Beauty Review: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo

First of all, yet again (I know, I know) I'm sorry I haven't posted an update for a few days. I've just been mad busy with interviews in the past few weeks and so unfortunately blogging has been put on the back burner a bit. However, I did score a six week temp job - starting tomorrow - so hopefully that means I can relax from the job hunt grind a little bit and start to blog a bit more.

So today I have another empties post for you, and this time it's a haircare one - Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo. As well as writing about products that might have gone under the radar, I wanted to write about classic products, and Herbal Essences definitely falls into that category; it's been going since 1972 and has won rave reviews from beauty editors and users alike, as well as spawning many own brand imitations. Put it this way, you know you've made it when both Boots and Tesco are copying your packaging...

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Hello Hydration is one of 12 Herbal Essences ranges, and is designed for dry or damaged hair, which right now sounds ideal for me. My hair is in desperate need of some tender loving care - I haven't cut it since December, which is the longest I've ever gone between haircuts (although once I get my first paycheck a haircut is the first thing on my list!), and it's showing as it's turned into a dried-out frizzball from travelling and crazy UK weather. So I had high hopes for this product to help restore my hair's condition.

First of all, one huge point in Hello Hydration's favour is that a 300ml bottle lasts forever. I bought the bottle I've just finished in New Zealand in December after the aforementioned haircut and have only just finished it (although I should add it was supplemented with a few hotel shampoo sachets whilst I was away). It also smells lovely, mostly of coconut but a little bit fruity as well, which is always a nice bonus.

However, I don't think it's done a massive amount for my hair in terms of making it feel less dried-out. Just after washing it goes lovely and soft and shiny, and my hair does feel cleaner, but by day two it's gone back to the dried-out frizzy stage again. So on that note, I'm afraid to say this one is a big fat fail for me as it simply isn't doing what it says on the bottle. Which is a shame really, as normally I try to find a positive in every product I try but this one just doesn't work as anything other than a basic cleaning shampoo, so I'd probably just use this for after the gym or swimming.

Overall: A decent cleaning shampoo that's cheap, lasts for ages and smells decent, but just isn't moisturising enough for me.


  1. I use this shampoo too-as I swim 3-4 times a week I use it everytime so it serves a purpose for a day or so!

    1. Hi Susan,

      Thanks for your comment! I agree that it does work well as a shampoo to get your hair clean after a workout - if I do buy it again it'll probably be for after the gym or running. Good to see it's doing that for someone else too!