Does Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo actually Work? Review | How to Use

Dealing with a dry, irritated, flaky scalp? Tired of the stigma that goes along with dandruff? There is no reason to feel alone or embarrassed – over 50 million Americans struggle with dandruff, and every year we spend nearly $300 million dollars on products to treat dandruff. So for some, the search for the right product has been, and continues to be, a long journey. With new hair products and trends arriving on the market seemingly every other week, how does one know which scalp treatment is best? And what do all these new, trendy, ingredients actually do? In this article we take a look at Briogeo’s Scalp Revival Shampoo, a naturally derived, micro-exfoliating product with charcoal and coconut oil – let’s see what all the fuss is about.

Briogeo - Scalp Revival Shampoo

Characteristics

  • Works against psoriasis flare-ups
  • Relief of dry scalp
  • Stops itching – for prolonged periods
  • The nice smell and feel
  • Gentle yet effective 

Price

  • $$

A 5-Star Dandruff Shampoo

Briogeo is a hair care brand that focuses on nourishment using naturally derived ingredients. This is what they say about their brand:

Briogeo believes that beautiful hair is for everyone and its line of shampoos and texturizing conditioners deliver on that belief. Formulated with naturally pure blends of vitamins, proteins and botanical extracts, its treatments nurture your hair’s beauty as well as its health, leaving it fresher, fuller and more beautiful than ever.’

Here and now, we want to take a look specifically at their Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo – a shampoo that soothes and promotes scalp health. The product makes quite a few impressive claims. They say the shampoo detoxifies, gets rid of impurities, soothes, and moisturises to prevent flakiness. Briogeo boasts that their shampoo cleanses AND fortifies the scalp, while reducing build up and keeping hair soft. All of these benefits sound great, but do customers actually experience this when using the product? It appears so, for the most part.

Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo is a highly rated shampoo online. Many boast of the effectiveness of the product against dandruff, itchy scalp, or oily scalp. This list best describes the most common motivators for reviews to purchase again.

The few that choose to omit a star or two are usually dissatisfied with the packaging or the price. The shampoo comes in a plastic jar with a screw top lid, which is understandably quite cumbersome in a shower. There’s nothing worse than investing (and at over $40, this really is an investment) in an exciting new product, and then realizing that much of it is going to waste. If the product were to be packaged as a regular shampoo bottle or in a pump, it would solve the problem of getting water in the jar and unnecessary waste.
There are also a few users dissatisfied with how their hair was left feeling afterwards, saying the Scalp Revival Shampoo was drying.

Pros & Cons

To summarize, we’ve conducted a thorough list of pros and cons for Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo. In our opinion, it is a great product to use whether you are suffering from dandruff or just feel like getting rid of the build up in your hair. This shampoo is perfect for ‘resetting’ your scalp using (mostly) naturally derived ingredients. And it contains a number of very trendy and new ingredients – some of which are backed up by studies. Other scalp treatments containing charcoal and essential oils will also cost you a pretty penny, so we see no reason not to hop on the trend by starting with Briogeo. They carry an entire Scalp Revival hair care line including a charcoal dry shampoo and a cooling jelly conditioner, if you want to go all in.

Pros

  • Binchotan Charcoal for purifying
  • Coconut oil for moisture
  • Naturally sourced oils
  • Free from sulfates
  • Free from parabens
  • Free from artificial dyes

Cons

  • Contains surfactants
  • Contains perfume
  • Contains presevatives
  • Lack of scientific evidence
  • Cumbersome packaging
  • High price point

Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo: The Not-So-Nice

Briogeo says their anti-dandruff shampoo is clinically proven and derives from 98% natural ingredients – but we put it to the test and discovered that maybe, one should not take these claims at face value.

First of all, when looking at the list of ingredients, there are many appearances by non-natural substances. Reading the fine print, we found a few ingredients that may be cause for concern, such as Polyquaternium-7, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, and Xylitylglucosid. These ingredients may be responsible for the dryness of the hair ends many experience after using. 

In addition, there are several surfactants – these can contribute to build-up on the hair, which kind of defeats the purpose of a cleansing and purifying shampoo.

  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate
  • Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
  • Sodium Methyl Ally Taurate

And, a few preservatives in the form of harsh ingredients like Benzyl Alcohol and Dehydroacetic acid.

It is positive to see that Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo is certified cruelty free and vegan. The brand also points out that their product is gluten free – but since we don’t plan on ingesting it, we aren’t sure why this is relevant or who it applies too.

After taking a closer look, it is hard to believe that 98% of the entire ingredient list is naturally derived. So if that is a priority to you, it is worth considering an alternative. It is also worth considering the lack of evidence backing up the claims that Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo makes. Does Binchotan charcoal really detoxify and draw out impurities from your scalp? Why don’t we have access to the so-called ‘clinical proven’ studies that say 100% of participants said the shampoo was effective?

Key Ingredients 

The claim to fame for Briogeo’s scalp revival shampoo is its unique combination of (mostly) natural ingredients. So let us take a closer look.

  • Binchotan Charcoal – Charcoal, sometimes also called activated carbon, is of late showing up in all sorts of skin care products. The main claim for charcoal is its purifying properties, ability to absorb oils, and balance the skin. Although this is not a super common ingredient in hair products, the charcoal is meant to target the scalp, so it sounds like it could be beneficial. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be any real scientific evidence to back this up. Binchotan charcoal appears to be a specific type of Japanese charcoal traditionally used for cooking, so it is unclear if the name is a huge factor for Briogeo’s shampoo. 
  • Coconut oil – a trendy ingredient in many hair and beauty products aiming to moisturize, and for good reason. There are plenty of studies out there proving the benefits of coconut oil versus other oils. It’s nice to know it’s in this shampoo, due to coconut oil’s ability to penetrate the hair shaft and repair hair fibres. 
  • Tea Tree leaf oil – also known as Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil, it is known for being anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. It also is used in aromatherapy. As is the case with many essential oils, tea tree oil can be harmful in high doses or if stored incorrectly. However, in this case, we applaud Briogeo for including this ingredient, because it is a proven treatment for dandruff. 
  • Spearmint leaf oil and Peppermint oil – these ingredients give this shampoo that tingly, fresh feeling and fragrance that so many customers love. In addition to smelling good, spearmint oil is an antioxidant and antimicrobial. 
  • Ginger root oil – this is an interesting choice to include in a hair product. It is most likely included due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties, which target dandruff. However, ginger has been found to possibly stunt the hair growth cycle. So maybe use caution if you struggle with hair loss.

  • Castor oil – this is a popular conditioning agent in natural based beauty products. It helps the skin retain moisture and therefore helps stop scalp dryness and flakiness, as well as softening and smoothing the hair shaft.

There is, of course, much more to Briogeo’s shampoo than these six key ingredients – and we will get into the details of that later. But these are the ones that make this product stand out from others.

Final thoughts

Now for the real hard-hitter – the price. For us, this was the number one factor in terms of the buying decision. At a whopping $42.00 USD for 8 ounces, you want to be sure that this product works. There is a slightly more reasonable option if you purchase via subscription. In this case, the shampoo will cost $37.50 – and you can cancel at any time. There are many customers that say they use the shampoo as needed, when they notice the dandruff coming back or experience a particularly irritated scalp. If used in this way, it could be worth the investment and therefore last a longer time.

The high price and the impractical packaging make us hesitate when giving Briogeo Scalp Revival the full five stars they currently claim. But it is a fine product that obviously has a large and loyal following, so maybe in the future Briogeo will listen to their customers and make some adjustments. In that case, count us in! I mean, in terms of sheer numbers, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. The choice is up to you!

Last updated on October 8th, 2020

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