The first time I tried V&M A Hair Story Emu Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, the experience left me so disappointed. The shampoo was so runny that when I used the pump for the first time, it almost squirted the shampoo straight at my face. Worse, I felt it made my dandruff worse. So I threw it away mercilessly. But because I read lots of amazing reviews, I bought it again on my trip to the Philippines last February. And after emptying the entire bottle to the very last drop and bubble, I now have a different hair story to share.
One More Chance, Baby
I found out that aside from the Orange and Peppermint-based version which I tried and tossed out earlier, the shampoo has another variant that uses Rosemary Extract. So I bought the Rosemary-based version and kept my fingers crossed. First and second washes were still bad but I persevered for a whole week and that’s when I started noticing some major difference.
Wonderful in controlling Oil!
Most of the other anti-oily scalp shampoos I’ve tried before only controlled the oil for 2 hours but A Hair Story actually made my oil-free scalp last for almost a day. When I went for my Beijing 101 Consultation about 3 months ago, my scalp appeared quite healthy on the scalp scanner. My follicles were not clogged with oil and I had very little dandruff. It was as if I was looking at another person’s scalp!
Sadly, Good Things Never Seem to Last
Alas, the shampoo suddenly stopped working. Well, it still helped keep my scalp oil-free but it stopped doing anything for my dandruff just when I was about to finish the bottle. I have a theory, though. I think the shampoo started to over-exfoliate and over-dry my scalp because I stopped doing oil hair masks. If I continued with my weekly moisturizing hair and scalp masks, my scalp might have stayed “balanced” which might have prevented it from drying and flaking. Unfortunately, I’ve already ran out of the shampoo so there isn’t any way for me to test whether my theory is right.
Might Dry the Hair
Just like most shampoos made to combat oily hair and scalp, A Hair Story has the tendency to dry the hair. But I noticed that sometimes, when my hair was in good condition, it’s able to maintain just the right amount of moisture as long as it’s dried properly. Washing my hair backwards worked really well while I was using this shampoo.
Ingredients, Scent and Texture
The shampoo’s texture is almost as runny as water but it lathers pretty well, better than most natural shampoos out there. It’s most likely due to the Gugo, which is a popular anti-hairloss and anti-dandruff natural lathering ingredient used in lots of naturally formulated shampoos in the Philippines. This wonder Gugo had recently piqued my interest due to my hair loss and dandruff issues. Scent-wise, it’s strongly refreshing due to the Rosemary which helps kill the usually musky smell of oily hair. I used about a pump and a half for my waist-length hair every wash.
Price & Availability
A Hair Story retails in two sizes: 130ml at S$13 and 250ml at S$22. Sadly, unless you live in the Philippines, you can only buy it through their multiply store and the ordering process looks so confusing since there is no checkout counter. I think–only “think”– the shipping fee to Singapore is around S$30 which is ridiculous! You’d think that at that price the package would need to cross the Pacific Ocean to reach Singpore but it’s only a 3.5-hour flight from the Philippines.
Toss or Keep?
Currently, this is a “potential” HG item for me. So as soon as I figure out how to go around the ridiculous shipping costs, I’ll probably buy at least three bottles. No other naturally formulated shampoo has made a remarkable difference on my oily and dandruff-prone scalp so although it was a disappointing start and end, I’m willing to give V&M A Hair Story yet another chance.