Product Type: Soap & Glory hair care products
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A Mediocre Hair Day
Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day Shampoo
Member Name: sandemp
Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day Shampoo
Advantages: Smells fantastic, cleans my hair
Disadvantages: Average results
I read quite a few reviews of the Soap and Glory Glad Hair Day Shampoo before the somewhat anal compulsion for all my toiletries to match took hold, and I have to admit the vast majority of those reviews were less than glowing. Because of these rather uncomplimentary reviews, I was a little hesitant about trying the shampoo, but after having paid the rather high price of £5.50 for just 250ml, I wasn't going to just leave it as a rather pretty ornament on the bath edge. Rather than a bog-standard bottle, Glad Hair Day Shampoo is supplied in a flip lid, squeezy tube, rather like those that body creams come in, with the tube being decorated with a rather kitsch picture of a 50s pin-up washing her hair. The pink colour theme does mean that this shampoo can sit happily amongst all my other Soap and Glory products without feeling out of place, while all the relevant usage, safety and ingredient information is held on the rear of the tube.
I'm finding it hard to decide whether I like the design of the tube that this shampoo comes in. On one hand, the way that it sits on it's cap means that it is easier to get at every last dreg of shampoo and the flip lid means that I don't have to worry about screwing a top back on with soapy hands, or water getting into the bottle. But on the other hand the actual design is far too similar to the matching conditioner, meaning I have to check that I'm using the correct product and the flip lid is a little stiff to operate, especially with wet hands. The actual aperture for releasing the shampoo is the perfect size to release the perfect amount with a minimum of effort.
When full it takes very little pressure to squeeze out a blob of the thick, pink tinged gel that is Glad Hair Day Shampoo, I have a very short hairstyle, that just about reaches my ears at the front (shorter at the back) and I only need a small amount of the gel to create enough lather to cover my scalp and hair. With the gel being so thick and the water where I live so hard, I did think I would have to use a lot more and work a lot harder to produce the amount of lather that I did. Scent-wise Glad Hair Day shampoo is very sweet and fruity, with me being unable to exactly pinpoint the particular fruit, other than it being sweet yet tangy. Reading the actual tube, it states that it contains Raspberry Fruit Vinegar, which would explain the fruity aroma. Any diluted vinegar is excellent for removing grease from the hair while conditioning and de-tangling and raspberry smells a lot nicer than malt vinegar. The shampoo also contains panthenol, glycerin and phytantriol which combined with the raspberry vinegar are said to gloss, smooth. repair and strengthen the hair and add up to an ultra-shine daily super-shampoo.
While the instructions state to rub a small handful of shampoo into my hair and work into a lather, but with my short hair, I only need a blob the size of broad bean. The shampoo lathers up well and soon coats my head with bubbles, while releasing the gorgeous fruity aroma. After massaging the lather into my hair for a minute, it's time to rinse and I find that it does take a little longer to completely rinse the shampoo from my hair than I am used to. With my particular hair type I find that if I condition my hair after every hair-wash it quickly becomes lank, so I only follow up a shampoo with conditioner every other wash, meaning that I've experienced this shampoo used on it's own and in conjunction with the matching Glad Hair Day Conditioner. Without using conditioner my hair does feel a touch dry, but no more so than with any other shampoo, there are no knots or tangles, my hair feels squeaky clean and smells divine. As my hair dries, it feels soft to the touch and is manageable, again no more so than with other shampoos and a little less so than when I use my favourite Lush Honey shampoo. The fruity scent slowly fades and is replaced with what I can only describe as a hairdresser smell, what I mean by that is that it smells as if I had just been to the hairdresser for a cut and blow dry.
While not exactly in bad condition, my hair is fine and there is a lot of it, making it seem much thicker than it is, it is also regularly dyed red, which could make it dry. This shampoo does not seem to do anything to worsen the condition of my hair, but I can't really say that it does all that much to improve the condition. I still need to wash my hair every other day, with it starting to look a touch greasy by the end of the second day, but again this is normal for me. Basically this shampoo is no better and no worse than any other that I have used, which means that despite the beautiful scent I really don't think it's worth the much higher than average price tag, even though it will last me a long time as I only need to use a tiny amount at a time. Even when combined with the conditioner, it only gives slightly above average results and this is one Soap and Glory product I won't be re-purchasing.
While this is not a bad shampoo as such, I do not feel that it is worth the much higher than average price tag. I am just glad that I bought this during a three for two event at Boots, meaning it was far better value. Making a recommendation is actually a little tricky, as performance-wise, on my hair, Glad Hair Day shampoo deserves three stars out of five, while the scent would get five stars out of five and the value for money a measly two out of five. So taking all three aspects into account, I am giving Soap And Glory Glad Hair Day Shampoo three stars out of five and recommending that you purchase it if it is on special offer, or perhaps you could buy the travel size (50ml/£2.50).
*While there are lots of chemicals in the ingredient list, Soap and Glory do not test on animals preferring to use human guinea pigs.
Summary: Smells divine, but only gives average results