In the dark corners of the ethnic hair aisle at Walmart, I found Tío Nacho. The last time I took a Spanish class was in my early years of high school — I still refuse to believe I’m an adult — but it wasn’t exactly my best class if you know what I mean Fun fact: I get mistaken for being Hispanic all the time because I have bigger hair, a thicker, curvier frame and a darker skin tone than most Asians do, however I am 100% Vietnamese. It’s a common occurrence for people to just assume I am Mexican, and it also doesn’t help when I’m buying Mexican shampoo. When people stop me and start talking to me in Spanish, it’s mostly me just hand gesturing and flailing my arms whilst blubbering, “No hablo!” So although my Spanish is quite lacking, I do know that Tío means Uncle. Uncle Nacho. Uncle of the delicious Mexican snack food made of crisp tortilla chips covered in melty, burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth cheese. How could I, yoochunnie, the lover of all food, resist a product with a brand name like that? The fact is, I couldn’t. I bought it and I tried it and I love it. It actually is the only shampoo I’ve used for the last 4-5 months.
Tío Nacho Mexican Herbs Shampoo boasts having natural ingredients: some familiar ones like royal jelly, aloe, ginseng, chamomile and jojoba, as well as some key ingredients I’ve never heard of: ortiga (nettle) and espinosilla, both, I have since read, are good for dandruff and hair loss. All of these ingredients make for healthy, soft, and moisturized hair.
I’m the kind of girl who leaves a trail of shedded hair everywhere I go. My vacuum has more hair in it than dust. I’ve been looking for ways to remedy this problem and have found that with everyday use, this shampoo somehow does reduce fall out. I have less fall out in my pillow in the morning and less in the shower the next day I shampoo. But if I don’t shampoo for a day or two my hair will start falling out like crazy again.
Experts say that shampooing everyday rids your hair of its essential oils, however this shampoo isn’t much of a clarifying shampoo, so I consider it okay for everyday use. Every week or two I’ll pull out a clarifying shampoo to remove the buildup Tío Nacho isn’t able to remove (my favorite is Garnier Fructis’ Pure Clean shampoo). Speaking of clarifying, everyone these days talks about sulfates in beauty products and how they cause over-drying of the hair and skin. Tío Nacho is not a sulfate free product, however it uses the gentler sodium laureth sulfate rather than the harsher sodium lauryl sulfate you should be avoiding. Therefore, it does not dry out my hair, in fact, the moisturizing ingredients balance everything out and actually make my hair touchably soft!
Something also to note is that this shampoo is not paraben free if that is something you are concerned about or if you have overly sensitive skin. Parabens may be thought to cause cancer, but honestly, what doesn’t cause cancer these days. Parabens may also irritate sensitive skin, I have psoriasis and it has not made me flare up so it’s A-okay in my book. It is also pretty far down on the ingredient list and considering a ton of common cosmetics we use everyday have parabens, it is not something that worries me.
This shampoo smells like and has the consistency of a type of herbal, medicinal honey, which I don’t mind and have grown to like, but I could see how some people would be turned off by the smell. A 14 oz bottle of Tío Nacho will put you at around $8, and they also have other varieties for darkening and volumizing aging hair, and a variety for lightening blonde/brunette hair. I’m nearing the end of my second bottle of this stuff and plan to get another bottle soon. Overall, I can’t imagine a better daily shampoo; it manages to reduce my hair loss, makes my hair soft and doesn’t give me the frizzies. I do wish that the hair strengthening effects were more long-lasting and permanent, but for now this shampoo is pretty solid.
yoochunnie is a recent college graduate with an undying love for all deep fried carbs. She is a skincare-aholic, a Kpop aficionado and a not-so-extreme couponer. Being a Houston resident and a San Diego native, she has mastered the art of the homemade In N Out burger and hopes to one day learn how to control Houston’s bipolar weather.