“ Brand: Sainsbury / Type: Hair Shampoo / Subcategory: 2 in 1 Shampoo „
Whilst shopping in Sainsbury's a funny little bottle of kids shampoo caught my daughters eye (easily pleased!). The shampoo was called Sainsbury's Kids Strawberry 2 in 1 Shampoo and the bottle was red with a lime green lid. On the front of the bottle was a pink 5-eyed alien with the phrase 'Smells out of this world' above it - very visually pleasing to little ones. Although we had plenty of kids shampoo at home I decided to buy the shampoo for her as she hates having her hair washed and I thought this may encourage her to want to wash her hair.
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 berry-licious!'.
The shampoo itself has a 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 fell into the bath!).
The shampoo smells very sweet and although it doesn't smell of real strawberries, it does smell like strawberry 'flavour' - basically artifical strawberry smelling, much like sweets. It's a real hit with my daughter who regularly lifts up the lid to give it a good sniff 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 'berry-licious') - the smell generally lasts for about a day.
I have also used the shampoo on my own hair on one occasion when I had 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 aswell 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...
I paid just 80 something pence for the Sainsbury's Kids Strawberry 2 in 1 Shampoo which was a great price, however I have visited Sainsbury's this week and it's gone up to £1.10 which still isn't too bad and is significantly cheaper than leading brands such as L'Oreal Kids 2 in 1 Extra Softness So Strawberry Shampoo (£2.02) and Schwarzkopf Kids Supersoft 2 in 1 Strawberry Shampoo (£2.00). We have been using the same bottle of Sainsbury's Kids Strawberry Shampoo for the past couple of months and still have plenty left in the bottle, so I am happy to say it's good value for money too!
And did this shampoo encourage my daughter to want to wash her hair? Well initially yes, she was looking forward to using her new funny strawberry alien shampoo... however the novelty has worn off somewhat! I might have to find another 'fun' shampoo to try now.
I usually buy my childrens shampoo from Avon but the lady at work who I used to buy from has left. I found this Sainsburys strawberry shampoo whilst I was doing my shopping. It claimed to be kind to eyes and detangling so thought it was just the ticket, here is how we got on.
The packaging - The bottle is a bright red colour with a lime green flip top lid. On the front is a funny five eyed pink alien which is appealing to children. On the back is clear directions, ingredients and contact details.
Using - The lid is easy to flip open and close again which is great for little independent fingers. When you first open the lid you will be hit with the sickly sweet smell of synthetic strawberries, not the fresh summer scents of Wimbledon and champagne picnics but more along the lines of Hubba Bubba bubble gum and the perfume stand in Claire's accessories. The children seemed to like it and although I found it a little overpowering it wasn't unpleasant.
The shampoo is 2in1 meaning that it contains conditioner so you do not have to condition hair separately, this is a must for my youngest child who hates their hair being washed and wouldn't be too happy at the thought of me doing it twice.
The shampoo is a nice pinky colour which my daughter really liked, my boy however was not too happy about having a 'girls shampoo'.
The directions for use are - Wet hair, massage a small amount into hair and scalp and rinse thoroughly.
There is a major flaw in these directions and that is, that it is almost impossible to dispense a 'small amount', either the hole in the lid is too big or the shampoo is too runny, either way as soon as you turn the bottle over you get a big handful of the stuff.
Applying the shampoo is easy and it lathered up really nicely which made great ice cream heads for the kids.
Rinsing out took a little longer than my usual kids shampoo, I think this is because there are loads of bubbles. It did rinse out nicely after a while and even when it was going in the kids eyes it didn't sting or hurt, so I agree that it is kind to little eyes.
What I don't agree with is that it detangles, I think in fact that they got confused and said it detangles instead of it tangles. My little girls hair was a nightmare to comb after using it, usually the comb just glides through with a few tangles here and there, but with this it was a matted mess.
Once combed through and dry, their hair did look healthy and shiny and still had a hint of the strawberry scent, which lasted a few hours.
The shampoo costs just 62p for a 250ml bottle, this is nearly a pound cheaper than the similar l'oreal product. You can buy this at Sainsburys instore or online at www.sainsburys.co.uk.
I think it is an OK product especially for the price, it cleans and conditions hair with little fuss, but on long hair it tangles and it is a bit too runny. I might buy this again but would probably try a different scent.
A couple of weeks ago I had my very long black hair completely lopped off into a sassy bob (shorter than jawline). Best thing I've ever done to be honest cos although it was long and quite glossy I do have thin and frizzy hair and the only way I could make it look any good was by taking alot of time and effort over it. I could never comb my hair and go type of thing and I simply wanted something alot more manageable that didn't means hours of styling! Paris Hilton eat your heart out babes! I now have what appears to be thicker hair with natural bounce and I can't stop running my fingers through my hair and I feel like it's took years off me and uplifted what I always thought was a long face!
I wash my hair every-day and we all know this isn't particularly good for us but as a smoker I'm paranoid and I do get greasy roots from time to time and although I've used spray on dry shampoo's and stuff with black hair I can look like my head is caving in with dandruff! Not a good look!
Because my hair is so temperamental I've been trying to take a bit of extra care of it because it looks so nice at the moment and feels so healthy! I purchased a few really nice shampoos and conditioners, oils and intensive treatments and one I decided to try was this kids shampoo when I saw it.
Not just because it's only 57p a bottle (usual price) but because I tried another one of these kids shampoo's from within the Sainbury's range recently and was amazed how brilliant it was, but I was tempted by the promised strawberry fragrance within this. Another thought behind buying it is that 2 in 1 shampoos and conditioners I find don't condition my hair enough on their own however I did think that providing a little conditioning and then using an intensive or a leave in spray conditioner as well may really help nourish my hair without weighing it down!
Red, 250ml plastic slightly curvy bottle with a bright yellow flip top lid to the top of it concealing a small hole. On the front of the bottle in black, white and pink writing I'm told it 'Smells out of this world' Sainsbury's Strawberry 2 in 1 Shampoo which is 'kind to eyes and detangling' and there's a rather cute pink picture of some sort of alien creature. On the back of the bottle all in black writing I'm told a bit about the product, directions for use are given, ingredients and safety advice are listed, I'm told Sainsbury's are against animal testing and fund research into alternatives, contact details for Sainsbury's are given, size is stated and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice, bright packaging but the first time I opened the flip top lid I broke it and it snapped off in my hands!
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bottle....
Sainsbury's Strawberry 2 in 1 conditioning shampoo has a mild and gentle formula specially developed for you little monsters! Avoid bath time traumas-cleans and de-tangles in one easy step! Leaves hair feeling soft, shiny and smelling Berry-licious! Suitable for all hair types.
Directions For Use....
Wet hair. massage a small amount of shampoo into hair and scalp. Rinse thoroughly, no separate conditioner required.
My Experience Using It....
The shampoo itself is very thin and runny like a gel and is a very light transparent red in colour. Smell wise.. well it's called strawberry and is does smell of sweet, ripe berries but to my nostrils it's more berry in general terms than a strawberry whiffer although it is very pleasant to be fair to it.
Now if I wash relatively clean hair I wash and rinse it through twice, I don't need a lot of the product to get a rich, white foamy lather going on and it rinses out very easily.
If however my hair is a bit greasy/grimy or got hair products in it on the first wash it doesn't foam up very well and you need quite a lot of product but on the second wash it does go foamy simply and stuff making it easier to clean hair.
As I stated at the beginning of this review occasionally I will follow through with a separate conditioner however I don't NEED to all the time. Sure if I use this every-day my hair slightly dries out a bit after say a week of using purely this (but remember I have adult hair! lol) but I can get away with not using conditioner all the time making this a great shampoo for the gym or staying at mates houses without carting around huge bottles!
I like the fragrance though but when I asked my boyfriend does my hair smell of berries he had a squinty look in his eyes and viciously shook his head from side to side looking like I'd asked the most demented question in the world! He said my hair smelt freshly washed but after about an hour of washing it no fragrance was very apparent.
Basically this is a very mild shampoo indeed. Smells pleasant to use, is easy to use and remove and does seems to soften and detangle hair. I would recommend this mild shampoo for children as it's so mild it's gentle near eyes and stuff but there are better fragranced shampoo's from within this range that stick about longer. It's not very strong and if your an adult wanting to use it it doesn't dry out hair, it helps me banish my greasy roots somewhat but remember if you really want a deep cleanse a kids shampoo probably isn't a wise choice anyway!
Only available in Sainsbury's.