I've always used a mix of Avon Kids and L'Oreal Kids for shampoos for the kids once they've passed the Johnson's Baby stage, I love the smell of kids shampoo but sadly it's not enough for my hair so I don't tend to use it myself (unless I'm desperate!).
While hanging around in Sainsbury's a few months ago waiting for their tediously slow pharmacy to fill a prescription I found myself in the hair care aisle and spotted the store's own brand range of kids toiletries and when I saw a bottle of Cherry and Almond 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner (my two favourite fragrances) I decided to try a bottle, for £1 I didn't have much to lose if it was no good but to be honest I didn't see why it wouldn't work as well as other kids shampoo we've used.
It's actually very good, I use it on my seven year old daughter and three year old son - it suits David better as his hair is really short (he's growing out a crew cut) and although it provides passable results on Hollie's hair I personally don't think the conditioning aspect is effective enough for her much longer (with tangle-tendencies) hair. It doesn't matter as it was so cheap that I bought Hollie her usual L'Oreal shampoo and conditioner and kept this one for her little brother, it's still a saving compared to having to use the more expensive product on both of their heads although really the saving isn't all that much doing it my way and not worth having to keep two bottles of shampoo in the bathroom instead of one.
I have no issues with the cleansing abilities of the shampoo, it's purely the conditioner side that lets it down for us - both kids' hair is spotlessly clean after just one cycle of shampooing, they have a bath or shower every day so their hair doesn't get particularly dirty but I've noticed if one of them has food (bean juice/soup etc...) in their hair the shampoo is extremely effective at removing it. David is usually the 'in the hair' culprit and I can confirm it also removes kiddie glue, soap residue, toothpaste and scrambled egg - although it failed with mechanics underseal (a long and stupid story, hence aforementioned crew cut).
The main issue with this is the fact it doesn't stop Hollie's hair tangling and doesn't leave it looking particularly shiny either, until very recently she had waist length hair but has had it chopped to her shoulders so maybe it would cope better with her shorter style - frankly it's not worth the brush-time tears to find out though so I'll stick with the L'Oreal for her.
£1 is a total bargain though and it'll last David forever with his short hair.
I bought this a few months ago as I was looking for a 2 in 1 shampoo to take on holiday to save space in my luggage. Having left it until the last minute and finding that my local and small Sainsburys had a poor selection in suitable options, I ended up with a kids shampoo.
First off, I must mention the smell. It's undeniably cherry, very sweet and I'm sure that kids will absolutely love it. It certainly makes for a pleasant hair wash and the smell does seem to linger for a bit afterwards.
I didn't find this product particularly easy to lather up and as a result, I found that I needed to use more than my usual handful to feel as though I had enough in my hair to work with. Despite this, I didn't go through the bottle as quickly as I'd originally thought that I might. It didn't really lather up much at all but on the other hand, this meant that I didn't get any threatening to make its way to my face, which would be good for children as it's not a no-tears formula and so any shampoo in the eyes would be unpleasant.
My hair was fairly easy to detangle after using the product - although it did need a bit of teasing with some stubborn knots left after shampooing - and felt clean and soft. I have used 2 in 1 products in the past which have failed to detangle well at all and I've subsequently ended up using a separate condition anyway to untangle big knots, which kind of defeats the object! Here, it was much better and I don't think it would cause too much distress to kids on that front.
The price was £1.10 for a 250ml bottle, which is a decent price.
For the past few months I have been using Sainsbury's Kids Strawberry 2 in 1 Shampoo on my daughters hair. She recently run out of shampoo so we decided to go for another Sainsbury's Kids shampoo, but a different scent - we chose cherry almond.
The shampoo comes in a purple bottle with a lime green lid. On the front of the bottle is a 5-eyed alien with the phrase 'Smells out of this world' above it - very visually pleasing to little ones.
The back of the bottle states that it has a 'mild and gentle formula specially developed for your little monsters!'. It claims to 'clean and de-tangle in one easy step' and 'leaves hair feeling soft, shiny and smelling cherry-licious!'.
The shampoo itself has a slight pink tint to it and has a very runny consistency which is fine for me to use but I have to assist my daughter when she insists on washing her own hair, otherwise she usually squeezes out way too much. The 250ml bottle is kind of short and chubby which looks good but is also easy for little ones to get their hands around. The lid is easy to open but very secure when closed (I've lost count of the amount of times it's fallen into the bath!).
The shampoo smells so good - just like cherry bakewells! I couldn't ask for a nicer smelling shampoo. It's a real hit with my daughter who regularly lifts up the lid to give it a good sniff (I'm guilty of this too) and usually gives a "mmm" whilst I rub it on her hair.
My daughter currently has shoulder length hair which is quite thin but gets tangled quite easily.
The shampoo lathers up well and creates lots of bubbles - this has it's upside and downsides. The upsides are that is covers the whole head (a little bit goes a long way) and allows my daughter to make different 'hairstyles' with her hair. The downsides are that it takes a few rinses to get rid of all the bubbles. The bubbles usually end up running down her face when I rinse her hair and although she doesn't like it, she doesn't complain about her eyes hurting or stinging which means Sainsbury's have fulfilled their 'kind to eyes' promise.
I like the fact this product is a shampoo and conditioner in one, as my daughter doesn't like washing her hair as it is - she would go mad if she had to wash it twice! I usually towel dry her hair but I sometimes dry it with the hairdryer. I comb her hair after she's washed it - the comb generally slides straight through her hair but I do get stuck on the odd tangle here and there, so I can't really say that the detangling formula is very effective. I have used better detangling products, but I've also used worse...
After drying her hair always looks (and feels) soft and shiny, like the product claims to do. She has straight hair which tends to go out of control when it's unclean - after washing her hair is beautifully straight but with plenty of volume (not flattened to her head). It also smells fresh and fruity (or 'cherry-licious') - the smell generally lasts about a day.
I have also used the shampoo on my own hair on a couple of occasions when I have run out of my own shampoo. Unfortunately it didn't cut it like it does on my daughters hair - it felt unclean and slightly matted afterwards, so I wouldn't recommend using on adult hair.
The back of the bottle informs me that Sainsbury do not test on animals and fund research into alternatives, which is good to know. The bottle can also be recycled.
The ingredients of this shampoo might as well be written in Chinese! I don't recognise many of the ingredients but I don't see anything natural in it, which is a shame. I would love to find a childrens shampoo that was packed full of natural good stuff...
The cherry almond shampoo doesn't seem to work differently to the strawberry version. The only obvious difference is the smell. I like the strawberry scent but I LOVE the cherry almost scent.
Sainsbury's Kids Cherry Almond 2 in 1 Shampoo currently costs £1.10 which I feel is a good price and is significantly cheaper than leading brands such as L'Oreal Kids Burst Of Cherry Almond Shampoo (£1.99). We have been using the same bottle of Sainsbury's Kids Cherry Almond Shampoo for the past month or so and still have plenty left in the bottle, so I am happy to say it's good value for money too.
When it comes to looking after my friends 2 year old son from time to time I'm quite a dab hand nowadays! The other day she insisted I bath him which was daunting in itself but when I opened up his bag of stuff to use for the task I was horrified to see shampoo included! However I thought I'd get away with not having to wash his hair...until come tea time his hair was filthy and grubby! I was terrified and had an image of a screaming child with his eyes on fire or something. I'm not a parent after-all!! I had visions of calling my mate home from work to rinse bubbles out of his hair I couldn't irradiate or worse calling her from the hospital when I'd got shampoo in his eyes or summat dreadful like that lol!
However come bath time I had no choice but to wash his hair and this was the product provided for me to use on him!
Purple slightly curvy plastic bottle with bright green flip top plastic lid situated at the top of the bottle concealing a small hole. On the front in black, white and pink writing I'm told it 'Smells out of this world', Sainsbury's Cherry Almond 2 In 1 Shampoo which is kind to eyes and detangling and there is a pink sort of friendly cartoon character drawn on the front. On the back all in black writing I'm told a bit about the product, directions for use are given, ingredients and safety advice is given along with contact details for Sainsbury's and I'm told that Sainsbury's are against animal testing and fund into alternatives, the size is stated (250ml) and finally there is a bar-code on here. I do like the child friendly bottle that really is designed to catch children's eyes and get them involved at bath-time and I do like the flip top lid being secure which means children would find this incredibly difficult to open up by themselves.
A About The Product According To The Back Of The Bottle...
Sainsbury's Cherry Almond 2 In 1 conditioning shampoo has a mild and gentle formula specially developed for your little monsters! Avoid bath time traumas - cleans and de-tangles in one easy step! Leaves hair feeling soft, shiny and smelling Cherry-Licious! Suitable for hair types.
Directions For Use....
Wet hair. Massage a small amount of shampoo into hair and scalp. Rinse thoroughly, no separate conditioner required.
Me Using It....
Well I wet his hair in the bath first and then I splodged just over a pea sized amount of this purple transparent liquid into my hands. Although it looks like a gel it isn't too thick and isn't overly runny either, it's of a great consistency. Lets talk smell shall we? Wow this is truly gorgeous! It has a really nice natural smell of cocktail cherries with a rich almond smelling undertone to it that makes it smell a bit like a bakewell tart. The fragrance is simply divine and it made me smile using it on him! It lathered up really easily, releasing the gorgeous aroma, it felt smooth and hydrating on his hair and he had no complaints at all. Although it was very rich white lather it didn't appear to hurt him in any way shape or form and his eyes weren't watering either!
It rinsed out easily and I was going to repeat the process again but his hair felt very clean in my fingers so I didn't bother with it. I patted him all dry and within a few minutes his hair dried itself. It smelt wonderful and looked it. His blonde hair was shiny, appeared healthy and really felt and smelt clean. I gently combed it and no knots were there and his hair really did fell soft though not overly conditioned it definitely was enough and I was pleased with the results.
Brilliant his hair was clean and it was achieved so simply. It rinses out easily and doesn't hurt his eyes (even though I'm well clumsy) and I couldn't stop sniffing him. When it comes to a kids shampoo, I loved it! So much so I bought myself a bottle next time I was in Sainsbury's....
From An Adults Perspective....
I bought it cos I fell in love with the smell of it and loved the effects on his hair. Although I use a lot of hair products in my hair, my hair of late has been feeling dried out and frazzled out. I wanted something mild and gentle, to stop using hair products and heating appliances for a few days and see if I could be a bit kinder to my hair and give it a much needed break.
Amazed? I am! I wash my hair daily in the shower and I use this twice. Like on my friends little lad I need only a small amount and I personally use, rinse, and repeat. Also another thing I feel I can do with this is use a separate intensive intensive conditioner in conjunction with it if I want to (which I do want to, a couple of times a week).
Results on my hair have been astounding! Not only does it really clean my hair getting rid of grease and grime and the occasional hair product, not only does my hair smell so beautiful I get comments about it from strangers, my hair is beautifully soft and shiny. It tames my frizz without being heavy and allows my hair to breath and be bouncy without being a fluffy mess. It's mild and gentle to use, easy to get into a nice rich foamy lather, easy to rinse out, no separate conditioner is required (if you don't want to use one)and my hair doesn't squeak after it's been washed and all the knots drop out of it. I'm really very happy to not have to use a conditioner and I've noticed without using conditioner my hair feels so much lighter and natural to the touch.
I simply love this on my hair and it really is a 2 in 1 product. I never thought I'd happily say I don't use conditioner but I really don't want to anymore! If it's good enough to use on your children it's good enough to use on yourself in my book and this would be great for use at the gym and gals on the go (or men of course lol).
I really rate it as a kids and as an adults shampoo alike and shall happily buy this from now on for myself!
Only available in Sainsbury's priced 59p a bottle and it's worth every single penny!