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Clairol Herbal Essences Normal Shampoo

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Brand: Clairol / Type: Hair Shampoo / Hair type: normal hair / What it does: moisturizes

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      17.07.2012 20:00
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      Great stuff

      I'm pleased to see that you can still buy the Clairol Herbal essence shampoos in their old original style bottles nowadays, and not those wonky looking bottles that look like they are going to topple over unless you stand them up against something. I like the one I get in the Normal Shampoo range in the 'normal' looking bottle. I paid £1.59 for this the last time we did out shop in Tesco's and it's a see through bottle made of plastic so I can see exactly what is inside.

      I like this shampoo because it contains chamomile and it makes everyone's hair in our family feel really nice and soft and fresh and clean. This is a good family shampoo, in my opinion and we all use it from time to time in our house.

      I always think this shampoo reminds me of watered down Vosene Shampoo. It is an off brown colour and quite thick in its consistency. It lathers really well on my head and of course, like all shampoos, I use in the shower, I use it all over my body and beard. It rinses off well afterwards and leaves my hair feeling soft and clean and very fresh.

      The smell is not too feminine or flowery and it is good for men or women. I like the dark colour actually, as I feel it adds to the 'masculine feel' of the shampoo and it doesn't look like it is aimed to much at women.

      I feel that after I have washed my hair in this great shampoo that my hair feels in better condition and my beard certainly lies straighter and doesn't look so out of control as it usually does. One bottle lasts us for ages as you don't have to use too much to get brilliant results.

      Overall, I really cannot fault this smashing shampoo. It's cheap and gives brilliant results every time.

      Great stuff.

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        03.10.2011 22:13
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        I might stock up on this while I can!

        Clairol have changed the look of their Herbal Essences range over the past couple of years, and now have new names and bottle designs.

        However, I continue to see this particular shampoo in the 'old style' packaging all the time - most recently in Boots and Sainsbury's - and you can buy it on the Sainsbury's website too. Therefore there doesn't seem to be any intention to discontinue it any time soon (I hope).

        I used to use it all the time but forgot about it for some reason. But seeing it in Sainsbury's for £1.66 (half-price), I decided to pick it up and try to save a couple of pounds.

        The shampoo comes in a clear plastic bottle with a green plastic lid. On the back is a photo of some flowers (this claims to use 100% botanicals), and the front has a circular Clairol logo. It does look quite dated nowadays but stuff like that really doesn't concern me provided the product is good. There is also a label on the bottle that says it is soon changing its name to 'Dazzling Shine' but to the best of my knowledge the packaging has said that for ages.

        The shampoo is said to contain chamomile, aloe vera and passion flower extracts. When you first smell it, to me it initially smells very appley and fresh. The shampoo is a honey coloured, slightly thick liquid, and once applied to wet hair it starts to smell more floral. It lathers up very easily so you are able to shampoo your hair quickly, and it rinses out pretty easily also. After rinsing, my hair didn't feel too tatty, despite having naturally curly hair, and I was able to comb through my conditioner afterwards with relative ease.

        Once I was ready to dry my hair, again I was able to run the comb through my hair easily. Some shampoos leave it feeling a bit *too* squeaky clean, meaning it's too tangled to get a comb through at first. I had no such problems with this.

        After drying, my hair didn't feel dry at all. It felt very clean, bouncy, fresh and shiny all day after washing, and the scent lingered on it too. It didn't feel like it had left any residue, and my hair felt clean of all product that may have been used on it.

        I will be buying this weekly while it's still on offer. I hope it doesn't get discontinued and I'm unsure why I ever stopped buying it!

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          31.01.2010 18:44

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          Recommended fantastic shampoo

          I have been using herbal essences shampoo for years now, it is great and keeps my hair shiny and clean. It is also on offer so much in shops so is very cheap compared to other brand shampoos.

          Herbal essences have a number of different scents for their shampoo including flowery, herbal and fruity. They all have strong scents attached to them and leave the hair smelling really nice throughout the day and looking great aswell. Some people may think the scent is a little overpowering but I find it nice.

          Only a small amount of shampoo is needed as it forms a lather in the hands very easily which means that the shampoo lasts for a long time, adding value for money to the product.

          The shampoo is very effective at cleaning hair, my hair becomes greasy quite quickly and the shampoo gets rid of this easily. It also helps the hair to feel soft after washing, even when conditioner is not used.

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          11.11.2009 13:48
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          not bad

          The adverts on television for these shampoos always make me chuckle, as they usually have a very attractive woman in a shower, clearly getting turned on by her shampoo. I don't stand in my bath and massage in my shampoo with a big beaming smile on my face, looking all around me for approval. So I figured there must be something about the herbal essences shampoos that is making these women so pleased.

          You can get them in a range of flavours, but this is the normal one, which is suitable for normal hair. What is normal hair? Hair that is not coloured, dry, damaged, permed? Does anyone actually have normal hair these days?

          The smell is better than the the results. It is like walking into a spice shop and taking a good whiff of the finest scents. It blends chamomile, aloe vera and passion flower into an intoxicating mixture. I have no idea what passion flower smells like on its own, but I am sure it is potent. Herbal Essences pride themselves on using all natural scents and assure us they are pesticide free.

          It lathers up nicely and doesn't leave any scummy residue around the bath. The smell is a draw, you want to keep massaging it in, it smells romantic and therapeutic. It would also work well as a shower gel, so it's worth putting some on a sponge and doing under the armpits!

          It left my hair in reasonable condition, with a fresh invigorated cleansed feeling, though it did lack volume at the roots and failed to succeed where Pantene's volume shampoo had worked. It will cost around two quid for a bottle, so the price is fair, but it's more about the smell than stunning results.

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            12.08.2009 14:03
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            Worth it as a treat for the lovely scent

            *The look*
            The bottle of this product contains 400ml shampoo which is a pleasant translucent yellow colour, and an image of yellow peonies printed inside the bottle shows through the liquid which is a nice touch and looks good. The back is less attractive with quite a lot of writing, but there is a nice fact about Celandine (one of the contents) being used by alchemists to make the philosopher's stone.

            *The experience*
            The lid is a flip top which is a little stiff. The shampoo smells beautiful - supposedly of Celandine, Water Lily and Peony, which sounds fabulous. It is an intense sweet and flowery perfume. The shampoo expands very well on application to wet hair into a smooth foam which is enjoyable to rub through your hair like in the infamous 'oh yeees!' adverts.

            *The outcome*
            I noted that my hair way soft and shiny, but the effect of this shampoo over other alternatives (such as Tesco's apple shampoo) is minimal in my experience. The claims on the bottle such as of the shampoo having a "luxurious revitalising formula" are a little overstated, though not entirely untruthful.

            *The price*
            At £2.98, I only purchase this shampoo when it is on offer as I do not believe it confers any advantages to my hair over cheaper alternatives.

            Realistically, this shampoo is more favourable because of its scent than its benefits to the health and look of your hair. I think its popularity may owe to its clever advertising the placebo effect which this produces (i.e. the belief that the hair looks better) rather than an actual impact on the hair.

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            04.11.2008 13:31
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            hair is left squeaky clean

            I recently fancied a change to my usual shampoo and This shampoo made by Clairol caught my eye. It is from the Herbal Essence range. There are many different varities and the one I chose was for normal hair, with Chamomile, Aloe Vera and Passion Flower extracts( exclusively blended with 100% organic botanicals)

            The bottle is very attractive. It is made from see through plastic. The shampoo is a light yellow colour. The back of the bottle has some nice pictures of herbs and flowers which shows through the shampoo. It is very eye catching and looks fab on the bathroom cabinet.It has a green easy to use flip top lid. The bottle contained 400ml of the shampoo.

            When I first opened the bottle I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely smell of the shampoo. It is very fresh and slighty floral but with a hint of herbs in the background. The shampoo is described on the bottle: 'Revitalize your senses in a world of botanical bliss.' And it certainly lives up to this.

            The shampoo is a nice consistency. It is easy to apply to your hair and lathers up nicely. It left my hair feeling squeaky clean. My hair looked shiny and healthy. It also felt very nourished and moisturised. The luxurious smell was an excellent addition to the shampoo.

            The shampoo cost £2.98 from the supermarket.
            There are many other varities to suit all hair types.

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              06.10.2008 01:00
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              Great shampoo

              Herbal Essences is a range of shampoos ive been using for years off and on, and ive used different many of the different types of shampoos that they offer too. I have hair that gets greasy after about one day so I have to wash my hair every day to prevent this. Certain types of shampoos make my hair get greasy even quicker than this, sometimes I wash my hair in the night and wake up with it greasy, so I have to be selective. Even more annoyingly, the ends of my hair can get a bit dry and strawy sometimes so I have to try and get the right balance of a shampoo to remove the greasy and moisurise the ends.

              Initially I used the herbal essences "greasy hair" shampoo which is the light blue one. This unfortunately made my hair greasier than normal the next day so I stopped using that quick. Maybe the "greasy hair" on the front of the bottle means thats what its going to give you hehe.

              These days I am using the normal hair product, which claims to be a moisture balancing shampoo. It comes in a 400ml clear plastic bottle so that you can see the clear yellow shampoo through it and you can tell how much is left easily. It has a fliptop lid and you just turn it upside down and squeeze out the amount you want to use. The three main "essences" it contains are chamomile, aloe vera and passion flower, and on the back on the bottle you can see through to a picture of I presume chamomile flowers, they look very much like daisies but very pretty nonetheless. The shampoo has a very faint scent which I am trying to decide if it is like chamomile tea, I think it is slightly, but it is such a light scent its hard to tell.

              Generally I wash my hair in the sink and use a jug to pour the water over my hair. My hair is long so i use a large amount, about twice a 50p sized blob in my hand. I wet my hair first and then apply the shampoo. There is a huge amount of lather with this one, I always think that when theres more lather my hair is getting cleaner but I guess this is probably not accurate and that there are special chemicals added to make it lather.

              This shampoo holds off the greasy for the whole of the next day after I have used it. This is a great result for me. I dont ususally use any condition after this as I find the ends of my hair dont need it, the moisurisation in this product is excellent for this.

              One thing I never do is use the same shampoo every night, my hair fares better if I alturnate them and so I have a rotation of about 4 shampoos that I use, but this shampoo is always present in it.

              Having a look on tesco price check now I can see the price varys quite a bit. It is 2.38 in tesco, 2.98 in sainsburys and 1.49 in morrisons. Quite often you can find it on 2 for price of 1 aswell.

              So I may not be quite as excited as the women in the adverts for this product, probably due to my consumption of agnus castus, but I do think it is an excellent shampoo which I highly recommend over the greasy hair variety even if your hair is oily.

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                06.08.2008 22:53
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                Leaves your hair and you feeling beautifully refreshed.

                I used to buy Herbal Essences shampoos for my hair all of the time, but for some reason I found that it made my hair reach icky, greasy stages much faster than it otherwise would. I carried on for a while regardless, however, because I couldn't get over how lovely my hair smelled afterwards: from Herbs & Botanics, to Fruit Fusions and Rainforest Flowers, what more could a girl (or boy) want?

                Anyway, back to the point, I decided to give up on Herbal Essences, and this was about a year back. For the past 2 or so months I've been drawn back to Herbal Essences (have been using it for two months straight, when normally I tend to switch from shampoo to shampoo) and it's been amazing with my hair. Maybe they've changed the formula, the ingredients, whatever, my hair is full of shine, it's soft, the beautiful scents are still there & my hair is absolutely grease-free.

                I tend to buy the shampoo with the matching conditioner, as I've found that the '2 in 1 shampoo & conditioner' combos don't benefit my hair as much as a seperate, good old conditioner. Herbal Essences can be a bit pricey, but I've found that I can find pretty good deals - e.g. buy one get one free (BOGOF) and 'shampoo plus free conditioner' deals, you just have to be willing to look around a little!

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                  15.06.2008 17:39
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                  my favourite shampoo for a long time

                  I have been using this product for over a year now. There are three different ranges, herbs and botanics, rainforest flowers and fruit fusion all of which use natural ingredients for smell etc.

                  Value for Money:
                  They come in 200ml bottles and retail at around £3 which can seem a little steep. However, you only need a teeny tiny amount as it lathers up immensely. I have long hair, down to the middle of my back and i use an amount the same size as roughly a 10p piece. One bottle of this lasts me around 2 months, and i wash my hair every day.

                  The Results:
                  They do indeed leave my hair clean, fresh smelling and shiney, just like it says on the bottle! My hair is naturally greasy and i find this shampoo works better than any other i have used at keeping my hair cleaner for longer.

                  The fragrance is light but stays put for the remainder of the day, meaning that your hair smells fresh and clean for longer.

                  It is kind to scalps and doesnt cause dandruff or itching unlike some other shampoos.

                  The Verdict:
                  All in all i love this shampoo, it offers great value for money and really leaves your hair feeling fresh and clean, without stripping it of its natural oils.

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                    15.02.2008 12:27
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                    A good quality shampoo for normal hair

                    I have been using Clairol's Herbal Essences shampoo for normal hair since the beginning of February. It is an excellent shampoo and leaves your hair feeling soft and clean, whilst also smelling fresh of flowers. There are a variety of flavours that you can buy, each with different scents, most of which are rainforest scents.

                    The one I am using now has jasmine as a main ingredient with other flowery scents. After using it, your hair remains with a lovely fragrance. You may use hair conditioner after, which will dominate this fragrance but I am sure your conditioner will leave it twice as soft and smelling pleasant.

                    Each flavour will come in a different bottle, but they all have the same basic look. They are plastic and transparent with a coloured lid that matches the rest of the colour scheme depending on the flavour. When looking through the front, you can see a design on the inside of the paper from the back label. Mine shows a jasmine plant, and it adds to the sensation when using it and really puts you in the atmosphere. The bottle is very simple with ingredients on the back and detailed descriptions of the shampoo.

                    The shampoo itself is also coloured depending on what flavour you get. It has quite a thick and dense consistency, which helps it to make loads of lather.

                    Most of the ingredients are natural in order to create such fabulous aromas as well as leaving your hair silky soft. This specific one is for normal hair; however you can also get ones for coloured hair and damaged hair to re-vitalise them and bring them back to life! They work really well and I would highly recommend you try it out. They say that the shampoo will replenish hair's natural moisture, which it does seem to do. The other ingredients consist of some chemicals such as sulphates, sodium chloride and citric acid. Don't let these chemicals put you off as they are all there for a specific job in leaving you with great hair!

                    It is very easy to use. All you need to do is flick open the lid, where you will find a little hole. Flip the container upside down and pour just a little bit onto wet hands. Rub your hands together whilst putting your hair under warm water and soaking it. Once you have built up a good lather, massage it into your hair thoroughly, making sure you go right to the roots. The thing that is great about this shampoo is that it builds up a lot of lather that fills your hair to wash it thoroughly.

                    It will last you ages, because you only need a drop to wash a lot of hair. I bought a 200ml bottle for £1.99 at Tesco, which I thought was a fair price. I have just about gone through a quarter of it since the beginning of February, so it is lasting me a long time.

                    They can be used for men and women, and work very well on any normal hair. If you have damaged or coloured hair, you may want to try some of the products from their other specific ranges for these hair types.

                    Thanks for reading,

                    - Recon -

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                      05.02.2008 17:22
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                      Good quality shampoo.

                      I tend to vary the shampoo and conditioners i use as I find that if I stck with the same brand for too long it is not as effective plus I do like to have a different smell in my hair, keeps the boyfreind on his toes when I ask if he has noticed anything different about me.

                      What I like about this particular shampoo by Clairol is the fact that it really lathers up a lot so you do not need to add a lot when using it, I paid £1.99 for a 200ml bottle for the normal hair type. Within the range there is a choice across a number of different hair types.

                      It certainly left my hair nice and soft to the touch however that was when used in combiation with a conditioner which is something I always do. Certainly my hair felt nice and clean and the fragrance remained with me for most of the day, it also had a nice shine to it as well and there was no irritation of the scalp which sometimes does happen with me when I use certain brands.

                      It has a lovely fresh invigorating smell and it has camomile as one of the active ingredients, I felt it had a combination of smells, mixing a fruity concoction along with a hint of vanilla.

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                        30.12.2007 03:34

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                        wouldnt use it again

                        Herbal essences shampoo as seen in the adverts has a fantastic fragrance, you can smell it right from the second you open the bottle and the smell lingers well after you have finished your shower, the smell not only lingers in your bathroom but on your hair as well , when you wet your hair next time to wash it the smell is still there.

                        But on a down side to this product that is possibly the only good thing i can say about this shampoo. Even a very small amount lathers too much for my liking, and if used in a bath rather than a shower i think you would realy struggle to wash all the lather out of your hair.

                        This shampoo although i followed it with herbal essences conditioner did not leave my hair feeling nice it left my hair dry, limp with no body or volume to it and looking very dull.

                        I was very dissapointed with this shampoo

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                        19.12.2007 12:49
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                        Good value for money

                        Clairol herbal essences is a range of shampoos and conditioners that use natural ingredients to create heavenly smelling products! You've all seen the adverts, and now while i dont like this shampoo quite as much as THOSE would suggest, it is my favourite shampoo around, and the favourite of pretty much all of why friends as well (and Im such a product whore as well. Ive tried countless shampoos and none are better than this!).
                        SO what makes it sooooo divine?

                        The product range
                        This review focuses on the silk and shine shampoo for dry/damaged hair with rose hips, jojoba and vitamin e extracts, but there are various herbal essences products depending on hair type and shampooing needs and they all have various different ingredients and scents. I personally like this one the best! It also has a matching conditioner, which I bought with the shampoo in a BOGOF sale.

                        Ingredients
                        Well a load of complicated chemicals for a start, but dont be put off by that. The selling point of this shampoo is the natural ingredients it contains that creates the gorgeous smell. As I said before, this one contains rose hips, jojoba and vitamin e. Rose I think is mainly there for the smell but vitamin e and jojoba are both known for their moisturising properties so they're there to keep hair silky soft!

                        Packaging
                        A delightful, girly bottle, you can get either the 400ml or the 250ml, its a transparent bottle that looks pink from the shampoo inside, and there is a lovely picture of roses on the inside of the bottle which is very pretty. The lid is an open/close cap and is made of green plastic. The bottle can be recycled. On the back green writing on a white label gives the directions for use, ingredients, contact numbers, a blurb about the product and then a 'herbal lore' box which gives a random fact about the product, in this case about the history of the rose in ancient greece.

                        The bottle promises that the formula is specially created to:
                        -Protect hair's radiant vitality

                        -Penetrate and help replenish hair's natural moisture
                        -Leave hair luxuriously silky and shining with radiance.

                        Which all sounds pretty good to me!

                        The shampoo

                        At the end of the day, this is what its all about. Its a fairly thin soapy shampoo, a lovely rose pink colour and it smells gorgeous, flowery and this is probably the best shampoo scwnt ive ever smelled! But its not sickly or overpowering, it just makes the whole experience that bit nicer.
                        It lathers up really well in the hair so a little does go a long way. This means that a bottle lasts for quite a while even if, like me, you wash your hair most days. It rinses out easily and even without following it up with the conditioner (which I do recommend) my hair feels smoother, silkier and easier to comb through even when wet.

                        Results

                        Soft, shiny hair, extremely clean to the point where putting it up in a ponytail is more difficult as the hair is slippy. The scent lingers on the hair as well, so although its not strong every now and then you just get a whiff of your gorgeous smelling hair.

                        General thoughts

                        I would really recommend this shampoo. I have problems with allergic reactions to shampoo and at first I was worried by the large list of chemicals that seems to make up the ingredients but this didnt cause me any trouble at all. The smell is great but apart from that it leaves the hair feeling gorgeous and smooth and I will be sticking to this shampoo for a long time.

                        Price and availability

                        Pretty much everywhere that sells shampoo sells this, its extremely popular so most supermarkets and pharmacies have it.
                        It costs £1.89 for the 250ml bottle in my local superdrug and £2.80 for the 400ml bottle, so that is better value. Its more expensive than a few other shampoos but in terms of relative quality it is far better and I think its better than any other shampoo that you can buy for a similar price (or more expensive for that matter!)

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                          23.10.2006 00:18

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                          Product has changed to its detriment over the past year and a bit.

                          Hi Everybody,
                          I have used Clairol Herbal Essences on and off for quite a while now, almost since the product launch, however I have encountered a problem. I am starting to get a really bad residue slick on my hair within two days and a dandruff like coating on my scalp within the first day. I don't have any of these problems when I use other products. I am really disappointed as I was a regular user of Clairol Herbal Essences, and the scent is great. I have tried just using the Conditioner, using a product stripping shampoo to no avail. Face it girls it is loaded with gunk. As somebody with Long hair, I mean LONG! it takes quite a while to find a decent product, I am just disappointed that it has failed.
                          Cheers,
                          Sly

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                          01.02.2006 16:47
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                          smells divine, but made my hair dry and brittle

                          I have normal hair but find certain brands of shampoo attack it and make it dry. This is one and it's the worst for it.
                          I can feel the difference after the first wash, but it gets progressively worse over time.
                          Basically my mane of hair goes from soft and shiny to straw and brittle.
                          It's a real shame because I soooooo like how it smells.
                          As to the organic part of it, I really don't think sourcing the ingredients from organic makes ANY difference to its quality or how good it is for your hair - after all most of the ingredients still read like a chemistry exam paper. The 'organic experience' is just marketing to up the price and to make really bad ads (organic-orgasmic yes we get it, can we move on now?)

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                          Moisture balancing shampoo for normal hair