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      16.12.2013 19:10
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      Great to highlight my blonde locks

      I recently bought the Timotei Golden Highlights shampoo as part of a 3 for 2 offer in Tesco, where it normally retails for around £3 for a 400ml bottle. Today it is actually half price at £1.50, an offer lasting until the New Year. The bottle is entirely different to that shown in the picture - mine is a much taller, slimmer bottle which has a button style lid rather than a flip top - something that has stopped the shampoo becoming messy around the lid after use as it helps to keep the unused product in the bottle rather than spilling around the sides.

      The shampoo is a yellow/orange colour when squeezed from the bottle. I find it's just the right consistency in order to control when lathering up - it's not runny so I don't end up losing some off my hand and down the plughole yet it's not so gloopy that it ends up being hard to lather into my hair. All I do is rinse my hair for a minute or two in warm water and then apply a generous amount of the product to it, lathering for about a minute. Then I rinse out, again something that seems really easy - it doesn't tend to cling to the strands and rinses out instantly.

      Once rubbed slightly with a towel, I brush through my hair and even without using a separate conditioner on my hair I find that this is also really easy. Very few tangles or knots appear through washing and it just brushes at ease. Then I just dry with the hairdryer until completely dry.

      I have blonde hair - not natural but dyed at home by myself using a DIY hair kit. I'm not the most talented at it, but I like to think that it looks ok although I will try anything to try and highlight the blonde in my hair to accentuate the colour. This shampoo has definitely helped with that - at the beginning of using this, I'd not really taken much notice of the claims of the shampoo - I'd primarily just bought it on a whim as part of the deal and not taken much notice that it was supposed to help brighten the blonde colour so I have been pleasantly surprised. It apparently is infused with camomile extract that has anti oxidant and moisturising properties that aid in this process.

      Even after it's first use, I was looking at my hair in the mirror and I could really tell the blonde colour was glistening much more than usual - the colour appeared brighter and cleaner. It has helped to minimise brassiness too. I honestly think that this shampoo works just as well (if not better) than the expensive highlight activating shampoos on sale by premium hair brands that I've used previously.

      This shampoo has also minimised frizz. My hair has a tendency to become quite large and bush out to the sides after washing, something that I usually have to control by getting the straighteners on it to pop it back into shape. With this though, I've stood debating whether to straighten it at all or not when looking in the mirror because it seems to control it very well - to the point that I could go out straight after drying without any further work.

      I leave my hair for about 48 hours before washing again usually and I've been able to keep to that routine - it never looks as though it's in desperate need for a wash then either, it still looks ok even though my hair does have a tendency to go greasy at the roots.

      The only slight downside to this shampoo is it's scent. I really like the scent upon using, although it rarely lasts longer than the time it takes to dry my hair and that really disappoints me. I can never smell anything once it's completely dry. Even the scent, which I presume is the camomile extract, isn't that noticeable when using the product but the scent that is there is nice and calming.

      Overall I feel that it deserves four stars. One taken off because of the lack of a lasting scent. Other than that though the results have been great and definitely one that I'd buy again, especially when on offer.

      Thanks for reading :o)

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      16.06.2012 22:51
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      Brightens hair and leaves it silky and smooth with natural goodness!

      I started getting blonde highlights when I was about 14, after pestering my Mum for what seems like years! Once I started to gradually go blonde all over, I found out quickly that the brightness of my locks would diminish in-between visits to the salon. I did some research on how to prevent this and came across the world of colour activating shampoos and conditioners. Back then I was not working and did not have the money to splash out on expensive hair treatments so I settled for Timotei Golden Highlights Shampoo for Blonde or Highlighted hair and it has quickly become an all time favourite!

      The bottle is different to the one Dooyoo have provided in the thumbnail. It is golden in colour measuring at just over 6 inches containing 300ml of gorgeous product. On the front, at the bottom is a beautiful little image of a white petal flower and some honey - depicting the ingredients, along with a symbol that informs me it has been made with 100% natural extracts which is music to my ears - no one wants to be putting unnecessary chemicals on their hair especially if it has already been tortured with bleach and heat, instead it contains "A beautiful selection of camomile flower extract known for its lightening and colour protection benefits and acacia honey extract known for its nourishing properties" - if that does not make you buy it, nothing will! As well as all this Timotei contains NO parabens - although it is debated at how harmful they are, sometimes it's better to be safe than sorry.

      The flip cap of the bottle opens up easily (even with soap suds around!) and the shampoo disperses easily enough after a little squeeze. Having mid length hair, I usually use about a 50 pence piece amount of shampoo for the first wash. It is the same colour as the bottle - a lovely golden shade and looks a little like honey! It smells absolutely divine with floral tones, hints of honey and a top note of citrus, making your hair smell and feel refreshes as well as your bathroom! It lathers really, really well and quickly so you don't need to use too much - meaning the bottle will last for longer. As I was massaging it through my hair, I could already feel that it was making it softer and silkier. I followed with Timotei Golden Highlights Conditioner through the ends of my hair (all that heat damage!) and towel dried.

      Before I blasted it with the hairdryer I noticed that it was not as tangled as usual and I could get a brush through it much more easier than I could before. On drying my hair, I could feel and see that it was noticeable smoother and neater and a lot easier to style! My hair did appear to be brighter and I receive a lot of compliments asking me what salon I had had my hair done at!

      Fours year later I still return to my Timotei now and then and am marvelled at the results that I see, also a plus side is knowing that it is doing my hair good and making it healthier. I bought mine at my local Wilkinsons for £3 however it is available at Superdrug, Boots, selected supermarkets, online make up stores as well as Amazon and eBay.

      Cheap as chips but does the job!

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      01.02.2012 12:46
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      An excellent product, well worth the money.

      I purchased this by accident. You know how it is when you get substitutions from on-line supermarket deliveries? Once you've checked the box to say you'll accept substitutions, you could end up with anything (an element of surprise that cheers up the whole experience of grocery shopping no end, I find)! Well, it certainly gave my family a cheer when my Timotei shampoo of choice did not arrive, but in its stead was this unassuming little number with a designated purpose for bringing out the best from your 'golden highlights' - this for the female in the house who has been going grey since she was 28 and now sports a real 'silver highlight' palette!

      Still, as with all substitutions, it's more hassle than its worth to ask for a different replacement and, because shampoo was what I needed, I'm using it and I have to say, this has been one of the best surprises I've had all year!

      Blurb vs reality:
      SMELLY:
      The blurb stated "natural extracts" and these are really evident through the scent of the shampoo. From the bottle, there is a strong, but not overbearing scent from the shampoo: clean (possibly the camomile flower) and semi-sweet, almost to the point of fruity (probably the honey extract). In your hand and during washing, this shampoo smells lovely: the scent really does seem to imply that a goodness is being done to your hair, which my hair can definitely testify to. After your hair's dry the scent is still there, but more subtle. the degree by which you can still smell it will of course depend on what conditioner or drying products you may also use on your hair.
      ** I'd actually love a fabric conditioner that smelled like this shampoo! Not that I want my hair to smell of fabric conditioner, but you know what I mean ...!
      SOAPY:
      Lathers very well. I only ever lather up once and this seems to be more than sufficient for both a thorough cleaning and for the shampoo to work it's scent, shine and softness magic as indicated on the blurb!
      FEELY:
      The blurb about why this shampoo's great for those golden areas states that it's the light-textured enrichment of chamomile and honey extracts that gives a "soft to touch end result" and "significantly more shiny hair". Since I have had more than a sprinkling of grey, the texture of my hair has changed completely - dry, coarse and wiry, you name it. No other shampoo (and very few conditioners in fact) has had any effect on it, so all I was expecting was that this shampoo would just clean my hair. However, the shampoo has done just what the bottle proclaimed, and my hair is actually soft and I have noticed something of a shine - yes, even on my grey strands - I can't remember the last time that happened. If I blow it dry straight, I don't have wayward, wiry grey spirals poking up and out of my 'style' and if I leave it to dry naturally (semi-wavy) it actually feels soft and fluffy around my face and neck, not steely. With the element of shine this shampoo's given me, I'm actually starting to consider my grey as the much more valued 'silver'.

      AND FINALLY ....
      SKIN: Just to say that I struggle with eczema on my head / neck: nothing terrible but enough that I only buy certain hair products, to avoid setting it off or making it worse when it's already up. The bottle says that the shampoo is "skin neutral ph" and I have found no additional irritation to my eczema since using this shampoo, which is another nice surprise really (although Timotei is on my 'trusted' list anyway).
      VALUE FOR MONEY: I only use one application at a time and, because of the effectiveness of the shampoo, I do not seem to be using quite as much conditioner on my hair as before, so I'd say that this bottle is good value for money on those counts alone. Add into the mix that this shampoo has dramatically improved the overall condition of my hair (greys and all) without costing salon prices, I'd say this shampoo offers excellent value.

      So, if you have more than a sprinkle of greys, don't spend a fortune on some of those salon brands which claim to specialise in looking after your silver strands, I'd recommend that this Timotei shampoo could be just the thing to shine your silver!

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      19.04.2011 01:55

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      Best product for the least money!

      Longing for the blonde hair I had when I was younger but not wanting to use bleach or dyes; I found Timotei's Golden Highlights via an internet search. Despite the product stating it was for blonde and highlighted hair, I actually have light brown hair and yet after a weeks use I had noticeably lighter hair. The results look very natural and for the money I don't think there is anything better on the market.
      I had been using it as a replacement to my normal shampoo and conditioner for 6 months without any problems. Only recently have I noticed my scalp has become quite dry and so am using it less often but enough to maintain the effect. I suspect this is because I have sensitive skin so a word of caution if you do. It's just about getting the balance right and for me is still worth it for the highlighted look.

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      10.02.2011 18:08
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      Good shampoo.......great lather........no highlights

      ~The look of the product~

      The product bottle is differing from the one picture. The 300ml bottle is in two separate parts ( as are all shampoo bottles but......) the container for the product is a pearlised soft yellow colour with a sunshine/orange lid. The bottle is fairly eye-catching with what looks like to be a daisy (but is a camomile flower plant) and a 'block' of honey. The blurb on the front is "A precious selection of camomile flower extract from Hungary known for its lightening and colour protection benefits and French acacia honey extract known for its nourishing properties" It also promotes its 100% natural extract ingredients. Turning to the back of the bottle Timotei carry on with their campaign, "Timotei Golden Highlights shampoo brings out golden highlights, and gives extra sparkling shine, for beautifully healthy sun-kissed blonde hair. A specific recipe for blonde hair enriched with camomile flower extract and honey extract, with a light texture that does not weigh down your hair, for your hair, for an amazingly soft to touch end result.

      ~The price~ and ~Value for money~

      The product is on average £2.03 for a 300ml bottle. I have used this product to test and feel as though you would need around 10ml for medium-long hair which is around £0.20 per wash, being good value for money for a shampoo but not good value for money as I feel as though it does not live up to its claims to enhance golden highlights. (I shall talk about my personal experience further on)

      ~The smell~and~the look/feel of product~

      The smell of this product is not how you would think it would smell, I would say that it is a mixture of green apples and a floral scent (however like I always say I am rubbish at smells so please take this as a guide) The shampoo is an opaque cream colour with a creamy consistency.

      ~Personal experience~

      Owning my own beauty supplies I have the luxury of product testing, this shampoo produced a fantastic lather, however after using both the shampoo and conditioner (as it recommended) I felt it did not enhance my highlights (un-natural ones). I would recommend this as a shampoo but would also say do not get too excited by the enhancement of highlights as I felt this was not proven.

      ~Final notes~

      I would rate this product 3/5 based on how clean and fresh my hair felt and smelt after use, however it loses 2 points for not living up to the enhancement of highlights claim. Please feel free to comment on anything you wish to know about the product but which I have not put in this review, I have tried to write about everything I would wish to know but a few things may have escaped my mind.

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        02.01.2011 17:08

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        A great product .Will compliment any good condition hair. Also enhance a lack lusture mop like mine

        Being a real strawbery blonde, MALE , who constanly is accused of dying my hair like so many fashionerdohs.. Ive below shoulder length un dyed wild dry hair..
        The timetomato is eay to apply to my almost dry /damp hair and can be worked in without leaving a nasty sticky feeling.Like others may do. I LEAVE IT IN FOR DAYS.It smells so nice...
        As FOR THE BOTTLE AND ITS LACK OFF TRANSPRENCY /relating to how much is left ! What tosh.. you tell how much is left when you use it ..BY LIFTING IT UP and squeezing it out.Weight of container /how hard you squeeze..This pratice may be learnt with a beverage can,milk carton,tooth paste tube or similar every day item in any household.
        The conditioner is good . Seems you females worry tooo much about showing roots.
        If your natural your natural .Timotioto is realy realy realy good..realy.
        Mr Mark

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        04.05.2010 19:17
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        Timotei Golden Highlights

        Description: Brand: Timotei / Hair Care Type: Hair Colour / Adds sun kissed effect on blonde to light brown hair.


        I have quite long, highlighted blonde hair. Unfortunately I am not one of those lucky women who naturally have gorgeous smooth hair which is manageable and shiny. Instead, I have slightly wavy hair which is prone to curling in humidity or wet weather. The curls are not perfect either, but can look frizzy so I have to use products designed for my hair type and straighten it every day (I use GHDs and heat protecting spray) to try and keep it looking sleek.

        I also like to use shampoos and conditioners designed to enhance blonde hair so that I can stretch out the time between visits to the salon. My personal favourite is the John Frieda Go Blonder range but they can be a little expensive (usually retailing for around £5.50 a bottle) so I am keen to try cheaper options to see how effective they are.

        The shampoo can be found in most chemists and supermarkets and comes in a bright yellow plastic bottle with a flip open lid. A 400ml bottle will cost around £2.15 but can often be found on special offer so it is worth keeping your eyes open.

        The product is a glossy looking creamy colour with a golden sheen. It is thick and creamy and you don't need to use too much to create a decent lather. It has a light and fresh fragrance which I found very pleasant but it doesn't seem to linger in your hair once you have dried and styled it which is a shame.

        After drying and styling, my hair did feel soft and clean but if I am being honest, I didn't notice a great difference in the condition or the shade. I felt that this was a nice enough shampoo and decent value for money but if you are looking for a visible difference in the brightness of your hair, you may be better with a different shampoo.

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        26.03.2010 20:43
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        A nice shampoo for blonde hair.

        The photo Dooyoo shows of this shampoo is outdated, the new boottle looks completely different, it comes in a golden yellow plastic bottle with a flip top cap. The shampoo is designed for people with blonde to light brown hair and is made to emphasise your blonde highlights whether they be natural or otherwise.

        The shampoo is available from most supermarkets and chemist stores and retails for around £2.32 for a 400ml bottle. However currently the shampoo is on offer for only £1 in Tesco, it's a real bargain at that price. There is also a conditioner available at the same price.

        Directions for use are quite simply to apply to wet hair, lather and then rinse. The shampoo is a lovely golden colour and there is a shimmery pearly quality to it. It is of moderate consistency, not as thick and creamy as some shampoos. Once in your hair it lathers up really well and you get lots of soapy suds. It does however rinse out really easily and quickly. After using it my hair feels really clean and also softer. There is a light fragrant scent but nothing particularly distinctive or strong.

        My hair is naturally light brown in colour but I have had blonde highlights for several years so am now much lighter than I used to be. Using this shampoo does make the blonde colour stay a bit lighter and brighter for longer, I think. It also makes my hair feel really soft and smooth and also gives it a nice shiny appearance.

        I like this shampoo and I do think it perhaps gives your blonde highlights a bit more of a boost than some other shampoos. I have bought this shampoo a few times and it was one of my favourite shampoos until I found another brand which I now love (but is unfortunately a lot more expensive), a review of that will be coming soon. I would recommend this to you if you have blonde hair and want a reasonable priced shampoo that gives good results and if you get it for £1 its worth a try.

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          30.10.2009 10:52
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          A great product for emphasising highlights just don't expect miracles

          It seems like an age ago now that I had light brown/ dark blonde hair and even longer ago that I had blonde hair but when I did I was really keen on finding products that kept my hair shiny and bright emphasising highlights... but at an affordable cost. One of those products that did was Timotei Golden Highlights Shampoo

          ***Packaging***

          The Golden Highlights shampoo from Timotei comes in a bright golden yellow plastic bottle. The lid is a more golden orange colour which flips shut. For the money the bottle is fine but because it is a block colour it is difficult to judge how much product is left inside. The plastic flip top lid is also quite flimsy which is fine for everyday use but if you are planning to put this into a travel bag then you are likely to suffer a product spillage.

          The packaging states that this product is suited to those with blonde to light brown hair so brunettes this is probably not the product for you to emphasise highlights and the tones of your natural hair colour.

          ***Price***

          A 400ml bottle of this costs £2.09 in Asda. For such a large bottle I think that this is very good value for money and this amount of shampoo used to last me around 6-8 weeks when used daily.

          ***Application***

          As with most shampoos the directions for use are apply to wet hair, lather and then rinse. Very simple and easy to apply.

          The product is a creamy golden colour with a golden shimmer to it. The shampoo is quite runny so comes out of the bottle very fast. A little bit of product goes a long way and the shampoo once applied to the hair creates a lot of lather. The product rinses out of hair very easily and feels very light and wet hair feels like it has no sticky residue left on it once rinsed.

          The product has a very nice light scent. A clean camomile scent is apparent and I also feel the shampoo has a sweet scent very much like honey. When rinsed this scent can still be smelt on the hair but it is not at all overpowering.

          ***Results***

          Once hair is dried it feels very clean soft and shiny . By no means is hair lighter however I felt my hair looked much brighter and shinier and as a result the lighter highlights in my hair were more apparent.

          I found that when I had blonde highlights put into my hair my hair looked brighter for longer and in-between visits to the hairdressers the shampoo kept my highlights from looking dull which I found sometimes occurred between visits.

          On my natural light brown hair I felt the shampoo brightened my hair as it looks so shiny so when I was under a light or out in natural sunlight it was much easier to see the natural lighter shades in my hair.

          The condition of my hair also felt great. My hair felt soft and smooth and I was left with a clean feel and scent all day. Even if I did not wash my hair the following day I still felt confident my hair felt and looked clean which is not the case with some shampoos and it is essential to wash my hair daily.

          ***Overall***

          This is a great product and would definitely recommend to those with natural blonde or (quite) light brown hair. After using this shampoo hair feels clean, light soft and shiny. Because hair appears much more shiny I feel that hair appears brighter and blonde highlights appear more noticeable.. whether this is natural or not so natural highlights.

          Even better this is a very affordable price and much more effective than some of the more expensive salon branded products which claim to do the same to hair.

          A great product at a great price which if I decide to go blonde again (or natural) then I will definitely be stocking up on!

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            12.08.2009 18:32
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            A wonderous conditioner that does everything it claims, smells great too.

            Timotei golden highlights conditioner, containing camomile flower and amber extract.

            A conditioner that claims to accentuate the golden hues and tones in your hair leaving it gleaming and looking sun kissed. A brave claim and one I've heard before from other products that haven't delivered. Amazingly though, this one did deliver, superbly. After several uses a couple of people commented on how "blonde" I was looking, after establishing they weren't being derogatory I suddenly realised that it must be down to the conditioner. I got the rest of the family involved in the experiment and noticed a real difference in everyone's hair after just 2 uses. It leaves your hair remarkably soft and shiny and eliminates the issues I have with static.

            The conditioner is thick and creamy with an almost pearlescent shimmer, this would have been easier to see if the bottle was clear and not the dense gold colour plastic it's packaged in. It smoothes into wet hair easily and only needs 1 minute to do it's job before washing out fully leaving no residue or slimy feeling. It smells divine, a really sweet, almost fruity smell that lingers on your hair for hours after use, utterly pleasant and worth a sniff.

            Like most people, I'd imagine, I only tried this new brand of conditioner as it was on offer at £1 for 400ml in my local supermarket. It's a real winner, one I'll definitely buy again and again.

            New packaging differs from picture shown.

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            26.07.2009 15:29
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            Fantastic value

            I bought this along with another from the same range when I was after a cheap shampoo and spotted it on a half price offer in Tesco, making it just £1.16 for a 400ml bottle.

            It comes in a golden yellow plastic bottle, which is opaque so you can't really easily tell how much you have left. It has a flip top lid which does fasten securely for in the bathroom, but perhaps not tightly enough to take travelling with you and not have to worry about spillage.

            The shampoo is creamy colour with a golden shimmer to it, and quite runny in texture. I find it can be quite difficult not to get too much out of the bottle because of how runny it is, it just comes out too fast. It does have a nice texture to it though, is easy to work through the hair, and lathers up nice and quickly.

            It creates a lot of lather from just a small amount of the shampoo so it's really not necessary to use a lot in one go. The lather is really fine and soft and it feels lovely on the hair and scalp as you massage it through the hair. It has a nice subtle camomile scent to it which is lovely and fresh.

            After washing with this my hair feels squeaky clean and smooth, and once dried it feels amazingly soft. It feels soft, smooth and frizz-free, and it looks really healthy. I was quite surprised at the instant difference it made to my blonde hair, making it look lighter and brighter. My hair looks and feels great, and it even seems to have given me a little bit more volume and improved the overall texture of my hair, and this is without the use of a conditioner.

            I'm really impressed with this shampoo and for such a low price I'll be stocking up and using it for a long time.

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            06.06.2004 20:07
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            I don't usually shop on a Sunday, apart from going to the bootsales, but today I ventured into safeways as we had run out of shampoo. Now I'm not really loyal to any brand of shampoo and if it's on offer the in the basket it goes, but slowly I am narrowing down my choice of shampoo, as some leave my hair in need of a good wash the day after I have used them while others dry it out so that it breaks more and at my age you have to start to look after your hair and skin. Some of my friends have already started to go grey and some of the men have even started to recede or go grey and they are younger than me!Scarry isn't it? Anyway, before I get on a rant about the aging process and totally loose the plot. I will focus and tell you about my shopping spree, well, really it was a mini one what with it being sunday and the day of rest. I was following my other half down the aisle. You know the way...The man sets off at a hundred miles an hour, because he hates to shop and you frantically grab things off the shelf as your passing, in the desperate hope that you won't lose him in the shop, after all he has the wallet. With one eye on the goods in the shop and the other on 'Dave'. I spied the shampoo and realised we were down to the last few hair washes. Having a teenage girl still at home, I thought I'd better stock up, as she has to wash her hair and straighted it with her GSD's every day. Sometimes twice, depending on whether she's going out, which nowadays can all happen in seconds with the text messages flying through the air at almost light speed. So off I trot to the shelf with the offers of Timotei shampoo on I know I have liked this one before and think to hell with it if 'Dave' wants to leg it, then it's just tough. I can always struggle at the till to tx him and get him to bring his wallet to me. So there I am calming down after my rush around the
            shop and giving myself the time to look at the shampoo's. Very girlie, I think. On the shelf there are quite a choice but the one's which suit us lot are:- Golden Highlights with Natural Extract. Timotei for Normal hair (Daughter, buy two!). Timotei for Mid Brown to Dark Brown Hair (Dave, who doesn't care at all about which he uses as he's still in the dark ages and will use soap if there's nothing else to hand!) Timotei for Blonde to Light Brown Hair (Me, who is looking for the right shampoo in life). These are on offer at £1.79 buy one get one free, which I think is a good deal and in the basket they go. The packaging is good too, flip up lids so Dave can't loose the tops in the bathroom and they also help prevent spills. The bottles are plastic so can be recycled and they are soft plastic so that you can squeeze the desired amount out onto your palm, for washing. About a ten pence piece sized blob will do for one wash. Unless like Dave you tip the bottle upside down on your head and squeeze it untill to pours onto your hair....I've tried to educate him but after 18 years I have given up and just leave him to it. Each different shampoo has it's own scent, the natural one has a hint of rosemary and mint. The one for brown hair has a hint of rose, which I am sure Dave will want to rinse away until it doesn't smell at all. The one for light hair has a hint of camomile which is good for the scalp and has a refreshing and calming property. The shampoo has a thick consistancy and is white in each bottle. This has a nice scent in each one and there is a slight hint of the shampoo on your hair after you have used it. The condition of my hair after using the one for me is vastly improved, unlike the cheaper brands this shampoo is good at doing it's job. It dosen't leave my hair looking or feeling greasey after use. My hair
            feels lighter and looks shinier, its more easy to brush after I have toweled dried or used the hair dryer and it doesn't give it that static fly away look. I have used Timotei before, so know that after a few days use the condition of my hair will improved, it won't breaking as much, when I brush it. Dave seems to like the one I bought for him, he used it before he went out, which has to be a thumbs up result for Timotei and it was worth that little bit of stress of going shopping with a man. After all he did pay the bill.

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              08.05.2004 01:42
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              Well, its been a while so I thought it was about time I wrote another op! Being a natural dark blonde myself I often wish my hair was a bit lighter naturally. I've died it a lighter blonde in the past (although not really light it must be said!) But re-growth REALLY annoys me. I've even used the lemon stuff you can put on your hair in summer to take advantage of advanced lightening through the sun. This helps but it doesn't help when the UK is plunged into darkness for the rest of the year. What's a girl to do between October and March? Well, ever since Timotei brought out the new "Golden Highlights - Camomile" range which, according to the TV advert naturally lightened your hair through regular use of the shampoo. The TV advert (and the back of the Timotei bottles) would have you believe that 86%* of women have perceived highlights in their hair after product usage. (* consumer test carries out on 245 women with blonde to light brown hair) I'm a sucker for TV adverts and fell for it hook, line and sinker. I wanted it. I NEEDED to try it. However I was in love. With Herbal Essences Clarifying shampoo. I didn't want to switch. I bravely decided to branch out from Herbal Essences the other week and finally got around to trying this (once new) Timotei range. I bought the shampoo (in "New Larger Size" - 300ml) from Asda for £1.68. As I knew I wanted to try it I didn't actually bother having a whiff of it before I bought it. So, I stuck it in the trolley and proceeded to try the shampoo that night when I came to wash my hair like I do every evening. Whilst lying in the bath I decided I'd read the back of the shampoo bottle before applying. Nothing of real interest on there it must be said, just the above statistic already quoted. Just as with the TV advert, I was impressed. "The active power of nature brings you 100% natural beauty"
              Sounds impressive for £1.68 doesn't it? Well, it claims that its the highly concentrated active camomile flower extract that does the business. It combines these lightening properties into a gentle yet highly effective formulation. Result: hair is shiny and healthy looking, with beautiful natural highlights. And yes, you've guessed it. I just copied that from the back of the bottle too! So, enough of the theory, it was time to put it to the test! I opened the bottle and took a whiff of it for the first time. I must admit, I was a little disappointed. I'm not overly fussy when it comes to shampoo smells, I'll usually like anything. (Although I do have a preference for fruit type smells). However, the Timotei one doesn't smell like other Timotei ranges, its different in a hard-to-describe manner. To me it kind of smells a bit too much like bathroom cleaner (or something similar). Its different, I'll give it that. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying its an unpleasant smell in any way, shape or form, it just isn't to my personal taste. I dunno, it may smell like camomile for all I know, I'm not sure I know what camomile smells like! So, having whiffed it, it was time to apply. I squirted some out onto my hand to find it was of a good consistency - I hate it when shampoo's are so runny they might as well just bottle it as plain water. The first thing that struck me about the shampoo itself though was that of the colour, or more precisely, the seemingly sparkly bits inside it. Its not actually glittery bits as such. (That would just be impractical, afterall!) Its more like dissolveable bits of fine sparkly powder. Or thats the best way I can describe it anyway! Away I go and apply it to my hair. I have long hair (to about waist level) so I need to apply quite a bit of shampoo to get a decent lather going usually. Timotei was no different. I applied a good 50p
              piece and a bit extra size to my palm, this seemed to later up well so full marks on that aspect. Some shampoo's are terrible and mean you need to put LOADS on to get any lather going at all. I decided to leave it on my hair for a few minutes. I thought this might increase the chances of the camomile getting to action! (Can't blame a gal for trying, can you?) Then it came to rinsing time. The shampoo rinsed off easily and left my hair feeling clean and soft. I let my hair dry naturally so I had a long time to wait to see the results. In fact I had to wait till the morning until my hair was 100% dry. So, the important bit.... Was it any lighter? Well, I can't say I noticed it looking any different to normal. I tried recalling the TV advert. Perhaps it had claimed that the results were noted after 3 washes. Or maybe 5? (Wishful thinking). I've now been using the shampoo for a couple of weeks, generally every evening. Sadly, I still can't see any difference in the colour of my hair. Still, on the plus side, at least my hair isn't any darker! My hair is slightly lighter at the ends than the roots due to a previous colouring I had in a few years back (like I say, my hair is long). This I don't mind so much as re-growth near your scalp. It just looks really obvious when its near your scalp but half way down your back when the colour you died your hair was just a shade or two lighter than your natural colour anyway and it doesn't look obvious at all. I've been inspecting these ends and comparing them to my roots diligently to see if there are any differences. I honestly can't say that there are though. I've even asked my mum but she can't see any differences either. The bottle clearly says that the shampoo is designed to work on blonde to light brown hair so my hair should be ideal for it to work on. I guess I must be in the 14% of women who di
              dn't notice any difference though. Sadly :'( However, as those who may recall reading my previous shampoo op's may know. My main problem when it comes to shampoo's is that of build up/rinseability (dunno if thats a word, but it is now!) :o) You see my hair gets greasy if I don't wash it every day or so. I couldn't possibly go more than 48 hours without washing it. This was the only reason I took so long to even try this shampoo. I didn't want to change from my Herbal Essences Clarifying range that I absolutely adore because its the ONLY shampoo I've EVER found to not get built up over time. Like I say though, so far I've been using Timotei for about two weeks. Its yet to get built up but then I did switch brands on two occasions due to staying at a friends house. I do feel like its about to get built up any time now though. Call it psychic or womanly intuition, I don't know. I just get the feeling its only a matter of time. I *highly* doubt I'll get through the whole bottle without feeling my hair getting greasy and built-up despite just having washed it. I sharn't bother buying another bottle of this. I'll be sticking to good old Herbal Essences for the forseeable future I think. Conclusion: Smell = 2/5 Consistency = 4/5 Rinseability = 4/5 Effectiveness (cleaning) = 4/5 Effectiveness (lightening) = 1/5 Total = 15/25 = 60% So, overall, its not bad. It's just not great. I would try it if you're after highlights and have light brown to blonde hair naturally. You may be one of the lucky 86% after all. Just don't expect miracles.

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                05.03.2004 21:54
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                Timotei Golden Highlights range consists of both a shampoo and conditioner for blonde to light brown hair. Having recently had my hair highlighted, and, being very pleased with the results, I wanted my hair to look as shiny and sun kissed as the day I stepped out of the salon. I'd used Timotei shampoo / conditioner in the past, and had been happy enough with it, though I am continuously changing the shampoo I use - I tend to go for whatever looks new, is on offer, or just looks interesting! Timotei Golden Highlights was recently on a two for £2.00 offer, therefore I purchased both the shampoo and conditioner. The Shampoo: The shampoo bottle is a golden yellow colour, with the main image being of a camomile flower - the reason for this being that the shampoo contains extracts of camomile. The fact that it refers to it as 'sun kissed - camomile' on the bottle drew me in - I like the sound of 'sun kissed'! The bottle claims that the product is suitable for natural, highlighted or coloured blonde to light brown hair... perfect for me then! A statement also claims that "The active power of nature brings you 100% natural beaty". Before using the product I hadn't actually read all of the blurb on the back - after all, where can you go wrong using shampoo? As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell the contents. It definitely smells flowery - a nice sweet smelling scent, that presumably is the camomile. The colour of the product is also a golden gel, again reinforcing that golden highlights name. I found that it lathered up well, despite only using a little in my long hair. As I washed my hair I could smell the fragrance, which was actually quite relaxing. The shampoo rinsed out easily and left my hair feeling clean and smelling good. The Conditioner: As per the shampoo, the conditioner is in a golden yellow coloured bottle, and shares the same image of the camomile flower on the front of
                the bottle. It advertises itself on the bottle as 'detangling cream' - this, I thought, would be excellent considering I have long hair that often is hard to comb through after being washed. Again, the bottle claims that the product is suitable for natural, highlighted or coloured blonde to light brown hair. It also suggests that the conditioner is mild enough to use every day. The scent of this product is very similar to that of the shampoo, and again, you can smell it on opening the bottle. The conditioner bears that same golden yellow colour, making washing your hair with all of this quite a sunny coloured experience! As I used the product I could certainly feel it smoothening my hair, and as I washed it out it felt very soft. Whilst drying my hair I could still smell the scent of the shampoo and conditioner, although slightly fainter than in the bottle. My hair also looked and felt in great condition. I hadn't read it before I used the product for the first time, but on the reverse of the shampoo bottle it's stated that "86% of women have perceived highlights in their hair after product usage" (this was out of a consumer test of 245 women with blonde to light brown hair). My hair is already highlighted, but I can honestly say that after using the shampoo and conditioner I thought my hair looked as though it had only just been highlighted - the blonde and lightest brown parts looked brighter than they had before. Had I read the statement before I would have convinced myself that I was just falling for the sales talk, but as I noticed the difference in my hair before I even read that I would definitely agree with it and include myself in those 86% of women! To conclude, I would most certainly buy this product again. At around £1.76 (current price at Tesco.com) for a 300ml bottle (and in particular as they are currently on buy-one-get-one-free at Tesco) this is a bargain! I find it leaves my ha
                ir feeling healthier than some of the other far more expensive colour protecting shampoo's I've tried in the past. Although I'm the kind of person who never sticks with the same shampoo for long, I think that this is one I'll always have in my bathroom from now on, even if I do occasionally buy the odd 'posh' one for a change. Worthy of 5 stars * * * * *

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                  18.09.2003 23:50

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                  I bought Timotei Golden Highlights shampoo whilst browsing in poundland. A friend recommended it to me so I thought I would try it. The bottle is yellowy-orange and is quite large (well the one I bought was 400ml). It has a yellow flip top lid and the description on the back is in french and english. The actual shampoo is a sort of transparent yellow colour and it smells of camomile and is quite nice. The description on the back says the shampoo is for blonde to light brown hair and will give you natural looking highlights. It says that 84% of woman who tried the shampoo noticed highlights after use and it was tested on 245 women. It is gentle enough to use every day and says it leaves your hair shiny. I found that the shampoo left me with some highlights but it wasn't as much as I expected. It did leave my hair shiny and I liked the smell. I would recommend this to people but don't expect lots of amazing highlights, it is quite subtle. I bought my bottle in poundland (obviously for £1) which I think is a very good price but I think normal price is about £1.99 for 300ml.

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                Adds sun kissed effect on blonde to light brown hair /