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I'm not particularly brand loyal to shampoo, I tend to buy whatever is on offer. I bought some Aussie recently as it was on offer in Wilkinsons. Having tried the Aussie range before and liking it, I thought I'd be safe with these. I got a shampoo, a condition and a deep conditioner for £10.
This shampoo is for volume, I picked it up without paying too much attention and apparently it's for dry thin hair. I have thick normal hair - oops! The first thing I noticed on picking the products up was that the Real Volume Shampoo was 300ml and the Real Volume Conditioner was 250ml. I have no idea why, especially as I always find conditioner runs out way before shampoo (hence I bought two conditioners!)
The bottle is a decent size and has a button lid so it's really easy to use in the shower/bath. No problems with packaging at all (other than the random different sizes) This shampoo has a picture of some hops on the front, and the bottle explains that the shampoo contains hops to add volume to hair. Anybody who has tried Aussie products will tell you about their lovely scent - I always smell it as a lovely, rich gummy bubblegum flavour. I was looking forward to it as I haven't used an Aussie product in a while. This doesn't smell like that at all. The best way I can describe the smell is like an old lady's armchair! It's an old fashioned floral kind of smell, I imagine it's the hops but it does nothing for me at all. I'm usually ambivalent to shampoo smells but the smell of this as it lathers up and as I dry my hair is horrible.
The shampoo lathers up well, although I find it makes my hair somewhat plastic-y and squeaky! As I rinse it off my hair squeaks in my hands, which makes me worry that there are plastics in the product. After drying, my hair looks lovely and shiny, and it does feel volumised and lifted. I have no complaints after drying, my hair feels strong and lovely.
The results of this product are good but the using of it isn't working for me. I hate the smell and the plastic feeling when washing is horrible. I'll finish the bottle but I won't be buying the Real Volume products from Aussie again, even though I am happy with the end result
I am always going on about having flat and limp hair. My friends think I am lucky because I hardly have to use my straighteners, but they don't understand that I have to plump my hair up in every way possible to make it look alive! I have a couple of great products already but I will always be on the lookout for more!
I have seen this brand around for quite some time, especially on the top shelves of Boots and Superdrug's and it has always caught my eye. However, no matter how intrigues I have been, I have never used their products. I think the main reason is that the products look quite specialised. They don't have simple bottles with simple bits of writing, they have huge long paragraphs about what the product is and they have always seemed a bit pricey.
I also assumed they were mainly a brand for curly or frizzy hair. Why? I have no idea where I got this idea from! But it shows that one advertising campaign can really kill a brand!
Basically, Aussie is a hair care brand that uses extracts of Australian ingredients which are supposed to give great benefits. The brand also has a great slogan; 'There's more to life than hair'. I love the relaxed but professional appeal of this brand and I like the fact they don't promise to be the super glamorous brand that others do, but just a down to earth, simple hair care brand that wants their confidence to be passed on through their hair care.
** Aussie Aussome Volume Shampoo **
The Shampoo comes in a thick plastic cream bottle, with a simple purple and green design. The lid is good because you push in one side and the other side pops out letting you squeeze the shampoo out without worrying about losing the lid.
The Design of the bottle, as with most of their packaging is simple, with a little Kangaroo logo embedded around the top and on the front of the bottle. But for me the interesting thing about this Shampoo is the amount of writing it has on it.
The front states that this shampoo is for fine and limp hair. (That's got me covered then) and explains that it is made with Australian hops. It is supposed to leave your hair with body and fullness from roots to tip. It even spouts its confidence by shouting Bring on the big hair!
On the back of the bottle hosts more green writing. The Volume Shampoo also states that it is lightweight formula and the Australian Hops coat the hair with proteins and this helps build up the hair. It also jokes about making better use of the hops then just making Aussie Beer!
** Price & Availability **
I bought a 300ml bottle for £3.99. I think this is slightly on the expensive side but the Aussie brand is often on promotion in shops like Boots so I would always try and buy them on promotion in the future. It is available online if you want to browse around and I have found it to be cheaper online but then you have to look into price and packaging.
As I said before, this brand is available all over the internet and in supermarkets, chemists and department stores. So if you want to give it a go then you will be able to get your hands on it.
** Directions **
As with most shampoos the directions are relatively simple. Open Bottle, (it helps.... Yes the bottle says this!) Massage shampoo deeply into scalp and roots of wet hair while your flatmate exclaims 'What's that delicious smell?' (Yes, the bottle says that too). So the colloquial directions are simple but quite amusing.
** What Is It Like To Use? **
The shampoo itself is a thick, clear like gel. It isn't too runny so it lets you manage the amount you use. I tend to use a small amount at first because it does foam up well and I always have the concern that it will turn my hair greasy. In general, you don't need very much because it does foam up a lot.
One of the nicest things about this shampoo and one of the most surprising is the fragrance. It smells really fresh almost fruity. It is quite a sweet aroma and I love those smells. It really does smell natural compared to some shampoos that smell completely synthetic. The fragrance does stay with the hair once it is dry but very lightly and the sweetness relaxes to just a nice fresh and clean smell. Once I rinse out the shampoo which comes out really easily, I can instantly feel the softness in my hair. I do use a conditioner because I have fine and long hair so I need to stop it from breaking, but I have been using that for months so any difference will be down to the shampoo.
Down to the important bit. I find it hard to get a good volumising shampoo that does not make my hair greasy at the crown of my head. I have fine hair and anything too thick just weighs it down. So once I had blasted my hair with the hair dryer I was please to say it did look fresh and clean with no heavy, weighed down feeling. My hair looked shiny and healthy which is always a good thing. As for the important volume. Well in my opinion it really does add some oomph to my hair. It isn't flying away but I can feel the uplift at the roots of my hair. The front side fringe would usually just limp down as I tuck it behind my ear, when I use this shampoo I can actually see the 'dip' where my hair lifts up from my head with volume. If you have flat hair then you will understand how chuffed I am!
I also find that the added lift to my hair stays throughout the day. Usually as soon as I leave the house the oomph leaves me. But with this shampoo my hair still has a little lift by 3pm. To be honest my hair still gets greasy by the next morning, but so far nothing has managed to fix that.
The only down side to this shampoo is that it probably isn't great for sensitive scalps. After using it continuously for about a month I have notices my scalp is slightly itchier than normal. Only slightly though. So I have decided I will give it a break every now and again. Because it irritates my scalp ever so slightly after constant use, I wouldn't recommend it for those that suffer with dandruff either as I think it would make it worse due to any itching. It doesn't feel great for the scalp as such, but it definitely works wonders for the hair.
** Recommendation **
I would recommend this shampoo to people who want more volume but who does not have very sensitive scalps. It is a great product that leaves my fine hair full and healthy.
I like the simple but effective packaging and I have already bought my second bottle. You don't need very much due to the thickness of the shampoo and if you have fine hair (who this product is aimed at) then you shouldn't be using tonnes of product anyway.
I will be looking a their other products in the near future but I will give my hair a little break for it once every few weeks just to ensure it does not start to irritate my scalp.
A great introduction and I will be using the Aussie brand again.
I bought this shampoo after I'd been using a cheaper shampoo from which I'd had dissipating results. I decided to treat myself to this Aussie Shampoo as I'd heard great things about the brand.
I had high hopes for this shampoo after having a bad experience with the previous one I had tried - I thought that it would give guaranteed great results as it is a good brand. My first worry about the shampoo came when the cashier at Tesco where I bought the shampoo said as she scanned it - 'I love the smell of this shampoo but I can't use it as it leaves my hair so lank!' I paused and wondered whether to stop her putting the shampoo through the till. I decided to go ahead and buy it as everyone's hair is different.
When I got the Shampoo home I gave it a good sniff as the description on the back of the bottle promised an amazing aroma. I was pleasantly surprised - the hoppy smell was lovely and quite unusual - a bit of a refreshing change from the usual fruity smell with other shampoos.
It was all looking pretty promising so I was looking forward to having my first shower with my new product. As anticipated, it smelled gorgeous as I lathered it up. It produced a good rich lather, and did feel very nice as I washed my hair.
Unfortunately the results after I got out of the shower were disappointing. As I dried my hair the Tesco cashier's words rang in my head as I realised my hair was suffering the same fate as hers - it was turning out to look quite limp and lifeless - what had happened to my huge mope of curls?!! Grudgingly I stuffed my hair up into a bun. My hair treat had turned into a bit of a hair disaster!
Needless to say I didn't bother to finish the bottle. I tried it a couple more time but each time the result was pretty much the same. For £3.40 a bottle a I expected more. Granted, it's not a huge price but I've bought much cheaper shampoos that have given much greater results.
Confusingly for some, this product has now been renamed Aussome Volume, but I assure you, it is just as good inside!
I'm a massive fan of Aussie shampoos and conditioners, not least because usually you can wangle an offer. I normally manage to pick mine up on buy one get on free's, or sometimes a two for...whatever.
Regardless of price though, these are really great shampoos. I have only tried the Mega (great, all round shampoo) and this one, as my hair can be quite fussy, and doesn't like a lot of shampoos. The great thing about this shampoo, is when they say volume, they mean it. I mean, no shampoo can deliver gravity defying locks, but this comes close.
For a 300ml bottle, you can usually expect to pay around £3.50-£4, but like I say, hunt them down on an offer! The 300ml size is perfect too, I like the bargains of these massive bottles, but I'm never strong enough to lift them with wet hands...
The shampoo itself is great and a lovely consistency. The smell is out of this world too, as they make it with real hops. So it does smell slightly beer-y but not in a bad way. It might help you pull...
The effect was really great too, I'm always really happy with this shampoo. My hair always looks really clean and volumised, and I never have any trouble rinsing, as I do with some others.
To sum up, great product, with an amazing scent.
I had only ever heard good things about Aussies hair care range so when this shampoo was on offer (2 for £6) in Boots i thought i would give it a go.
The packaging is just a simple bottle, in a cream colour with purple and green words on it. The bottle contains 300ml.
The first thing i noticed was the smell, i really like it. I would say it is quite a strong scent, very hard to describe though. It lathered fairly well, not as well as other shampoos i have used before however, none the less until this point i was quite happy with the product.
However, when it came to drying and brushing my hair i found that my hair was very knotty and quite dry. I was very disappointed. Also i did not find that it gave the volume and body it claims to on the packaging, my hair was as flat as ever.
Price wise i think it is expensive for what it is. At the moment the 2 for £6 offer is still on in Boots but when not on offer each bottle is about £3.50.
I did not buy this shampoo for its volume making properties, I was looking more for a shampoo (and conditioner) that didn't make my short hair greasy and I had heard that volume shampoos are good for that seeing as they attempt to ensure that hair isn't weighed down.
Well it did the job for me - I now have clean, nice smelling hair that doesn't get greasy incredibly quickly - however in terms of volume, I didn't exactly end up with big hair at the end of it (which is fine for me but not so much for everyone else looking for a bit of Dallas in their lives!)
In terms of price - well I think it's a bit pricey for what it is but I find that it's often on special offer (BOGOF or two for a fiver) at Boots, Superdrug or Tesco and so I only buy it then.
I'm a big fan of Aussie products in general, and I can't live without their 'Three Minute Miracle' conditioner. So, in pursuit of Cheryl Cole style locks, I was excited to try their Real Volume Shampoo.
Like the rest of the Aussie range, this comes packaged in a thick, opaque bottle 300ml bottle. It's not the most attractive product in my bathroom, but nor is it unpleasant to look at. Pop open the cap, and you have a thick, slightly pearlescent shampoo inside, which smells quite botanical, with a hint of beer (it contains hops).
The shampoo lathered readily, leaving my hair feeling clean, soft and volumized. My initial reaction was to be impressed. However, within a few hours, I started to develop an itchy scalp. Over several days of using the shampoo, this got worse and worse, until my skin started flaking badly. At that point I decided to stop using this product, and slapped on some good old-fashioned Head and Shoulders. The irritation cleared up immediately.
Though the shampoo did what it said on the tin, so to speak, it wasn't without side-effects. I'd advise anyone with sensitive skin to proceed with caution, especially as a bottle of this costs almost four pounds, which is an annoying amount of money to waste when it doesn't work!
Recently as my hair has grown a little longer I've noticed that it looks constantly flat! So I went on a mission to find a shampoo and conditioner that would make my hair full of volume a la Cheryl cole without having to use too much product on my hair (usually it requires LOADS of mousse and enough hairspray to make my room highly explosive!) So after trying a few products with no results I noticed 'Aussie Aussome Volume' and being a huuuge fan of their '3 Minute Miracle' I decided I wouldn't be too disappointed. I'm extremely optimistic :D ha!
What is it?
Aussie Aussome Volume shampoo (300ml)
How much does it cost?
In Asda it's usually about £3.44 each it was on offer when I first bought it at 2 for £6 (so I also purchased the conditioner too for best results obviously!)
What it says:
Our unique lightweight formula, with extract of Australian hops, leaves hair with wonderful fullness and body. Big hair is beautiful.
Fair enough, beer's probably the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Australian hops, but there's a lot more to these little fellas than meets the eye. It's believed that the proteins in the hops coat your hair and help build it up. Frankly we think beer is a waste of good hops.
Sounds good, huh?
What I thought -
Well the first time I used it everything seemed to be great! I loved the smell (nothing like the 3 minute miracle conditioner thankfully!), it was great at lathering my hair felt amazingly clean and I swear my hair looked slightly fuller. So I was happy with the results. So the next day I washed my hair with it again and this time when my hair was dried it was back to being flat. Slightly disappointing but I thought perhaps I'd have to use it a while before I got any results. So for the last 8 weeks I've been using this shampoo and conditioner, and i will continue with it until it runs out, but I definitely haven't had any results as far as bigger hair is concerned :(
Would I buy it again?
I'm not actually sure if I would buy it again. In my opinion it does get your hair really clean and as I have oily hair I've noticed it doesn't get quite as oily as quick as it normally would. I love the smell too, it's hard to describe it but it doesn't smell as soapy? as normal shampoos do. I think that I definitely wouldn't buy it to achieve volume though.
So overall i'm a little disappointed that I don't have big, bouncy locks to rival Mrs Cole but I am still a fan of the Aussie brand.
Now where's the hairspray?!
After reading some of the more negative reviews of this product I thought I aught to write my own. I have never been a fan of the cheaper high street shampoos, in fact I'm a bit of a shampoo snob, but Aussie Real Volume has changed my mind. I have found it to add volume and shine to my hair, and it leaves it managable and easy to style, brilliant work for such a low price tag. It washes out well, leaving no sticky residue, which consequently means there's no build up. The product smells lovely too, and the smell lingers on the hair which I really like, this may not be something other people feel to be an advantage. I should also add I use it along side the Aussie Real Volume conditioner, and together the two products really leave my hair feeling clean and with a nice bounce.
I would say that perhaps there are other products out there with a higher price tag which might give you noticable effects. But I think it does exactly what it says it does and for a great price too.
Seems I'm in the minority again, but I think this product is great.
I've tried loads of different shampoos and conditioners over the years to try and stop my hair looking so flat and lifeless and this is the only one that has actually worked and I've really noticed the difference when I've started to use it. It doesn't seem to last once my hair gets used to the change and although its not expensive it is more than I usually like to spend on shampoo so now I just use it occasionally as a treat to myself.
I'm trying to remember the smell and honestly I can't. I can't remember it at all, whether it was pleasant or unpleasant, strong or whatever. I wondered whether maybe its so long since I used it that they've changed it but then remembered that I used a bottle a couple of months ago. I have to admit I don't have a very strong sense of smell, but I'd say its within the normal range and the smell certainly never put me off.
I received a gift set of the Aussie Real Volume Shampoo and Conditioner plus 3 minute miracle conditioner for Christmas and I was really chuffed - I love trying new products and thought what a great gift - lovely shiny thick hair!!
I had heard great things about the Aussie range so really expected to get on well with the products. It was a surprise then when my first impression was that the smell of the product was pretty horrid. The shampoo is supposedly enriched with Kangaroo Paw flower and can't say as I have ever smelt one of those, but if it smells the same as the shampoo I would steer well clear. The overwhelming impression of the smell is one of quite strong chemicals - not floral at all, and definately not pleasant.
When you bypass the smell, the shampoo does lather nicely and rinses easily away. However, the real test is obviously how your hair feels after the wash. The marketing write up says that the shampoo gives shine and bounce to the most lifeless hair without build up. Well, I didn't get any of these effects and instead felt the opposite - my hair just felt flat afterwards, and not particularly shiny. Even worse, it made my scalp dry and itchy - not what I want from a shampoo at all!
So, no recommendation from me for what is supposedly a cult product - maybe just my hair type it didn't work for, but with all the other lovely hair products on the market, I wouldn't even say it was worth a try.
PS - I know this sounds ungrateful as I received this as a gift, but all is not lost - the shampoo came in really cute red bag which has had lots of use!!
Glancing through the special offers at Tesco, something I do more often in these penny pinching times, I stumbled upon some Aussie hair care products at an enticing one third off, just £2.27 instead of £3.40. I have not used Aussie products for years not through any dissatisfaction but because I just drifted away. In fact I seem to recall I was quite a fan and always found their shampoos especially effective leaving the hair feeling as if the shampoo had also acted as a conditioner. As my hair is fine, flyaway and always in need of some body I went for their Real Volume Shampoo and eagerly anticipated the results. How boring is my life that a new shampoo can cause me so much excitement?
Of course there can be no prizes for guessing whence Aussie products originate or can there? I was surprised to learn that, although the ingredients are supposedly from the land of the kangaroo, they were developed by an American hair supremo, Tom Redmond. Apparently when visiting Oz in 1979, he was introduced to many local fruit and other natural remedies. He was impressed by such delights as blue gum leaves, Australian custard apple. Quandong, mint balm, wild cherry bark and Jojoba seed oil and it dawned on him that such exotic ingredients might well benefit tired frazzled locks. From this experience came his first product the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor quickly followed by many other lines designed to cope with problem hair. In 1997 Redmond Products was sold to Bristol-Myers Squibb and became part of Clairol which in 2001 was sold to Procter & Gamble. I didn't know all this when I made my purchase. It's so easy to be fooled into thinking you are buying from quite a small specialised concern and that because its products are based on natural ingredients they must be ethically sound only to find out you are actually adding to the coffers of a huge multinational and in this case one with very poor environmental and animal testing credentials!
Nevertheless, remembering Aussie from the old days, I looked forward to the experience of trying this Real Volume shampoo. The cream opaque plastic bottle is quite a plain but brightened by the familiar purple logo with its leaping kangaroo and matching cap. I read that this 300ml of shampoo contains "extract of Australian hops" which leaves the hair "with body and fullness from roots to tips." I wondered for a minute about the hops but then had to smile as I remembered that, when I was a nipper, my Mum used to wash my hair using a very popular beer shampoo! Well perhaps fifty years ago we knew a thing or two because I read on and apparently the proteins in the hops coat the hair and help build it up! Most of the other ingredients, which I have to squint to read, are incomprehensible and unpronounceable but I do note the presence of citric acid, Hawaiian white ginger and wild cherry.
In the shower, the handy rocker mechanism dispenser is easy to cope with and I pour a little of the colourless clear liquid into my palm. There is an aroma and quite a pleasant one but it's difficult to describe. Quite sharp at first it then settles into a gentler fusion of spicy fruitiness with a hint of sweetness. I can't identify the hops but then I realise that, even though I come from Kent originally, I have no idea what hops smell like! I massage it into my wet hair and I don't need a great deal before I am well lathered. Amazingly the directions end there, no mention of rinsing it out and no mention of a second application. I decide rinsing would be advisable and it takes quite an effort to clear all the bubblea but eventually my hair is squeaking.
This was my first experience and it was rather misleading because I invariably use a Trevor Sorbie hair thickening mousse whilst my hair is still damp. I do know this works well and I have already reviewed it. The end result was satisfactory and my hair appeared thick with plenty of body but soft and shiny too. But was it any better than when I used other shampoos? I decided it was too close to call. I did find that my hair still looked quite good the following day and I did not need to wash it again.
The real test came several applications later when my home hairdresser came to give me some streaks and a trim. I washed my hair before he arrived and just left it to dry without any styling products. When it dried I couldn't notice any increased volume. It hung lifeless and sparse and looked a right sight! I used it again when I rinsed out the potions Jermaine used to streak me beautiful. Now Jermaine does not use any styling products when he blow dries my hair and usually he manages to make it look reasonably voluminous being very adept with his brush strokes. However this time I was disappointed. Although it was nicely cut and styled, it looked limp and very flat. After he left I re-brushed it and it was rather fly away even with a hint of static. Of course, this could have been down to the colouring products but it has never happened before and the only difference from previous occasions was the application of the Aussie.
So would I buy it again? Definitely not! It is quite pleasant to use, not exorbitantly priced and seems to be lasting well as a little lathers a long way. The hair feels quite fresh after use and the scalp, clean without any trace of the skin irritation to which I am prone. But unfortunately it just doesn't do what it claims for my hair. There is no lift, no voluminous appearance and "that bit of oomph" promised by the hype on the container never happened for me! I have had better results with other thickening shampoos and I have used cheaper shampoos with no 'volumising' credentials but much the same results. It is not the worst shampoo I have ever used but I think the beer shampoo my Mum used to use did a better job even if it didn't smell as sweet!
I have tried a few of the Aussie products and particularly like the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle. This is another shampoo I thought would be worth trying.
What is it?
A shampoo designed to boost volume and also keep those frizzy locks under control.
It comes in a plastic bottle with an easy to open flip top lid. They stand up well on the side of the bath.
The smell of the Aussie range is always a draw for me, they are usually bursting with candy smells or sheer fruityness. This one had a subtler smell, a fruity smell without being sickly or overpowering.
As with most Aussie products, just a little is needed as it lathers up very well. I recommend a ten pen piece worth. Wok through from root to tip then follow with a warm rinse followed by a cool blast. After the wash, I did not notice an immediate difference, though the hair did feel clean and there were no knots or kinks in it. It seemed to rinse out product pretty well, getting rid of traces of hairspray.
After a blowdry, the hair did have a little more bounce to it, though not significant enough to make me scream with delight. It did not appear to have tamed the frizz though and the fringe was still prone to kinking. It sort of works, but it did not deliver the same pleasing results that I experienced with the 3 Minute Miracle deep conditioner for keeping hair in order and adding oomph.
Expect to pay about £4.50 for a bottle, though often they are on offer where you can two for £6.00. It will give you some volume, but is not the best Aussie product in the range.
The Aussie philosophy is "There's more to life than just hair but it's a good place to start" which I think is great! I am a huge fan of the Aussie hair products, especially the smells, the products I have used (including the luscious and miracle ones) smell delicious!!
I really dislike my hair, it's fine, limp, dry, lifeless hair that's also really frizzy. I think most of the Aussie range of products would be suited to my hair, it just can't decide what it is! I thought I'd move away from my usual choice of product and try something different. Casually browsing the shelves and on the front of one of the bottles read "With Australian hops, our unique formula leaves your hair with body and fullness from roots to tips. Bring on the big hair" - Perfect I thought and swiftly purchased my hair miracle in a bottle along with the same conditioner!
The next morning I stepped into the shower, sadly actually quite excited about the results of my hair products, poured it out of the bottle into my hand....yuk...the smell was horrible in comparison to the other Aussie stuff that I've used. Now I may be being a little harsh or my smell is completely off but I do think it has a slight hint of sick! On a more positive note it lathered up well and I found I didn't need to use very much of the product.
Now onto the results, I saw a slight increase in the volume of my hair at the roots but within a few hours my hair was back to normal. My hair was smooth, soft and shiny but I get this from other shampoos that are substantially cheaper and the result that I had wanted was the "big hair" advertised to me! I continued to use the product thinking it may improve with constant use but I haven't seen any change. I've switched back to my usual miracle moist products. I will now only use the volume one in emergencies if I run out of alternative products.
It's also pretty expensive at about £3.50 for a 300ml bottle which for a product that for me, didn't deliver even near the results I was hoping for. Disappointed customer!
I have about as much interest in what shampoo I wash my hair with as hair I have to wash - my regular brand is whatever Mrs P strategically sites just out of arm's reach of the shower.
Of course she's not any more loyal than me, she changes her hair-care products more often than I change my mind...wait, I'll rephrase that...oh, never mind.
Recently, we've been enjoying a soap from down under - no, not Neighbours - AUSSIE REAL VOLUME SHAMPOO. Now I haven't got a clue why anyone would want a shampoo that's really loud, but there you go. Perhaps the 'volume' refers to bulk and not audio, perhaps not.
Actually, looking at the very ordinary, off-white plastic bottle (very scientific-looking, I'd say, although why they'd have an image of a giant rodent on it is anyone's guess), it states that it "adds volume and body". So that clears that up then.
Apparently, it also contains Australian hops...HOPS? Maybe it's a beer shampoo, or are the Australian hops the result of a marsupial leaping?
In fact, I had a little look at their website and here's what they say:
"Our revolutionary weightless formula, with AUSTRALIAN HOPS, leaves hair with body and fullness from roots to tips.
For fine / limp hair
Leaves hair with volume and body. Also tames annoying fly-aways."
Hmm. "Weightless formula"? Now what the heck does that mean?
"For fine / limp hair"? I can categorically state that there's nothing... I said NOTHING, limp about me, thank you very much.
And why would anyone want to tame flies?
But never mind the technical hooha, what we really want to know is whether it gets your hair clean and does it add volume.
Well, since it's essentially soap, I guess the cleanliness issue is a foregone conclusion. As for adding volume and/or body to your hair, far be it for me to debunk the scientific claims of a highly respectable company like Proctor&Gamble, but I wouldn't bet on it (d'ya see what I did there?). Flip's sake people, it's a shampoo. It's soap for washing yer napper, not some miracle cure for thinning locks.
Speaking of flips, the bottle has a nifty little flip-top which ensures that you don't overdo it while dispensing the stuff onto your nut. Very useful for conserving supplies - absolutely hopeless for an in-depth reviewer to thoroughly examine his/her product. Fortunately, the top also unscrews so you can get a really good whiff of the stuff, which I'm about to do.
Wowser! subtle it's not.
The aroma is like a cross between a hairdressers's and a sweetie shop - clean hair, glossy mags and cups of tea intermingled with bubble-gum (hair and bubble-gum? there's a couple of things that don't go well together). It's quite pleasant, but not very shampooey and a little too sweet.
On pouring a little of the thick and gloopy contents onto my hand, the first thing I notice is that it's clear and colourless...no, not exactly colourless, it has a faint, rosy pink tinge which is quite attractive, like rose-tinted glasses.
As I said, it's thick and gloopy and I expect a little goes a long way. In my follically-embarrassed position, a yoctolitre goes for miles (whaddya mean, what's a yoctolitre? look it up!).
For the purposes of this review, I shan't be actually washing my hair - no point in overdoing the personal grooming, is there? Instead, I'll just pour a small amount on my hand, lather it up and have a good sniff etc., and rely on memory to describe the effects of washing my hair (it was washed only yesterday, so it shouldn't be too hard).
It lathers up really well (I probably used far too much though - more like a picolitre) and produces acres of thick, lush foam. A vigourous massage quickly ensues, followed by a refreshing rinse.
It says to repeat if desired, so...
It lathers up really well (I probably used far too much though - more like a picolitre) and produces acres of thick, lush foam. A vigourous massage quickly ensues, followed by a refreshing rinse.
Well, it left my hair feeling luxuriously clean and smelling like an escapee from the Willy Wonka factory, so that can't be bad. As for adding volume, the jury's out on that one. AUSSIE produce a shampoo/conditioner called Miracle Moist - it's not miracle shampoo I need to add some volume to my hair... Miracle-Gro fertilizer might be a better bet (that doesn't work either...apparently).
They recommend that after shampooing, you use AUSSIE RV conditioner - they would, wouldn't they? Well, I did, didn't I, but that's another review.
In conclusion, it seems a decent enough shampoo, but I can't say that I noticed an awful lot of difference between this and any other over-priced product (actually, at around 3½ quid for the 300ml bottle, it's not all that expensive compared to many other 'premium' hair products).
Also, such a sweet aroma emanating from your skull might be considered a drawback by some people, especially those allergic to bee and wasp stings, those who don't particularly relish the thought of being trailed by packs of drooling canines or followed around by obese, sweet-toothed kiddies. As I don't fall into any of the aforementioned categories, it's not a problem for me and in truth, I quite liked the smell.
It lathers well, it gets your hair clean like any self-respecting shampoo should, and it smells like bubble-gum. It's OK.
Aims to dramatically increase fullness and body from roots to tips and tame flyaway hair