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THE MYSTERY... I used to use this brand a lot when it was new then it sort of disappeared!
THE PRICE... It seems to have resurfaced at a few outlets for about £1.70ish a bottle and sometimes for as little as £1 a bottle!
What happenned I have no idea but I do know that it is an absolute bargain for what you are getting!
THE PACKAGING... The bottle looks exactly like the image above or at least did! It is red, round and has the product name and the number 5 on the front. If you take a look at the website (www.salonselectives.com) you will see what looks like a flatter fronted bottle in different colours... whether the product is coloured in a clear bottle or it's just coloured plastic I have no idea... This is an American site. Perhaps the product has been removed from our shelves for rebranding purposes... who knows? Probable the people at Helene Curtis but not me!
The old style packaging (which is the only one I have ever seen) Is quite functional... You push down one side of the lid and the other side opens a little to reveal the hole. This makes it easy to get the product out with soapy hands. (You can even leave it open without much shower water, if any, getting in.) It is possible to stand it on its head as well although as the lid is not very wide it works better if there is a wall behind it for support if you plan on doing this.
WHAT DOES THE 5 MEAN... The way Salon Selectives denote the different shampoos and conditioners ie. What hair type they are for they give a letter or a number. Numbers are for shampoos. 5 means it is for dry or damaged hair. Letters are used for conditioners and I would suggest using M (moisturising) or D (deep conditioning) to compliment this product.
I have curly hair with highlights which means it is prone to becomming dry or frizzy. This shampoo is good for my hair type as it is nice and moisturising. Alas I have been told by someone with curly/frizzy hair (Allie) that this shampoo made her hair feel worse than ususal... I guess it totally depends on your own hair type and this product may not be as suitable for people who heat style their hair or have hair of a particulatly dry condition.
THE ARTY BIT... *Visualise*... I need you to work with me on this next point... ready?... good. Think about how your hair feels when you are in the shower and you have just shampooed and rinsed and there is a sort of squeaky feel to it. You don't really get that with this shampoo... whether this is a good or bad point depends totally on what you like... Instead there is a much softer feel like you have conditioned [but not quite *that* soft]
When using it, it forms a very soft lather that makes your hair feel nice and soft whilst you have the product on and while you are rinsing too. It rinses out nicely in so far that it comes out without too much effort but when you first use it you may feel that it is not rinsing out too well as your hair still has the soft feel that it has whilst the shampoo is still in it (although it HAS all left your hair)
THE SMELL... The smell is sort or apple like. At least thats what I think but I am not 100% sure [please leave me a message if you can help out on the *name that scent* debate] In conclusion...
Good for dry hair but possibly not for VERY dry hair.
Great Value. - Will not give you that *squeaky clean* feel. - Not as easy to find as most famous shampoos.