“ Brand: Laboratoire Garnier / Type: Conditioner / Hair type: damaged hair / What it does: Nourishes / Suitable for: dry hair „
I have naturally curly hair which can tend to get a bit dry and frizzy so using a decent conditioner is pretty essential for me. I usually buy shampoo and matching conditioners, but for some reason I have this conditioner knocking around on its own at the moment. As a result I tend not to use it all that often, but recently I have dug it out and started using it again.
A little bit sickly
This comes in a bright green bottle that is very eye catching. Inside the conditioner is white and quite thick, and I find this easy and pleasant to apply to my hair. The texture is just right so it doesn't drip at all - instead it coats my hair really nicely. It also has a very distinctive scent - it is a strong apple fragrance and I must admit this fragrance is almost a little on the sickly side and I could imagine some people not liking it. I don't mind it too much but it isn't a scent I would say I love!
I leave this on my hair for as long as I possibly can before washing it off which is also easy enough to do.
Soft but sticky
I always leave my hair to dry naturally so the quality of the conditioner I use is really important for my hair to have any chance of looking half decent! And this does a good job overall I would say. The fragrance is much more pleasant once it's washed off, as it takes the sickly edge off it, so my hair smells fresh and clean. And I would also say that my hair feels nice and soft - although I do think there is a very slight stickiness to it as if the conditioner has left a bit of residue behind. This doesn't present too much of a problem for me but I would imagine this would be a problem for other hair types - perhaps if your hair was finer than mine.
Detangling my little one
I have also used this a few times on my daughter recently - the poor thing has inherited my curls and I find that it can be a bit dry and tangled after shampooing. So as this is the bottle I have had to hand lately, I have added a bit to the ends of her hair after washing. I usually leave this for about 20 seconds as that is about as long as I can get her to stay still for, and I have to say this helps to detangle and soften her hair massively - and it feels lovely and soft afterwards. I think that perhaps leaving the conditioner on for less time means I don't have the problem of the slight 'residue' feeling with my little girl's hair.
In summary ...
Overall this is a decent enough conditioner, but it isn't one of my favourites and I have used better. It does soften my hair well enough, and helps keep frizz at bay quite effectively too, but I am not mad on the smell, and I would prefer a conditioner that feels as if it washes away a little better. So it is three stars.
I am not sure that this is available in supermarkets or the usual high street chemists, but it is the sort of product you will find in pound shops and similar.
Garnier Fructis Dry or Damaged Hair has been my conditioner of choice for quite a while. Fair enough, I now have short hair and my choice of conditioner isn't really a big deal. Back in the day, however, I used to have long hair and during that period Garnier Fructis Dry or Damaged Hair was excellent at taming my annoyingly dry hair and aerial like split ends. The back of the bottle is full of pseudo-sciencey claims that the product will leave your hair 3 times more shiny than usual (how do you quantify or measure 'shiny'? Oh well it sounds good). To be honest all this tenuous 'proof' does my head in a bit, and seems a bit far fetched to me. However, I will give Garnier their dues, if I leave the conditioner on for about 3 minutes and then rinse it off my hair is appreciably more sleek and shiny. Job done really.
I like the smell of this conditioner. As the name would suggest, it is decidedly fruity and quite exotic smelling but not too over powering.
Price wise, I think this product is quite good value. It is usually around the £1.99 mark for a 250ml bottle, which, with my newly short hair, lasts me ages! Sainsbury's quite often include it in their 3 for 2 promotions which make it even better value.
I would definitely recommend this conditioner. It leaves my hair feeling smooth and shiny and smelling pretty good too. I can't really ask for any more than that really.
I don't really stick to one brand of shampoo and conditioner, I tend to choose a middle of the range brand that is on special offer.
This week I bought Garnier Fructis which was on offer, 2 for £3.
I haven't used this product for a long time and really couldn't remember what it was like so I was looking forward to trying it out.
We've all heard of Garnier as its a well known brand. The bottle a Lime green colour and stands on the lid. The bottle I choose was 250ml.
What the bottle says
Do you want to have stronger and shinier hair ?
FRUCTIS STRENGTH AND SHINE CONDITIONER
1. Hair is strengthened from within
2. Smoothes the hair fibre from root to tip
RESULT; HAIR IS PERFECTLY DETANGLED, WITHOUT HEAVINESS. HAIR IS STRONGER ON THE INSIDE, SHINIER ON THE OUTSIDE.
Effective results 2 x stronger, 3 x smoother.
Sounds promising, I thought. My hair is shoulder length and wavy, and extremely thick.
After using the Fructis shampoo, I applied the conditioner, its white in colour and smells fruity, I can't say I was overly keen on the smell as its a little too sweet, to me its quite sickly, but I thought this would fade after I had given my hair a good rinse.
I applied quite a generous amount, combed it through and left it for a few minutes. I found it quite difficult to rinse, it took longer than any other conditioner I have ever used. Finally I was satisfied that was all rinsed out, it took about 4 minutes.
I always towel dry my hair before blow drying, I still was not overly impressed with the fragrance far too fruity for me, not a very clean smell. I found my hair took double the time to blow dry.
Now I came to straightening ! I have never had such a chore.... It was impossible. My hair didn't feel like my own ! I eventually gave up and went to bed. Hoping for better luck in the morning.
No such luck ! I really couldn't do anything with it. I went to work feeling like a bag lady. My hair felt heavy and dirty. That claggy sort of feeling you get when you've been to the beach on a damp and windy day.
I tried again tonight, and rinsed my hair for a solid 6 minutes.
After I'd towel dried and brushed my hair my Daughter started to laugh, She said my hair made me look like a character out of Ballymory. The ends were starting to curl outwards!
That was the last straw I threw the bottle in bin.
I actually didn't think this product was bad at all. I am one of the unfortunate people to have dry hair and I really do need a good conditioner. I tried this one just out of curiosity really - probably because of television advertising but I liked the idea of it being made from fruit/plant extracts I used this conditioner in the normal way, washed my hair with a good shampoo then applied this stuff generously to my hair. The only problem with this, was that I seemed to have to use a lot of it. It didn't appear to be as concentrated as some of the other products I have used. It does however have a very appealing smell - somewhat fruity/planty. After leaving the conditioner in for a few minutes, I rinsed it. My hair is very tangled normally, but this conditioner left my hair more manageable and soft, however there were still areas of my hair that were tangled. This isn't the best product I have used, but I wouldn't say it was the worst either. If this is on special, i.e. buy one get one free, at the time I am shopping for haircare products, then I would probably still buy it.
That's what I say every time I used a cheapo hair product. When I say "cheapo" I mean anything that's about 2 quid a bottle and prone to being on a 2for1 offer in Boots, dragging me into the net of actually buying the stuff. It was Fructis's turn today. And all I can say is yuk. This stuff is awful. Ths shampoo to match is not as bad (and I'll write an opinion poo-pooing it very soon), but this conditioner is terrible. My hair is definitely dry and damaged, and needs moisture and a bit of "oomph", and all this stuff does is make it really lanky and prone to being greasy within about 10 minutes of my blow-drying it (and yes, I did rinse it out properly). It's just bad. Don't buy it. Even if it is on 2for1. The only highlight is that it is cheap and it smells of apples, lovely. But....on the downpoint I don't care what it smells like, it's awful for my hair. Eugh. You've been warned.
A combination of innovative ingredients naturally present in fruit, that gives strength and shine to your hair / Nourishing Formula for dry or damaged hair /