“ Brand: VO5 / Type: Conditioner „
I use this conditioner with the matching shampoo and I've found that, together at least, they really do work.
Both have a similar smell, not a particular fragrance like coconut or strawberry, but not unpleasant all the same.
The conditioner bottle has a different design to the picture shown, which is actually the shampoo bottle. It is more of an oval with the opening on the bottle, but it is the same colour. I have found that there are advantages and disadvantages to having the opening on the bottom. When the bottle is running out, it does make is easy to get the conditioner out. However, when it is full, it means that it can come spilling out before you are ready.
It is quite a big bottle to put in an overnight bag for a hotel or to visit a friends house for the night, and is a slightly more akward shape that the shampoo.
It is a good conditioner though. My hair really is much shinier for using it, and softer too. Also it really does help to stop the colour fading in dyed hair. I also find that my hair is slightly more easier to manage, as a actually have quite flyaway har but it is not quite as bad since I have used this conditioner.
Finally, a little tip, comb your hair whilst in the shower with conditioner in, then again once it is washed out, then give it a quick rinse under the water again. This helps to make sure that the conditioner is spread thoroughly through the hair, and completely rinsed out afterwards.
After a few dodgy years with a seriously destroyed mullet I can now honestly say that my hair, in my opinion, is my crowning glory.
My husband, for want of a better term is my hero, he lets me go to the hairdressers for an extortionate amount of time to sit down be pampered and spend far too much of his money in one sitting, all this without moaning, what a guy!
I have decided to grow my hair becoming increasingly bored of my short inverted bob that I have been sporting for some time.
This being the case I have now got to keep having the same part of my hair dyed to top up the colour instead of cutting and dyeing new hair.
I knew that after spending so much on my wig I had to do everything in my power to keep my colour as fresh as possible for the optimum amount of time.
The fact that I have my hair dyed two different colours with a large proportion being white blonde also means that I need something that will keep my hair soft and manageable, not the easiest of tasks when your hair feels like straw!
After a shopping trip round Asda, I noticed that on one of there many offers the Alberto V05 conditioners were all on offer, the one that I purchased for the above mentioned properties being the one I will now review.
The conditioner I will now review is - "AlbertoV05 fade defy conditioner"
This particular conditioner stands out from the pack due to the vivid colour of the bottle, this being cherry red.
The bottle holds all the relevant and usual information, this being brand name, product name and the hair type that this conditioner is aimed towards this being all colour treated hair.
The bottle is the type of bottle that stands on its lid, this aids in getting all the product out without too much trouble, there's nothing worse than knowing there is still some left in there and not being able to get it out!
The bottle is finally the perfect shape, some bottles I find are almost impossible to grasp in the shower whilst squeezing out the conditioner with wet hands.
This bottle is wide but thin in girth, this means that it is holding the same amount of product but gives your hand the right amount of grip without dropping the bottle, this will of course stop my toes from being smashed to bits by low flying bottles!
The instructions are simple and the same on whichever brand you use. It always recommends that you wash your hair with the same branded shampoo first before applying the conditioner.
You only need a small amount of product around the size of a ten pence coin, I am afraid I cannot only put this amount on my hair. I like to feel my hair is saturated in conditioner, a hair mask if you will, so I have a good squirt of the product, smooth over my now straw like hair, then comb through very carefully with a wide toothed comb to evenly distribute.
The conditioner itself is thick and creamy, off white in colour. As with a few of these conditioners they always remind me of a trip to the hairdressers as they leave a delicious smell behind, this tends to last a good couple of hours after drying.
After drying my hair is soft and manageable. There is no static which can sometimes happen when the hair is too soft, and there doesn't seem to be much "fluffyness" left, this is of course what happens when the ends break or split and make the hair less likely to lie flat, depending on your preferred style of course!
And finally the fade defy element.... Honestly I can see no difference at all. The back of the bottle states that this product is ideal fro all coloured hair, but that it may be more beneficial for brown or red haired shades. My hair is chocolate brown for the base with a white blonde "flash" on one side. I have had no difference in colour for either shade, though I think this is a lovely conditioner as my hair feels wonderful after I have used it.
As I stated earlier this was purchased on offer, this being reduced down to £1.00 a bottle, this is a saving of around 80p. These deals are run on a regular basis.
For more information visit - www.asda.co.uk
This product doesn't seem to make much difference to the colour loss that many experience, but this is still in my mind a fantastic conditioner, recommended.
Thanks for reading x
As someone who regularly dyes her hair I am always on the lookout for prooducts that will enable the colour to last longer. My hair is quite dry, damaged and porous due to the over use of chemical treatments and styling products. This means that I tend to lose the colour from my hair more quickly - I have even seen my permanant dye colour seep into bubbly shampoo foam as I'm washing my hair! I therefore need a high quality shampoo and conditioner to combat this problem.
To me, my choice of hair conditioner is a little bit more important than what shampoo I use. This is because it is the conditioner that determines the overall managability and appearance of my hair. When I discovered the Alberto VO5 range I was eager to try it as it was a brand I had loved using and trusted as a kid.
The 'Fade Defy' range is made especially for all coloured hair and the product has a unique formula which locks the colour into the hair shaft. The packaging claims that this effect lasts "5 times as long" as normal conditioner. It states in little writing that the effects are more noticable on brown and red shades though, so if you are a blonde you might want to try their Absolute Blonde hair specific range instead.
The 'Fade Defy' conditioner comes in an average sized 300ml bottle which is designed with a simple to use flip style catch at the bottom of the bottle. This design is handy as it means the conditioner is always collecting at the dispensing hole and so is easy to dispense.
I find that I need to use a very generous handful to get full and even coverage through my long hair. The liquid is white and shiny like glycerin. It is neither too thick or too runny and doesn't drip as I apply it to damp hair. It has a mild, fresh and clean aroma that it not too overpoweringly flowery or perfumed, rather more just a little soapy. It feels a little greasy when applying but can be rubbed through the hair quite easily.
I like to leave it for a minute or so although there are no specific instructions which suggest doing this. It is easy to rinse off and I can immediately feel my hair is a lot straighter, more tangle free and ultra soft, even as I'm rinsing.
The conditioner does a great job in leaving the hair easy to comb through, soft but strong and very shiny. When dry, the hair has a glossy look and my damaged ends are remarkably sleek. There is not much smell remaining on the hair after it is has dried.
I always use this conditioner alongside the 'Fade Defy' shampoo as I feel the best result will occur if I use the products together. This is my favourite range on the market and I find it is a life saver in terms of correcting my unruly hair and most importantly, keeping my colour for longer! At approximately £1.99 a bottle this is affordable and really does what it promises!
I recently wrote about my experiences with VO5's Fade Defy shampoo, and now I will tell you about the matching conditioner, which I also used.
~What they say~
The conditioner is suitable for all coloured hair and 'the protein enriched formula restores the hairs condition so you get that shiny, vibrant, just coloured look for longer.' Like the shampoo it claims to lock in the colour for 5 times longer.
Packaged in a red bottle similar to the shampoo, the main difference with the conditioner packaging, is that it opens from the bottom instead of the top. I found the flip-open lid of the conditioner was easier to open than the one on the shampoo which was quite difficult to open at times. One feature I noticed, is that the hole from which you squeeze the product out is star shaped, meaning that the conditioner, once dispensed, takes on a patterned form -almost like you get with a play-doh machine or when you pipe icing. I don't know if this was simply designed like that to stop the conditioner dripping out, but it got me thinking that it would be a great if they could design bottles with different shaped openings like that - imagine squeezing your conditioner out and it being heart shaped! Anyway, enough of my madness, and on to the product...
The white conditioner is not exactly runny, but neither is it as thick as a consistency as one might expect a conditioner to be. I found that it glided over my hair easily, but I needed to use quite a bit to coat my hair thoroughly, therefore meaning that the conditioner ran out faster than the shampoo did.
It has a smell similar to the shampoo - a strong, slightly floral scent with a hint of chemicals! I think the conditioner has a creamier sort of scent, and smells slightly nicer than the conditioner.
Whilst this did untangle my hair, I wasn't overly impressed with how soft or conditioned it felt after use. I have quite thick hair, and found that it felt slightly coarse after user, and not as soft as I would normally expect from a conditioner. Appearance wise, I did think my hair looked quite healthy and wasn't dull, or frizzy as I have experienced in the past. Like the shampoo, I didn't find that it had really done anything to combat my fading colour.
I bought this together with the conditioner for £1.99 in Boots when it was on a buy one get one free offer, however Wilkinsons sell it for 99p a bottle.
Whilst I would probably have described the Fade Defy shampoo as being satisfactory as it got my hair clean, I was a bit more disappointed with the results I got from the conditioner. I felt I had to use quite a lot of it, and it wasn't as thick as I would expect. It also didn't give me the softness or colour-protection it had promised to give, so I wasn't overly impressed, and wouldn't recommend it.