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      20.04.2013 12:11
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      Lovely pink shampoo!

      ---Intro---
      Since I've already reviewed the conditioner, it seems silly not to review the matching shampoo - I probably should've done the shampoo first since people generally shampoo before conditioning!

      My hair is fairly dry and damaged - I put it through quite a lot of abuse with bleaching and straightening it. Therefore I need a shampoo and conditioner (I find that separates work best) suited to dry and damaged hair.

      Although I'm not brand loyal when it comes to haircare products, I have always liked Herbal Essences products. However I was primarily drawn to the "Seductively Straight" range due to the gorgeous bright pink bottles.


      ---The packaging---
      I love the bright pink packaging, and I feel it adds some femininity to my boyfriend's shower! It is nearly all pink, aside from a lovely contrasting light bright green lid, and a green circle on the bottle which must be something to do with Herbal Essences.

      It does say "Straightening Shampoo" on it, but this is pretty small, and it is VERY easy to confuse the shampoo and conditioners (although the conditioner is technically 'upside down' as the writing is the other way up - mind you I find they don't stand up well like this), so it's important to look carefully before using.


      ---Other stuff---
      On the back of the bottle it says "No deviant hair-behaviour tolerated here. Let this lush formula smooth your strands into a pin-straight line." It also has some other quirky little bits of information written in a friendly style!

      There is a long list of ingredients as well, which it would be a good idea to check before buying if you have any sensitivities.


      ---Using the shampoo---
      Push down on the lid to open, turn the bottle upside down and squeeze out! It is an easy bottle to use and fairly easy to get out the last bits when you get towards the end of the bottle.

      The shampoo is a lovely light pinky purple colour, and has a lovely light floral scent - girly, but not overly so. It is said to contain pink lilly and Asian silk extracts.

      The shampoo lathers really well in my hair, and washes out easily too.

      ---Does it work?---
      I've been using this shampoo for a few weeks now (although with a break when I went away), and on the whole I'm very pleased with how my hair is. It cleans my hair well, and when used in combination with the conditioner, I find that it really does leave my hair straighter (so I think that calling it 'seductively straight' is fair) - certainly less frizzy and more manageable, which means much less time spent with my hair straighteners which has to be good for my hair.


      ---Finally---
      I like this shampoo (and the matching conditioner), it smells nice, and leaves my hair clean and ready for conditioning. As I said in my conditioner review,l I absolutely love the colour of the packaging - it would be even better though if it said "Shampoo" on it in big bold writing!

      I bought this shampoo in Asda where a 400ml bottle is currently £2 which I think is excellent value. They also do a 200ml bottle which can be found in many shops for £1. Also in this range are an intensive mask, and a heat protection cream which I'm going to keep my eyes open for!

      4 out of 5 from me!

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        24.01.2013 19:39
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        A lovely shampoo!

        I have recently been using Herbal Essences Seductively Straight shampoo.


        ~ The bottle ~

        It comes in a bright pink transparent plastic bottle with a bright green lid that tilts to reveal a small hole for the shampoo to come out of.
        The bottle is eye catching with its bright colours and it also has a metallic green circular design on the front and the words 'Herbal essences SEDUCTIVELY STRAIGHT' in white lettering underneath.
        The bottle also tells us that this shampoo is for dry/damaged hair and it says, 'with pink lily and Asian silk extracts'.
        I think the bottle is attractive, but in use it isn't the greatest. I find that the opening that the shampoo comes out of is very small and can be restrictive.
        I can't always get as much shampoo as I'd like out of the bottle and find it difficult to squeeze more onto my hand as I only have one hand spare to squeeze the bottle.
        I find it more difficult as the bottle becomes emptier and more pressure needs to be applied to get the shampoo out of the bottle.


        ~ Price and availability ~

        My current bottle is 400ml, but the shampoo is also available in 200ml bottles.
        The 400ml bottle costs around £3.79 and the 200ml bottle costs around £1.99, but can sometimes be picked up in pound shops.
        This shampoo is available to buy from Boots, Superdrug and Wilkinsons as well as most supermarkets.


        ~ Use ~

        Although the bottle is transparent, it is made from pink plastic so I thought the shampoo was going to be white in colour, but it is actually a lilac colour and it is thick and creamy.
        It smells lovely - it has a soft floral scent with an element of fruitiness to it. I am not the biggest fan of floral scents, but I really like the scent of this shampoo.
        I prefer the scent of this shampoo to other Herbal Essences shampoos that I have used in the past.
        It lathers up well and a little goes a long way, so you don't have to use as much as you would with some cheaper or thinner consistency shampoos.
        After washing my hair with this shampoo my hair feels clean, soft and smooth. It seems to make my hair easier to manage and less prone to frizz.
        I have been using this shampoo with the matching conditioner, which is in a similar bottle and costs the same price as the shampoo, although I have tried using the shampoo on its own.
        I have found that the scent of this shampoo lingers in my hair after washing it and it is still evident the following day.
        I think the scent is very clean and although it is floral, I don't think it smells so feminine that men couldn't pull off the scent.


        ~ Conclusion ~

        I really like using this shampoo. It feels very good quality and I love the scent. I also love that the scent lingers in my hair and you can still smell it the next day. It makes my hair feel fresh and clean.
        I think it is reasonably priced for a shampoo of this quality and although I don't think the bottle is the easiest to use, I would definitely consider repurchasing this product.

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          01.01.2013 20:34
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          Great smell but not doing its job

          I was given a 400ml bottle of herbal essences seductively straight shampoo as well as conditioner for Christmas as part of a pamper gift basket. Although I have tried many of the herbal essences range i was yet to try this one.

          The claim herbal essences makes:
          On the back of the bottle the tea at herbal essence has a lot to say about this product.
          'why we love it: shampoo with botanical silk extract, cleans to help reveal natural shine.
          The straight and narrow: no deviant hair behaviour tolerated here. Let this lush formula smooth your strands into a pin straight line.
          Herbal lore. The royal treatment: supposedly discovered by the wife of n emperor, silk fabrics were reserved for Chinese royalty.'

          So the creators of this product claim that your hair will be 'seductively straight' and revealing a 'natural shine' we will come back to whether this is achieved later.

          The bottle:
          The bottle shape is a funky curved bottle which has now become the bottle shape for all of the herbal essence range.in terms of being able to keep a grip on this bottle even in the bath nd shower I do think the unique shape does help in comparison to other branded bottles. The seductively straight bottle are a funky pink colour with a green lid. Through the bottle itself you can see the level of shampoo that is left which is always a idea that I like as there is nothing worse than soaking your hair and going to grab your shampoo and conditioner and them being empty. The front of the bottle has the herbal essence label and a lovely pink flower and also the type of shampoo so in this case seductively straight. Is also give a very brief description on the purpose of this shampoo. This bottle states that is for dry damaged hair and also that it contains pink lily and Asian silk extracts. On the back of the bottle it has all of the herbal essence statements and ingredients.

          The smell:
          On opening this bottle and have a quick snif you can quickly notice the smell of flowers which I can only guess is the pink Lily's. The smell is not too over powering but once you have washed your hair with it you can notice the smell when swooshing you hair for a good 24 hours. I have never been disappointed with any of the smells from any of the herbal essence ranges and this one was no exception.

          The shampoo: the shampoo comes out a white creamy colour not the pink colour that the bottle makes it look. I have very short hair so used a small amount smaller that a 50 pence piece size. I lathered this up in my hair for a good too minuets working right through to the scalp then rinse till its all out. I did not need to repeat this s I just followed with the same amount of conditioner. Even when we I could smell the pink Lily's.

          Was my hair seductively straight?
          My hair tends to go very Afro when blow dried so I try not to style using a hair dryer so I rough dried my hair using my finger tips. Once I had done this i did still need to use my straighteners and would say my hair wasn't any straighter than when I use any other shampoo or conditioner. S to as that this is specifically to make your hair seductively straight this was not the case with me.

          Did my hair have a natural shine?
          I did notice that my hair had that gleam to it in sun light or under house hold lights. This is the gleam I do from experience with herbal essence expect to get and In this case I was not disappointed.

          Price and availability:
          This can be bought from any supermaket, chemist, all shops that sell shampoos and conditioners as well as online. Depending on bottle sizes, where you are shopping and offers at the time you can buy this from between £2 something and £4 something.

          The verdict:
          Although I would say no this shampoo did not make my hair any straighter than any other shampoo it did leave my hair with a lovely gleam as well as a gorgeous smell. I will be buying this product again.
          I will be giving this 3 stars as I do feel that if the product does not do what it specifically states it does this is a problem.

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            29.10.2011 21:13
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            Good in some ways and not in others

            A couple of months ago I found this range on offer at half price in our local Tesco and bought myself 3 different sets to try which were suitable for my hair, I always like to use the matching shampoos and conditioners together. This product usually sells for £3.32 for a 400ml bottle and can be bought in supermarkets and chemists although you sometimes pick up the smaller bottles in some discount stores.

            The bottle for the product is a vivid pink colour but is also transparent so you can see the product inside, the sides of the bottles curve but at different points making the bottle interesting to look at and easy to handle. The top of the bottle is green and is a top where you have to press one side down to get the other side to pop up and reveal the dispensing hole I find this is good with children as they struggle to work out how to open the bottle.

            On the front of the bottle you have the Clairol logo in metallic green and some silver bits and the name of the product, it states that this product is for seductively straight hair. The shampoo is pink lily and Asian silk extracts and is for dry and damaged hair. My hair is very strange as it is thick in the length but flat at the roots and then prone to grease at the roots but dry towards the ends and is also coloured so I can get away with almost any shampoos.

            On the rear of the bottle you find there are the usual ingredients list and then a little symbol showing that the shampoo will last for 12 months and some contact information for the makers of Clairol Proctor and Gamble.

            One pushing the green top down you can smell the shampoo which to me is sweet like candyfloss, I personally cannot smell any flowers such as lilies and don't think the shampoo smells at all flowery. I love the smell of this shampoo and really like the strength of the smell when in use and that remains on my hair.

            The shampoo itself is a pale pink in colour and it lathers up very well, the lather feels lovely and silky on my hair and a small amount does go a long way. The shampoo smells great and fills the bathroom and rinses very easily from my hair which was quite surprising as there was so much lather. My hair felt smooth once rinsed and before applying the conditioner so I have no reason to believe it wouldn't be like this once dried but as my hair is so long and tangles easily I always use the accompanying conditioner. My hair felt lovely once it was dry and my fingers could easily run through my hair without tangles, I do not think that this shampoo improves the frizz of my hair at all and did not have any straightening effect. I found that after using this shampoo my hair would feel greasy at the roots pretty quickly so I think it provided too much moisture for my hair and would not use it again. If you have drier hair than mine it may be an option for you but I would only rate it as average on combination hair.

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              02.10.2011 16:57
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              Gives reasonable results for the price.

              I'm not usually fussy with the brand of shampoo I use. I have been using Herbal Essences for about a year now with some other brands in between, I have to say I'm quite pleased with the results. This brand of shampoo tends on be offer (one way or another) in at least one of the big supermarkets which sort of explains why I keep using it (it's quite economical of course).

              As for the appearance, it comes in a relatively attractive bottle as shown the dooyoo picture. The material itself is translucent not opaque so you will know when you'll run out of shampoo. This is always useful especially if you store your extra shampoo bottles downstairs while the shower is upstairs (like me). The opening mechanism is of press-n-turn which is very easy to use. One thing I like about the design is that both the top and bottom surface is similar in size and width; therefore you can turn it upside when the shampoo is about to run out, this way you can use it to the last drop and no waste whatsoever.

              The promise is that it's 'seductively straight' and is made is pink lily and asian silk extracts. Since my hair is straight naturally, I can't really see much difference in terms of straightness but it does make my hair feel smooth and soft. On the bottle, it says it's for 'dry/damaged' hair, even though my hair is not particularly dry, I do think it does have a lot of hydrating ability. One drawback is that my hair gets greasy after one day of washing, so I have to at least wash my hair every other day or risk having a sticky/greasy hair. In that department, I would have to say the shampoo can be too hydrating.

              As for the smell, I'm neither fond of nor dislike it. Personally, I find the smell is similar to a candy (i.e. sugary sweet) but from my experience, the after-smell isn't too strong so I can tolerate it. The shampoo itself looks glittery pink but it does product smooth lather easily. About half a oreo cookie size would produce enough lather for a mid-length hair so they last for a long time. It's not necessary to wash the hair twice, but I do and I find that I only need to use a small pea size amount the second time and it still produces many bubbles.

              I usually buy 400 ml bottles as they're more economical. Usually they cost around £3.49 but sometimes you get 3 for 2 offers or buy one get one free, so I tend to stock up whenever they're on offer. I have been using this shampoo for a little over a year and I find my experience to be quite satisfactory. It's no salon results, but for what it's worth, I think it delivers well.

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                05.05.2011 18:43
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                Best shampoo ever!!

                When it comes to my hair, my routine is quite simple. I wash it every days, occasionally condition it and straighten it most days. I go through phases with shampoos; more often that not I buy whichever shampoo is on offer that paticular week.

                The other week however, I was in a rush and grabbed 'any old' shampoo from the bathroom (it was my sisters). I was in such a rush that I didn't bother looking at what it was although I could remember that it was a pink bottle.#

                Before, I could wash my hair today and it would be ok tomorrow, but not the next day, which meant that I could get away with washing my hair every one day. However, during my gap year, I worked in restaurant, and because waitressing is such a 'hot and sweaty' job, my hair would get quite greasy, and as I was on two split shifts (which was mainly every day), I would end up washing my twice a day; once before the day shift, and once before the night shift.

                That day, after using this shampoo, I noticed an incredibly difference to my hair. It was very shiny, felt really soft and looked 'luxurious'. So later on that day, I had a look at the bottle to see what this 'magical shampoo' was.

                It turns out that it was Clairol Herbal Essence's Seductively Straight. The bottle costs £3.67 for a 400ml bottle which I do think is quite expensive (although I do remember going through a phase of buyin Tresemme (which is more expensive) a while back.

                Applying the shampoo is easy. First wet your hair, squeeze out a 10p sized blob on your hand, and then apply to your hair to create a rich lather. Leave for a couple of minutes and then rinse. The bottle does say to repeat it again (so that you do 2 washes in 1 go), although I did just the one, and found that it worked very well.

                I have since been using this shampoo for the past week and have noticed an incredible difference in my hair. It's shinier and looks healthy (and not so dull like it use to). It also feels really soft to touch which is great.

                I always have to straighten my hair (even if it's just to tidy my hair up, rather than to make it poker straight) as otherwise my hair is just a mess. I have noticed that since using this shampoo my hair is easier to straighten and stays straighter for longer. My hair is also more manageble which is great for me as I have 'crazy' hair which likes to do its own thing, rather than what I tell it to do.

                I actually noticed the difference in my hair before reading about it, and so I can definetely say that this shampoo does work (well for me anyway!). I was suprised how much my hair had improved in just one wash, and so will definetely be buying this shampoo again.

                I would definetely recommend this shampoo!

                Thanks for reading!
                May 5th 2011
                xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)

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                12.04.2011 19:23

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                Happiness for your hair

                I don't usually like to purchase shampoos and conditioners outside of a salon as many of them are too alcohol based and do nothing more than dry the hair out and eventually lead to damage. Over the years I have tried several shampoos and conditioners like Pantene (which is one of the worst) and Suave but I have to say that I am really in love with Seductively Straight by Herbal Essences. It leaves my hair very fresh and clean with a great smell. Even better I love that this product actually works on very curly hair. My hair very thick and curly and it helps so much.
                So for anyone who has ethnic hair and especially African don't think this product won't work for you because so many of the others have failed--this stuff actually works to give what it says, Dangerously and Seductively Straight hair. Another great thing is that it's not over the top expensive and sometimes you can find a voucher for money off.

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                08.03.2011 19:00
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                A sumptuous shampoo to make your hair glossy and calmer and leaves it smelling amazing.

                Seductively straight Shampoo is a part of the straight shine and gloss Collection by Herbal Essence and promises that it will make your hair silky smooth and straight. It is specifically aimed at those with dry, damaged to normal hair. The magical formula with silk and pear extracts claims that it will give you the sleek hair of a goddess that will seduce all who look upon it. Big claims but is it true?

                To being with, as is the case with all Herbal Essence's collections, the shampoo comes in an eye catching yet clear bottle which displays the formula inside. The straight and gloss collection has a hot pink theme which will look great on display in your shower. It has a lime green lid which you click to open and shut the bottle, which means no fighting a losing battle to screw on lids with soapy and slippery hands.

                You can buy 200ml of this lushious liquid for about £2. Bigger bottles are also available and cost nearer to £3.50. The product is widely available in supermarkets and department stores such as Boots and Superdrug.

                The creamy, rich formula contains both silk and pear extracts which helps you to maintain hair that is glossy and silky to the touch. It tames those unruly strands into submission and the sweet fruity fragrance will linger on your hair hours after washing it.

                This is something that is universal to all of the Herbal Essence products, they all smell deliciously fresh and fruity. Another similiarity betweent the products is that Herbal Essence promises to never test anything on animals which is always good to know.

                The shampoo is in fact pink which terrified my blonde flatmate when she first saw it, but rest assured it is safe to use on any hair colour. As with every shampoo, in order to use the product, you work up a lather after appling the wonder product onto your wet hair, rinse it all off thoroughly and follow up with a conditioner of your choice.

                As part of the straight and gloss Collection, this shampoo is accompanied by the seductively straight conditioner and the seductively straight heat protection cream to protect your hair when styling it.

                In my opinion, the claims are partly accurate. I think the product tames frizziness and flyaway strands rather than actually straightening it so don't even think about binning those straighteners. My hair is exceptionally frizzy so maybe it would it will have more luck straightening the hair of those people who have tamer strands than mine.

                It certainly moisturises your hair, leaving it shiny and silky smooth. And of course, you hair will smell good enough to eat for hours after use. This shampoo does certainly make your hair look healthier, calmer and glossy but it's no substitute for your straighteners. But when you've got hair like mine, every little helps!

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                25.10.2010 11:31
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                I only started using Herbal Essences quite recently. I remember using it years ago, when the bottles didn't look quite as pretty as they do now. I often see the adverts which I think are a bit annoying. The reason for trying this brand again was a mixture of the new branding, new varieties and a good enough offer on them, which was probably the main reason for the purchase. Although it is mostly the 1 for Oily Roots I use, this 1 sounded interesting since it would help with my wavy Hair.

                This comes in a 200ml bottle and a 400ml bottle. Sainsbury's was selling the 400ml bottles on a Buy 1 get 1 free so I bought the matching set. I think the 200ml ones cost around £2 and the 400ml costs around £3.60, which I would say is quite average for the product and brand.

                The bottle looks nice enough. A medium and kind of bright pink colour. The bottles have a bit wavy shape to them and they are eye catching enough. There is a stick on label on the front and back, with instructions on how to use, ingredients etc.

                So this is meant to help make Wavy Hair nice and sleek. I wish. I have Wavy Thick hair and sure it will take a bit more than a blob of this to make it nice and Smooth. But it is worth a go anyway!

                The scent of this is nice. It contains Pear and also Silk Extract, which i'm not sure what the Silk is meant to smell like, but this smells fresh, fruity and just a nice clean smell.

                This is quite a thick Gel and a little lathers up a lot on wet Hair. This gives a lot of Bubbles but they wash away easily enough. After rinsing for a bit my Hair feels soft and sort of glossy. I followed up with the Matching conditioner and even when wet and I combed through my Hair it seemed to be soft and tangle free.

                After drying my Hair I can't say I found this to be smoothier. Perhaps a tiny bit but not noticible. It made my Hair feel soft and shiny, and the gentle scent lingered and it was all ok.

                This is suitable for Dry and Damaged hair, which although I don't think I really have too damaged Hair I feel with all the Straightening and Hair Drying then it has probably dried my Hair out a bit.

                NIce enough product, just don't expect proper straightened Hair!

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                18.09.2010 09:34
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                A great smelling shampoo from Clairol

                Up until a couple of months ago I was totally faithful to one brand of shampoo and conditioner, namely Alberto Balsam. However, after having used the same hair products for many years I was finding that my hair looked somewhat dull and lifeless and lacked both bounce and shine.

                Consequently, a couple of months ago, I replaced both my shampoo and conditioner with Clairol's Herbal Essences Seductively Straight Silk n' Shine and as my hair has been abused from excessive colouring and straighteners I decided to purchase the products which were best suited for dry and damaged hair.

                The product is contained within a unique curved 400ml bright cerise coloured sturdy plastic container and is extremely eye-catching on the supermarket shelf. The familiar logos of both Clairol and Herbal Essences are displayed on the upper section, together with a circular hologram, which I believe is part of the Clairol image.

                If you are familiar with the conditioner from this range, you will notice that the design of the bottle is almost identical other than the positioning of its' lid. Whilst the conditioner sits on its' lid, for some strange reason Clairol have opted to place the bright green lid on the upper section of the shampoo. This is a real negative as far as I am concerned particularly as when the container is almost empty it requires several squeezes and a few almighty taps to its' underside to remove all of the contents.

                The shampoo is extremely easy to dispense where you simply press one side of the oval shaped lid to flip up its' opposite side to reveal a fairly large opening. When I used this product for the first time my initial thoughts were that too much shampoo would be dispensed. However, I need not have been concerned, as only a small amount of the light pink shampoo is dispersed.

                As I have long and thick hair I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I needed only a very small amount of the product to create a good rich lather. A 10p size was adequate to effectively and efficiently wash my hair and remove the residue of the lacquer, which I use on a daily basis.

                Unfortunately, I'm not very good at describing fragrances, but I can say that there is a light refreshing floral aroma to the fairly thick shampoo, which smells simply divine. Whenever I use this I always feel I am using a premium product, as in my opinion it smells very similar to the gorgeous smelling shampoos used in hair salons. Although Clairol state that this product contains silk and pear extracts I am not sure that I can detect the aroma of pears.

                As I wash my hair every other day I never feel the need to use a second application and on the rear of the product we are not really provided with any directions for use. However, I can state that Clairol advise us that when using we should say "ooooooh"!

                Clairol are clearly a fun-loving brand as all of their products tend to display a "herbal head game" and on the rear of the shampoo we are asked, "what is rated as the best unconscious way to attract the opposite sex?". We are then advised to seek out the answer on the Seductively Straight Conditioner. As I own the conditioner I just ran straight into the bathroom to find the answer and I would advise the answer is .... at the end of this review!
                My experience of using this product is simply first class as I always feel that my hair is squeaky clean. However, I would state that I always condition my hair after every shampoo, particularly as it is long, so it is essential that I apply a good quality conditioner and I have been using the matching Herbal Essences conditioner for the past couple of months.

                I can state that the bounce and shine have both returned to my hair and it now actually looks healthy. I cannot recommend this product highly enough and as a result, it receives 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars from me.

                Once you have opened the shampoo you should use it within 12 months and when empty the bottle can be recycled.

                If you are interested in purchasing this product I would advise that until 28 September 2010 Tesco are currently offering a buy one get one free offer where you will receive two 400ml bottles for the bargain price of £3.25.

                I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading. Oh, I almost forgot - the answer to the question is "whistling". Now that's a new one on me!

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                  16.08.2010 10:30
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                  a shampoo that doesn't work in my opinion

                  Being somebody who doesn't stay loyal to any one brand when I see the new range of Herbal Essences shampoos and conditioners I was sucked in by the bright and bold colours and immediately found myself picking up the bright pink bottle without actually knowing anything about it.

                  The smooth and curvy pink plastic bottle of Herbal Essences shampoo is in fact their 'Seductively Straight' silk and shine shampoo. It contains silk and pear extracts and it is meant for dry and damaged hair. The back of the bottle explains how this shampoo can tame hair into a sleek line of shine.

                  The shampoo itself is a thick and creamy shimmering pink in colour. It lathers very well within my hair but instead of my hair feeling soft throughout my strands of hair it continues to feel very thick and floopy and I can still feel the dryness of my hair.

                  It smells lovely, not a scent that's out of this world but clean, fresh and soapy none the less which is good I suppose.

                  As for actually cleaning my hair, like a shampoo is meant to, unfortunately for me the shampoo has left my hair in a worse state than what it started off like. The shampoo is so thick and creamy it almost sticks to my hair, no matter how much I use making it difficult to rinses out leaving my hair looking thick and greasy when dry, heavy and lifeless too as it still appears to be full of shampoo.

                  Even if I am successful in rinsing every bit of shampoo out my hair feels more dry and thick than before, it feels rediculously coarse and dry which I really don't like as I know with 'good' shampoos my hair can feel and look so healthy and soft. Personally I wouldn't reccomend this shampoo, nor use it again, despite the gorgeous pink coloured bottle lol!

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                  13.08.2010 11:21
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                  Nice enough but nothing special!

                  I have inbetweeny hair. It is straight in places but has a natural kinky wave in it and can go curly with ease. However I like my hair straight best but even with my Ghd's and some premium straightening products that can cost me an arm and a leg my hair has been known to misbehave itself whilst I'm out and about thus giving way to a curl or a wave or two where I'd rather not have any!

                  Hence buying this shampoo really. I thought I should encourage my hair to be straight from the get go really and start off with a shampoo and a conditioner before using other stuff and maybe get some better results....hopefully!

                  The Packaging:

                  I purchased my bottle in a 200ml size, bright pink plastic wavy (ish) shaped bottle with a green flip-top style integrated button to the top of it that conceals a small hole. On the front of the bottle I am told that it is Clairol Herbal Essences, Seductively Straight 'Silk 'N' Shine' Shampoo and that it contains silk & pear extracts 'Seduction power straight to' and that it is for dry/damaged hair. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, ingredients and the size is stated and contact details for Procter & Gamble are given (the manufacturer of product). Nice easy to hold bottle this is, pretty enough being pink for us girly girls and its informative enough of course.

                  A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Bottle:

                  Let's get straight to point of luscious hair. Head straight for the Herbal school of seduction.

                  Lesson 1 - My rich formula, with silk and pear extracts, helps tame hair into a sleek line of shine.

                  Lesson 2 - My captivating conditioner gets full marks for silk touch and gloss.

                  Using It:

                  Well all you do with this shampoo of course is to use it as you would any other shampoo! Wet hair, use a small splodge of this and lather it up in and on the hair, rinse and repeat the process if desired.

                  I found about the size of size of a 5p blob of the bright pink, iridescent looking thickish shampoo to be well enough to get lots of lathery white bubbles going on my head. The smell of this was rather pleasant though not as gorgeous as I had expecting having used a few other offerings over the years from the Herbal Essence range though if I'm honest, though don't get me wrong its pleasant enough. The smell is lightly fruity with a good hint of pear to it and a sweetness that sort of made me think of bubblegum I used to chew as a kid! Like I say its nice enough.

                  So it lathers up with complete ease, is easy to massage into the scalp and hair and then easy to rinse out as well. I always repeat the process just to make sure my hair is really clean and thats it job done. I always use conditioner as well but in this case I am only writing about the cleansing capabilities this shampoo has really.

                  My hair felt clean and not dried out after using this shampoo but not one bit greasy either. My hair smelt nice enough for a couple of hours but then lost the fragrance but still my hair and scalp felt clean enough.

                  Although I don't feel on its own this straightened my hair as such I did feel it gave my hair a nice healthy sheen, it was easy to comb my hair through after using this (before using the matching conditioner) and hair felt smooth, supple and less frizzy and my prone to greasy roots didn't go greasy at all over time.

                  This isn't the best shampoo I have ever used but it does the trick at cleaning my hair and thats the main thing of course. Wish the smell hung around a bit longer mind you!

                  Available in all good chemists and supermarkets etc and I paid £1.00 a bottle for mine in Boots though if it isn't on offer expect to pay closer to £1.80 for this size bottle and of course it is available in other sizes to purchase too.

                  This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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                    11.07.2010 20:56
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                    MY HAIR LOVES IT

                    Clairol Herbal Essences is a haircare brand under the Procter and Gamble company. They offer different ranges of shampoo, conditioner and treatments designed to suit various hair types. They have recently revamped their ranges which seems to have promoted some negative comments from those preferring the original products.

                    *Product and Range*

                    The Seductively Straight range is one of the ranges designed to be used on dry or damaged hair. This range includes a shampoo, conditioner and hair mask.

                    I will concentrate on the shampoo for this review.

                    Seductively Straight Shampoo contains a formula which will add silk and shine to dry and damaged hair. It also contains extracts of silk and pear.

                    *Packaging*

                    The new bottles are very sleek and stylish. The plastic bottle is transparent and bright pink with a green top. The writing is in white and really stands out on the bottle.

                    The clear label on the front has the brand logo and product name and hair type. The label on the back has the product blurb, directions for use, ingredients and contact details for the company.

                    The bottle can be recycled and once opened, should be used within 12mths.

                    *Using*

                    I am sure we all know how to wash our hair but Clariol recommend using this alongside the conditioner. They also say to say "oohhh" when you have lathered up and repeat the process before using the conditioner! The shampoo can be dispensed by clicking one end of the lid down to reveal a small hole and squeeze out.

                    *Availability and Price*

                    The shampoo is available in a 200ml and 400ml size. It can be bought in chemists and supermarkets along the haircare aisle. The 200ml can often be found on offer but here are the normal prices in Boots and Asda.

                    Boots 200ml @ £2.09 and 400ml @ £3.49
                    Asda 200ml @ £2.00 *currently £1.00* and 400ml @ £3.00

                    *My Opinion*

                    I have very long hair and it becomes very dry and difficult to manage. Gone are the days where I could be bothered straightening it all. It get washed, dried and shoved up in a hairband! I also suffer from a dry scalp and occasional dandruff. I just want something to put some life into my hair and for it to be less dry.

                    I had occasionally used the Herbal Essences range before they changed it and was always impressed. A few months ago, I spotted these new design ones in Asda. I first bought the blue ones but fancied a change and bought the Seductively Straight shampoo and the seperate conditioner. I bought the 200ml sizes for £1.00 which is a fab price and if I didn't like it, it wasn't a massive loss.

                    I think the bright pink bottle appealed to me the most and certainly jumps out at girly girls in the shops! Reading further, I was impressed by the claims for dry and damaged hair and the inclusion of pear and silk extracts sealed the deal..this was mine!

                    I have been using the shampoo and conditioner for a few weeks now so thought I could give my view on the performance.

                    The bottle is so nice! The sleek curviness is attractive and I like that I can see how much I have left in the bottle. Although I am all for in built lids, I find the click lid awkward and it often clicks back shut when I am trying to get some shampoo out.

                    Once I have wet my hair, I squeeze a small amount onto my hands and progress from there. The shampoo has a lovely thickness and adopts a slightly irridescent pinky/purple shade. It flows from the bottle with ease. The shampoo lathers up really well and the small blob was enough for my thick, long hair. This is where it got interesting..

                    Now I know why the lady in the adverts is "oohhin" and "ahhin". The gorgeous scent really shines through as you continue to lather. I didn't do much noises but I am sure if I had been in a shower rather than a bath, I could have! The pear and silk extract scent is very fruity with a sweet and floral undertone. It is extremely pleasant and very addictive!

                    The shampoo washes out with ease and my hair feels squeeky clean and fresh. I have used this without the conditioner and found the lasting results not to be very impressive. To be honest, simply using any shampoo leaves my hair dried out and I really need a conditioner afterwards. Using this alongside the same conditioner provided much better results.

                    I like to wash my hair in the evening now and give it a quick towel dry then let it dry naturally. It dries sleek and silky and I have noticed an improvement in the shine. This shampoo has allowed me to go a few days before needing to wash it again. The scent also lasts well and that is a bonus as I like to sniff my hair lol!

                    £1.00 for 200ml is a bargain price for such a great shampoo. It does its job, leaves my hair clean and in good conditioner and smells delightful. I recommend it!

                    Thanks for reading and expect a conditioner review soon!

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                      Pump up the curlies

                      Once upon a time my hair was straight and perfect, then dreaded puberty kicked in and I went all fuzz! Arhhhhhhhhhhhh!

                      Thank god for straightners, but even more so for this shampoo Herbal Essence Seductively Straight. Now assuming from the name you would expect it to somewhat straighten your hair, but I had an unusual, happy hair experience with it. It has the motto "Go straight. Go sleek. Go glam. I did not go straight but went sleek and glam, so 2 out of 3 is not bad.

                      So what is this product?
                      Well Herbal Essence Seductively Straight is a straight style and gloss shampoo. The idea is that its rich formula, with silk and pear extracts will help tame hair into a sleek line of shine.

                      The shampoo comes in a hot pink curved plastic, transparent bottle, so you can see how much shampoo is left. It has a green flip lip, which you press one side down and it flips open on the other side. It has a green O logo with a pretty swirly pattern and there is also a small picture of a pear and piece of fabric (silk). It costs around £3.40 for 400ml but sometimes there are special deals to buy 2 for a certain price which would work out cheaper.

                      The actual product appears as a pink silky shiny thick liquid. It smells a bit like pears probably due to the fruity ingredient in the shampoo. It lathers really well into my hair without any effort and even rinses out without lingering, just like it slides off the hair with ease. It leaves hair feeling clean.

                      After detangling my hair I left it towel dry for a while. I noticed that my hair has started to curl up and felt so soft. My hair is curly but soon drops to wavy frizzy hair but with this my hair retained its curls and lack of frizz. The curls looked glossy and soft. My Leo's mane was gorgeous, it's never looked this good curly. I did not even have to put any hair styling product or serum on yet and turns out I didn't have to.

                      I have not tried this shampoo with its actual conditioner but have done so with another conditioner Tresemme smooth & silky conditioner but it totally killed the curly effects, so I'm guessing the actual conditioner will tame it further to a wave perhaps.

                      Overall I love this shampoo it means I can actually wear my hair curly and give my hair a break from straightening from time to time. Don't really care that it doesn't not straighten as I was not expecting it to fulfil that claim, maybe they should of called it seductively curly instead.

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                      does what it says on the tin!

                      I tried this shampoo and conditioner on a whim, hoping to find something that would not make my hair so frizzy after washing it and was more than pleased with this product. I've used herbal essences before and always loved the smells of the shampoo and the way they make my hair feel afterwards. I've tried lots of different shampoos that claim to make my hair smooth, silky and under control but none of them do the job as well as this one. After washing my hair with this, it leaves it much more manageable and less thick in a way and always feels nice when I'm applying it. I have to say as well, watching the adverts make me want to buy this product because you can almost smell it from the TV and they always say how it's luxurious right to the tips, which I cannot argue with. The smell is, as you'd expect of pears and also slightly floral. Very yummy!

                      They cost around £4 for both and are available in most supermarkets and cosmetics stores. You get a good amount for your money and they seem to last for ages! The bottles look good in your bathroom, especially if you like pink. They're a nice shape, very sleek and well designed.

                      I'm glad I tried this shampoo and conditioner because now I don't buy anything else!

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