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I'm a true believer that you don't have to spend a lot to get good quality. In terms of shampoo and conditioner I tend to go for Alberto Balsam products because they are cheap and the quality you get is good. As such when I go to the supermarket I tend to look around to see if there are any new deals. Recently I noticed that Herbal Essences were on offer at £1 per 200ml bottle which is a pretty good deal in terms of what else is available.
This particular shampoo is designed for hair that is prone to breakages. I only get my hair cut maybe twice a year so I do often have breakages and split ends. I also thought the lovely bluey purpley colour would look nice in my bathroom and so opted for this particular shampoo in the range. It is designed for dry/damaged hair which mine can be at times so I was intrigued to see if it had any effect.
This shampoo is a lovely purpley blue colour and contains royal jasmine and silky sea palm extracts. The shampoo is creamy looking in texture as opposed to the transparent ones you can get sometimes. Personally I prefer the transparent gel like shampoos usually as I find I get enough hydration from my conditioner but I was still keen to give this one a go.
The shampoo claims to keep hair clean, create a natural looking shine and also strengthen hair against damage such as breakages. All sound pretty good, but does it live up to the billing?
The shampoo lathers nicely into my hair when I use it and has a very light floral smell to it which is very pleasant but now overpowering. The shampoo washes out easily and my hair if left feeling clean, soft and once dried it looks fresh and clean and has a lovely sheen to it.
I tend to use a lot of hair styling product - hair curlers and straighteners. This shampoo has managed to maintain a shine to my hair despite use of heated products. My hair is left looking and feeling very healthy and as far as I can tell there haven't been any breakages.
The bottle is a decent enough size and would probably last me 1-2 months of use as I was my hair usually around 3-4 times a week. You don't need a huge amount of the product when you apply this as it lathers up nicely and goes far.
In terms of value for money I think this product is really worth the £1 that you spend on it.
WHAT IS IT?
Shampoo from Herbal Essences that says it will protect hair from breakage. Your hair can break with age or if you use chemicals like hair dye or do a lot of heat styling or drying your hair with a hair dryer.
WHAT I THINK
I like the smell of this shampoo very much because it has got a clean and fresh fragrance. It makes my hair smell clean all day long and I can still smell the fresh fragrance into the evening even though I wash my hair very early in the morning.
I like the feeling when I wash my hair because the bubbles are so soft and beautiful, I think my hair starts to feel clean even when I am still washing it and the shampoo feels very moisturising then also. My hair feels soft and smooth when it is still wet and I do not have to use conditioner every day because it is so gentle but effective.
The shampoo rinses out of my hair easy and when I dry it my hair feels very soft. I can still style it but it makes my hair fly away more than other shampoo so I cannot put it into a very elaborate style unless I use a lot of hairspray. I use a lot of different shampoos and know my schedule every day so if I know it is a day when I need to style my hair then I will use another shampoo.
It is good how healthy this shampoo makes my hair look and feel and that is why I tolerate not being able to style my hair how I want to when I use it. My hair goes shiny and my very blond highlights stand out a lot better. It does surely make my hair feel stronger and that makes it healthier, I can feel on my fingers and see also that my hair is smoother because the hairs have all been made sleeker. I am very happy with the results of this shampoo even though I do not usually think Herbal Essences is a good product.
I paid only £1.39 for my recent purchase of Herbal Essences Breakage Defender shampoo and that was from Sainsburys special offer price. It is very effective and pleasing to use so I do not mind paying the full price.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I'm not brand loyal when it comes to shampoos and conditioners. I tend to get whatever's on special offer. However, Herbal Essences is one that I have come back to time and time again over the years - in fact I seem to recall a hairdresser recommending it to me after having my hair permed in my early 20s and I used it a lot back then. I used to really like the old packaging, and have to say I've used it less since they changed it quite a few years ago now!
I put my hair through some abuse. I've been dying it for over half my life, and bleaching it for the past 2 to 3 years. Then of course there's drying it and straightening it which further dries and damages my hair. I'm generally of the opinion that since hair is dead, it doesn't really matter too much. However I do try and stick to hair products aimed at dry and damaged hair, so that it does look at least vaguely presentable!
---Clairol Herbal Essences Breakage Defender shampoo---
The bottle is light blue in colour with a bright green lid which is very easy to use as you just press it down - much easier than some shampoos! It is a fair size, containing 400ml shampoo. It states on the bottle that it is a New Formula. On the back it says that it helps provide strength against combing damage, and to "keep the Beauty of the ends that make you broken-hearted" - whatever! Split ends aren't something which cause me major problems. But if the shampoo gives my hair extra strength, then that's got to be good?
It contains a wealth of ingredients, some of which don't sound too wonderful, but you can find these on the bottle if you're interested.
---Using the Shampoo---
Use as a normal shampoo, squeeze a blob onto your hand and then lather it into your wet hair. Rinse it, and repeat again if required (I don't do this). The shampoo is nice and thick (I don't like runny shampoos) and a blue/almost purple colour - you don't need to use as much as with some shampoos. This shampoo is said to contain royal jasmine and silky sea palm extracts. To me it just smells lovely, fresh and slightly floral, but not overpowering. After using the shampoo I follow up with the matching conditioner. I often get shampoo in my eyes, but this one is one of the better ones in that it doesn't sting as much as some.
After using my hair seems relatively easy to style, and I think it has a nice enough shine. I don't feel that the smell lingers as much as it could, but that's a minor point. It feels clean (apparently it contains botanical silk which helps to clean it) and looks as good as my hair ever seems to look!
I'm nearly at the end of my bottle now, I think I'll only get one more wash out of it (it's nice to have a bottle where you can see exactly how much is left), and I have a similar amount left in my conditioner (I might have to review that too). They have lasted well, and I'll sure I'll get them again. Next though I have a different Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner to try out - they are bright pink and I'm looking forward to that as I love pink things!
I bought this shampoo in Asda. The rrp for a 400ml bottle is £3.78, but they frequently do 2 bottles for £4, which makes it good value - perfect for when getting a shampoo and the matching conditioner. They also do a 200ml bottle which can be found in many shops for £1.
4 out of 5 from me!
Recently I have been trying to save money when it comes to buying shampoo, as a result I buy whatever is on offer in the supermarket at the time. Currently in Asda Herbal Essences is £1 a bottle for 200ml. I have tried a few Herbal Essences shampoo's and I like them mostly because of the smell. I decided this time to pick a shampoo that was suitable for my hair type which I would describe as dry and prone to breakage and split ends due to all the heat styling I put it through.
This particular shampoo is for dry/damaged hair and is to protect against breakage. The shampoo contains royal jasmine and silky sea palm extracts. The shampoo looks a creamy blue colour in the bottle. Now I have a very strange theory when it comes to shampoo I prefer creamy looking ones as I tend to find that transparent shampoos dry my hair out whereas the creamy ones tend to be more moisturising.
The bottle states that as the shampoo contains botanical silk it will clean and help reveal a natural shine whilst also strengthening hair to protect against the damage caused by breaking.
To use the shampoo you simply lather and rinse, repeating if required. You are advised to follow on with the conditioner for best results. The conditioner is a serum enriched formula and I used the both together as recommended.
The shampoo lathered really well I only needed a small amount. The smell is really nice I expected it to be floral but it wasn't it is fresh smelling and I really like it. The shampoo rinsed out well and I only needed to wash my hair once.
After use I dried my hair as normal. My hair felt really nice, it looked shiny and healthy. The combination of the shampoo and conditioner certainly made my normally dry hair feel really soft and smooth. It also made a difference to the shorts that I have around my parting (a home dye job that went wrong!)
I have been using this shampoo for 2 weeks now and I am thrilled with the results compared to a similar shampoo I was using from L'oreal this one is much better and a lot cheaper. I haven't noticed any difference in breakage I have to be honest I only brush my hair maybe once a day as it is fairly manageable after it has been styled.
I would buy this shampoo again especially at a £1 a bottle. Full marks from me.
Although I often use quite expensive shampoo on my hair I had to try and cut back when I last did a big supermarket shop online and so when I saw herbal essences shampoo on offer for just a pound I decided to try one of those. The shampoo I chose was the breakage defender shampoo and this is my review of it.
Herbal essences shampoo is made my Clairol and this is a brad which automatically makes me think of hair care and so it is a brand I am happy to trust really. The herbal essences breakage defender shampoo comes in a tinted blue plastic bottle through which you can see the shampoo which is something that I like because I can see at a glance how much shampoo is left in the bottle. The plastic bottle is recyclable and so can be popped in your recycle bin once empty.
The breakage defender shampoo is as you would expect an anti breakage shampoo which is designed for dry, damaged hair. Now my hair isn't dry at all to be honest and if anything it gets closet to the greasy side of things but as I blow dry and straighten my hair after every wash and sometimes in between too I hoped this shampoo would help to protect my hair a little from the damage of my GHD's!
The bottle informs us that this shampoo contains royal jasmine and silky sea palm extracts and whilst this sounds nice I didn't have a clue what I expected the shampoo to smell like. Squeezing some of the thick blue shampoo on my hand I felt that the shampoo smelt really clean and fresh. It also had quite a silky look to it which was encouraging for me. I think this is certainly a shampoo that would suit either a man or a woman as the fresh fragrance is pretty neutral in my opinion.
The shampoo lathers really well on my wet hair and I only need to use a blob around the size of a fifty pence piece for my shoulder length hair. After I have used this product my hair feels soft and clean straight away and I find that once I have dried and straightened my hair it does feel really soft and silky. My hair also has a nice shine to it as well so I am really pleased with the results of this shampoo.
For just a pound for a 200ml bottle of shampoo I feel this is an excellent value product. Although it costs more than this at its recommended retail price I do think that herbal essences shampoo seem to be on offer more often than not somewhere and so I am sure you could find it at a reduced price. I am really happy with this shampoo and I will continue to use it alongside a few others. Whilst I am not sure if my hair is being more protected against breakages than with any other shampoo it does leave my hair soft and looking healthy and so I am happy to recommend.
Thank you for reading my review!