“ Brand: Boots / Type: Conditioner „
This is the perfect conditioner for people for dyed red hair. Red tends to fade really quickly, and the Botanics Red Henna range is the perfect way to keep your colour looking bright, vibrant and freshly dyed! Used in conjunction with the red henna shampoo, it keeps hair fresh and vibrant. The conditioner itself isnt too thick or rich, so it doesnt weigh hair down or leave it greasy. However as my hair has been suffering a bit from heat damage and chemical hair dye, I tend to occasionally use a more intense and moisture rich shampoo and conditioner every so often to give my hair a treat. This conditioner is much better for coloured hair than many other 'colour protect' products - and I would definitely recommend it. At around £3 a bottle it's also not too expensive, and is the perfect partner for red hair - not really good for use in the bath though, as it turns the water bright red!
I occasionally dye my hair bright red but have difficulty keeping it bright, and have tried many protective hair dye shampoos and conditioners in the past. I was browsing the shelves of Boot's looking for a red shampoo and conditioner, and came across this one. It wasn't very expensive and looked like it might work, so decided to give it a shot. I wasn't disappointed at all! It's a gorgeous smelling product and I loved it from the first time I used it. I didn't find it protected my colour, but always gave a lovely shimmer and keeps it very protected. As I dye my hair a lot, it can leave it in bad condition, but I found this restored a lot of the natural oils and kept it feeling in super soft condition, as well as leaving the colour a little refreshed and very shiny. Overall I'm happy with this product for the price and will keep using this.
After spending the majority of 2010 as a blonde and briefly returning to brunette I rang in 2011 with a box of schwarzkopf live colour XXL in 'Red Passion' (once I get bored I'll go for Mystic Violet, but that will be another story and set of reviews). Having dyed my hair red a few times before I know how quickly it can fade, so I bought this conditioner and the matching shampoo at the same time as the hair colour during a rare strike of forward planning. - - - - - - - - - The claim - - - - - - - - - According to the bottle's label Boots BOTANICS RADIANT RED CONDITIONER will enhance hair colour and add shine, leaving my hair moisturized and glossy [isn't glossy the same thing as shiny?]. There isn't any clear indication on the front of the bottle to say that this range is intended for coloured hair, but when I read the back of the label it does mention that repeated colouring can "dull the colour", so I took that to mean that it is suitable for those of us that need a helping hand to achieve red locks. - - - - - - - - - The bottle - - - - - - - - - The transparent labelled bottle reminded me of a bath foam bottle; So it didn't inspire confidence in it's abilities for caring for my hair and I looked for another shampoo and conditioner based on the packaging alone. But there isn't much choice in haircare products for red hair - as opposed to the choice for brown and blonde hair - so I came back to it and finally bought it. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - First impressions - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The conditioner is a dark brown based red colour and has a weird creamy-but-still-runny consistency, so it's feels slimy once on my hair so I wasn't optimistic... It releases a weak henna fragrance, which disperses when you wash the conditioner out of your hair. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - After one month [of almost daily use] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - When I rinse out the conditioner from my hair the water is tinted a browny pink colour and my hair looked more brown then red under the harsh bathroom lights, so at first I thought that the hair colour was washing back out with every wash. But its now six weeks later and my hair still practically glows and looks fresh-out-of-the-box. The colour doesn't photograph well [see profile pic] for some reason, but if you saw it in person it's, ermm, instantly noticeable. Does BOTANICS RADIANT RED CONDITIONER actually enhance the colour? My hair colour is a slightly lighter and brighter shade of red then the hair dye box and [the Boots] site swatches show, and whilst this may be due in part to the mix of previous bleaches and dyes on my hair I'm going to give this conditioner credit as well, as the henna extracts are strong enough to dye the water so it must be doing something. As well as helping prolong and enhance my hair colour my hair does also feel softer and has less frizz then it did when I was using John Frieda's hyped-to-hell range [despite my ongoing attempts to grow out the perm that I got in a moment of sheer madness]. In fact after the first four weeks I could simply dry my hair, brush and go and if I do bother with straighteners, I only need to straighten the top layers. I have tried using the matching shampoo on it's own to see how it performed without this and whilst my hair was clean and shiny, it was also knotty, slightly frizzy and the shampoo doesn't tint the water as much, so I believe that the conditioner contains more colour enhancing ingredients. - - - - - - - - - My opinion - - - - - - - - - Not only does BOTANICS RADIANT RED CONDITIONER detangle, de frizz, moisturise and add tons of shine to my hair, it has indeed helped my colour to stand up against almost daily washes and has had some enhancing effects on it too. My hairdresser has commented on how my hair is feeling softer and even my parents have noticed the extra shine that it has to it. My usual conditioning method is to apply this to the mid lengths and ends of my hair, then let my hair, err, baste for one to two minutes, before rinsing the conditioner out. The bottle's label doesn't say that you have to, but I've made up my mind that leaving on my hair for that extra minute helps the henna to get to work and do it's stuff :) - - - - - RRP - - - - - 250ml: £3.05 There is also shampoo available in a matching bottle size.
To be honest, I do have naturally red hair and I think the product is actually intended for use on hair that is dyed red, but I recieved the shampoo and conditioner as a present so gave it a go! The first thing that I liked about the product was the fact that it contained henna. It is widely known that henna is great for enhancing the colour in red hair and the smell is beautiful. It is a clean scent and is nice and sweet. The rich brown colour is quite nice but there is one big disadvantage....the mess it makes in the shower! If you splash even the slightest amount on the shower walls it will leave bright red marks, and needs to be rinsed off straight away (I didnt want to leave it in case it stains!). As for the effect it had on my hair, I'm not convinced it made a huge difference. I used it with the shampoo too and apart from loving the scent and the fact that my hair was shinier, there were no other noticeable changes. It is not overly priced, especially as it is organic (around £3.99 for a bottle) but you can often get it as part of an offer, as with most boots products. But overall, I would say that it is best suited for dyed hair, as that does tend to fade unlike natural red.
I've been using this conditioner alongside the shampoo from the same range (you can see my separate review on the shampoo for more details about it) for several weeks now to try to boost the tone of my naturally red hair as it tends to look much duller when there's not much in the way of sunshine. ***THE CONDITIONER*** Whereas the shampoo is a dark red shade that verges on a purple shade, the conditioner is a dark brown shade that looks a lot like very dark rust. As you might imagine, it's thicker than the shampoo but I wouldn't class it as being particularly thick and it still has the tendency to slide down my hands when I'm reaching up to apply it to my hair. Ordinarily, this wouldn't be too problematic but the conditioner seems to contain a lot more henna than the shampoo as it stains my hands a brownish shade on contact. This does wash up with a bit of scrubbing action but it's a bit irritating nonetheless. ***THE RESULTS*** The negatives aside, I've been really impressed with this conditioner. I've already mentioned my thoughts that it must contain quite a bit more henna than the shampoo and I can't help but feel that it's the conditioner that is making the most difference to my hair as it does seem a lot stronger than the shampoo. Several weeks after first using the range, my hair looks noticeably more vibrant. At this time of year, my hair tends to lose its natural red shade and starts to look more like brunette hair that has a bit of a red tint. This range is helping me to recapture the increased redness that I usually get in the summer when I've spent more time out in the sun. As well as looking more red, it also looks shinier and more healthy. Right now, my hair is more noticeably red when I stand under a light or am outside in direct sunlight but it hasn't yet reached the stage where it looks significantly more red outside of this. As each wash seems to be adding a little bit more colour, I'm hoping that this happens in the next couple of weeks. When I'm outside though, I've had comments asking if I've dyed my hair so it must look quite a bit more vibrant in the light! ***OVERALL THOUGHTS*** All in all, I'm really enjoying the effects of using this range, especially the conditioner. I'll admit that it's one of the messiest conditioners that I've ever used due to the fact that it stains your hands on contact and you have to be extremely careful to wash all of the conditioner out of your hair before you try to towel dry it as it also stains those if it comes into contact with them (and also turns the bathwater a gruesome shade of red!), but it really does work much better than any other henna-based colour-enhancing range that I've used. For me, it's the closest to temporary or semi-permanent hair dye that I've found so I can live with the mess and potential havoc that it could cause!