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When it comes to shampoo and conditioner I tend to go for what is on offer, whilst there are a couple of brands I completely avoid for one reason or another I'm mostly happy to give anything a go. This shampoo from Louise Galvin was one I picked up from the premium beauty section of my local Tesco, the 300ml bottle had been knocked down from £8.95 to £3.95 so I thought I'd give it a try.
Louise Galvin wasn't a name I'd come across before but then, with the only other high street shop selling this being John Lewis (I don't think I've stepped foot in this shop before) that isn't particularly surprising. It turns out Louise Galvin is one the UK's top colourists and her hair care range is specially designed for coloured hair using natural and hair kind ingredients. Her products are environmentally friendly, cruelty free and contain no parabens, silicones or synthetic fragrances. This shampoo claims to give coloured hair protection and a 'pure shine'. It sounded pretty good to me!
The shampoo comes in a rectangular shaped white plastic bottle which contains a grey sticker on the front displaying the product name, description and a nice white swirly pattern. On the back is a list of ingredients, a picture of Louise Galvin and information about her and directions for use. The bottle does give the impression of an expensive product and is rather appealing.
Dispensing the shampoo is easy even if a little unusual. The lid contains two semi-circles, you press one down and other pops up revealing a hole for the shampoo to come out of. Then, to close, just push this semi-circle back down again. You can, of course, just unscrew the lid off altogether if you wish but this leaves loads of room for too much shampoo to come out of.
The smell of this is lovely. It took a while for me to put my finger on what the familiar scent reminded me of but it soon came to me - Jaffa Cakes! The scent is a really sweet and tangy orange one, just like the orange layer in a Jaffa Cake. Granted this is a strange scent for a shampoo but still very nice and it really doesn't smell synthetic at all. It has the usual shampoo like consistency, quite runny but still quite thick for a liquid. The shampoo is mostly clear but has a slight orange tinge to it.
I do find I use a fair bit of this on my hair as, although it lathers really easily, the lather is quite difficult to spread through all of my hair so I end up using a dollop for my roots and then another one so run through the ends of my hair before properly massaging it all over my hair. I've been using this for about two weeks on my fine just past shoulder length hair and still have about two thirds of the bottle left though so it doesn't go down too quickly.
When I do rub this into hair that sweet orange scent becomes stronger and I can clearly smell this whilst the shampoo is resting on my head, it's very nice! I like to coat my hair in the shampoo before rubbing it all in and then washing it out again. It's easily rinsed out and doesn't leave any residue or my hair feeling heavy.
The results are lovely. I've been using this in conjunction with the matching conditioner and I have noticed a definite shine to my hair after washing although I wouldn't say this shine lasts longer than a day really. I also wouldn't say this allows me to go longer between washes either and I still find myself having to wash my hair every couple of days. The shampoo does leave my hair feeling clean and manageable though and, surprisingly, I have noticed this stuff does work at keeping my colour for longer! I've been dying my hair the same shade of red since I was fourteen. During those five years I've occasionally switched to a different colour for a couple of weeks just for a change but I've always rather quickly gone back to that red shade. These days I find myself needing to recolour my hair every three weeks. That vibrant but dark red shade I achieve at first which I love so much quickly fades to a much lighter almost orange colour, if I go a month without colouring my hair I do look completely ginger which is not what I'm going for. It's been about two weeks since I started using this shampoo along with the conditioner and my colour has hardly faded at all. It's nowhere near ready for another dye yet and I'll definitely be able to go longer than three weeks before it does. For that reason alone I would recommend this product but its scent and the fact this scent lingers for a good while too just makes it even better!
I'm not sure I'll be popping into John Lewis for another bottle of this when I've ran out though purely because I can't afford to pay near on £9 for a bottle of shampoo every other month but I'll definitely be keeping it in mind for when I've got some spare money and I'd definitely replace it if I could find it cheaper. If you have coloured hair then I highly recommend this shampoo.