“ Brand: Aussie / Type: Hair Shampoo / What it does: Smoothes, „
I recently discovered Aussie Shampoos and Conditioners and was very pleased with the quality of them that I stocked up when I saw them on special offer. My favourite so far is the Miracle Moist shampoo but I thought I would try some others in the range and so my next purchsase was the "Smooth Mate Shampoo" which is designed for flyaway static hair.
The shampoo comes in a 300ml bottle in Aussies trademark colours of cream and purple. It has a flip top cap which manages to stay pretty clean after frequent use which I like. The shampoo costs around £3.99 a bottle but you can often find it on special offer.
The special ingredient used in the shampoo is extract of Australian Blue Gum leaves which Aussie claims helps to control static and smoothes flyaways.
The shampoo itself is a very light blue colour, its almost white with just a hint of blue, I am a bit sceptical as to whether there really is enough blue gum leaves to change the colour or whether (most likely) they dye the shampoo blue to make it look nice. Either way I am happy to report it doesn't give your hair a blue rinse!
Directions are no different from any other shampoo. The shampoo is quite thick and it foams up to a good lather quickly without needing to use much. It rinses out fairly easily too. The smell is nice, not as strong as my other Miracle Moist shampoo but a nice fruity sweet fragrance which isn't too overpowering.
All sounds good but does it do anything more than any other shampoo, I would have to answer no. It's a nice shampoo, it smells nice and leaves my hair clean and fairly soft and shiny. But although its nice I don't like it as much as my Miracle Moist shampoo. I don't think that it smoothes my hair anymore than other shampoo, I don't find static is a huge problem for me so it didn't make much difference there. As for flyaways, I still have a few little flyaway hairs at the top of my head so the shampoo hasn't managed to smooth out these. So I don't think this shampoo is really as good as some of the other shampoos in the range, so I won't be buying it in the future.
Aussie Smooth Mate Static Shampoo
Description: Manufacturer: Aussie / Type: Hair Shampoo.
Before I begin this review, I would like to explain a little about my hair type, and why I believe that I need products like this shampoo. I have quite long, highlighted blonde hair. Unfortunately I am not one of those lucky people with gorgeous smooth hair which is manageable and shiny.
Instead, of having the hair that I covet, I have slightly wavy hair which is prone to curling in the slightest drop of rain or humidity. It doesn't fall into perfect curls either, instead just looks frizzy so I have to use products designed for my hair type and straighten it every day to try and keep it looking sleek and straight. I also use GHD hair straighteners to try and limit the damage that this does (along with a heat protection spray).
Because my hair needs a lot of help to make it manageable, I try a lot of different products and while there are some that I return to time after time, I am often to be found trying new things too. I have used a few different things from the Aussie range and while they are not the cheapest range on the market, they are also not the most expensive and some of them are great, leaving my hair smelling amazing and looking fab.
The Aussie shampoos and conditioners can be found for sale in most chemists and supermarkets and retail for around £5.50. You can collect Advantage points if you buy them from Boots too.
The first thing that you will notice when you use this shampoo is the colour, it is blue! The reason for this is because the shampoo contains extracts of Australian Blue Gum which is believed to help control static and keep hair frizz free.
Now for me, one of the best things about the Aussie range is the fragrance which smells like delicious and fruity bubble gum. After using, I can smell the shampoo in my hair right through to the next day and I love it, it really is an amazing fragrance and quite distinctive to the brand so if you haven't tried it before, then you certainly should, even just for the mouth watering smell!
It is recommended by Aussie that you use a corresponding conditioner to give your hair the best chance of benefiting from the products - though I suppose they would say that!
I find that after using this shampoo with a matching conditioner, my hair does feel sleeker and is less prone to frizz. There is definitely less static and my hair seems more manageable and less flyaway. Unfortunately, I like to use a shampoo designed to help me get the most out of my highlights (usually John Frieda lightening shampoo in case you are interested) so I do find that I have to alternate between the two.
In summary, this shampoo does exactly what it promises and smells amazing. I would be tempted to but it for the fragrance alone so it is a definite bonus that my hair feels soft, sleek and less flyaway. 5 respectable Dooyoo stars from me!
***Why did I buy it?***
During a random shopping trip to Tesco (I was only there to purchase a subway sandwich for lunch) I decided to have a browse around to see what products were on offer - ended up spending more than I intended but I managed to pick up a few extra special deals. One of these deals was any two Aussie hair care products for £5.00, that's £2.50 per item so of course I took advantage and bought 4 different products in the Aussie range because I simply can't resist a bargain and having used Aussie stuff before and being impressed I didn't really think I could go wrong.
The first of these products was of course Shampoo - a 300ml bottle of the stuff; but not just any old shampoo "smooth mate Shampoo", " for flyaway static, please sit still hair". Now I don't know about some of you, but I often find that throughout the day my hair can become quite static and even running my hands through it can be a nightmare especially with it being so long so I thought what the heck I'll give it a bash and see if it makes a difference.
***A little bit of History***
Most of you I'm sure will have come across the Aussie range with it's recognisable Aussie branding in simple yet noticable purple and cream packaging with the dainty little kangaroo detailing. Well this popular haircare brand hasn't actually been around that long. It all started in 1979 (just over 30 years ago) when Tom Redmond an American hair guru whilst visiting Australia was introduced to some fruit , unique to the continent and used as a remedy for various things which got Tom thinking about the qualities these particular fruits possessed and the benefits that could be passed on to poor frizzy haired people like me.
Tom's first success in the UK was the Aussie 3 minute miracle reconstructor and the rest is history. Gaining success through word of mouth, Aussie products are popular here in the UK, and throughout Europe.
***Aussie Smooth Mate Shampoo***
Reading the bottle the main ingredient used in this particular shampoo is extract of Australian Blue Gum leaves so no surprise that when I squeeze a little of the shampoo onto my hand guess what colour it is - yep, you're right - blue; probably just a gimmick. The Blue Gum leave extract has been added as claimed on the bottle because it helps to control static and smoothes flyaways, exactly what I need, but as with anything the proof is in the pudding.
***Ease of Use***
As with any shampoo the requirement is to first wet your hair - so into the shower with me to soak those flyaways. You only need a small amount of this shampoo to work up a lather so just a short squeeze and you should have enough. The bottle has a click top so you just have to depress the designated part of the lid represented by a recessed area and it tilts the opposite side upwards to reveal the opening. I find that the bottle is easy to open when in the shower and does not pose to much a problem like some of the slippery shampoo bottles I've had in the past.
Massage the shampoo deeply into your scalp to ensure proper coverage of the roots and to intensify the products cleansing capabilities. Personally I love having my head massaged and don't really mind doing it myself - although it's not the same as having someone else do it for you. Once you've worked up a good lather simply rinse out and follow with your conditioner. It's as easy as ABC.
Personally I find the smell of this particular shampoo delightful and I think this is part of it's appeal, there's a wide range of fruity fragrances that spring to mind when smelling this shampoo from passion fruit and pineapple to guava and cherries, I also get a hing of sherbet and bubblegum, a lovely sweet fruity fragrance.
***Does it work?***
After using the shampoo followed by a conditioner from the same range I have been wearing my hair down a lot more because I'm finding that I don't have a problem with static anymore, so I guess that means that the shampoo does exactly what it says on the tin. The only complaint I would have about this shampoo is that after using it in the shower before conditioning my hair feels a little dry - I know that may sound strange being as it's wet hair and I'm still in the shower but it just feels that way to me and I don't feel as though I get the same sort of hydration from this shampoo as I get from others but apart from that I really like it and having tried products from this range in the past will definately try alternative shampoo options.
***Do I recommend it?***
Yes I think I would recommend this product to friends, family; well anyone really that has a problem with static hair as I have found this to work quite well for me.
***Where can you buy it***
You can buy Aussie products in most major supermarkets, as per my review I got mine from Tesco in a 2 for £5 deal but have seen it on offer in Asda and also Boots. I thought the 2 for £5 was a pretty good offer but after checking mysupermarket.co.uk I see that this is currently for sale in Sainsbury's for only £1.76, so you can buy it pretty much anywhere and I'm pretty sure you'll come across a good deal - you just have to look out for them.
I quite like the Aussie shampoos, particularly the Three Minute Miracle Deep Conditoners, which do wonders for my dry hair in the summer months. I have a bathroom cupboard bursting with their shampoos and this is another of them that I have been pretty impressed with. Trying to manage frizzy hair can be a burden. I do not have curls, but just little frizzy bits which seem to appear from nowhere mid morning and then just worse as the day progresses. Unsuccessful results with the John Freida serums left my hair greasy and lank and sometimes I just want to use a shampoo which keeps the hair in check, without having to straighten it every day.
Available for about three to four pounds, this shampoo aims to combat frizz and smooth those cuticles. The smell, as with all Aussies is good. It smells sweet and invigorating, a bit like sweets or bubblegum. It comes out relatively thick and goopy, so the consistency will be easy to work through the hair. You do not need loads, just a small blob.
I work through the whole head, massaging slowly from root to tip, before rinsing with a luke warm water. A gentle pat dry with a dry to absorb excess moisture, before onto the blowdrying stage.
It blow dries nicely and at this stage, I can already detect an improvement in the frizz factor. The fringe falls into place better and there are fewer stray ends poking up around the sides. The after results are pretty good. The hair was left feeling lovely and soft with a good lustre and sheen to it. There was a sufficient smoothing of the hair all over and the frizz did seem to be kept in check for longer. I still needed to straighten, but compared to a lot of other smoothing shampoos, this is one of the better ones that I have tried.
A bottle will last for a month and can be used in conjuction with the conditioner for best results.
I have very fine fly away hair and even after straightners I find that my hair suffers from static and stands up on end. After wearing my hair in a constant poly tail style I was telling a work colleague about my hair and she advised the Aussie Smooth Mate Static Shampoo she said she has been using it for years and seeing her with smooth hair on a daily basis I decided to give it a try.
The product itself
The shampoo is great you only need a small amount as it lathers up really well and spread through the hair easily. As I wash my hair every other day I like the fact that the smell is there until I wash my hair again. It is a really pleasant smell and smells quite sweet. It is best used before the 3 minute repair conditioner I find as the two make you hair really soft and anti static. Since using this shampoo I find that after using the straightners my hair isn't as fly away as it used to be.
Where to buy it
The price is quite expensive as it's about £3.50 for a 300ml bottle but Tesco where I buy mine from has a deal 2 for £5 at the moment so I have stocked up with my favourite. The expensive is worth it as the bottle lasts ages as you don't need as much as other shampoo's.
The bottle is very trendy with a white background and purple kangaroo on the label. It's a great range that really works well much better than a lot of other products that claim to do the same thing with your hair.
Would I recommend it
Highly recommended a great buy. It does exactly what its says it will do it leaves your hair soft manageable and anti static.
I found this shampoo in my mother in laws bathroom and as I am always inclined to try out a new product - I gave it a go! I was sucked in by the promise of a frizz free barnet and as I have previously used other Aussie products and have been left impressed and was hoping that this could keep to their claims.
The bottle is the usual beige colour of most Aussie products and features the purple Aussie logo, the name "Smooth Mate shampoo" in large font and a bit of the usual Aussie blurb about what the shampoo contains and what it can do for the customer. The bottle is 300ml and costs around £3-£4 from most large chemists/beauty stores/supermarkets.
The product is said to contain an extract of Australian Blue Gum Leaves which apparently has great affects on frizz prone hair. The shampoo itself is white and is the usual runny consistency. It smells lovely, very clean with a fruity/coconut tinge.
All you have to do is wet your hair and then apply a small amount in your palm and massage into your hair and scalp to create a lather, then rinse out. You can repeat this process if necessary.
All I can say about this shampoo is that it is fantastic! There are a lot of more expensive brands that make outlandish claims about what their hair care can do for you, and more than once I have been left more than a little out-of-pocket and disappointed!
Not this time.
I was left with hair that felt the smoothest and softest it had ever felt after a wash. As I am of mixed race I have to blow dry my hair and straighten it straight after every wash, otherwise it gets a bit unmanageable! Normally the beneficial effects of any shampoo or conditioner are long gone before I've finished this process - but not this time. My hair was shiny, tangle free and totally frizz free.
The only note I would give is that this was amazing on MY hair. My hair is a bit of an anomaly! It is very very coarse, frizzy and thick naturally (which is why I am always left amazed when a product actually works on it!). I have a feeling that on straight/thin and/or European hair this could perhaps cause it to get greasy very quickly after a wash - so if this is you, perhaps do a little more research...
Otherwise, it's fantastic! A must buy for the party season when you're looking to have hair with a mirror shine...
I hate my afro hair, which has now also started to get grey strands. It has always been an afro mess, which I have hated since the age of 15 and I have tried numerous Shampoo's, Serum's and even straightening solutions on it. All I can say is thank god for hair straighteners. I do try to leave it natural sometimes though so the straighteners don't kill my hair completely.
If you have read my reviews before you will know hat I have tried numerous Straightening Shampoo's to try to tame the locks but to no avail. That was until one morning when I logged onto to Dooyoo and had a lovely, helpful message off Goosey. She has been my complete saviour and suggested that I try the Aussie range as she had bought some on her lastest shopping trip.
I had actually never heard of the Aussie range before but as I was reading the website it explains that it has been around since 1979. Gosh I really must walk around with my eyes closed. I think it is because I generally go for the Morrisons offers and as I haven't seen this on offer I have never bought it.
The Aussie range provide Shampoo and conditioner for Volumising, Colour, Lucious long, Miracle moisture and even a Mega Shampoo and conditioner. They also provide a range of hairspray, gel spray, mousse, deep 3 minute miracle conditioner, leave in conditioner, shine serum, curl definition and soft end serum, Anti frizz and conditioning milk and also Shine and Smooth milk. I seriously need to have my eyes tested after I have missed this range for so long.
I choose the Smooth mate shampoo. It comes in a 300ml bottle which is a sort of pale yellow colour. The lid is a purple colour as with the Aussie writing across the front of the bottle. The rest of the writing is in in blue. The bottle advises the Smooth mate is for fly away, frizzy hair that needs smoothing and taming.
It also advises that it uses Australian Blue Gum leaves which on research shows that it is an australian Eucalyptus tree which is used for it soothing properities. I couldn't wait to get into the shower to try this one out.
As soon as I opened the bottle the smell was amazing. I have racked my brain trying to think what the smell reminds me of and about a week later I remembered it reminded me of Cola Hubabuba. It reminds me of my childhood and blowing bubbles with the chewing gum. I just love it.
As I smoothed it into my hair the smell was amazing, there were alot of bubbles but I found I didn't have a problem washing them out (unlike others I have used). As I stepped out of the shower Mr Kimbles even commented on the smell. Which is highly unusual as when I try out a new perfume I have to waft it in his face before he notices.
The ultimate test was the drying and straightening. It usually takes me an hour to rough dry and straighten my hair as the frizz is just unsightly. It is so embarassing becuase as the more hot my head gets the more Afro I end up with. I hope this was going to end. So off I went with drying. It took again 20 minutes to rough dry but oh it was a nice experience. The smell was just so scrumptious I could have dried it all day.
As I was waiting for my straighteners to heat I had a quick peek in the mirror which is usually something I avoid until the straightners have worked their magic. Even with the one use my hair was not so dry and tangles, I just couldn't believe it. So after a good 5 minutes in the mirror I got on with straightening. Once I had finished I went to the mirror again and just couldn't believe the results. And it even took half the time.
YEAHY I HAVE FRIZZ FREE HAIR!! I thought this day would never come. I had sleek, smooth, SHINEY, frizz free hair. Something I had been dreaming of my whole life. As the day wore on I was worried that it would start to go curly again but I was so surprised to see the same sleek hair everytime I looked in the mirror. And as for the smell, even the next morning the smell was just as lovely and strong as when I first washed it.
Not even the price tag of £3.49 from Morrisons will keep this one away from my bathroom shelf!
Thanks Goosey :O)