It's very diff from regular shampoos. It almost have a soap smelling and give your hair a squeaky clean feeling. After hair dry, the smell is gone, you can really only smell if when you run it in hair in shower. It definitely remove all the gunk from hair styling products that's left over,even if you clean with regular shampoo, since those also leave residue. Like the instruction on the back, use it once a week or every 3 times you wash hair( since I wash every other day only, a week is about 3 times of washing hair) and you won't feel hair being too dry or anything. If your hair is dry easily, just use conditioner on bottom half of hair and it should be ok.