I don't like paying full price for things, I also don't like paying for major brands if I can help it as very often I think you pay your the name. Sometimes though, more expensive IS better.
Not in this case though.
Tesco clear and confident is their own brand answer to head n shoulders, their main competitor in this field, and works just as efficiently I feel. The adverts for h n s have been going around for years, so that product has kind of become ingrained in our brains, but this offers a healthy alternative for your wallet.
It has a pleasant enough smell, not too over powering, and seems to do exactly as advertised and prevent dandruff and flaky scalp, one thing I have noted though - and that I see another reviewer has also noted- is that the shampoo is quite thick. I would describe it best, I think, as gloopy. Certainly it has one of the thickest consisticencies of shampoo that I have used!
This doesn't put me off however, as apart from that I actually quite like this product.
The packaging is obviously supposed to draw your eye, so looks as close to h n s as it can without being sued. The bottle is quite hard, rigid plastic which means the last residue can sometimes be hard to get out unless you leave the bottle upside town, and this brings about it's own problems. For the catch at the top doesn't always sit securely, meaning that if you decide to do this you can sometimes end up with shampoo dripping down the ride of wherever you leave it!
If they could do something about the container it comes in then Tesco would have a 5* product.
As it is then, they end up with only a fairly satisfactory, but not quite perfect, 4.
Would I recommend this? Yes, I would. It doesnt do anything that head n shoulders doesn't, or can't do, and comes at a fraction of the price.
Overall a good alternative to the major branded product!
The Clear and Confident shampoo is one that I have been using intermittently for a few months now. I purchased it originally because from time to time I suffer with a dry scalp which if I don't control, will start to cause a small amount of dandruff. I thought that a shampoo like this would help to eliminate the dry scalp and nip the issue of dandruff in the bud before it started. I've been using this if and when I've felt it necessary for around 3 to 4 washes at a time, then going back to my regular shampoo. It is a Tesco's own product and it attracted me as it was £1 for a 300ml bottle - cheaper than the likes of Head and Shoulders and the branded versions of similar shampoos.
The shampoo comes in a white and blue bottle, with a flip top lid upon which the product squeezes out. Upon first use of this, I was amazed at the shampoo's consistency. It was not something I was keen on at all. It's quite difficult to squeeze from the bottle due to this thickness. As for application, it feels like I am rubbing a gel paste into my hair! It is extremely thick, mint green in colour and even into thoroughly wet hair does not lather up well at all. I feel that it tends to stick to the strand as a paste rather than lathering into a soapy, bubbly texture and due to this, I also find that it's hard to rinse out properly. I find it's quite difficult to make sure that it's all been washed from the hair and there have been a couple of times that I've thought it's been rinsed away, only for me to find odd specks of the gel paste still clinging on desperately to the hair.
After washing, I find it incredibly easy to brush through my hair. This shampoo is actually a 2 in 1 and the conditioner included clearly helps because my long and thick hair tangles easily normally. Once dried, I notice a very slight scent but it is extremely subtle - good really as it smells very medicated and clinical to me, not a nice scent and certainly not one I want to be able to smell afterwards! One thing to note is that my review is based on the original version - I have noticed since that a citrus one is also available and although I've never tried it, I assume that one may give a nicer scent.
The results have been good, which is the main thing I suppose. As I say, I only use this for 3 to 4 washes and then am able to return to my normal shampoo with no problems. My scalp loses it's dryness and returns to normal so this scores big points for it's quick response to that. I also find that it doesn't damage my hair in any other way. I was always a little sceptical of using products like this because I thought that although they may sort the dry scalp issue out but may cause me other problems eg dry ends, split ends or hair that generally felt very straw like. They are issues I've found in the past from using cheap shampoos on my hair. I'm happy to say though that this has never been the case, albeit based on my short periods of use each time. Whether that would be similar using it constantly I'm unsure. Every time I've used this, I've washed my hair and then been able to leave it for my usual 48 hours before needing to wash again.
Clear and confident is the name and I suppose that it has given me confidence that the issue of a dry scalp is well under control. I would recommend this on the whole, at least in the way I use it. I would not however use this on a lengthy regular basis as in use I find it very annoying to apply and rinse out. I suppose though my issues with a dry scalp have only been very slight - I would probably put up with the annoying usage problems if I suffered from a more severe dry scalp as the results have been very good. I've rated 3 stars as I feel that's fair.
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I have wrote before how I have a rotational system going for shampoos and since I wash my hair everyday, I can anything up to four shampoos on the go at any one time. I like to have at least one of these being an anti dandruff shampoo not because I currently have dandruff but I tend to have an flaky scalp and without keeping dandruff away with the proper shampoo, it would very easily develop. The antidandruff shampoo that I use varies depending on the offers on at the time, but the last time I went searching for one, I picked up this Tesco own brand Clear and Confident Anti Dandruff which currently costs £2 for a 300ml bottle.
There are a couple of choices when it comes to this Clear and Confident shampoo, but I opted for the 'Smooth and silky' shampoo, which contains jojoba and wheat protein and has been designed for dry and damaged hair. Now I wouldn't say my hair is in bad condition, but I do blow dry and straighten every morning, so it must damage my hair to some extent.
WHen using this shampoo, I find it quite slow when you are squeezing it out of the bottle, compared to other shampoos which practically pour out. This, I suppose, is no bad thing, in that you can keep a better check of the amount you are using and therefore a bottle should last you longer.
In terms of scent, I can't say that I have ever noticed any strong scent when using this shampoo, or after drying. It simply has a scent of a clean shampoo, nothing noticeable which is fine for me as I don;t tend to purchase shampoos simply for the scent, and as long as it cleans my hair and in this case, keeps any potential dandruff at bay then this is what I want.
After washing my hair, I find I can easily run a comb through my hair which I always think is a good sign of a shampoo. After blowdrying, my hair does look and feel smooth and silky and really feels like it is in good condition. Most importantly however, since using this shampoo, there hasn't been a single hint of a dandruff flake appearing and that isn't even with me using this everyday, but it is obviously effective as long as I use it regularly, and I can do this alongside normal shampoos.
All in all, in my opinion, this Clear and Confident anti dandruff shampoo is literally the cheaper equivalent of Head and SHoulders which I find has got very expensive recently. If I can find a cheaper but equally effective antidandruff shampoo that still looks after my hair and leaves it in good condition, whilst keeping any dandruff flakes far away, then that is ideal, and at £2 this is definitely cheaper than Head and Shoulders.