Rene Furterer Complexe 5

By now I doubt that it’s a surprise to you that I love all things French pharmacy related. While I am dipping my toes into the hair care world, I spotted Rene Furterer as a must try hair care brand in the industry. Without further ado I researched my way through his products and stumbled upon one that would fit my situation perfectly, that is the Complexe 5. First impressions: lemon in a bottle.

To start of, I’d like to clarify my type of hair first. I’ve got thick Asian hair (though with my recent hair loss, I haven’t got as many of it anymore), which tends to get oily in the roots very easily and gets rather dry at the ends.

Rene Furterer Complexe 5 is a pre-shampoo treatment. It’s an oil that consists of plant extracts with stimulating essential oils, which stimulates your scalp and strengthens hair. It’s a very zesty and invigorating smell, which I love (you know me and my citrus addiction). For those that hate citrus scented products, I’m afraid this one ain’t for you as the scent is quite overpowering. While I do think the application is a bit tricky (the product doesn’t really come out easily), the oil does its job pretty well. I apply it on my roots very generously and then massage it into my scalp. I let it sit for about 10-20 minutes – the instructions say 5 minutes is alright, I tend to forget about it hence I just leave it on longer (I’m a bit of a lazy bee). After the time is over, I wet my hair thoroughly and continue with how I normally wash my hair.

Afterwards I feel that my hair feels so much cleaner, even better than a detox shampoo as this only targets the roots and that with delicate oils instead if alcohol and SLS. The lemony scent lingers very subtly until my next wash, which is about 2 – 3 days. Also, I find that it makes my hair a bit less oily, though I haven’t tried it long enough to say it has really strengthen my hair. Having found a product that can keep my oily roots at bay, you’re looking at a happy camper.

What do you use as a pre-shampoo treatment (if you have one)?