“ Brand: Alberto / Type: Conditioner / Product line: Alberto Balsam „
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I have bought a variety of the Alberto Balsam hair product often the years and have found most of them to be a cheap and cheerful alternative to the more expensive brands. My most recent purchase was of the Tea Tingle shampoo and conditioner. This is a review of the conditioner.
What does the product do?
The product promises to hydrate the hair leaving it feeling and looking healthier. It claims that it will strengthen the hair using Pro Vitamin B5, give your hair a beautiful shine and to promote both healthy hair and a healthy scalp. It is infused with tea tree and mint extracts to awaken the senses and to apparently leave your hair smelling as good as it feels. The brand promises to use all of the same ingredients as that of the more expensive brands.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a cloudy bottle through which you can partially see the green conditioner. On the front of the bottle there is some tea leaves and the lid is a black flip top one which can still be easily opened and closed even with wet and soap hands. The product will cost you around £1 for 400 ml and it can be bought from stores such as Boots and Superdrug, large supermarkets and also from a range of online websites.
The product is easy to dispense from the bottle and you can smell the aroma right aroma. It is minty fresh, invigorating and refreshing which makes this a good product to use in the mornings to awaken the mind. It is a creamy green colour which may worry the blond bombshells but it no problem for my dark brown locks. The consistency of the conditioner is a little runnier than what I think a conditioner should be like.
You can smell the aroma strongly throughout the process and I must admit that it gets a little sickly for me after a while. There is no avoiding the aroma so I would advise you to check that you like it before you purchase any. As the conditioner is fairly runny, I do find myself using rather a lot of this before I feel like it is doing a good job. As with the shampoo, I did not experience any tingling sensation like I was expecting to so that was a bit of a disappointment. The product was gentle on my scalp and it hasn't caused me to experience any irritations or discomfort.
The product doesn't feel particularly hydrating on the hair as I am massaging the product in. It is easy to rinse out the conditioner. When my hair is dry, it doesn't feel in a particularly good condition but it hasn't made my hair any worse either. It is fairly easy to brush through apart from a couple of tangles and the aroma lingers lightly on the hair which is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on whether you like it or not. My hair doesn't have much of a shine and I can't say whether my hair is actually stronger because I still experience breakages when brushing and straightening it.
All in all, this is a fairly average conditioner. It hasn't made my hair any worse but it didn't really improve its condition either. It didn't strengthen it or give it much of a shine and the aroma was too sickly for my liking. I will continue to use the product but I certainly won't be buying it again. This one just didn't work for me.
At a much lower price than other conditioners, this product appeared too good to be true. However, at such a low price, I had to try it!
The fragrance is just right - not too overpowering or medicinal, as tea tree products often can be. Instead, the aroma is pleasant, and lingers on your hair after you have used it. As soon as the product is applied, you can feel the difference in your hair. Hair feels instantly smoother and softer, and after rinsing the conditioner out, tangles and knots disappear with no effort. It is also great for children, as the fresh, fruity fragrances are appealing. Also, the detangling power of the conditioner really helps with the daily trial of brushing children's hair.
The effect of the product seems to last as long as any other, more expensive conditioner. I had no need to use any further product between washes to soften or detangle my hair.
The conditioner compares very well with other products, and at such a great price, I will definitely be buying Alberto Balsam from now on.
My hair is in fairly good condition which has a lot to do with the fact that I treat it well. I use deep conditioning treatments on it at least a couple of times a week. For everyday use I like a conditioner that is really light so that it won't leave my hair heavy or looking greasy.
Basically I just want something that will give it a little bit of moisture and make it easy to style and comb afterwards and stop it from being too fly away. I think the Alberto Balsam range of conditioners are perfect for this and for the past couple of weeks I have been using the tea tree one.
Although it isn't one that I buy all that often I have found that it has been great to use in the hot weather as my scalp gets itchy from sweating and this and the matching shampoo do a great job of cooling my scalp down and taking away the itch.
The fragrance is also really nice. I have used these before and wasn't as keen on the fragrance but that was in the winter and I think that the scent really lends itself well to the summer and I have much more enjoyed using it this time as I think it is a really fresh smell which is good in the heat. It is more minty than tea tree but the tea tree is still evident in it.
The conditioner is quite a runny one so I need to be careful when pouring it into my hands not to lose loads through my fingers as I hate waste but it goes on my hair really nicely and I can smooth it from root to tip with ease. I usually just leave it a minute and then rinse it. When it is rinsed I have no knots and can get a comb through it easily.
This doesn't give me even the slightest hint of greasiness to my hair and just makes it look shiny and healthy. It does make brushing and styling my hair easier because it stops my hair from being so fly away without making it feel heavy or looking lifeless.
The only thing that I would warn about this conditioner is that I don't think it would be suitable for people who have really dry or damaged hair as I think it might just be too light for them and not offer enough moisture. For everyone else this would work well and I think that at £1 it is fantastic value for money.
I've never really worried if things don't match - I'll often wear odd socks - so getting a conditioner to match my shampoo was not a great priority, I used the same criteria for choosing conditioner as I did for choosing shampoo (cheap, nice smell).
However, I do like to have matching bottles of Alberto Balsam's Tea Tree Tingle! I love the smell of the shampoo so much it would be a shame not to!
Like the shampoo, the conditioner comes in a 400ml bottle and has a fantastic smell of tea tree and mint. The shampoo leaves my hair really clean - just right for soaking up the conditioner. I don't have to leave it on for very long, use massage it in then wait a minute or two before rinsing off. I have no problems with tangles, and it gives my poor (frequently) dyed hair great condition, even though it is not made specially for coloured hair.
I often put a few drops of tea tree oil into a big dollop and get an even bigger tea tree hit!
There are lots of other fragrances available in the range but I like Tea Tree Tingle so much I haven't been tempted to try.
I use the conditioner 3-4 times a week and I am as delighted with the results as well has the value. I always got mine in the pound shop but thanks to dooyoo I've learn't I can get a bottle for 70p so that's even better!
I love the Alberto Balsam range of shampoos and conditioners and we usually use them in our house as our daily ones as they offer such good value for money compared to a lot of leading brands. The kids and I all have our favourites with mine being the strawberry and my daughter loving the juicy green apples. My sons favourite is the tea tree tingle and as both my daughter and I like it too we buy it so he doesn't feel left out on the decisions in the house.
The tea tree conditioner is a lovely light mint colour and I can definitely see why my son prefers this one as it is much less girly smelling than the strawberry one. Tea tree isn't my favourite smell but this is fresh and subtle enough that I actually quite like it. It keeps my hair smelling fresh for the whole day with its fragrance.
As a conditioner it is really good for the money. It isn't something that I would buy as an intensive treatment but for a daily conditioner it works well. I buy conditioning treatments to ensure my hair stays in good condition and this helps keep it looking good and feeling soft in between treatments.
It isn't as thick as some conditioners but it is easy to spread through my hair and once I wash it off after it having been on for a couple of minutes my hair is left feeling nice and soft and I find it easy to comb it through with no tangles or tugs. When I blow my hair dry it is left soft and manageable and has a nice shine to it.
The tea tree one may not be my favourite smell but it is certainly one of the better daily conditioners when it comes to how my scalp feels as this really soothes it and if my scalp is feeling a little itchy then this really helps to calm it down and take away the itch.
I can pick this up for around about 80p and I think that for that money it really is excellent and one that I would recommend to others. It leaves hair soft and manageable and is ideal for everyday use for the whole family and it certainly doesn't look or feel like something that is so cheap.
I use Alberto's range of shampoo's and conditioner's. They are widely available and cost around a pound for 400ml. The last twin shampoo and conditioner I bought was Tea Tree Tingle from Tesco at a cost of £1.80 for both.
One of the products selling points is that it contains the same ingredients that you find in more expensive brands- pro vitamin B5 for example which claims to strengthen your hair so seems cheap at that price.
The plastic bottle is tall and slim, it has a black flip top lid with pour control hole. It's see through so you can see the creamy light green contents- which is handy. The label has a shot of black and leaves are pictured. We're informed that it's a Herbal conditioner with tea tree and mint extracts that will 'awaken our senses'. Although the conditioner is 'Tea Tree Tingle' the over riding scent for me is mint, it's pleasant enough.
The conditioner itself has a nice creamy consistency almost like yogurt which is quite thin making it easy to spread through the hair.
After washing my hair I apply a good squirt, it's easy to blob too much everywhere because it's quite thin. When I put it on my head doesn't tingle. Whilst rinsing my hair feels softish and clean- it doesn't seem to leave a residue. Once dried my hair does looks shiny. My daughters hair is very dry from bleaching the bottom of it, this conditioner will smooth the frazzled bits down but not by much and she has to apply loads to the ends and leave it for ages- it's just cosmetic as it doesn't 'fix' the splits.
The smell doesn't seem to linger for long even when combined with it's matching shampoo. It doesn't leave my hair more manageable (but to be fair it's pretty manageable anyway). I find my hair to feel not greasy but sort of lank looking. The bit of body that the shampoo gives me, is taken away with the conditioner. The conditioner makes me need to wash my hair sooner than if I have just used shampoo, but all conditioners seem to do that. The other down side I found with using it, was my head felt itchy which is unusual for me.
I don't like this particular conditioner, I felt like rewashing my hair after I'd used it. Even so it smells nice, has a nice consistency, leaves my hair shiny and washes out well enough so 3 stars from me.
I'm currently using the Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle 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. 4 for 3 is a bit of a weird number for me as I always use two bottles of conditioner to every one bottle of shampoo, and so a 3 for 2 is absolutely perfect, a 4 for 3 however always leaves me with one spare bottle of either conditioner or shampoo.
So the Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner comes in a 400ml bottle. The conditioner itself is quite a liquid conditioner, and it's a lovely opaque pale aqua colour. The conditioner states that it's a herbal shampoo with tea tree and mint extracts, and that it will make you want to leap out of bed and awaken your senses, leaving you feeling minty fresh. Like toothpaste hey?!?! Anyway....
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 a HUGE dollop of conditioner, hence the two bottles of conditioner to the one bottle of shampoo. I do always use the matching shampoo prior to using this conditioner.
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.
This smells gorgeous, really fresh and minty, and I can also smell the tea tree in this too. It's definitely a wake you up and get you going in the morning kind of fragrance. It doesn't however have that scalp tingle that I was expecting it to have. This isn't the end of the world, but I just thought that this would be an added 'wake up' for me in the mornings. I do find that the minty tea tree fragrance lingers in my hair for the rest of the day after I've used this conditioner. The lingering 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 shampoo, so I am layering the minty tea tree 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 was also really hoping that it would have that promised 'tingle', but the fact that it didn't for me doesn't mean that I won't buy it again as I still actually quite liked it.
I have been buying the Alberto Balsam conditioners and shampoos ever since I came across them in Tesco about a year ago. They are amazing value and most of them smell amazing!! One of my favourites would definitely be the tea tree tingle conditioner, which smells great.
I don't like spending very much on hair care, so the price (a pound for a good sized 450ml bottle) is what made this conditioner appeal to me at first, and I wasn't sure if it would be much good.
It isn't amazing I must admit, it is very bog standard apart from the smell and I do need to use a lot more than I would a slightly more expensive conditioner because it is quite runny so I need more to get full coverage, but it is still excellent value and it leaves my hair smelling amazing and feeling clean, which is the most important thing.
It is kind of hard to spread over my hair because of the thin texture and after I have used it it doesn't leave my hair feeling any softer, any more manageable or silkier, or looking any different/shinier/in better condition but it doesn't dry it out or leave it looking uncared for either. I have noticed that my hair always feels quite clumped up and a bit knotty even after using the conditioner, which a more expensive conditioner would help with but this doesn't.
It washes out really well and doesn't leave any greasiness behind and I really like the mild tingling sensation that it provides when it is on my hair, this is only very slightly noticeable so it doesn't feel uncomfortable or anything although it did feel a bit strange the first time I used it as I wasn't expecting it to actually tingle. I also love the smell which is really strong (but not overpowering) and surprisingly natural smelling, it smells just like tea tree and mint and is very refreshing which is why I usually use it in the shower in the mornings.
The conditioner has vitamin b5 in the ingredients which is said to help repair and strengthen hair. Ill be honest and say that I have not noticed any difference in the condition or strength of my hair since I first started using it, but because it is cheap and smells good & leaves my hair feeling clean, I'm not really bothered!
All in all, I would definitely recommend trying this conditioner if you haven't already, you really can't go wrong for a pound.
I've used most Alberto Balsam shampoos as my mam buys them a lot just because they're cheap. The tea tree tingle shampoo is one that I've probably used the most, but until recently I hadn't tried the matching conditioner, but as I've been using the shampoo more regularly I thought I'd give the conditioner a go too. It generally costs £1 but can often be found on offers like 4 for £3.
It comes in a tall plastic cylindrical bottle which is see through so you can always tell when you're running out. It also has a flip top lid which makes it easy and convenient to use in the bath or shower. The design of the bottle is quite simple and nothing special but I think it looks more expensive than it is.
The conditioner is quite thin in consistency but it still feels quite creamy and it has a fresh minty scent with just a hint of tea tree in the background. I don't need to use much to cover my hair, but I have to say it feels quite odd whilst I'm using it and it feels like it's going to leave my hair feeling heavy and lank, but then as soon as I begin to rinse it out my hair feels amazingly smooth.
I have been quite surprised with how well this conditions my hair, especially as it's so thin. It leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth and looking bright and healthy, but without weighing it down and making it look lank or greasy. I can't say it's the best conditioner I've ever used but for £1 you can't really go wrong, it does it's job.
I am not one for sticking to a particular brand of conditioner as I seem to have qualms with everything I try - its usually down to awkward bottles where you end up struggling to get the last of the conditioner out or the conditioner simply doesn't live up to standards... or generally overpriced for what it is...
Alberto Balsam is typically one of those brands where you see everywhere from supermarkets to pound and bargain shops. Up until recently I had never had any experience with the brand other than noticing the odd bottles dotted around my friends bathrooms. I am a great lover of mint scented products and recently on a trip to Tesco's I noticed this 400ml bottle for just £1. Normally I look at the bigger branded products on the shelves and get the decent stuff on offer but at such a low price just to try this out, I decided to give it a chance.
The product comes in a 400ml bottle (to date I have not seen the conditioner come in any other size!) and is made completely out of a transparent hard plastic to reveal the lime green coloured product inside - a transparent bottle for me is always important to see how much conditioner is left before you start running out. The lid is black in colour and very securely tightened on - I have attempted to remove this myself with great diffculty. For use you simply pop the lid open to reveal a a good size hole which dispenses the conditioner. Again - I am very happy with this when you compare the bottle and dispensing to the likes of herbal essenses where you only get a tiny slit and you can be left with a lot of exess product which is difficult to gain access to...
The product I am reviewing today is Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner which contains tea tree and mint extracts - and the product claims to promote healthy hair and scalp by storing shine and adding strength with the pro vitamin B5 which is mixed into the conditioner. Tea tree is known as a great product for those with itchy / flaky scalp problems which fortunately I do not suffer from but its great knowing it will be extra kind to your head when in use.
Tingles or not?!
I didn't have very high hopes due to the very low price when I picked this up however I am quite impressed with the results overall.
I will start by saying how impressed I am with the bottle - as previously mentioned it is made from hard plastic but the material is quite rough to hold making it very eays to grip in the bath or shower with wet hands instead of the usual slipping everywhere! The bottle even though is quite hard is very easy to squeeze to get the product out and only a slight squeeze will dispense a lot of product into your hand - so as previously mentioned compared to other brands this made me very happy.
On to the scent - although described as tea tree with mint extracts it is more dominent as a mint scent which you can still very much smell on your hair up to two days after using this. The smell is quite pleasant and not foul and over-empowering in the slightest although if you don't like mint as much as me you might want to give this one a miss!
... And on to the conditioner itself - the only thing I hate about this is how watery the product is... its not so much a problem when you simply add the condioner and wash off straight away (although due to the waterness you can loose a lot of conditioner down the plughole!) - but as a lover of bleaching my hair as a result it does tend to get very dry and straw like. I have found the best thing to do is to sit with a bit of conditioner in my hair for a few hours which brings it back to life. Sadly due to how thin this one is, it tends to soak into my hair... and doesn't appear to help the condition anymore than what it would if I was simply to wash it off in the shower straight away. If the conditoner was thicker it would be getting full marks from me but this is the one thing that lets it down... saying that I suppose you get what you pay for! This is definetely something I will be buying again in the near future and I will be looking at the other scents as well!
You can pick this up in most supermarkets and pound/bargain shops for around £1 for 400ml
==Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner==
On & off for years l have used Alberto Balsam's range of Shampoos & Conditioners, I find they represent great value for money & also good for those people who are budgeting, who are skint or for those who have lots of little heads to wash! The first product l tried from their range was there Tea Tree & Mint Shampoo, which l didn't think much of, & I kept buying the expensive brands like Herbal Essences & Pantene. But, I still keep going back to Alberto Balsam, I don't know why, but I just keep going back. I find that for £1 for a 400ml bottle, the products last so long, plus the fact that the bottles are lovely colours & that the fragrances are absolutely delightful! Over the years I have tried about 5 different kinds; Tea Tree & Mint, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Mandarin & Green Apple, the last two are absolute lush!
Like other Alberto Balsam Shampoo & Conditioner collections, you can find the Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner in many places, such as B&M Bargains, Home Bargains, Savers, Wilkinsons, Boots, Superdrug, all good Supermarkets & even Corner Shops for around a £1 per bottle. I like the fact that anywhere you look, they're on offer, for example; 4 bottles for £3, 3 bottles for £2, 2 bottles for £1.80 & if you look in B&M Bargains & Savers then they have the twin pack (1 Shampoo & 1 Conditioner) for £1.69. You could also always pay with your Superdrug or Boots Loyalty Card points, 99 Superdrug Points or 100 Boots Points! The bottles themselves are pretty hard to miss on the shelves. The Tea Tree Tingle is a nice leaf colour which you can see miles off! The average price of £1 is also good to those money savers, or tightwads who refuse to buy anything else other than this! Many supermarkets own brands of Shampoo & Conditioner are actually more expensive than this, which is actually really weird because you would think that this would be more expensive!
The bottles are really hard wearing & stand out on the side of the bath, for example if you drop the bottle whilst your in the shower, then it wont break, regardless of which part the bottle lands on. The top of the lid is flat, which allows you stand the bottle upside down when there is a tiny bit left in the bottle that you don't want to waste! The bottles are very informative, & they tell you everything you need to know about the product, including some nicely put instructions on how to use!
Whilst using in the showe the bottle dosen't slip out of your hand, despite the fact they don't have any grips. The flip top is another ingenious idea, it's so easy to open you can do it with the same hand you are holding the bottle with! The bottle dosen't take much squeezing for reasonable amount of conditioner to come out & l use an amount the size of a 2 pence piece, so not much at all. Spreading it throughout my hair, I can smell the mintyness of the conditioner, rather than the tea tree that the bottle says it contains. You can instantly feel the conditioner making your hair feel soft & detangled & when l run a wide toothed comb through my hair, it's easily done so. Rinsing it out is simple, it only takes a few moments to thoroughly rinse the Conditioner out of my hair, whilst using cold water.
When my hair is damp after being towel dried, it feels soft & smells really nice, plus it's not tangled so I can get a brush through easily enough. After blow drying & then using some serum to calm my hair down (just my general faffing around) my hair feels nice & soft & the minty smell lingers, but not for long. The only trouble is, I bought this conditioner becuase I thought it would work to keep my greasy roots at bay for a while, as I hate the thought of not using conditioner on my hair as it makes my hair dry! Shamefully this dosen't work for Greasy Hair, but for normal hair, it's fine
So, in all, this Hair Conditioner works well for normal hair, but for Greasy Hair, it did'nt work as well as I hoped it would. I will continue to use this product, as it does work for softening & detangling hair, as well as the fact that i'm actually in love with the scent!
Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Conditioner here l come...
Thanks for Reading!
Shampoo and conditioners are products that I vary on every couple of weeks. Depending on what's on offer at the time. The reason I bought this one is because my daughter was coming to stay with us and she had a sensitive scalp and sticks to aloe vera or tea tree products.
I bought the shampoo from the same range as well as this conditioner. The conditioner was a very reasonable 80p in Tesco for the 400ml bottle which I thought was very good.
The bottle is a cloudy kind of plastic but you are still able to see through it to see how much you have left in the bottle. It is a tall cylindrical bottle with a flat base so it's easy to stand it up. The lid is black plastic and flips open which is easier that one which you might have to screw off.
The bottle can be recycled.
The bottle says it has tea tree and mint extracts and helps to promote healthy hair and scalp, also that it strengthens with pro vitamin B.
When my daughter arrived she told me that this is now her regular conditioner so I thought it must be good.
I used the shampoo first and rinsed it out before applying a generous amount of this conditioner. I tend to use a lot of conditioner as I have to colour my hair often to cover the greys and find the ends get dry without lots of conditioner. I left the conditioner on my hair for a minute or so before rinsing out.
In general I find tea tree shampoos smell quite medicated, this one had a strong minty smell which wasn't a bad smell, it smelled clean and fresh but still a little on the medicated side.
I found the conditioner much thinner than I expected, to the point of being quite runny. It is a pale green colour and I did spill quite a bit the first time I used it.
When I rinsed this out of my hair my hair was very soft and clean and didn't feel at all dry. My daughter who has much longer hair than I do thinks it's great for detangling, luckily I don't have this problem.
I thought the conditioner was good at 'conditioning' although it was a little on the runny side for my liking. I would get this product again as I think it is good value for money and it did leave my hair soft and smooth, I think for myself I would prefer one of their other scents too. I found this very gentle on the hair and head and for the size of the bottle it was a bargain.
My recent success with my mam's Tresemmé conditioner has inspired me to give conditioner in general another try after barely using it for years. After coming back to Edinburgh from home, I decided to try using the conditioner I bought when I moved into the flat but have only used once or twice. As I bought this variety mainly as I thought I should at least pretend to care about my hair and own conditioner and Alberto Balsam is very cheap, I didn't have massively high hopes for it but thought it was worth giving it a go as I had very little to lose.
== Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner ==
I remember buying this conditioner at the same time as its corresponding shampoo, which I went through a period of really liking and using a lot. Both the shampoo and conditioner smell the same way, which is unsurprisingly of tea tree oil, but there's a slight minty essence in the mix there as well. The consistency of this conditioner isn't quite as thick as others and is more gloopy, which means that you do have to apply a bit more than usual to the same amount of hair. Like with most conditioners, this is to be applied to wet hair and ideally combed through before being rinsed out. I mainly apply it to the ends and middle of my hair while avoiding the scalp as I am prone to greasiness when I use anything near my roots.
== What I Thought ==
I have to say that I was right not to have high hopes for this, as it really wasn't a great conditioner. While it wasn't bad for my hair and did make it a slight improvement to easiness to brush through my hair, it certainly didn't 'condition' and leave my hair noticeably smoother or nicer looking. Compared to the Tresemme one I tried recently, it was a fair let down.
== Conclusion ==
This Alberto Balsam conditioner appears to be an example of false economy. While the shampoos are cheap yet do their job well enough, this conditioner didn't really much at all to the look and feel of my hair and so was essentially pointless. The next conditioner I go for will therefore likely be something reasonably priced but not very cheap, as I want it to be better than this. The good thing about it being cheap is that I only wasted about £1 on this, so it could have been worse.
I'm never brand loyal when it comes to shopping and hair conditioner is usually chosen on price. The conditioner I'm currently using is Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle Herbal Conditioner. I bought a 400ml bottle from my local Tesco for just £1.00.
The conditioner comes in a plastic bottle which allows you to just about see how much conditioner you have left in the bottle if you hold it up to the light, the lid is a simple black flip top which is easy enough to open with wet hands.
The front of the bottle has the Alberto Balsam logo on it along with the fragrance which is given as Tea Tree Tingle, the front of the bottle also informs the customer that this is a herbal conditioner that contains tea tree and mint extracts, it also states that this product will help promote healthy hair and scalp.
The back of the bottle has the ingredients listed along with directions for use and a small statement about the conditioner, this states that the tea tree and mint conditioner will restore shine to your hair and strengthen it with pro-vitamin B5.
The directions advise using a good size dollop of conditioner so after shampooing my hair I squeezed the advised dollop into my hand and massaged it through my hair then combing it right through.
The conditioner is pale green in colour and is a bit runnier than some conditioners I've tried, the smell is lovely though, both the mint and tea tree are very evident and the conditioner smells clean, fresh and very slightly medicated, I really liked it. I found the conditioner rinsed away from my hair cleanly and quickly, I could still smell the mint and tea tree in my hair but this disappeared once my hair was dry, I don't mind this though as I hate anything to clash with my perfume. Once my hair had been dried and straightened it still smelt clean and fresh and felt soft and conditioned all over even the ends of my hair felt nice.
I was very pleased with the Alberto Balsam tea tree and mint extract conditioner, it not only smelt great but it left my hair feeling soft and smooth right down to the ends which do suffer a bit due to over use of heat products. As for restoring the shine, well my hair was shiny after I had dried it but I cant say it was any more shinier than usual, however my hair did feel lovely and clean and the medicated smell of the conditioner made me think this was helping to keep my scalp healthy. I've used a god half of the bottle now and the conditioner hasn't made my hair greasy at all.
I would definitely recommend this conditioner, for the price I paid its a nice quality, I will definitely be buying it again.
I recently wrote a review of the Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo and liked it so much that I vowed to try the conditioner in the same range. I have since bought and used the conditioner and would love to give my verdict.
The conditioner is called Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle Herbal Conditioner and it is not aimed at any particular hair type. On the front of the bottle it states that this conditioner helps "promote healthy hair and scalp". I have often overlooked this whilst shopping in store because of the fact it does not promote a benefit for a particular hair type but do not let this put you off. I have dry hair and the Tea Tingle shampoo and conditioner perform really well.
The product comes as a 400ml sized bottle. The plastic bottle is widely recyclable but it is not possible to remove the non-recyclable lid. The top has the type of lid that flips open but stays attached and this is a handy design as it allows you quick and easy access to the conditioner. The packaging design is impressive although there is a little too much text on the front label, otherwise it would rival a more expensive brand in terms of image. The label on the back shows a list of ingredients and there are directions for use as well as some basic information about the product formula and what it can do for your hair.
Similar to the Tea Tree Tingle shampoo the conditioner can add shine, give you "healthy hair and scalp" and also makes hair strong because the formula contains the pro-vitamin B5. Alberto Balsam, a Unilever brand, also state on the label that the conditioner will leave you with "soft, shiny hair".
The conditioner is a cool green colour. When it is squeezed out it looks quite runny and thin in consistency. I do find I need to use quite a lot of this conditioner compared to other conditioners. I think this is because the conditioner doesn't feel very slimy or fluffy. It doesn't smother the hair, it is quite watery after applying and working through. It's easy enough to cover the whole head of hair though, although hair does not feel especially soft or easy to manage at this stage.
The conditioner has a great fragrance. Unlike the shampoo where you can smell the hints of tea leaf I can only really smell the biting mint in this conditioner. It's a strong, overwhelming fragrance that shocks the senses and is fun to experience although I it can feel a little like my eyes are slightly sensitive to the vapours. This is not the case with the shampoo but this conditioner seems more minty than the shampoo.
I love that the fragrance remains in the hair and used after the matching shampoo this feels like the icing on the cake. It leaves your hair smelling so fresh and zesty!
I find my hair is easy to manage when I'm drying it and it doesn't take a lot of effort or any extra product to leave my hair in a decent state when dry.
As a person with dry and bleached hair I'm very impressed that this range is so effective in transforming my hair into something that looks strong, shiny and healthy. The shine factor is fantastic and my hair moves well and feels like it's been given extra strength!
Whilst not as impressive or as enjoyable to use as the shampoo I really like this conditioner and would definitely recommend it and I intend to buy it again. It really makes washing and conditioning your hair a real experience instead of just a chore. You can buy this conditioner for around £1 and I would be happy to pay more than double that for this.