In December, my shampoo bottle was nearly done, and I kept procrastinating on purchasing a new bottle. Haha, I ended up making one of those frantic visits to the store when I ran out.
Since I needed shampoo urgently, I wasn’t being picky about which one to get. I literally just looked at the sale prices and then chose the cheapest.
For a hulking 700 mL bottle of the Clairol Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Smoothing Shampoo, I paid only $4.99 CAD!
Normally when I buy a shampoo, I like to take my time, make sure it smells nice, etc. Usually price is the last factor I consider. (My hair needs to be whipped into shape, so efficacy is of the highest priority usually.)
This time, it was a scan of the price tag, a quick grab, and then a dash to the cashier.
I figured that this Herbal Essences shampoo would be just a ‘quick fix’ until I got one of my favourites later on.
Little did I know that I’d actually like it!
Clairol Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Smoothing Shampoo Pictures
Clairol Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Smoothing Shampoo Ingredients
√ Reveals a natural shine
√ Lays down flyaways
- Name: Clairol Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Smoothing Shampoo
- Amount: 700 mL (23.7 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $4.99 CAD on sale
- Where to Buy: Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Wal-Mart & anywhere that sells Clairol hair products
Clairol Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Smoothing Shampoo Review
Shampoos from drugstores or grocery stores tend to dry my hair out like crazy, so I wasn’t expecting much from the Clairol Herbal Essences shampoo.
But, it actually did a wonderful job at making my hair feel clean, yet smoothing out my strands as promised!
This is a big deal to me because I have the type of hair that requires following up a shampoo with a moisturizing conditioner. If I don’t do that, my hair resembles the straw from the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. (Although it’s my favourite movie of all time, the Scarecrow has a look that I don’t want to replicate.) 😉
I’m used to drugstore shampoos stripping my hair of the natural oil so that it actually squeaks. (It’s a myth that squeaky hair is clean hair. When your hair squeaks after you’ve shampooed, it means that it’s more vulnerable to breakage and that it’s so dry that the shampoo removed too much natural oil.)
What I noticed is that even before I used conditioner, this Clairol Herbal Essences shampoo left my hair already feeling silky. And best of all? My hair didn’t squeak! (Me to my hair: “I don’t want to hear a peep out of you! Do you hear?” Yes, I really lay down the law! Hehe!)
I’m not crazy about the scent. It smells like a generic salon perfume-y kind of product. However, I appreciated how it wasn’t strong. I could tolerate it. And after drying and styling my hair, I couldn’t really notice much of a lingering scent. (While that may be a Con for you, this is a Pro for me because I wear perfume nearly every day, and some strong shampoo scents can clash with it.)
What a great deal I scored! This massive bottle was only $4.99 CAD on sale, and although I’ve been using it since December, I still have tons left. I definitely got a lot of bang for my buck!
The Clairol Herbal Essences shampoo has such a girly design…haha! I don’t usually go for bottles that look like that.
Funny thing: I only just now realized that maybe the reason I went for this (other than the fact that it was on sale) was because I was subliminally influenced by the colour of the cap – it’s greeeeeeeeeeeeen! 😉
The cap flips up easily. It’s the type where you press down one side, and the other lifts up…kind of like a see-saw. They should call this style of cap a see-saw cap. Random thought…haha!
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
Considering that I only picked up this Clairol shampoo out of necessity and without any great expectations, I was very impressed by the results it delivered! And, although the regular price at the store I got it from was around $8.99 CAD or so, I think for a bottle this big, it’s not unreasonable, either.
This experience has made me more curious to try other drugstore shampoos when I run out of this one. Before, I had been using Bath & Body Works’ haircare and some salon brands. It has been a long time since I got a drugstore shampoo, so it looks like they’ve made a lot of progress since I last tried them!
What’s your favourite shampoo? Do you buy your haircare from the drugstore, grocery store, or salon? Can you recommend a really good mosturizing conditioner for me? (I have frizzy, dry, naturally wavy/curly hair that I flat iron on a daily basis.)