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Boots Henna & Horsechestnut Shampoo

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      28.07.2011 13:08

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      Not recommended for red undertoned hair

      I purchased both the shampoo and conditioner of this brand, hoping to enhance the browns in mt hair and get rid of the reddish undertones that I so much dislike.

      I used for the first time and blowdried my hair as usual using hair protection spray too. My hair looked like a horses tail! It looked dry, gingery, frizzy and generally in bad condition. It actually felt nice and didnt feel dry or frizzy, so I really dont know how it looked like it was! Atleast it only looked like that hey?!

      Thought I would perservere a few more times so I continued use for another week or two with the same results each time until I really couldn't stand how it was making my hair!

      I shouldn't have really got my hopes up on a product that was that cheap claiming to do that much, but if we don't try then we never know. I only hope that this review will stop you people making the mistakes that I did.

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      29.03.2011 12:48
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      Great for maintaining beautiful red or brunette hair.

      Price = 91p for 300ml

      Boots description = With extracts of henna and horse chestnut, Boots Ingredients Henna & Horse Chestnut Shampoo is specially formulated to enhance colour and shine of red and brunette hair.

      Personal Experience = Having recently dyed my mousey brown hair a deeper brunette shade I was looking for a shampoo which would help maintain the perfect colour I had managed to obtain. After searching through many of the branded products available at Boots I was shocked to find that this shampoo was on sale for only 91p! All the others I had been considering had been closer to £5 so I was impressed that Boots were offering a much cheaper product which seemed to offer much the same effect. I also found the colour of the shampoo (which you are able to see through the clear plastic bottle) encouraging as it was a definite deep reddy-brown shade.

      Upon application the first thing I noticed about this product was its scent. The smell has a distinct tinge of henna, althoughit is not as overwhelming as some of the other henna products I have tried in the past. When lathering this shampoo it does not go white; instead it maintains a pink colour. Whilst rinsing it also made the water red, which I took to be an encouraging sign. Ok, so it may leave a slight red red tint to the bath or shower but I have found this comes off immediately when rinsed or cleaned.

      Verdict = This shampoo has left my hair soft and silky as well as producing a beautiful, rich colour. I have also not experienced the excessive drying sometimes associated with colouring hair. Another added bonus is that it has allowed me to go longer between each dye, so saving me money in the long run!

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      03.05.2010 09:50
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      Nice shamppo but no significant colour change

      I bought a bottle of Boots henna and horse chestnut shampoo as I was hoping it would give my dark brown hair a little glow. I do dye my hair regularly but I am always looking for those subtle warm tones.

      The bottle is a round cylindrical shape with a label that clearly states for brunette and red head. The bottle is clear and so the dark brown glistening liquid is shining through the bottle. The bottle has a flip top which is useful for not squeezing excess shampoo but also not that secure for little ones although my three year old can now do child proof bottles it doesn't matter too much which type of top it has. I found the bottle had a glistening glow that did draw me to the bottle.

      When I washed my hair with the shampoo I did find it had an easy pour consistency about it I have had much thicker consistency shampoos but this wasn't so tin it made it feel runny .It does have a very sweet aroma tat I think makes it much more suitable for women than men.

      When I applied to my hair I did find it lathered well and unlike some shampoos which make my hair feel dry and stuck together it feel smooth and moisturised. The one thing with this shampoo when rinsing due to the henna the water looks filthy. It did rinse fairly easily though.
      I did find my hair felt soft and clean. I did not notice and significant change in my hair colour although it did seem quite shiny. I did not use this with the combined conditioner so this may have enhanced the effects.

      Overall I do like this shampoo and would buy it again but I would advise that if you want to change your hair colour buy a hair dye as this product is not a substitute.

      This Shampoo is clearly available only from Boots when I purchased it I got it on a buy one get one free but the current offer on this shampoo is £1 for a 300ml bottle opposed to £1.29 at full price. This is a product I often see on offer so worth stocking up when a good offer is available.

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        16.01.2010 18:09
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        I'm loving the way it makes my hair look and feel!

        I have naturally red hair, but my natural shade of red tends to fade during the winter and only becomes a more vibrant shade of red when the light hits it during the summer months. I've been using temporary wash-in wash-out hair colours in a red shade that is slightly brighter than mine but that has become quite tedious now so I've been looking for a better option to bring out the basic tones of my hair. Mum picked this up on a recent trip to Boots and we've both been using it recently (her hair is brown but has coppery hints in it naturally).

        The shampoo that I'm reviewing has a slightly different bottle to the above product image but it seems to be the same product beyond that so I think this is the right place to review it!

        ***The shampoo***
        The shampoo itself is a reddy-brown shade, presumably due to the henna and horsechesnut combination. It has a light fragrance to it but I'm not sure whether that is the result of those ingredients or whether it is an added one but it is quite a pleasant smell either way. Consistency-wise, the shampoo is not particularly thick and is quite runny and watery-looking. It seems easy enough to lather up despite this and I find that I don't need to use too much so the bottle seems like it will last for a while yet.

        ***The results***
        Having used this shampoo in conjunction with the conditioner from the same range for just over a week now (washing my hair either every day or every other day), I've noticed an improvement in the overall condition of my hair. In particular, it looks a lot shinier, healthier and full of life and I'm pleased to note that the natural red shade of my hair looks subtly enhanced and not dissimilar to after I've used the wash-in wash-out shampoos that I mentioned earlier in the review. This enhancement seems a little more evident with each wash so I'm hoping that it continues to build up over the coming weeks and months as it's definitely a lot less hassle to do it this way.

        All in all, I'm really enjoying the effects of using this shampoo and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has natural red hair and wants it to look a bit more vibrant. Having inspected my Mum's hair for the first time since she started using the shampoo as well, I've noted that the naturally copper hints in her otherwise brown hair look more pronounced after a few washes, but the rest of her hair still looks the same.

        The range is marketed at people with both red and brunette hair, but our personal experiences seem to be suggesting that it's more effective on naturally red hair so far as we've not noticed much of a difference on Mum's predominantly brunette hair (the copper hints aside). Having said that, she does dye her hair with permanent hair colour so it may just be that it's not as effective on dyed brown hair.

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          21.01.2009 15:55
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          a recommended shampoo for redheads/ brunettes

          This bottle is easy to spot in Boots as it's a brown shampoo with a brown label which depicts horsechesnuts which look good enough to eat!

          The plastic bottle is clearly marked 'shampoo for brunettes & red hair' & claims to 'enhance hair colour & shine'.

          It has a flip-top lid &, once opened, the hole in the top allows you to squeeze as much or as little as you wish which means less waste.

          It's not the thickest shampoo in the world but it smells lovely & does the job & at £1.49 for 300ml I'm not complaining.

          The list of ingredients, directions & warnings are all clearly marked on the reverse label - tiny print but all there!

          The label also tells me that the shampoo has been dermattolically tested & mthe bottle is made from re-cycled material.

          I can't quite put my finger on the smell - obviously it contains chestnuts & henna - but these don't have a fragrance do they? Whatever it is though it smells very fresh but not too feminine so could be used by men/ boys as well as females.

          The lather is good & the hair feels lovely & soft after washing.

          As for the shine it promises ... well, this is difficult to confirm because my daughters, both brunettes & myself (red-head) are lucky enough to have shiny hair anyway.

          I have read other reviews about this product & it does seem to help achieve shiny hair when used.

          summary
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          - good price - maybe an idea to look out for 3 -for- two offers in Boots if you like this.
          - nice bottle & easy to use but I'd recommended wiping the top regularly as sometimes it can clog up.
          - lovely smell.
          - leaves the hair feeling soft.
          - a good shampoo to try if you have red hair or are a brunette.

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            02.09.2008 01:39
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            Used this shampoo and it is really good. After washing the hair leaves it quite soft and smooth.

            I have also tried just ordinary henna powder and it is also good for the hair and makes it very strong and it is ideal for the scalp and has excellent herbs and vitamins that are good for the hair.

            Also good natural tip for strong hair is mixing egg yoke , 1 teaspoon of honey, some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Leave it on the head for half an hour and wash out.
            Makes the hair strong, shiny, and it will help if your hair is falling out a lot.
            Use it every time when washing the hair for a month or so. Gives the hair good boost.
            Also 2 egg yolks beaten in a half cup of water, massage onto hair and scalp for 5 minutes. Rinse well with water and then rinse with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and water.

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              17.03.2008 11:30

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              a good shampoo but not a very good colour enhancer

              At £1.29 a bottle this shampoo is good value for money and did leave my hair feeling very soft and a lot more shiny than it was with my other shampoos but this shampoo was designed to enhance the colour of my hair but i didnt notice any difference, i dont know weather that is because my hair is dyed and not natural but there was no colour difference at all.

              I wasnt too impressed with the smell of this shampoo either but i cant pin point what i didnt like about it, i think it was that it didnt have a strong floral or fruity smell to it that lingers like other shampoos do.

              And the realy bad part to this shampoo is that it has dyed the grout on my tiles in my bathroom, it didnt dye the tile itself or the shower tray but the grout being porous it dyed it a red tinge so be careful with this shampoo around fabrics.

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              08.01.2008 23:04
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              Henna and Horsechestnut shampoo

              I am currently using Boots Henna and Horsechestnut shampoo, which I purchased a month or so ago whilst it was on special offer. It is a shampoo specially formulated for brunettes and redheads, and claims to 'enhance hair colour and shine'.

              ~Packaging~

              This comes in a clear bottle, through which you can see the dark brown coloured shampoo. It has a flip top cap and holds 300ml, which is a fairly small size. The label features a background photo of some horsechestnuts and is fairly plain, but pleasant enough to look at.

              ~Using it~

              Even though I have fairly long hair, I found on first use that only a small amount of this shampoo is needed to make a good lather, which means it's economical as you use less. It rinses out easily and has a pleasant smell which lingers on the hair.

              ~After use~

              The label on the back of the product promises 'enhanced colour and a rich glossy finish'. I'll be honest and say that I did not notice any difference in the colour of my hair, although it did seem slightly shinier than with my previous shampoo. My hair is thick and has a tendency to feel quite coarse, but after only a few uses of this shampoo (and the matching conditioner, may I add), it did seem a bit softer, and also less frizzy than normal.
              One annoying thing I noticed about this, which I wasn't expecting, was that it stained my bath! I thought I was imagining it at first, but it left a brown marks, which were fairly difficult to remove.

              ~Price~

              This is reasonably priced at £1.29 for a 300ml bottle. Only available at Boots (www.boots.com)

              ~Overall Verdict~

              I wouldn't object to using this again, it's not outstanding, but it does its job and at a reasonable price too. Thanks for reading.

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                25.11.2007 11:34
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                A good colour booster at a good price.

                A couple of weeks ago I did a review on the Boots Henna and Horsechestnut Conditioner and I am now going to tell you about the matching shampoo.

                I purchased the Boots Henna and Horsechestnut Shampoo and Conditioner a few weeks ago whilst they were on offer - buy one get one free and they were only £1.29 each anyway. As I am a redhead I have used them both before many years ago and I did seem to remember that I liked them so I decided to treat myself. The shampoo and conditioner were both labeled as being for 'brunettes and red hair' and that they both 'enhance hair colour and shine'.

                *** The Bottle ***

                The transparent plastic bottle about 7 inches tall is quite ordinary in style but smart enough to look good on your bathroom shelf. It has a picture of horse chestnuts on the front label along with a small blue Boots logo. It contains 300ml of shampoo and the bottle has been made using recycled materials. It has a flip top lid which is quite easy to open but more difficult to close properly as it seems a bit difficult to align the hole in the lid with the raised bit in the cap. In fact the shampoo bottle is identical to the conditioner bottle in every way apart from the fact that the word 'conditioner' is replaced with the word 'shampoo' and the instructions for use are slightly different.

                *** The Shampoo ***

                The shampoo itself is just a little bit thicker in consistency than water and dark brown in colour. As with the conditioner it has a light fragrance which I am afraid I can't describe as I can't place what it smells like! Sorry about that!

                *** The Use ***

                Obviously it is suggested that you use the shampoo and conditioner together for the best effects. The instructions for use are really simple - you are told to massage the shampoo into wet hair and rinse and repeat if necessary. I was happy enough with the ease of use and I didn't need to use too much; just a blob the size of 50p piece was plenty, although we do have soft water and I do have short hair! The shampoo lathered up well and rinsed out easily. Strangely even though the shampoo was a lot darker in colour than the conditioner, the conditioner than stains the water brown but the shampoo doesn't - weird eh?

                *** The Result ***

                The first time that I used the two products I felt that my hair was clean but not necessarily as soft as it might have been. As I continued to use the products I found that, with each use, my hair became softer and shinier and I definitely think that the colour has been enhanced.

                *** In Conclusion ***

                I was impressed with this conditioner at the price and I would be happy to buy it again. My hair is clean soft and the colour has been given a lift - for £1.29 a bottle what more can you ask?

                By the way after using the shampoo the level in the bottle returns neatly to a nice straight line, but the conditioner, being thicker, does tend to stick around the inside of the bottle and looks a bit messy on the bathroom shelf if you're really picky!

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                The natural extracts of henna and horse chestnut help to enhance colour and shine of red and brown hair for a rich and glossy finish / For brunettes and red hair /