“ Brand: Nicky Clarke / Type: Body & Hair Shampoo / Suitable for: Body & Hair „
I tried this shampoo along with the conditioner from the same plump it up range. I didn't really see much of a difference between using this shampoo and any other body shampoo.
It does smell nice and left my hair feeling soft and silky but it didn't really give it any more volume. However it does give a nice shine to my hair.
It is a good shampoo but i wouldn't expect any great results from it.
I think that it is quite expensive as it only does the same as any other shampoo so I really do think you are paying for the name.
Whilst drying my hair i tried leaving it to dry naturally, this didn't really have a effect and also blow drying this did give some small amount of volume at the roots but it only lasted for about 10 minutes.
So this is a nice smelling shampoo that leaves hair soft and shiny but for the price then i would try other shampoos as it is nothing special.
Before I embark on this review I feel I should admit to, what some might see as, a weakness in my otherwise perfectly honed ability for objectivity! I confess I suffer from inverse snobbery when it comes to any so called "designer" products. Some would maintain "you get what you pay for" and in some instances this may well be true but in "designer world" I usually feel I am being conned into paying an exalted price for a name rather than any superior quality of the product on offer. Therefore it is a complete mystery how this distinctive looking, plastic(?) silver cylinder, more than half full of its original 250 ml contents, came to be in my shower room.
I discovered this "Nicky Clarke Great Body, Plump It Up Shampoo" just after my parents' Christmas visit. My Mum never washes her own hair preferring weekly visits to the hairdresser but my Dad is once a day dowser and proud that his thick head of hair has lasted into his 83rd year. I therefore thought this might be one of the secrets behind his voluminous tresses but I really doubted that he would ever "go designer" and he has now denied all knowledge of it. My daughter was home for the holiday but she does not use my shower room and never buys her own shampoo when she has plenty of my supplies to chose from in the bathroom cabinet! She too has now pleaded ignorance of this mystery acquisition. I can only guess that there IS a Father Christmas and that he left this in order to teach me not to dismiss a product just because of my prejudices! Whatever its origins I wasn't going to waste it.
Only those who have been living in a media free environment for the last 10-15 years (and that would be difficult in this hallowed isle!) would fail to recognise the name of the celebrated hair stylist, Nicky Clarke, who, despite his own rather tousled blonde hair-do, has managed to persuade the great and the good that he is the " most famous and trusted hair stylist" ( as proclaimed on his website!). Since it opened in 1991, his Mayfair salon has welcomed a host of the rich and famous through its doors but ten years elapsed before he brought his "gifts" to those in the provinces, opening salons in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds between 2001 and 2007. In the interim, his company developed a whole range of hair care and styling potions and electrical gadgets bringing his brand of hair care within the reach of those with "slimmer" incomes but they have never been cheap! To be fair, Mr Clarke has won a host of awards over the years and in 2007 received, what some might consider to be the ultimate accolade, an OBE "for services to hairdressing" in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Therefore maybe I should adopt a more respectful attitude for his achievements!
I have very fine, fly-away, unruly hair so I need a shampoo which will " plump it up" but have always been confused at the distinctions between "volumising", "thickening" and "body" shampoos. I notice from older reviews that Nicky Clarke used to produce a "thickening" range but this is no longer listed in the product section of his web site so I think it safe to assume it has been replaced by the "Great Body" products. Apart from the shampoo, this range offers a conditioner, a mousse and a " hair raising spray". I was immediately prompted to consider whether the latter produces the same effect as a good horror film but I dismissed the thought as rather facetious and wondered if the title was the result of clever or foolhardy marketing! Later I had good cause to remember that description! But having thus digressed, I concluded that this shampoo, which will assist me to "go full volume, go full shine" (according to the container), should be just the ticket for my pancake flat, lack lustre tresses.
I wouldn't normally bother to read the instructions on a shampoo but, as this was a new experience, I decided I would " play it by the book" as I started to grapple with the small print. I wish I hadn't. Having been short sighted all my life, I never usually have problems with small print. I joke with friends who, as they mature, are beginning to develop long sight, that, if they can get me to the restaurant, I will read the minutiae on the menu to them! However this is not only very small print but is printed on a curve so that, in order to read each line, you must turn the bottle to and fro as you read, making it even more difficult to follow. In order to find the instructions I had to wade through three paragraphs of rather repetitive information on the wonders of this product. To précis this, it claims that this light formula will plump up your hair without weighing it down lifting it from the roots whilst it cleanses. Eventually I find the instructions and they are just the same as with any shampoo: "massage a small amount through wet hair, work into a lather, rinse well and repeat if necessary". The ingredient list was in even smaller print which I gave up trying to read although I usually check for the possible presence of lanolin to which I am allergic! I can't even recommend the recycling information. At the bottom of the ingredient list there is a recycling symbol but beside it is a shape resembling that of the lid. Whether this means the top is recyclable but the remainder of the container is not or that the reverse applies is unclear. At any rate it would suggest that the container is only partially recyclable!
Eventually I threw caution to the winds and entered the shower clutching Mr Clarke's shampoo. With my hair suitably wet and water running in my eyes, I encountered a problem. I think I am of average intelligence and well versed in the operation of all manner of dispensing mechanisms but I just couldn't manage to work out how this rocker mechanism functioned. I pressed all round the top including the slight indentation which looked promising but it wouldn't budge. Eventually I pressed with extra force, there was a snap as the rocker mechanism broke and the top disc flew off! Resignedly I unscrewed the entire lid and tipped a small amount into my hand. Of course it is a blessing that the top does screw off because it means you can reach the last dregs. The rest of the experience was uneventful! The clear, uncoloured liquid has a slight perfume which I can only describe as fresh and very slightly floral. I only needed a reasonably small amount to cover my medium length locks but no less than I would normally expect. It lathered well and rinsed out with a minimum of fuss. Afterwards my scalp felt quite nice and my hair, squeaky clean. In short, it did not offer a very different experience from a number of thickening/volumising shampoos I have used over the years.
The difference came when my hair was dry. I did nothing out the ordinary letting my hair dry naturally but using my Braun styler to lift and curl here and there when it was nearly dry and I did not use any styling products. However when I finished I found that, instead of my brush going down to meet my hair, my hair was jumping up to meet the brush! It was full of static electricity! Although not quite as dramatic as the effect produced by one of those Van de Graaf Generators which produced some amusing, school day, hair raising experiences, it certainly did not facilitate my attempt to achieve a smooth and flowing style! As for shine, the hair was just too fly away to judge! I had to use far more hair spray than normal just to encourage the strands to stay in the vicinity of my scalp and this dulled the whole effect. Maybe this phenomenon would have been mitigated had I used a conditioner but, as these tend to make my hair greasy and my hairdresser always compliments me on the good condition of my hair without such intervention, I rarely use one.
I was intrigued as it's years since my hair demonstrated any static content! I persevered with the shampoo for the next three daily washes. The same thing happened each time. On the fourth and fifth day I returned to the shampoo I was previously using, the Tresemme Thickening variety and it was such a relief that the static effect disappeared! Just for the purposes of this research, I bravely returned to Mr Clarke's product and the static re-appeared. I know all sorts of conditions can contribute to cause this static effect but on each occasion I wasn't wearing any clothes I had not worn before, I was in my usual environment and, as it happened on five separate occasions, I doubt that climactic differences could be held responsible.
Overall, although I tried to approach the experience with an open mind, it just fuelled my prejudices about such designer products. Of course I can't prove that the static effect was definitely the result of using this product but it is difficult to believe it was just a series of coincidences. It's a pleasantly fragranced shampoo, you don't need a vast amount to achieve a decent lather and it left my hair and scalp feeling clean but there was nothing to distinguish it from the various, much cheaper shampoos for which I would usually opt. The recommended retail price on the website is £4.29 for 250ml. I did not find it much cheaper (£4.26 at Tesco and Sainsbury's , £4.25 at Asda). Tresemme Thickening costs around £4.00 for 900 ml - over three times the quantity and, as far as I am concerned, the results are just as acceptable if not more so.
I hate waste so I will use up the remainder of my, mysteriously acquired, Nicky Clarke shampoo but I will make sure it's on a day when I am not going anywhere and not expecting visitors. Then I won't care so much if the promised effect of lifting from the roots goes too far and again proves to be a completely hair raising experience!