I have always actively resented hair products. That I have to keep my hair clean is something I grudgingly accept, but to have to pay through the nose for it doesn't sit well. I always used Boots own brand shampoo, which at 60p a bottle did everything I required of a shampoo and hardly cost me anything. Then they stopped making it.
I chose this as a replacement on the grounds that it was the next cheapest one that didn't look like a bodily fluid. I want my shampoo to look like luridly coloured slime, thanks. It's not 'natural' and never will be. It's less than £2, usually, which is about as cheap as it gets these days.
In terms of keeping my hair clean, it does that well enough. It lathers up nicely and washes out easily, and keeps my hair feeling reasonably clean for the best part of the day (unless it's particularly hot and I've been sweating a lot). And that really ought to be it.
But it does make some slightly bizarre claims on the bottle. 'Say goodbye to mundane hair', it says. But it also says 'For normal hair'. Which is it? It claims it will make my hair 'shine' – well, OK, let's suppose for a moment that I'd want that to happen. If so, I'd be disappointed in this – my hair looks and feels the same as it ever has (and I've been using this stuff for a couple of months - any transformative effect would surely have manifested itself by now).
The bottle itself is very easy to use. The label on the back, though, caused me problems. The text is tiny, in white on a pale green background. I found it incredibly difficult to read. Not that I really need to read it, I suppose, but I couldn't tell you what chemicals are in it.
It claims to be citrus flavoured, and it does smell of citrus. But it's a depressingly generic citrus which I can't associate with any real-life fruit, and has an obvious chemical element. It's perhaps fleetingly reminiscent of cheap lime-flavoured sweets, but even then, not really. I don't mind this, its not an unpleasant smell, but the idea that 'citrus' is in some way desirable in itself, without actually being attached to a fruit, is slightly depressing in some way.
Anyway. It keeps my hair clean. I just wish it would dispense with the silly claims about what else it might do for me. And it would be nice if they could chop 50p off the price.
I occasionally get bored with my usual shampoo, and when I was in the supermarket a few weeks ago I bought Clairol's Dazzling Shine shampoo on a whim. It claims to provide a "cleansing formula that lets your beauty shine through while leaving your hair with a refreshing citrus scent." How could I resist.
I wouldn't say the scent is particularly citrussy, but it is light and pleasant, and I like how my hair smells after using it, so that's all good. So how about the dazzling claim? I do think that my hair looks nice and shiny after washing, but then when I have used it three or four times in a row, my hair starts to feel a little rough. I'm not sure why, but that seems to be my experience of it. So I switch to a different shampoo for a wash or two and then go back to this one.
So, on the whole I would say that I quite like this shampoo, and I like its effects in the short term, but I'm not sure that I would buy it again.
Like most commercially produced shampoos, this one contains a wealth of chemical ingredients, although silk extract, rose and extract and pearl extract do also feature (a long way down the list). At the very top of the ingredients are sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate, which I know some people try to avoid.
One more thing: the shampoo is attractively presented in a bottle which has a bluish tinge - which gives the shampoo an attractive green shade. The image on the front is fresh and goes with the citrus theme. The back has a light green label, and suits the fresh theme, but the text on it is white, which matches the theme and makes it very hard to read.
While I have always regarded Herbal Essences as a trusted brand providing good quality products I had never used them until recently. I needed new shampoo and came across them in a sale. This isn't the first Herbal Essence product that I have used but it is the second.
** Herbal Essences **
Herbal Essences is a hair care brand. They have a wide range of products for every hair type and outcome you could want. Their products help your hair look, feel and smell great. Their bottles have had a bit of an image uplift recently using more vibrant colours and different bottle designs. Though their new advert suggests that they are bringing back their classic range as well.
** The Shampoo **
The bottle suggests that it leaves your hair with a dazzling shine. It is intended for those with normal hair. My hair is sort of dry/ normal. I tend to use products for dry hair as a result but I thought I would give it a go. I wasn't expecting much from the shine as my hair is curly and I tend to use product on top. As a result I don't often consider my hair as shiny.
The shampoo has a citrus fragrance which you can smell when you first smell it. The smell does linger in your hair but it is a nice smell and not too overpowering. After using less quality shampoos it was quite nice being able to smell the difference in my hair. The shampoo does lather quite nicely and not too much is needed to get a good lather.
It hasn't left my hair shiny as suspected and it hasn't been as good at keeping my hair soft as other shampoos and conditioners in the Herbal Essences range have. It is definitely not the worst thing I have used on my hair though.
** Price and Availability **
Herbal Essences can be found in a range of stores. The smaller bottles are sometimes found in some bargain stores but are more easily found in high street stores such as Superdrug and Boots. They can also be found in larger supermarkets (e.g. Tescos). The range can also be found with various offers if you are lucky. The RRP for the 400ml is £3.89 but you can often pick this up for half price if you shop around.
** Overall **
While this shampoo wasn't for me I can't really fault it too much. If you have curly hair and/ or it requires more conditioning then I wouldn't suggest this range. However, if this doesn't apply to you and you do have normal hair then I would recommend giving it a go. I have been very pleased with Herbal Essences so far and will be happy to continue using their products.
Review of Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine Shampoo
When it comes to hair care, I must admit that I am not particularly brand conscious or loyal to any one product. I like to try out different shampoos and conditioners rather than stick to one range.
I am always on the lookout for a bargain and tend to buy whatever is on special offer or attracts me for some reason. Recently a branch of the discount store, Home Bargains has opened in my home town and on a visit to the store, I spotted the Herbal Essences range was being sold for £1.25 each or any two items for £2, this is the sort of bargain I find hard to resist!
I chose the Dazzling Shine shampoo and matching conditioner. This review discusses the shampoo.
**Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine Shampoo**
The Herbal Essences range is made by the well-known Clairol Company, this shampoo is presented in a well-shaped recyclable plastic bottle. The bottle fits nicely in my hand and I find it easy to grip even with wet hands.
The bottle is made from a clear plastic, I like this as you can see the lime green coloured shampoo within, and also you can see how much of the product you have left, something I always find helpful! Labelling is green in colour and bears the Clairol logo and the promise of a 'shine reflecting shampoo'. All instructions for use and ingredients can be found on the reverse of the bottle.
The bottle contains 400ml of lime green coloured shampoo. I do find the dispensing device is a little tricky and fiddly in use. The lid includes a push down section which depresses to reveal a slot through which the shampoo is dispensed.
I particularly like the scent of this shampoo; it is a fresh, clean citrusy fragrance. The texture of the shampoo is nothing to write home about, it is just about the right consistency, not too thin or watery. I have long hair and I found I needed a fair amount of shampoo to work through my hair thoroughly. I know many people say that the lathering effect is cosmetic only and makes no difference to end results, but I like a decent lather from my shampoo. Living in a hard water area, I do find that I need to use more than the average consumer!
This shampoo rinsed very well from my hair and left no residue or stickiness. After use, I found my hair was gently fragranced too, an added bonus in my opinion. I had used the matching conditioner following the shampoo.
Herbal Essence Dazzling Shine is a good quality shampoo which left my hair feeling and smelling fresh and clean. My hair felt soft and quite smooth, or as smooth as my troublesome hair can ever feel, but as for shine, well, I cannot in all honesty say my hair shone particularly.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
I liked this shampoo and although I would happily buy it again, in all honesty, it was no more than average. It did a reasonable job of cleansing my hair, but promised 'dazzling shine' did not materialise for me.
I have hair that could be described as 'normal' and this is indeed a shampoo formulated for normal hair types. The manufacturer states that the shampoo contains 'a shine reflecting formula made from berry, tea and orange flower extracts'. Personally I could not detect any of these scents in the product, I would say it is overwhelmingly lemon and lime scented; luckily these are fragrances I like in a shampoo.
To conclude, I feel that this shampoo is worth recommending especially if you can find it at a good price as I did.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 December 2013
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Ok here is a confession that is going to make me sound bad.... My boyfriend had a friend coming down to stay with us and I didn't want to leave all of my Aussie stuff in the bathroom to be used up by a man who let's be honest probably usually uses soap to wash his hair, so I bought this range of shampoo and conditioner. I know, that's bad, right?
The 400ml bottle of this shampoo normally costs £3.80 but at the moment it is half price at Tesco so it is £1.90. And yes, the half price price tag was the main reason why I chose this for our guest.
The bottle states that this will give dazzling shine to normal hair.
Now I should probably point out that after out visitor left I used this product myself. I don't want you thinking I've been running my hands through another man's hair and sniffing him or watching him in the shower to see how it lathered up!
So the shampoo comes in a clear green plastic bottle that has a slight curve to it. It stands quite tall and I'm afraid it has been knocked over quite easily in the shower a few times. The bottle has a flip top at the top of the bottle which is easy to press open even with wet hands in the shower. I must confess that I don't bother to close the bottle after use but water doesn't get in. The bottle is easy enough to squeeze to get the shampoo out.
The shampoo is a green gel and it smells lovely and citrusy. Very fresh. I find it lathers up well on my wet hair and the smell of grapefruit and lemon is lovely in the shower. It is so lovely in fact that the whole of the upstairs of my house smells of it when my boyfriend uses this when he is in the shower and it is lovely.
This certainly makes you feel like you have washed your hair as it leaves it feeling squeaky when you brush it after. But I have never known if that is a good thing or a bad. As far as the "dazzling shine" claim goes, I'm not sure about that. My hair is shiny after use, because it is clean, but I do not think it is any shinier than any other time. Certainly nothing worth noting on
Sadly the fragrance fades quite a lot on your hair as it dries which is a shame as it does smell very nice and fresh
All in all I think this is a good shampoo. It is well priced, it smells wonderful and leaves your hair really clean feeling. But I am going to stick to my other stuff and am not sure about the "dazzling shine" claim!
I bought this shampoo after having great success with the Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo. However, I found that it would sometimes leave my hair quite flat and it would get greasy very quickly. Not wanting to wash my hair everyday because (a) I'm lazy (b) it's not good for your hair and (c) my hair is coloured and daily washing causes the colour to fade, I decided to buy this one instead.
I really like the packaging of this range of shampoos. The bottle is ergonomically designed making it easy to pick up and the nozzle at the top distributes just the right amount. I hate bottles with the dispenser at the bottom because I find too much product comes out when you squeeze them.
This shampoo left my hair very shiny. As I lighten the colour of my hair this is very important to me because I feel like the shinier my hair, the more light is reflected off it and the better my colour looks. I also love the smell of this shampoo. To me it smells like apples, but upon looking at the ingredients it doesn't contain any apple extract, so maybe it is the orange flower which gave it this scent?
This shampoo is very affordable, I picked mine up for less than £2 in Superdrug and because it lathers so well you only need a little bit at a time.
I would recommend this to anyone out there with normal to slightly greasy hair that wants shinier hair but without the grease. I probably wouldn't recommend this for people with coloured hair though as I think this would strip it slightly, but I would rather my colour faded slightly than have greasy hair.
I have previously tried other Herbal Essences hair products and never been overly impressed, however, I am very swayed by prices! So, when Asda had the Herbal Essences range of shampoos on offer for a £1, I couldn't resist buying it, and giving it another go! This time, I opted for the 'Dazzling Shine' shampoo from the range, which does stand out on the shelf of the supermarket given that it in a bright green bottle.
This shampoo claims to be a 'shine reflecting shampoo'. It claims to contain berry, tea and orange flower extracts and has been designed for normal hair. Now, I would say that my hair tends to get greasy quickly so I wash it every day, however, I have frequently bought shampoos for normal hair before.
There are a small number of things I like about this product. Firstly, I like the shape of the shampoo and the packaging and colour looks attractive and secondly, there is a nice scent with this shampoo that does linger a little on the hair after drying, which is more than some shampoos.
However, in my opinion the negatives outweigh those couple of positives. When I wash my hair with this product, the lather builds up easily, but I notice when I brush through my hair when it is wet, it gets tangled and catches and in my previous experience this is not the sign of a good shampoo. Shampoos that tend to do this to my hair, never do much to make my hair feel or look better.
The second major disappointment is that I simply do no see ANY sign of added shine to my hair. If anything I actually think my hair looks more frazzled rather than smooth and shiny. In my experience it simply does not live up to its claims of being a shine reflecting shampoo. Most other shampoos I have tried will leave my hair reasonably shiny looking, but this is the opposite which is rather ironic since this is its main claim.
I have continued to use this shampoo simply because I don't like wastage and I tend to use it on the mornings when I'm not going very far that day because I simply don't think it leaves my hair looking good or in good condition.
I will not be purchasing this shampoo again, and I think, no matter what the price, I have had enough negative experiences with Herbal Essences to avoid this brand as I simply don't think it mixes well with my hair!
Clairol Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine Shampoo
Recently I have been trying to cut down buying more expensive hair care products and instead buying more supermarket brands. And until recently I was always a bit reluctant to try the Cairol Herbal Essence range of shampoos and conditioners, but when they where featured on a recent supermarket promotion I decided to pick up a couple of bottles - after all so many people seem to love the Herbal Essence brand.
In my experience buying shampoo and conditioner can be a little bit tricky as I always seem to have a bit of a temperamental scalp and certain hair care products can really irritate my skin and not completely clean my hair. Unfortunately, more often than not certain supermarket brand shampoos and conditioners don't agree with me, or I can only use them for a short period of time before I need to switch on to something else. But so far with the Clairol Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine Shampoo I have used quite a few bottles and I haven't noticed any unwanted irritations or side effects. In fact because I have gotten on so well with the Clairol Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine Shampoo I have since started buying it and more of the Herbal Essence range on a regular basis.
Personally, I think I have what would be described as 'normal' hair, not too greasy, not too dry and generally quite easy to manage so the Clairol Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine Shampoo worked just fine for me. However as with all the Herbal Essence shampoos I have tried so far it is a bit of a no thrills shampoo and I doubt if you needed something more tailored to keep your luscious locks looking good that the Dazzling shine shampoo might not deliver the best results. In my opinion, it is a decent enough shampoo and after I have used it, it does leave my hair feeling clean and looking healthy. But, I just feel like it doesn't quite compare to the more expensive brands or my favourite Lush shampoos.
The shampoo itself is a light green clear liquid, which is not too thin nor too thick in texture and it lathers relatively well - exactly what you would expect from a pretty standard shampoo.
Now, apart from leaving my hair clean and healthy the best feature of the shampoo should be the fragrance, but sadly I don't think the Clairol Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine Shampoo lives up to its full potential. On the front of the bottle it promises berry, tea and orange flower extracts await inside and although it does smell nice, the shampoo just smells a little generic and not very memorable. However, it is probably my favourite Herbal Essence shampoo fragrance that I have so far tried. I just think that I might have previously been a little spoiled by more expensive natural shampoos that really deliver a strong and lovely fragrance as well as great results.
Clairol Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine Shampoo and other Herbal Essence products can be found in the majority of supermarkets. I paid £2 for my 400 ml bottle, which for the results that it delivers is in my opinion pretty good value for money and I will be buying it again and again. In fact I do think that the Clairol Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine Shampoo might become a bit of a regular in my bathroom when I don't want to splurge on more expensive hair care products.
Three out of five stars.
So this shampoo promises to make your hair, er, shiny! Just read the blurb below, they go on about the shininess factor quite a bit!
From the blurb:
"Shine reflecting shampoo...with shimmery pearl and rose extracts...shampoo with botanical silk extract, cleans to help reveal natural shine...Seize your moment and break free from mundane hair with this cleaning formula that lets your beauty shine through...Blindingly beautiful shine...The sky's the limit for high shine. The shine enhancing formula of Dazzling Shine conditioner will add some flair to your hair."
The packaging is modern and attractive. The bottle is made of translucent, bright, apple green coloured plastic with an opaque green lid. It has the Herbal essences signature double printed back label too, so you see a pretty picture through the bottle when looking from the front. In this case, it's just a wave of green bubbles - I think they're meant to be pearls - but the overall effect is pleasing. The shape of the bottle is ingenious - the left hand side is almost but not quite straight, whilst the right hand side is curved in and out, in a sort of elongated yin and yang central line. The conditioner bottle is shaped in the same way, but with 180 degree rotational symmetry. In other words, the curves of the shampoo and conditioner bottles fit together, which looks kinda neat. The cap is also good, it just depresses at one side and the dispensing section pops up at the other. Again, I think this is well designed - although it did flummox my otherwise pretty bright daughter the first time she tried to use it!
THE FRAGRANCE AND APPEARANCE
This shampoo has an agreeable clear fragrance when you use it. I find it hard to describe - maybe a little bit appley and a little bit zesty. I like the fragrance, but it is only very slight, so if you like a strongly scented shampoo which leaves it's perfume on your hair, this would not be the product for you.
The clear, lime green shampoo is dispensed with no mess. It's just the right consistency for shampoo in my opinion, being neither so weak and runny that you have to try and catch it in your hands, nor so thick and jelly-like that you have to try to dilute it with shower water before you apply it to your hair. No, full marks from me on the don't-have-to-think-about-the-logistics-of-application front!
This lathers well but not too much. Pleasant to use with no stinging or irritation. Hair feels nice and clean after use.
So, the million dollar question...is my hair more shiny after using this shampoo? I have to admit, it is! I do use it with the matching conditioner so it maybe the combination of the two multiplies the effect, but I really like the way this shampoo and conditioner make my hair look and feel. As well as being shiny, I feel that my hair is thoroughly cleansed. It has plenty of body, and is also soft, silky and manageable. I often find my scalp gets increasingly itchy after using new products for a couple of weeks, but that has not been a problem with this product. Therefore I would say that it is suitable for fairly sensitive skin.
I don't often try different shampoos, as I tend to find they make my scalp itchy after a while, as I've mentioned above. However, I saw this 400ml bottle of shampoo in our local 99p store, so I thought that as it was made by a respected brand I would give it a try. If you are not lucky enough to find it at quite such a bargain price, it's currently available from a range of high street stores at a range of prices - from £1.85 in Superdrug to £3.79 in Waitrose or Boots. I would by this product again, even if I had to pay a bit more for it.
I bought this shampoo to have in the house for when my daughter is at home but have found myself using it regularly as it is really lovely. I usually stick to my usual brand but may well be buying this again for myself in future.
It comes in a very modern looking bottle, it is slightly curved at the bottle making it quite interesting looking. It is a see through bottle which looks nice on the shelf.
The lid is a flip cap and you then squeeze the shampoo out. It's quite a thick shampoo but it's easy to get it out of the bottle as the bottle can be squeezed a bit.
It lathers up really well so you don't need to use very much, a little bit does go a long way and covers hair well. It's easy to rinse out, some shampoos cling to hair but this one doesn't, it is very easy to rinse out.
The smell is lovely, it's quite fruity but without being really overpowering so it's subtle and the smell lingers on the hair when it's dry but only in a subtle way.
I find that once my hair is dry it feels very nice and clean and light. It does have a nice shine to it, I wouldn't say it is dazzling but it certainly is nice.
I like the effect this shampoo has and also the smell. I think I will be buying this again in the future.
Having blonde highlighted hair, I find that it can sometimes appear dull and it is difficult to achieve that lovely shine the hairdresser produces when I am at home washing my hair myself. In the quest for shiny hair I tried this Herbal Essences "dazzling shine" shampoo.
This shampoo is part of the Clairol Herbal Essences range. There are a number of shampoos in this range that come in different brightly coloured bottles. The "dazzling shine" comes in a bright lime transparent green bottle. The lid presses down on one side meaning the other side pops open revealing a little hole where you can squeeze the shampoo out. The bottle is practical and easy to use. I particularly like the style of the bottle as you can stand it upside down when you are nearing the end so that you can easily get every last rip of shampoo out.
The shampoo itself is also transparent green and smells delicious, like all of the Herbal Essneces range. The smell is a fruity smell. Only a small amount of this shampoo is required to produce a good amount of lather and easily coves my hair. The shampoo also rinses easily out of your hair leaving it feeling squeaky clean. No stickiness or residue is left behind.
After drying my hair feels smooth and soft. After just one use of this shampoo I really felt that my hair was noticeably shinier than normal. I wouldn't quite say that it would "dazzle" anyone but it definitely leaves a nice shine! I was worried that this shampoo would leave my hair feeling sticky but this is not the case and my hair stays clean for the normal length of time.
This shampoo is widely available in many shops and comes in both a 400ml and a 200ml size bottle. I find the larger bottles generally work out to be better value for money. Herbal Essences 400mls shampoos cost around £3.79 per bottle when at full price but can often be bought on special offer.
Overall I would definitely recommend this shampoo for anyone who wants shinier locks! This shampoo gets 5* from me. Thanks for reading/rating.
When it comes to buying my shampoo and conditioner I tend to buy whatever is on offer I do not really stick to a certain brand. During a recent shopping trip I remembered that I needed to purchase some more shampoo and had a quick look to see what was on offer. The cheapest that they had was Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine Reflecting Shampoo, I have tried Herbal Essences Shampoo in the past and have always been pleased with the results so I decided that this would be ideal.
The Herbal Essence Dazzling Shine Shampoo comes in a transparent green plastic bottle which has a green plastic lid on the top, you simply press one edge of the lid causing it to slant and reveal a small hole where the shampoo is poured from. The front of the bottle has a clear label on it, the brand name Clairol is written at the top in silver with the name of the shampoo written in the middle of the bottle in white writing, there is also further information about the shampoo towards the bottom of the bottle, again written in white along with silver coloured star shapes.
The back of the bottle has a green label on the back of it which contains all of the product information including facts about the shampoo and what you can expect from it, directions for use and the ingredients, there is not a massive amount of information on the back of the bottle but it tells you what you need to know.
The Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine Shampoo is green in colour and is of a reasonably consistency, it is thick enough so that the shampoo does not runs straight out of your hands yet it is not so thick that it is hard to squeeze it out of the bottle. This particular shampoo promises to leave your hair lovely and shiny, its cleansing formula helps to reveal your hairs natural shine, it also contains shimmery pearl and rose extracts, again this helps to add a natural shine to your hair.
The fragrance of this shampoo is quite strong when you first squeeze it out of the bottle and to me it smells of melon, personally I do think the initial smell of this shampoo is a little harsh and I wasn't overly keen on it, however as I lathered it up and once the shampoo was rinsed from my hair the fragrance seemed to soften a little and was not so harsh and was much more subtle and I actually ended up quite liking the fragrance once I got past that initial smell.
As I rubbed the shampoo into my hair it created a decent lather, with some shampoos I find that I need quite a lot in order to create enough lather for all of my hair, however with this one I find that you only need a small amount in order to create a decent amount of lather. I also found that the shampoo is extremely easy to rinse from your hair, you don't need to spend ages trying to get rid of the shampoo.
Directions for Use
This is one of the sections on the back of the bottle, personally I feel the directions are very self explanatory, however it states that you lather the shampoo into your hair and then rinse with clean water, and then repeat if needed. There is nothing special when it comes to how to use the shampoo, it is used in the same way as most shampoos are.
Price and Availability
Herbal Essence Dazzling Shine Shampoo can be purchased from a variety of shops including most supermarkets and other chemists such as Superdrug, Boots and Lloyds. I purchased my 400ml bottle from Tesco and it costs £3.79, however when I purchased this bottle it was actually half price which is why I ended up buying it. Full price I would say that this shampoo is averagely priced, it is worth the money as it is long lasting, one bottle lasts me a few weeks.
I have been using Herbal Essence Dazzling Shine Shampoo for a while now and have been pleased with the results, my hair feels and smells lovely and clean and it does have a little bit of extra shine to it, I wouldn't say the added shine is a lot different but it does look a little bit shinier.
The shampoo is reasonably priced and also long lasting making it worth the money. For me the fragrance is a little harsh to start with but this does become milder and for me more pleasant, once my hair is dried and straightened I can still smell the shampoo but its more subtle.
This shampoo is ideal for the whole family, my husband uses this as well and whilst he hasn't commented on how shiny his hair is he hasn't complained about the shampoo and continues to use it, I would definitely purchase this again in the future and would recommend it to anyone.
I've bought and used Herbal Essences products for years starting from when I first spotted the adverts which followed adverts on Channel 4 whenever I watched one of my favourite shows Desperate Housewives. I saw the advert enough that I thought enough is enough and went out and bought it. Since then I've continued to buy and enjoy their products and the fruity flavours they offer are always nice smelling and effective.
Dazzling Shine includes Berry, Tea & Orange flower extracts. The name comes from what is obviously supposed to be the effects of the product, in that its meant to give you shiny glossy looking hair. Having used the product frequently I must say it is very effective at this. Further, having quire long hair it sometimes because a bit of a hassle how quick some of my hair products run out but due to the thinness of the liquid it applies very easily and not as much is required to really lather the hair.
The smell is sweet and fruity which is one of my favourite things about Herbal Essence products as they all tend to have this in common. They also are excellent at retaining the fragrance and so my hair still smells lovely and clean as the day goes on.
The quantity of the product is 400ml which is a perfect amount to last for a few weeks. However I am the only one in my household who uses it so if it is used for shared use it may run out a little faster. Although, as I said, the consistency of the liquid does mean it lasts longer than other similar products which is definitely a plus for the product.
Overall I would recommend this product and it is a shampoo and brand I do continuously use. It leaves my hair feeling smooth and looking shiny which is exactly what you want from your hair products. It lasts a reasonable amount and gets the jobs done of other more expensive products. It costs around £2 online and similar in shops also which is very reasonable.
I have a sensitive scalp so tend to only buy a couple of different shampoos which I know don't irritate my scalp. I've tried so many in the past that now I know what's okay I only use anything different if it's bought for me.
My husband and I share this shampoo so even though I colour my hair we use the one for 'normal' hair. Apart from it being coloured my actual hair is pretty normal, not fine or dry and damaged so it suits our needs.
The Clairol Herbal essences range of shampoos and conditioners come in brightly coloured bottles so they really stand out on the shelf when you are shopping. The normal hair bottle is bright green and clear plastic so you can see the shampoo inside, the shampoo is also bright green in colour. I like clear bottles as I hate things running out when I've not realised they've got quite so near to empty.
It has the Herbal essences logo on the front and the label on the back gives you the lengthy ingredients in case you need to know.
I like the lid on this shampoo, it is flat when closed but you just press down one side to reveal the opening. It is easy to squeeze out the amount of shampoo that you require
Using the shampoo
I have quite long hair so I use quite a generous amount of shampoo and it lathers up really quickly. It has a lovely fresh fragrance which I like first thing in the morning when I'm trying to wake up. Rinsing the shampoo out is also really easy and it leaves my hair feeling really clean.
After it's dry - does it dazzle?
This shampoo claims to give dazzling shine and it has shimmery pearl and rose extracts. I use it with the matching conditioner and although it doesn't leave my hair dull it doesn't give it dazzling shine. On a daily basis I'm not too worried about this as my hair is often tied back and isn't going to be dazzling anyone anyway. If I'm going out then I tend to use a different shampoo.
Price and Availability
For a 400ml bottle it currently costs £3.79 at Tesco or £2.50 at Asda. You can buy the smaller 170ml bottles from Pondland but the larger bottles are often on offer for half price at Tesco so I only buy then. On offer I think this shampoo is really good value for money.
Would I recommend?
If you buying it for the promised dazzling shine then I'd give it a miss, however if you want a good quality shampoo that leaves your hair feeling and smelling nice then it's well worth a try.
As someone who is constantly switching shampooo and conditioners, I feel I have tried most brands by now. The exception has been Herbal Essences, until earlier this year at least. I saw a shampoo made by the brand called "Dazzling Shine", which certainly sounded impressive. What really persauded me to try it though, was the fact it was available in Poundworld, for £1 as you could probably guess. I also bought the accompanying conditioner. It is designed to suit normal hair, which is the type of product I buy most often. My hair gets greasy quickly on top but tends to dryness at the ends, so "normal" products usually provide the best all round results.
The shampoo contains "shimmmery pearl and rose extracts" which are said to both clean and reveal natural shine. I found the addition of rose oil a pleasant sounding idea but I was not so sure about the pearl. I thought it may lead to the product having a sort of scratchy texture, and that it may actually be harsh on the hair. I needn't have worried though, as whatever pearl is there is not detectable to touch. There are a some black particles within the body of the shampoo, which may be the pearl, but they don't look especially attractive. I only noticed them as I was nearing the end of the bottle, when they appeared as a sort of light sediment. The rest of the shampoo looks O.K, - it is slight green and quite thick but there is no shimmer to my eyes. Overall, I wouldn't say it was the most beautiful looking shampoo, but that doesn't matter to me personally, providing the product works. More of that in a moment!
The bottle is the standard new Herbal Essences shape - straight one side and curved the other. I personally think a normal bottle is easier to hold, but I suppose this shape is more distinctive. It has the sort of lid that needs to be pressed on one edge, in order for the dispensing part to flip up. This works well and is easy to do one handed.
I like the scent of this - I can't specifically detect the rose extract, but it does seem to smell fresh and lightly floral, with citrus undertones. I think the scent is quite strong, and it does linger on the hair until the next day at least. This is obviously a good thing if you like the smell, and not so good if you find it a bit overpowering. I enjoy it myself.
It lathers up very well, and feels very thick as I massage it into my hair. I need to use less than most shampoos so it is even better value than it seems at first. It did take me a few goes to dispense the right amount, as I didn't realise this. This meant that it look me a long time to rinse my hair the first time I used it, but after that I had no problems. Once rinsed, my hair feels fresh and clean and smells pleasant. It was also nice and soft. What it doesn't look though, is shiny. I used the shampoo every day for a month, along with the Dazzling Shine Conditioner. I feel that even if the product was going to take a long time to work, it would have done so by then. My hair didn't look dull, as there was some shine there, but no more than usual. Previously to using the Herbal Essence Product, I had been using an apple shampo and conditioner from Morrisons own label, and to be honest, that gave me much the same results!
If it wasn't for the name, I would never have guessed that this product was supposed to enhance shine. As a standard shampoo, I found it reasonable as it cleaned my hair and didn't irritate my scalp. I like the scent, and the small amount needed to do a good cleaning job. For £1, it is good value if that is all you need. However, as the product is called "dazzling Shine", and it certainly didn't dazzle me, I have to rate it down. I certainly don't recommend it to shine seekers!
[This review also appears on Ciao, under my user name.]
Contains a shine reflecting formula made from berry, tea and orange flower extracts to switch on the shine for normal hair /