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I look like a scarecrow and can't work out whether it's diet (I get my five a day), tiredness, lack of water, hard water in area I live, cheap shampoo or what! I had a haircut in December which wasn't a good one and looks even more atrocious now, but I need to grow it out a bit more I think before getting another cut. In the meantime, is there something magical out there that will transform tresses so I don't have to hide under a beanie hat? I've been using Tresemme but wouldn't bother buying it again.
I really think it is about finding the right one for your hair. I'm too tight broke to be spending silly amounts on shampoo and I hate how conditioner makes my hair feel. I used 69p Tesco own brand for a while but didn't get on with it, now I use the Vosene anti-dandruff one (as that is a problem I have ). People comment on how soft and shiny and bouncy my hair is. Last time I had it cut the hairdresser said 'I love cutting your hair, it's in such good condition and so nice to work with, it feels nice' so that sub-2quid shampoo must be doing something right. I'm sure expensive shampoo can be worth it, but as long as the cheap one's working I'll not be remortgaging the cat to pay for it....
Percy and Reed make a product called No Oil Oil specifically for fine hair, it sounds like quite nice pre-styling (and you can put it in the roots too). It isn't cheap - I've bought some of their products before in a smaller size to try out, they may sell a smaller version of this elsewhere
Annoyingly, Liz Earle Shampoo and conditioner seems to have transformed my curly, colour-treated fine hair from a frizzy mess into a glossy mane, and I've had everything, from Aveda to Ojon, as well as the usual Boots selection of salon brands. They're £8.50 each but at least I know what to ask for at xmas/birthdays.
I used to work in a large cosmetics research facility. The inside word from the shampoo department was that for people with fine hair, actually cheap own-brand stuff is far better. The fancy stuff (like the stuff that this company made) is really only better if you have thick hair. Expensive stuff is only expensive because it contains silicones, oils and pearlisers - all of which are great for thick hair, but will make fine hair look lank.
I would recommend Trevor Sorbie. I bought a whole gift set reduced in the Boots xmas sale for £7. The stuff in the pink bottles is for fine flyaway limp hair and fine using that and the heat protector and cream stuff you put on before blow drying really help.
Thanks Cally and Dancer brilliant to get the insider /scientist slant in here! I guess I'll just have to keep trying some of the different recommended ones on this thread and hopefully find one that works. I've got a salon mousse in today and spent time styling - for once DH was home so DCs weren't meddling with my hairdryer. It does look a lot better I have to say... But who has the time everyday?!
John Frieda is brilliant, I'm using bed head dumb blonde at the moment with the mega nutrient conditioner, I've not made my mind up about this yet. But i also love Dove, and the black L'Oreal Elvive is very good.
Full head of bleached white hair here! I buy the huge bottles of Joico shampoo and conditioner from TK Maxx, they cost about £8.99 a bottle in there. Then a bit of Moroccan oil on damp hair after washing - is keeping mine in fairly good condition with few split ends.
I mostly use Pantenne. And try to get it when there is an offer on. They changed things just recently which was a bit annoying. I don't like really cheap supermarket shampoo. But DH reckons there is no difference. But he would say that. I've never really used expensive stuff. I don't like that tressame at all. Horrible gloopy stuff.
I have lots of fine, quite oily, dark blonde hair and use albero balsam green apple...which is often about 1 pound for two bottles. I've tried lots of pricier shampoos but find that they work great at first but soon end up making my hair greasier and very dull. Silicone at work, I expect.
I use a teeny tiny amount, rinse well, apply a drop of conditioning oil after and avoid heat styling. My hair is in very nice condition.