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The Herbal Essences Ignite My Colour conditioner is available for GBP 3.79. It is suitable for colour-treated hair.
The conditioner is described as follows. "I fire up the colour for coloured hair. ignite your colour and let every strand burn brightly. my creamy formula with Moroccan rose & passion fruit extracts loves coloured hair and enhances its vibrancy."
I started using this conditioner when I was looking for a product that would keep my long hair (with dry ends =( ) nice and soft and hydrated. I had already tried the Hello Hydration conditioner from Herbal Essences, but I found it left a nasty residue on my hair. I found this one much better!
I do not currently have coloured hair but it does a great job anyway ( I have used it on coloured hair in the past and it is pretty good). It leaves my hair very soft but with no residue. I do not need a huge amount even though I have quite long hair. This means it lasts me quite a while and therefore makes it pretty good value.
The scent is great - it has Moroccan rose oil in, but is not as sickly as a lot of rose scented products. Personally I tend not to like rose scented things, but this is definitely an exception to that rule.
In terms of value, if definitely depends what offers you can find. Buying a small bottle not on offer is quite expensive, but as a leading brand it is often on buy on get one free or half price in chain pharmacies or supermarkets, and then it is very reasonable. I tend to stock up when I get the chance!
Overall it is a product which I would recommend anyone who wants their hair to feel soft and hydrated, not just those with coloured hair.
I have always regarded Herbal Essences as a good, well-trusted, quality brand. Not that I actually bought their products; I chose instead to stick to cheaper brands who seemed to do the job. However I saw this on sale one day, while buying something else, so I thought I would treat myself.
** Herbal Essences **
Herbal Essences is a hair care brand. They have a wide range of products for every hair type and outcome you could want. Their products help your hair look, feel and smell great. Their bottles have had a bit of an image uplift recently using more vibrant colours and different bottle designs.
** Does it ignite my colour? **
Use it as you would any other conditioner. It is lovely and thick like conditioner should be and glides easily over your hair; giving good coverage. I tend to leave it in my hair for a few minutes and do something else while it gets to work. It rinses out the hair easily and you notice that your hair feels much smoother already.
As you smell it from the bottle (careful not to squeeze it onto your face - I managed this in the shop) the passion fruit nectar and Moroccan rose are very noticeable. It is sweet without being too sweet or artificial smelling. You can still smell it on your hair once you are out the shower but it isn't too strong, just noticeable enough to smell clean.
As I have recently gone from dying my hair dark dark brown to light blonde I need as much hair colour care as I can get. My hair colour does look good though I can't be certain that it is the conditioner I do notice that my colour lasts longer than it usually does. It is also a lot softer and smells wonderful.
Once my hair is dry it definitely feels much softer. It isn't so frizzy and looks healthier. Since using this product I am more tempted to keep using it in the future.
** Price and Availability **
Herbal Essences can be found in a range of stores. The smaller bottles are sometimes found in some bargain stores but are more easily found in high street stores such as Superdrug and Boots. They can also be found in larger supermarkets (e.g. Tescos). The range can also be found with various offers if you are lucky.
Price wise you are looking to spend £3.79 per 400ml bottle. However it can often be found on sale for £1.89 each.
** Overall **
I love this product. My hair looks and smells great. It is also softer to the touch. It is definitely a good quality product. While I can see why you would pay £3.79 for this conditioner I save it for when I can find a good deal on it. I would buy another conditioner and wait for the deal to come back if it came to that. Thankfully a bottle of this lasts quite a while so generally there are other offers going on somewhere. I definitely recommend this product if you dye your hair. I can't guarantee it is the best product out there but I certainly like it.
I have started putting red hair dyes into my hair, it always looks great at the start, but can take quite a bit of upkeep as red fades from my hair really quickly. I decided to pick up something nice to care for my hair colour and came across the Herbal Essences Ignite My Colour Conditioner. I have already tried the hair mask and quite liked it so I decided to pick it up and try it out.
This conditioner contains Moroccan Rose and Passion Fruit to help keep your hairs colour vibrant. It smells amazing, it has a really clean, fresh, fruity scent to it that is quite sweet.
This conditioner is really easy to apply, you simply take a small dollop and smooth it through your hair, concentrating on the ends. I find that it doesn't take too much of this conditioner to achieve good results and I actually found that using too much of this can make my hair really heavy and greasy looking.
What I Thought
I really loved the scent of this conditioner, it smells lovely and the scent lingers in my hair for quite a while after rinsing and styling.
I love how soft my hair feels when I use this conditioner, as long as I do not use too much the results are great from it. My hair looks silky and really healthy and it seems to have prolonged the amount of time it takes between dyes for me. I wouldn't say that the effects on my hair colour are drastic or that it helps keep the colour months longer, but it definitely keeps my red hair looking healthier and less washed out between dying times.
I have found that my hair is more prone to get greasy when I use this conditioner every day, it seems to be very heavy for my fine hair. This is quite annoying, but if I only use this conditioner 2 or 3 times a week, my hair stays thick and volumised.
I don't think that this would be my favourite colour care conditioner, and I would probably shop around before buying a new conditioner, but it isn't so terrible that I wouldn't finish the bottle or buy it again if there wasn't much variety on sale.
Price and Availability
You can buy a 400ml bottle of this conditioner for £3.89 in Boots, I think that for the quality, this is quite an expensive price to pay. However sometimes they go on sale on 2 of £4 deals, so if you are looking to try it out, I recommend keeping an eye out for it on offer.
If I was to sum this conditioner up in one work it would be that it is 'OK', it isn't the best conditioner on the market, however it isn't the worst. I wouldn't put it on my must have list, but I don't mind using it as long as I only use a little each treatment to avoid greasy heavy hair. The scent from this conditioner is lovely though. Overall I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.
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I tried the Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioners from this brand a while ago and I wasn't a huge fan. As I live it home and don't generally give my mum feedback about the hair products I've liked and disliked I really have little control over what ends up in my bathroom. This is why, despite not enjoying the other one, I've ended up using another herbal essences conditioner.
In all fariness I'm not massively fussy when it comes to conditioners and shampoos. I definitely have favourites but I am generally willing to try anything. Just because another in this range didn't suit me doesn't mean I'd instantly discard it so I decided to give this one a try. That said, I am often cynical about hair products that claim you'll look like a disney princess. Let's be realistic here, my hair is heavily damaged from years of straightening/curling/dyeing and I'm no hair stylist. All I want is clean, shiny and soft hair and those are the most basic things I'd expect.
Now this conditioner claims to 'ignite' your coloured hair. I do dye mine fairly often with a permanent clairol dye in a variety of colours. I like to keep the damage minimal and so a conditioner like this, if it works, is obviously the ideal remedy.
The bottle is a sort of tall rectangular shape with a curved edge. The lid pushes down on one side to make it slant open and reveal a little hole through which the conditioner can be squeezed. I found this design to be a bit annoying as the plastic on the bottle is quite tough and makes it hard for you to squeeze the cream through. Having used this before in a different style I know when I get towards the bottom of the product this becomes a particularly frustrating aspect. The bottle is a rather shocking pink colour which doesn't immediately appeal to me as I'm not a real girly girl. I don't think this is a great colour for the bottle as it is too similar to the shampoo counterpart which can be a little confusing. I also think the colour is too bright for a bathroom and just makes it look a little cheap. That said, if you had a pink bathroom it'd be ideal.
The conditioner is a pale pink colour and has a creamy consistency. The conditioner is said to contain 'moroccan rose and passion fruit' which sounds like a nice combination to me. This makes the colour choice worse for me as it so poorly represents the two ingredients - surely a lovely rich orange would be better?It does have a rich fruity/floral smell which is really lovely and smells very fresh. I do think it is a little sweet smelling for my liking and probably has a slightly synthetic fragrance to it. The overall effect of this and the bottle just gives me the impression of a product that isn't all that natural and so not great for my hair.
The pink colouring also worries me as it suggests there are colourings and unnatural chemicals in the product which can't be great for your hair - especially if you dye it. The conditioner does feel nice when applied to your hair, it smooths on easily and leaves it feel soft and fluffy. It also tackles any tangles and helps to keep my hair looking clean and fresh. The conditioner is designed to replenish damage from colouring and also keep your colour looking bright and fresh. I haven't really noticed much effect on my hair to be honest. I do think it still looks good after a month of so since I applied my last dye. My hair colour does tend to fade quite quickly but it is still hard to say if there is a real difference or not to be honest.
This product is £1.89 from Boots which isn't bad for a 400ml bottle. I usually go for an alberto balsam conditioner which is £1 for 200ml so I suppose this actually works out slightly cheaper. If it weren't good value for money I definitely wouldn't be bothering again. As it is at this price I probably would give it another go despite the obvious niggles with it.
For a while now I have been using Herbal Essences Ignite my colour shampoo and when I use a particular brand of shampoo I like to use the accompanying conditioner to go with it. They always say that for best results use with Herbal Essences Ignite My Colour Shampoo and vice versa so I always like to use them together although the shampoo gets used up much more quickly than the conditioner so I always have to buy more bottles of shampoo when I buy conditioner.
Herbal Essences describe this conditioner as such, "I'll re-light your fire for Coloured hair. My creamy formula, with acai berry and silk extracts, loves coloured hair and enhances its vibrancy." The conditioner comes in the same type of packaging as the shampoo, a pink bottle with the words Ignite my colour on it so when you pick up both the shampoo and conditioner you know that you have a matching pair.
The conditioner is really easy to use. It is quite thick and creamy in consistency and when I apply it to my hair I can really feel it coating my hair and as soon as its on practically it seems to make it smooth and sleek already before I have even smoothed it through all my hair. The conditioner is a light pink colour. After I shampoo my hair, with the Ignite my colour shampoo of course, I apply the conditioner and try and work it through my hair so I get quite an even coverage and make sure that all of my hair is being conditioned. Then I like to leave it on for quite a few minutes so it can really work its magic. After that I rinse it out and I find it really easy to rinse out.
When I get out of the shower I find my hair is really easy to comb through and the tangles are all gone thanks to this conditioner so I find that even wet, it makes my hair smooth and silky and easy to manage. Once my hair is dry its nice and soft and not fly away. I think my hair has definitely benefited from using this conditioner and shampoo mix. Yes, my roots still come through on my hair but this seems to take a bit longer which is nice and the blond also stays brighter for longer and does not get so dull quickly.
The smell is amazing as well and stays on my hair for quite a while during the day so its nice to have a nice smell. Its a mixture of moroccan rose & passion fruit extracts and smells lovely and fresh and fruity/floral. I buy my conditioner in the 400ml size which costs just £1.74. This will last well over a month so its definitely good value and a conditioner I recommend.
On my Christmas list this year I had specifically asked for shampoo and conditioner. Because my sister in law is a hairdresser I knew that I would be getting (very) large salon size bottles of conditioner and shampoo from more expensive brands, so when my supplies of shampoo and conditioner ran out at the start of December I refused to buy myself large quantities of either product (especially as money was tight). So when browsing my local Asda I tried to look for hair products on special offer and not in large quantities as I only had to use for 3 weeks. Most of the deals were multi-buy deals however the Herbal Essence range was down to £1 per bottle of product so I decided to purchase from the Herbal Essence Ignite range. This included the Herbal Essence Ignite My Colour Conditioner.
***Herbal Essence Ignite My Colour Conditioner***
The description on the packaging of the Ignite Conditioner is "I'll re-light your fire for Coloured hair. My creamy formula, with acai berry and silk extracts, loves coloured hair and enhances its vibrancy."
My hair is naturally mid brown; however it has been highlighted with mid and light blonde highlights giving it an overall light brown/ dark blonde colour. My hair also has some honey toned dark blonde highlights in to give it a slightly different colour therefore any product that can brighten and ignite and preserve my colour is welcomed. Because my hair is highlighted I do find it tends to be quite dry especially during the winter months. When buying hair products I like to buy conditioners that add shine as I feel this really helps boost the appearance and vibrancy of my highlights but also help to keep my dry hair moisturised and particularly ensure the ends of my hair have a smooth and silky appearance.
You can purchase the Herbal Essence Ignite range including conditioner from Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Tesco, and Sainsbury's in addition to online from Amazon and Lloyds Chemist. Prices vary depending on special offers (most retailers seem to have special offers on the Herbal Essence range). Boots sell a 200ml sized bottle for £2.13 and a larger 400ml bottle for £3.47. I purchased my 200ml sized bottle from Asda whilst on special offer which cost me £1. At this price it is definitely a value for money conditioner and aimed at those on a budget.
***Application and Results***
The Herbal Essence Ignite My Colour Conditioner comes in a bright pink plastic curved bottle to match the shampoo from the same range. The bottle is less transparent and has a flip top lid on the base of the bottle rather than the top like the shampoo. I purchased the 200ml sized bottle however the 400ml bottle packaging is the same only larger.
The conditioner when it comes out of the packaging is quite thick in consistency. This is a light pink coloured cream which feels very soft and slimy as it is applied through the ends of the hair. I tend not to apply conditioner directly to the roots of my hair (I start about 1 inch down) however the consistency of this conditioner makes it very easy to apply to hair. Because the conditioner is quite thick I didn't seem to waste much during the application. The conditioner has a lovely sweet scent very much like the shampoo from the Herbal Essence Ignite My Colour range. This reminds me of berries however I do feel that the conditioner has a more creamy sweet type scent. Once spread through the ends of my hair I rinsed and found that despite the quite slimy texture of the conditioner it is removed easily from hair. My hair was left feeling very clean and did not have a residue left on it like many conditioners leave.
Once dry my hair still had a sweet berry scent to it which I really liked and last in my hair for 3-4 hours after drying it. This left my hair smelling very clean and fresh. Once dry I was satisfied with my hair and felt it looked clean, felt soft and smooth but I did not feel there was any real difference to the appearance or condition of my hair.
The Herbal Essence Ignite My Colour Conditioner left the ends of my hair smooth as they tend to be a little dry and frizzy with being highlighted but I did not feel my hair looked very shiny. Because of the lack of shine my hair did not look dull but the highlights did not look vibrant or bright and when the light shined on my hair you could not notice the different colours of the highlights, they all just looked a flat blonde colour rather than a mixture of lighter and darker tones.
The Herbal Essence Ignite My Colour Conditioner did not make my hair overly greasy therefore I could wash my hair every other day as recommended by my hair dresser but I did find after using this conditioner my hair was more difficult to style and create volume. My hair felt slightly flat when dried into straight styles and I found it more difficult to create volume at the roots. Secondly when styled with curls using my GHD's the curls and waves seem to drop out a lot easier than they would usually do therefore I would not recommend this conditioner to those that regularly style their hair or want to create volume.
This is a value for money conditioner and I did find I used the product quite economically. I purchased a 200ml sized bottle and after using around 4 times a week for over 3 weeks the bottle still was about 1 quarter full.
The Herbal Essence Ignite My Colour Conditioner in my opinion is simply a very average product. Although at £1 for a 200ml sized bottle I don't feel I could have very high expectations for such a value for money product. I did not feel that my hair was left in a "bad" condition or the product caused anything that caused a major issue results wise, I just feel there was no improvement to the condition or appearance of my hair.
I definitely do not feel that this is a product which "ignites" colour treated hair or has any real effect on highlights in particular. After using for 3 weeks (alongside the shampoo from the range) my hair felt soft and smooth but had not real shine or vibrancy to its appearance. I would have expected my highlights to have been in some way emphasized and my hair to have a more healthy shine than it did.
Although my hair didn't look greasy or lank after using this product I do feel that the conditioner weighed my hair down slightly. This was not an issue for when my hair was in a straight style but more so when I tried to style it with curls and waves, these styles did not seem to hold so well.
Not a bad conditioner but sparks no real excitement from me!
A while ago I found Herbal Essences on offer and bought 3 different sets to try out on my hair, this product usually sells for £3.32 for a 400ml bottle and can be bought in supermarkets and chemists although you sometimes pick up the smaller bottles in some discount stores.
The bottle for this product is made of quite sturdy plastic but isn't too hard that you cannot squeeze out the product, it is bright pink in colour and curves differently on both sides making it quite an interesting bottle. The bottle stands on it's top which is green and is a case of you push on one side which makes the other side pop up and reveal a rectangular hole for dispensing the product, I like this top as my four year old can't manage to open it which is always a good thing.
On the front of the bottle you have the Clairol logo and the name of the product, it states that this variety is acai berry and silk extracts personally I have never even heard of acai berries. The conditioner is meant for use by people with coloured hair and it claims to "re-light your fire."
On the back of the bottle you have the usual ingredients list and an answer to a question that is asked on the conditioner, this particular answer was "hairs on the head" and then there is a question where you find the answer on the shampoo, this question was "what percent of women wear the wrong bra size? This conditioner is supposed to last for 12 months when opened although it would never last that long in my house but I think 12 months is plenty time to use a conditioner.
One pushing the green top down you can smell a little bit of a sweet smell, I find these shampoos and conditioners are quite hard to describe as they have such strange smells but this one is a fruity smell but makes me think of exotic fruits rather than run of the mill.
The conditioner is a very pale pink in colour and has a creamy consistency, the product is thick and you don't need much of it at all. The product works easily through wet hair after shampooing and I personally work it through for a while to make sure it does the best job. The conditioner rinses out easily and leaves your hair smelling delicious, my hair feels soft and lightweight when using this pretty much the same as all the Herbal Essences products I have used which is what you want however I do not feel that it re lit my colour at all. This is a lovely product that left my hair feeling great but as a colour enhancing conditioner it failed.
I've been buying this brand of conditioner (and it's matching shampoo) for around a year or more, and the particular type 'Ignite my colour' for about four months, and it's only now that I sit down and decide to review it, that I'm not sure why I'm still using it! There have to be better products out there for my hair type!
Another thing that I have realised is that I've purchased this product almost religiously (with a few special offers/fancy treats inbetween) since the bottle changed from boring old conditioner bottle shaped bottle to fancy, curved sexy bottle shaped bottle! Just goes to show how the packaging can influence you! I love this bottle though- nice easy press down top which flips the other side open- no slipping about with soapy fingers and difficult nozzles. The downside is- as the opening is at the side- if your husband uses it, leaves it open, then knocks it over into the bath and leaves it there (they all do this right?), you find a big puddle of conditioner to clean up the next day! It's a lovey bright girly pink, which is always a bonus for your bathroom aesthetics.
I won't go into how to use this conditioner, as there's nothing in the instructions that will shock you! The conditioner claims all manner of vibrancy, shine and long lasting colour. Does it deliver? Well, maybe the shine part. I'm a dyed scarlet colour (variants of) and to be fair, this colour doesn't and never will last for months. I get a few weeks of decent vibrance after I dye it, but no product that I've tried in my four years of wearing my hair red, has worked any staying power miracles, and this conditioner (and shampoo) is no exception. Red hair dye will often last a lot longer on the shower curtain/floor/towels/sponges/pillows than it will on your head.
The smell is very strong, long lasting and fruity. I quite like it- it's more berry fruity and sweet than perfumey, to the point that some may find it a little sickly. The consistency of it is lovely- nice and thick, which in my opinion is always better than a conditioner that comes out thinly, as you just know it will leave your hair like straw! It's easy to apply and work through, and easy to rinse out. When I ring my hair out afterwards, it feels nice and conditioned. After drying (sometimes naturally, sometimes with a dryer) my hair is always soft and shiney- so full marks there!
It does weigh my hair down a bit. I have fine, thin, stright hair- so it's difficult to know whether to use volumising products or colour products- a gap in the market maybe?
It's not a bad product all in all. Like I say, it doesn't create the vibrance and give the exceptional staying power that it claims, but in its defence, nor does anything else I've tried! However, the conditioner is fit for purpose in a conditioner sense, but don't expect passers by to whip out their sunglasses due to the dazzle of your bright, vibrant hair a month after you've dyed it! A nice shine and a good soft feel is the best you can hope for. However, do bear in mind the type of hair that I've told you I have. Maybe if you have thick curly black hair- you may have a different story! The reason I stick with this product is out of familiarity and laziness! It's a reasonable mid ranged price and you can often find it half price or BOGOF.
Incidentally, if any of you lovely ladies have a recommendation for me and my hair type, I'd love to hear it!
Recently when I purchased the matching shampoo to this I couldn't help pick up this to match it cos I do like products that match!
400ml slightly curved to the centre bottle that has a flip top-lid to the bottom of it and is pink in colour (you can't see through it). On the front of the bottle information listed includes being told that it is Clairol Herbal Essences Ignite My Colour which has acai berry & silk extracts and that it's for coloured hair. On the back of the bottle other information given includes being told a bit about the product and being given instructions for use, the size is stated as are the ingredients and contact details for Clairol are given. Nice enough bottle that is easy enough to hold and handle and of course is informative enough.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Bottle:
Ignite your colour and let every strand burn brightly.
My creamy formula, with acai berry and silk extracts, loves coloured hair and enhances its vibrancy.
To really wake up the shine of your coloured hair, start off with my shampoo. And for that extra special boost and long lasting vibrancy, treat yourself to my intensive mask.
All you do with this is apply a small blob of the light pink pearlescent thickish conditioner onto and into the hair after shampooing it and after rinsing the hair through thoroughly.
It evenly distributes, smells nicely of berries in a really sweet way and the hair absorbs it. Simply leave it on the hair for a minute or so and make sure it's rinsed out.....and that's it job done!
This is a lovely smelling conditioner and to be fair to it doesn't weigh the hair down at all. It does leave it feeling soft and silky enough and the fragrance of this that it initially gives lasts on the hair for a good couple of hours...making it feel cleaner and fresher for longer. However does it ignite and refresh my colour? Well no...not really in my opinion. Don't get me wrong it doesn't dull down your natural shine or anything like that but it didn't make my hair more shiny at all.
All in all not a bad to use conditioner for every-day use but for me, it doesn't make my hair more glossy which is why I purchased it in the first place to be honest!
I purchased my 400ml bottle for £3.40 in Sainsbury's.