“ Brand: ghd / Type: Conditioner „
This conditioner is for dry, coarse hair and costs £12.95 from GHD but can be found cheaper on online beauty retailer sites (the GHD website has a site checker that tells you which online retailers are selling genuine GHD products). It smells lovely and lasts quite a while, on average a couple of months for me and I have long hair and wash it every other day. It lasts nearly twice as long as the shampoo that runs out quite quickly as it should be applied twice as it's a gentle formula. Since using this conditioner my hair definitely feels softer and looks shinier, though I have been using it together with the matching replenishing shampoo, so don't know what the results would be from just using the conditioner. The bottle looks good and makes it easy to apply; you can get basically all conditioner out at the end so I think little is wasted when it runs out (unlike the shampoo bottle which is triangular and not soft, making it hard to get the shampoo out even when still quite full!). The conditioner claims to reduce split-ends (I can't see that it has noticeably done this for me), plump and moisturise, promote body and shine, reduce static, and improve manageability, smoothness and condition. I would say that it generally does do this to an extent, though I still have a lot of split-ends. My hair seems to be in a bit better condition compared to when I used cheaper conditioner from the high street, but my hair hasn't miraculously transformed. To see a big difference in dry, coarse hair I think you'd need to combine it with using hair straighteners/hair dryers less, etc. But still worth the money I think, even though you can find conditioner for just a couple of pounds, I think it has improved my hair. I've been using it for about 6 months now and think I will stick with it.
I got this conditioner free (with the replenishing shampoo) with the ghd hair straighteners I recently bought (see review). Ghd do a range of shampoos and conditioners as part of their 'thermodynamics' range and I chose the replenishing set for dry, coarse hair because I have thick and frizzy hair and thought this would be a good conditioner for my hair type.
I've used this conditioner a few times now and Im very imressed with it. It is expensive at £12.70 but it can be bought for cheaper on ebay (ghd products cannot be bought in shops, only online or in hairdressers) and it is a really good conditioner.
The conditioner comes in a large (250ml) cream coloured tube with a flip top lid (it's much more of a cream colour than it looks in the picture). The tube itself has an interesting design on the front which looks a bit like abstract shapes in yellow and grey and the ghd logo in orange. It's unlike any other conditioners you see on the shelves in shops and this, plus the fact you can't buy ghd products in the shops, makes you feel like your using a really luxurious and special product and this is probably why it's priced so highly.
In the blurb on the back of the conditioner, it tells you it's the first step in a 4 step programme of thermodynamic products which are supposed to help style and protect your hair. This first step is called 'cleanse and nourish' (there are heat protective sprays, step 2, then styling creams and sprays, step 3, and finally a selection of finishing serums and sprays available in the range, step 4) and this particular conditioner claims to create the perfect base for heat styling, reduce frizz and rejuvinate hair.
The directions tell you to massage the conditioner into towel dried hair, then rinse thoroughly and follow with step 2 of the 4 step programme. I don't actually towel dry my hair before I apply this conditioner as this would involve getting out of the shower after I have shampoo'd, I just make sure my hair is well rung out before applying the conditioner.
The conditioner is a thick, white, creamy consistency which is what you would expect from a 'replenishing' product. The conditioner smells really nice and again completely different to any other conditioners I have used. Im not sure how to describe the smell, sort of a coconuty fruity smell but its not at all sickly, which I like. I apply the conditioner to well rung out hair and leave on for a few minutes, then wash off.
The only thing I don't like about this product is that I find it really difficult to squeeze the conditioner out of the tube. I don't know if this is because Im just being weak or because the conditioner is too thick, Im not sure, but I find I have to try and almost use both of my hands to really get a good blob out which is difficult in the shower! However, this is the only negative point I have found with this product.
I have used the conditioner when I have been straightening my hair and when I have left it to dry naturally (wavy) and both times it has left my hair feeling and looking really healthy. When I used it and then straightened my hair, it was so managable and soft, it straightened really easily and kept it's style all day. When I used the conditioner and then left my hair to dry naturally, it was frizz free and really shiny and soft. The smell also stays on your hair which is really nice as I like the smell alot.
I have used the conditioner with various different shampoos (the ghd replenishing shampoo it came with and other shampoos in my shower at the time) and everytime my hair looks really glossy so I definitely think it's the conditioner thats making it look so healthy.
Overall, I love this conditioner, it is expensive but a little goes a long way as it's such a good conditioner. It smells great and leaves hair looking really glossy, shiny and healthy and feeling really soft whether its styled or not....perfect! If I was rich I would buy the whole 4 step programme, but as Im not Ill just stick to the shampoo and conditioner for now, I will be hinting for christmas though!! Highly recommended.