Product Type: Clairol hair care products
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A slight improvement but still not a patch on the old Herbal Essences range.
Clairol Herbal Essences Smooth & Soft Shampoo
Member Name: jeffjen
Clairol Herbal Essences Smooth & Soft Shampoo
Advantages: Smells nice, cleans your hair leaving it reasonably soft.
Disadvantages: Smoothing abilities weren't so good.
Clairol Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioners used to be a favourite of mine a few years back. I say 'used to be' because Clairol went and changed their range a couple of years back and although still named 'Herbal Essences', their products I found were nothing like (or as good) as they used to be. Indeed I tried out one or two shampoo products and conditioners from this new range and I wasn't impressed at all. They didn't work as well on my hair and I also hated the smell. I know I wasn't alone with my thoughts about this new range, as family and friends of mine also agreed they weren't keen either and that this revamped range was poor in comparison to the old favourites.
I also read some less than favourable reviews regarding these new products too and so I gave them a wide berth and have never purchased anymore until a few weeks back when I was shopping in Morrisons and spotted 400ml bottles of Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner on offer priced at just £1.83.
I noticed one of the bottles of shampoo in the range was 'Smooth & Soft' and as one of my favourite shampoo's is Pantene's 'Smooth & Sleek,' I found myself wondering if this would be anything like my favourite. I also flipped open the lid and thought the smell of this particular shampoo was really nice and actually reminded me of how the Herbal Essences range used to smell. Knowing how manufacturers are often changing and supposedly 'improving' their products and also taking into account that at least a couple of years has passed since I last tried Herbal Essences products, I decided to give the range another try. Swayed by the price and the smell of the 'Smooth & Soft' shampoo, I hoped I would have a better experience with Herbal Essences this time around.
Herbal Essences Smooth & Soft is described as a 'sensuously smooth' shampoo with mandarin and pearl extracts. This particular bottle is suitable for dry or frizzy hair and as the ends of my long hair are prone to dryness and also my hair has a natural curl which can become frizzy when out in the rain, in humid conditions or when left unstraightened, I thought this shampoo may be suitable for my hair.
The shampoo promises to 'calm down your strands' and smooth things over effortlessly to leave your hair feeling silky soft.
The shampoo is pale pink in colour and has a thick and cremy texture which lathered up on my wet hair really easily. It is not unlike another of my favourites: L'Oreal Nutri-Gloss shampoo, with its pearl extracts and glossy creamy texture and it felt really nice as I massaged this shampoo into my hair. The smell is nice too, with the hints of mandarin becoming more prominent as I worked the shampoo into the lengths of my hair.
Initially I thought the scent of this shampoo reminded me of one of my favourites from the old Herbal Essences range when I was smelling it in the shop, but on using it, I don't think it does. Maybe just a hint but still not as lovely as the fragrances I remember from this range.
After rinsing out the shampoo, my hair felt clean enough but maybe not as smooth as it does when using my favourites. I used the matching conditioner too as I always use conditioner on my hair, but I wasn't very impressed with it I must admit. Although it smelled nice enough, my hair wasn't feeling as soft, smooth or silky as I'd expected.
Having said that, I found this shampoo to be a considerable improvement on my last experience with Herbal Essences shampoo. It cleaned my hair, it smells nice and it left my hair reasonably soft, but way short of the results I achieve when using my preferred shampoos and also of course not as good as the results I got from the old range. My hair didn't look or feel as smooth as it usually does but because this wasn't totally a rubbish buy for me, I continued to use the shampoo to use it up. However, I don't think I will be tempted to buy this one again. It is still nowhere near as good as Clairol's old Herbal Essences range.
Summary: A slight improvement, but still not as good as the Herbal Essences range I used to love!