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      06.01.2014 20:17
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      I never use the same shampoo or conditioner for long. I think after a while you get used to the smell, and therefore cannot notice the freshness of your hair once washed. So I am always trying out different brands and varieties.

      Herbal Essences is a brand that I'm very fond of. I think their hair products are of high quality and I'm normally satisfied with my purchases. I normally only buy this brand when it is on offer, as the cost can mount when paying full price. This is often included in many offers throughout the many supermarket chains.

      I brought this around a week ago at my local Tesco store. I brought this along with the matching shampoo, and each of these were half price at £1.89 for 400ml. At this price I think it is great value for money. I have just checked the Tesco website in order to notify of any price change. The half price offer has now ended and they are for sale at the normal price of £3.79. I do believe the full price is pretty steep, as if brought with the shampoo you end up paying over £7. This is more than I would want to pay just to wash my hair, when I can get similar products from my local Poundland store.

      All the different Herbal Essences varieties claim to treat your hair for different things. My favourite one comes in the blue bottle, which aims to hydrate your hair. This one however claims to restore the moisture balance in your hair. I chose this one mainly down to the smell rather than what it may or may not do to my hair.

      This smells quite fruity, sort of like lime. Which I think fits in well with the lime green packaging. On the front it states 'with citrus blossom extracts'. I really liked the smell of this one. I must of looked strange standing in the Tesco aisle sniffing all the hair products, but I like to ensure that I get something I am pleased with.

      This conditioner is quite thick is consistency, and for the first couple of uses it was easy to dispense. However this is where my problems start with this. The packaging of this bottle is far below standard. It has quite a big dent in the bottle around a third of the way down, both front and back. My boyfriend is an engineer at a factory which produces shampoo/conditioner/bodywash, that sort of thing and he informed me that at his work this would not have been passed through. He told me that this was an air lock, so where this dent is sits a whole lot of air. Not conditioner!! I had to pick up a few essentials yesterday so went to look if other bottles had this too, and every single one of them is the same!

      Due to consistent use over the week, gradually this dent grows and grows. This makes it very hard to get the actual product out. I do find if you open the lid and squeeze both sides, air will be sucked in and the bottle retains normal shape. However as soon as you reopen the lid the dent comes back with a vengeance.

      Apart from this very disappointing factor the conditioner does leave my hair with a great shine to it. The smell of the product which I loved does stick to your hair, and I can still notice a fragrance even when I need to rewash my hair. I haven't used the shampoo/conditioner separately so I can only comment on the smell of the products combined. I have found that my hair does feel more moisturised. The ends of my hair don't seem as dry as normal, but this doesn't last too long, so regular conditioning is needed to maintain the moisture. I feel in my case anyway.

      I was also very shocked when I got this conditioner home. I like to read the back of the packaging for specific instructions. Especially on conditioners and each different brand have selected timings in which the conditioner has to be left on the hair before rinsing. Some are one minute, some can be anywhere up to 5 minutes. So I like to know this so I can get the best from the product I'm using. This conditioner has no instructions for use! There is very little in English on the back at all. Most of it seems to me like Arabic, but I cannot be 100%. As I brought this from an English store in England from a well known brand, I thought I would understand the packaging directions. But obviously not.

      There is some English written on the back but this gives me very little information at all, infact it actually talks about the shampoo! I found that all very strange, no instructions for use, and no clear English description. This did shock me.

      To conclude this review I have to say I was not too impressed with this product. The smell was nice, and it did leave my hair feeling soft and moisturised, but even this doesn't last very long. The bottle is substandard and very carelessly made. For a Procter and Gamble product I thought their manufacturing would have been better than this but the whole thing just seems very shoddy. I'm glad I only paid half price, never would I dream of paying nearly £4 for such an unsatisfactory product.

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        02.08.2012 13:52
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        A good conditioner

        ==Herbal Essences Fresh Balance Conditioner 400ml==

        My hair can be a hit or a miss, it depends what I use on it. Some conditioners are heavy so they weigh down my hair & make it look dull & greasy, whilst others make my hair go into flyaway mode! Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle is a good shampoo, whilst the conditioner is good at keeping the grease away, but its quite strong & use too much, you taze your eyeballs!!! Vosene is another good one, but its too harsh! Whenever I use that, my hair tangles like crazy, even with the 2in1 variant! I soon settled on Head & Shoulders Ocean Spa, it smells nice, keeps grease away for 2 days (I wash my hair every 2 days), makes my hair feel nice & is easy to brush. Everything seemed to settle down after that, until after a month of use, when my hair started to feel like straw. I was then trying to find what was wrong, I used Heat Protection Spray when drying my hair & the Head & Shoulders wasnt doing anything, but then I realised what was wrong, was that I wasnt using Conditioner! Plus, my hair had gone into a bit of a frenzy when it come to untangling it, I'd be as gentle as possible & it would still hurt! I needed a solution, & fast.

        ==How I got it==

        Whilst browsing the ailes of my local Tesco Supermarket, needing some Shampoo & Conditioner, I spotted the Herbal Essences 400ml Shampoo & Conditioner range on offer for £1.66 a bottle, '''IT'S NOT ON OFFER NOW''' Anyway I decided to buy Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo (Blue) 400ml & Herbal Essences Fresh Balance Conditioner (Light Green) 400ml. Both were £1.66 each, but if you missed out on the Tesco offer, nip down to your local Morrisons where it is £1.63 for a 400ml bottle, which is still on offer. I bought these two types because my hair is Greasy & Dry, it feels like straw but is Greasy at the same time, so to say. I was hoping really that these two combined would actually work.

        ==Look of the bottle==

        Herbal Essences Fresh Balance Conditioner stands quite tall in a light green bottle with the opening on the bottom. This is handy because then if you stand the conditioner this way you use it because its not stuck in the bottle. The bottle can be stood the other way too as both sides are flat.

        ==About Herbal Essences Fresh Balance==

        Herbal Essences Fresh Balance Conditioner is a balancing conditioner designed for Normal/Oily Hair & contains Citrus Blossom & Green Tea Extracts. It helps restore balance to your hair for a light & clean look.

        ==Claims==

        Herbal Essences Fresh Balance Conditioner Claims to:

        _*Help restore balance in your hair_

        _*Gives your hair a light & clean look_

        _*Contains Green Tea_

        _*Has a built-in Serum_

        ==My Experiences with Herbal Essences==

        After I've shampooed with the Hello Hydration Shampoo (review to come later) I picked up the bottle & popped open the lid. Its the kind of lid that you squeeze one side & the other side pops up, dispensing a little hole for the conditioner to come through. Once in your hand the conditioner is a very light green & smells very fresh & clean, almost like Pinneaple or a fresh Fruit Salad! The conditioner is just the right thickness & is easy to spread through the hair. Once massaged in I rinsed out the conditioner & whilst wet my hair felt soft & smooth. After a rough Towel Dry, I did the Brush test. Even though I had given my hair a rough towel dry, to which my hair was sticking up, the brush went straight through my hair with no trouble! Amazing! My hair was tangle free in no time! After drying with the Argos Value Hairdryer, my hair felt lovely & soft, aswell as bouncy & not flat & lank or flyaway & bushy! I couldnt believe how a Conditioner like this could be a miracle worker!

        ==Summary==

        Herbal Essences Fresh Balance Conditioner is an excellent product, it detangles my hair, leaves it soft & smelling fresh! As a plus, my hair dosent feel like straw any more so to say the conditioner has done it's job! Anyway another product reviewed, another 5 pence in the Ciao Piggy Bank, so thanks for reading & I wont keep you much longer! So all in all this conditioner is worth investing in if you have greasy hair or if you just want your hair in better condition, but there are better products out there than this. © BrookieFan99 2012

        '''Thanks for Reading!'''

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        01.03.2011 12:23
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        A great lightweight conditioner would be well suited to greasy hair.

        I bought this to match the shampoo of the same name. As I said in the review for the shampoo I used to use a lot of hair wax to maintain my style and found that I suffered a lot of build up so I tried this to help remove the gunk. At the moment these shampoos and conditioners are £1.66 for a massive 400ml bottle in Tesco instead of £3.65 each.

        The conditioner contains icy pineapple and cotton extract the same as the shampoo. Herbal essences describe it as a lightweight conditioner for normal to oily hair that will condition without weighing your hair down. To use this you simply apply to clean wet hair and massage in. You then simply rinse it out. For best results they recommend you should use the shampoo first.

        The condiditoner is a pale green colour it is quite thin and spreads easily from root to tip. It also rinses out very well without leaving a slimy layer on the hair which I find some conditioners do. It smells like pineapple the same as the shampoo.

        After using this my hair felt really soft and smooth, I was quite suprised as my hair type is dry but it had a good effect. Unfortunately the matching shampoo in this range stripped my hair colour so I didn't continue using that. I did continue to use the conditioner though and had good results.

        I would give this 4 out of 5 it's a shame the shampoo didn't work out for me as in general Herbal Essences are great products!

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        19.09.2010 15:38
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        I needed a Conditioner recently. I've usually well stocked up on products, but this was a rare occassion that I was completely out of the product before I got another one. Never 1 keen to pay full price for a product, I ended up looking for offers and this was buy one get one free on the Herbal Essences range.

        This offer was only on the large bottles so I got a Shampoo and the matching Conditioner. They cost £3.89 in my local Sainsbury's for the 400ml bottles.

        I chose this one as it is suitable for greasy Hair, which is what I have. This has extracts of icy pineapple in it to soothe and make your hair fresh and shiny.

        The bottles are ok looking. Large green plastic bottles. They stand on their ends which I think is good, but the conditioner comes out pretty quickly this way, and you only need a little blob of this. I suppose no one says that you have to keep this on it's end, and can stand it the other way up. This has a flip lid that you just push in on 1 side and then press back in again to close again.

        This is a medium thickness. It isn't runny, but not as thick as other Conditioners that I use. It has a nice smell to it. It smells fresh and clean and you can smell a slight Pineapple smell to it.

        A little bit of this worked through your hair makes it nice and soft. It seems to be quite a lightweight conditioner, so doesn't add any more weight to my already heavy hair.

        This was my first time of using this, and I will use it again. used with the matching Shampoo I find that this freshens, keep the oiliness away for a couple of days and i can still smell the gentle Pineapple smell the next day on my hair. Seems to smooth as well.

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        18.09.2010 02:30
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        A truly excellent conditioner for greasy hair that smells gorg!

        Always when I buy a shampoo from a range I buy the matching conditioner and recently I purchased this matching shampoo along with the conditioner I am reviewing now and I bought it because its meant for oily hair.

        Now not all of my hair is greasy...just my roots really and the rest of my hair is prone to going dry and rather frizzy so picking the right hair products out for my hair can be a bit of a mind-field really lol!

        The Packaging:

        I purchased this in a dark green bottle which is 400ml in size and it has a flip-top opening to the bottom of it. This is also available in a 200ml size that looks the same, apart from the size of course!

        On the front of the bottle I am told that it is Clairol Herbal Essences, Fresh Balance, Balancing Conditioner, Icy Pineapple & Cotton Extracts 'I am perfect balance for Normal/Oily Hair'. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, ingredients and the size is stated and contact details for the manufacturer (Procter & Gamble) are given. It's a nice and plain bottle, easy to squeeze due to it having a slight curve to it and unisex in design as it isn't a fancy looking product.

        A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Bottle:

        A regular touch of my light formula, with icy pineapple and cotton extracts, is all it takes to restore your moisture balance and put the spotlight back on your shine without weighing hair down. Want to get really fresh? Start with my shampoo.

        Using It:

        Well although I have long hair right down my back I found all I needed of this smooth whitish coloured conditioner was about the size of a 10p coin and I basically massaged into previously shampooed and therefore clean hair that was damp/wet. I massaged it in well and I found a little does go along way with this product and I left it on for a minute or so before it rinsed out with complete ease.

        The smell of this is simply gorgeous and rather natural. It has a light but fruity smell to it that in my opinion really is of pineapple but in a none obtrusive way and that smell lingers on my hair for hours after using it.

        This is a great conditioner. As promised it is a light formula that gently hydrates where it needs to and not only seems to diminish grease from my hair when in use but it also keeps my prone to greasy roots grease free for longer. It seems to be intelligent only moisturising and nourishing where it needs it keeping hair smooth and supple but like I say doesn't do that where hair doesn't need it.

        My hair is left glossy, smelling wonderful, fresh and clean and smooth and looking incredibly healthy indeed. I didn't expect so much from this product because of the plain packaging but this really is a fabulous, light every day conditioner that gives really lovely results! Recommended highly from me!

        Available in all good chemists and supermarkets costing about £2.09 for a 200ml bottle and £3.49 for the 400ml bottle. (I got mine in Boots)

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          22.08.2010 18:13
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          A brilliant conditioner for oily hair from Herbal Essences

          I've been on a quest recently to find a suitable shampoo and conditioner that is just right for my daughter and I. We both suffer from greasy hair within a day of washing, and both find it very frustrating. I often use Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner and do quite like the products. While browsing the aisles in Superdrug I came across Herbal Essences Fresh Balance Conditioner on offer, buy one get one free at £3.25 for a generous 400ml bottle.

          This is a balancing conditioner specially formulated for normal to oily hair, it contains cotton extracts along with icy pineapple. Icy pineapple I hear you say? It really does smell quite fresh and cool, just like a pineapple cocktail! I was quite surprised at the fragrance, very invigorating, sharp, reminiscent of summer holidays and just the right scent enliven your senses in your morning shower.

          The bottle is typical Herbal Essences style and is a very eye catching shade of green, easy to spot when out shopping. Once opened this has a shelf life of up to 12 months, so plenty of time to use this up. I've used Herbal Essences before and a 400ml bottle generally lasts me and my family around 4 weeks or so, so great value for money, especially when on buy one get one free.

          All you need is a small dollop to get lovely soft, smooth hair without it feeling weighed down. It is very light, but does condition very well. I can comb my hair easily after use, and I do have very long hair. Although it is very greasy, it does tend towards very dry ends, and I sometimes struggle finding a conditioner that is suitable for my combination hair type, but this does just the job.

          It rinses out easily, and the divine smell lingers on hair while wet, although does fade once hair is styled and dried. My hair looks nice and full, not limp and oily, and it does have a nice shine after using this conditioner. It keeps my hair nice and soft, and just like the promise on the bottle, it does seem to be improving the balance of my hair. It does seem less oily between washes without drying it out too much.

          Would I recommend this conditioner? Yes definitely, it smells heavenly, conditions well and is improving my oily locks, while keeping my hair light and tangle free. Give your hair the icy pineapply treat!

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          07.06.2010 14:28
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          A Great Conditioner.

          I wrote a review on the shampoo that matches this conditioner a while back and as Im trying to get a few of my beauty reviews done over the next few days I thought it was time to review this product. I have been saying in my haircare reviews recently my mom has gone a little bit mad on buying shampoos and conditioners lately and there must be about 20 different bottle on the shower shelf and this I think was one of the first ones she bought for both of us. Before using this product I had never used any of the conditioners from the new Herbal Essences range but I knew it would be great anyway because in my experience all the products from this range are brilliant for your hair and smell absolutely amazing.

          This particular conditioner is actually designed to clarify and restore the balance of your hair making sure it doesnt become greasy for much longer than usual. I never listen to those sort of claims though to be honest because often they are total rubbish I just form my own opinions on the product and decide whether or not I like it overall - as long as its cleans my hair Im not to bothered. A 200ml bottle of this shampoo will set you back around £1.99 which isnt actually that much compared to other brands and Herbal Essences are ALWAYS on sale in supermarkets so you will probably be able to get it for much less than that.

          Everyone knows how to use conditioner by now I think so Im not going to write a big paragraph on it but I dont think you need to much of this one and remember to concentrate on the ends of your hair rather than the roots. This is slightly runnier than some conditioners Ive tried but I think that means it lasts you longer as you dont need to use as much at any one time - meaning one bottle will last you quite a while. Making it great value for money.

          Now Herbal Essences describe the smell of this conditioner as "icy pineapple with cotton extracts" but this doesnt smell anything like that in my opinion. However it does smell nice all the same but to me it smells of apples more than anything else but which a really floral scent in the background that is still pretty noticable. The fragrance is proper nice and makes you hair smell super fresh for ages - in fact I think the scent of this lasts longer on your hair than any shampoo Ive ever used and believe me I have tried a LOT! Even after your hair is dry and styled the scent is still really noticable and for me that is possibly the best thing about this product. Definately a lovely scent that lasts for a very long time on your hair.

          I reckon this did a great job on my hair and I dont think it dried it out in the slightest. My hair was really managable and easy to style afterwards and it still smelled amazing so I dont think theres anything wrong with this conditioner really. One thing is that it did strip my colour a tiny bit but it isnt designed specifically for coloured hair so I dont think I can really complain about that - apart from that though I absolutely loved this. I do recommend using the conditioner alongside this for the best results but I fully recommend this shampoo to everyone! Im usnsure whether or not this keeps your hair cleaner for longer but its good all the same - I didnt think it would anyway if Im honest. I dont think the colour stripping matters but just be warned this does not work brilliantly for coloured hair.

          Thanks For Reading

          x0 Salz 0x

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            26.03.2010 23:24
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            I love this product and have not bought another brand of conditioner since I started using this.

            I have always had very big, curly, dry, and frizzy hair. I'm mixed, african and caucasian and therefore have very dry and unmanageable hair. I always use a TON of conditioner both during and after my shower! Previously I was a devoted user of the "Pantene Pro-V Conditioner" for dry and damaged hair which had worked the best for me out of others I had used.

            I started using this Herbal Essences when mine ran out and I had to use my flatmate's and was shocked to see how well it worked on my hair. Once my hair dried it was so soft and shiny and unbelievably smooth. I was able to go out without putting any additional product in my hair and it stayed in beautiful curls. I have never had this from any other product and have been a devoted herbal essences user ever since!

            The price of this product has gone up and down more times than I can say, but it averages out at about £3.39 for a 400 ml bottle. A bottle lasts me a month on average which (for me at least) isn't bad at all. It will obviously change depending on your hair type but I think it's definitely good value for money.

            Finally this product smells absolutely delicious not only when you apply it but lasts for hours. Personally, I love it, and I haven't bought a bottle of Pantene Pro V since!!!

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            31.01.2010 18:53

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            Recommended conditioner

            I have always found herbal essence products to be good quality and effective, and this conditioner is no disappointment.

            First of all the packaging is great and gives a fresh feel to the conditioner. It is attractive as the new herbal essence bottles all are, with a nice unique shape so it is easily recognised aswell.

            The conditioner smells really nice - pineapple and cotton extracts - although I'm not sure what cotton is supposed to smell like the smell is great all the same!

            The conditioner is effective at its job and leaves the hair feeling great and looking nice, healthy and shiny. The hair is easy to brush after using the conditioner.

            Quite a lot of conditioner is needed per application compared to the amount of shampoo that is needed. In the past I always used shampoo quicker than conditioner but this conditioner always runs out a while before the shampoo which I find strange.

            The conditioner is a good price and is often on offer which means it is great value.

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            09.12.2009 23:20
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            Silky, indulgent conditioner with a gorgeous, fresh scent that leaves your hair smooth and glossy!

            Having tried the new Herbal Essences Fresh Balance shampoo, designed to clarify and restore balance to greasy or built-up hair, what better to complement the shampoo than the partnership conditioner.

            The Product:

            Fresh Balance conditioner comes in a bright green, 200ml plastic bottle with a similar curved design as the shampoo. Unlike the shampoo, the bottle is not made of transparent plastic, so you cannot see how much you have used and have left as easily. The bottle is designed with the push lid (where you press one side of the lid to 'pop up' the opening which allows the conditioner to be depressed) at the base (a top-down design) which helps the bottle stay sturdy and balanced. Like the shampoo, the conditioner bottle is adorned with white writing and an elaborate blue and white floral design. Like the shampoo, this conditioner retails at around £1.99 per bottle, which is very reasonable. Also, as with the other Herbal Essences products, Fresh Balance conditioner and shampoo is often on special offer at the usual high street chemists (such as Boots and Superdrug), as well as in supermarkets, which makes this even better value for money.

            The conditioner is designed to be light-weight and for regular use, containing the same 'icy pineapple and cotton extracts' as the shampoo to help clarify hair, remove greasy build-up and add shine to hair. The conditioner is to be used, following the Fresh Balance shampoo (for advertised optimum results), on clean, rinsed and damp hair to add a final glossiness and to condition the hair shaft, smoothing the hair and leaving it feeling light.

            The conditioner is a thick, pale and pearlescent green colour. The scent matches that of the shampoo and has a gorgeous, fresh and natural scent. The conditioner does not lather when applied to the hair but clings to the hair well (with little dripping off). I have long, mid-back length and found that I need a small palmful to adequately coat the length of my hair thoroughly. As with all conditioners, the longer the product is left on the hair, the more effective and replenished the hair will be. I tend to leave conditioner on my hair for around 10 - 20mins (wrapping the conditioner-soaked hair in a towel and then rinsing out once time is up). I have found that, by doing this, the conditioner leaves my hair glossy, with a lovely shine and scent (even after blow-drying which can sometimes leave hair frizzy and dull). When I have been in a rush, leaving the conditioner on for only a few minutes, I have found the same shiny, glossy look to my hair, which is great. I have found that the conditioner does take a long time to rinse out, which is a little frustrating, as it seems to cling to the hair. However, once fully rinsed, my hair has consistently felt smooth and clean.

            The Verdict:

            Overall, I do like this conditioner - I love the fact that it leaves my hair feeling smoother, glossy and shiny (even after blow-drying and straightening) and that it has the same gorgeous scent as the shampoo which remains. The conditioner (coupled with the shampoo) does leave my hair looking cleaner and feeling clearner and less built up with products for longer. I have found that the conditioner is not as economical as the shampoo and to get a decent result for my long hair, I have had to use quite a lot to coat all my hair. However, as the product is a decent price and widely available, this makes it easier to top up with new conditioner whenever I need to!

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