Sunsilk Yellow Review- Old wine in a new bottle
I share a love hate relationship with this one, yet I never manage to stop using it. It is one of the cheapest products on my bathroom shelf, and yet I have been reaching out to it a lot more.
Ladies and gentlemen put your hands together for Sunsilk.
Image taken from the Sunsilk India homepage.
Sunsilk was the shampoo that most Indian kids growing up in the 80s -90s thought was the absolute secret of soft hair. Most of us were allowed to use it once in a way as a treat (at other times we either used the shikekai soap , or a shikekai powder called silkesha) and then we could not get over how lovely our hair smelt. I remember an aunt with particularly glossy hair used sunsilk black, which tends to be a fave for me too. There is something about that packaging that gets me to buy it. The pink is attractive looking and smells nice, but does nothing for me. The hidden find is the sunsilk yellow(it is called dream soft and smooth). It is said to have eggs in it. But I will get to that part a little later.
First let me explain why I share a love hate relationship with this product, this is one of the toughest to use shampoos, a little extra, and my hair becomes like straw and feels brittle till I condition it , and if I leave it too long then it is near impossible to wash off the soapy feeling from my hair. Why do I love it then, I have curly hair, and somehow though the website or product doesn’t claim so , but this shampoo when used correctly makes my curls bouncier and washes off all the oil that as a typical Indian girl I love to put in my hair.
So here are are the pros
- Super cheap
- Easily available, your grocer stocks them too.
- Does not cause hair fall (if you already have hair fall , I don’t think this will make it better)
- Good basic clarifying shampoo, without the fancy labels and higher prices – I mean seriously a clarifying shampoo is often the harshest shampoo since it has to get rid of all the styling gunk on our hair, but this one does the job , and does not make you pay big bucks like other clarifying shampoos do.
- Does a brilliant job of taking off the oil that I apply on my hair in the night.
- Has a strong smell that lingers, may not be everyones cup of tea.
- Too drying if you haven’t oiled your hair.
- Tricky to apply, too much is tough to wash off along with being drying, too little, and its like you haven’t shampooed at all.
- The shampoo claims to by for dry rough frizzy hair, which I have, but it does not really reduce frizz , or help soothe the dryness, in fact makes hair super dry. (it claims to cleanse the 'driest and roughest' of hair , and soften and rebalance the hair)
- I genuinely don’t like the tall claims and fancy co creation concepts sunsilk is talking about, it is the same sunsilk we all got, same fragrance, same texture, same tendency to dry a bit, then why the fancy packaging.
- I wish sunsilk would simply say they make the best shampoos for the price, and their shampoos, take off the stink , dirt , grime of the city, plus the gunk from styling products and give you bouncy nice hair. That is it, nothing more nothing less. (minus 1 point for tall claims. )
- It has to be diluted and prelathered to be used correctly.
Overall verdict- it is good must buy shampoo if you oil your hair and want a cheap shampoo to take it off. You can follow up with professional shampoo or high end conditioner. Also I read somewhere that the shampoo should be cheap, the conditioner expensive. I would suggest that if you don’t mind the strongish smell, please go ahead and buy this shampoo.
Quirky beauty tip – I mix this shampoo with some water and half teaspoon oil for use on days when i have super dirty hair, and no time to oil it before.