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The Body Shop Guarana Berry Volumising Shampoo

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Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Body & Hair Shampoo / Suitable for: Body & Hair / What it does: volumizeses,

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      26.07.2010 16:52
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      There are better volumising shampoos out there

      I have always been trying to find a solution for my fine and limp hair. Not wanting to pay much for it but still wanting to be a more conscious consumer, I went to the Body Shop. I browsed around the Body Shop and found their Guarana Berry range, which supposed to help "volumize and thickens the hair shaft and boosts body fuller hair". My first thought when I opened the top lid... "Smells very good". I was going to give it a try.

      The product has a few key ingredients:

      - Guarana berry extract to help stimulate the scalp.
      - Wheat and soy proteins to coat each hair fiber, expanding the hair shaft, while adding moisture and gloss to hair and protecting it from heat damage.
      - Hairsphere, a special technology containing a volumizing polymer with natural actives, to provide for extra body and volume.
      (Source: The Body Shop)

      The packaging is a nice plastic bottle with an easy to open top lid. It is dark brown (slightly translucent) with a white and red colour label. The packaging looks simple as with most of Body Shop products. The smell is very berry and pleasant.

      When pouring, the texture is little runny, and it lathers pretty well. I only need to use a small amount for my medium length hair. However, after lathering, it does leave an undesirable feeling to the hair, which does not feel as clean. Only when used with the conditioner everything feels much better. My hair feels soft and smooth after wash (together with conditioner).

      Initially, the product helped to boost my fine and limp hair, but after just 3-5 washes, the magic wore off. My hair was not so volume again. I also was surprised to find Sodium Laureth Sulfate as one of the ingredients in the product (see list of ingredients at end of review). SLS is known to be one of the causes of hair loss! Do check your Body Shop shampoo as I understand that many of its shampoos contain SLS.

      [Verdict]

      The smell of the product is very good, but unfortunately, the volume does not last for long. Furthermore, the product contains Sodium Laureate Sulfate, which could cause hair loss. For me, I will be avoiding the product in the future and only giving it a 2 stars, due to the nice smell and packaging.


      Price @ £4.00 for 250ml from thebodyshop.co.uk

      [Ingredients]

      Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate, Honey, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Panthenol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, VP/VA Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Methylparaben, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Propylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-10, PVP/DMAPA Acrylates Copolymer, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Linalool, Paullinia Cupana (Guarana) Extract, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Soytrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Sorbitol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzalkonium Chloride.
      (Source: The Body Shop)

      If you want something which works, I would like to suggest:
      Avalon Organics, Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo, 400ml
      But it retails for £11.99 on www.amazon.co.uk (but I've seen it selling for £8.00).

      Thanks! x

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        15.09.2009 22:55
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        3 stars

        Price: £5.35 for 250ml
        From: The Body Shop
        For: Creating extra body and fuller, thicker hair

        The packaging is nice, a simple plastic bottle with a flip top lid. The lid opens very easily but it shuts tightly enough for you to easily pack it in a bag without it spilling. Even though the packaging looks very simple and quite plain, it still manages to have that high quality feel that most Body Shop products possess.

        It is a fairly runny shampoo, with a really nice refreshing guarana berry scent. The scent is not strong in a overpowering way but it is strong enough to make an impact and make it really nice to use.

        It lathers well and I only need to use a fairly small amount even on my long hair. The lather does not feel luxurious, but it is nice enough to use. It feels quite strange on my hair, and I almost feel as though it's clinging to the hair and making it dirtier rather than cleaning it.

        It rinses out easily but no matter how much I rinse it out my hair never feels clean while still wet, which is not a nice feeling. But once it's dried it feels lovely and clean and fresh, which is very strange!

        My hair feels soft and smooth and looks pretty good after using this, but it doesn't feel or look fuller, thicker or more volumized. I've used my bottle up now and even regular use did not have any effect on the fullness or body of my hair.

        All in all this is a pretty good shampoo, just not for volumizing.
        Thumbs in the middle from me.

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    • Product Details

      The Body Shop / A stimulating shampoo with guarana berry extract, specially formulated to create fuller hair with added body / 250mL /