Product Type: Clairol hair care products
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Clairol Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Shampoo
Member Name: Dryad
Clairol Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Shampoo
Date: 02/02/12, updated on 02/02/12 (99 review reads)
Advantages: Does give longer hair a better look and feel
Disadvantages: A bit pricey at full cost especially if you buy the matching conditioner at the same time.
Although I have long hair it's not particularly high maintenance, I only wash, condition and usually leave to air dry. If I'm going out I will spritz on a bit of heat protection/defrizzer and give it a quick whizz over with the straighteners. The biggest challenge having long hair (touching my bum) especially at my advanced age is keeping it in good condition. I can't afford the vast majority of hair masks, or leave in products, oils etc (apart from a good old fashioned warm olive /coconut oil treat now and then) so my shampoo and conditioners have quite a challenge. We do use budget brands quite a lot, but I have to use something a bit more nourishing and protective fairly regularly I'm not brand loyal but I do have a few favourites which I'll buy if they are on offer.
Clairol beautiful ends is one of these I remember Clairol 30 years ago when it just came in a few 'types' and wasn't called Herbal Essences I found it ok but not exceptional, boy have they upped their game over the years.
This shampoo comes in the now traditional curvy bottle in translucent red and looks just like the Dooyoo picture. Although the packaging looks quite nice I'm not keen on how it performs. The press down to flip up the opening lid is a bit of a fiddle, and when the bottle is near the end and I whack it against my hand to shake the last drips out it shuts the lid. Also the shape of the bottle seems to make it become misshapen after about the half way mark. The air seems to leave the bottle but not get sucked back in easily, which means the bottle becomes bevelled in and when squeezed it doesn't push the product out. So I have to faff around shaking it about and squeezing the sides in to suck air in and pop the bottle back into shape before I can dispense anything much. However this issue isn't a big problem as the product itself is lovely.
This shampoo is designed for mid length to long hair, has 'red raspberry and silk extracts' and aims to give 'split end protection'
The shampoo is very creamy looking, opaque and a gorgeous lilac pinky colour, and as with all of this range it smells divine and very luxurious. I never use shampoo on the majority of the length of my hair, only on the scalp because as it is washed down the length of the hair it cleanses the rest of it gently. I've always done this and mention it in every shampoo review as it's an easy way to stop long hair drying out too much. This shampoo creates a lovely rich thick lather which makes it easy to ensure I've cleansed my whole scalp. It feels so nice I'm reluctant to wash it out, however when the time comes it does wash out very easily. Because of the rich formula you do need to make doubly sure it's all rinsed away but this is not too difficult as it melts away so beautifully.
If you are following with the matching conditioner never use the conditioner on your scalp and top 4 or 5 inches of hair unless your hair is extremely dry, as this is what can cause issues with hair becoming oily or lank more quickly. If you avoid the roots when applying conditioner the shampoo gives a beautiful soft shine and hair is left feeling full, clean and manageable right to the ends. When using the Beautiful Ends range any split ends do look minimised. The split ends are not repaired of course only a scissors will remedy a split end once formed, however I do believe that fewer split ends occur when I've been using this regularly.
Quite apart from the effect this range has on the hair I try and use the matching conditioner or one that has a relatively neutral scent. This is because the perfume remains in the hair once dry I don't want to have clashing smells from various toiletries fighting each other.
Currently Tesco are offering the 400ml bottle at £2 (only until 14.02.12) which isn't quite as good as the two for one they recently had but is still great value, and I will be stocking up.
When using this shampoo my hair has a great swish to it, and feels heavy and silky, the look of any split ends is reduced to give an overall more shiny appearance with less frizz. I never believe the hype of overblown adverts, but must admit that this for me is a very good product with pleasing results that for me really does make for beautiful ends.
Summary: A lovely product that feels luxurious and leaves hair feeling lovely.