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A few years ago I always used to buy Herbal Essences, in particular the blue and green bottles. I can't remember why I started buying other brands, but back in December I was low on funds and went for the cheap and cheerful option of buying Herbal Essences 'Hello Hydration' shampoo and conditioner. This review is for the shampoo only, but for reference I have been using it with the matching conditioner. I bought the 200ml bottle which currently retails for £1.90 in Wilkinsons.
The bottle is recognisable as Herbal Essences with the curved bottle and bright blue colour. The bottle has a soft snap lid which is useful in the shower as it allows for easy dispense of the shampoo. I tend to keep the bottle upside down to ensure I can get all of the product out. I find that the product is thick but quite silky so it comes out of the bottle quickly with a little squeeze. The bottle is see through so you can always tell how much you have left.
The product claims to have coconut and orchid extracts, and has a picture of a coconut on the front. I know not everybody likes coconut, personally I am somewhat on the fence - It's ok but not my favourite scent by a long shot. The blue shampoo smells like coconut with a hint of floral tones but the coconut is very subtle. This suits me personally as I wouldn't like the coconut to be too strong. The shampoo lathers up well and a 50p sized blob coats my whole hair, which is below my shoulders and very thick. The shampoo is easy to wash out and doesn't leave any residue.
As shampoos go this is completely adequate. It doesn't set my world on fire but it does clean my hair and leave it looking good with a hint of coconut smell. I can't really comment on the hydration aspect as my hair is normal and not prone to being dry. For just under £2 this bottle has lasted me about 6 weeks washing my hair every other day, and I'd happily buy it again as a cheap and cheerful option.
I have recently been reviewing the Herbal Essences products as I am such a fan and love to recommend them! A while ago I tried out the Hello Hydration shampoo (and conditioner) as sometimes my hair can become quite dry from overstyling with heat such as the hairdryer and straighteners so I need to look after my hair as much as possible and provide the best protection for it. I find that the Herbal Essences products are quite effective from the first use and are also very affordable, with Asda having a current offer on all Herbal Essences products at two for £4.
The Hello Hydration shampoo comes in a lovely blue colour which is very attractive to the eye and the main ingredients which make it smell so lush are hawaiian coconut and orchid extracts. The shampoo itself is quite thick and creamy, like most of the Herbal Essences hsmapoos and gives a good lather when you put on your head. I dont leave the shampoo on too long as I find its quite rich anyway.
I used the Hello Hydration shampoo when my hair felt a little dry and was amazed after using this product just once, that my hair immediately felt beautiful and silky again and was so pleased I did not have to spend an absolutel fortune or get my hair chopped off to get it back to its original state. The best results happen I think when you use the matching conditioner. There is also a hair in mask in this product which is also quite effective but I would definitely recommend (as with all Herbal Essences products) to anyone who is having a dry hair day.
As I dye my hair regularly at home using medium to dark colors and I use hairdryers,straighteners or curling tongs most days, understandably my hair gets dry,straw like and feels "bushy" at the ends considering my hair is very long (It reaches down the bottom of my back) it needs some maintenance from time to time and I'm always looking at hair care products for ages.
I've always been a fan of Herbal Essences by Clairol as they always smell great and I personally like the pretty colors and designs on their products also most of the products do the job very nicely. I came across Hello Hydration in a blue bottle as I was looking for a moisturizing shampoo and this looked like a decent enough product to use so I purchased this for £1.89 as it is currently on special offer (until November 2013) but normal price is £3.79 for 400 ml (the big size) or you can choose to buy a smaller version 200 ml £2.25. They also do a Hello Hydration conditioner which is also very good.
This is a translucent bottle so you can see how much product your using or have left which I like. On the front of the attractive blue bottle is the Herbal essences brand name along with "hello hydration moisturizing shampoo" in white text with a nice picture of a cracked open coconut at the bottom which is all pretty simple but attractive. On the back is a few bits of modern text about having silky hair along with the usual how to apply and use the shampoo and then the ingredients.
When I used this in the shower I was excited to see if it lived up to my expectations and my hair was also hoping that as it needed some serious moisturizing! On first opening the shampoo and putting the blue-colored shampoo into my hand I instantly smelled the lovely coconut which I absolutely love - Coconuts! This shampoo really does lather up very well even if I only use a little bit it covers my long hair really well and it feels really creamy too. As I normally leave this shampoo on my hair for a few minutes to get it too really work my hair, It washes out pretty good too so it doesn't leave any residue left in my hair.
Before drying my hair I did notice it wasn't as tangled as it normally is but I did use hello hydration conditioner with it also and I could easily manage my hair better. After drying my hair it did feel very soft and looked shinier than compared to before and I couldn't stop touching my hair as it was so soft and I'm sure my hair felt happy too!
I'd definitely recommend this shampoo as it does work and does restore moisture in your hair also it's not overly expensive for such a good product!
I bought this shampoo after getting my hair coloured at my local hair salon, which left my hair looking very dull and dry. Previously, I would have only bought more expensive hair products such as Toni and Guy, Charles Worthington and John Frieda, but after watching a programme on TV comparing shampoos in which Herbal Essences came out top for perfomance and money, I decided I would try one.
The one I chose this time was the Hello Hydration version which promises to hydrate dry and damaged hair. The first thing I noticed when I picked this up in the shop was the smell - it smells like coconut and a bit reminiscent of pina coladas on holiday! Not expecting much, I washed my hair with this shampoo that night and was shocked at how soft and smooth it felt.
One thing to be aware of is that the product comes out blue. This might be obvious but I thought the colour of the bottle was just blue, but don't worry it doesn't leave your hair blue. It is a creamy shampoo as opposed to a clear shampoo, meaning it doesn't lather up quite as much but this is probably because it contains moisturising agents in it.
I continued to use this for the next few weeks after buying it but found that it often left my hair a bit flat and I would have to wash it more often. That being said my hair is naturally very fine and gets greasy quickly so this wasn't a surprise. Since then I have now switched to another Herbal Essences shampoo as my hair is less dry but I still continue to use this about once a week as an extra moisturising treatment.
I would definitely recommend this to a friend, and in fact I have already done so. However, those sensitive to smells might want to smell it before they buy it as it is quite strong and not to everyone's taste.
HERBAL ESSENCES HELLO HYDRATION MOISTURE AND SHINE SHAMPOO has orchid and coconut extract to help quench the thirst of your dry and damaged hair / Moisturise those thirsty locks and go out and be shinetastic /