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~ Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo ~
Despite not being loyal to any particular shampoo brands this is one that I tend to go back to time and time again.
This Hello Hydration shampoo by Herbal Essences comes in a nice blue coloured bottle with the typical push button lid. The shampoo itself is also blue in colour but paler than the bottle.
I like this shampoo as I find it leaves my hair really soft and shiny and smelling great. I find it works a treat for my hair as due to colouring and using heated hair tools my hair does get really dry but this does seem to leave it in much better condition, I only need to use a small amount as it really does lather up well and I find that a small amount is enough to get my hair clean.
I do use it with a blob of the same conditioner and the scent stays in my hair until I come to wash it next.
The scent is lovely. It's a really tropical coconutty scent which I really love. It's a really uplifting scent.
I do like the results that this shampoo offers, it leaves my hair soft and shiny and really easy to manage. I don't think it makes my hair flat or lifeless but adds a bit of volume which I think is a great thing!
I tend to buy it from Poundland so I only pay £1 a bottle which I think is a bargain.
This is something I would recommend.
Thanks for reading x
This shampoo leaves my hair extremely healthy and smelling amazing! The coconut smell is lovely and an absolute must on holiday! It leaves me feeling as though I am on holiday all of the time due to the wonderful smell. I really love this product and it leaves my hair voluminous and hydrated.
I love this product. My hair felt so soft and silky all day, I couldn't stop touching it as I couldn't believe how good it felt. It is relatively affordable in comparison to some high end brands of hair products and is perfect if your hair is lacking something and you want to uplift and be voluminous. Having dry frizzy hair, it does need a lot of hydration throughout the year. I use this and my hair does feel softer and not so dry.
Absolutely love it! Smells beautiful, leaves your hair soft and sleek.
I am using herbal essence hair products and its really good. Especially when i used hello hydration shampoo .... I love the softness and shine of my hairs and they feel so healthy to touch. I absolutely love this shampoo as it makes my hair feel smooth and silky at the same time as being voluminous and looking amazing! I would recommend this to anyone with dry hair as it definitely hydrates and nourishes for a more full feeling!
It is excellent value with good fragrance and excellent shine, the coconut fragrance leaves you feeling happy and fresh, absolutely perfect product for me! Does not leave head feeling itchy or irritable as some cheaper brands do!
Even though I have quite greasy hair at the roots, at the ends it is quite dry because I often colour my hair, use straighteners on it nearly everyday and also quite a few products too. Its a bit of a weird hair combination to be honest so I am always trying different shampoos, generally depending on what is on offer and what sounds like it might be good for my hair.
Herbal Essences is a range I have used for a number of years now and I always like the results I get with their shampoos and conditioners so I was excited to try this Herbal Essences hello hydration shampoo. I also bought a bottle of the conditioner too as, even though I like to change my shampoo and conditioner I always use the same brand together when I was my hair. Luckily for me too, Boots were doing an offer on buy one get one free I think it was so the two combined were cheaper which was nice.
Hello hydration is described as a shampoo which," has a shine and moisture formula which gives a luscious shine to hair with its deeply hydrating formula and replenishes parched head. It orchid and coconut extracts to quench the thirst of dry and damaged hair."
The shampoo comes in a bright blue bottle and I like this about Herbal Essences bottles as each different type of shampoo comes in a different coloured bottle but the conditioner always matches the colour of the shampoo. The bottle has a little bit on it that you press and the lid comes up to allow you to squeeze the shampoo out of the bottle. I find this quite handy and it opens and closes well. However, I have found on a number of occasions that the whole top of the bottle will come off quite easily, especially if you drop the bottle in the shower which I have done before and half the shampoo poured out before I had time to pick it up, a bit annoying but not really an issue if you don't drop the bottle!!
The shampoo is quite thick and I find it lathers up really well and you actually don't need much for each application. It goes on really easily and washes off nicely too. Now to the smell which is absolutely gorgeous. Coconut is one of the ingredients in this shampoo and you can definitely smell it in here mixed with that usual "shampoo smell." It smells just like holiday, the kind of smell you get from suntan lotion as well and it gives me a really nice feeling as well as smelling nice on my hair. I can detect the smell on my hair quite a while after I have shampooed it which is nice.
So, how did this shampoo work for me. Well, the nice thing I found and something that I was actually worried about was that it did not give extra moisture to my already greasy roots, they pretty much stayed the same and did not get greasier after a day or two which was a relief. The ends however, don't feel or look as brittle as they have done in the past and I think my hair has an extra bit of bounce and shininess to it which I really like. It's been easy to style and hasn't been fly-away at all either which is great so I would recommend this shampoo for a bit of moisture.
A 400ml bottle costs £3.89 and lasts for probably a month or so so I would say definitely good value for a good shampoo.
Me and my girlfriend tend to share shampoo at our flat as it saves money, I have tried many different shampoos as we also tend to pick up the ones which are on offer. Recently with my clubcard statement at tesco I got a voucher which got me £1 off when I purchased two herbal Essenes products at the same time. We decided to pick some up because we have always liked to smell and the feel of our hair after using these products, I had never tried the hello hydration one before and it looked rather appealing.
For a 400ml bottle I paid £1.89, it is usually around this price but can be cheaper when on offer. It is good value, but you don't get a lot of shampoo for your money. Some other brands give you 500ml for this same price. The packaging is appealing with lovely colours and obviously this is part of there marketing strategy. The bottle is tall and is easy to open due to a large latching lid. The bottle tells you that there are coconut and orchid extracts in the shampoo, I am a huge fan of coconut and I can slightly smell them within to shampoo.
Does it work well?:
The shampoo is easy to use, a small amount in my hair will lather up nicely, my girlfriend has very thick long hair and she finds this lathers up nicely top. It also washes out nicely and quickly, the smell fills the bathroom and is really pleasent. I usually lather rinse and repeat, but I find its not really nessasary with this product as my hair feels clean and soft after one attempt. After drying my hair it is easily manageable and I am able to do my usual styling routine without and issues. My hair looks shiny and well looked after, it remains clean nearly all day. There are no faults I have found with this shampoo and I feel it's good to use for both men and woman. The packaging is very feminine, but this does not bother me too much as its what's inside the bottle that counts the most. I am really happy with this and I can happily say it works very well. Will be using again when it's on offer
Very good product which I feel is one of the best shampoos I have used in a long time. It has a very good scent and leaves my hair feeling clean. I don't usually have to use this with conditioner, as my hair feels nice. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to use a new shampoo and try something different for a change. This gets 4 stars from me, I am very happy with it and it will be in my bathroom again in the near future.
Thanks for reading my review, I hope it helped you out and informed you well. Josh -jlaker1992
I have been using this shampoo for a few weeks now and really rate it. I used to use Herbal Essence range a while ago but hadn't used it for a while. I must admit the reason why I chose this particular shampoo was because I liked the shape of the bottle! I am very glad I did buy it as I really like it and think it has a lovely effect on my hair.
This shampoo helps to hydrate your hair. I find that in the winter my hair is dry from all the central heating we have on and it loses it's shine and looks really quite poor. I have tried some repair and protect shampoos to try to help my hair in the winter but none of them really impressed. The hydrating effects of this though seems to do the trick.
This shampoo comes in a really bright blue bottle which is long and tall but slightly wider at the bottom which gives it an interesting shape. The brightness of the bottle is what attracted me to it in the first place in the supermarket and then I smelt it and thought I would buy it. The smell is quite tropical, it is a bit floral but a hint of coconut too which is lovely, it makes a change from the usual soapy smell of the shampoo I had been using.
The shampoo itself is quite thick and that is what I like, it feels more luxurious than when it's really watery and just seems to run down your fingers so quickly you haven't got time to rub it in your hair. I have very thick hair and tend to use a blob about the size of a 50p and find that this is sufficient enough for my hair. The colour of the shampoo may put you off as it's blue! Not as bright as the bottle but definitely blue. I quite like this, it makes it a bit different.
It washes out really nicely and I used some conditioner afterwards too, I find if I don't use conditioner my hair is a nightmare and gets really knotty. The smell of the shampoo did stay on my hair afterwards and my husband commented on how nice it smelt which is nice! After drying my hair with a hairdryer I find that when using this shampoo my hair is really nice. It doesn't feel as dry as normal and it also is easier to brush too as though the hydrating qualities have helped to stop it being so easily knotted.
I think it adds some volume to my hair too and I really like the finished result. It feels very clean and soft and in good health. I definitely recommend using this especially in the winter months when your hair is in need of being hydrated but then saying that in the summer it probably needs it too as it will be warmer outside so in fact I recommend this for all year round! Lovely!
As a range, I have used a lot of the Clairol Herbal Essence shampoos and conditioners. One of the ones I use a lot is the one called Hello Hydration and I pay around £3.69 for this 400ml-sized bottle. If you love the smell of coconuts then you're sure to love this shampoo as it's full to the brim with the smell of coconuts, just as soon you take off the flip back lid.
The bottle is a weird and wonderful shape and it looks like a curvy S shape - this is the same with all of the new Clairol Herbal Essence shampoos now as they changed the packaging. It's a tall bottle, but I can just about manage to get it to stand up straight when I am in the shower as I lean it against the mixer taps.
The shampoo itself is quite thick but as the bottle is made of quite a flexible plastic, then it's fairly easy to squeeze it out into the palm of my hand. The smell of coconuts really intensifies with the heat of the hot water in the shower and once applied to wet hair, it just seems to lather up really quickly.
It's luxurious and rich in texture and consistency and the smell makes me think that I'm actually washing my hair in a much more expensive shampoo. Though it does create a lot of suds, these do rinse out well after I've finished washing my hair and the result is lovely squeaky-clean air, which still smells of coconuts.
Once my hair has been dried and styled, the difference I just amazing. It adds bounce and shine to my hair and really seems to help to add moisture to the dry ends. Though I do suffer from greasy roots, this shampoo doesn't seem to make the greasies any worse. My hair definitely looks healthier wherever I use this shampoo and I do use it a lot. It's a shampoo which is mild and gentle and I feel it's also suitable for everyday use.
It may be slightly expensive, but it's definitely worth it.
~*~ The Purchase ~*~
I'm always trying out new shampoo's & conditioners and I usually just buy whatever's on offer - I'm not fussy! Herbal essences is a brand that I'm familiar with but don't often buy because in my opinion it is quite overpriced, but I decided to but the 'hello hydration' shampoo from this range after seeing that it was on offer.
~*~ Price ~*~
A 400ml bottle of this shampoo retails at around £3.80, so it's not the cheapest shampoo around and I don't think that I would pay the full retail price when I have cheaper shampoo's which have pretty much exactly the same effect on my hair. I bought my bottle of it from Co-op and paid around £2.00 and it is also available from Boots and Superdrug.
~*~ Product Claims ~*~
The manufacturers claim that this shampoo will 'quench the thirst' of dry and damaged hair. They describe the 'shine and moisture' formula as being rich and replenishing and the shampoo contains coconut and orchid extracts.
~*~ Packaging ~*~
The bottle is the same unique shape as the rest of the Herbal Essences shampoo & conditioner bottles. It is a tall rectangular shape with a slight curve and it is made from sturdy plastic. The bottle a bright shade of aqua blue which has a pearly finish, which I really like and it is very eye catching.
The branding is good with the product and brand name written clearly on the front. Information such as directions for use, a brief product description and a lengthy list of ingredients can be found on the back. The bottle has a flip lid with a dispenser hole, which stops too much product coming out at once.
~*~ My Opinion ~*~
I bought this mainly because the whole of the Herbal Essences hair care range was on offer in my local Co-Op. At £2.00 this shampoo seemed like a bargain and having being impressed after reading the product description on the back I was quite excited to try it out. My long, thick hair is quite dry as I straighten it daily, and although I wouldn't describe it as damaged, the ends can start to look and feel dry and brittle from time to time.
The packaging is the first thing that I like about this shampoo - it's got a pearly finish which I think looks really nice and the bright colour makes it really eye catching. The sturdy plastic bottle and secure flip top lid means that I can take this to the gym with me to use after a swim as there is no worry that the bottle will come open in my gym bag. The bottle isn't easily squeezable so it does need holding upside down, but it is easy to grip even with wet hands because of the curved bottle design.
The bottle isn't too bulky despite containing a generous amount of product and I like that there's a dispenser hole as this prevents any waste. The shampoo itself is a lot thinner than I expected, but it's not so thin that it is ridiculously runny or anything. I like that rather than being the usual pearly white colour that a majority of shampoos are it is a very light shade of light blue, which makes a nice change and makes it that bit more unique. The shampoo has a really nice smell which although strong isn't overpowering.
The smell is a fresh floral and fruity kind of scent, which is quite feminine. Unlike some shampoos, the smell isn't at all artificial. The smell fills the bathroom once I've used some of this and it subtly lingers in my hair for a couple of days after using it, keeping it smelling fresh and clean. As this has a slightly runny consistency I do find that I need to use quite a bit with each use to get good coverage as I have such long hair. Around four large blobs is usually enough and the product spreads over my hair easily due to the lightweight, smooth texture.
The shampoo lathers very easily and after massaging a few large blobs of it through my hair, it feels almost instantly softer and silkier. I usually leave it on for a minute or so and then wash it out. This comes out of my hair really easily and I have never had any problems with it leaving any greasy or sticky residue. As soon as I have washed it out my hair feels clean, silky and more manageable. It is also easier to brush through once I've dried it and it doesn't take as long to straighten. I do use a good quality conditioner after using this though, so I doubt that the quality of my hair is down to purely using this.
~*~ Overall ~*~
A really nice smelling shampoo which has great effects on my hair, however I have had the same results from a cheaper shampoo (Vo5 gloss me daily if anyone is wondering). I will buy this again if I see it on offer, but at the full retail price of almost £4.00 I think that it is a little overpriced.
I have to say I am not particularly loyal to any specific brand when it comes to shampoo and when needs be I will try something if it's cheaper or on offer but as a general rule it's usually a brand I think is rather verified and well known. My usage of Clairol Herbal Essences Hello Hyrdation Moisture and Shine Shampoo was when I hugged my friend the other week and her hair smelt so lovely! She told me she washed it before she left and recommended me this shampoo so I thought I would give it a try.
The shampoo comes in a clear plastic bottle, and I bought the 400ml bottle in Boots for £3.79 which isn't the cheapest you can get, but to be honest this is about the average I'd pay for shampoo anyway so I think the price is reasonable. To extract the shampoo is easy, as it has flip top lid, which reveals a small hole which requires tipping the bottle upside down to squeeze the shampoo out. The bottle is quite nicely shaped, with a curve (which reminds me of wavy hair for some reason!) making it really easy to hold and grip when hands are wet.
The shampoo itself is quite thick, and so to do a good job at washing my hair I squeeze a blob about the size of a 50p coin into my hand and apply to my wet hair which creates a luxurious amount of lather and creates a lovely coconut scent explosion! It smells absolutely divine and I thoroughly enjoy rubbing this into my scalp to work it's magic, leaving my hair clean and smelling gorgeous. Washing it out is easy enough to do, and this shampoo does not leave my hair all knotty and tangled like some other shampoos I have used in the past.
This product is a moisture shine shampoo with Hawaiian coconut and orchid extracts for helping and repairing dry and damaged hair. In all honesty, my hair is not specifically damaged but it can be quite dry and I definitely find this shampoo helps my hair look a bit more glossy and adds some extra shine to my locks which can often look quite dull and lifeless. Granted, I use about a million more other hair products before I actually step out my house so this probably contributes about 10% to the end result, but every little helps really!
Overall I am really liking this shampoo and it has been working fantastically on my hair. Whilst I bought it mainly for the lovely coconut smell, it washes my hair excellently, doesn't tangle my hair and helps rejuvenate it a bit to leave it looking a lot livelier. I would definitely recommend this shampoo!
WHAT IS IT?
Shampoo from Herbal Essences.
WHAT WILL IT DO FOR MY HAIR?
Hello Hydration is developed for people with dry hair and it will moisturise your hair. There is a Hello Hydration conditioner and if you use both of them together they will make your hair soft and free of knots, but even if you just use the shampoo on it's own it will make your fair feel very moisturised more than any other shampoo available for the same price.
WHAT I THINK
This is very nice shampoo and the best of all of the Herbal Essences shampoos I think. It has got a creamy texture and smells lightly of coconut, this isn't a strong smell like the coconut shampoo you get in the hairdressers. It smells light and fresh and makes my hair smell very clean.
You don't get a lot of bubbles when you use this shampoo but it cleans my hair properly and makes it perfectly clean. Sometimes it is hard to rinse out and that is because I have got long hair so accidentally use too much sometimes, that's my own fault though because I know I should not use so much because it is a rich shampoo. If you don't get all of the bubbles out this Hello Hydration shampoo will make your hair look greasy and unwashed.
I like how soft and shiny my hair is after I've used this shampoo and how long the clean feeling lasts. I usually use the conditioner as well but even if I don't my hair still feels in good condition and is not all knotted up.
Hello Hydration is made by Clairol and costs about £2.75 a bottle. It lasts well because you only need to use a little amount to wash your hair so even though that's quite expensive it is still good value because I do not need to replace it very often. It is often on special promotional offer.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I have fine hair which means it gets much more dryer from drying my hair, straightening and dying it. Therefore, I tend to purchase products that are hydrating for my hair to replenish the moisture. I have purchased several of the Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioners. But this is the range I tend to go for. The range is called ' Hello hydration' and you can purchase it in supermarkets and beauty stores like boots.
The shampoo is the same colour as the packaging. In this case it is blue and is a thick cream, something I do value in a shampoo. There is nothing worse in my eyes than a shampoo with a thin consistency. I like something creamy to massage in my hair. A small amount of the product goes along way, so a bottle usually lasts my partner and me several weeks, despite using it every day! The smell of the shampoo is natural and quite floral I don't like heavy smells in shampoo or skin care products so I really like the natural scent.
After shampooing my hair I tend to put the 'Hello hydration' conditioner on just the ends of my hair. I must admit I condition my hair a lot more than it is advised to but that is because like I said my hair is pretty dry. I usually condition my hair every other day because of this, although saying that my hair does feel less dry using the shampoo so I could really do it less than this.
A really annoying thing about my hair is it gets extremely knotty after it has been washed and because the shampoo is so hydrating it makes my hair less knotty when I come out of the shower, which is a godsend because it is honestly a nightmare normally. In fact I dread going to the hair dressers to have my hair coloured because when they wash it if it's a hair dresser who doesn't know my hair they have such trouble with it or make me feel more depressed about how knotty it is by mentioning it a zillion times.
My hair feels much smoother and silkier when using this product. I have used shampoo that has cost £20 a bottle and I can honestly say it is in no way less inferior.
I tend to buy the shampoo in ASDA because there is constantly offers on hair products and shower gels there, so I tend to just buy it there now than at Boots. The price £2.50 for a 400ml bottle, this is sometimes 2 for £4.00 on the conditioner and shampoo so if you need to buy both or buy two shampoos it saves you a pound.
I wont bore you too much with the packaging details but it basically comes in a blue bottle with a lid that if you push it the shampoo comes out. This is handy because if you are travelling with the shampoo it is usually quite safe and wont spill.
The other shampoos in the herbal essences shampoo range have different coloured bottles, which are usually quite relevant to the title.
Overall, this product is fantastic; the shampoo hydrates my moisture lacking hair just as well as any of the expensive shampoos I have tried out.
I will definitely carry on using this shampoo, as it is fantastic value for money.
I have been a fan of Clairol's Herbal Essences range for many years in fact I think I remember when they first came out! I have to say that I have always found them to be of good quality and when I feel like a change from my current Alberto Balsam favourite, it is Clairol Hello Hydration that I reach for.
Reading other reviews for this product I have found that it is versatile on different types of hair. Mine is short and very thick and very strong. No matter how it is cut it will go it's own way but it does the lack moisture and shine which is the speciality of this shampoo.
Containing extracts of coconut and orchid, (very tropical) it promises moisture and shine for dry/damaged hair. The more moisture the better for me! The bottle itself is very attractive being curvy shaped turquoise plastic bottle which mirrors the creamy blue colour of the shampoo, and you can see just how much is left in the bottle. The top is a bright green flip up affair which has never yet leaked on me even if turned upside down. The bottle not me!
To achieve "Drenched, quenched and revive that shine!" simple wet your hair and lather up a little of the shampoo. The scent if definitely coconut and reminds me of summer and suntan cream and warm long days, so breath it in as you work it through your hair. A good rinse next and repeat if you like Clairol recommend using their matching conditioner, which is a must for me and there is also the high gloss intensive mask in this range which I think I might try.
I leave my hair to dry naturally or else it frizzes all over the place and I find this shampoo helps to calm this effect and add shine to my tough hair, the coconut scent is not too strong and fades away gently over the next day.
Overall I find this to be an effective shampoo leaving my hair clean and soft particularly when used with the matching conditioner. it's not the cheapest at around 3.00pounds for a 400ml bottle so look out for special offers.
I am going to give it 4 stars as it is a little expensive compares to Alberto Balsam.
Readily available in supermarkets, made by Procter and Gamble and lasts 12months after opening.The bottle is recyclable.
Thanks for reading my review which may appear on Ciao unded splishsplash.
I wash my hair on a daily basis (often twice a day) and for this reason I tend to opt for shampoo and conditioner that will replenish the moisture in my hair, this is despite the fact that I suffer from greasy roots as I feel that the length of my hair does become dry thanks to over-washing. My shampoo of choice at the moment is Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, which is an all round excellent shampoo and when used in conjunction with the Hello Hydration conditioner is perfect for my hair.
The shampoo itself is a rich cream, applied to wet hair it lathers up nicely into a luxurious layer of bubbles which actually feel as though they are cleansing my hair from the moment I start rubbing it in. Even though my hair is pretty long (although not as long as usual as I had it cut to just below shoulder length last week) I find I don't have to use much of this shampoo to give my hair a thorough clean, a small blob is enough and it's silly really to use too much as it just makes it more of an effort to rinse out at the end of the washing cycle!
The smell is beautifully fresh; the aqua bottle is designed to look slightly tropical but although there is a slightly exotic scent I find it to be more floral than anything else. It's a rich fragrance which smells extremely cleansing but comforting too, some might think it's a summery scent but I'm actually enjoying using it even more now that the colder weather has arrived because it's so fresh and flowery that it makes me feel better about getting up and into the shower while it's still dark!
After shampooing the Hello Hydration is easy enough to rinse out, due to the fact that it creates so many bubbles I struggle to get all traces out of my hair with the first rinse but I tend not to worry about whether the bubbles are completely gone to begin with as when I apply my conditioner so my hair automatically gets two rinses each time. It's obvious when you've rinsed thoroughly as your hair will 'squeak' slightly once all the soap has been removed, this is actually a very good indication with this particular shampoo and I never feel as though it has left any residue in my hair or on my scalp after washing.
I towel dry my hair and brush it before leaving it to dry naturally and am always impressed by the good condition of my hair after drying, I usually use the conditioner afterwards as my hair has a horrible habit of knotting up to the point of creating minor dreadlocks when damp but after running out (and forgetting to purchase) of conditioner I used just the shampoo for almost a week and was highly impressed with the condition it left my hair in. Obviously I had knots but not as many as when using other brands of shampoo, I was able to brush my hair without feeling as though I was dragging whole clumps out by the roots (even while still wet, which is actually a minor miracle!) and my hair look and felt amazing clean. After it dries, a process which takes hours despite me having pretty thin hair, I'm always impressed by the shine on my hair (remember, this is during a period without using conditioner) and by the clean feeling as I run my fingers through the length.
I don't style my hair often (with four kids I just haven't the time!) so I literally just brush it straight and use a little hairspray in my fringe. My hair is definitely smoother and sleeker than if I use other shampoos (including other Herbal Essence shampoos), this feeling being amplified when I use the matching conditioner. My hair feels nourished from the roots to the (dry and over processed) tips and I know that the 'hydration' aspect is working well as my hair just feels so healthy and smooth, this is not usually the case for me even when I use pricier hair care products which promise the same thing so I feel this is pretty impressive.
This Herbal Essences range is fairly expensive at around £3.50 for a 400ml bottle, it's cost effective due to the fact that you only need to use such a small amount each time but this is still more than I'd like to pay for such an 'everyday' brand. It's very often on special offer at either half price or buy one get one free (which equates to the same thing) - I tend to stock up when I see it on offer as when you consider I get through a bottle each of the shampoo and conditioner every week (this is with the kids using it too) it works out expensive at full price.
Herbal Essences used to be my favourite shampoo years ago when it came in the old purple see through bottle, but over the last years I have not really been particularly brand loyal when it comes to shampoo and conditioner and I try out lots of different ones depending on what is on offer and which products catch my eye. I had not really been too blown away by the last Herbal Essences shampoo I tried, the Dazzling Shine shampoo (it was fine but nothing special), but I was still tempted to give this hydration one a try recently and was a lot more positive about this one.
I have been working at a summer camp for the last two weeks, and the combination of hot weather, lots of swimming and the fact I was washing my hair twice a day and didn't have a hair drier or anything to tame and defrizz meant my hair was looking like a haystack after a couple of days! My hair is naturally quite curly and has a tendency to frizz up and get dry in certain conditions. However, sometimes it can also get greasy so I don't always opt for a moisturising shampoo. For the first couple of days in the camp I just had a mini shampoo from a hotel where I stayed on the way to the camp, and it was not cutting it at all, so I had to go on the hunt for something which would be really moisturising, nourishing and repairing.
This one from Herbal Essences caught my eye due to the bright blue colour. The bottle is actually clear and the blue colour comes from the actual shampoo inside. It has the scent of coconut and Hawaiian orchid which really appealed to me as I love coconut, and the combination with orchid sounded lovely and as if it would make the scent a bit more subtle and floral rather than overpoweringly coconut. The shampoo promised to provide a lot of moisture and I thought it could be just the thing for my dry, frizzy hair.
I really loved this shampoo from the first use onwards. The smell was just as gorgeous as I hoped. The coconut definitley is quite subtle and the combination is lovely, quite sweet and exotic but not too over the top. The shampoo is very creamy and quite thick, definitely more of a silky cream and not a "gel" looking shampoo. It rubs easily into the hair and makes a generous amount of lather, making my hair feel thoroughly cleaned. It is easy to rinse out and doesn't leave residue or weigh down the hair. As it is so creamy it definitely gives a real moisture boost and does not strip or dry out the hair at all, even when I was washing my hair twice a day. I normally only wash it once a day in the morning, but in the camp I had to wash it again every evening because of swimming in the lake. People often say that it's not good to wash your hair too often, but with this shampoo it looked in good condition even when washing that often. I wondered if repeated use of a moisturising shampoo would end up making my hair too moisturised and greasy, but I didn't suffer anything like that at all. My hair just looked and felt clean, with no dryness.
After this shampoo I was using a leave in conditioner spray from Aussie to save time in the shower, so I was able to see how my hair was when getting out of the shower after using just the shampoo. My hair felt really silky and soft after using this. It was so easy to comb through even before having used the conditioner.
The bottle contains 250 ml and I used up about half of it in the last two weeks. As I was using this shampoo twice as often as I would normally, I think this would work out at as a bottle lasting me about two months of daily shampooing. I think that is a reasonable amount. The bottle is the typical Herbal Essences style with a curvy shape and a lid which you press down to pop it up and squeeze some out.
I was really impressed with this shampoo over all and definitely prefer it to the Dazzling Shine. I will get it again and I am now also interesed to try the matching conditioner.
This shampoo is the only shampoo I would ever dream of using in my hair now. Before this I would just buy whatever was on offer and normally end up having to shell out for some expensive antiseptic smelling anti dandruff shampoo to make my scalp happy again. Other shampoos both expensive and cheap often leave a weird film in my hair that you can feel and gives a greasy unwashed appearance, this does not. Sometimes I was my hair several times a day after going to the gym and to work and despite this my hair still feels as good as if I wash it every other day. The smell of this shampoo is divine and the colour an average light blue similar to the packaging does not look anymore as artificial as any other shampoo that I have used in the past. The packaging is ok it does make it a bit difficult to use the last quarter of the bottle , the bottle bends making it awkward to squeeze it out. However this does not put me off buying it because of the quality of it. I have long waist lenght hair and everytime ive been to the hairdressers for a trim they have commented on how soft and well looked after my hair is. I straighten it everyday and constantly put it up and down throughout the day. This shampoo does definately do what it says on the bottle my hair is soft, strong and remains incredibly long because of it.
I've been using this shampoo fora month or so now. I don't tend to buy my own shampoo as I am living at home at the moment. This means I don't tend to get a lot of choice when it comes to bath products as I don't go shopping with my mum. I am not particularly fussy though and generally can't see a difference between expensive and cheap brands of shampoos and conditioners.
Herbal Essences strikes me as being a slightly more expensive shampoo brand than other out there on the market. They have, in recent years, rebranded themselves and brought out a whole range of different hair products. I was quite surprised initially by the colour of this shampoo as it is bright blue. I don't just mean the standard pale blue colour you get from other shampoos this is a shockingly bright blue colour. This definitely puts me off the product in a big way. Firstly it suggests to me that a whole host of artificial colours and chemicals have been used in this product to achieve the colour. Secondly it just looks weird and I can't really imagine whose bathroom it would go in (mine is predominantly white and it still looks weird). I prefer a shampoo that has a more muted tone and generally just uses natural ingredients to create colour and fragrance. The smell of this shampoo isn't unpleasant it is a sort of generic fruity/floral mix with a slight hint of coconut.
The shampoo itself is nice and thick, it has a slight sheeny quality to it which looks nice (if it wasn't quite so blue...). It lathers well in my hair and leaves it feeling fresh and clean - as you would hope any shampoo would. The shampoo is designed to hydrate dry hair and because I regularly straighten and curl my hair this is ideal for me. I haven't really seen the results though, it is a perfectly good shampoo but I'm not sure it can claim to hydrate when it doesn't really do this. My hair feels exactly the same as it always does despite me using this shampoo in combination with the conditioner as directed.
My biggest problem with this product though is the bottle. The shampoo is in a tall sort of rectangular shaped bottle which curves on one side. The bottle itself isn't a bad design but when used in combination with the conditioner it can be confusing. The conditioner has the same shaped bottle but is meant to be stood the other way up, with the lid at the bottom. This is all well and good but I don't always stand it up this way and at a glance the bottles look exactly identical and the writing is so small I often struggle to tell which is which. As I have started to use more of the shampoo and there is a clear portion at the top of the bottle now it is becoming easier to tell them apart, but it was rather irritating to begin with.
My other issue is with the pouring/application design which I think is rather impractical. The bottle has one of those lids that you click open and it pushes down to open a little hole at the side leaving the lid diagonally slanted into the bottle (does that make sense?!). The bottle has quite stiff plastic and is really hard to squeeze effectively in order to get the contents out, and I've probably only used 1/4 of the bottle which makes me think this will become increasingly frustrating.
Overall, I am not wildly impressed by this product. At £1.75 I think it is probably a fair price for a 400ml bottle if it looked better and did what it claims it does...but it doesn't and I will be avoiding it in future.
Shampoo / for dry hair /