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      18.04.2013 13:49
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      poker straight? no; lank, limp and lack-lustre and lifeless

      I'm not brand loyal when it comes to shampoos/conditioners, I'm happy to use whichever products happen to be on offer or seem to be the best value. In fact I would generally say that the cheaper shampoos/conditioners work just as well, if not better, most of the time than the mid priced shampoos/conditioners. I travel quite a lot for both work and pleasure, and most of the time I'm happy enough to use the shampoo/conditioner supplied in the hotel bathroom. I've just been away for a week to Spain with a group of girlfriends, and we rented a villa rather than stay in a hotel, and so this time I took my own shampoo/conditioner. We all flew Easyjet, and to keep costs down we flew with cabin baggage only, so I needed bottles under the 100ml per item limit. Whilst I was rooting through my vast collection of toiletries for travel bottles to decant some of my existing shampoo/conditioner into I came across a Lee Stafford gift set that I received at Christmas, which I hadn't yet used containing a selection of travel sized bottles of his products; including the Poker Straight shampoo and the Poker Straight conditioner, both of which then went straight into my carry on case to take with me.

      Lee Stafford products as I'm sure most people know are available in Boots. They are overpriced in my opinion, but they are typically on offer, normally on a '3 for 2' so this does make them slightly more affordable. A quick look on the Boots website tells me that the full size bottle of the Poker Straight shampoo is £5.49, and that it's a 250ml bottle. My little travel size bottle is a 50ml bottle, it's not listed on the Boots website, but I'm sure that I've seen them for sale in Boots in the region of around £2.

      So the travel size Lee Stafford Poker Straight shampoo comes in a 50ml bottle, it's in a hot fushia pink coloured bottle like the rest of the Lee Stafford range, and it's just really a scaled down version of the full sized bottle. The shampoo itself is quite a thick and gloopy shampoo, and it has quite a difficult to describe fragrance; 'clean and fresh' is probably the best description that I can think of. The fragrance didn't really seem to linger for very long in my hair, even though I layered it with the conditioner as well, I'd say that only an hour or two after my hair was dry the fragrance had vanished completely.

      Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shampoo apparently ''helps you to win the battle against fluff and frizz, protect and care for your hair, but most importantly leaves your hair Poker Straight''.

      I didn't find that this shampoo lathered up very well on my hair in the shower, I felt like I needed to use lots of it, I know that I probably didn't, it just probably doesn't lather up as much as most shampoos. It rinsed out well enough, however it didn't seem to leave my hair feeling squeaky clean, it seemed to leave my hair feeling a bit dry and parched and crying out for conditioner to be applied. It also seemed to leave my hair quite knotty and tangled at this stage, until I'd then applied the conditioner.

      Once my hair was dry I guess that you could call it 'poker straight', if by poker straight your interpretation of that is; lank, limp, lack-lustre and lifeless. It seemed to leave my hair looking dull, and feeling and looking quite heavy. It did seem to tame my frizzy ends somewhat, however I suspect that's just because it weighed my hair down so much. I also found that I needed to wash my hair more often after using this shampoo and conditioner, I used them both together so I can't comment as to whether it was the shampoo or the conditioner that caused this.

      I was totally unimpressed with the results of this, my hair didn't look or feel clean or healthy at all after using it. I ended up washing my hair with a girlfriends shampoo and conditioner the day we came home as I couldn't stand the look or feel of my hair anymore, and it was such a relief to have hair that looked and felt clean and healthy again. I wouldn't recommend this, and I certainly wouldn't purchase any for myself (my bottles were a gift as I mentioned earlier).

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      16.03.2013 17:16
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      A nice shampoo but doesn't really staighten

      I got this small bottle of Poker Straight shampoo in a Lee Stafford gift set last Christmas and have only just got around to trying it out. My set also came with a Poker Straight Conditioner (which I used at the same time as the shampoo) as well as a dry shampoo and a dehumidifier. Larger versions of all are available separately and the shampoo is also available in an individual travel sized bottle.

      This travel version of the Poker Straight Shampoo comes in a clear pink 75ml bottle. The top is a simple twist off cap. On the front of the bottle it states "with extra mega quat" (whatever that is...) and according to the label on the back "the surface of hair has a negative charge and the quat is attracted to this, which flattens and conditions the hair and helps for a Poker Straight look".

      The shampoo itself is clear in colour and runny enough to be poured out of the bottle easily but not too runny so that it runs through your fingers. The scent is quite floral - it smells of plants / flowers / herbs. I wasn't sure about it at first as I usually go for something a bit more sweet or fruity smelling but as I was using it, it grew on me and I didn't mind it. If you like floral smells then you will like this fragrance. After drying my hair, I can still smell it but a fainter version, as you would expect.

      I shampooed my hair twice and as it is very long I ended up using about 1/5 of the bottle so I think I will get about 5 uses out if this. Obviously if you have short / medium length hair and only shampoo the once per wash then it will go further. The bottle is clear so it is easy to see how much you have left.

      I did notice that after using the shampoo (and then the conditioner on the length of my hair) it was noticeably easier to brush when I came out of the shower and it was much less tangled than it usually is when I use my regular shampoo. It cleaned my hair nicely however I didn't notice that my hair looked any shinier or straighter than usual.

      As I received mine as part of a gift set a while ago, I am not sure what the price was. However a full sized bottle of this shampoo (250ml) currently costs £5.49 at Boots. I couldn't find the 75ml travel sized ones on the Boots website however you can get one on ebay for around £1.99. I would say that this makes it reasonably expensive.

      In summary, this is a nice floral-smelling shampoo which cleans well but I found it to have no noticeable straightening effects in terms of looks. On this basis it is slightly disappointing. However I did notice that my hair was less tangled and easier to comb which I was pleased about so I will still rate it 4 stars.

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      03.03.2012 22:23
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      Ok shampoo but not mind blowing

      I am a massive tart for shampoo in terms of I'll happily ditch my favourite products when I see offers on other shampoos. I am also a sucker for branded shampoo, and therefore a big fan of Boots when they offer 3 named products for £10.

      It was this offer that led to this Lee Stafford product arriving in my bathroom. I must confess its not the first time that I've used his range of products, and I tried them the first time because I thought the man himself was very good looking. 

      The product is packaged in a hot pink bottle which I'm sure he did to target his female audience as well as standing out on the shelf. 

      As a heavy user of straighteners and a hairstyle I was drawn to the poker straight shampoo in the hope that it would protect my hair as well as helping to keep my wavy hair under control. 

      Smells of products are important to people and taking the lid off this shampoo you instantly get musky tones with a hint of sweetness - what I would describe as a really sexy smell, the sort of fragrance which would make people ask what you had washed your hair in to get it smelling so good. The smell of the product on your hair is in no way as strong as it is in the bottle. 

      To use this product you put a decent sized product into your hands and rub into your hair, creating a lather. I then rinse with clean water. Some people like to wash their hair twice but I don't personally. You can then follow up with conditioner if you wish. 

      The shampoo lathers up really well with rich luxurious suds. Once I've washed it out, although my hair feels clean, it feels like its in need of a conditioner to give the moisture my hair needs. 

      Overall this is a nice product with a good hairdressers name on the front. However if you were looking to really treat yourself in terms of hair care, I wouldn't choose this because you may be disappointed. If you use shampoos in this price range then these products are good for using when you want to give your hair a break from your normal favourite brand. 

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      21.10.2011 04:13
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      A little gem for a compulsive straightener

      Lee Stafford is committed to providing consumers with products which are a cut above the rest. It is for this reason that they are my hair-care range of choice.

      *Overview
      I have always struggled when it comes to keeping my hair healthy due to my addiction to heated styling tools and excessive blow drying. I have often visited a salon to then be told I can't have my hair dyed any lighter because I haven't look after my hair correcting. For this reason I now try to take better care of my hair and I am always trying to find products that promote this. Lee Stafford promote a wide range of shampoos, coupled with conditioners, which cater for all kinds of hair issues. Lee Stafford claims "The best place to start for a beautiful, straight, sexy look is at the beginning; my Poker Straight Shampoo with silken, soften and enhance shine. Our extra special ingredient Mega Quat is attracted to the negative charge on the surface of your hair, once there it neutralises the charge and reduces static. So not only are you helping the condition of your hair, you're flattening it at the same time. For the next generation of heat tool junkies we've added the P2FiFTY COMPLEXTM to keep our hair safe and healthy from the scorching heat of professional straightening irons up to 250°C." Lee Stafford himself states "I used to recommend hair products to my clients, but I never found a range that offered everything I wanted; it was always a shampoo from this range, a conditioner from that and a styler from another." He then goes on to explain that his range boats shampoos and conditioners to match one another in order to benefit his clients. I completely agree that finding a shampoo and conditioner that compliment one another is important and feel that this range provides the perfect products.

      *About Lee Stafford
      Lee Stafford is an Essex born hairdresser who first opened a salon in 1996 named The House That Built Hair. In 1997 he earned the coveted "Men's British Hairdresser of the Year" and it was from there that his career blossomed. His hairdressing skills have attained many awards such as:
      ~ National Hairdressing Federation Celebrity Hairdresser Of The Year
      ~ Hair Magazine Hairdresser Of The Year
      ~ Best British Hairdresser of 2004 - Fellowship of Hairdressers Awards
      ~ Most Influential Hairdresser of the Year 2001
      ~ Men's British Hairdresser of the Year 1997

      He opened his second salon in London in 2000 which has also allowed him to achieve:
      ~ BHBA Business & Website Innovation of the year
      ~ The BHBA Salon Design Award 2005 for Brighton salon
      ~ Growing Business of the Year Award 2002
      ~ Training and Development Award 2002
      ~ Investors in People Award 2002
      ~ British Manager of the Year 1999 - 2000 (1 of 6 nominees)
      ~ British Salon of the Year 1999 - 2000 (1 of 6 nominees)

      It was 2001 when the Lee Stafford range was introduced providing consumers with girly products presented with hot pink packaging and the sweetest of smells to cater for all their hair care needs. Lee Stafford states "I never decided to create a range of products, but when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at it. I mean, to have my own products is a dream come true...
      The products have given me the opportunity to develop what I've always wanted for me and my clients. Since we started, it's incredible the wish-list that we've been able to turn into reality." The wide range of products that are offered by Lee Stafford can be found at www.leestafford.com/uk/products/ and even from the format of the website you gain an insight into the style and creation behind the products. Their vast product range includes hair tools, fake tan, full-size hair care products as well as mini-sized products and also fragrances.

      *What attracted me
      As I previously stated, I was often being encouraged by the hairdresser to purchase products to give my hair protection and improve its condition. I was reluctant to pay their particularly steep prices and so instead I headed to my local Boots to see what they had on offer. I was first attracted to the Lee Stafford products of their eye-catching packaging and their quirky design as they write their letters in a mixture of capital letters - a BiT LiKe ThIS. It was also in a 3 for 2 offer in Boots and I really can't resist a bargain! Upon deciding that the offer would be too good to miss and I bought their shampoo, conditioner and heat protection spray. I was attracted to their Poker Straight Shampoo because I am a real straightener addict and not only do I need protection from this but this particular shampoo also claims to keep your hair straighter due to its "extra special ingredient Mega Quat" which neutralises the negative energy which causes static in your hair. Although this was over 5 years ago now I still use the Lee Stafford range on a regular basis and feel that they provide consumers with a great quality product.

      *Price/Availability
      Boots are currently charging £5.29 for 250 ml/7.4 fl. Oz of Poker Straight Shampoo. As you can see this is not the cheapest shampoo on the market however it is less than you will pay in most salons and therefore it sits in the mid price range. Lee Stafford products are often on 3 for 2 in Boots so I will tend to take advantage of this offer and stock up - which at least brings the price down a bit.
      As with all Lee Stafford products, you will find Poker Straight Shampoo either from the official Lee Stafford website (www.leestafford.com/uk/products/product.php?pi=12), through visiting Lee Stafford salons themselves or it is handily available at Boots stores. The range is exclusive to Boots so unfortunately you won't find it in other high street retailers - meaning that it can be slightly more difficult to find.

      *Design
      As with most of the products in the Lee Stafford range, the chosen colour is hot pink and the white writing and barcode theme stands out well upon its background. The shampoo is held in a hot pink, opaque, plastic bottle which has a flip lid at the top from which the shampoo is dispensed. The bottle is quite hard but when some force is applied you can squeeze it to release the liquid. The design of the bottle does look good - however my one observation is that I feel the shampoo would come out better if it was a squeezy tube as opposed to a bottle. However the benefit of the shampoo not dispensing too quickly is that at least you can covet it more and make a longer use out of one bottle.

      *Smell
      All the Lee Stafford range of products support a similar smell which is something that I love as it causes them to be very distinctive and a great investment. I would compare their scent to that of Angel by Thierry Mugler as they almost mimic its sweet, musky smell (at a considerably lower price). What I love is that once you have used any of the Lee Stafford products, their smell will linger in your hair for hours meaning that it is not only a pleasant smell when you are using them, but it provides you with a great scent which lasts all day. The shampoo works this smell into your hair and you will find that if you also make use of the matching conditioner then you will have great smelling hair all day long - no need for perfume! So that's protection, cleanliness and a great scent all in one product.

      *Consistency/Lather
      The shampoo consists of a relatively think, clear serum which is great as it prevents the shampoo falling off your hand as I have experienced this before and it means that half the shampoo ends up down the plughole! The shampoo lathers well and this means that you do not need to use excessive amounts of the product in order for your hair to become clean. I have long hair and use a walnut sized blob which I then work in, especially focussing on the ends as they tend to be the places where my hair frys the most through straightener use. You can wash the shampoo out easily and quickly meaning that you do not end up with excess shampoo littered through your hair. After use your hair feels clean, however not overly soft and therefore I would always recommend that you make use of a conditioner to follow up your wash. Lee Stafford, as with all their shampoos, offer a twinned conditioner to further benefit your lovely locks.

      *Usage
      So the thing on everyone's lips.. Is this product with all its high-tech hair care and bold claims actually one that delivers? I would say that yes this product does deliver on the claims that it makes. The biggest priority for me is whether or not it provides the necessary protection for your hair. Personally I find that when I switch to using the Lee Stafford Poker Straight Shampoo and Conditioner my hair condition does improve and it doesn't seem as though straighteners are abusing it quite as much as when I leave my hair to fend for itself. It has to be highlighted that I do always make use of Lee Stafford Heat Protection Spray too when I am using heat tools and therefore this also helps to provide my hair with maximum protection. Not only is this shampoo supposed to protect your hair, it is also supposed to help to maintain your straight style after use of straighteners. The product does help to reduce static and a big problem I suffer from is not only frazzled ends but also fly away hair - a big problem when you are aiming for a sleek look. Whether or not it is down to the use of Mega Quat is hard to judge, however something in its make up must benefit your hair and you will notice a difference if you give the product a try. The benefits do only tend to last the one day that you have washed your hair but really I think it would be unrealistic to expect anything more. I don't wash my hair too frequently as it strips your hair of natural oils and so I would instead recommend using a protection spray if you decide to use heated tools the days after washing your hair.

      *Conclusion
      I would love to be able to use this product on a regular basis, but unfortunately I use too much shampoo to justify the price. I tend to use this when my hair gets particularly out of condition or when I fancy pampering myself a little. I think this does reflect well on the product though as I would happily substitute my regular shampoo if I could afford to. If you fancy showing your hair a little care and would like Poker Straight Hair then this is the product for you.

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      26.08.2011 15:13
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      Recommended, but not for sensitive skin

      I was bought this as part of a gift set for Christmas along with the conditioner and a shine spray. They were the small, travel sized bottles, so I admit the box stayed unopened under my bed for a while, waiting for an opportunity to be used if I went on holiday. So it wasn't until June that I finally got these out of the box and packed them up ready to take with me.

      I like the branding of the Lee Stafford products - the distinctive hot pink packaging makes them stand out, and gives them the impression of being both girly and edgy.

      I've used Lee Stafford products before, and they are good. This shampoo is no exception. My hair is naturally very frizzy and curly, but using this shampoo did seem to noticeably calm my hair. It also left my hair feeling quite soft which was an added bonus. It doesn't make it 'poker straight' as the product name might suggest, but I've long since given up believing that there is a product in the world which is capable of doing that to my hair.

      There was one downside to this product though. After using it a few times, it gave me a bit of an itchy scalp. I'm not particularly sensitive or allergic to anything, so this surprised me somewhat as I prtty much never suffer adverse reactions to products. To check it was definitely this shampoo causing the irritation, I switched to a different shampoo, and the itching stopped. When I went back to this one, after a few uses, the itching started again. This leads me to think there must be some pretty harsh chemicals in there, which puts me off a bit.

      This, of course, was just a side effect that I experienced, and I may be in the small minority with that.

      So, there's still about a quarter of the bottle left and I havne't used it in a while. I think I'm going to wait until I'm running out of my current shampoo, and then just use this one on the ends of my hair and keep it away from my scalp. I probably won't be buying it again, which is a shame, as apart from the slight irritation, it does do a great job.

      You can buy this product in its mini form for just over £2.00, which sounds cheap but it is only a tiny bottle.

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      07.05.2011 23:55

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      This product is not worth the money it costs, it just doesn't do what it says on the bottle!

      If you're like me and you have dyed/bleached your hair to a frizzy, uncontrollable mess then you'd jump at the chance to try out a shampoo that claims to tame frizz and protect your hair from heated appliances that cause frizz. Well whatever shampoo you jump at the chance to try - don't make it this one!
      I usually leave my hair to do what it wants as using heated appliances on it makes the frizzing ten times worse. I hoped this product would allow me to start styling my hair, but it absolutely did not help my frizz at all! I washed my hair with it one evening when I was going out expecting it to allow me to blow-dry and straighten my hair beautifully and I ended up looking like Tina Turner! I had to re-wash my hair and ended up being late for the event I was attending.
      After the amount of money I actually spent on the product I wanted to get some use out of it, so I persevered using the shampoo for a week after purchasing it so I hadn't wasted my cash! At an unbelievable £5.29 for a 250ml bottle you'd at least expect it to smell nice, but it didn't even do that! I was absolutely gutted at how much money I'd wasted on it, I only wish I'd read some online reviews before buying it for myself!
      If you have naturally frizzy hair then I would not advise you tried this product. Stick to what you know - or read some dooyoo reviews before you make such a huge spend!

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      27.02.2011 22:26
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      Not so much poker straight... Puffy mess sums it up!

      As I have said in my other Lee Stafford reviews I have found these products to be hit and miss. I bought this shampoo because it was on offer and I liked the pink bottle. The shampoo costs £5.10 for 250ml but is often on 3 for 2 in Boots, you can also pick up a 75ml bottle for £2 if you'd rather try it before spending the full amount.

      The shampoo is described on the bottle as being 'the first step to really straight hair. Lee Stafford's shampoo will silken and soften the hair making it ready for a poker straight look, whilst also protecting it from the heat of straighteners when styling. The P2FiFTY COMPLEX is the next generation of heat protection. It saves the hair from the scorching heat of professional straightening irons up to 250ºc' it also contains a product they call mega QUAT which is attracted to the surface of the hair which has a negative charge it therefore reduces static, conditions and flattens hair.

      You use this as you would with an ordinary shampoo simply apply to wet hair and work into a later. The shampoo itself is clear, it has an odd chemical type smell which I didn't like at all, it reminded me of a household cleaner! I needed to use a large amount to get a decent lather. Using the normal amount I would didn't even create any lather at all, because of this I used a lot more shampoo than conditioner and the conditioner run out first. It rinsed out easily probably because there was hardly any soap to rinse out. Before I applied the conditioner my hair felt matted and really tangled.

      I did follow on with the conditioner which I have reviewed separately. I found after drying my hair it felt really dry. My hair was quite puffy and didn't feel poker straight even after a good going over with my GHD's. My hair was so dry in fact I had to wash it the next day and give it a conditioning mask as it was so bad. I would not recommend this for anyone with dry hair like myself, I have tried the colour love shampoo and that is much better.

      This doesn't even deserve the one star I am giving it, it's expensive and a big disappointment.

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      09.03.2010 19:55
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      Not a good product to use

      So just like the conditioner I was not impressed by the shampoo either, it had the same affect as the conditioner.

      Now if I shampoo my hair I need a conditioner and this was no exception, infact I needed a conditioner even more with this product. It made my hair very knotty and messey, the shampoo does not really lather up not that, that makes a difference it just makes it abit harder to know how much hair you have covered. Just like the conditioner your hair ends up greasy and heavey. I do not know why it makes the hair so heavey it just does.

      The shampoo itself is clear and really thick it is quiet gloopy and runny. The bottle has a screw on top which means you have to squeeze the shampoo out of the top which is really awkward if you are in the shower or nock it over it just goes everywhere.

      There is also a very very light scent but it is hardly noticeable so on a plus side I am happy to say there is no harsh perfume going on to the hair it is just product.

      You can buy several different sized bottles from a travel sized 75ml to a 250ml. The 75ml bottle is around £1.99 and boots tend to have them on offer at 3 for 2, which is a bargain if you are off for a weekend or on holiday. A large bottle costs around £3.99 but does last a long time.

      I recommend trying the 75ml bottle first before you buy a larger bottle just incase you do not like the results. I am under the impression if you have thin hair this product will work for you. If your hair is thick and curly and hard to tame this is just not strong enough.

      The bottle I have has lasted a really long time so you only need a tiny bit to make the bottle last. A small amount goes a long way.

      I will admitt it did make my hair none frizzy and fluffy which is good but not good enough for me to recommed this product to buy. If you are not really looking for a poker straight look this product does clean your hair really well and does not leave your scalp flaky or sore. It is gentle enough to use daily but can be a bit expensive.

      It just did not do it for me. Maybe you may have a better experience but I just do not believe it is worth the money.

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      01.01.2010 18:43
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      Luxury costs money.

      I'm a sucker for a nice looking shampoo bottle and I'm always willing to spend that extra pound or two to purchase brand name hair care products if it means that my hair is better protected. We all know that price doesn't always equal quality but I've always been curious as to whether professional hair care makes really do what they say on the tin. The only experience I've had of a Lee Stafford branded product was the Poker Straight Dry Shampoo which looked nice and smelt divine but that was about all the product had to offer.

      After that waste of money I wasn't planning on buying anymore Lee Stafford products as they seem very overpriced however Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer running meaning that I managed to get a 75ml Poker Straight Shampoo for £1.75, 75ml Poker Straight Conditioner for £1.75 and 30ml of Lee Stafford Poker Straight Treatment for free. What I first thought was a bargain I was less enthused about when the products arrived as I had ordered them from the internet. The shampoo bottle is tiny and at first thought you assume that it will only be capable of providing about 2 washes. In reality it lasted me about 7 washes if you use it sparingly which I did. Since then I have purchased the 250ml versions from Boots for around £4.79.

      The bottle comes in a dark pink, bordering on red colour; something that I've always noticed about Lee Stafford products is that they're always attractively packaged (maybe that's to make up for what's inside) but it's a very attractive design and looks great in the bathroom cupboard! The 75ml bottle has a screw top which can get a bit messy as you have no control about how much or how little comes out. The 250ml bottles have a flip lid which make dispensing the shampoo much easier. You will find yourself squeezing the bottle right from the very first use and this just gets harder as the shampoo depletes.

      The shampoo is a transparent colour and the smell is apparent as soon as you squeeze it out into your hand. I usually use quite a lot of shampoo because I feel that it makes my hair smell stronger but I use about the size of a 50 pence piece with this shampoo as not to be too overpowered by the smell. The smell is pleasant and I may be stating the obvious here but it smells like shampoo; a lot of products these days (Herbal Essences, Alberto Balsam) use natural ingredients therefore achieving a more natural smell. Unlike some shampoo smells though it will linger on your hair all day, you'll occasionally get wafts of the pleasant fragrance. If you've used the Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo you shouldn't go expecting the same fragrance, the dry shampoo smells strikingly similar to Angel by Thierry Mugler and despite the gorgeous fragrance it would often clash with whatever perfume I was wearing therefore I was pleased to see that this isn't the general fragrance in all of Lee Stafford's range of varying products.

      You're instructed to massage into a lather and rinse well; pretty much the same as every other shampoo so it's nothing complicated. As I was used to using a lot more shampoo I had to work more to create a lather, my hair is about shoulder length so you may want to adjust how much or how little you use to your hair length. The shampoo does eventually lather and the smell is lovely whilst it's in your hair. Whilst in your hair you can feel your scalp tingling (a feeling I always think is a good sign), I take this as a sign that it's working. I left the shampoo in for little more than 30 seconds before rinsing. Rinsing is easy and didn't take long at all given how thick the shampoo appears when it comes out of the bottle.

      The first time I used it I used it without the conditioner or treatment balm just to see if it would hold its own. Of course without a conditioner you're not going to get the same results but I was fairly impressed with how detangled my hair was.

      The shampoo bottle claims it silkens and softens the hair ready for a Poker Straight look. It also claims to protect hair from the heat of hairdryers and straightners up to 250c heats. This sounded perfect for me as I use my straightners and hairdryer everyday and my GHD's reach the scorching heat of 230c. Maybe the most daring of claims on this bottle is the use of 'Quat' which apparently latches onto the surface of your hair that has a negative charge therefore flattening, conditioning and reducing static after straightening.

      This is a very bold claim and to be honest I wasn't expecting a lot from it because 90% of the time it's just waffle. Occasionally after straightening I will suffer from static but this tends to disappear after brushing therefore it's not a huge problem for me and GHD's are always good at reducing static on their own. I did however notice a lack of any static subsequent to straightening my hair which I have to admit I was relatively impressed with.

      After straightening, my hair felt clean and very soft, there was however a distinct lack of shine which I usually get after using Herbal Essences (which by the way is around half the price), therefore this was a little disappointing. As I tend to always straighten my hair after drying I couldn't really tell if it was any straighter than it usually is (how much straighter can something get?), therefore I'm dubious about the fact that this shampoo will aid your straightening as I personally believe that all you need to aid your straightening process is a pair of straightners!

      Overall I was impressed but not blown away with the Poker Straight Shampoo. I'm very dubious about it's broad claims about it helping to straighten your hair but maybe if you have very curly or frizzy hair it could aid it slightly. The smell is very pleasant and the shampoo doesn't require you to use an awful lot to create a decent lather. The shampoo is easily rinsed and hair is less static subsequent to straightening. The only downsides are the price, £4.79 for 250ml is pretty outrageous as you can buy 400ml of Alberto Balsam for around £1. My hair lacked the shine that it usually does and there was no distinct difference in how straight it was or indeed the length of time that it took me to straighten my hair.

      I would recommend trying it if you struggle with very frizzy or curly hair and require some extra help with straightening however if you're already content with straight hair then I wouldn't recommend it. I personally did like using it due to the very pleasant, yet subtle lingering smell and would happily purchase it again as I have done several times now.

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        28.05.2009 17:36

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        defently worth trying

        Im one of those people who find a shampoo who they like and stick with it as i find a lot of shampoos cause me to get a lttle bit of dandruff now and then. But then one day i went into the shop to buy my regular shampoo to find that they had run out, then came the challenge of choosing a new one.
        I already use other Lee Stafford products which i find lovely to use and don't cause any irritation to my head, so i decided to try this shampoo but only bought the small bottle as i didn't want to waste my money if it caused me to get dandruff.
        It comes in a cute little bottle, and the shampoo is easily squeezed out of the bottle unlike some shampoos which you can't get the last little drop out.
        Once i used it i was very impressed, my hair was very soft and left my hair smelling yummy, and quite amazingly my hair actually stayed pretty straight for the majority of the day which usually i struggle with.
        It isn't the cheapest product on the market but is defently worth trying.

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        16.05.2009 16:13
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        I recommend it highly

        I love this shampoo!

        The mini bottles are great for over night trips! The bottle is a sexy hot pink colour, it has a funky logo - very trendy looking product to have in your bathroom. It gives you all the information you need on the bottle and has a plastic screw top lid.

        The mini bottle (75ml) costs £1.71 at Boots, the bigger bottles are rather pricey at £4.59, so I would recommend buying the small bottle first if you just want to try it.

        Just simply apply to wet hair, massage gently into a lather and rinse well

        It leaves you hair smelling beautiful and really does give you straighter, soft, shiny, healthy, goregous hair. It helps battle against fluff and frizz, protect and care for your hair.

        Would reccomend this product, along with other products in the Lee Stafford Poker Straight range. I always use it before a night out, to make my hair look its best!

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          13.04.2009 15:29
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          A nice shampoo, but doesn't do what it claims to

          I was intrigued to try the Lee Stafford Poker Straight shampoo after seeing it in the shop. I have naturally quite wavy hair which I usually straighten, so I wanted to see if a straightening shampoo would help me out at all!

          The shampoo is available in two sizes, 250ml and 75ml. I bought the 75ml one which costs £1.71 (and paid for it with my Boots points!) since I wasn't sure if it was going to be any good or not.

          The bottle is a lovely bright pink colour (very girly) Which is see through so you can see how much shampoo is left. On the front is the name of the shampoo in white print, which stands out and is easy to read.

          The top of the shampoo is a plastic screw top lid, the same colour as the bottle. Once you open this, you can smell the floral smell of the shampoo. I do find the smell of the shampoo a little too strong for my liking, and I'm not overly keen on the flowery smell.

          The shampoo itself is a clear colour, and is quite thick. I notice that when I put it on my hair, it doesn't create too much of a lather and I end up using a lot more shampoo than I would normally use.

          The results I get with the shampoo are good, my hair is nice, clean, shiny and soft, but I really don't think that it makes my hair any straighter than it normally is which was a bit disappointing since the shampoo is called 'Poker Straight Hair'.

          The shampoo is to be used within 36 months of being opened, which is ages and I'm sure there will be no problems in using up the shampoo within that time limit.

          I like this shampoo, it makes my hair look soft and shiny, but as to making my hair any straighter, it doesn't do that. I also have to use more shampoo than I would normally use, so I don't think the shampoo is as cost effective as some other brands! I am glad I tried the shampoo, but I don't think I will be buying another one after I use up my miniature.

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            10.12.2008 13:27
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            A special product for days when your hair needs to be special too.

            I used Lee Stafford Shine Head Shampoo.

            Who will like this product:
            Those who enjoy High quality product and dont mind spending a little extra for it. The benefits of using this product will include gorgeous looking and beautiful smelling hair and a very trendy looking product on your bathroom shelf.

            How much does it cost:
            Usually each bottle will cost around £4.99 but I would check in Superdrug and Boots before buying as they usually have offers on their haircre, for example 3 for the price of 2.

            what the product looks like:
            The shampoo comes in a charming hot pink bottle with rounded edges and a pop cap head. The designs nclude the usual Lee Stafford logo of a silver british bulldog and his recognisable silver and white barcode. Included on the front are the words, 'star light, star bright, the greatest star baby is you tonight,' which i hink really heightens the char factor of this product.

            What the product is like:
            The shampoo appears glittery as it comes out, although you hair wont look glittery but will end up very shiny and healthy looking. The shampoo itself is of a medium thickness.

            Product Performance:
            This product is easy to use as it squeezes out of the pop cap head (when comming to the end of the bottle i suggest storing it upside down to ensure that you get all the product out and esults in no waste). The shampoo can be easily worked into the hair and lathers up once worked in with water. This product is notably scented which does lat within your hair all day and is delicious. After using this product my hair felt really smooth, managable and definatly had the shine factor. this made my hair look and feel so healthy. However, i wouldnt reccommned this product for everyday use as it wasnt as good at cleaning my hair as sometimes i use a lotof products for a night out. but i would use it befor i went out on a night out as it always makes my hair look amazing.

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              27.07.2008 16:56
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              A superb start to really achieve straight, frizz free hair!

              Going somewhere nice overnight is a nerve racking experience I always think! That's what happened to me last week. I was going away with my new bf as he was taking me to see a show and have a meal and stuff. Me? I can be right disorganised and I don't travel light. However my trip involved going via train to meet him and I didn't want to have cart loads of stuff with me on buses and trains to get there. I wanted to look together! So I had one bag. Packing was a nightmare. Needed an evening get up and clothes for following day and my hair straighteners and all sorts! The one thing that was taking up far too much room in my bag was cosmetics and toiletries! I had bottle of this that and the other. Not only was it a question of room it was one of weight. I grabbed my bag and it almost pulled me right over. Thank god I did this the day before because it gave me inspiration to go to Boot's!

              I was lucky in one way. I had loads of mini products already. I have everything soap & glory has all in a bag mini size and that's what made me think oh you can look right la-de-da if you go get mini toothpaste, sponge shampoo and conditioner etc. If they come in pink all the better to match the bag lol

              I am a huge fan of Lee Stafford and have written reviews on almost all the products he has on offer. I have tried the babe wave shampoo (see review) but I wanted something for straight hair as that was how I wanted my hair to look.

              I really struggle with getting straight hair. Well that's a lie. No I don't really the issue is getting it to stay straight. After a couple of hours my straight locks turn to frizz particularly my ends. I can sort alot of my hair issues out with the help of Mr Stafford and 220c hair straighteners but when I saw poker Straight Mini Shampoo I though oh maybe this will help.

              I have tried many shampoos and conditioners promising me many things and mostly, well they fall flat don't they? I mean ones that promise shine yes I find on the whole to work but ones that promise me an afro or straight hair, no they are usually are rubbish. So although I hoped this shampoo would would I didn't think it would I chose it as it was pink first and foremost and then cos of the smell (I'm addicted to it) and then because buy 2 bottles get another bottle of a mini Stafford get one free and that was a good deal for me cos I wanted the shampoo, conditioner and the flat iron protection shine mist (I use every day in the large size anyway and knew I was going to have to take it till I saw this small).

              The Packaging...

              Comes in 2 sizes. The large size is and £4.59 and mini (which is what I own) is 75ml. They both look the same in every way its only the size that is different and the price of course! The mini is £1.75 a bottle and as I mentioned earlier buy 2 of any mini from Lee Stafford get cheapest free. It isn't really an economical way to buy but perfect for sampling products without wasting a load of cash and great for travelling as they are dinky. I've had about 20 washes out of my bottle and that's shampooing and rinsing twice! Economical yes it is really, even more so when I purchase the big bottle!

              So the bottle is in dark pink plastic with dark pink clear screw on/off lid. On the front white writing tells me it is indeed lee Stafford Poker Straight Shampoo, with extra mega quat! to silken soften and shine your first step to poker straight hair (exactly as written and not me not using a spell checker lol). I'm also told my size (in my case 75ml) and there is a bar code on front as well. On the back I'm told how to use it and to 'have fun, look wicked, smell beautiful'. I'm then given list of ingredients and contact details for Quantum Beauty Company LTD (the manufacturers of Lee Stafford products and the recyclable symbol is on there too. All in all nice girly packaging.

              Using It.....

              Well firstly the smell is very apparent. As all of Lees products are in my view, gorgeous smelling and so much so he has brought the same fragrance out in a perfume and body spray as what we use on our hair! It's deep, floral and oriental with a real hint of sweetness that at the same time as being a deeply layered smell still remains light and feminine. It's simply lovely.

              Size wise, a small blob on the hair of the clear gel like formula is enough for me and my hair is just past shoulder length. Along with the lovely aroma comes lots of thick white bubbles. It lathers up very quickly indeed.

              Now I find alot of shampoos as I'm washing make my hair squeaky which makes me think it is draining the moisture out of my hair. Some even make hair feel grubby and knotty and I rely on conditioner to put it right which sometimes it does and sometimes it simply doesn't. This however makes any knots I already have in my hair drop out, it spreads easy and makes my hair feel smoother just during the application.

              Rinsing it out is easy as well. Even if you use loads by mistake or because you want to it really doesn't take long at all. Now I like to wash my hair, rinse and repeat and so I do it with this one as well really just to make sure my hair is spotless and with this one in particular just to make my hair smell especially nice!

              Now I always finish washing my hair with conditioner and in this case I do use the corresponding conditioner but if for any reason you didn't want to use conditioner I feel you wouldn't have to. My hair after using this feels very soft, silky and impeccably clean more to the point. I can run my hands through my hair before applying the conditioner and no knots just as I said, soft hair.

              This doesn't work by weighing the hair down and in my view it is suitable for any hair type. Of course you don't have to use the matching conditioner if you don't want to for any reason and I haven't on a couple of occasions when I opted for an intensive conditioner and either method gives same results, excellent.

              Overall Verdict...

              I'm totally sold on this and never thought I would be. I've been struggling to get my hair and make it stay straight for ages now and I'm sure now that by using these products I have finally found the cure to unruly hair. This is a great base to straight hair and after using this and the conditioner and then using other Lee Stafford products I really do have 'Poker Straight Hair'. Just using other Lee Stafford products isn't enough for me but with the shampoo and conditioner also it really is and for me now this product is enough!

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