“ Brand: Boots / Type: Conditioner „
I've recently reviewed the shampoo from this range so it's time to review the conditioner too seeing as they are intended to be used together. As in my shampoo review, the conditioner that I'm reviewing looks different to the one above as it is in a different bottle and is a different colour but the name and ingredients are the same so I'm presuming that they have just slightly updated the packaging and formula.
Before I start the review properly, I should point out that the Henna & Horsechesnut range is aimed at those with red or brunette hair and doesn't seem as effective on dyed hair.
Whereas the conditioner was a quite dark reddish-brown colour, the conditioner is a much lighter shade of brown that veers more towards beige/stone. Like most conditioners, it is quite thick but not as thick as some that I've used. Although it is quite thick, I find that it tends to start slipping out of my hands when I make a move to start working it into my hair and this doesn't make it all that easy to rub into your hair. Fragrance-wise, it smells much the same as the shampoo with a subtle fragrance that isn't overpowering.
I'm using this in conjunction with the shampoo from the same range so I'm not sure what results you would get without this. I'm assuming though that most people will only use this type of conditioner if they are also using the shampoo.
Having used both products for the best part of a fortnight now, I'm impressed with the condition of my hair. It looks much healthier and shinier than previously and the natural red tone of my hair looks brighter and more in line with how it looks in the summer when the sun is shining on it. This is impressive considering that during the winter months, my hair almost always looks dull, lank and the red looks less vibrant probably because of the fact that the condition deteriorates.
My hair still feels quite greasy while using this but I was expecting that seeing as my roots tend to be greasy even in winter and this range isn't aimed at greasy hair. I get around this by washing more hair every day or every other day so it's not a big problem unless I'm leaving two or three days between washes.
All in all, I'm really impressed with the conditioner (and by default, the shampoo too). I probably won't carry on using this in the summer (if we actually get a summer that is!) as my hair tends to naturally get brighter then but it's giving my hair a welcome boost while sunlight is in short supply.
I bought this recently at Boots whilst looking for a good value alternative and feeling like my brunette locks were a little lack-lustre and in need of a boost.
At £1.26 for a 300ml bottle this is pretty good value and there is a complementing shampoo to try. Of course there is always the bonus of Boots advantage points too if you hold their card, which I find very useful around Christmas time.
The conditioner is rather brown and thick but does work in well and I am happy with the result - smooth, manageable locks and I do believe it has given my hair the boost I was looking for.
The only downside, which is quite annoying, is that I seem to splash it around the shower (I guess it must flick off a bit as I'm working it through my hair) and it stains if not washed off straight away. The brown streaks come off the bathroom tiles and fittings easy enough, but my shower curtain looks quite bad. You can of course take it down and wash it, which I intend to do, but it will keep on happening which is going to be a pain.
Overall I like this conditioner, it does what it claims and is good value. I guess I just need to be a bit tidier in the shower!
I brought this when i brought my shampoo which i previously reviewed as i like to have matching shampoos and conditioners where possible.
Again i am not keen on the smell of the conditioner, not my sort of thing as i like my shampoos and conditioners to be fruity or floral which this definatley wasnt.
Once again this conditioner was designed to do the same as the shampoo which was to enhance your colour but i dont think it did anything to my colour at all.
All that said though this conditioner did leave my hair in very good condition, surprisingly for a product that is so cheap, my hair was very soft, very shiny and was very easy to brush.
I dont know if the colour enhancers didnt work because my hair was dyed and not natural or weather this conditioner just doesnt do what it claims to but i loved the condition it left my hair in.
I was in Boots the other day and, since I was clutching a voucher for extra points if I spent £15, I was looking to see if there was anything else that I needed costing about a pound or so to make my shopping basket total £15 or more.
I noticed that the Boots Henna and Horsechestnut Shampoo and Conditioner were on offer - buy one get one free and they were only £1.29 each anyway. The shampoo and conditioner were both labeled as being for 'brunettes and red hair' and that they both 'enhance hair colour and shine'. Being a redhead I have used these before but haven't had any for years so I decided to try some and it meant I got my bonus points!
*** The Bottle ***
The transparent plastic bottle about 7 inches tall is quite ordinary in style but smart enough to look good on your bathroom shelf. It has a picture of horse chestnuts on the front label along with a small blue Boots logo. It contains 300ml of conditioner and the bottle has been made using recycled materials. It has a flip top lid which is quite easy to open but more difficult to close properly as it seems a bit difficult to align the hole in the lid with the raised bit in the cap.
*** The Conditioner ***
The conditioner itself is thick in consistency and mid brown in colour looking a bit like pale chocolate sauce! It has a light fragrance which I am afraid I can't describe as I can't place what it smells like! Sorry about that!
*** The Use ***
Obviously it is suggested that you use the shampoo and conditioner together for the best effects. The instructions for use are really simple - you are told to just smooth the conditioner through your hair and then just rinse out. I was happy enough with the ease of use and I didn't need to use too much; just a blob the size of 50p piece was plenty, although we do have soft water and I do have short hair! The thick conditioner spread easily through my hair and rinsed out well. Mind you it was strange standing in the shower with brown water running down my body and round my feet! Incidentally the writing on the label of the bottle warns you to avoid getting the conditioner on clothes or towels and, if you do, you should wash them immediately.
*** The Result ***
Well, I wouldn't go as far as to say my hair feels wonderful as I have used products which have made my hair feel softer than this conditioner does, but this product did clean my hair well. A few days after washing my hair still feels soft and I do think that the colour has been enhanced by an added shine. I am certainly more impressed with this product than I was with the Sunsilk Passionately Red which had no effect on my hair at all!
*** In Conclusion ***
I was impressed with this conditioner at the price and I would be happy to buy it again, although as I said earlier my hair has felt softer.
...ampoo... Oh, wait - I'm reviewing the conditioner. My bad ;)
It does, however, give me a good starting point: the appearance of Boots' Henna and Horsechestnut Conditioner (H&HC). While the shampoo makes me think of dog shampoo (brown and semi-transparent), this conditioner does rather resemble a bottle of... urm... well, poo, not to put too fine a point on it! The resemblance is even more pronounced when you actually come to use this, as the consistency is quite thick.
Hmm. Now that I've totally put you off the stuff, let me tell why - despite appearances! - I still use this stuff.
There is an irony in me buying red-enhancing products for my hair. As a child I was fairly red-headed and I HATED it! However, through the years my hair has darkened increasingly towards brown, nowadays needing to catch the light in a certain way to really show the coppery tints - and I miss them! And so over the past decade I've tried lots of different dyes, mousses and colour-enhancing shampoos. The first two are messy and time consuming, and the latter usually involves paying over the odds for something that doesn't really work.
Step forward Boots' Henna and Horsechestnut! I've always quite liked the natural simplicity of the Boots range: cheap'n'cheerful, at least in the packaging stakes. Plus, the products are regularly on offer - either 99p a bottle compared with the (current) usual £1.29, or - as I picked up - 3 for 2 (that's cheaper: works out at 86p a bottle for the non-mathematically inclined ;)).
Another plus is the smell. While the brown gloop plainly visible in the bottle isn't at all attractive, opening for a sneaky sniff revealed a sweet, natural-ish and mid-strength scent, fresh and a little bit sherbet-y, almost reminiscent of Lush products.
Time for use! As always, the recommendation is to use the matching shampoo and conditioner - I'm not complaining, I quite like both! With colour-enhancing products especially - and with these - I tend to find the shampoo contains acidic acid (eg lemon juice), which I do associate with a natural bleaching agent. If your hair is on the darker side of red, like mine, then the only way to get redder is with a bit of lightening up.
After using the shampoo, it's time for the product at hand. The feel of the H&HC carries on my sense of this being a slightly more natural product than many: rather than the silky silicone of many 'modern' conditioners, the H&HC has a creamy but 'dull'/unslippy texture. The gunkiness of the colour becomes more apparent once you finish rubbing the conditioner through your hair, and bring your hands away covered in browny-redness. Fortunately by this point the original resemblance to a certain substance has more or less disappeared (thankfully!) but it was still a surprise on first use to find the colour hadn't vanished into a white lather as most hair products, no matter what the colour, usually manage.
Then comes the next 'surprise' - start rinsing your hair, and watch a pinkish-brown stream flow towards the drain! This stuff does *not* lose its colour! I'd recommend you get all of the residue out of the bath/shower: it dries to a brownish-pink 'foam' that doesn't look great in the bottom of the tub.
Never mind what it does to the bath, what does it do to your hair?! Initial thought is that it's bit drying - I do now like to add an intensive conditioner into my routine at least once a week (handily, there is one in this range!). However, extended use hasn't left my hair straw-like, so I suspect it's just that my normal shampoo/conditioner is leaving a layer that fools me into finding my hair soft and sleek.
In fact, I'll go a step further and say that styling my hair became a lot easier when I switched to this. Surprisingly good considering I thought this was leaving my hair a little drier than usual, but it actually feels a bit thicker (I have short-ish, very fine hair) and has been looking very glossy. Even better, my hair does usually have a mind of its own, but for some reason with this I can get away with just blow-drying and no styling products, wax, etc. - in fact, my hair style seems to be more manageable now.
Of course, the one very important thing I haven't touched on yet is half the point of this conditioner - does it make my hair red?! The honest answer has to be no: this isn't dye, and it's not going to turn your mousey locks Titian red! However... well, while I was all prepared to say this does nothing for the colour of my hair but I like it anyway - urm, well, I'm not sure! The cynic in me says any colour difference is all in my mind, but on the other hand I could be swayed towards saying there is a (small) change. My natural red tones do seem to be a little more prominent! Whether that's genuine colour addition, or just the glossy finish I get minus the coating - I don't know. And even if I am fooling myself, the conditioner is cheap enough not to really mind.
Final comments around the bottle design. You get what you pay for here, with a very basic clear plastic bottle. More than suitable for needs, I feel. The lid, however, is a bit of a pain: opening is fine, with a fairly easy flip lid, but to close it again involves a bit of skill: you can't just flick the lid back down, but have to push it slightly forward at the same time. Not really a problem, as long as you suss the 'trick'! My only real complaint isn't so much about the packaging, but the difficulty removing the conditioner from it! This is a really thick gloop, and I wasn't even halfway through the bottle before I was struggling to get any out. Your options are a forceful shake with the lid pointing down (and closed, for safety!), or store the bottle upside down - it doesn't really want to balance, but this is my preference. You do have to watch for occasionally overflowings when you open the bottle, though!
Overall: I like it! I've tried various shampoos and conditioners over the years and always end up back at my lazy usual. However, this is a good mix. It's a bit fun with the colour element, I like the smell, but mostly I'm liking the (unexpected) improvement to my hair's manageability and how it holds a style with no added gunk (something that helps at first, but often weighs my hair down to look worse). I do feel the need to give it a more intensive condition at the weekend, but overall I feel I'm treating my hair a little better with this stuff AND getting a good effect, so I'm sold!
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* Price: £1.29, but look out for 3-for-2 or other offers on the range
* Availability: any Boots store I've been in, or www.boots.co.uk
* Suitability: brunettes and redheads with normal to greasy hair
* Other products: Henna and Horsechestnut shampoo, and intensive conditioner
* Ingredients (proving it isn't all *that* natural!):
Aqua, cetyl alcohol, cetrimonium chloride, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, paraffinum liquidum, behentrimonium chloride, dipropylene glycol, parfum, isopropyl alcohol, talc, sodium citrate, citric acid, lawsonia inermis, sorbitol, aesculus hippocastanum, methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparben, propylparaben, Cl 77499, Cl 77002, Cl 77491, Cl 19140 (yes, that lot scares me too!)