“ Brand: Dove / Type: Conditioner / What it does: moisturizes „
Lets begin at the beginning. I have long, reasonably straight hair that at present I can sit on. It's not coloured (I've been too busy to bother with all that for a while) and it's not permed or overly straightened. It's fine, but there's a lot of it, a large hairband round it twice secures a tight ponytail and with the length it's so easy to get it dirty, especially with M&M toddling around, always on the ready to smear yoghurt - or worse- into it. And with long hair comes the work of regular washing,; because past shoulder length, you can't do grungy beach hair without it looking like matted dreadlocks. On top of this, I go swimming a couple of times a week, so I need a good conditioner to get my hair back to a smooth and shiny state after the blast of chlorine.
My hair tangles with devastating ease. I have many childhood memories of painful tangles and knots which had to be cut out (and back then I had a classic 1970's bowl cut, so the length wasn't to blame). M&M has inherited this trait and I now get to do battle with her hair every morning as well. Ever since conditioner became popular, I've been a devotee.
For over ten years I had unquestioning brand loyalty to Pantene, which I bought by the bucketful. It was my first haircare love affair. But the final straw came when the increasing prices pushed it over £3 for a 300ml bottle. I began to shop around, testing everything on the shelves of the pound shop or on offer in the supermarket. And Dove Conditioner, regularly on half price in Tesco and Asda at £1.25 for 200ml was a tempting bargain.
My first choice is Dove for coloured / damaged hair. Mine is neither, but this is just a little more moisturising than the other variations and seems to leave even the very ends smooth.
In the 1990's Just 17 insisted that any more than a 50p sized dollop of the new fangled conditioner would make your hair look lank and greasy, but I always needed the equivalent of a fiver with Pantene and the supermarket own brand conditoners. Any less and my hair would be dry and split, full of tangles. The huge advantage of Dove is how little I need to tame my waist length hair. One palmful smoothes on easily, brushes through without a problem and keeps the tangles well and truly at bay for at least 24 hours. One bottle usually lasts me at least a week and this is great value for money.
It takes slightly longer to rinse out than the other brands I've tried, but in the powerful showers at swimming, I can linger another minute under the hot water and know that I won't need to reapply. The smell has been changed from the washing powder odour they used to favour, to a softer, more floral scent that doesn't overpower but can be smelt on my dry hair if you stand close to me. It mixes well with my deodorant and perfume, there's nothing offensive or chemical about the smell at all.
And how is my hair? Soft and so, so shiny! It can be a little flatter than I like, but this is a perfectly acceptable trade off and it still feels light and clean. I've noticed less splitting, less breakage when I brush and hardly any shedding compared to what I saw with Pantene. I love what Dove does for my hair and this conditioner is so good that it's inspired me to try their soap, shampoo and deodorant. It can nearly always be found on special in Superdrug or the major supermarkets and unless they hike the price unreasonably, I'll carry on repurchasing.
This conditioner like the shampoo that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago, is great. I have shoulder length, dark brown hair with streaks of red and blonde running through it. My hair is of average thickness but I have sensitive skin so have to be careful of the products I use on my hair as well as my skin. I bought the coloured hair version of this conditioner from Safeway and at £2.59, I think it was a touch more expensive than other places but I was desperate for a new shampoo and conditioner. I am so glad that I bought this one. So after shampooing your hair and rinsing it you apply this conditioner. You only need a small amount as it goes quite a long way, then I usually leave for a minute or two and then you are supposed to comb through and rinse, but I just use my fingers to go through the hair and then rinse off. This conditioner actually rinses out very easily unlike some I have had in the past I have been known to spend 10 minutes trying to get rid of some conditioners, but not this one. This conditioner has made a real difference to my hair as it now smells great and feels great, all bouncy, light and manageable, and it looks great too you can even see the new shine to it! The product is quite thick, creamy and is white in colour and comes in the infamous usual white and navy bottle which stands with the opening on the bottom, like most conditioners do these days. You only get 200ml of conditioner compared with the 250ml of shampoo. I still think they are both worth every penny. Like all dove products it contains the ¼ moisturising milk which according to the bottle helps to hydrate your help without weighing it down. I always use conditioner because as a young child I used to hate having my hair washed by my mum because she used to try and get a comb through it afterwards and ended up making me scream. Ever since then I have used conditioners to prevent tangling and they really do work fo
r if I run out of conditioner I hate the feel of my hair and I also hate the eye watering minutes trying to get a brush or comb through my hair. (Ouch!) So if you feel like pampering yourself may I recommend buying something from the Dove range of products I am very pleased with the three (shampoo, conditioner and hand wash) I have bought already, just off to buy some more to try! Since writing the above I have found if I do not wash my hair every other day my hair feels lank which has never happened to me before so I can only assume that it is the conditioner (or shampoo or even both of them) that is doing this, for this reason I have marked it down one star. Thanks for reading Amanda
A conditioner by Dove with 1/4 moisturisers