“ Brand: Boots / Type: Hair Shampoo „
The packaging of this shampoo is pretty basic. It's a plain white tube bottle with a press lid. The writing is blue and there is a basic picture of a lady on the front. It reminds me of somehting that probably belongs in the 1950s. But it's just a shampoo - an unfragranced shampoo, and it seems the packaging matches how plain the product is supposed to be. It is no word of a lie to say it is unfragranced. Doesn't even smell like soap. Nothing. So there's nothing to dislike about it, no overpowering smells, just very plain and simple. Unfortunately, this product is difficult to work into a lather. It goes on quite thickly, and the trick is to apply it in smaller quantities to each section of your hair, and work it through like that. It can be a bit strange to get used to the lack of lather, but if you add a touch more water to your hair after applying the shampoo, then it works in a bit easier. It washes out perfectly well, and does not leave behind any nasty residues. being an unscented shampoo, your hair will not smell of anything, unless you use a fragranced conditioner afterwards. My hair always feels very clean after using this. I wouldn't say it has any great effects on softness or shine of the hair, but equally it has no negative effects on the hair either. It is very suitable for sensitive scalps (as it promises to be) and does not cause any itching or flaking from the first wash in my opinion. And after using this for about 2-3 months, I have not yet found that my hair has built up a resistance to it, like it does with other shampoos. This continues to work each time. At £1.99 for a 200ml bottle it's pretty good value, and a lot cheaper than many other shampoos on the market. The only downside is you mght want to hide the basic packaging from any guests visiting your bathroom.
Having used other products in the Expert range I've generally been really impressed, so thought I'd give this shampoo a try. It's usually £1.99 for 200ml in Boots (plus 8 Advantage Card points) but this last week all Expert products have been on BOGOF, so it only cost me a pound. This is described as being for sensitive hair and scalp, and claims to 'gently cleanse and condition hair every day, while soothing even the most delicate of scalps'. My scalp isn't particularly sensitive; however my hair does get very greasy and I'm trying to use gentler products so as not to strip the oil out and perpetuate the problem. The shampoo comes in a white tube with a flat flip-top lid - handy for standing upside down to get the last drops out! It's pretty minimal in the standard 'Expert' style - plain white, with a photo of a 'natural-looking' pretty lady and the name of the product in a low-key pale purple colour. On the back is the list of ingredients and some information about the Expert range, and usage instructions etc (as if anyone reads those!) The first thing I noticed when I used this was that it doesn't foam very well. I've been told that this has no connection with how well the product works, but to me I find it less easy and pleasant to use if I don't have a nice head of froth! It's harder to distribute through the hair and not as satisfying somehow. There was also no fragrance at all - I knew this from the product name but it was still quite surprising and different not to have a nice smell in the shower. Hmmm. I was starting to think this product wasn't quite for me. Anyway, it rinsed out really easily (due to the lack of foam!) and left my hair feeling clean but not squeaky clean. I followed it with my usual conditioner which at least added a nice fragrance to my hair. Once my hair was dry, it didn't seem any different to usual - it was definitely clean, despite the low-key washing experience, but my scalp didn't feel tight or itchy. Overall, this was fine. Maybe my hair will thank me for using a gentle product for a while, but I think I'm addicted to shampoos that not only smell nice but leave me squeaking! Maybe better for those with genuinely sore or sensitive scalps.