, silicone-free shampoo that helps with my complicated hair troubles, that doesn’t deplete my wallet or contribute to product buildup on my hair and scalp. And that’s when I found Ohmmm’s Canopy Water Activated Powder Shampoo.
It sounded completely foreign to me when I first heard about it. First: what in the world is powder shampoo? I realized it was definitely not the same as dry shampoo, which you sprinkle or spray on your hair without washing. Far from it, this Canopy Water Activated Powder Shampoo REQUIRED water in order to activate it, like it says in the name. From what I know, it’s probably Southeast Asia’s first water-activated powder shampoo; I’ve never seen or heard about anything like it.
I was skeptical, since it claimed to be made with naturally derived ingredients like coconut and sea salt, while gently cleansing your hair and scalp. And it doesn’t come with an exorbitant price tag – it’s priced at $49 for a 113g bottle that can last up to 8 months (of alternate-day usage)!
But all my doubts went away after I tried it for the first time. My dry, uncontrollably frizzy hair seemed significantly tamer and shinier. It even felt softer and smoother! For the first time in years, my hair had volume. And my scalp didn’t get oily as easily over the next day, like it usually does; I know when my scalp and forehead get oily because my fringe (bangs) gets droopy and clumpy (NOT recommended for Singapore’s climate). And yes, I have complicated hair health: oily scalp; dry, frizzy hair that’s prone to breakage; serious hair loss to the point where I have a small bald spot. That’s why I couldn’t believe it when the Canopy Water Activated Powder Shampoo actually WORKED after one night’s washing.
I used the Powder Shampoo for 3 days in a row…and my hair and scalp had never felt healthier. Believe me, I’ve tried all sorts of things before: keratin hair treatments, scalp treatments, luxury ampoules, even natural remedies like apple cider vinegar – which made my scalp smell horrendous. But NOTHING had ever made my hair and scalp feel as good as this Powder Shampoo did. I STILL didn’t want to believe that I’d found The One, so I tested things out by switching back to my original mass-produced shampoo. Immediately I felt the difference: my scalp became oilier the next day (as usual), my frizziness came back in full force (as usual), and I dropped way more hair than I had in the last 3 days (as usual).
I never wanted to go back to normal shampoo again. I’d found The One.
It’s easy to use: one teaspoon is enough for shoulder-length hair like mine, though it might take a few tries to get the right ratio of water to powder for your hair length. Lather it directly on your hair and scalp after adding a few drops of water. This is to ensure that the maximum benefits and lathering goes onto your hair instead of your hands. Because there’s no artificial foaming agent like SLS, the lather may take time to build. My long-time hairstylist Auntie Karen (and haircare experts!) explains that even with normal shampoos, if your hair doesn’t lather up much after the first application, it means there’s too much oil and buildup on your hair. Simply rinse and repeat with the same amount of shampoo (or less) and it should be easier to lather again.
That’s why sometimes, if my hair and scalp get too dirty after a long day out and about, I would wash my hair twice with the Powder Shampoo. Which means that I would use one teaspoon, lather and rinse, then repeat the process with one more teaspoon – only if my hair was exceptionally dirty that day.
What I love about Ohmmm’s Canopy Water Activated Powder Shampoo is that it is free of harmful ingredients like sulfates, plastic, parabens, silicones, artificial chemicals, and fragrances. Its main ingredient is Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, which is naturally derived from coconut (WITHOUT the tell-tale scent of coconut oil)! Using water to activate the powder shampoo, instead of the usual liquid formulations, also means that significantly fewer preservatives are needed, even for the same shelf life. And since it’s in powder form, an added perk is that you can bring it while traveling without worrying about liquid restrictions OR spillage. So much more convenient for cruises or staycays for now! (You won’t want to use hotel shampoos after you’ve experienced how much better the Powder Shampoo is for your hair health.)
What’s more, its plastic-free packaging looks gorgeous with bamboo and hemp string harvested from FSC-certified, sustainably-grown and -harvested forests. This cruelty-free, eco-conscious brand truly cares not just about the environment, but also the people living in it, as microplastics ingested throughout our daily lives can contribute to increased risk of hormonal issues, heart problems, and even cancer. Which is why its founder Daniel strives to create eco-friendly, yet natural and safe products that anyone can use.
The Ohmmm Canopy Water Activated Powder Shampoo works for all hair types and anyone above the age of 5, and now redeem your very own bottle to try from Sample Store.
If you love the product, you can get an exclusive store-wide discount of 15% on the Ohmmm website! Simply enter the promo code “SAMPLESTORE15” and you can try out this gamechanger to restore your hair health.
P.S. Promo is only valid from 21 Sep -23 Nov 2021 -- don't miss your chance to natural, eco-friendly hair care products at discounted rates!
By Cheryl Liew
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