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      23.08.2010 14:10
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      I love the smell of herbal essence products, they always smell so fresh, a little bit flowery but very nice and this lasts throughout the day, so every time your hair moves you get a really nice whiff of fragrance. This gives me confidence that my hair is clean and fresh.

      The bottle pictured here is clear and so yo can see through the bottle to see the product. I think the packaging has changed since this picture was taken as the bottle I had was different, brightly packaged and a simple design.

      I used this product daily, as part of my normal haircare routine: shampoo, condition and use style products such as mousse/ hairspray etc. The hotel made my hair look and feel great- it was soft and glossy and looked really healthy. The downside for me is that is gave me a terribly itchy scalp- so much to the point where I had to stop using the bottle of shampoo half way through. This was definitely down to the shampoo as I hadn't changed the conditioner or styling products I had been previously using. I do have a pretty sensitive scalp and am so disappointed that I can't use Herbal Essence Shampoos (I have no problems with the conditioners) as they smell wonderful and do leave the hair looking amazing. Unfortunately they are just not for me :-(

      Herbal Essence Shampoos can be purchased from places like Boots or Savers or at most supermarkets and are reasonably priced around the £2 mark and tend to be frequently on offer- so look out for a bargain!

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      22.02.2010 13:37
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      There are better products if your looking to take care of your hair

      This shampoo smells great! I think this is the main reason anyone would buy it, It smells fresh in the shower and stays on your hair for ages after. People ALWAYS commented on how good my hair smelt when I washed my hair with it. There are plenty of fruity fresh scents to choose from too.

      However there is a darker side to this shampoo. It is no way a product you can use daily on your hair. Despite any guidance on it normal or dry hair, this is one the shampoos on the shelf that will strip your hair of any natural protection and leave it thin, lifeless and dry. With often use it will start to get greasier quicker to balance out the draining of all goodness and you will be left with limp hair.

      This product must be used with a conditioner but by then it doesn't smell as good anymore. Once is a while it is nice to use as I haven't found a better smelling shampoo anywhere.

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      25.01.2009 17:49
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      A good value shampoo and conditioner

      It is said that most people when they are choosing what shampoo or conditioner tend to go for those that are on offer. This is very true of myself and probably why I buy Herbal Essences as it always seems to be on BOGOF. I have found it to be a good product though which is why I always go back for more.

      Herbal Essence is produce by Clairol and is sold in many stores including supermarkets, Boots and Superdrug. You can get a 400ml bottle for around £3. They often have offers as I said so you can get two bottles for £3 which I think is a very good deal. Also if you buy them from Boots you can get boots advantage points as well. They are located with the normal shampoo and conditioner section of stores.

      There is a wide variety of choice of shampoos in the range. Each one is for a different hair type and does a different thing. Therefore you can choose one that suits your hair. The ones that I have used the most and like best are the fruit fusions one and the silk n shine.

      The fruit fusion comes in blue bottles. The shampoo bottle always is a clear colour so you can see the liquid inside, which in this case is a blue colour. The conditioner is in a blue coloured bottle so you can tell the difference between the two when you are washing your hair. The fruit fusions is for dry and damaged hair and is supposed to provide deep nourishment and shine. It has coconut in it which I think makes it have a really nice smell. I would say the smell is one of the best things about these shampoos, it really is nice. The front of the bottle tells you what type it is and for what hair type so it is easy to choose the right type when in the store. There is also a picture of coconuts so you can guess what it will smell like. On the back of the bottle it gives you instructions on how to use the product.

      I tend to use the shampoo all over the hair in order to give it a good use. I use a generous amount as it is quite cheap so I am not worried about wasting it. When using the conditioner I usually use this mainly on my ends of my hair as these are the most damaged parts. I have also heard that when you use it on your roots it can make them look greasy. I also usually leave the conditioner in for a couple of minutes as well to make sure it is working. They are easy to rub in to the hair and also to wash out. They lather up well and provide a really nice smell. When I dry my hair afterwards I find that it is really soft and smells like which I like. I am not sure it miraculously cures my hairs problems but it does leave it looking and feeling nice.

      The other type I use is the silk n shine. This is in a pink bottle and smells more of flowers rather than fruit. The smell is not as strong but I still like it. This shampoo and conditioner is for coloured/permed/dry/damaged hair, which is good for me as my hair is highlighted and therefore gets very dry. This shampoo and conditioner work just as the other one does. I find though this one leaves my hair silky and soft which is really nice. Again my hair doesn't look transformed but does look nice.

      There are many other types so I am sure you would be able to find one that has the smell and results that you like.

      Overall I think these are great value shampoos and conditioners. They are easy to use and leave your hair in good condition although they do no perform miracles.

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        07.12.2008 17:23
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        For healthy shiny looking hair

        Herbal Essences Shampoo

        Made by Clairol.

        I currently use this shampoo, I am using the yellow one at the moment for Normal Hair which has a moisture balancing shampoo.

        This shampoo is really really good, it is the best I have found for my hair type. My hair is very long and extremeley thick and usually when washign my hair I have in the past found it hard to lather it up.

        This shampoo is easy to lather, you only need a little bit in the palm of your hand with a little water and it lathers up lovley. I was really surprised how far this shampoo went as my hair is so long.

        The smell is gorgeous, this one smells very fresh and summery!

        It also leaves your hair fealing healthy and adds a dazzling shine like you have never had before.

        I think it was reasonably prices at £1.49 for 400ml bottle which will last me about 2 months.

        Overall 9/10 for this one.

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          29.11.2008 18:40
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          a good clean wash

          Clairol Herbal Essences

          Dry & Damaged Shampoo range

          Clairol's was first established 1931 by a chemist and his wife. The name of the company was taken a hair-coloring preparation the couple found while traveling in Europe. By 1950, Clairol became a household name and now an international product with a vast range of hair product, made even more famous by the catchphrase, "Does she...or doesn't she? Only her hairdresser knows for sure."
          As I have mentioned in another review about a conditioner I have highlights in my hair and am now being classed as 'middle aged' I have noticed my hair needs a very good shampoo & conditioner to keep the smooth, silky feeling and shine to it.
          So when I noticed this range of Herbal Essences shampoo in my local supermarket I decided to give it a go. I brought it with the dry / damaged conditioner that is recommended as its partner.

          The Bottle
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          The product was the 250ml size in a transparent bottle. The shampoo has a picture of light pink Rose hip flowers on the back which can be seen through shampoo. This is a good idea from the advertising companies idea to draw you attention to the 'rose hip' extract that is meant to be within the ingredients. The other ingredients listed on the front of the bottle are; jojoba and vitamin E

          The Ingredient
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          Aqua, sodium laureth sulphate, sodium chloride, Edylhexyl, Methoxycinnamarte, DMDM Hydanton, Disodium EDRA, TEA - Dodecylbenzensulfonate, rosa canina, Propylene glycol, BHT, Silica, , Polysorbate 60.....

          I have just realised and gone back into my review on the Conditioner to realise that many of the ingredients are the same!! Well no surprise there really - most of these products are all the same stuff with a few selective items. It is the choice of these items and quanities / ratio used that separates the shampoos from the conditioners and their quality.

          Two of the different items in this product is the Rosa Canina & Simmondsia Chinensis. These most be the non-chip pan look ingredients.

          The Instructions
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          I was genuinely surprised to see that they only came in English. Most bottles give instructioins in several different languages now. Anyway usually easy to follow instructions ;

          Message your hair into a luxurious lather and enjoy the revitalizing fragrance. Rinse when ready. For even softer and smoother hair use with Herbal Essences Silk n Shine Conditioner for dry / damaged hair. ( I do recommend doing this as the 2 work really well together - and don't leave you with a chip-pan look)

          What it claims to do for you

          1. Protect hair's radiant vitality.
          2. Penetrate and help replenish hair's natural moisture
          3. Leave hair luxuriously silky and shining with radiance.

          Oh - a bit of History on the bottle
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          Herbal Lore

          Ancient Greek believed roses became red from the blood of Aphrodite, who pricked her foot on a thorn trying to save her beloved Adonis.

          What this has to do with a shampoo is beyond me - any-one with any ideas on that please let me know.

          Think the advertisers were running out of ideas and tried to link this bit of a myth to the Rosehip extract supposedly in this prouduct.

          The Aroma and Texture
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          When opening the bottle there is a beautiful smell that does, in a way remind me of roses in a hot summer's garden.
          It also reminded me strawberries. It is a lovely smell and does have the warmth I was expecting from its soft pink colour.
          The texture is smooth, creamy and soft.

          Using the Product
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          As I mentioned earlier I had been using this alongside the conditioner suggested and it has proved to be a winning combination. The shampoo has left my hair feeling really clean and soft. As I used it the lather produced an average amount that felt great as I massaged it into my scalp. As I brushed my hair through it did feel really soft and had a good shine to it. Even after straightening my hair felt lovely. I did also notice that it gave my highlights a good boost.

          The Conclusion
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          I have not used this product any differently to other products and had kept to my usual hair washing routine. Because my hair tends to be drier rather than greasy, so I was really pleased with the softness and shine that it has had over the past 2 months. My partner did at first say the aroma was quite strong but not an unpleasant strong. (not sure if that was a compliment or not - but have noticed that when we are sitting on the sofa, chilling, his hand tends to work its way towards my hair and he often rolls pieces around his fingers !!! Not kidding girls - its so relaxing) thanks Herbal Essences for that in particular.

          I really do recommend this product for dry, coloured and damaged hair. Its fab.

          Also published on ciao (under my ciao name pixie65)
          Thanks for reading x hev

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            17.03.2008 11:10
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            not a range i would recomend

            I loved the idea of herbal essences shampoo and conditioner right from the first time i saw the advert on tv for it, it appealed to me because it is made with a lot of natural ingredients and is supposed to smell lovely.

            The only plus side i have found to this product is that it smells beautiful, better than any other hair product i have ever smelt but that is no good if it isnt good to my hair.

            The first thing i disliked about this product was how long it took to rinse it out of my hair, it took ages of running clean water through my hair before it felt like all the product had been washed out.

            After using this my hair felt very dry, i would even go as far to say as it felt corse like it would snap if i bent it. Then came the problem of getting a brush through my hair, it was just a mass of lugs much worse than ever before and once dry my hair looked frizzy and very dry, i wont be buying it again.

            At £2.49 a bottle i know its not the most expensive shampoo range but i expected better value for my money than this.

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            09.04.2003 03:11
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            I can't believe that I have been on Dooyoo for nearly two years and I still haven't written an opinion about this conditioner, as it is my favourite brand of shampoo and conditioner. The reason this is my favourite shampoo is because its one I keep on coming back to it. I keep buying newer products because I am drawn by their promises or cut prices but nothing is ever as good as Herbal Essences. It doesn't irritate or dry out my hair or skin for that matter, it doesn't make my hair feel lank and I love the smell it is so familiar to me now. I have been using this for such along time that I haven't actually read the bottle for ages so here goes on the front they state "with Botanical shine complex" and "with Rose Hips, Vitamin E and Jojoba in mountain spring water" (sounds good to me) and on the back they say "Herbal Essences replenisher shampoo blends natural rose hips, Vitamin E and Jojoba with other plant derived ingredients to moisturize, replenish and protect coloured/permed/dry/damaged hair, leaving it luxuriously soft and healthy looking." And then goes on to add " Herbal Essences shampoo bottles use 25% post-consumer recycled plastic and are recyclable. The ingredients are far too many to mention here and I don't know what half of them mean and that's if I could spell them correctly or say them for that matter. The shampoo is a see-through pretty pink colour and the smell is out of this world. The shampoo and the conditioner both come in 250ml plastic bottles and cost around £1.99 in most supermarkets but I usually buy them in Safeway when they do the Buy one get one free or BOGOF promotions and I buy two of each. Back to the smell you would think with a name like Herbal Essences it would have a herbal smell well it doesn't as far as I am aware the smell is more like lightly scented flowers and when I have washed my hair with this my hair f
            eels great, looks great and smells divine. I do sometimes use the Shampoo without the corresponding Conditioner maybe because I have run out of Conditioner because the kids have emptied it or something (don't you just love pre-schoolers!) And it's made my hair quite manageable, I only really use conditioner because I don't like to spend one minute more trying to comb my hair through than I have to and conditioner makes combing so simple, but with this shampoo at least I know I don't have to have the conditioner every time I wash my hair. I buy this particular pink coloured one because it's for dry and coloured hair of which my hair is both but I have also used the shampoo and conditioner for normal hair too. I always seem to stray away tempted by adverts promising me the world when it comes to hair care products but they never seem to keep their promises and I always revert back to this one time and time again. Thanks for reading Amanda

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              07.12.2002 17:02
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              A few of weeks ago I was cruising the aisles at Tesco looking for my usual shampoo, when I happened upon their latest BOGOF offer - two 250ml bottles of Clairol?s Herbal Essences 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner for £1.99. I had never tried Herbal Essences before, despite being very suggestible to anything that has natural sounding ingredients. Perhaps it was the stupid advert that turned me off. However, these particular bottles were calling me, claiming to be replenishing for dry/damaged hair. My hair and scalp are seriously dry. If you've ever been a bit run down, you will probably have noticed your hair suffers. Well, after a 10 year illness, you can imagine what my hair is like. If I didn't keep it so short it would resemble straw. The Clairol shampoo sounded promising, so into the trolley it went. On reflection, I should have read the bottle a bit more carefully, or at least sniffed the stuff. Then again, if I'd popped the cap to sniff it I would have had more than one reason to put it back on the shelf. But no, the first time I ventured further into Herbal Essences territory was at home in my bathroom. The lid of the bottle is one of those which can screw off, but also has a flip top. I flipped, and the bottle flipped its lid? right off the cap and into the bath. Strike one against Clairol. The bottle is made from 25% recycled plastic, which ought to be a good thing, but not if it isn't up to the job! Now every time it gets knocked over, which is surprisingly often between me and the cat, some of the shampoo gets launched into the bath, and the rest leaks out slowly to form a congealed pool until someone notices and sets it upright again. This is irritating enough, but travelling with this particular bottle is now impossible too. I'm not sure if I actually read that this shampoo has Peony, Hibiscus and Vitamin E in Mountain Spring Water in it but, if I had, I'm pretty certain I wouldn?t have imagined it
              smelling like this. It is sickeningly floral in an overpowering way. The bottle assures me that all the botanicals in there are natural and organically grown, but it sure doesn't smell like it to me. I'm not sure I would recognise a peony if one danced the can-can in front of me, but I used to grow hibiscuses (hibisci?) and none of them smelled remotely like this. And guess what? The smell lasts.. for days! With my hair being so dry, I can only get away with washing it twice a week, so I consoled myself with the thought it wouldn't last the day. Nope. I could still smell it when my next hair washing session came round. The shampoo itself is a pale peach colour, and has quite an oily texture in the hand. Despite this feel, it lathers well, and rinses cleanly. After several weeks of use, I can report that it does leave my hair feeling softer and less straw-like. However, my scalp is a mess. It's much drier than it was before, and every time I shake my head the cat thinks it's snowing. This is not an experiment I shall be repeating. Sorry, Clairol, but the earth most definitely didn't move for me. If you really want to try it, it's available in most supermarkets and chemists, and if you want more information get in touch with: Proctor and Gamble, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0XP, UK.

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                29.08.2002 03:22
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                I don’t think my hair is dry or damaged and it definitely isn’t permed as far as I know. I still sometimes use this shampoo and the conditioner that goes with it though. I use this type of shampoo because I don’t think my hair falls into any of the other categories that shampoo maker’s use. All I know is it doesn’t damage my hair and leaves it looking healthy, clean, soft and smelling nice. The shampoo that I use is with a botanical shine and Replenishes Coloured/Permed/Dry/Damaged Hair. On the front it says “With Rose Hips, Vitamin E and Jojoba in Mountain Spring Water” and I think this is what makes it smell so nice. I wouldn’t quite say I go crazy and get ‘the urge to herbal’ with this shampoo though, although it’s good. The bottles used to hold the shampoo use 25% post-consumer recyclable and are recyclable. The directions are as normal to; Massage into wet hair, lather and rinse thoroughly. For best results it says to use with Herbal Essence Protection Conditioner. I would say that this does bring out the best results when used together. The ingredients for this product are: Aqua, Sodium Laureth, Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Coca-Midopropyl Betaine, Parfum, Cocamide Mea, Sodium Chloride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Methylparaben, Tetrasodium Edta, Peg-60 Almond Glycerides, Propylene Gylcol, Rosa Canina, Simmondsia, Chinenis, Tocopherol, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Citric Acid, Benzoic Acid, Cl 17200, Cl 15510, Cl 60730, Cl 42053. I would definitely recommend trying this shampoo if you want the same effect that I have said I have when I use it. I generally get this product when it is on offer but it is usually priced at about 2 pounds 19 pence for the shampoo and another 2 pounds 19 for the conditioner.

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                  22.07.2002 02:50
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                  I have very long, dyed black hair and often find that it can get slightly dry but that many shampoos tend to take the colour out quickly. One of my friends who is a hairdresser,recommended Herbal Essences to help preserve the colour and condition my hair,so I decided to try out the Replenisher Shampoo the next time I went shopping. The shampoo is sold in 250ml bottle for which I paid 99pence in Semi Chem. The bottle is clear,which is useful as you can see how much you have left to use and don't end up shampooless.The label design is very pretty with a rose printed on it and the flip top lid is dark green. The shampoo itself is a beautiful soft pink colour and has a lovely soft rose fragrance,which instead of being over powering is like a real rose,and lasts for quite a while. The shapoo also contains rose hips and jojoba both good condioning agents. The texture is a fairly thick gel,of which you need only a little to get a good foam-however I fail too see how it would foam as much as it does in the advert!It leaves your hair feeling very clean but soft,and I find I can occasianly get away with using it and not following up with a conditioner. After several uses my hair was very shiny and in better condition than before. My hair colour has also stayed in better which is great. I would recommend the shampoo if you have dry or coloured hair as it seems to work wonders and make your hair feel really good. The fragrance is really pretty but definetly feminine,I can't imagine a guy wanting to smell so floral! The shampoo is very good value and makes your hair feel great,so check it out.

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                    04.07.2002 21:11
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                    My husband, when he is not working overseas, occupies his time with HGV driving in this country. Although at the moment he is transporting double glazing units, during the last couple of years he has on occasion worked as an owner-driver for Safeway distributing frozen food, dry goods etc. from warehouses to supermarkets. When he is doing this type of work, he is frequently offered items either free of charge or at a greatly reduced price that have been damaged; very often it is just the outer casing that is broken. For instance, we have 56 tins of cat food in the garage although we don’t have a cat. My sister-in-law (she of “A tail of rescued cats… all seventeen of them” fame) has many rescued cats, so it will not be wasted. Our deep freezer is currently full of frozen chips, although we are both trying to diet, and 12 bags of “Sizzling Cajun Style Chicken” with cooking instructions for “Sizzling Prawn Cantonese Style” printed on the reverse. I am sure by now that the reader can tell where this opinion is going…. Last year he also brought home 48 (yes, that’s right forty-eight) cans of Dove Ultra Moisturising Body Wash (I am so heartily sick of this product, I can no longer look at it let alone write about it!) and more recently a dozen bottles of Clairol Herbal Essences Shampoo. This particular replenishing shampoo is recommended for use on coloured, permed, dry or damaged hair. Ahhh at last a product that I will use! It is blended with natural rose hips, vitamin E and jojoba in mountain spring water. Replenisher shampoo helps to restore and protect damaged hair and the plant derived ingredients help to nourish hair leaving it feeling luxuriously soft and healthy; or so they say…. For extra benefit, Clairol recommend that this should be used with Herbal Essences Protection Conditioner (Oh, bother, this is one I shall have to buy). Pleasing to the
                    eye, this product is a thick gel, which is pale pink in colour and comes in a 250ml clear plastic bottle with a dark green plastic cap with a flip lid. A picture of pink, long-stemmed roses is visible on the inside of the bottle. Incidentally the shampoo bottles use 25% post-consumer plastic and can be recycled (which is just what you wanted to know, isn’t it?). Normally £2.20 per bottle; it was recently on offer at Safeway for £2.20 for the shampoo and the conditioner. But my dozen, very slightly damaged bottles of the shampoo were FREE, nur nur, nurner, nur…. Suitable for vegetarians (but you’re not going to drink the stuff, are you?) all ingredients come from renewable plant sources; no animal by-products are used and herbs are grown under organic conditions – no pesticides or petrochemicals are used. Usual instructions for use apply ~  Wet Hair  Apply shampoo and massage well  Rinse thoroughly My verdict ~ ********* I have thick blonde curly hair. These days it tends to be ‘colour assisted’ to hide the grey streaks that can be found around the hairline. I have been using this shampoo on a regular basis (well, you would when you have 12 bottles of the stuff to use, wouldn’t you?). I need only use a little shampoo in order to work up a good lather. It has a fragrant aroma of roses mingled with a slight fruity smell, which is pleasant but not overpowering. I have used the product in conjunction with a Conditioner and although it does not leave my hair shiny, it does feel very soft and natural looking; and leaves my thick hair tangle free. I do like the clear bottle, because at least you can see how much shampoo there is left inside. I have been known to stand bottles of shampoo upside down in order to get the last dregs out (I do this with wine toooo!) but with eleven more bottles of the stuff to go, who cares…..
                    You will find other shampoos in the Clairol Herbal Essences range to suit all hair types. Ingredients~ ********** Well, I could give you a list of the ingredients here, but I would need a magnifying glass to read the back of the bottle and you would need a science degree to understand them! And finally ~ ********* Recommended, so I won’t be giving away my bottles of Clairol Herbal Essences Shampoo. Now, does anyone want to try Dove Ultra Moisturising Body Wash…. only 23 cans of the stuff left….? Janna 4th July 2002

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                      15.11.2001 18:31
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                      I love the smell of this shampoo I was addicted to it. I used the shampoo and conditioner especially for dyed hair (I dye my hair red) not long after it came out and used it religiously for 18 months. The first hint I had that things were not well, happened when I went to the hairdresser for a trim, she commented on the amount of split ends and breakages I had. She asked what shampoo I used. When I told her she looked at me like I had told her I ritually kill small cute animals. She gasped and told me not to as it was far too drying and to use a much less harsh product. I dismissed her claims as a sales ploy, and continued to use both the shampoo and conditioner. I did however notice that the ends of my hair were very dry so I used more of the conditioner. After I few more months my hair was so dry at the ends that everytime I brushed it after washing I had to virtually rip the brush through my hair, still I did not connect that may have been Herbal Essences. I put it down to the sun affecting the dyed ends of my hair. Then I was asked to be bridesmaid at my Dad?s wedding. I was so looking forward to having my hair done professionally as I had been growing it. I went along to hairdressers and after washing my hair trying to style it they advised there was nothing they could do with it as it was like straw, I was gutted. I had to have approximately 4 inches cut off from all over my head, putting in huge layers so that all the straw-like hair was removed. Afterwards I was discussing my experience with some girlfriends of mine and all of them who had tried Herbal Essences for a while, had similar horror stories. You may ask why I used Herbal Essences for so long, I just never imagined that a shampoo could do so much damage to my hair. I stopped using it immediately after that and now 2 years later my hair has returned to a much better state even after using many different dyes and a disaterous encounter as a blonde for a short time
                      . I still miss the smell it left on my hair, but I ?d rather have hair that I can run my fingers through.

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                        15.11.2001 17:12
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                        Yes, we all know that annoying advert with the infuriating tag-line “I’ve got the urge to ‘erbal!” Well, that’s almost enough to put me off this shampoo for starters, but I have always admired the design of the bottle and thought it sounded interesting. So when we went to stay with my Mum last month, I was pleased to see she had bought Clairol Herbal Essences shampoo for us to use while we were there. My hair is long, dyed blonde and subsequently, very dry. So she bought the shampoo in this range that ‘replenishes coloured / permed / dry / damaged hair’. So what’s it like? Does it work? Does it do what it says on the bottle? Read on and be enlightened. The design of this bottle is very impressive – although I was disappointed to find out that the apparent flowers inside are only a picture. Oh well, it’s a nice picture anyway, long stemmed pink roses on this one. The bottle is clear with the familiar logo on the front, instructions and ingredients on the back. The shampoo itself is gorgeous – a pink colour, but not the bright artificial pink you might expect. It looks quite watery through the bottle, but the opposite is true – it is a luxurious feeling gel that smells heavenly – slightly rose, slightly strawberry. It is soft, not sticky and you don’t need much to get a good lather. It washes the hair well and is easy to rinse off. It leaves your hair smelling really nice too, but again, it’s not too over-powering. The only criticism I have is that I still needs lots of conditioner to get my tangles out – but that’s only to be expected with my hair. I have just started to use the conditioner that Clairol do (Herbal Essences Protection Conditioner) - which I'll review sometime - but my old Asda conditioner worked well enough. The back of the bottle explains what is so good about the shampoo. It is made with natural, orga
                        nic herbs and something called botanicals. They use pure mountain spring water and in this type of the shampoo, it is combined with rose hips, jojoba and vitamin E. They definitely seem to be trying to appeal to those who are into natural ingredients. There are no animal ingredients used (useful to know for vegetarians like myself) and the herbs are grown without the use of petro-chemicals or pesticides. The bottles are recyclable (but of course, you need to know somewhere that takes plastic!) and made from 25% post-consumer recycled plastic. The cost is higher than my usual shampoo, selling at around £2.19 for a 400ml bottle. I recently found both the shampoo and conditioner on sale in my local chemists for only £1.69 each, so look out for special offers! It does last well though, which will make it a worthwhile expenditure, even at £2.19. Admittedly, I’m the only one using this in our house, but I still have about a quarter of the bottle left after a month and I generally wash my hair three times a week. There are other shampoos available in the range, so you should find something to suit your hair type. I’m sure the others are just as good as this one. I would certainly suggest you try them. The smell and feel of this product are divine, no wonder you get the urge ;-)

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                          01.11.2001 02:58
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                          Avid television viewers amongst you will recognise the title of this opinion as the strap line (or my suggested anglicised, yet still alliterative, variation on it!) from the painful, American, court-room based advert for this shampoo. A lawyer suddenly bursts into song and informs us that she has ?the urrrrrrrge to urrrrrrrrbal?, joined by a large group of men who seem to appear from nowhere. Well, whichever advertising executive thought that advert would transfer well across the Atlantic was somewhat misguided, because the only urge it seems to create in anyone in this country is an overwhelming one to throw a brick through the television screen. Okay, I know that ?hurge? is not a word either, but it is surely a little bit less irritating than ?urrrrrrrbal?! Fortunately, for me and for Clairol, I started using Herbal Essences long before their naff advert hit our screens. Had I not, I would almost certainly never have bought it on principle! I first tried the brand on holiday with a friend - we had arranged to share toiletries so as to cut down on luggage, and she was providing the shampoo, which turned out to be Herbal Essences! There are several different formulae available in the range, suited to different hair types. I currently use the one which ?Replenishes Coloured/Permed/Dry/Damaged Hair?. Despite having highlighted my hair for some 5 years now, my hair is in surprisingly good condition ? but you can never be too careful, and wherever possible I try to use hair care products specifically designed for treated hair. Previously I used the formula for fine and flyaway hair, but decided that healthy hair was more important than a tiny bit of extra body! There are around four different versions available for different hair types. Each one comes with a matching conditioner, and several, including this one, are also available in a 2 in 1 formula. There is also a Herbal Essences intensive conditioner available, although I have to say I don?t fin
                          d this has much of an advantage over the normal conditioner. The shampoo costs around £2.19 for a 250ml bottle in Boots, although larger sizes are occasionally available, and also lower prices can be found if you search around. It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a green flip top lid. The information label on the back of the bottle has an attractive picture of roses on its reverse, which show through the shampoo from the front giving a very aesthetically pleasing effect! The rose motif is also repeated on the front of the bottle within a smaller logo. The front of the bottle also tells us that the shampoo is ?with Botanical Shine Complex? and ?with Rose Hips, Vitamin E and Jojoba in Mountain Spring Water?. None of these make much sense to me, and for all I know it could be absolutely terrible to put rose hips on your hair, but it sounds nice so I am quite happy, which just goes to show how much we ? or at least I ? can be influenced by clever marketing! I really ought to take note of this, seeing as I have just started working in marketing myself! The natural, environmentally friendly angle of the product definitely seems to be the unique selling point settled upon by the marketing team, and is continued on the information label which tells us that Herbal Essences Shampoo:- ? bottles use 25% post-consumer recycled plastic and are recyclable; ? uses high quality ingredients derived from pure renewable plant sources ? no animal by-products (although I know for a fact that Clairol are not totally against animal testing even if this particular product is animal friendly); ? uses herbs grown under certified organic conditions ? no petrochemicals or pesticides. Despite all that, I am sorry to say that there is still the usual hefty list of unpronounceable chemical sounding ingredients, but I think that you would really struggle to find a shampoo these days that doesn?t have at least a few of these!
                          The shampoo itself is a pale pink colour and is quite thin in consistency, which makes it easy to lather and easy to get out of the bottle when it is starting to get towards the end. I live in a very hard water area, but never have any problems getting a good lather with this shampoo. When I went on a course in Devon, where the water is softer, I used the same amount of shampoo as I do at home, and ended up with so many bubbles I didn't know what to do with them all! The shampoo has a pleasant fruity, flowery smell which is not overpowering or overly reminiscent of one particular fragrance, but nevertheless leaves your hair and bathroom smelling lovely! It is easy to rinse out of hair, and I only ever need to shampoo my hair once (although I do wash my hair daily) and then use the separate conditioner. Having long, fine hair and suffering from tangles and knots, I am just not a 2 in 1 kind of girl! After washing with Herbal Essences, my hair always feels clean, fresh, soft, shiny and free from residue. Despite using the product daily, my hair never feels ?squeaky? or like it has been stripped of its natural oils and is never lifeless or dry. In the past I have always changed my shampoo regularly, as I found that my hair got used to a brand quickly and didn?t respond as well after a few months ? but I have been using this one for over a year now and it is still going strong! I have to admit I wouldn?t go as far as to recommend using the shampoo on its own, because on the occasions that I have done my hair has been a mass of tangles ? although my hair is very prone to tangling anyway so I don?t think this is unique to this brand of shampoo! However, if you are looking for a new shampoo to use in conjunction with the same brand of conditioner then look no further as this one comes highly recommended!

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                            10.08.2001 02:19
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                            I never bought this product, my mum did, because she was sick of me using her shampoo. She chose this one, because she knew I wanted one for coloured hair. It was the cheapest one in the shop at the time. It says on the bottle 'Leaves your hair refreshed, revived and full of shine'. As if! I have used other Herbal Essences shampoos, and I haven't been too impressed with any of them. It is nice looking in the bottle and it does smell lovely, and make my hair soft for a while but it DOESN'T make your hair shine, like it says, your hair gets greasy really quickly and it is supposed to revive colour, but if anything, makes it duller! It is quite good value for money as you get a 250ml bottle, but it doesn't do what it says and it doesn't work as well as many of the other shampoos I have tried. I have bought the one bottle and I don't think I will be buying any more!

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                            Embracing you like a meadow of fresh flowers, this luxurious shampoo, balanced with 100% organic botanicals and essences of coconut and palm oils, will take your hair to a place it's never been before /