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Boots Botanics Radiant Red Shampoo

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      20.05.2012 20:09
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      Perfect shampoo for redheads!

      After dying my hair red for years, I've always struggled to keep the colour fresh and vibrant as red tends to fade really quickly - then I discovered this. I knew there were brown and blond henna shampoos, but I'd never seen a red one so Id given up on the concept.

      This stuff is great, it keeps the red in my hair looking bright and freshly dyed. You only need a little bit on your hair and it leaves it feeling lovely fresh and clean. I use it regularly with the Botanics Red Henna Conditioner, and I've found I dont have to dye my hair half as much to keep my colour.

      At around £3 a bottle this shampoo is well worth the money. The only downside is that it is not particularly rich, but I solve this by occassionally using a shampoo and conditioner for dry/damaged hair in between.

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      17.08.2011 11:50

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      Good overall product.

      After deciding that I would keep my hair a bright red colour, I found it hard to keep the colour well protected even when I use specific colour protecting shampoos and conditioners.

      I couldn't find anything suitable for red hair and I came across this product. It smells gorgeous, of cherries, but comes out the bottle fairly thick and doesn't lather up like other shampoos so I was slightly worried it wouldn't clean product out of my hair. I was really impressed how it left my hair feeling refreshed and really clean after only using a small amount. It left my hair with a really glossy shine and a more glistening shade of red. I use this alongside the conditioner on a regular basis and it leaves my hair feeling fantastic. It's a really good price at around £3 per bottle and great when offers are on!

      Overall, a really nice product that can be used over and over again.

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      01.02.2011 15:23
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      Works well on coloured hair...

      After spending time and money at the hairdressers going gradually blonde during most of 2010 I eventually decided that blonde limits the choice in colours of makeup I can wear and makes me look older then I am, so I used a brown hair dye to return as close to my natural colour as I could.

      Anyway; I went to Boots to buy another box to touch up my roots but was seduced by a display of schwarzkopf live colour XXL on a two-for-£7 offer, so I opted for the, erm, subtleties found in 'Red Passion' [because bright red doesn't limit my makeup options in any way]. Since I've used red dye in the past I know how quickly it can fade, so I stocked up on haircare supplies whilst I was there.


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      The claim
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      According to the bottle's label Boots BOTANICS RADIANT RED SHAMPOO will enhance hair colour and add shine, leaving my hair moisturized and glossy [like Pedigree Chum promises to do].

      There isn't any clear indication on the front of the bottle that this range is intended for coloured hair, but when I read the back of the label in the store it does mention that repeated colouring can "dull the colour", so I took the plunge.


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      The bottle
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      The transparent labelled bottle reminded me of a bath foam bottle, not exciting and it doesn't inspire confidence in it's abilities, but there isn't much choice in haircare products for red hair, as opposed to the choice for brown and blonde hair.

      The label for the shampoo bottle has a silhouette of a rose on, whilst the conditioner has a silhouette of a henna leaf. There is also a slight difference in the colour of the shampoo and conditioner.


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      First impressions
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      The transparent dark red liquid is quite watery and doesn't foam into a rich lather, which made me doubt it's cleaning abilities.

      It releases a nice sweetly fresh fragrance of rosehip and cherries, which I loved but wasn't expecting since the only active ingredient highlighted is henna. The fragrance is quite weak and disperses when you wash the weak foam out.


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      After one month [of almost daily use]
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      When I rinse out the product from my hair the product is tinted pink [the conditioner tints the water more] and my hair looked more brown then red, so at first I was dismayed as I took this to be the hair colour washing back out and was worried about continuing to use this range. I decided to keep on using it since it was all I had on hand and that I might try another dye when it came to touch ups instead. I'm so glad that I kept on using this as whenever I'm in more natural lighting my hair practically glows and is similar to Rihanna's current hue, so it's just the shampoo and conditioner making the water pink. The colour doesn't photograph well [see profile pic] for some reason, but if you saw it in person it's definitely noticeable and still looks fresh.

      Does BOTANICS RADIANT RED SHAMPOO actually enhance the colour? My hair colour is a slightly lighter and brighter shade of red then both the hair dye box and [the Boots] site swatches show, and whilst this may be due to the previous dyes on my hair I'm going to give this shampoo some credit too. Having said that I'd definitely recommend using this with the matching conditioner as that seems to contain more henna extracts.


      I also wasn't too sure about the cleaning abilities at first; My hair is so shiny that at first I thought is had become greasy again within the first day of washing it, but after watching things carefully for the past month I've decided that despite the high-shine my hair is still clean up to three days after being washed.

      My hair does also feel softer and has less frizz then it did with the last products I was using [John Frieda Brilliant Brunette], despite my ongoing attempts to grow out a disastrous perm.


      I've tried using the shampoo on it's own to see how it performed; In short my hair was clean and shiny, but also knotty, slightly frizzy and I also noticed that there was a increase in strands of broken hair in my combs and brushes.


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      My opinion
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      My overall opinion of BOTANICS RADIANT RED SHAMPOO has completely changed over the past month; I originally thought it was damaging the colour and it wasn't doing a thorough job of cleaning my hair, but after giving it a fair chance I'm loving it.

      Not only does it clean well and add tons of shine [my hairdresser commented on the gloss whilst stroking my hair which again reminded me of Pedigree Chum], but it has helped my colour to stand up against almost daily washes and has had some enhancing effects on it too.


      If you do decide to try this range then the matching conditioner is something I really advice using; That contains more henna and is chiefly responsible for adding softness to my hair and reducing the frizz.


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      250ml: £3.05

      There is also conditioner available in a matching bottle size.

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        01.03.2010 20:00
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        Washes your hair nicely and leaves in good condition, but it did nothing for my hair colour.

        I first tried out the Boots Botanics Radiant Red shampoo a while ago. My hair is naturally a reddy brown but has been for the past 5 years or so dyed a fabulous really true burgundy red colour if you would like the colour for reference it is schwarzkopf live colour's "Red Passion". The only problem with having dyed red hair as I am sure many of my fellow dyed-red heads would agree is that red starts to fade very quickly, sometimes as quickly as six weeks, and in my case due to the colour of my natural hair, it begins to loose it's richness and take on an orangy tint. This is why I decided to buy the Boots Botanics Radiant Red shampoo. I hoped it would inject a bit of richness back into my hair colour and boost the shine.

        The shampoo as usual with Botanics products is very nicely packaged in a simple yet attractive design and has all the information you would be interested in written on the bottle in a clear and concise manner. When you open the lid of the shampoo you are greeted with a pleasant smell. The shampoo lathers up well into a lovely mass of foam and also rinses out well, leaving no residue. It leaves your hair squeaky clean and in nice condition.

        What the shampoo didn't do for my poor dull, faded hair was enchance the richness or colour in anyway or boost the shine. I used the shampoo for a good few weeks and didn't see any improvement so it was abandoned half full and banished to the back of my cuboard where all the other half bottles of shampoos and other beauty products reside.

        As a product for washing hair, I can't deny that it is a nice product. It washes your hair really nicely and leaves it in really good condition. However as a colour enhancer, it did nothing for me and therefore I found it pretty useless as a product for coloured hair. The conditioner which goes with it (which consequently I also bought because I have a habit of buying shampoos and conditioners in matching sets), is also is very nice and leaves your hair in good condition but suffered the same problem for me as the shampoo.

        Considering that it is quite a small bottle for shampoo and it costs around £3.00 usually in the shops, for which reason I thought was a bit pricey to start off with anyway, the fact that for me it performed just like a normal shampoo for non-coloured hair would, made it seem even more expensive.

        I would not buy this shampoo again, even though as a shampoo, its very nice for your hair, because on my coloured hair it did sweet nothing to enhance the colour in anyway.

        Now instead I get the L'Oreal Symbio Gel treatment from my hairdresser in "Wild Cherry". It is a moisturising hair treatment with the added bonus of having an ammonia free, temporary colour mixed in with it. I use it everytime my hair is looking dull and it refreshes my hair colour completely. It looks gorgeous and shiny. I also don't need to use conditioner on my hair for several weeks after I have used it.

        All in all I would give the Boots Botanics Radiant Red shampoo a 5/10. 5/5 for its performance as a shampoo, but 0/5 for its performance as a colour enhancer and due to the cost.

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          28.02.2010 18:32

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          Reasonable price which does work well, if the awkward use can be overlooked

          The Botanics range form Boots is a great example of a relatively recent boom in the demand for more organic and therefore supposedly healthier hair care and body care products. This Shampoo is reasonably priced and, as is common with Boots, is often on offer in conjunction with the conditioner. This conditioner is similar to this product and I would suggest using both products together. In terms of improving the radience of red hairi, I can say with confidence that it does help to highlight the colour in both natural and died red hair. The scent of the product is great, due mainly to the Henna extracts which are known for their benefits for red hair. I have one critiscims of this product, which mamy would also find a major drawback. The product is so strong in it red colour that it tends to leave marks all over the shower or bath and can even tint white towles pink if not rinsed out 100%.

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          07.02.2010 17:04
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          It's made a nice difference to my hair but not quite in line with the name

          I've got naturally red hair which tends to look quite a lot duller in the winter and goes more towards brunette. In a bid to recapture the more vibrant colour that I usually get in the summer months, I've been using henna-based shampoos to artificially boost the colour. Until recently, I'd been using the henna and horsechesnut range from Boots but while that did give nice effects at first, after using around a quarter of the bottle, I began to notice that it wasn't boosting the colour any further so I've switched to products that contain more henna instead.

          ***THE SHAMPOO***
          The shampoo is a very dark red shade that veers more towards dark purple. Consistency-wise, it is quite gel-like in that it's not too runny but at the same time, it's not really thick either. It's easy to lather and despite the rather intense-looking colour of the shampoo, it doesn't stain the water or the bath once it's washed out.

          ***THE RESULTS***
          Having been unimpressed with the effects of the previous Boots range that I used after around 7 washes, I've waited until this range has been used for a fortnight before I've come to review it.

          At the moment, using this shampoo in conjunction with the accompanying conditioner on a daily or every other day basis has made my hair look quite a bit brighter, especially on the lighter streaks. It doesn't look like I've dyed my hair - instead, the overall effect is just a more vibrant version of my natural hair colour. As my hair is naturally red, I'm not sure how this range will impact on hair that has been coloured red but there is nothing on the bottle to indicate that you can only use it on naturally red hair, although the results may be different.

          ***OVERALL VERDICT***
          Overall, I've been really impressed with this shampoo, although I should point that it does really need to used along with the conditioner as it seems to be the conditioner that does the most effective job in terms of changing the colour of my hair. I won't go into that in any more detail though as I'm going to review the conditioner separately. At the same time, I'm not sure how effective the conditioner would be without the shampoo so I do think that they need to be used together.

          With each wash, I've noticed a subtle change in my hair colour. This isn't anything particularly noticeable (except perhaps to me!) but it does look just that little bit more vibrant and striking than before and definitely less dull. In addition, my hair looks more shiny and healthy.

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            16.11.2009 20:14
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            Brings a bit of red into your life, or keeps it there.

            I have auburn hair. Ok, ok, I admit, it isn't naturally auburn - I was born with mousy brown hair that I colour regularly. But I find that when I colour my hair, the red tones fade out of it very quickly and I'm left with brown hair even before any roots start to grow in, and that's using permanent hair colour. My solution was to get this Boots Botanics Radiant Red Shampoo and I find it works quite well.

            Boots Botanics Radiant Red Shampoo costs £2.99 from Boots and there is also a conditioner in the same line that goes for the same price. I use both of these together so it's difficult to say whether the results come from the shampoo or the conditioner or else the pair of them combined, which is most likely the case. I would therefore recommend getting both.

            This shampoo comes in a clear plastic bottle with a lovely red and white label on it. The clear plastic means that you can see the product inside which is very, very red. In fact, it's actually almost a very dark pink and is definitely not a red that would be seen as a natural hair colour. To get some of the shampoo out you just press the top and it flips up so you can squeeze a bit of shampoo onto your hand - the amount you will need varies depending on hair length but I tend to use a 50p piece size amount.

            One thing I noticed about this shampoo right away is that it has a very gel-like texture. This is good in my opinion as it means it stays in your hands instead of slipping out like runnier shampoos can, so you don't waste any. When you apply it to your hair and rub it in it also lathers up really well which I do like as it makes me feel it's cleaning my hair thoroughly.

            I rinse this out carefully and the funny thing is it always makes the water in the shower turn bright pink! That's why I only use this product in the shower, NOT IN THE BATH, or if you do you will probably end up dying your skin pink to match your hair! Then I follow it up with the Boots Botanics Radiant Red Conditioner.

            I find this product really does work to bring out red highlights in my hair and it helps the red I colour it with to last longer. It doesn't dye my hair a fake red colour as I was afraid it might, but it looks quite natural as the red seems to blend in with my brown hair to produce something less garish than what you see in the bottle.

            This product is made with henna so one concern I had was that it wouldn't be compatible with my usual hair dye. However I have dyed my hair several times since using this and it has turned out well each time.

            I recommend this product to people with coloured hair, as well as to those with naturally brown or red hair that are just looking for a bit of an extra boost. The results are subtle rather than dramatic, but they are definitely there making this product well worth trying.

            The only bad thing I would have to say about it is that it tends to dry my hair out slightly, but nothing that a once a week deep conditioning treatment doesn't fix.

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