An Effective Bargain Buy: Head & Shoulders ‘Thick & Strong’

Head & Shoulders have been around for over 50 years, but never have they been a particularly glamorous brand. Although they claim to solve your dandruff dilemmas, never have I turned to them when I’m in need of a little love and attention. With their latest addition to the growing collection of targeted hair care, Head & Shoulders really offer something new. ‘Thick & Strong‘ claims to provide stronger hair in only one use, which during the cold winter months and in the midst of the party styling season is something I can definitely get on board with. For the last few months my hair has been getting progressively tattier (I’m talking dry, frizzy, coarse and unmanageable,) but in only a few washes Head & Shoulders ‘Thick & Strong’ has really helped to tame my mane and inject a bit of life back into the roots. With the added bonus of their first ever dip into the styling arena (with the new Extra Thickening Treatment,) this is a budget range to be reckoned with.

Although the shampoo is pleasant to use, it doesn’t leave my hair feeling particularly smooth or seriously clean. (There’s no squeaky feeling, more a tangled mess!) However, it lathers effectively and washes away styling product and dirt build up without a problem. When the ‘Thick & Strong’ conditioner is applied the real magic starts to happen though, as it leaves my hair feeling smooth and healthy with a subtle hint of shine. Unlike a lot of conditioners that just add silicone to your hair in order to create a temporary finish, this feels like it’s really doing something to create a bit more strength on the surface. It’s easier to style and my hair has a definite ‘swoosh’ to it! When the Extra Thickening Treatment is applied though, my hair benefits from serious volume. Its targeted nozzle enables you to apply the solution directly to the root, so that it can create volume in the most natural way with no ‘product’ feeling. Around 10-15 sprays are recommended over the entire scalp, which leaves hair instantly lifted and at least double the volume when styled alone. If you massage the solution into the scalp it not only creates temporary volume, but helps to really build a healthy base from which hair can grow over time.

The solution works in three ways: it protects your scalp for beautiful looking hair, enhances your hair by thickening hair fibres immediately after applying the product for a volume boost, as well as strengthening the hair fibres from the root for thicker, stronger looking hair as time goes on. Unlike a lot of ‘root boosters’ which leave the hair feeling sticky and heavy, the Extra Thickening Treatment leaves practically no feeling on the hair at all and can be re-invigorated throughout the day with just a little finger wiggle at the surface.

I have to admit that I was extremely skeptical about this range initially, but the proof is in the pudding. I’ve swapped my more expensive shampoos and conditioners for this over the last few weeks and haven’t been tempted to swap back once; the treatment has been a regular feature within my hair routine and I can rely on it to provide me a subtle hit of volume when I need it most. What’s even better is that the range is so light that it can be used daily, the treatment even between washes, and my hair still has the swish I crave so much. I’m definitely stocking up on more of this for the winter months!

The shampoo and conditioner are available for £4.99 each in Boots stores nationwide, while the Extra Thickening Treatment is priced £9.99.



  1. Anonymous
    December 29, 2013 / 9:25 pm

    Ooh I'm surprised you found it better than higher end brands! Did you find this helped with dry, ratty ends at all?

    • Hayley Carr
      December 29, 2013 / 9:37 pm

      The overall effect was a smooth one, which helped the ends… However, once they dry out and start to split they just need to be chopped off! There's no helping them.

  2. Michelle
    January 1, 2014 / 5:21 pm

    I bought the shampoo and conditioner yesterday after reading this and after using it this morning I'm already impressed! My hair blow dried better than it has in a long time and even after being caught in the wind and rain today brushed through easily. I'm going to buy the treatment tomorrow and am expecting good things.

  3. Anonymous
    March 20, 2014 / 11:13 pm

    Found this product amazing, and I have had seriously thin hair for years now, that has plagued me no end. cannot praise this enough, and I am one tough gal!

  4. Stacey Cornell
    April 28, 2014 / 2:52 pm

    What products to you recommend for a dry scalp, I have tried Head and shoulders before and I did not like the way it made my hair feel. Any advice would be great

  5. Anonymous
    December 21, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    You can buy it in Pound world for £1 (obviously) now. It is really good. My hair is thinning due to blood cancer and this has made a real improvement.

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