One of my fave big meet perks is sampling. For example, at my most recent nationals (2015 spring SCY), there were all kinds of packets in our swag bags and product jugs (e.g. shampoo, lotion, etc.) in the locker rooms.
If you’re super sensitive to dyes, scents, and more like me, sampling is the way to go. That’s because there’s nothing worse than reacting (e.g. hives, asthma attack, pounding headache) to a new product. Not only does it take 24-48 hours for the reactions to clear, but you’ve also wasted money on a product you can’t use.
One of the samples I tried at home after spring SCY Nationals (athletes with allergies and asthma know not to try new things, especially foods, while on the road competing!) was TRISWIM shampoo and conditioner, and I really liked it.
I didn’t order full-sized bottles right way though. For the past two years, I’d been making my own shampoo and conditioner, which at first was fun, cheap, and all natural, and thus very “non-reactive” for me.
But the monthly concoctions and bottling had become a chore. And my hair really needed a better option to counter classic swimmer’s hair—tangles, chlorine build up, dull appearance.
A shampoo/conditioner upgrade was needed, but my current “streamline my life” phase dictated that I try something easily available locally instead of ordering online to ship. So, I tried a few brands, but I either reacted to them or they still left my hair a snarled, chlorinated mess. After a few months of failed trials, I put TRISWIM on my birthday list.
My first post swim wash and rinse with TRISWIM in late October resulted in a noticeable improvement—the ability to easily and quickly run a wide-toothed comb through my wet hair—no more snarls! Even better, no reaction to either the shampoo or conditioner formulas, and the light scent is one that I can tolerate.
One month later of daily use finds my hair much improved—stronger and looks healthier (less dry, has more shine and body). I’ve also come to appreciate the product color variation (deep blue shampoo, light green conditioner) because blind-as-a-bat people like me can’t tell the difference between shampoo and conditioner in the shower when the product and bottle look exactly the same.
TRISWIM is a little pricier (especially when adding in shipping cost) than what you can buy in the grocery store, but I’ve found a little goes a long way. For me, the product results are worth the price and shipping—I’ll stick with TRISWIM from now on, happy to have found another go-to product that I know works for me.
Next Week: One Year Ago