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I've used Head & Shoulders Hydrating Smooth & Silky conditioner for many years now, as well as the matching shampoo. It does do a great job of getting rid of dandruff, but that's not the only reason this is a great shampoo and conditioner. It really does hydrate dry hair, and stops it becoming too frizzy. Other shampoos I've tried, such as Herbal Essences and Pantene, were nowhere near as good at doing this, and they left my hair frizzy and unkempt.
It's a pity that Head & Shoulders is known purely for being an anti-dandruff shampoo, as there are so many other reasons to use it. I feel there's been a slight stigma about using it in the past, as the implication is that you must have dandruff. I've seen more people using it lately, so perhaps this has changed, but it has to be said that it's a great all-round shampoo.
It's worth noting that it's much more effective to buy the shampoo and conditioner separately, than the 2in1. I don't find that this is as effective in hydrating frizzy hair, but it might be fine if your hair is less frizzy. A separate conditioner is always the best way forward if you have curly hair like mine. I even have to use leave-in conditioner after as well!
It's hydrating, improves the appearance of frizzy hair, and has a great scent. The big bottles mean it lasts for ages, and the conditioner is a really good consistency. The matching shampoo also does a great job, so they are good to use together.
It's very expensive, and never on a half-price offer. The best offers are usually '2 for £7' or '£3 for £10', so watch out for those and try and stock up when it's a bit cheaper.
I wrote recently about the Head and Shoulders Smooth and Silky shampoo, so thought I should also let you know about the matching conditioner which I purchased at the same time.
I'm sure you are all aware of the Head and Shoulders brand which is a range of shampoos and conditioners aimed at stopping dandruff. I seem to suffer with dandruff on and off and so always keep some anti-dandruff products in the house, just in case of a flare up. This particular range, the smooth and silky, is for those with dry, coarse hair. It is approved by the British skin foundation and the bottle advises that it has a new formula.
The bottle this comes in is very similar to the matching shampoo, but this one has an opening at the base rather than the top. The bottle is rather plain in design with pink swishes and a blue lid. I have noticed that the conditioner bottle only contains 400ml, whilst the shampoo is a more generous 500ml.
I said this in a previous review of a Head and Shoulders conditioner, but obviously I do not take my own advice...I don't know about you but I only ever apply conditioner to the lengths and ends of my hair - not my scalp. Since dandruff is a condition of the scalp, then I do wonder how this product can claim to be anti-dandruff. Still, I do prefer to use matching products where possible and you can often get quite good deals when you buy two Head and Shoulders products.
To use, you simply massage this into the hair and then rinse. The conditioner is white and glossy and a nice consistency, whereby it is neither too thick nor too runny. The smell of the conditioner is also really nice - it has a light fruity fragrance which I find quite summery and it makes it quite a pleasant product to use. I can also tell you that it doesn't taste very nice - don't ask!
The conditioner does not need to be left on for any length of time, so can be rinsed straight out. I have very long hair which is also quite thick and it knots easily. Once this has been rinsed from my hair, I can immediately tell that it feels detangled and smooth.
After drying my hair feels soft and is not as dry as usual. Combined with the matching shampoo it seems to have cleared my dandruff problem - although as already discussed, I feel that is more to do with t he shampoo than it is the conditioner.
A 400ml bottle of this conditioner costs £4.99 from Boots. Head and Shoulders products are often on special offer whereby you can purchase two bottles for £6. I always look out for these offers, as I do like a bargain and for what I class as an everyday conditioner, I think it works out expensive when bought individually.
Overall I am very happy with this conditioner and would recommend it. I am sceptical as to its anti-dandruff properties and feel most of the work is done by the matching shampoo, but I would buy it again alongside the shampoo, especially if I found them on the 2 for £6 offer.
I never really bother with conditioner, and only ever use it when I either receive a sample of one or sometimes my mum gives me any sample ones that she get that have come, for example, as part of a promotion. I do however regularly buy Head and Shoulders shampoo, and use this as part of a rotational system I have, as my scalp can get quite flaky if I don't use such a product, plus I feel that Head and Shoulders always leaves my hair feeling in great condition. Recently, on the large bottles of Head and Shoulders shampoo, the company have been giving away free samples of their conditioners, and I have managed to accumulate a heap of them by myself, and given to me by my mum or mother in law, neither of who uses conditioner in their hair.
Most of the free conditioners I have got, have been for the 'Hydrating Smooth and Silky', which is the same as the shampoo range that I usually buy. This smooth and silky shampoo is said (on the front of the sample sachet' to be used for 'dry, coarse hair'. Now my either is neither particulary dry, and certainly not coarse, but I always find this range leaves my hair as silky smooth as anyone could ask for. Although I got these samples free as part of the promotion, if you were to purchase a bottle of this conditioner, it would set you back just under £2.50, although there are often offers on, and many of the discount stores around have offers on head and shoulders conditioners.
Well, over the past couple of weeks, and every other day, I have been using up these Head and Shoulders Conditioner sachets, and I have been really impressed. Even when I am not using them in conjunction with the head and shoulders shampoo, and instead just a regular shampoo, I find that they keep my hair feeling clean, dandruff free and silky, and in fact, it states on the back of my sachet that this product has an' advanced conditioning formula to tackle dandruff on the head'. It also claims to offer the same anti dandruff protection that the accompanying shampoo offes, and I would have to agree totally.
There is enough on one little sachet to condition my hair after one wash, but obviously the full bottle will last a lot longer. This conditioner is white in colour and very easy to apply through the hair. Even though I don't regularly use conditioner, I do love the feel of putting it on my hair, as it feels so smooth when you are applying it. I am unsure as to whether or not I should wait until washing it out, but as theere are no instructions on the reverse informing me of so, I tend to just wash it out straight away (usually because I am in a hurry in the morning as well). Once dried, my hair really is smooth and silky, regardless of what shampoo I have used, and I really feel that it is due to using this conditoner. That silkiness remains on my hair until the next wash, and I feel that it is doing the job of keeping my potentially flaky scalp at bay and I don't even have to use my head and shoulder's shampoo as regularly if I am using the conditioner since it offers the same protection.
I am coming to the end of using up my sachets unfortunately, and I think the next time that I am in one of those discount shops I will pick up a bottle of the this conditoner, simply because I love the way it leaves my hair feeling, plus it offers anti dandruff protection. So, even if you are not a regular conditioner user like me, you will probably be very pleased with the results of using this product.
This and its matching shampoo is my fave collection of haircare. I always buy when Head & Shoulders are on offer anywhere. Here is my review for Head & Shoulders Hydrating Smooth & Silky Conditioner:
This for me is the key thing when choosing a shampoo and conditioner. I'm pretty certain they've changed the smell on this, boo hoo! The old formula smelt all floral and sweet and it stayed on my hair all day long. This formula smells plain and boring, and the same as any of the new formula Head & Shoulders ranges, except from maybe Citrus Fresh and Classic Clean. Smell gets 3 stars from me.
This is another really important thing when seeking out a conditioner. I like to know that every strand is fully coated and if the conditioner isn't the right texture then it's not going to give as good results. This texture is superb, really creamy and rich. It coats every single strand no problem. I always leave my conditioner in for a minute or two so it soaks in. This rinses out fine and when I'm done I can feel how silky soft my hair is going to be by the fact that it is super smooth with no tangles whatsoever. The texture gets 5 stars from me.
This of course is important. Now I always use matching shampoo and conditioner so I can't say whether this conditioner alone has a superb result or not, but I'm pretty sure it helps! I have very thick, frizzy, naturally curly hair that just passes my shoulders and this and the matching shampoo leaves it super super soft, so much so that I keep stroking it all day! I always leave my hair to dry naturally and when it's dry (after a couple of hours) it is sooooo silky soft, it's incredible! Even all my friends comment on how super soft and glossy it is! Result gets 5 stars from me, 6 if I was allowed!
Overall, this is a really good conditioner and I would never hesitate in recommending this and the matching shampoo. Price wise this can be found around the £4 -£4.50 mark, but look out for offers.
As both my daughters, myself & hubby all wash & condition our hair every day I'm always on the look-out for offers so I can have plenty in stock. Although we have our favourite shampoos & conditioners I'm always willing to try different brands if the price is right & I read somewhere that you should change shampoos etc quite regularly to get the maximum benefit.
Although we don't have dandruff I've bought Head & Shoulders in the past & been pleased with results so when I saw 400 ml containers of their Hydrating Smooth & Silky in one of our local pound shops I decided that we should give it a go.
I'm sure this bottle is larger than many conditioners on the market - it seemed heavy when carrying it around all morning but I didn't mind because of the price! The container is made from a strong durable plastic & has a flip-cap opener which is easy enough to open with wet hands yet also snaps shut with no problem & no leakage. I like these bottles where the opening is at the bottom because I've found the liquid is dispensed more easily & you don't end up with a product you can't reach.
The conditioner itself is thicker than I'm used to - rather like a medium-thick white yoghurt - & it smells flowery, fresh & very pleasant. After washing my hair I used a small amount (as directed on the label) & began working it gently into my hair. Initially it wasn't as soft & silky as I'd hoped & it seemed to go a bit gloopy but, after I'd rinsed it well, it was a different story - my hair felt lovely & soft & smooth. I found that running a comb through my shoulder-length hair was a pleasure as there were no tangles.
However, I wasn't quite so happy once my hair was dry as it wasn't as shiny as I'm used to & it seemed to leave a film on the top despite my having rinsed it several times. By the end of the day my hair felt unusually lanky & I couldn't wait to wash it all out the following day.
I must say though that my daughters seemed to like this conditioner so (maybe it's just my hair that didn't like it?!) I'll no doubt be buying it again if I can find it for just a quid.
I have to admit, I borrowed some of my boyfriends Head & Shoulders shampoo as my girly shampoo was running low...the shampoo was brilliant, it frothed up well, and after I rinsed my hair it felt really clean. Once my hair had dried, my hair felt very smooth, and was very easy to comb.
Following this success, I decided to buy Head & Shoulders conditioner and try it out. Unfortunately, despite my high hopes it didn't suit my hair at all...
I followed the instructions and used the shampoo as before, then I used the conditioner, it smelt fine and I smoothed it into my hair and rinsed it thoroughly.
Once my hair was dry, it felt like there was alot of product in my hair (despite rinsing thoroughly), and my hair also felt quite lank. The one good thing was my hair didn't get tangled or frizzy afterwards.
Overall, I think this conditioner might be better for someone with thicker hair, as mine is quite fine and doesn't need a heavy conditioner. I was disappointed as the shampoo suited my hair so well, and the conditioner didn't. I couldn't comment on whether or not it prevents dandruff as I don't get dandruff, and still have most of the bottle sat on my bathroom shelf!!