My hair is a hot mess. I'm not exaggerating, though if you looked at a photo of me, you might just laugh and splutter a bit and then say, "Please!" because it resembles a head of very nice, straight, strawberry blonde hair. But that's not all it is.
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It might be hard to believe, but yes, my hair is a persnickety, boring mess. It's a gorgeous color and is wonderfully thin and light on my head, but it does nothing, and there is equally nothing I can do about it. So needless to say, I get really hopeful that some miracle shampoo is going to come along and cure me.
Spoiler alert: nothing is. I have yet to find a magical shampoo that will give body to my lifeless head of hair, and if you think you have found this product, let me know and I'll
This said! This is a review blog, and H is for Hair, so I need to review something. I figured I would review what is currently in my shower, because why not? The bottle is 3/4 empty so I must not hate the stuff.
|They really do change their labels a lot ...|
And it's true, I don't hate the stuff. But I don't love it, either. This is Herbal Essences' "Tousle me Softly," their shampoo for wavy hair. I bought this, I believe, in a misguided attempt to fool my hair into believing it contained a semblance of body or wavy texture. When I get out of the shower, my hair is wavy and I think it's lovely. As soon as it dries, though - wham, straight.
This shampoo doesn't fix that. I don't have originally wavy hair, so I also can't comment to how well this shampoo handles people with wavy hair. What I can comment on though is that this shampoo smells delicious (like a light floral-y fruit, if that makes any sense), and leaves my hair with lots of bounce, if not body - my hair is lightweight when I use Herbal Essence in a way that it isn't if I use any other shampoo. And this is coming from someone who used to use bar shampoo and exclusive SLS-free soaps. (Then I fell in love with Bath & Body Works body wash, but that is another story all together and we already passed B, so it will just have to wait). It is also a pleasant purple color, and I am not ashamed to admit that I tend to buy soaps and shampoos based on their coloration. (OK, I'm a little embarrassed by that).
Herbal Essences consistently makes good products. I remember going to visit my grandmother in South Carolina - later Alabama - and taking a bubble bath in her giant Jacuzzi tub. She had bottles of the old-style Herbal Essence type (you know the style, big and pastel-colored with no attempts to capture the college-aged crowd: they were for women and unabashed) and I remember smelling it and thinking, "this smells grown up." When Herbal Essences changed their marketing to be more targeted at the teenage and twenty-something crowd, my first thought was, "that stuff smells like my grandmother!" (which delighted me, but that's beside the point).
However, they have been delivering delicious-smelling shampoos for the past few years, and I hope they don't stop. I am continually saddened that I don't color treat my hair at all so I can in no way justify buying their color-treated shampoo, which smells divine in the bottle. I will be, however, buying their newly designed shampoos that look just like the old ones, which I am stupidly excited about. It's everything I loved about grandma's bathtub minus the slightly medicinal smell of old-era Herbal Essence.
One thing I do love about my hair? Any product designed for shine works, well, glowingly!