“ Brand: Clairol / Type: Conditioner / Hair type: limp, fine hair / What it does: Lifts, Protects „
I bought this product in conjunction with the shampoo in the same range in an effort to find that one (possibly mythical) combination that does everything: moisturising, volumising, defrizzing, detangling and heat protection. My housemate had been using a different Herbal Essences product and it had reminded me how much I liked the scents of them so I thought I'd give this one a try
The blurb from the manufacturers:
with Passion flower and Pearl extracts
See your hair defy gravity with my light weight formula with Passion flower & pearl extracts. Get a lift in all the right places whilst keeping your hair delightfully luscious! Defy gravity and stay uplifted for fine/normal hair"
I was interested to see whether the lightweight formula really would make any difference as I've always found that using conditioners flattens my hair. Unfortunately, not using conditioner leaves my hair quite dry and frizzy so it's a tricky balance to strike!
The bottle is opaque, orange and a really nice curved shape, designed to fit together with the shampoo bottle in the same range. It has a flat top so that you can stand it upside down so that the liquid inside is ready to be dispensed straight away. You push one side of the lid and the opposite side opens. The product is dispensed through a small hole so you have to squeeze to get any out. While this works well for the shampoo which is not as thick as the conditioner but for this bottle it is something of a design flaw as you have to squeeze it quite hard to get the product out even when the bottle is full. When it gets nearly empty it's almost impossible to get the last bit out without getting cramp from squeezing it so hard!
I've noticed that using more than a 10p sized amount of conditioner leads to my hair becoming lank through overconditioning. I have to say that I really like the smell of this product. Like most of the Herbal Essences shampoos this is really natural smelling and smells of exotic flowers and fruit (similar to peaches or nectarines). I really like how natural it smells, it's a lovely clean fragrance. It's a lovely creamy consistency that you only need a little of the product to cover all of your hair.
I was really pleased with the results of using the shampoo and conditioner together. There were no tangles and my hair felt clean and well moisturised. It made it very easy to style once it had dried and there was hardly any frizz. However, I really didn't see much improvement in the volume of my hair. It had a little more bounce but there really wasn't anything like the boost that the advertising blurb boasts.
I think this product's main plus is that it makes your hair manageable and easy to style whilst keeping it in good condition but I think the claims about volume boost are a bit far-fetched. Also, the design of the bottle is really not great as I think that when it starts to run out, I will struggle to get the last bits out of it. I would recommend this product to keep your hair in good condition through repeated styling but I didn't notice any extra volume.
If you read my previous review about the Herbal Essences Uplifting Volume Shampoo, you wont be surprised to see me expressing my opinion on its matching product, the conditioner in the same range. Products by Herbal Essences aren't usually my first choice as I tend to go for brands that remind me more of salon products such as Charles Worthington and John Frieda. It wasn't until I realised how much they were setting me back that I decided I should go for something a little cheaper.
--- HERBAL ESSENCES ---
Herbal Essences by Clairol have created products specifically for certain types of hair making at least one of their ranges suitable for a consumers hair type. They have released a number over the years, most of which have taken an informal and quirky name such as 'Hello Hydration' which I find quite appealing about the brand. They appear to have focused specifically on the problems that people have with their hair and created products to combat those problems.
--- AESTHETICS ---
I assume Herbal Essences redesigned this products packaging as mine is different to the picture Dooyoo has. The bottle is very visually appealing, coming in a bright orange colour with a contrasting green lid that needs to be held down one side to reveal the small hole which the product is dispensed from. The front of the bottle has been designed in a bright and fun way, with the Herbal Essences logo and brand name being displayed on the front along with the product name. It also displays the hair type, which is fine/normal and it says that it has white nectarine and pink coral flower extracts. The back of the bottle contains other information including the list of ingredients, its shelf life and directions for use. The conditioner has been designed so that it sits on its lid, making it really easy to dispense when it comes to using it as the product is at the right end of the bottle.
--- PRICING AND AVAILABILITY ---
You can find most of the Herbal Essences range almost anywhere on the high street into stores such as Boots and Superdrug, along with supermarkets like Asda and Sainsburys. If you're looking for a bargain or a sample to try the product out, you may be better looking online at beauty websites or eBay. From time to time their products are on offer - at the moment Boots are offering this conditioner at half price so for a 400ml bottle you can expect to pay £1.74 which is really good value for money. I purchased the conditioner for the same price when it was on a roll back in Asda which I thought was reasonably cheap considering I would usually happily pay around £4 for a similar sort of product.
--- MY EXPERIENCE ---
Each time I have used this product I have used it following the matching shampoo. It smells gorgeous; really fresh and summery with a slight hint of citrus which explains the white nectarine and pink coral extract. It dispensed really easily from the bottle and I didn't find it at all fiddly. I squeezed quite a fair amount into the palm of my hand as I usually apply quite a lot of conditioner, having long and thick hair. The liquid itself was a sort of light lime green colour and very thick and creamy in its consistency. I applied it evenly over my hair and then washed it out like I would do normally. I found that it wasn't difficult to get all of the product out of my hair, and it left my hair feeling soft and not knotty like it feels normally.
--- RESULTS ---
Similarly with the shampoo, I didn't notice any particular 'oomph' in the volume of my hair, as naturally it is quite bouncy and appears healthy. Although in the past I have found some conditioners have really dried out my hair, making it feel straw like and so it would appear very dull and lifeless. This certainly had the opposite effect as my hair definitely looked hydrated and like the conditioner had moisturised it well. I was really pleased with it and continued to use it every other day, experiencing the same results.
--- SUMMARY ---
Overall I was really pleased with what I experienced from this product especially considering the bargain price I got too. I wasn't expecting much from it so when it made my hair appear shiny and soft I was more than pleased with my purchase. In terms of the price I paid for this, I wouldn't think twice about ditching the salon branded products that burn a hole in your pocket and buying this each time instead. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is wanting their hair to look very healthy and nourished! I will give it 5 Dooyoo stars as even though I didn't notice a large difference in terms of the volume of my hair I feel this may be because my hair is naturally full of life and so I don't think the product should lose credit for that!
I bought this conditioner along with the matching shampoo because it was on a buy one get one free offer in Morrisons. It costs around £2.20 for a 250ml bottle, or around £3.20 for a 400ml bottle.
According to the blurb this conditioner has a lush formula with white nectarine and pink coral flower extracts. It's supposed to help maintain the hairs volume while keeping it delightfully luscious. It also suggests using it alongside the matching shampoo for even more voluptuous volume.
It comes in a tall opaque bottle so you can't easily see when it's running out, but it does easily distinguish it from the shampoo which is in a transparent bottle. It stands on its lid, meaning that it's always ready to use even when it's nearly empty so you don't have to spend ages trying to get the conditioner out of the bottle. The lid is a press style, but it can be a little stiff at first making it quite difficult to open until it loosens up a bit.
The conditioner itself is a fairly thin consistency which feels really light and smooth. It's easy to smooth through the hair meaning you don't need to use a lot at a time. The scent is just as amazing as that of the shampoo, a gorgeous fresh, fruity scent which makes it a pleasure to use.
Whilst applying the conditioner it feels light on the hair and doesn't feel like it's weighing the hair down or over-moisturising. It feels creamy but fresh and light, and though it can take a while to wash out it's not as bad as a lot of conditioners, and my hair still feels clean and fresh once it's all washed out.
Once my hair is dried after using this conditioner it feels amazingly soft, and is left looking smooth and sleek, even more so than usual. It doesn't make it fluffy or staticy like a lot of volumising products can. Instead it leaves it frizz and static free, with a healthy shine to it. Whilst the conditioner itself doesn't make my hair more volumised, it doesn't detract from the effects of the shampoo, and my hair is still left feeling and looking full of body and bounce.
All in all I was pleased with the effects of this conditioner. It's lightweight formula means my hair doesn't feel over-moisturised or heavy, and it is left looking and feeling soft, silky, shiny and full of life. Definitely good value for money.
Add some life to your fine, limp hair with Herbal Essences Uplifting Conditioner / Made with a blend of natural sunflower extract, rosemary and oat protein, light conditioning protects hair without weighing it down / Leaves hair with maximum body, bounce and fullness /