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One of my main concerns when it comes to a 'daily' conditioner is that it has to be light and not weigh my hair down or make it greasy. I just want something that will help give it a little moisture and make styling it easier as I have intensive treatments for when my hair needs it and find that a thick daily conditioner just makes my hair feel heavy and look greasy. The green juicy apples conditioner by Alberto Balsam is a really good conditioner for my needs as it is light enough to use on my hair as often as I want without making my hair greasy. It also smells gorgeous and leaves my hair with a lovely shine and makes it manageable. I also love the fact that it is so cheap as well and just goes to show that you don't need to spend a fortune to find good products. I buy this in the pound shop along with the shampoo when it is in stock. I find though that it seems to be a really good seller and they run out of this and the other shampoos and conditioners in the range really quickly so I always make sure and buy a few at a time. I think the fragrance of this is really lovely and more delicate than the shampoo but no less effective in keeping my hair smelling fresh for as long as possible. My hair is always left feeling soft and looking shiny after using this. It is also makes brushing my hair straight out of the shower much easier as the comb just glides through without any knots in it. When I am blow drying my hair it seems to be less static and fly away after using this. I love the fact that it is light as it doesn't make me feel as though my hair is weighed down and it certainly doesn't make it feel or look greasy. This would have a downside however for people who need lots of moisture in their hair as this probably wouldn't deliver the amount of moisture needed for people who have damaged hair. For me this and the rest of the Alberto Balsam conditioner work perfectly for my needs. I particularly love the apple fragrance when I want something that smells really fresh and clean and I like the fact that I can use this with my apple shower gel for all over fragrance.
I'm currently using the Alberto Balsam Juicy Apple Conditioner and Shampoo. I'm not brand loyal when it comes to conditioners and shampoos, I'm happy to use whichever products happen to be on offer or seem to be the best value. The Alberto Balsam range of conditioners and shampoos are available in most supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug, Poundland etc. And they normally retail at just £1 each. I bought mine from Sainsbury's where they are currently on a 4 for 3 offer. The Alberto Balsam Juicy Apple Conditioner comes in a 400ml bottle. The conditioner itself is quite a liquid conditioner, and it's a lovely opaque pale green colour. The conditioner states that it's for normal / greasy hair, my hair is probably normal and maybe just a little on the dry side. I didn't realise that the conditioner was not really for my hair type until I'd got home, I bought the conditioner and shampoo based purely on a quick sniff inside the bottles whilst doing my weekly shop. I have to say though that after using them both for 10 days or so now they seem perfectly fine for my hair. As with most conditioners the directions for use are simple; after you've shampooed, use a good size dollop of conditioner, just leave it on for 1-2 minutes, rinse hair thoroughly, ta-da, fabulously soft, shiny hair. I do use more than 'a good size dollop' of any conditioner, I always use an absolutely HUGE dollop of conditioner, and so I always get through two bottles of conditioner to every one bottle of shampoo. I find that this conditioner is a little bit fiddly to apply to my longish hair in the shower as it is quite a liquid conditioner, I normally prefer a thicker conditioner as it seems to 'stick' to my hair a bit more and therefore is easier to apply. I always leave this in for much more that the stated 1-2 minutes as I wash and condition my hair first in the shower, and then do all the other things such as; having a shower, shaving my legs, etc, and then I rinse this off whilst I rinse my shower gel off. Admittedly most of it has kind of slid out of my hair by this point though! This rinses out well, but it does still feel as though my hair has a slight coating of the conditioner left on it after I've rinsed it all out, in a good way not a bad way though. Once I get out of the shower my hair is easy enough to comb through after using this conditioner, I still have the odd tangle, but nothing too major. Once my hair is dry it definitely feels and looks very healthy and clean, and it is lovely and super soft and shiny after using this conditioner. I also find my hair to be just as easy to style after using this conditioner. It also hasn't stripped my 'slightly dry' hair of any moisture, which I was worried that it may do, with it being formulated for greasy hair. This smells gorgeous, really fruity and fresh and intensely appley. I do find that the gorgeous fruity and fresh apple fragrance lingers in my hair for the rest of the day after I've used this conditioner. The lingering apple fragrance isn't too overpowering in my hair, but it's just subtle enough to be noticeable if I've wafted my hair. I do always use this along with the matching juicy apple shampoo, so I am layering the apple fragrance so to speak. Overall I'm more than happy with this conditioner for the low price. I think that like most conditioners this works best with the matching shampoo, and I would probably buy this again. I'm hesitating slightly due to the fairly liquid consistency of the conditioner, as for me it wasn't the easiest conditioner to use, but on balance I probably would actually buy this again.
I tend to buy more expensive shampoos and conditioners but every now and then (usually when I run out mid month and need to wait for the next payday!) I opt for a cheaper version. The Alberto Balsam range is definitely one of the cheapest ranges out there, at between £1 and £1.50 for a bottle of 400ml (also currently - June 2013 - on offer at Tesco at two bottles for £1.80). This is very cheap for a conditioner so I felt it was worth a try - even if I didn't like it, I had not lost a fortune. The bottle is, as you would expect for the price, basic and simply designed. It is a rounded cloudy plastic bottle with a flip lid at the top to squeeze the conditioner through. There is a basic label stuck around the front with product information and a picture of green apples on. The bottle itself is easily squeezed so you can remove the last dregs of conditioner easily and effectively. The conditioner itself is a pale green in colour. It does give off a lovely apple scent when you flip the lid, so it does have a distinctive fruity smell. For me, the conditioner is far too runny and has a slightly greasy feel to it. I find that it slips off my fingers very easily when I try to apply it to my hair leading to substantial product wastage. I only really apply this to the ends of my hair due to the greasiness as I am concerned that this would leave my roots looking oily - I usually apply a conditioner all over my hair. I also use quite a bit of product per application to ensure a decent coverage. The smell during application is pleasant but I do not find that this transfers on to my hair at all, which is a shame. The conditioner rinses out of my hair easily and doesn't leave the ends feeling greasy to the touch (despite my reservations). I would say that the conditioner does an ok job. Not spectacular but better than not using a conditioner at all. My hair combs through easily after use but does feel a little dry, particularly after continued use. Certainly other conditioners provide me with better results but none are this cheap! As far as value for money goes, I guess for the price I can't really grumble. It is probably not something that I would purchase again but for anyone on a budget, it certainly serves a purpose.
In a bid to try and save a few pennies, I've been trying cheaper brands to see if they match the quality of my favourites. One thing I've been trying to cut back on is hair care products. This Alberto Balsam green apple conditioner is quite widely available to purchase from places like supermarkets, Boots and Superdrug and various discount stores, the normal price for a bottle of this is £1. I picked up mine on offer at 4 products for just £3 which is incredibly cheap. Of course, the packaging isn't anything spectacular, the conditioner comes inside a tall round bottle which features the product name and information. It is made from an almost transparent plastic so you can see how much product you have left inside. At the top of the bottle there is a black flip top lid which is rarely stiff and usually very easy to open. It's a shame the lid is at the top, I prefer it on the bottom as it's easier to get the last dregs out. The conditioner itself is a pale green colour, it's a lighter colour than the shampoo so you tell them apart without having to inspect the labels. It has quite a runny consistency for conditioner, not so much that it runs off my hands as soon as I dispense it but I do have to be careful. The scent is almost the same as the matching shampoo, it has a nice refreshing apple scent so it does match the product name well. I apply this by running it through the ends of my hair then rub any remaining over the top of my hair. I usually get on with something else in the shower whilst this is on my hair. When I rinse it off, I find it easy to do and it leaves no residue in my hair. I only use this conditioner alongside the matching the shampoo and find the results ok. My hair is left soft and smooth and clean looking. I prefer it to look nourished after drying but this conditioner doesn't do that. I suppose, for the price, I can't moan as it does clean my hair very well. At only £1 (or cheaper on offer!), I think this conditioner represents great value for money. I prefer my hair to look more healthy and nourished but this still cleans my hair adequately and when the pennies are pinched I will keep this in mind.
I really like the Alberto Balaslm range of shampoos and conditioners as daily ones as I think that they offer tremendous value for the money as I can buy them for under a pound which I think is great value for a branded product. They work really well together and come in some lovely fragrances. My favourite is the strawberry one but my kids love the green juicy apples range and as it is also really nice I have no problems with buying them it since they like it so much. The conditioner is great as a daily one and although it isn't quite as luxurious as some other conditioners that I buy they are also a lot more expensive so it is to be expected that this one won't be quite as thick and creamy as those. For the money though it really can't be beat. It is a little bit runnier and less thick than some other conditioners but this also means that it is very easy to spread it through my hair from roots to tips. It still coats all my hair and when I rinse it off it leaves my hair tangle free and I can comb it when wet with no tugs. I probably wouldn't use this if my hair was feeling really damaged and dry but that's why I buy expensive conditioning treatments. This is just a daily conditioner and for that purpose it works really well. My hair is left feeling soft and is manageable. Because it is less dense than some others it means that it makes my hair feel really lightweight and it doesn't weigh it down or make it feel heavy. It also doesn't make it greasy though it does leave it with a nice shine. The fragrance of the conditioner is absolutely gorgeous and really fresh and zingy and it doesn't smell artificial. The smell also lasts for ages. I can wash my hair in the morning and still smell it at night and it does a really good job of keeping away the outside smells such as traffic fumes and cigarette smoke. This is a really good conditioner for everyday use and one that is a bargain at the price. I have never had to pay more than a pound for this conditioner and I think it is great value for money.
Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Conditioner Lately in an effort to save some pennies I have been swapping my favourite Lush brand shampoos and conditioners for some of the supermarkets promotions. But when shopping around I still wanted a cheaper conditioner that delivered what I hoped would be a natural fruity fragrance. After all Alberto Balsam call their Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Conditioner - juicy! But, sadly juicy is one adjective I would not use to describe the Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Conditioner. The conditioner is actually quite good for a cheap alternative and had it not heightened my expectations with the promise of a juicy green apple fragrance it might have become a regular in my bathroom. As it stands the conditioner has a rather mild fragrance that doesn't have that fresh apple smell, but more like a slightly sickly sweet apple scent. It's not a bad fragrance, it just wasn't what I was expecting and certainly wasn't what I would call an juicy green apple smell. As I mentioned the Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Conditioner does actually make for a pretty good conditioner. It states on the bottle that the conditioner is best suited for normal to greasy hair types, but I would have to slightly disagree. I have what probably falls into the 'normal' range of hair types but the conditioner does have a small tendency to leave my hair ever so slightly greasy, which if you already had greasy hair to begin with might make it worse. But with my hair the Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Conditioner works pretty well and manages to leave it soft, brushable and looking healthy, which all in all I would have to say is not bad for a cheap conditioner. If I was being picky I might complain about the slightly thin and watery consistency of the conditioner, it does have a tendency to easily run off my hand before I can spread it throughout my hair. But, even with being a less than ideal texture it does still work well and it does still apply easily. I have also found that I do need to use more of the Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Conditioner than I would expect to use from an expensive brand, but again for the price I still feel like you are getting a decent conditioner for the low price. The Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Conditioner is available for around about £1 at anywhere from your local Asda to stores like Superdrug. The packaging is nothing special, functional and overall the conditioner looks just ok. Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Conditioner is a decent conditioner to use when you are on a budget, as it works well and smells good if just not juicy. I wouldn't say that it was the best conditioner available on the market but the quality you get for the price you pay is pretty good and I think that for those reasons alone the conditioner deserves a rather average but positive three out of five star rating. I still wouldn't buy it all the time but it is a great cheaper alternative for once in a while when you want to save a few pennies on your weekly shop.
I generally have long, quite greasy hair (i say generally because quite often the hair dresser doesn't know the difference between an inch and cutting half my hair off) that conditioners in particular like to stick to, which tends to be quite a pain when washing it because quite often the hot water runs out before i manage to get all the conditioner out. This is probably why my hair tends to get greasy a day after washing it. Alberto Balsalm apple conditioner is intended fir those with greasy hair but is also useful for all hair types. It can usually be found in most super markets on offer (quite often BOGOF or 3 for a fiver etc) and Aldi does it's own version of it (it's made by the sane company just bit watered down and with a different name) for £1.19 a 400ml bottle (at last check). Normally in the Hoggle household we pick up products while they are on offer or when they're on the cheap, so it's a bit of a lucky dip on what products we get in the shower, but i have to say for my particular hair type this particular product has to be one of the best i've used. The conditioner itself is a pale green rather thin liquid that easily goes through the hair and almost immediately untangles any small knots in the hair. I often apply a generous dollop, spread it between my palm then comb it through my hair with my fingers starting from the back of my head. The apple scent is subtle yet distinctive and stays on the hair for quite a few hours after washing- dependant on whether you go outside or not. I leave it in while i continue with my daily wash and rinse it out after the rest of me is clean. Due to it's thinness it washes out rather quickly, which is brilliant for me because i'm no longer using all the hot water whenever i wash my hair. I have also found that this conditioner is also particularly coloured hair friendly. Usually, no matter what dye i use the various other conditioners that aren't particularly for coloured hair have made my hair fade almost twice as quickly as a colour protecting conditioner would. I have had my hair newly dyed for the past three weeks along with using this conditioner and my hair is only just beginning to show signs of fading in patches where the dye may have been least applied. The conditioner allows for easy brushing experience both when the hair damp or dry after use, which is another good thing for my hair which only meeds to be looked at before it gets tangled and leaves my hair feeling clean and not greasy for at least two days after washing, which is another bonus because it means i don't have to wash my hair every day and go through as much shampoo and conditioner as i have been. All in all this is a brilliant conditioner that is value for your money and definitely suited for those with long greasy hair.
I bought this Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Conditioner for the first time recently as it was on offer in the supermarket at £3 for 4 which is very reasonable. It comes in a 400ml bottle with plastic flip lid, and the product is light green in colour. This variety is aimed at normal/greasy hair, and as I often have greasy hair it seemed great for me. It contains apple and grape seed extracts. On the back it says 'Hair smells as good at it feels!' which it certainly does. It smells lovely and appley, good enough to eat! Unlike some other conditioners, you can still smell the apple scent the next day on your hair. It leaves my hair feeling soft and looking nice and shiny, for a couple of days after washing and shampooing. It slides throuh my hair easily and is easy to comb through. It claims to 'Detangle and protect' and after combing it through my hair, it does seem to make it easier to manage and less tangled. My hair feels moisturised so I think it is also protecting it from the harsh weather we have at the moment! I do not need to use very much of the conditioner at a time, so one bottle is lasting quite a while which makes it excellent value for money. The conditioner is quite thick and creamy, but not too thick, which makes it easy to use and get the right amount. I have long brunette hair and this product really suits my hair, I have even had a few comments from friends asking if I have done anything different to my hair as it looks great. I will definately buy this conditioner again, and have seen it in Poundland so it can be purchased for £1 or less which is great, I dont think a better conditioner can be found anywhere for less!
I am quite fussy about what I use on my hair because it is generally frizzy and out of control and I don't want to make the situation any worse! I do have quite dry hair but sometimes the roots do have a tendency to get busy and as the product was so cheap I decided to buy Alberto Balsamo Juicy Green Applie shampoo and conditioner. This a review of the conditioner. What does the product do? The product promises to be just as good and contain the same ingredients as the more expensive brands. It claims that it will condition the hair, detangling your locks and coating it with a layer of protection. It also claims that it will make the hair more manageable and will strengthen the hair by nourishing it with vitamin B5. All in all, it promises to leave your hair smelling as good as it feels. The product has been specifically designed for the use on those with normal to greasy hair. Packaging and Price The product comes in a translucent plastic bottle and you can see the green conditioner inside. On the front of the bottle there is a picture of a juicy green apple and it has some more information about the product on the back. The lid is a flip top lid which is easy to open and close, and it is black in colour. You can buy the product for the very cheap price of £1.50 and it can be bought from stores such as Superdrug, large supermarkets and also from a range of online websites. Application and Performance The product is a creamy green colour and it doesn't have a very thick consistency. Nevertheless, you don't need much to coat the hair well and to feel like it's doing a good job. The conditioner smells just as delicious and fruity as the shampoo does, smelling strongly of apples. The aroma is evident the whole time that the product is on the hair. It feels completely comfortable and didn't cause my scalp any discomfort or irritations. The product is easily rinsed out of my hair. My hair is definitely easy to brush through so it does keep it's promises to detangle my locks. I always think it's difficult to say whether a product actually protects or strengthens the hair, but the conditioner does seem leave my hair feeling a little stronger with less snapping and breaking when I blow dry and straighten it. My hair does seem to have a little more volume and be a little dryer than when I use other shampoo but it is still manageable and easy to control. My hair doesn't have much shine after using this but it still looks nice. It doesn't make my hair greasy or weigh it down, and I can go the full two days without washing it after use. Conclusion All in all, this is a good conditioner which does leave my hair feeling soft and manageable. It is easy to brush through after use and smells like delicious apples long after my hair has dried. It isn't very hydrating and it doesn't leave my hair shining but I was still happy enough with the results, especially when you consider the price.
When you live in a house where you share a bathroom with others, others who have no consideration for the correct use of expensive shampoos and conditioners and treat them like bubble bath, you eventually give up and want to find something inexpensive and effective. And priced at a humble £1, this product is just that. Avalible in a fantastic array of scents, the Juicy Green Apple one is by far one of my favourites. The bottle the Juicy Green Apple conditioner comes in is basic enough, you get about 400ml in a standard shaped bottle, the black lid glossy and the label declaring it's suitability for normal/greasy hair. The product itself is actually quite thin, making it easy to manipulate from root to tip, or rather tip to root! It's malleable, unlike other thicker conditioners, making it easy to distribute evenly. It detangles beautifully, and with my thicker, curly hair it really is a blessing. As you go to dry it, you don't get an overly glossy finish... This product doesn't claim to do that. But it more than compensates you with the beautiful scent that clings to your hair for days. You get a soft, touchable blow-dry. Because of it's consistency and effect on just average hair... I can't imagine it'd be all that good for rather greasy or dry hair. Which is a shame, but for standard follicles, it's perfect.
I always buy matching shampoo and conditioner products for my hair so when I recently bought the green apple shampoo from the Alberto Balsam range I also bought the matching conditioner. The Alberto Balsam range is one that I find very good for my hair and really great value, at the moment you can buy a 400ml bottle of their products in Asda for 80p a bottle of course you can also buy it elsewhere such as chemists, other supermarkets, value shops and online too. The conditioner come in a plastic bottle which is slightly frosted the same as the plastic is on the shampoo bottle. You can see through the plastic to the colour of the product inside and the conditioner is a pale green with a creamy consistency whereas the shampoo is a clear green colour making them look nice stood together in the bathroom and easy to tell them apart which since I wear pretty string glasses can become a problem for me with other products. The bottle has a black flip top lid on it which is black in colour, it is easy to flip open even with wet hands so I think the tops may have been redesigned a little as on previous bottles I have found the top rather stiff to begin with. On the front of the bottle is a picture of little beads of water on top of a luscious green apple and then the information that it contains apple and grape extracts and is for normal / greasy hair. On the back of the bottle there are the ingredients, the directions for use and a couple of statements such as detangles and protects, improves manageability and strengthens with pro-vitamin B5. The conditioner needs to be applied to already washed hair, place a small amount of product in your palm, I use about a 2p sized blob and then spread through your hair and leave on for 1-2 minutes before rinsing. The conditioner spreads through my hair with ease and is also easy to rinse out without being left with any feelings of residue left behind. After using both the shampoo and conditioner my hair is left feeling soft and silky and best of all it is tangle free and very easy to manage. This product is easy to use, leaves hair feeling great and fantastic value so there is nothing not to like about it, 5 stars from me.
My Hair Type: Very Long straight,Brown with natural blond and red highlights,Dry hair. Conditioner for : Normal Greasy Hair Used it for 3 and a half weeks. ( i only wash my hair twice a week though as i have extra long hair and it's to drying for my hair to be washed any more then that) i got this from the co-op it was reduced for 88p and the Alberto range is on sale for 1£ at the moment, i'm not to sure how much it is when it's not on sale, but i'm pretty sure it's one of the lowest priced shampoos and conditioners in the store. The Packaging- Simple packaging,flip up cap , 400ml Plastic cylinder bottle, as seen in photo. Product- Thin consistency but not runny, it is light green in color and smells of Granny Smith Apples (green apples) nice balance of sweet and sour smell to it, the smell is not artificial , it really does smell of apples..which is surprising for the price. i have to use twice the amount 1. because i have long hair and 2. because i have dry hair. but considering the amount i use it has lasted me a fair amount of time for the price. USE: it smells very strong of apples while your applying it to your hair ( i wait 2 mins before washing it out by the way) i apply this conditioner from just under the scalp (not on the scalp) to the tip of my hair. After Use: i always let my hair naturally dry, it is very easy to brush my hair after, i normally wait until my hair is just still a little damp (not completely dry not completely wet) when i brush it, it is just easier for me to brush it when its like that because of how the texture of my hair goes. I can brush it easily with out any problems which is a big plus for me. Problem- the strong apple smell seem to fade when your hair dries, but i figured out a trick to lock the smell into my hair so it lasts longer... Trick- Once i finish brushing my hair if i'm going out after and my hair is just slightly still damp i put my hair in a side braid/plat and in a couple of hours i take it out and my hair has a nice wave to it, its shiny, smells strong of apples still and is soft... but i'm normally a person who takes a shower before bed so i braid it before i sleep and the next morning when i undo it i dont even have to do anything with my hair as it looks as if i've been to a salon...thats how good this conditioner is... and i haven't even been using the shampoo of this version yet it still seems to be more then ok. this has to be the best low costing conditioner i have ever tried yet. i highly recommend you try it, but if you have dry hair i suggest you use a bit more then you normally would.
I reviewed the matching shampoo for this product yesterday and it seems the perfect follow up is the review the conditioner. I really like the Alberto Balsam shampoo and conditioner range. They offer a lot of variety in terms of smell and things it can do for your hair. They are also ridiculously cheap which appeals to the more frugal side of me as I really think haircare is one of the places you can spend less and still achieve good results. The conditioner comes in a tall plastic bottle with a black plastic flip lid. There is a pea sized application hole at the top of the lid through which you can squeeze the desired amount of product. I think the bottle is simple and practical without being completely hideous. It looks nice in a bathroom and because of the lovely pale green colour of the conditioner it looks very fresh. The bottle is really easy to use, even with wet hands and because of the size of the hole in the lid it is always easy to get the amount you need. The height of the bottle helps you to get all of the product out too so there isn't any waste. All in all I think the design is great for such a cheap product and it is always easy and practical. The smell of the conditioner is REALLY good. I wouldn't save it has quite the same punch as the shampoo with the same scent but it really does smell like green apples. It is very light and fresh smelling and I absolutely love the smell of it on the hair which usually lasts until I next wash it (2-3 days). The conditioner is not especially thick in consistency - it wouldn't run off your hands and is in no way runny it is just very light. I really like the consistency of the conditioner as it makes it very easy to apply to wet hair, it distributes evenly through your hair and leaves it feel smooth and knot free. I don't suffer particularly with dry hair despite curling, straightening and dyeing it. I do, however, only get it cut about once a year (I know that's bad!) so the ends can be a little dry sometimes. I think this conditioner is perfect for my hair type and always leaves it feeling smooth and non-greasy. I can usually wash it every second day which means my hair lasts about 2 days once washed with this conditioner. By the end it does begin to get a little greasy but it still looks very clean - it's just the feel of it that bothers me. This conditioner costs a pound from most retailers. Yes, that is correct - £1! I think this is a ridiculously cheap price for a conditioner that can last me between 1-2 months and always leaves my hair feeling lovely and soft. It is one of my favourite hair products and something I return to regularly. Overall, I would definitely recommend it because it is something I really enjoy using and definitely reap the benefits of.
I am quite a fan of Alberto Balsam hair products as a rule and see them ever so often on offer in places like Poundland and Wilkinson's stores and so on so have lately been working through the range! I tried the matching shampoo to this ages ago but only recently bought the shampoo again and the matching conditioner so only now can I write a review on it! The Packaging: This comes in a 400ml slightly frosted see-through bottle with a black flip top lid to the top of it concealing a small hole. On the front of the bottle there is a picture of an apple on there and I'm told in black and white writing that it is Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Herbal Conditioner 'With apple and grape seed extracts' and that it if for normal/greasy hair and the size of the product is stated. Other information on the back of the bottle includes being told a bit about the product, directions for use are given along with ingredients and contact details for Alberto-Culver are also listed. It's a nice enough bottle to be fair to it and informative enough but it's nothing fancy and suitable for men to buy too should they wish to! Using It: Well this conditioner is nice and thick and a light green colour with a bit of a creamy consistency to it and it blobs out of the bottle really well. The smell of this (if you like apples!) is simply gorgeous...really natural and of juicy green apples, not too sweet but really crisp and fresh and of course very unisex in fragrance indeed. A little of this smears onto and into the hair very easily indeed and it feels very smoothing and soothing as applied and like I say the smell of this is quite simply wonderful. You can leave this on hair from a minute or so to a few minutes and it rinses out really easily leaving hair untangled, smooth and smelling lovely for hours and hours. This stops my greasy roots pouring of grease somehow yet manages to tame my frizzy mid section rather alot without a weighed down feeling too. Hair not only feels soft it really is and shiny too and all I can say that as an every day conditioner that makes no massive promises it gives alot more than I expected it to give me and I have to say I rather love it! Available in all good supermarkets and chemists and so on.
I am not at all brand loyal when it comes to shampoos and conditioners. In fact I think my hair responds best if I change the products that I use frequently. If I don't, any initial benefits given by the shampoo or conditioner seem to peter out. A few months ago, I decided to try Alberto Balsam's Juicy Green Apple Conditioner for normal/greasy hair. I thought it sounded a potentially pleasant scent, and I was also attracted to the price - £1 in Poundworld, for a 400ml bottle. THE PRODUCT I used Alberto Balsam shampoo a long time ago but this is the only product I have used from the range recently. There is an accompanying shampoo, but I did not buy it as I only needed a conditioner at the time. Alberto Balsam say that the conditioner uses some of the same main ingredients as more expensive brands do. It promises to detangle and protect, improve manageability, as well as strengthen the hair with pro-vitamin B5. The product comes in a standard green-tinged bottle. It doesn't look a premium product but it doesn't look especially cheap either, as the design isn't too plain. There is a picture of a juicy apple on the front, and full directions for use on the back. It has an easy to use flip-top lid which shuts securely. The main body of the bottle is opaque, but you can see how much product you have left which is useful. USING THE CONDITIONER As soon as I opened the bottle, I was struck by how the conditioner really does smell of apple - in particular a Granny Smith. I have used apple scented products before, and I have always found them to be very artificial smelling, or weak, but this is neither. It makes using it a real pleasure. The consistency was thinner than I expected but this does mean that a little goes a long way as it is easy to distribute it throughout your hair. The instructions suggest using a "good sized dollop" which is about what comes out with one squeeze of the bottle. They also say that the best results come from leaving the conditioner in place for 1-2 minutes. I always leave it in place for the full 2 minutes, as I want to give it as much chance to work as possible and it isn't that long to wait really. The delay also gives me an extra chance to breathe in that lovely apple scent. Once the time is up, the conditioner washes out easily which saves time. THE RESULTS I think that a decent conditioner makes it easy for me to run my fingers through my hair to gently tease out any tangles at the rinsing stage. The Alberto Balsam lets me do that. I definitely can see an improvement in the number of tangles present overall, which in turn makes styling my hair easier. I didn't feel much improvement to the softness of my hair after the first use but I was willing to wait to see if it needed repeated use to work. Unfortunately my hair still doesn't feel softer even though I have finished the bottle. I don't think my hair feels any stronger either. My hair tends towards being fragile at the ends which means the dreaded split ends make an appearance more often than I would like. There hasn't been any difference to the number of these. Having hair that is easier to brush because it is tangle-free no doubt helps prevent some damage, but I think that all conditioners give me this benefit to some extent. So my hair does not look or feel dramatically different as a result of using this. There is no added shine, and I can't say that my hair looks any healthier. In it's favour, there's the fact that it doesn't make my hair feel greasy any faster than normal, which has occasionally been a problem for me when using conditioners. Secondly, it does smell lovely. The scent seems strongest when you are actually washing your hair, but it is still noticeable into the next day. I get a gentle waft of apple whenever I move my head. I haven't suffered any irritation whilst using it, but I don't have a sensitive scalp, so problems in this area are rare for me. WOULD I RECOMMEND IT? I would buy this conditioner again for the scent, but I also need a product that makes my hair look and feel better for having used it. My hair is less tangled as a result off using this, but no more so than when using any other reasonable conditioner. I think for the price it is fine, and I would recommend it to those looking for a basic and very nice smelling conditioner. If you want something that is deeply nourishing, I think there are likely to be more suitable products around. It is widely available for around £1, not just in the poundshops, but in supermarkets and chemists too. [This review also appears on Ciao, under my user name.]