Product Type: Alberto Balsam hair care products
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Alberto Balsam Mandarin Shampoo - I have shiny hair!
Alberto Balsam Mandarin Shampoo
Member Name: PaigeTurner
Alberto Balsam Mandarin Shampoo
Advantages: Cheap and gives a lovely shine to the hair
Disadvantages: Tangles up the hair whilst wet and is difficult to massage in
I bought Alberto Balsam Mandarin Shampoo for one reason - it was cheap. Bottles of this shampoo, and the matching conditioner, usually sell for £1 in Tesco which is cheap anyway, but recently the Alberto Balsam shampoos were all on offer for just 80p - a steal. As this is a cheap end shampoo I did have my doubts over how effective it would be but I felt I had little to lose at this price.
Alberto Balsam Mandarin Shampoo comes in a tall, thin frosted bottle which allows the muted orange colour of the shampoo inside to show through. The bottle is topped off with a flip style cap in black.
On the front of the bottle is a gold edged label with a black background onto which has been placed an eye-catching image of mandarins cut open - even though to be fair if you didn't know you would think they were oranges. Above the image comes the Alberto Balsam brand name, and beneath the image are the words limited edition and mandarin. We are informed by a little sticker in the corner of the label however that this limited edition shampoo is now here to stay.
Under the main front label are the words shampoo in gold-brown writing, the information 'with mandarin and papaya' follows, along with another band of gold right at the bottom informing people the shampoo is aimed at normal to dry hair. The bottle contains 400ml of shampoo.
Turning the bottle around there is a blurb boldly stating that consumers liked this limited edition shampoo so much they have added it to their permanent range. It continues that the shampoo is infused with mandarin and papaya to strengthen the hair and add a deep shine. It also includes many of the ingredients used in higher priced brands, it says, but at a price which means 'you can afford to look glamorous everyday'.
Using this shampoo will make your hair as good as it feels apparently. Then comes three white boxes to highlight the shampoo's main credentials - infuses moisture, gently cleanses and strengthens with pro-vitamin B5.
Directions of use and ingredients follow.
I have to say I took the big claims this shampoo made with a pinch of salt. I doubted it was really going to give my hair a deep shine and whilst it may have similar ingredients to more high quality brands there had to have been some serious cut backs somewhere to be able to sell this shampoo so cheaply.
When I squeezed a small amount of the orange liquid onto my palm I expected this to be the first and only time I was going to use this shampoo. The scent is initially a little too like mandarin yoghurt but within a few seconds the smell starts to warm so it has a deeper and richer scent more akin to satsuma bubble bath from the Body Shop which I love.
Rubbing it through the length of my hair and onto my scalp wasn't too easy. I found on my hair meeting with the shampoo it became quite tangled and I struggled to give it as thorough a massage into my hair as I would have liked.
It rinsed off nicely as the shampoo was quite thin and did not lather up too much but all in all I had not been overly impressed so far.
When I came to dry my hair off I didn't expect my hair to look particularly good but this is when the surprise came. I found that as I dried my hair, a head of shiny, glossy and silky to the touch hair started to emerge. I could hardly believe it. Not many shampoos give me an obvious shine to my hair that you can see when the light catches it. I don't think my hair is the type to be able to radiate a mirror shine. This shampoo is the closest I have ever got to being able to achieve that look. All day I kept catching glimpses of my hair in the mirror and backtracking to have another look to see if that shine was really there - it was. I also enjoyed touching it to feel how soft and silky it was.
I think I have found my cheap shampoo of choice in Alberto Balsam Mandarin Shampoo. I love the shiny, silky effect it has had on my hair. After all, the big claims on the back of the bottle have certainly come true on my hair. I would still intersperse use of this shampoo with a higher end shampoo as I can't believe it would be as good on my hair long term as a more expensive brand. However, I would urge everyone to give it a go as you should be surprised at the results. I certainly was.
Summary: The best cheap shampoo I have come across which gives hair a lovely gloss