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Little tubes from Savers
I have naturally curly hair with a tendency towards dryness, and I find that moisturising shampoos and conditioners are much better for my hair than those designed specifically for curls. I picked this up in Savers a short while back along with the accompanying conditioner for £1 each. Each tube only measures 100ml, but I bought them for a recent week-long holiday so though they would be the perfect size for travelling, as I hate lugging along bulky bottles of shampoo that I only need to use a fraction of!
These tubes are quite modern looking - black with gold and red lettering.
Rich and shimmery
Inside, the shampoo has a rich texture. It's on off-white colour with visible shimmery particles throughout. I am not sure of the point of this really, but then as far as I'm concerned a bit of glitter is no bad thing!
The scent is a little unusual for a shampoo. It is quite a musky scent and I think has a touch of cinnamon to it. It is actually quite nice and a change from other shampoos that I am more familiar with.
A nice burst of moisture
I always use a conditioner after shampooing my hair, but what I did notice after using this shampoo is that my hair felt really soft and smooth after rinsing the product out. Sometimes I find that shampoos can be a little drying on my hair but this definitely was not the case with this one.
I will be reviewing the conditioner separately and can only really judge the end results of this shampoo in conjunction with the matching conditioner. However, overall I was really pleased with this product. It has an unusual but pleasant fragrance, and it left my hair feeling really soft and well moisturised. Although I couldn't ever really skip the conditioner, this shampoo may be a good option for those of you who do not always have time to do both steps, and I think this would work well as a 2-in-1 product.
Looking online, it may be a bit tricky to get hold of this product. However there are plenty of bottles on ebay, and as I say it is worth looking in Savers too as this is where I purchased mine.
Product description: "I've designed this shampoo to be a touch of luxury for your bathroom. It creates a more luxurious lather than regular shampoos and feels wonderfully soft in the hand. The fragrance fills the room instantly, creating a pampering spa experience. Conditioning murumuru butter will leave your hair feeling fresh and revitalised."
This Scandalous Gorgeously Rich Moisturising Shampoo is part of the haircare range by London stylist James Brown. It comes in a black plastic tube containing 100mls of product. There is a matching conditioner but I have been using this shampoo with various different conditioning products as I've recently coloured my hair and need to include some intensive treatments in my hair care routine.
Recommended directions for use: Apply to wet hair and smooth on from root to tip. Lather while massaging into the scalp and hair. Rinse thoroughly.
The shampoo itself is quite thick and creamy with a solid white colour to it. I've found that it can require a good amount of elbow grease to get the shampoo to lather up properly, and I need to rub firmly into my hair and scalp, adding extra water to form a lather. It doesn't spread very well and I need to use a large amount of product - much more than other brands - to get coverage over all over my hair. Once the shampoo has finally started to foam up it does feel lovely and rich, and gives the hair a good deep clean removing any traces of oilyness.
My favourite thing about the shampoo is that is smells delicious and has a gorgeous sweet fragrance to it. It smells just like candyfloss to me, and this makes using the shampoo quite enjoyable as the rich fragrance spreads throughout the bathroom and leaves my hair smelling sweet for a short while afterwards until it's had time to fully dry.
I tend to demand a lot from my hair products as I'm quite fussy and my hair has many different needs and requirements. I have thin, frizzy hair that is prone to getting greasy at the roots, and the tips are very dry. I've recently "dip dyed" my hair, which required 4 stages of bleaching and then a semi-permanent colourant over that, so my hair has been heavily processed and needs extra care to stop the ends from going dry and straw-like. Even though it is designed to be a moisturising shampoo, I find that this is not rich enough to provide enough moisture for my coloured hair. The ends of my hair feel very dry and look unruly after washing with this shampoo. It also seems to give my hair a dull, flat looking finish and there is no healthy, glossy shine like I would usually get with other products. I have ended up needing to use more aftercare products to maintain the look of my hair and help prevent getting any further damage.
I received this as a free gift when purchasing a magazine subscription, and I certainly wouldn't bother looking for it in the shops. This shampoo really doesn't work well for my hair type and the only real positive is that it has an absolutely gorgeous fragrance. This was my first time using a James Brown product and it wasn't a good introduction to the brand. I can't recommend this shampoo as it doesn't perform well enough.
I first sampled a smaller bottle of this shampoo free with a magazine, but wasn't too impressed. I thought I'd try this version as I like to experiment from time to time with new products and it was on offer at Superdrug.
It's a really nice smelling shampoo, sometimes it can be too overpowering and smells quite vintage - like Grandma's perfume! You only need to use a small amount as I find it goes quite a long way! I find it really does moisturise your hair and you can use this on a daily basis. I have quite frizzy hair as I dye and bleach it quite often, and this helps to ease it quite a lot!
The packaging is lovely, actually this is what drove me to buy the product again! It's a nice product but I wouldn't be swayed towards buying it again as it's quite pricey at around £4.99 for a bottle.
I have to admit that my first sampling of this shampoo was a free bottle with a magazine. I don't regularly buy this magazine but was lured in by the free gift, a very slick and quite glam girlie looking bottle of conditioner.
For the sake of finding out whether this review is relevant to yourself before reading it all, I have fine hair which can suffer from dry ends and needs washed at least once every other day. I try my best to leave washing my hair every other day to avoid using to many heated products on my hair and letting some natural oils get into my hair making it a bit healthier.
After using the bottle of conditioner and loving it I decided I would buy the shampoo and conditioner together form Boots. Even better for me when I purchased them Boots was having a 3 for 2 offer on this brand of shampoo! Brilliant! Regularly though it retails at £6 or £7. It doesn't appear to be on the Boots website, but I have found it on Superdrugs website at £5.49 (phew, I am due to buy more and was worrying I wouldn't find it!). This is a bit more than I would normally pay for shampoo, but I always feel if you get your money's worth then it doesn't seem a bad thing to spend that extra few pound.
Not to dwell on the packaging to much but I do like it! I like the black and pink colours, I know that is not what you buy the products for but it looks pretty in the bathroom and makes it all look very lovely when I have out my pink or black towels! Total girl moment!
I also really like the fact that it opens at the bottom, no nightmare of trying to get the last quarter of shampoo out by awkwardly sitting the bottle upside down! Easy open and easily closed lid!
One thing that surprised me about the shampoo but that I really like is that it's sparkly! Literally when you put it in your hands it looks like it have a very fine glitter through it!
Being a bit of a magpie I thought this was a nice touch, I don't know if it is to do with the ingredients or just something they add in but it works for me!
The shampoo itself is quite runny and I felt to get a good lather- which you don't need for your hair to be washed but I like to feel it all foaming up- you need to use more or the product than with thicker shampoos such as Pantene or Tre Semme.
I have to say I used the shampoo and conditioner together so I'm not sure how they fair on their own.
I could not stop touching my hair! I looked and felt really good! I noticed my hair looked extra shiny, and there were less flyaway bits. The shine could have been added to by all that sparkle hidden in the bottle!
To touch, my hair felt lovely and silky! Even better it didn't feel weighed down by the conditioner. Sometimes, when I use moisture shampoos and conditioners I find my hair goes a bit limp because it is weighed down by all the ingredients and that my hair goes greasy really quickly! However, I felt this shampoo just left my hair feeling light, shiny and silky to touch!
As much as I really like this shampoo I wouldn't use it every day. This is mainly because with the price, results and if I'm honest that glitter, I like to keep it for nights out and special occasion so that I feel all those little extra things pay off when I'm finally ready and hopefully looking a bit more glamorous than normal!
I would recommend this to anyone with fine hair like myself, as it works well with it, gives it great shine without making it greasy! I can't imagine how well it would work in thick hair but I would ay it would be worth a try!
The only downside is it's price, as £10 is not an average spend for shampoo and conditioner, but it's well worth it! This is only from my point of view to some this may seem like a bargain!
Admittedly, I did not purchase this shampoo, I instead got a free full sized version of it with Glamour magazine a few months ago. Without doubt, I ensure I buy the magazine every month when it comes out, and when there is a freebie that comes along with it, that is just an added bonus for me. I threw the shampoo in my beauty drawer, and only just rediscovered it before discovering how amazing this actually is.
It is James Brown London's scandalous gorgeously rich moisturising shampoo (quite a long winded name, I know!) and you can purchase it from Boots stores, so it is easy to get your hands on. It retails at around £5.99 which is very expensive for a shampoo which you will use frequently, however I really feel it is worth the money.
The shampoo is in a black tube with gold and hot pink writing on it, as well as the JBL logo on the bottom. The shampoo squeezes out easily, and as it is shaped the way it is, means that you can get every last bit of it out. There is a flip cap lid for when you need to close and open the tube, and this helps to prevent the product leaking. The packaging is sleek, and does look of a high quality, therefore looks great to put in your bathroom, especially if there are guests.
There is nothing special about the shampoo, as it is just white in colour. It does not have any exotic or fruity scents, and however just smells like being in a hairdressers as it is equipped with a strong salon scent. I like this scent and this also gave me an inkling that this shampoo was going to be of a salon standard, especially as it is a James Brown London product!
You only need a very small amount of shampoo, and as soon as you start massaging it into your scalp, it lathers up very effectively, and really helps to clean all of your hair thoroughly. I have never had any other shampoo work this well when used at home, therefore this shampoo is really like being at the hairdressers and getting your hair done! It was easy to use and cleaned my hair incredibly, therefore I was exceptionally happy when using it.
Due to using a lot of heat on my hair, sometimes the ends do become brittle and dry, therefore I was seeking a moisturising shampoo, and as this claims to moisturise hair, I thought this could do the job. After blow drying my hair, I noticed that it looked much more shiny and in a lot better condition. It was definately less dry than it was previously, and I also noticed that I did not have to wash my hair as often when using this shampoo, which shows that it really is of a high quality.
I would happily recommend this product to everybody else who has damaged hair as it gives fabulous results. The price is so steep for a shampoo that I feel the need to knock off one star, and I was very lucky to have grabbed one of these while they were free. However, I do feel as if I may continue using this shampoo, therefore repurchasing would be necessary. Thanks for reading.