“ Brand: Andrew Collinge / Type: Conditioner / Subcategory: Moisturiser / What it does: Moisturizes, „
I, like many of us, am always on the look out for something that will "do it" for my hair. I want hair like those in the adverts - super shiny, light catching glossiness, easily manageable etc etc. Have I found that product that will rescue me from that tangled mess that is my hair yet? Well, no - but looking on the bright side - at least that means I have lots of products I can review whilst I'm still searching :-/
So, let's talk about the Andrew Collinge Complete Moisture conditioner.
I think the packaging has been changed since this picture, as the bottle that I have doesn't have the pump action top. Instead it has a little flip top like contraption, which does it's job, but I think I would have preferred the pump one. The bottle is 300ml, and made of clear plastic - which I like as it means you can see exactly how much product you have remaining at a glance. On the front of the bottle are the words "moisture infusing, salon conditioner, nourishes & rehydrates for maximum softness & shine. Dry, coloured hair"
The blurb on the back of the bottle says...
Complete Moisture salon shampoo & conditioner by award winning hairdresser Andrew Collinge..."I use Complete Moisture on clients with dry, coloured hair. It's a range of salon performance products designed to infuse the hair with the right amount of moisture, restoring much needed strength and softness. This Complete Moisture salon conditioner replenishes lost moisture, strengthens and protects to leave hair soft, supple and full of great shine."
Contains a multiconditioning and UV filter complex to help protect hair from heat styling and environmental damage.
The conditioner is a lilac-purple in colour, it smells gorgeous, and is fairly thick in consistency. It goes onto the hair smoothly - I usually apply it through my hair, comb through with a wide-toothed comb, and leave for a few minutes before rinsing out.
I did find that at first my hair was left feeling soft afterwards, and I wondered if I had found the illusive miracle product I was searching for, but after a few uses this feeling of softness subsided and I started to notice a dull build up on my hair. This might just be me - as my hair is awkward to please - but I thought I should be honest with my evaluation.
A lovely smelling conditioner that leaves your hair soft and manageable - at least for the first few goes :o) It's not one that I will be using regularly, and I doubt I will buy it again once this bottle is finished.
~ Price ~
As of Feb 2008, a 300ml bottle is:
Boots - £3.99
Superdrug - £4.49
I bought this on special offer in Morrisons some months ago at the much cheaper price of £2.49. They obviously had surplus stock and wanted 'shot of it' so I was happy to oblige, never one to miss out on a bargain!
~ Packaging ~
This comes in a transparent cylindrical-like bottle. It has a large silver screw top lid with a large push down silver nozzle plunger at the top. This has a swivel option for open and closed with lettering on the top and arrows so you know which way to turn it in order to 'plunge'! I have to say that once in use I tend to keep it open.
When I first bought this it had a transparent 'collar' / anti-plunging type section on the neck of the plunger.
~ What does it promise? ~
- Contains a multi-conditioning and UV filter complex.
- Protects hair from heat styling and environmental damage.
- Suitable for dry, coloured hair.
- Designed to infuse hair with moisture to restore strength and softness.
- Leaves hair soft, supple and full of great shine.
~ The conditioner ~
The conditioner is a pale lilac colour. I was surprised by the lack of thickness of the conditioner, given that some of the other high moisture conditioners I have used are very thick. This just feels like a normal shampoo.
I really like the smell of this. It's very fresh and the smell lingers on even after rinsing it off, keeping my hair smelling newly washed and clean!
- How to use it
As with all conditioners, apply it after shampooing your hair and in true marketing style, it is suggested that for best results you use the complete moisture shampoo in the same range.
I tend to keep this on for about 5 minutes before rinsing it off so that it can work it's magic! Leaving it on a little longer does make my wet hair feel a lot softer and less tangled, just make sure that you totally rinse all of the conditioner off.
- Does it do what it says on the bottle?
I have quite dry, frizzy, coloured hair and was looking forward to this really giving my hair a good boost of moisture.
It certainly makes my hair a lot smoother when wet but as soon as I dry it then there is no obvious difference to the levels of moisture in my hair - it's still dry and frizzy even after regular use and leaving it on for a little longer so that the moisture gets a good 'go' at my hair!
- My Verdict -
* Great smelling conditioner
* A little goes a long way.
* Makes my wet hair less tangled and feeling smooth.
* Doesn't leave my hair, once dried full of 'great shine'.
* No noticeable difference in the dry nature of my hair - no moisture boost here!
I am disappointed that this didn't make my hair look sleek and chic but after many products and years of trying, I realise that my hair is in need of a miracle cure as opposed to specific shampoos and conditioners.
However this isn't a 'bad' product - it just doesn't do all it says on the bottle, for my dry coloured hair and given that I didn't pay full whack for this, I'm happy to continue using it until I get my mits on another conditioner to try out!
~ Andrew Collinge Conditioners ~
There is an ever extending array of conditioners, specifically designed for certain hair colours, e.g. brunette, hazelnut, champagne blonde etc in the Andrew Collinge range. Given that I am brunette and ever increasingly grey, I never know what colour selection to choose so I have listed some of the more bog-standard conditioners that are appropriate for any hair colour:
- Leave in conditioner
- Perfect endings
- Weightless volume