Product Type: Clairol hair care products
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As beautiful as ends can get without a proper haircut!
Clairol Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Shampoo
Member Name: Holland1
Clairol Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Shampoo
Advantages: Currently on offer in most places as being promoted, improves split ends, smells gorgeous
Disadvantages: None for me
I am usually fairly difficult to impress when it comes to shampoos. For some reason, I tend to find that all shampoos do pretty much the same thing, and ultimately as long as they clean my hair and make it look less greasy, I don't take too much notice of claims to cure my hair problems or give me salon standard wow-factor hair.
When I was last shopping in Asda, I had run out of shampoo and being bored with my current brand (plus I think your hair gets used to using the same brand and makes it less effective), I decided, to the annoyance of my fiance, to find a new brand. I say "to the annoyance of my fiance", because this must have involved a good ten minutes of picking bottles up, reading them, placing them in the trolley, then taking them out and picking something else up! I toyed with the idea of trying Asda's own brand, having read some good reviews on here, but my fiance raised his eyebrows and looked at me with a knowing look that basically said "You're going to regret that decision" , so I went with my instincts and ended up with this.
I was drawn to this brand because the smaller 200ml bottles were on offer, costing £3 for 2 bottles. This was ideal for me to try the shampoo and conditioner. The bottles are bright red with green flip lids, which caught my eye also, and as soon as I saw the words "Beautiful Ends" I knew this was the shampoo for me. It's recommended for mid to long hair, and claims to protect the hair against breakage and damage.
Generally, my hair isn't in bad condition. It gets a bit frizzy sometimes, but generally speaking with the right products it can look quite sleek. At the moment, however, I am trying to grow my hair and am avoiding the hairdressers, for a few reasons (cost of haircuts, wanting long hair for a particular hairstyle for my wedding), so this is causing the ends of my hair to look dry, straggly and just a bit in need of some TLC.
The shampoo is used in the normal way, I'm not going to patronise anyone by instructing them on how to wash their hair! I was surprised that the shampoo itself was purple coloured, because I would have thought they'd have a clear bottle to show this off rather than hiding it in brightly coloured bottles. But anyway, this is what I remember the old Herbal Essence range used to be like many years ago, remember when they had that advert of the woman in the shower supposedly enjoying herself a bit too much? I haven't used this brand since then, but they have definitely diversified and their range has got much bigger. The one thing that had stayed the same, though, was the smell. It' described as red raspberry and silk extracts on the bottle, and it smells fruity and gorgeous, leaving your hair smelling fresh and clean for a good while after using it.
The shampooing process was trouble-free, with the shampoo lathering up sufficiently for me, and rinsing out easily. I read somewhere once that if you have long hair, you shouldn't worry too much about shampooing all of it, just focus on the roots then when you're rinsing the shampoo out it will reach the ends and clean the rest of your hair as it's being rinsed out.
This shampoo is absolutely perfect for my hair. After using this it looks noticeably better. I actually had comments from people in work asking what I'd used on my hair. The split ends aren't actually gone, but I was once told by a hairdresser that the only way to get rid of split ends was to have them cut off, as no product can cure them but instead just improves the look of them. Of course, this could have just been a sales technique, but I am inclined to agree that it's unlikely any product will actually fuse your hair back into one strand, so to find a product that masks the split ends and makes them look better is as good as you're going to get without shelling out for an expensive hair cut. In fairness, the product doesn't claim to get rid of split ends, but to protect against split ends and breakage.
That said, the ends of my hair looked less dry and dehydrated than usual, it looked much healthier and the ends of my layered bits weren't sticking out at the side of my head as much. It's a funny thing with hair, but you just feel so much better about yourself when your hair looks in good condition. I was a bit curious as to how the shampoo would improve my split ends and not neglect the scalp, but this wasn't an issue as the rest of my hair also looked clean and quite smooth after using this.
I used this shampoo in conjunction with the matching conditioner, and after seeing the results I've since gone out and bought the intensive mask and leave in conditioner from the same range (reviews to follow). If you suffer from split ends, I would definitely recommend this shampoo.
Summary: A good shampoo if your hair needs some TLC, especially if you're trying to grow it