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I am a big fan of Dove and have a number of firm favourites in their hair care range. The only minor grumble I have with the brand is that they are continually introducing new products that rarely differ in appearance and as a result, I find it a little difficult telling them apart. A recent addition to their hair care range is Damage Solutions Colour Radiance, which promises to nourish hair whilst keeping colour looking more vibrant for longer with this review discussing my experience with using the conditioner.
Despite my slight grumble, I find the appearance of all of their products very appealing to the eye and the hair care range is no exception. Due to the touches of vivid cerise that adorn the otherwise off-white coloured bottle, Colour Radiance is easily detected amongst the other bottles on the supermarket shelf. Dove caters for all hair types and offers very affordable products, which I consider to be luxurious and of a high quality. The conditioner is presented in a 200 ml sturdy plastic bottle, which firmly sits on a flip top lid.
In addition to being a fan of the brand, I had a number of reasons for purchasing this particular product. My just below shoulder length hair is thick and naturally curly as well as being continuously subjected to home colorants and heated appliances. Consequently, the tips came become a little dry and are prone to splitting, particularly if I do not use the correct hair care products. As my previous experiences with the brand have been highly positive, I felt assured that both the shampoo and conditioner would assist in maintaining the colour as well as the healthy condition of my hair.
A positive point I favour with all of Dove shampoos and conditioners is that the hinged section of the flip top lid is considerably robust and does not break off after just a few uses. The pearly white good consistency conditioner is easily dispensed and I would describe its texture as rich and creamy. I find that only a small blob is needed where it is easily applied and spread over my hair. The bottle offers an easy grip, so I am able to use the product with one hand whilst receiving it with the other. I am always able to ascertain the quality of a conditioner if I am able to distribute it with my fingers, which is an effortless task with this product.
Since my over indulgence with Malibu many years ago, the aroma of coconut is something I cannot bear and I was initially a little disappointed that the conditioner offered its aroma albeit fairly delicate. The coconut is accompanied by a refreshing blend of florals, which fortunately take the prominent position. After shampooing with the matching product, we are directed to leave the conditioner for 1 - 3 minutes before rinsing although I always choose to wait the maximum time. It is easily rinsed away without leaving any sticky residue and the conditioner offers a noticeable difference to the texture of my hair, which is soft and silky smooth. Thankfully, the coconut aroma vanishes during the rinsing process with the only lingering fragrance being that of the delicate hint of floral. Some conditioners can lie heavily on the hair, but this is not an issue I have experienced with any of the products from Dove.
As I regularly use home hair colorants I need to ensure that the colour remains vibrant until I'm ready to re-colour some eight weeks later when my roots make an appearance. Both the Colour Radiance shampoo and conditioner assist me in prolonging the lifetime of my hair colours and prevent those horrible signs of fading. I frequently swap around my shampoos and conditioners especially as our hair can become accustomed to the ingredients. However, the majority that I use are from the Dove range, as they fully nourish my hair and assist in maintaining the condition of my hair. Furthermore, my hair is always left with a natural and healthy looking shine. The conditioner generally retails at £2.44 for a 200 ml bottle, but I cannot admit to ever having purchased it at full price, as the entire Dove hair care range is frequently on a three for two offer in stores such as Tesco, Asda and Boots.
Due to the reasons discussed above, Dove Damage Solutions Colour Radiance Conditioner receives five stars from me together with a high recommendation.
I am a Bzzagent and I was sent a full size sample of this conditioner to try and then Bzz about by sharing my thoughts by word of mouth and by writing reviews.
I colour my hair only 2-3 times a year and I always dye it a slightly darker shade of brown than I would like as it fades so quickly. I dyed my hair and started using the Dove Colour Shampoo and this Conditioner on it straight away.
Despite this conditioner being really quite thick I am able to use it everyday without it building up in my hair and making it greasy like some other conditioners can do. It smells really nice and I have even had comments from friends saying that my hair smells nice! This conditioner used along with the colour shampoo has shown me a considerable difference in how little my hair dye fades compared to the colour care shampoo and conditioner I was using previously.
These products used together have kept my hair dye looking really fresh for much longer then other products and kept it really smooth. Another advantage is that the price is reasonable for a well known brand so you can have the best care for your hair without paying over the odds for it. I have often seen these products on sale for half price making them £1.22 each which is well worth the money.
I would recommend giving these new products a try if you regularly dye your hair and your colour normally fades quickly.
I have been using the Dove Colour Radiance Shampoo for some time now, and I accidentally bought this conditioner in the range once, as the bottle is so similar to the shampoo. It has taken me ages to get round to finally using it, as conditioner tends to last me for several months.
This comes in a creamy coloured white plastic bottle with the usual blue Dove logo and pink details. The packaging states that this has 'colour Revitaliser', which will make coloured hair nourished and protected.
The lid is at the bottom of the bottle, so you can stand it on its base and the product will sink to the bottom, making it easy to dispense even when there is not a lot left. The shampoo bottle in this range differs only in that the lid is at the top - so like me you may get caught out when buying this as the 2 bottles are very similar in appearance!
This is a very thick conditioner and is creamy in colour. I find a good sized blob comes out when you squeeze the bottle, so I make sure I am more careful as I don't like to use too much conditioner. It is scented but it doesn't smell of anything specific - just floral, I suppose.
I apply this from my mid-lengths to ends and it's thick enough that the conditioner is easily combed through without it all disappearing down the plughole before it has a chance to do its thing. My hair wasn't any easier to comb through after using this than it normally is, but that's more down to my naturally unruly hair than this product, I'm guessing.
After drying and styling my hair, I did find that my hair did feel extremely soft and any split ends I may have thanks to straighteners were less visible. I think you need to be careful you only use a small blob of this, as any more, and your hair may feel a bit 'heavy' and weighed down. Overall though, I liked how this made my hair feel and it performed how I had hoped.
CAN THIS MAINTAIN COLOUR?
With regards to the claim that this will help maintain coloured hair, I have to say that I have not found either the shampoo or the conditioner to really, truly help. But the nature of coloured hair is that it WILL eventually fade, and I'd sooner use a product like this that at least claims to help and is definitely gentle on the hair, rather than using something which might strip my colour out or leave it brassy.
At full price, this costs £2.32 for a 200ml bottle. However I got this for half price - £1.16. Sainsbury's have this range very frequently on offer, so it's rare that I buy this at full price. Even so, I still think £2.32 is pretty cheap.
WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?
I would definitely buy this again. I like the shampoo in this range, and it's nice to use the accompanying product. The price itself is enough to convince me - even at full price I find this range to be very reasonable, and the bottle will no doubt last me for quite a few months; not bad at all considering I wash my hair and use conditioner every day.