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Fructis Fortifying Conditioner - Normal Hair
I tend not to be brand loyal- and often change up the products that I use on my hair. I do usually buy products that I like the smell of which is why I first picked this up. I bought this product for £1 in a local discount store, for a 250ml bottle, and the price seems to range from £1 to bout £3 in some supermarkets - so do shop around.
This particular product states that it has grapefruit extracts in it, and the scent does have a nice citrus scent to it. I tend to use this product after the matching shampoo - and would never just use a conditioner by itself so I do acknowledge the effects will be the cumulative effect of both the shampoo and conditioner.
The conditioner stands top side down - making it easy to access (a minor issue I have with the shampoo is that it doesn't stand on its top making it difficult to get the last third of the bottle out)... The conditioner is a lovely consistency - it smooths through my hair easily, and leaves it feeling light, and soft without leaving behind any horrid residue. I tend to use three bottles of this conditioner to two bottles of shampoo (for me this is 'normal' ratios - I have really thick hair that tends to curl, and frizz so this helps that)...
Overall the conditioner keeps my hair in nice condition - although I do choose to use a 'deep' conditioner maybe once a month to help it along. The scent of the conditioner doesn't overpower me - but it does stay on my hair for a while and keep it fresh and clean smelling.
Overall I would recommend the shampoo and conditioner to any one they do a good job, and smell good while doing it.
For around £1.70 - £1.80 you can get 250ml of conditioner, it is usually on sale in Wilkinson's for 99p which is where I got mine from so would recommend looking around first! it is available in most shops.
As with most of the Garnier Fructis products the conditioner comes in a light green bottle which gets smaller as it goes to the lid.
Over the front of the bottle is the Garnier logo and more information, mostly wrote in white and black.
Over the back of the bottle is more useful information on the product with a few little pictures.
The bottle stands on its head and has a green lid which matches the rest of the bottle and has a little ball like thing which you pull it open with to use.
My opinion of the bottle is very simple and fresh looking, it attracts the eye because the colour is different to most other conditioners on the shelf.
I picked up the 'normal hair' one as it was the only one there, I would of got one for dry damaged hair if I could of but since I had no choice!
The conditioner claims to give you strength from the inside, and it is also meant to give you shine by smoothing the outside.
Wash after wash, your hair is meant to strengthen and your hair become shiner, the result eventually will be perfectly detangled, manageable hair without heaviness, hair is stronger and shiner.
I am so happy with this conditioner, I wasn't expecting the best from it as I have heard some bad things about Garnier but I have to be honest, it has made my hair look so good!
The bottle is comfortable in the hand, but as you can guess I find it hard to open up the lid ( I will say it before and will say it again, this being down to me being a weak woman! ) I have to use my mouth to pull it open!
The conditioner is white in colour and smells very fruity, reminds me of a Ski raspberry yoghurt/smoothie, makes me want to put it in my mouth and drink it all up, but I wouldn't do that!
I find you only need a 50p amount size of this to conditioner your whole head and leave it feeling very soft, your hair feels very moisturised and conditioned and just so silky whilst it is on your hair, it washes out really nicely too and your hair still feels very soft to the touch.
My hair always feels really manageable after I have used this and I can brush through it so easily, when I dry it too I do notice that my hair looks very healthy and shiny and it helps my split ends calm down, I find that my fringe is very dry usually but when I put this in my hair it looks a lot better than usual.
I have noticed better condition of the hair each time I use this, it does feel stronger and less prone to damage and it does look very glossy and healthy.
Its really worth the money, I love this!
I recently reviewed Fructis Fortifying Shampoo for normal hair, as after years of trying different shampoos I finally found one that was suitable for my hair. Well with every good shampoo you need a good conditioner, so seen as I was so pleased with the shampoo I bought the conditioner to complement this.
Like all the shampoos and conditioners in the Fructis range, the Fortifying Conditioner comes in a large bright green bottle. The one I buy is a 400ml bottle and I think this cost about £3.50 but you can get smaller sized bottles at cheaper prices.
Fructis has a fortifying fruit complex and contains Fructose and Glucose, Vitamins B6 and B3, Fruit AHAs and Fortifying Lipid.
The conditioner claims to strengthen the hair from within and smooth the hair fibre from root to tip, making hair stronger on the inside and shinier on the outside. Now I don't know if my hair is any stronger but it is certainly shinier and looks so much healthier. It also perfectly detangles hair, my hair always feels so much better when I have conditioned it.
I tend not to condition my hair every day because my hair gets quite greasy and although I wash it every day if I condition it too it becomes greaser much quicker. That is probably the only complaint I have about this conditioner, when I use it my hair looks healthy and shiney, it also feels lovely too but I can't use it everyday as I would like to.
That said I do love this conditioner, ever since I have been using Fructis Fortifying Shampoo and the Conditioner my hair has never felt or looked so great.
I have rather greasy hair and have stayed away from Fructis products for the most part, as they seem to do nothing but make my hair even worse (and that's really saying something!). Curiously, I used to use Fructis with no problems until my hair hit the greasy stage in my late teens and that's been it as far as my likelihood of choosing the brand goes. Imagine my horror then when I misjudged how much was left of my usual conditioner (Umberto Giannini) and realised that I'd run out, leaving my Mum's conditioner as the only option left in the bathroom cabinet. Yep, you guessed it - it was this one! Seeing as I'd already shampooed my hair, I couldn't skip the conditioning stage or I really would be in a tangled mess!
Like most Fructis products (or at least, the ones that I've used over the years), this conditioner is white and quite thick in terms of consistency. It smells vaguely fruity, although I've never been able to pinpoint the exact smell.
Using ingredients derived from fruit, this range is intended to improve the strength and condition of your hair and add a glossy shine.
Given that my hair is greasy and this is designed predominantly for normal hair, I probably shouldn't have expected much from this product and indeed I didn't after previous negative experiences.
Having shampooed my hair, I applied this to the bottom half of my hair only and left it on for a couple of minutes to get to work. After washing it out using the shower attachment in the bath (I always have to do this with Fructis as their products never seem to wash out properly unless I do), my hair was literally squeaky clean (I could even hear the 'squeak' when I tested to see if all of the product was out). This isn't something that normally happens to me so I was pleasantly surprised.
After blow-drying, I was quite impressed with the look of my hair, which did have a vaguely glossy sheen to it. As my hair is greasy and normally looks very lank, this was a big improvement on what my hair normally looks like on the now rare occasions that I resort to a Fructis product. This suggests that it was using a Fructis shampoo and conditioner together that contributed to my negative experiences of the brand in the past as I didn't have much of a problem with this particular conditioner. Granted, my hair felt a bit tacky the next day, but that's quite common for me if I use a conditioner that's quite thick and heavy as it's probably a bit too rich for my hair type (it is designed for normal hair, after all).
Overall thoughts? Not great, but not bad either considering that it's not designed for my hair type. For someone who actually has normal hair, I could see it working very well and it did for me before my hair became more greasy than normal. The smell is much nicer than a lot of other shampoos/conditioners, with the subtle fruity smell rather than a chemical type of smell.
I got this conditioner at the same time as the shampoo from the same range. I didn't have any particularly strong reasons for selecting it. Sometimes I want to try something new. As I said in my review of the shampoo, I didn't find it anything special. I'm also unsure of the claims it makes on the bottle. The big difference with the conditioner, as compared with the shampoo, is the amount I need to use. Whereas the shampoo is extremely rich and lathery, the conditioner seems a bit weak and runny, so I have to throw tons of the stuff on. Being more liquidy, it does smooth through the hair more easily than thicker brands. However, I don't find it does any better on my hair than the cheapest conditioners around! Which is good and bad, because I can save money in future buying cheaper stuff. Sometimes "value" conditioners are actually much better on my hair. Depends what you need I suppose. NOURISHES, STRENGTHENS, SMOOTHES. That's what this bottle claims. I really can't vouch for any of that. All I know from using it regularly for over a month, is that it is easy to apply, but I need lots of it. It's a bit non-descript, and therefore I don't feel it's worth the price. We're paying for all the special fruit-derived goodies that are supposed to be in there: B vitamins, fruit acids, fruit sugars and for some reason glucose! There are a lot of hair type variations in this range, so try it for yourself. You might find better results than me.
I had heard some really bad reports about this particular conditioner and was a bit weary of trying it to be honest. However, now I have tried it I have to disagree, this product agreed with my hair and didn't cause it to become greasy or become so fly-away and frizzy that I couldn't control it. It left my hair feeling soft and looking healthy and shiny. It smelles really nice and the smell stays with your hair so it smells clean and fruity, which is nice. It didn't annoy my skin or skalp. I can't remember the price of this as I bought it in a sale and it has been in a cupboard for about a month! I will definatly buy this product again.
I am allergic to everything. I am, honest. I have to take antihistamines all year round and I often itch like mad for no apparent reason. Due to this, I don't take selecting toiletries lightly and I almost never bother trying anything new. I can't remember what made me try Fructis for the first time, it must have been a very good offer. I do know that they stopped making my usual conditioner, and with hair like mine, I wasn't going to do without! They say that when you use a new product on your hair, it always makes your hair feel really soft for the first few weeks. Fructis certainly did that and continues to do so now. My first reaction was that it didn't make me itch. I continued to use it and suffered no unusual reactions so I came to the conclusion that it is very gentle. The smell is gorgeous. It doesn't smell of one particular fruit, sort of a mixture of apples and oranges and lemons... I've used it for about 2 years and my hair still feels much softer than it used to. It also seems to calm frizz, and when I use straightening irons, I get a beautiful smooth sheen. The ads say that it strengthens hair and it really feels as though it does, although you'll have to try it to decide for yourself. The Fructis web site say they are giving away bottles in return for filling in a survey but I haven't received mine yet. Also, it always seems to be on 'buy one get one free' in at least one of the major supermarkets. The bottle looks as though it is stood upside down and has a small flip top lid on the bottom. This means that you can squeeze out every last drop without inverting the bottle. The lid snaps on firmly so it is safe to carry around. Here's a warning though, don't try to squeeze the bottle back into shape because I tried that and ended up covered in conditioner when it decided to return to the shape that it wanted!!! The main disadvantage
of the bottle design is that it gets really messy around the lid and therefore leaves a mess wherever you put it. I would recommend to anyone with hair to give it a try! (I know my boyfriend uses mine when I'm not looking)
A combination of innovative ingredients naturally present in fruit, that gives strength and shine to your hair / Conditioning formula for normal hair /