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I'm a shampoo and conditioner addict which those who read my reviews regularly may have gathered. For the last 9 months my light brown hair has gradually got lighter with the addition of lighter highlights each time I visit my hairdresser. I've had a lot of compliments that my hair looks good however what I have found is the condition of my hair is not what it used to be and that my highlights need a lot more upkeep than my previous hair colours as they can fade quite quickly. As a result many of the "great" hair care products I used prior to having such light hair just don't have the same effect and I have found myself spending a fortune finding the right product or buying expensive products to keep my hair in top condition.
My sister in law is a hairdresser so regularly recommends various products that maybe suitable. After trying a shampoo she suggested with success I decided to stock up on a trade size bottle of the Clynol Enrich Colour Shampoo.
***Clynol Enrich Colour Shampoo***
The description of the shampoo is "helps lock colour into hair and protects the hair structure which allows hair to retain vibrancy and intensity for longer". Clynol outlines the shampoo is for colour treated hair and claims that even after 30 washes, 90% of the original colour intensity can be maintained.
For my blonde highlighted hair which suffers colour fading this sounded perfect. The shampoo also is described to help protect hair and its structure against UV rays and heat damage. This again sounded perfect for my hair due to it suffering dry coarse ends and breakage
The shampoo comes in two sized bottles; a standard 300ml sized bottle and a 1500ml "salon size" bottle. The main downfall to this product is its availability. It is only sold in salons that stock Clynol products (and most likely only in the 300ml size) and online from salon suppliers such as www.sallysexpress.co.uk and www.directsalonsuplies.co.uk to name a few. If you want to purchase the large 1500ml bottle you are likely to have to visit a salon supplier online or a Sally's Hair and Beauty outlet.
Prices for the Clynol Enrich Colour Shampoo varies however the 300ml sized bottle typically sells in salons for around £7 a bottle and around £5 online. This is a "salon" product therefore does have a high price tag. However if you purchase a 1500ml size bottle this is a very economical shampoo. Typically online you will pay around £14-17 including delivery which makes this shampoo a similar price to if you were to purchase a high brand of shampoo. Using my sister in laws trade discount for hairdressing supplies I was able to pick up the shampoo and conditioner from this range in the 1500ml sized bottle for £20 which actually worked out cheaper than purchasing basic brands of hair care product from the supermarket
The directions for use are "apply to damp hair and massage thoroughly. Leave for 1-2 minutes and rinse thoroughly". The directions on the packaging state that the shampoo is suitable for daily use.
The Clynol Enrich Colour Shampoo comes in a long white bottle with a screw off lid. The bottle is very plain and simple yet functional. To dispense the product you simply have to tip the bottle upside down and squeeze the bottle slightly. The consistency of the shampoo is thick therefore it does not run out and you waste. The larger 1500ml bottle design is exactly the same as the 300ml sized bottle only considerably larger. The main issue that I have with the large 1500ml bottle is it is very bulky and holding and squeezing a bottle this large and heavy is very difficult. Therefore it is advisable to buy a pump dispenser to put onto your bottle (which costs around £1.50 and can be reused) or transfer the shampoo into smaller bottles so you can use in the shower.
The Clynol Enrich Colour Shampoo is a pearly sparkly white colour that has a glittery appearance to it. It is a lot thicker consistency than most shampoos that I have used. The shampoo has a very attractive scent, very much like a mixture of berry's with a very slight hint of coconut. The scent is sweet but not overly sweet but definitely has the scent of a perfumed salon type shampoo that you find in most salons.
Applying to the hair is very easy. I find that because the shampoo is quite thick initially it does take quite a lot of working into the hair. However once the jelly like shampoo is spread into hair it really is very easy to massage into the hair and creates a lot a lather from such a small amount of shampoo. I find that a 50p sized amount is enough to spread through my long thick hair.
Rinsing the shampoo out of the hair is also very easy. However because there is so much lather created I do feel that you need to rinse the hair for a little longer than many other shampoos I have used in the past.
After shampooing with the Clynol Enrich Colour Shampoo I always use conditioner on my hair. I have used this shampoo with the matching conditioner from the Clynol range and also without and I personally did not feel there was much difference.
When blow-drying my hair I could notice the lovely sweet perfumed scent in my hair and it really was like being at the salon as the scent is so strong but not in an overpowering or sickly way. I do not particularly like coconut type scents however the smell of berries is definitely the most dominant scent with this shampoo.
Once dry my hair felt and looked very clean. I felt my hair had a real soft light clean feel to it without it being too flyaway. Prior to blow drying I always style my hair with GHD's in a straight style or sometimes add curls and waves. I was very impressed that the shampoo had left my hair smooth and silky looking however it still had a healthy bouncy volume to it and it wasn't too sleek and flat.
My hair felt very healthy and soft but also looked very shiny and shimmery after washing. I did feel my hair looked a lot brighter but I feel this was due to my hair having a greater shine to it, therefore you could notice my highlights a lot more especially those underneath. My hair had more depth and definition but also looked in good condition. My main problem with being blonde is definitely the condition of my hair. I find my hair is a lot drier and the texture is quite coarse and straw like when at its worst. The individual hairs not only feel rough but I feel they have quite a rough frizzy appearance. After the first use I felt my hair did not look so dry and after a week of daily use there was a definite improvement to the condition of my hair and it was a lot more moisturised.
Colour wise my hair is a dark blonde with mid blonde highlights which are bright for the first few weeks however in between salon visits if I do not care for my colour I find the colour looks quite dull lacks shine. I started using this shampoo after visiting my hair dresser for a colour and with prolonged use I could definitely notice that my blonde hair colour stayed brighter and vibrant for longer. After using the shampoo almost daily for a month I really could notice my highlights and the different shades of blonde were more apparent after a long period of time. I usually find in the first fortnight after visiting the salon you can notice the different shades of blonde however after this time the definition between colours is not so apparent and my blonde highlights at worst all get a slightly orange dull tint. After using the Clynol Enrich Colour Shampoo I found I did not get this orange tint and my colour definitely stayed brighter for longer.
The shampoo kept my hair very clean and I found that I could wash my hair every other day at times as it did not get overly greasy. The large bottle of shampoo (1500ml) is actually very economical. I have been using for 6 weeks now and have found I probably have used around 300ml, the equivalent of a small bottle of this shampoo. Therefore on my long hair I think this shampoo will last me around 5-6 months therefore has worked out a very economical purchase as I tend to buy a new bottle of shampoo each month or after each visit to the hairdressers.
This is a fantastic shampoo for colour treated hair and I would definitely recommend to those that find their colour tends to fade fast and find their hair tends to be overly dry and damaged. After using daily for a month I have found not only has the colour of my highlighted blonde hair remained vibrant, but the condition of my hair has also been improved. The Clynol Enrich Colour Shampoo smells gorgeous and leaves hair feeling very clean and soft feeling. It also keeps the ends of hair moisturised and smooth looking so hair has a shiny silky appearance which helps to emphasise highlights which seem to catch the light more and seem more defined. I definitely feel the colour of my hair has faded less so over the last month than when using many other shampoos.
I definitely feel that this is a salon quality shampoo and hair feels and smells like it does after visiting the salon. Buying a 300ml bottle does make this quite an expensive shampoo to use as a daily shampoo but the results are worth paying £5 a bottle for as a real difference can be seen to the condition of the hair. Buying in the larger salon sized bottles makes this a very smart economical purchase and the 1500ml bottle may set you back £15-17 but will last around 6 months therefore costs the same as high street brands. The main downside of these large bottles is they are very bulky and heavy however for a shampoo this good there needs to be some form of compromise.
Brilliant just slightly bulky!!!