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      28.03.2012 13:27

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      Very impressive product

      I have just recently resorted to colouring my hair at home because of the incredible prices charged by hairdressers these days.

      I was a little dubious about experimenting with my hair so I thought I would stick with a colour that is close to my own but would cover up my ever increasing amounts of grey.

      On opening the product I was impressed with the pleasant smell. There wasn't an overwhelming pong like there is with some dyes.

      It was easy to apply and I was confident that I had covered all of my hair because of how easy it went through my hair.

      I was feeling confident that I would appreciate the colour. I left it on for the required amount of time and the product rinsed out with ease.

      When drying my hair I could instantly see it had covered my grey hairs with ease and added a little bit of sparkle to my normally dull and lifeless hair.

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      28.05.2009 19:53

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      Will continue using herbashine dark blonde amazing colour.

      Having just returned from holiday with streesed out hair bleached by the sun, used herbashine dark blonde. Previous hair colour nice and easy dark blonde which faded on holiday. My hair is now fabulous colour not too dark and brilliant condition. Please do not remove this product from the market as it is all that it claims to be. Ignore the rubbish reviews as my hair looks fabulous. I did not use a skin test as I have previously used several hair colours over the years and no adverse effect. I was wary of using this product prior to holidays because of the bad reviews and glad that I ignored them as the results are amazing. Will definately be staying with Herbalshine and manufacturer please do not change the formula. I would definately do a skin test if you are new to this product for safety. Great product yet again.

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      05.08.2007 17:37
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      dont blame it on the brand

      sorry to hear about what you went through but it was your fault for not taking the skin test, it wasnt the brand that was bad it was that you had a reaction to it , and you didnt take the safety precautions before hand. I do feel bad for what happened i know i would not want it to be me, but it shouldnt stop people from using hair dye if they take the skin test. I know I understand it was probably really hard for you to go through, but its nobodys fault except your own, maybe you should read the directions more clearly next time.

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        12.08.2005 00:05
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        Summary: Product does actually do what it says, but shame about the sickly fragrance.

        There wasn't a specific category for this particular shampoo, so I reckoned I'd just list it under "General".

        Anyhow, on with the show and the review. I'm definitely not a one-shampoo kind of girl, I always seem to be trying new ones or buying things on special offer. I'm not hugely fussy about shampoo and I don't really place that much store by designer products, but I was very impressed with Clairol's Herbal Essences Fruit Fusions Refreshing Shampoo.

        The shampoo is marketed for normal hair, and contains pomegranate, lychee and persimmon extracts in "pure mountain spring water".

        Here's the lowdown:

        **Does it actually work?**
        All hair is different, and certain products suit certain people. But for me, this product works a treat, leaving my fine, flyaway hair feeling soft and manageable. I find it gives a good thick lather which feels like it's really cleaning your hair, which is a nice sensation.

        **What does it look and feel like?**
        It's a clear, bright pink liquid, fairly thick and definitely not nasty and watery.

        **What's the packaging like?**
        Very neat, a basic clear plastic bottle with a green lid. Printed on the back of the back sticker is an image of fruit which shows through the clear coloured liquid - the design of the packaging is fairly simple but effective.

        **Does it live up to its claims?**
        Well...I have to admit that it didn't leave me feeling exhilarated, but then I wasn't really expecting a shampoo to actually do that! It also claims to enhance silkiness and shine (which it did), to balance natural moisture (which it also did) and to leave hair soft, luminous and light (not sure about the luminious bit, but my hair did feel really clean and soft).

        **How about the smell?**
        Here is where I feel it falls down, unfortunately. The formula is basically meant to smell like fruit, but in my humble opinion the smell is far, far too sweet and becomes sickly. This is a real shame as the texture and effects of the shampoo are so good, but I really can't overlook the fact that the smell is overpoweringly sweet and, rather than being natural and fruity as it is billed, is instead a bit artificial, like sweets.

        **Who makes it?**
        Proctor & Gamble. The UK telephone number is 0800 181 184.

        **How much is it?**
        £1.59 for a 200ml bottle.

        **Where can you get it from?**
        Herbal Essences are widely available everywhere and you should find that most supermarkets and chemists sell it. Wilko's often run good special offers on it, buy-one-get-one-free or 3 for 2.

        **Recommended?**
        Yes, because of the fact that the stuff WORKS, unlike many other shampoos. The smell doesn't linger after you've washed it off and my hair is lovely and soft afterwards.

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          How to have sex on your own, in a bottle. \_INTRODUCTION_/ Hi my names Dave and I am a Herbal Essences a-holic. ?Hi Dave, and welcome to HE Anonymous. That?s what I hear every Friday night as I have been addicted to herbal essences clarifying / residue removal shampoo for normal to oily hair. Although I do have myself wondering why they call it anonymous when they know my name. Anyway, herbal essences is a fruit / herby shampoo made from purely natural ingredients. Obviously it is used to clean or wash your hair, and it is meant mostly for people with normal to oily hair. It leaves a lovely aroma to your hair so you can have all the lovely ladies sniffing you, or the blokes. On a more serious note, herbal essences uses high quality ingredients derived from a pure renewable plant source (so nothing is harmed or polluted in the making of this, and their supply wont run out) and uses no animal by-products. Clairol grow their herds under certified organic conditions ? a big healthy green house that is good for the environment. Body shop wana-bee?s by the sounds of things. They use no ?Petrochemicals or pesticides?. Now we all have heard of pesticides, chemicals sprayed on the plants to stop insects feeding on them and harms animals. But petrochemicals really baffled me. So, I decided to research it, and I was slightly confused but now I feel slightly higher educated. So to enlighten you here is a summary of what I found. PETROCHEMICALS petrochemical, any one of a large group of chemicals derived from a component of petroleum or natural gas. The cracking processes for manufacturing gasoline produce vast quantities of gaseous hydrocarbons. Originally considered waste products suitable only for use as illuminants and fuels, the gases today are manufactured into petrochemical substances widely employed in industry. Important petrochemical compounds are alcohols and aldehydes, butylene, butadiene, ethylene, propylene, toluene, s
          tyrene, acetylene, benzene, ethylene oxide, ethylene glycol, acrylonitrile, acetone, acetic acid, acetic anhydride, and ammonia. Materials made from the gases include carbon black, synthetic rubber, polystyrene, polypropylene, and polyethylene. Petrochemicals are widely used in agriculture, in the manufacture of plastics, synthetic fibers, and explosives, and in the aircraft and automobile industries. Extracted from www.infoplease.com \_CONTAINER_/ The container, or as most shampoo?s are, the bottle is made of plastic. This plastic however, is made up of 25% post consumer plastics and it is recyclable. So not only is the product renewable but the packaging is recyclable as well. The bottle is clear in colour and it has a sticker on the back. The back of the sticker on the back (tongue twister) is a picture of herbs that shows through the green coloured shampoo and gives a really good effect. And written straight on the front of the bottle is the name of the product, Herbal essences and the maker, Clairol. Also there is a bit of information people might want to know about the product and the logo. It says, With Rosemary, Jasmine and Orange Flower In Mountain Spring Water. The top is also made of plastic that is harder than the bottom and is designed not to let any of the shampoo out with out the bottom being squeezed. This means if you are unfortunate enough to have knocked the bottle over in the shower, and because you share a flat you have to look round for dodgy people before you feel safe to bend over to retrieve your soap, all your shampoo will no longer poor down the drain but it will stay in the bottle. It can also be screwed off so you could use the bottle for other things. 1) Store home made bath soaps in 2) Urine samples 3) Poke holes in the lid to use as salt and pepper pots, brilliant if you?re a student. 4) Potpourri if you poke air holes. 5) Refill with cheap shampoo and donate to Oxfam so you look generous
          . \_THE SHAMPOO_/ The shampoo is called Clairol?s Herbal Essences Clarifying / Residue Removal Shampoo for normal to oily hair. Well in plain English this means nice smelling hair cleaner for people with greasy looking or normal hair and it is made by the manufacturer, Clairol. Herbal essences shampoo blends natural Rosemary, Jasmine and Orange Flower with plant-derived ingredients to clarify and provide gene cleansing, removing oils and styling build up and enhancing shine. To apply the shampoo you simply and roughly follow the following steps. · Carefully wet hair until damp · Gently squeeze bottle until a small blob of shampoo falls into your hand. · Massage gentle the shampoo into your hair and feel it nourish and condition your hair as it expands · Leave for a short while in hair and apply conditioner if wanted. · Rinse all shampoo out of hair until no white can be seen. And as the bottle says, for best results use with herbal essences clean-rinsing conditioner. And here for those of you who understand all these herb things, are the ingredients of the shampoo. In order of quantity, as in the first in the list is the biggest ingredient and the last is the smallest ingredient. Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate ? Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Coca-Midopropyl Betaine, Linoleamidopropyl, PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Parfum, Cocamide mea, Sodium Chloride, DmDm, Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Disodium Edta Copper, Citric acid (Lemon I believe) Rosmarinus, Offinalis, Jasminium Officinale, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis, Propylene Glycol, Diazidnyl Urea WOO WOO hold the phones, writing these ingredients I have just written Urea, correct me if I am wrong but that is a chemical in your pee hmm I wash my hair with this earlier :( CI 19140, CI 60730, CI 15510, Disodium Edta, Propylparaben & Benzoic Acid. Its amazing how they come across shampoo?s, some one just happened to have all these ingredients lying about and
          thought, hmm what would happen if I mixed them all together. And the person thought yum, smells nice I think I will lather it into my hair and rinse it out, and herbal essences was born. Or a mass team of scientists spent their life?s making it but that doesn?t sound as good. A bottle of the shampoo costs about £1.59 and is 250ml in size, but the price varies depending on the current special offers and the shop. If you want to get in contact with the makers of herbal essences you can write to them at, Bristol Myers Co. Ltd. Uxbridge, UB10 8NS. The shampoo is in direct competition with L´Oreal Elvive & Laboratoires Garnier range. As they are the main competitors and produce similar products, althoug L'oreal's shampoo is not organic. But i definetly thing that Herbal Essences beats the lot of them. The shampoo is made in the EU if that bothers you or not and the name is a registered trademark so you will get in trouble if you copy it, same as I find you copying my opinion. ADVERTISING So far, to my knowledge they have had to main tv adverts, the first was on the big launch of the product just before it became really popular. It was a woman on a air plane, and she, might i say was very pretty. But anyway, she went into the toilets to wash her hair on this plane. And she found... Huh, a bottle of herbal essences, man she must of been first class, i would probably find Farm Stores or something. So she begins to wash her hair with this shampoo and oh my god she starts screaming, "Yes, OH YES, OOOOOH YEESSS". And at this point everyone on the plain is like, oi oi, whats going on in there then. oh and might i ad, some times when iv had a hard day it really is like that, you just want to scream when you wash your hair. Back to the ad, She then walks out the toilet and has amazing shiny hair, and everyone looks at her and claps, then comes the logo and title screen. This is a fairly effective but slightly corn
          y advert, i think it did quite well. Then came the latest advert, and oh dear if that wasnt a corny disaster what was. It was situated in a court, like an awfull phony american type court. And there is all this singing, iv got the urge, you've got the urge to urbal. Well i surpose it works as it has stuck in my head. But this girl is washing her hair in the court and all these hunky men are dancing around her, bet you want that to happen when you wash your hair ladies ;o). Then to top it off, the judge says the most corny line i have ever heard in an advert, "ORDER, Order me a bottle of that" oh dear lord, you really didnt pay anyone to write that did you? I dont think this was as effective as the first advert. Also they have there very own Herbal Essences website, made in Flash so it is modern and fun to use. There is a range of advertising on the site, and you can select the most suitable product for you and browse the other clairol sites. There is also an online shop in conjunction with the site so you can buy your hair care online, the address of this site is www.herbalessences.com its bright and colourful and matches the shampoo's image so it is a great marketing extra. FINAL NOTE I love this shampoo is leaves you with a fresh feeling and makes my hair all fluffy, it also smells really great and I find the bottle lasts along time. That is very essential when you are a student, to smell nice for the ladies and to have long lasting shampoo because you cant afford a lot. I recommend it to everyone of all ages and all sexes, if you haven?t tried it yet, a bottle is well worth the investment. ** update ** I cant beleive two years on and the opinion is still being read, well i better update it slightly. The price has not infact gone up which is good, you can pick it up in supermarkets for around £1.25 now. SMELL There is two different types, one in red and one of them in the yellow colour shown
          in the picture above. The yellowy one which is what my opinion focus's on is more on effect than smell. But the 'aroma' shall i say is a bit more pleasant, is to die for none the less. it reminds me of oak tree's, not flowers but a fresh nature like smell. unlike most shampoo's which aim to smell like fruit, this is definetly in a league of its own. Hence the name herbal, because it is based on a herbal balance, and the aroma is also herbal, probably why i got a hint of an oak like smell. and essences because its the essece or as iv been calling it smell, of the herb, nature if you will. **** DISCLAIMER I hold no liability for anyone who tries herbal essences after reading this, and becomes addicted. The addiction level is not illegal but its very dangerous. If you have the urge to scream in passion when using the shampoo this is accepted. Even on airplanes. Please be careful the pleasure this shampoo brings can get extreme. Hope you have clean shinny hair for as long as you have it. My dad went bold at 25 so im going to use herbal essences while I still have the chance. Dave~

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          30.12.2003 02:10

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          out of a box - Advantages: easy, dark - Disadvantages: fades, dont fade all the way

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          27.11.2003 20:32
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          br> = = = FIRST THINGS FIRST = = = Firstly I'd just like to say that this op is about the Fruit Fusions version of the Herbal Essences range in particular but, as dooyoo haven't got a category for this at the moment and as this op also contains info about other shampoo's in the Herbal Essences range I opted to put it in the "In General" category. = = = BACKGROUND INFO = = = It was many months ago, in the warm and sunny Summer of 2003 (seems like a distant memory now!) when Sarah_Louise set off on a quest for some freebies. I trawled through the freebie websites and came across one offer. It was for a free bottle of Herbal Essences shampoo. Having never tried Herbal Essences and always contemplated trying it but never quite getting around to it (you know how it is....) I decided to take the plunge and risk a tonne of junk mail by signing upto said freebie. Anyway, I sent off for quite a number of freebies. I then awaited the post. I waited. And waited. And waited some more. Sadly, 99% of the freebies I'd sent off for never turned up. Despite me now being on the receiving end of loads of extra junk mail..... However, this lil' package arrived one day. I eagerly opened it to find two mini bottles of shampoo. (Or, more precisely, one bottle of shampoo and one bottle of conditioner). The mini-bottles are so cute, containing just 45ml of shampoo/conditioner, they're like the lil' tubes of toothpaste you can get. They're so cute looking you don't want to actually use the contents! Or is that just me? :o) After testing the products out I came to the conclusion that they not only smelt nice AND they seemed to get on well with my hair. What more could any gal want? That was many months ago. I have since now become a Herbal Essences addict. Seriously. Herbal Essences is wonderful stuff! (They do say admitting your addictio
          n is the first step to recovery 'n' all that....) I have since NOT used any other brand of shampoo. This may not be such a big deal to some of you, i.e. those of you with the annoying 'normal' hair that doesn't seem to be affected by build-up of residues. My hair is highly annoying. It gets greasy if its not washed every 24 hours. I can go 48 hours at a push but it really is pushing it when its nearing the 48 hours mark. For this reason I wash my hair everyday. Needless to say, shampoo's tend to build up relatively quickly. Before discovering the wonders of Herbal Essences (more precisely, the "Residue Removal/Clarifying" brand of the shampoo), I used to have to use about three brands of shampoo, alternating between them regularly to help stop the build-up. Since discovering Herbal Essences though this is no longer the case. Like I said earlier, I have not used any other brand since. HIGHLY unusual for me! "My hair doesn't seem to be affected by build-up by using this shampoo so I'm going to stick to it" Or so I thought.... It was a few weeks back and I was running out of the "Residue Removal/Clarifying" shampoo. I ventured to Superdrug to discover they had a BOGOF offer on on all of the Herbal Essences range. Excellent, I thought. I was going to buy two bottles of the Residue Removal/Clarifying stuff. Until I spotted te Fruit Fusions bottles.... Their brightly coloured contents enticed me to take a whiff. The advert of the lady in the pond in some tropical oasis came to mind. As did her lovely shiny, healthy looking hair. It was sold. (I'm a sucker for adverts!) It was just a case of deciding on which colour to go for. After whiffing them all (all 4 varieties) I decided to read the labels. It turned out they all smelled the same (or VERY similar) to me, despite the ingredients supposedly being different. <
          br> I opted for the green bottle which is "Purifying". I decided on this one because I figured it was closest to what I'd originally intended on buying, i.e. the Residue Removal/Clarifying variety. I also bought a Residue Removal/Clarifying bottle to go with the BOGOF offer just to be on the safe side! I nipped off to the counter and the deal was done. That night it was time to put it to the test. Did it live up to expectations? I'm pleased to announce that it did, and still is doing! As with the Residue Removal/Clarifying stuff, the Purifying version of the "Fruit Fusions" range isn't causing build-up either. = = = SO WHATS THIS PURIFYING STUFF LIKE? = = = Well, where to start!? Firstly, the Purifying stuff is in the green bottle. It contains Kiwi, Kumquat and Fig extracts. I love the smell (but then I do tend to like fruit smells when it comes to things like shampoos, body washes, etc). My mum isn't keen on fruity smells in soaps and things herself so I guess its just down to personal preference, as with everything else in this life! I'm not sure what Kumquat smells like to be honest so I'll hazard a guess and say it smells more Kiwi/Fig extract smell in origin. To be honest though I can't put my finger on it! And as the other 3 versions (different colours for different types of hair) all contained different fruits, they all smelled the same (or very similar) to me anyway so I suspect its the standard fragrance they use rather than what the ingredients actually are. Rest assured, it does smell nice! (If you like fruity smells of course....) = = = USAGE = = = One great thing about Herbal Essences (or so I've found) is that you can get a really good lather up without having to put too much shampoo on. Which, not only saves on faffing around, it saves on shampoo usa
          ge too and therefore you may have a few extra pennies for Christmas! As with all shampoos, don't bother getting any in your eyes, it'll hurt like crazy so just rinse, rinse and rinse some more. Don't get any in your mouth either as it WON'T taste like fruit! (Trust me. I'm talking from experience here! I once tried tasteing some GORGEOUS chocolate smelling bubble bath. YUCK. It was vile! It smelt nice but thats about all I can say on the matter! NB. I was only about 7 at the time so don't laugh!!) It recommends you use with the Purifying Conditioner too. But then all bottles of shampoo recommend that! Having never tried it myself I can't say whether it improves the results or not. = = = CONCLUSION = = = Herbal Essences is the ONLY shampoo I've ever used thats not got built-up on my hair. And, because of this, it is now my all-time favourite shampoo brand. Although this is predominantly about the Fruit Fusions range, I'll conclude by saying that I recommend ANY of the Herbal Essences range. If you're partial to fruit smells then give the Fruit Fusions range a go while you're at it. Most of the 250ml bottles will set you back around about £1.10-£1.30. I spent £1.19 on mine. BOGOF offer. So for two 250ml bottles for £1.19 its not bad value at all! = = = BORING BITS = = = Feel free to skip these bits if you wish, they are boring! This shampoo blends natural Kiwi, Kumquat and Fig extracts, specially formulated for greasy hair to: ~ Cleanse without stripping, ~ Remove grease and styling built-up, ~ Clarify to give hair a fresh start Fruits are grown under certified organic conditions including high quality ingredients derived from pure renewable plant sources. Herbal Essences shampoo bottles use 25% post-consumer recycled plastic and are recyclable. Da
          ily use is recommended. = = = MORE INFO = = = http://www.herbal-essences.co.uk/ (You can, I've just noticed, order a free Fruit Fusions sample from the website, so guess where I'm off to now?!)

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            Alberto Balsam Shampoo - flavour of the month ......( see later ) I?m a regular run of the mill bloke . I?ve just turned 40 , married with kids , and no longer on the pull . I?m old enough not to want the latest ?Beckham? style , but not too old that I want a pony tail , a statement that says ?I?m losing it , but I still got enough on top to do this !? . I?m also going grey , but ain?t that vain, that Grecian 3000 ( yep I?d need it that strong if it existed ) is desired / used . Going grey is a natural process that I?m happy to live with . Anyway , when commented on , I just say it?s natural highlights , highlights that women pay 10?s of pounds to have put in ( although maybe not grey ). If I really wanted to give a bold statement , then surely I?d have to go for those purple rinses the old biddies are often seen sporting ( hmmm , I wonder if they?d suit me ? - imagine naturally black hair , coupled with the old purple rinsed grey , on the dance floor of the local club , what a pulling feature NOT ) . Enough of the waffle , so I have hair , and it needs washing , but do I choose the shampoo we use - NO , leave it to the better half , they know about these things . But what a choice they have , shampoo for fine , coloured , permed , frizzy , normal and greasy hair , and more than that if you care to go in for it . Not content wih that , there are some many brands to choose , you start to think , why not go bald and solve the problem ! OK , so in our household , the shampoo changes like the wind . At the moment its Alberto Balsam ( 99p in ASDA { 2 plugs in one , I want commission } ) . Probably chosen as it smells nice . Next week no doubt , another will be on our shelves , and probably have something to do with a new fresher fragrance ,or even new improved bottle - GOD , women are so gullible when it comes to selling gimmics ! Now what really gets me , about shampoo , is the list of ingredienst used - do you actu
            ally know what your putting on your head ? Take this Alberto Balsam - I?ve deliberately omitted the ?flavour? for now , check out these ingredients , and see if you can work it out ! : Ingredients ... Aqua , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Cocamidopropyl Betain , Sodium Chloride , Glycerin , Jasminum Officinale , Aloe Barbadensis , Panthenol , Polyquaternium-7 , Tetrasodium EDTA , Parfum , Citric Acid , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Magnesium Nitrate , Magnesium Chloride , Proplyene Glycol , Sodium Benzonate , Pottasium Sorbate , Methylparaben , SorbicAcid , Triethanolamine , Hexylene Glycol , C1 60730 . ( Oh heck , my spell checker is going to love those words ! , I wonder what words it?ll suggest as replacements ? ) Add to that the claims on the bottle of : ?Free your mind and spirit with the fresh from the garden fragrance of xxx Herbal Shampoo for all hairtypes . Specially blended with natural ingredients like aloe and jasmine to refresh and revitalise your hair for a beautiful healthy looking shine . With scrumpious fragrances and natural plant extracts your hair will smell as good as it feels. xxx Herbal Shampoo will ; gently cleanse , refresh and moisturise , restore shine , strengthen with Pro-Vitamin B5? { to be Pro , they're has to anti-vitamin , but is there such ? } Now , I?m no fool . Aqua = water ; Parfum = perfume ; Sodium Chloride = salt , but hey there are several acids here , and if I?m correct , in a more natural state , Magnesium and Potassium are used in both explosives and farmyard fertiliser . If you remove the parfum , what will you have ? Removethe water , and set i alight ! And they say the above is good for your hair ? As for the flavour , well from the ingredients you may have gleemed Aloe and Jasmine extracts , but the flavour is entitled ? Feel Me Freesia ? - so where?s the Fressia I ask ? The above comments aren?t made solely against Albert
            o Balsam , but all such products in general . Ok legislation requires that all ingredients are listed , but why not in English ,or are they scared that seeing them in an understandable language would frighten us off for life ? Oh , and as for use , yes it smells really nice . But the smell doesn?t last that long - five minutes on the town and its gone . Of course , if we go by those ads , we should all be swinging our heads of hair , and smelling each others bonces . As for softness and manageability , yes its softish , and I can put a comb through it , so it must be good . As for split ends , how can you tell ??? With regards shine , I don?t think I stood out from the crowd , so maybe not . As for strengthening , well my hairs still fell out a bi when drying ( must be those acids ! ) . So do I recommend it ? I suppose so , after all my hair was cleaner after using it . But the smell didn?t do anything for my mates or the opposit sex ( yep , no ooohs and aaahs ) which is just as well ( on both cases ) , but hey what do I know , I?m just a run of the mill bloke . I?m 40 , married with kids.............. AND FINALLY , with regards those selling gimmics , it comes in a tall 400ml clear bottle ( looks more than / better value than a short dumpy bottle , that may have cellulite God forbid ) , which has a pretty picture of some fressia on it . as for the shampoo , a pleasant hazy blue colour , with the texture of non lumpy gravy ( now thats what you women reviewers out there expect of a males perspective eh ! )

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              19.06.2003 19:20
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              Okay so I'm always talking about my hair, I class my hair as an asset - I must admit I do love my hair! It's naturally curly, shoulder length and a bit ?early Scary Spice? (her only decent feature I must add). Haircare has been a bit of a luxury to me since I was in my late teens - I always used the best of the best. Today I'm not so well off, me and my partner are making cut backs and I just can't justify £8 - £10 for a bottle of hair conditioner. I searched for high street priced hair conditioner for my hair type and decided to give this 'Clairol - Herbal Essences Conditioner' a go. The conditioner in particular that this review refers to is to 'Protect coloured/permed/dry/damaged hair'... I purchased this conditioner from Tesco for £1.49 but I do know if you shop around you may get a better deal - I've seen it in Boots for 99p and I've seen it in my local Kwik Save too. It comes in a 250ml bottle with a secure cap so when travelling the bottle will not leak I've put it to the test! On opening the conditioner you'll be greeted by a delicious smell which is rather sweet and fruity - not what you'd expect from a bottle describing a conditioner with 'Thyme, Wheat Germ Oil and Vitamin E in Mountain Spring Water' but it's so gorgeous you wont mind! The conditioner itself is rather luxurious, thick and creamy as a good quality conditioner should be. My hair is thick so I do need quite a bit of product but did find I used double the amount of this conditioner than my normal one. The conditioner applies easily and spreads through my hair nicely. I always leave conditioner for at least 5 to 10 minutes just so it gets a chance to work it's magic! Sadly this is where the praise ends. On rinsing my hair feels okay but not nearly as good as conditioned hair should. As an ex hairdresser I'm thinking that the conditioner although feeling good on application is
              n?t actually penetrating the hair or even smoothing as a good conditioner for my type of hair should. The bottle claims that this stuff will 'Protect Coloured/Permed/Dry/Damaged Hair' but after a month's continued use I really don't think it's up to much. So there we have it Mizzame's verdict on a high street conditioner. Most people rave about this stuff, sadly I don't, although my hair does smell nice! I think it'll be back to my salon prescribed Redken on Paul Mitchell conditioning products because although you pay more they do more and sadly in this case I guess you get what you pay for. Clairol's Herbal Essences Range is made by Proctor and Gamble. Ingredients for this product claim to be mainly natural, deriving from plant sources although I did think the product smelt like sugary sweets! There are no animal by-products, which is encouraging. Proctor & Gamble Weybridge Surrey KT13 0XP

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                07.06.2002 09:10
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                About eighteen months ago, i had the worst experience of my life. I had never tryed to dye my own hair, so i went into town one saturday afternooon, and brought my self a hair dye. It was a herbal essance permanent hair colour. I thought that i should buy one that was not cheap, as it would be the first time i had coloured my hair. Later on that night i looked through the instructions provided and then applied the colour. Everything looked like it was going to plan, untill i felt this really bad stinging sensation. I put up with it for a few minutes untill i could not stand it any longer, I then rushed up the stairs and rinsed it out. I was horrified at what i was seeing all of my hair was falling out in big clumps,I didn't know what to do. I telephoned mt mother who rushed straight round, By the time she arrived i could not see, my eyes felt like i had been i a fight with mike tyson. My mother rushed me to the hospital were i later stayed for the next five days. I had lost all of my hair and my self confidence. I didn't go out of the house untill some weeks later, as my face was twice the size it usally was. I felt like the elephant man. My hair has now grown back, but it is not the same as it was, It is really thin now. When i contacted herbal essences they told me that there was nothing they could do, because they advise everybody to do a skin tests before using their product. I did not agree with this so i went out and bought an identical colour, to my amasement they do advise you to do skin tests in their instructions. So please take this advice and always do a skin test, because i would hate anyone else to go through what i have been through.

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                  07.06.2001 19:24
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                  Last year I decided to go blond for the first time ever, and my friend – who worked in a salon did a nice professional job for me fairly cheaply. Which was great. Unfortunately she then left and I had to find somewhere that I could get my roots done every six weeks without paying the earth. The novelty of being a blond soon wore of when I was paying £20 - £30 pound a time! So, suddenly my natural colour was looking like a god option, except I couldn’t stand the thought of growing my roots out and having a bright blond contrasted with the brown. Enter Herbal Essences Permanent hair colour. I spotted a shade called dark blond, which was not far off my own colour and decided to give it go. Success!! The dye was really easy to use, although a bit drippy when you’re applying it. I had to use two bottles because my hair is thick and past my shoulders. It came out a really natural shade that sort of blends in with the brown roots. Most people think it’s my own colour! The product smells lovely, and my hair was nice and soft and shiny afterwards – what more could you ask for!

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                    26.05.2001 18:45
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                    I was not happy with this product. I have been dying my hair since I was 13 (8 years now!) and have probably tried every dye under the sun, but this one did not not satify me at all! It states on the box that it is easy to use. Well, credit to them, it was easy to apply but they don't tell you that it takes you over 20 mins to rinse off! Normally, with any other brand of dye, it will take me between 5 and 10 mins for the water to run clear but on this occasion I did'nt think it would ever come clear. Once I had finished, I blow dried my hair and was happy with the result of the colour, it was a lot brighter than I thought it would be (I used a burgandy one), but I liked it all the same. My hair was shining and I almost forgot about the length of time it took me to rinse off. That was until I went to the pub. It was raining hard outside and we did'nt have an umbrella. Once we got inside the pub my friends erupted into laughter, dye had run down my face and I quickly had to run to the loo to wipe it off! I was shocked as the water was definitely clear when I rinsed it off. The next day (after many jokes at my expense!) I had a bath. I sat in the bath, lapping the water around me and dunked my head under water. When I emerged, I thought I was suddenly bleeding to death but soon realised it wasn't me that was bleeding, it was my hair (again!). I could'nt enjoy my bath after that, there's something about sitting in red water that's not very appealing! Within 3 weeks the colour had dissapeard completley, what part of the word PERMANENT dont Herbal Essances understand????!!!! I wish now that I had complained but I did'nt so I am writing this warning to you all - don't bother! I don't know what the darker colours are like, I only tried the burgandy one, but if that is anything to go by, I will never waste my money on this product ever again!

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                      25.04.2001 22:44
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                      I think its quite possible that I am the hair colouring queen of the world. I get bored with my hair colour so easily so I do tend to dye it lots. I've had a couple of disasterous experiments recently and ended up ginger for a while! So last week, in the middle of a medieval history lecture I decided I needed to be a brunette again. My hair is curly, and can be frizzy sometimes so dying lots isn't really good for it so I needed to pick a brand of hair dye that wouldn't kill my hair. I'd never tried Herbal Essences before but it looked really good and promised deep shine and conditioning and long lasting colour. Its easy to apply and comes with careful and simple to understand instructions. You apply it dry and massage it from roots to tips, which takes a little practice, best to ask a friend to help. Depending on how dark you want your colour you can leave it on for up to 45 minutes. Unlike a lot of permanent hair dyes it doesn't start to itch or sting after a few minutes. Then you simply add hot water, lather and rinse throughly. Then you add the conditioner and leave for a couple of minutes.The conditioner is really rich and leaves your hair smooth and shinny. The dye and conditioner smell good and you don't have an amonia pong hanging around for the next week. Herbal Essences dyes are also really kind to your hair and don't dry it out. They offer a large range of funky colours so what your taste you should find what you are looking for. The only problem with Herbal Essences is that it can fade in a few weeks if you don't look after it. Top marks!

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                        14.04.2001 01:28
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                        Long, long ago, someone would have been able to see that my natural colour is a light-to-mid brown. Over the decades, I have experimented with lighter, darker and redder variants on this mousiness. I always found that lighter colours gave me a ginger tinge, or a fairly nasty yellow and left my hair looking lifeless and dull. Not long ago, I decided to go for total blonde. I started off with a product from a well known brand, which needed a pre-lightener and a blonde shade. This means, I actually paid for two products in my attempt to get the colour I wanted. However, once more, I ended up with an uninspiring and artificial yellow and my hair looked very out of condition. Finally, I tried Herbal Essences Extra Light Brilliant Blonde (shade XL2). This already contains a double dose of lightener and so does not require any extra purchases. I was a bit cynical about what the results would be, but quite frankly they were above all my expectations. I was delighted to see a very natural looking blonde staring back at me in the mirror. This hair colour is a dream to use. It is applied to dry hair, and does not drip at all. This means that I can carry on doing what I want to do while the colour develops, instead of hugging a towel around my shoulders. I keep the colour on for 45 minutes. This gives a lighter effect than suggested by the picture on the package for the results I can expect with my natural colour. When I repeat the colouring, every four weeks or so, I cover all my hair for 45 minutes rather than just the roots for the first however long. I find this maintains a of good blonde colour with a minimum of effort. I feel confident about doing this, because Herbal Essences leaves my hair in excellent condition. In fact, still full of New Year resolutions, I go to a gym and swimming pool several times a week. I do find that the showers and swimming pool have a bad effect on my hair. However, Herbal Essences restores its smo
                        othness and glossiness. The product carries a promise of "a vibrant blonde colour" that "radiates with shine". I think that Herbal Essences definitely lives up to its promise. I have no found a hair colourant with which I intend to stick for the foreseeable future.

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                          26.03.2001 03:49

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                          I used the extra lightening herbal essence colour for a blonde shade. The colour became more of a red blonde shade on my dark blonde hair. It felt really dry and brittle after using this product and I found that the colour on the box never turns out the colour you want. The more you wash with this product the better it goes but by this time your roots are showing through again! I would not use this product again as it never gave what it promised. I will go back to another colour I usually use and steer clear of this drying out effect product.

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                        An ammonia-free permanent colour gel that energises your senses with the refreshing Herbal Essences fragrance /