When I bought a hair colour in a Sainsbury’s superstore a few weeks ago I also looked around for an enriching shampoo and conditioner that was especially intended for use on blonde or lightened hair.
I think that colouring the hair dries it out a little and always treat my hair to a little pampering following a salon trip or home colour treatment.
I came across the brand Phil Smith. I have brought products from this range before but mainly for my daughters as gifts.
I decided to buy a tube of shampoo as well as a conditioner.
They were both on offer at the time.
Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Blonde Highlight Enhancing Shampoo is for use on blonde or highlighted hair.
I didn’t really expect that much from this shampoo, feeling it was a shampoo pretending to be one of the more expensive brands. When I used this shampoo on my hair soon after using the hair colour treatment I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it actually felt.
It lathered well too.
And this shampoo smells gorgeous.
The scent of chamomile can be clearly detected and this lasts even when dry, especially if the conditioner is also used.
I believe that this shampoo helped my hair to shine and to be in good condition even though it had recently been subjected to a hair colour.
This shampoo, according to the manufacturers is not tested on animals.
It is made in the United Kingdom.
My shampoo came in a 200ml plastic tube container but it is also available in a 350ml size bottle.
I received this Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Bomb Shell Blonde shampoo for Christmas from my mother in law last year along with the conditioner.
I have only recently got around to using it and have been quite impressed.
~ Packaging ~
The shampoo comes in a yellow plastic squeezy tube that stands on its clear plastic flip cap lid. The name of the shampoo is in large letters on the front of the tube, with 'BOMB SHELL' in metallic gold lettering.
The tube holds 250ml of shampoo.
The back of the bottle says, 'Feel gorgeous and you'll look gorgeous. This salon professional range by celebrity hairdresser Phil Smith helps every woman to Be Gorgeous.'
~ The shampoo ~
The back of the tube claims that the shampoo brightens and refreshes blonde shades and highlights, creating a mega-watt golden shine.
My hair is naturally blonde and the promise of creating a mega-watt golden shine doesn't particularly appeal to me. The front of the tube says that this shampoo is for natural, coloured or highlighted blonde hair.
~ Use ~
The shampoo is easy to squeeze from the tube, but the hole for it to be squeezed from is quite small so I find it takes a bit longer to get my usual handful.
The shampoo smells nice. It contains chamomile extract so it has a delicate chamomile scent to it. It is neither too thick nor too thin and it feels smooth. It appears a pearly creamy yellow colour.
You don't need to use a lot of it. My 250ml tube seems to have lasted quite a while so far.
The shampoo does not lather up very well, but it does feel effective and gets the job done. It is easy enough to rinse off.
~ Results ~
After using this shampoo my hair has a subtle chamomile scent. It feels soft and clean.
If I'm honest I don't think it brightens my hair at all, but I don't particularly want it to.
I often receive blonde hair products and treatments as gifts, which suggest that they will enhance my blonde (not that they ever make a difference). Such promises don't particularly appeal to me. I am perfectly happy with my blonde!
I usually use this shampoo alongside the conditioner, but I tried it on its own so that I could review it properly, without accidentally reviewing the conditioner.
~ Price ~
The shampoo and the conditioner are available in 250ml tubes for £1.99 each and it seems to be only available at Sainsbury's. I have never seen it in the shops before and visiting the website, www.philsmithhair.com there is a banner saying 'Available at Sainsbury's', which suggests it isn't available from many other places.
~ Conclusion ~
I really like the scent of this shampoo and it does linger on your hair for a day or so. My hair is left smelling clean and fresh.
The shampoo is very reasonably priced and a little goes a long way.
I like the squeezy tube that the shampoo comes in. It is easy to get the right amount of shampoo onto your hand to apply it, without squeezing out too much due to the small hole which releases the shampoo.
It is a nice consistency and after using it my hair feels clean and soft. I have also found it is easy to untangle my hair after using this shampoo even if I have not used the conditioner as well. This is not something I find very often, using a shampoo without adding some conditioner.
I don't think that the shampoo makes my hair appear brighter as claimed and the shampoo doesn't lather up as well as other shampoos I have used, but overall I do like it and would buy it again.
I don't normally purchase name branded hair care products, as I find the results comparable to the cheaper brands. However, I was given Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Blonde Highlight Enhancing Shampoo and also the Conditioner, so thought I would give them a try. The shampoo retails for £3.99 per 250ml in Sainsbury's, and the conditioner is the same price. Both products are currently on offer at 2 for 1 as I write, so now seems like the time to test them.
The packaging is a sleek and professional-looking squeezable tube, that wouldn't be out of place in a high-end salon. The majority of the tube is a pale yellow colour, with a metallic logo and other writing. It sits upside down in your shower for easy dispensing. The lid is clear, and of the usual shampoo bottle 'snap open and shut' type. It does collect water being upside down, so make sure to empty it before you take the bottle out of the shower - as I learned after dripping all over myself.
The shampoo itself is of medium viscosity and a yellow colour. It smells vaguely flowery but this is not a particularly strong smell, and it doesn't linger. As I quite like shampoos that you can still get a waft of when moving your hair around later in the day, I would have preferred a stronger scent. It lathers quite well in your hands without having to use loads of it, and makes your hair feel nice and clean as it's not too heavy.
On the back of the bottle, it says 'Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Blonde Highlight Enhancing Shampoo revitalises blonde hair by adding moisture and shine. The result, gorgeous golden shine!' So does it live up to these claims? Yes, I think it does. My hair did feel soft and shiny the next day, and I even think it was a bit blonder!
I guess the only downside to this product is the price - it's a bit expensive for my budget. I do like this product, but I think there are shampoos that give similar effects but are cheaper. It does glam up my shower a bit though!