“ Brand: Boots / Type: Conditioner / What it does: volumizeses, „
I got this botanics volumising leave in conditioner from boots a few months ago, I think I paid no more than £4 for it and thought I'd give it a go.
I've used other leave in conditioners before and as they worked ok I thought this would too, I was particularly intrigued by it claiming to give extra volume to the hair, which I find often lacks in normal and leave in conditioners because with me it tends to weigh my hair down.
This product comes in a see through bottle with spray cap and smells quite green and herbal. The scent is not unpleasant though not really my thing but it's not overpowering so I'm able to live with that in my hair.
So I washed my hair with the botanics volumising shampoo and towel dried my hair but left it a little damp so that it would be easier to work the leave in conditioner in.
My hair was already feeling quite unpleasantly brittle through just using the shampoo which didn't leave my hair feeling soft or conditioned at all. I hoped that this leave in conditioner would soon fix the problem and I'd have soft, volumous and most importantly tangle free hair!
Spraying the product into my hair was easy enough, though I didn't notice it detangling my hair as it should. It made it feel slightly hard and kind of sticky but I thought this would soon go away as it dried and worked its way into the hair.
I started to comb through but couldn't get the brush through my hair at all so I towel dried it a little more before putting the blow dryer on it to get it to dry faster.
Even dry it wouldn't brush properly and it still felt still and sticky. My hair is quite long (half way down my back) and I couldn't live with not being able to get the tangles out so I just decided to have another shower and use my tried and trusted herbal essences shampoo and conditioner this time which I was sure would get the job done.
Sad to say this leave in conditioner was no good for me... maybe it's not meant for long hair and might work better for other people. Won't be buying again as I couldn't use the first bottle up and had to give it away after a few tries.
I bought this conditioner a few months back and still have some of it left. Needless to say I haven't used it very much!
I bought it from Boots and it comes in see through plastic bottles of 250 ml. It has a pump spray lid andimages of plants on the label. It is a leave in conditioner which contains active plant extracts like Butchers Bloom which is a "natural astringent" which helps to counteract build up in the hair from other products.
It is dermatologically tested and it states that the plant extracts are authenticated by Kew Gardens.
The directions for use are to spray liberally onto wet hair and leave, then style and dry as normal. It is supposed to moisturise, detangle and add volume to lack lustre hair.
It is easy to spray and the spray is generous, the conditioner is colourless and it soaks into the hair quickly once applied. I don't know what plant extracts smell like but they have a nice fragrance to it. It smells quite floral and the smell does stay on the hair, even after it has dried.
I used this product for about 5 weeks but have to say that I was a little disappointed with it. Despite using it after every wash and spraying quite a lot of it, my hair didn't seem to improve in condition. It didn't seem shinier which was one of the things it claimed to do, if any think it seemed a bit lifeless, and my hair became quite dry at the ends. My hair didn't seem any thicker although my hair is pretty thick anyway so maybe I just didn't notice.
My hair did become less tangled after washing, I was able to run a comb straight through imeadiately after spraying whereas normally I have to leave it to soak in for a few minutes.
My hair did feel cleaner and fresher after using it and it did feel a bit softer but no more than my usual conditioner would make it.
I stopped using this product after the 5 weeks because my hair needed a good boost which I didn't feel it got from this product. Also my hair is coloured and this conditioner doesn't protect coloured hair. Now I keep it in my drawer and only use it when my usual conditioner has run out.
I wouldn't buy this again although I would try other products in the botanics range.
I am always on the look out for hair products that are easy to use and will improve the condition of my hair at the same time. As a busy, part time working mum I really don't have a lot of time to spend on my hair, so when I discovered Botanics Leave-in Volumising conditioner I was really pleased.
I am not a great fan of conditioners that you use in the shower, apply while your hair is wet and then have to rinse out. I always find that I'm in such a hurry, that I leave bits in and then you have this residue on your hair all day. You don't have to worry about all that with this leave in conditioner!
You use this conditioner after you have shampooed your hair and towelled it dry. You then spray it on to your hair quite liberally and then just comb through. I have fairly long thickish hair and I have to say that this works a dream. As soon as I have used it, I can run a comb or a brush through my washed hair with virtually no resistance at all. I then either leave my hair to dry naturally or, if I have time, do a bit of styling. This is also where you notice an effect, because my hair certainly seems to have more volume when I do style it - so much so that I really don't need to use any additional mousse or styling spray.
The spray itself feels very light. It is a very clear, grassy green colour which makes it look very natural and good for you. It apparently contains Butcher's Broom which has natural astringent properties. I didn't know this before, but these properties counter balance any build-up in the hair. This in turn gives your hair more vitality and volume - what more could you want? On the bottle it actually says that it uses plant extracts at levels which really work, and as far as this product is concerned, it is true!
Also, in my experience the spray is very long lasting. Even though the directions say to spray quite generously, which I do, there is still plenty left in my bottle. In fact I started using this at the beginning of May, and I have only used about three quarters of my first 250ml spray (and that is using it pretty much on a daily basis!). As it sells in Boots at £2.99 for the 250ml spray I think that is really good value.
All of the Botanics range of products is exclusive to Boots but all of the extracts are authenticated by Kew Royal Botanic Gardens so you feel that that definitely gives it some credence! There is the usual warning about avoiding contact with eyes and to rinse immediately in cold water if you do. There is a little icon at the bottom of the label that tells you that you can be using it for up to twenty four months so it has a very long shelf life if you only want to use it occasionally. I did look on the label also to try to discover whether the actual spray container was made from recycled material but there is no indication of this. You would expect, a product that uses natural ingredients would attempt to care for the environment though.
Overall, I do think that this is a fantastic product and I am so glad that I discovered it! It is very easy to use and also pretty economical. Best of all though, it makes my otherwise somewhat lacklustre hair feel so good - and as it promises on the label, I now have more volume and vitality - sadly that only applies to my hair!