When it comes to shampoo and conditioners I will basically buy whatever is on offer that smells nice, is cheap enough and from a brand I know of.
The most recent shampoo I have been using is the Garnier Fructis Rpair & Shine Shampoo I got when in my local Poundland store for of course a quid a bottle and so at the same time I bought the matching conditioner......also at the same price of course!
The conditioner comes in a bright yellow bottle with a flip top opening to the bottom of it and on the front of it we are told that it is of course Garnier Fructis Restoring Conditioner 'Repair & Shine' and that its for Dry, Damaged Hair and that it 'Intensely Nourishes And Replenishes. Soft, Silky And Shiny Hair. Easy Detangling' and also that it contains 3 nourishing oils: Olive, Avocado & Shea' and there is a small picture of oils as well shown then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, the size is stated which is 250ml, the ingreidents used are stated and contact details for the manufacturer are listed. Nice enough and well thought out bottle this is and highly informative too.
The Conditioner Itself:
In colour this is a white conditioner which is a bit odd to me as the matching shampoo to this is actually a very light yellow colour! You simply apply this as you would any other conditioner and thats to wash your hair first and then to apply it to damp/wet hair and leave it for a minute or so and rinse it out. This has a great consistency to it not being runny but not too thick and I find a little of this goes a very long way indeed. It has a very light and none distinct fruity aroma to it this one with a sort of creaminess to it too and as I apply it, it feels conditioning and smoothing and rinses out really easily.
This leaves my hair smelling nice for a good couple of days and it feels really soft and realy supple with a nice healthy sheen to it. I tend to suffer with frizzy areas with my hair and limp, greasy roots but this seems to make my hair alot more managable and easier to style and also gives a nice soft and sliky feel.
I like the way this doesn't weigh my hair down and that it may slightly hydrate and condition my hair without making it feel or look greasy and I have to give this one a really big thumbs up!
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When looking for hair products, I will always opt for two things - products that give volume, and products that give shine. I have short grey hair, and it's important to me that my hair has a healthy shine and looks glossy. Because my health isn't very good, I also like things that will make my life just a bit easier. I sometimes find that bending over to wash my hair can be painful and difficult, and the thought of repeating the process with conditioner is less than appealing. So this lovely leave-in conditioner from Fructis makes the whole process easier and more comfortable. I am a real fan of this product, and it has been by far and away my favourite conditioner for years.
The conditioner is part of a range of Repair & Shine products, which are all designed to look after dry or damaged hair. There is also a Shampoo, a Smoothing Cream, and a Deeply-Nourishing 1 Minute Mask.
The conditioner comes in a bright green bottle, which is recycleable after use, and the contents are suitable for 12 months after opening. It is available in two sizes, 250ml and 400ml. I have the 400ml bottle, which has lasted me for ages. The bottle stands on its lid, so the conditioner is always readily accessible. The bottle states that this is a conditioner for use with dry, damaged hair, and that it gives 'Fortifying, intensive rescue, lasting shine'.
The label on the back of the bottle asks, 'Is your hair dry and damaged? Does your hair feel weak, rough and in need of remedy?' It goes on to explain that the conditioner strengthens hair fibre from within, and that it smoothes the hair fibre from root to tip and protects it. 'Result: Hair is perfectly detangled, without heaviness.' It is suggested that you use the conditioner together with the Repair & Shine shampoo for 'improved shine and silkiness', but I use it with any of my favourite shampoos to good effect.
After shampooing, I squeeze out a small amount (about the size of a rounded five-pence piece) on to the palm of my hands. The conditioner is thick and creamy, white, and has a pleasant fragrance. I rub my hands together so that I get an even coverage, and then smooth over my hair - making sure that I apply the conditioner from roots to tips. (You are advised that if the conditioner comes into contact with your eyes, you should rinse immediately. Apart from any safety concerns, I would tend to agree with this, as my eyes are already shiny and reasonably well protected.) Then I comb through.
Garnier's website states that Fructis Repair & Shine is designed to reinforce dry and damaged hair. 'Enriched with a Reinforced Active Fruit Complex, Repair & Shine is designed to protect the hair from daily wear and tear. The formula detangles and smoothes, whilst reinforcing and protecting your hair, and treats and replenishes it for a soft, silky finish and dazzling shine.'
Amazon gives an even more detailed description of the conditioner, and tells you that this conditioner is enhanced by nutritive micro-oils, extracted for apricot and avocado. These micro-oils 'have been specially designed to smooth and protect even the most dry and damaged hair...Effective results: stronger hair, intense shine. After just 5 washes, the active fruit nutrients leave your hair up to 3 times smoother for an intense shine. After 10 washes, the active fruit nutrients leave hair up to twice as strong.'
The conditioner should be available from Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Sainsburys, Morrisons and Wilkinsons Plus, as well as online from a variety of outlets. The price ranges from about £1.00 for a 250ml bottle to £2.90 for 400ml.
As I said above, this is one of my favourite hair care products - it's beautifully easy to use, and takes good care of my hair while at the same time giving it a lovely shine. I think it's incredibly good value, and give it a full five stars.