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      28.12.2003 05:11

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      Worst hair range ever!!! - Advantages: None - Disadvantages: your hair will fall out, greasy hair , very toxic

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      24.11.2003 22:26
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      This bottle looks like a light bulb. Or maybe an onion. It's definately a peculiar shape anyway. It's plastic, and the eye-damaging bright green colour that Fructis tends to have on its packaging, with an equally bright orange stripe across the middle. Nice. I haven't even got past to the packaging yet and already I want to make the company compensate me for eye damage, or at least buy me sunglasses. The bottle holds 150 mls of the aforementioned hair gunk. I actually got this for Christmas last year, and despite a years worth of on and off use, there is still half a bottle left, and that's not because I find the packaging offensive, it does seem to be one of those bottomless vessels you find in fairy tales. The kind that never runs out of whatever you put into it. I suffer (or should I say share my head with) incredibly frizzy hair. Most of the time this doesn't bother me, I do my thing, and my hair does its own, and we get along quite amicably with a minimum of interference, but once a week or so I get all paranoid and decide to try to calm it down a little. It generally takes this in its stride, goes all shiny for about ten minutes and then when I've been suitably lulled into a sense of false security, gets really big instead. This stuff however does the trick with a minimum of fuss, and although I do have to use quite a lot of it to do the job, seems to have lasted exceptionally well. You can use this on either wet or dry hair. The bottle gives instruction for you to use 1-3 nut sized amounts. This is plently. The gunk is white and makes your hands feel well conditioned too when you've finished rubbing it on your hair. It has a pleasant light fragrance, not too strong or chemical. It doesn't exactly smell fruity, but it does kind of smell edible. It spreads easily and evenly through your hair, and whilst it doesn't stick my split ends together, it does make them a lot less noticable, and my hair a
      lot more controllable too. It's meant to protect against split ends, but as I have them already I'm not really in a position to comment on this, although it does make my hair feel really well conditioned. Even if I use quite a lot of it (as I often do), it doesn't flatten my hair too much, or make it look greasy, nlike some other leave-in conditioner products. It stops it from being too fly-away and makes it generally easier to get a brush through. You do end up with a greasier scalp than usual though, so I would recommend washing your hair once a day if you use this regularly. It says on the bottle 'This smoothing cream with Nourishing Fruit Micro-oils, nourishes and smooths right to the tips, to protect fragile ends without heaviness' and it does! I didn't buy it myself, but judging from the fact that one 150ml bottle has lasted me for nearly a year, I would call it great value for money. You don't really need to shove on as much as I tend to either, so its really a long lasting product which I would highly recommend. Even if the bottle is a bit loud.

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        04.04.2003 18:41

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        silky soft - Advantages: lovely soft and really shiny, cheap! - Disadvantages: need to use a de-gunking shampoo once a week

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        20.05.2002 05:07

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        Actually I've only ever tried one Fructis product - and after reading all the other reviews I probably won't bother. However, the 3 minute intensive mask which comes in the green pot is just about the best conditioner ever, and believe me I've tried a few. It leaves my thick, wavy hair soft, shiny, tangle-free and easy to straighten - we've already established it smells divine. I'd recommend leaving it on longer than three minutes though, if your hair is quite dry it is as good as any other more expensive intensive conditioners which you might leave on for about half an hour. Luckily I've managed to locate an afro hair supplies shop that seems to have started importing it from Austria (my languages aren't that great - could be somewhere else!) so my hair survives - for now. If anyone knows why its vanished I'd be v interested as it seems this is their best product!

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        02.09.2001 02:59
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        Ever spent about 25 minutes just looking for a single product by a brand that you don't yet now but you know what you need the product for? This nearly happened to me. I could of been late for an oppointment not noticing the time I would of spent looking for a hair styleing product, but fortunatly I wasn't because out of the corner of my eye I saw a bright green product which was hard to miss. I had to go see what it was. I had found Garnier Fructis not because of its advertisements or just casualy seeing it but because of the colour and noticeable bottles. This really does help me when searching for somthing so I congragulate Garnier Fructis for getting another customer through its design. I had seen this product so I looked for one out its wide variety to suit the needs that I needed. I had found it, Taming water to tame my out of hand hair. I started buying from this brand and I still do because on each bottle or package it describes how your hair would benifit from its product, what the outcome should be, ingredients, how to apply, if blow drying is needed, contact number and address and I am able to reycycle the packaging. I also like this brand because it is cheap and provides nearly every single product of hair care range eg shampoo to moose as it proves the outcome is better when using from the same brand. It also comes in strong to normal hold. The fruity apple smell is gorgeous and most importantly the products are long lasting in every way. Its variety of products also come in travell size. The products are provided in most stores that provide cosmetics and hair care. I think the only way to know if your hair benifits from the product is to try it.

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        22.07.2001 20:48
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        I have a poroblem whcih I'd like to share with you all today! Hopefully it will do me good to get it off my cheast in a form of public therapy!! I have a hair problem which I hope some of you can identify with! I have greasy roots and dry ends. I thought my life would be changed forever when I saw the t.v advertisement for Laboratoire Garnier's new shampoo specifically designed to solve the problem that I faced on a daily basis. I went to the nearest shop and saw that it this 'miracle' product was also quite cheap. I purchased the shampoo and conditioner (as my hair is wild without conditioner!) I geared myself up to use this new and hopefully life changing (or at least hair-changing) shampoo. I wetted my hair and applied the shampoo, the smell was heavenly, really fruity, I then began to rinse my hair and as i'd experienced with other shampoo's my hair felt very coarse as if it hadn't been brushed for days. I was not detered I thought, hey this is the norm, I have yet to apply the conditioner. After fully rinsing my hair I opened the conditioner bottle and hurt my finger whilst doing so (a warning to everyone! these bottle tops are lethal). I massaged the conditioner into my hair ensuring that it was spread evenly and right to the tips of my hair. I left it there for a few minutes to allow it to do its work. The time came to rinse..... it took what seemed like forever to get the residue off my hair. It felt extremely gunky, and I didnt like it. Eventually I managed to get my hair clean enough for my liking. And the results? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Well, this shampoo claims that it will cure the problem of greasy roots and dry ends - rubbish! My hair was just as greasy the next day as after using other shampoo's - now maybe I have strange hair that cannot be cured but even some of my friends have also claimed that this shampoo hasn't made one bit of differenc
        e! So all in all, yes it is cheaper than some other brands of shampoo but it doesn't seem to work in my case and I have tried to use it for a length of time to see if my hair adjusts to it!! So therefore this shampoo gets a thunbs down!!

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          15.06.2001 00:50
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          Despite the bad press concerning the condition Fructis shampoo leaves your hair in I recently decided to give it a try myself. I was particularly attracted by the fresh fruity fragrance of the product and the promises of smooth,strong,shiny hair seemed too good to miss.I opted for the variety aimed at hair with greasy roots and dry tips hoping to condition parts of my hair which had been damaged by dying and styling. The product was simple to use but I found it did not lather very well which concerned me in case my hair wasn't being properly cleaned.The texture of the shampoo itself was rather liquid and i found i spilt a bit whenever I used it.I was impressed by the final result of the product as my hair seemed thicker than normal, very smooth and shiny.My roots seemed to stay cleaner for longer but unfortunatly the fragrance did not stay in my hair for long. One of the only things that i disliked about Fructis was the packaging which i felt was too bright and looked naff and cheap.

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            14.06.2001 19:49

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            Wow, no more frizzy hair, if you just use this! Well, perhaps if your hair is a bit kinky (for want of a better phrase) but not if it’s thick and very very curly it won’t cure your frizz. I bought this as my usual conditioner wasn’t available, and it seemed like just the job for my rather unmanageable hair. It was on special offer as well since it was a new product, so it was worth giving it a try and I’d been bombarded with all the ads as well of course. The first time I tried it wasn’t too bad. The ‘smoothing milk’ is easy to apply, comes out of a handy pump dispenser and smells very nice. It’s not greasy, doesn’t make your hair feel heavy and combs through very easily. I thought I was on to a winner. You are supposed to blow dry your hair after you apply ‘from root to tip’, but that tends to make my hair even drier. That’s perhaps where I went wrong. The next day my hair was like cardboard and was particularly dry, even more so than it was before I put the stuff on, if you would have thought that was possible! And with my hair I wouldn't have thought it was....

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            07.06.2001 03:28
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            With many Anti-Dandruff shampoos they don't work very well. All they do is get rid of the dandruff in the hair and not on the sacalp. But Fructis gets rid of it all, and along with that it cleans the hair properly leaving it nice and shiny. My hair gets greasy pretty quickly after washing it so I wash it every other day and I need a shampoo that won't damage my hair. Fructis cleans my hair without damaging it. Split ends are also a problem for me so using this gets rid of them and all other problems leving my hair cleam and soft. Although it does take four or five washes to actuall work and can take a while to rinse it out. But overall this is a good product and works on any kind of hair, whether it's greasy or dry (it also smells great).

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            05.06.2001 01:27
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            Hello again people, Well the only reason for trying this product was because I got a full bottle as a freebie for doing a survey on their site and not because of their long lasting quite frankly annoying advert campaign. They apparently have a new formula to the shampoo, well I wouldn't know as I haven't tried their old stuff but this seems nothing special. This new formula is meant to leave your hair cleaner, softer and shinier. Application after application, your hair is made stronger. The general description Garnier give their product is The Active Fruit Concentrate, For Hair that shines With All its Strength. Also a combination of innovative ingredients naturally present in fruit, that gives strength and shine to your hair. Well I have to say there must be a lot of crazy stuff naturally present in fruit. The ingredients list on the bottle goes on and on with things I could not even make up for example Cocamide Mipa whatever that is but I am sure it makes your hair stronger after every wash. Directions for Use: Not really that hard to work out being shampoo and all but still they give a nice little set of instructions - "Massage into hair until a rich lather forms. Rinse thoroughly. It also says: In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately. Well that is reassuring. The translation is we don't know what we have put in this thing but apparently it is a strong adhesive so get it the hell out of your eyes before you sue us. On the bottle there are some nice little pictures which show what this concoction actually does to your precious hair. 1. It nourishes the hair from the roots. 2. It works inside the hair fibre to strengthen it. 3 It smoothes the hair to the tip. Well I have to say I can't really fault the packaging. The shampoo actually smells really nice so when I got it through the post box and real
            ised that it hadn't burst I was raring to go. I gave it a quick whiff and up I went to the shower. I really liked the smell and it seemed to be doing the trick. Well I got out and dried my hair, when I went to do it (my hair that is) I realised it was bloody strong being practically hard and all. It is not at all nice to feel and if you know what having wax in your hair feels like well this does basically the same. It leaves your hair feeling course and pretty disgusting. Well after this I didn't really want to use it again just to smell it so I can't really say if your hair gets stronger after every wash. Both my sister and mum complain of the same thing so if you don't believe me believe me. Oh and one more thing it is fortifying shampoo (is my hair a bloody castle) and is for normal hair. Thanks Cortex101 Always love feedback

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              03.06.2001 07:23
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              I got my first bottle of this for free, by filling in a survey on the laboratoires garnier website, but I liked it so much I now buy it regularly. This shampoo, as with most others these days, comes in a range of different ones to suit different hair types. I use the one for dry/damaged/coloured hair (in my case all of the above!). The packaging is very bright and colourful...a little bright for my taste, but my young daughter loved it! The bottle also has a really funky lid, with a moulded circle thingy which makes it really easy to open with wet hands! It also seems to reduce the amount of drips you get down the side of the bottle....somehow! A down side to the lid though is that you can't stand the bottle upside down unless you balance it against something...a practice I used to employ regularly to get the last stubborn bits of shampoo out of the bottom of the bottle! The shampoo itself is opaque white, and quite thick, almost like a conditioner. This is handy as it helps to stop it dripping, especially useful if you're using the shampoo on wriggly kids! I like the smell, which I think is quite fresh and fruity, although my partner isn't too keen on it as he says its too chemical smelling, so I guess its quite subjective! It doesn't lather excessively, but enough, and rinses out fairly easily in the bath (I haven't tried it in a shower yet as I haven't got one!) Fructis leaves dry hair feeling more moisturised and less wiry, also more manageable. It doesn't leave a coating on your hair like some shampoos, or at least, if it does, I haven't noticed it, and I usually do as I have quite thick hair and any residue usually makes me look like a mad wildwoman from the pit or something! It also leaves your hair scented, which I like, although I know some people don't... Although I would not say that Fructis is particularly good value for money, it is effective and I like this prod
              uct, so I would say its worth giving it a go for yourself!

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                28.05.2001 09:28
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                The advert for Laboratoires Garniers Fructis shampoos is one of the more seductive as far as shampoos go - "This adds body to your hair, makes it much stronger." Don't believe a nasty, conniving, deceitful word of it - Laboratoires Garnier have done us a grave disservice with this product. Me and Mrs d tried this hellborn concoction a couple of years ago, having been extremely impressed by all that advertising and those very attractive ads (you know the ones where the sex on legs people go bouncing around from settee to chair, with big grins on their faces, knotting their hair and pulling it hard to prove a point before they all go off into the big back room and have steamy, rampant sex, Gawd, I don't know, the teenagers of today getting up to all and sundry, wouldn't have been allowed in my day, by God, then we had to make do with toffees and puppies behind old Joe's chip shop up t'High Street, and he smelt funny ... oo-err, dave27, calm down, you know what the doc said about getting too excited, you better watch a bit of Countdown or you'll do yourself a proper mischief) Sorry, folks, got a bit worked up there, my blood always gets a tad overheated in summer ... I'm off me medication. We got one of those big bottles and started splashing it on everywhere and then we all came to the same conclusion. Far from making our hair stronger or giving it better condition, this frankly weird product made our hair go stiff and lifeless and very, very odd ("A bit like you, you old git" - Mrs d) and we shuddered to touch it. (A bit different from that bloody ad, I can tell you, you know the one where those healthy looking and very glowing young women start slapping other with wet towels and generally getting all steamed up with a rarely lustful expression on their pretty little faces, well, I'd soon show them who's past it, I...) ********************** Sorry, my fiends, d
                ave27 has taken a bit of a seizure upon himself and so it's time for Mrs dave27 to take over from the senile old git. I believe he was extolling the virtues (pah!) of this shampoo... Like dave 27, I have never been so annoyed by any advert as I was by this as one and I thought of writing to the manufacturers but you know what it's like - eventually the rage wears off and inertia sets in - okay forget letting them know, slap an op on the Doo and let the whole world know. Laboratoires Garnier, you have been warned, the Mrs d seal of disapproval is hereby conferred upon you. (I believe dave27 started to tell you about the ads for this particular product as being of a particularly misleading nature, showing as the did all those lithe bodied young men with their firm torsoes and oh so lovely hair, all shining and bright, as they happily threw their clothes with gay abndon all round the room, prior to a jolly all blokes session together in the sho... ********************************* I'm sorry folks, my parents have both been 0overtaken by the heat and have had to go and have a lie down. I am the older of the dave27-ettes (the good looking one) and they've asked me to finish off this opinion on their behalf. Fructis - it stinks!

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                  22.05.2001 20:44
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                  • "hair feels like it is still dirty"

                  I got my free bottle of fructis shampoo yesterday. I visited the website, filled in my details, and got a full sixed bottle for free. Not bad. Frequent use for greasy hair with dry ends, says the bottle. Sounded ideal for me. I had a job interview this morning, so I thought I'd give it a go. It smells lovely, fruity (derrr!!), and when you massage it in the lather is lovely and thick and creamy. I just could not rinse it out of my hair. I was trying for ages, when it eventually did fell like I had rinsed it all out, I dried my hair, and it felt as though I had used loads of mousse or something, and I had not used anything on my hair. I wouldn't recommend this shampoo. It makes you feel like you need to wash your hair, adn my head is definitely itchy too. I'm off to wash it out with my usual shampoo.

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                    22.04.2001 22:04
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                    When I used Fructis for the first time I thought it was absolutely amazing. Actually using the product in the shower was nice as it smelt nice and foamed up well and (as far as I could tell) rinsed out well. My hair felt really really good afterwards aswell, all sort of bouncy and fresh. However, after using the shampoo everyday for about 3/4 days my hair looked and felt absolutely disgusting. My hair looked lank and greasy like I'd not washed it at all for ages. It was impossible to style or do anything with, it began to smell a bit chemically and it felt sooooooooo grose when I tried to run my fingers through it. The worst thing was that even after I stopped using Fructis, it took ages to get rid of all the product build-up with another shampoo. I think the only way to use this shampoo is to use it no more than about 2 or three times a week, but even then I'm not too sure whether I would be confident that there wasn't loades of chemicals still in my hair that might actually be damaging or scalp especially when I use other styling products in my hair. If I were you I'd avoid this product altogether and if you are going to use it, alternate it with another shampoo, preferably one which is specifically designed to cleanse your hair from product build-up.

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                      13.04.2001 02:33
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                      I've been a Psoriasis suffer for longer than I care to remember. I decided to try this anti-dandruff shampoo a while ago - just to see if it would do me any good. I now use it every other day, and I must say it does seem to keep my psoriasis under control. Don't get me wrong - it hasn't cured it - nothing does as far as I know - but it does seem to keep it under control & certainly lessens the itching. It always leaves my hair shiny and manageable & smells nice - certainly a lot nicer than general tar-based anti-psoriasis shampoos - which smell like someone has tipped half a chemist shop into a bottle! I'll carry on using it until someone suggests another anti-psoriasis shampoo that works any better!

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