“ Brand: James Brown / Type: Conditioner / Subcategory: Moisturiser / What it does: Moisturizes, Enriches, „
I am always on the lookout for new shampoos and conditioners and just love doing my hair nicely and keeping it looking healthy. I came across the James Brown range in Boots and thought that it looked really professional so I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately it didn't really live up to my expectations and I do not think I will buy it again.
To start off with I must explain that I have quite fine hair that damages really easily, I like to use a good conditioner to keep it looking healthy and stop it from drying out, especially because I am constantly abusing my poor hair with straighteners. This review is based on how the conditioner has worked in my hair personally, so it may work better for you if you have thicker hair.
This conditioner is really easy to apply, you simply take a small blob onto your hands and then work it through your hair, concentrating on the ends. Then you rinse it out with clean water and blow dry and style your hair as usual.
I was really disappointed with this conditioner, it just wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be. I found that my hair looks moisturised and healthy looking for about a day after using this, after that it just looks flat and greasy.
I found that personally, this conditioner done nothing for adding volume or bounce to my hair.I have conditioned my hair in it about 6 times now, and each time my hair looks and smells amazing after use, then after a day, it just looks dull and lifeless. I usually need to wash my hair after one day when I use this conditioner, which is annoying as I prefer to wash it every other day.
I did however like the scent of this conditioner, it smells really professional and reminds me of the hairdressers, though there are lots of good shampoos that smell amazing on the market, so the scent alone isn't really going to make me buy this product again.
Price and Availability
You can buy a 250ml bottle of this conditioner in Boots for around £6. I think that there are lots of better conditioners on the market at cheaper prices and I really do not think I will be buying this one again.
I wasn't really that impressed with this conditioner, which is really annoying as I had high hopes for it. I wouldn't buy it again. I do not really think that this conditioner is for me, possibly it would however be more suitable for people with thicker hair I would only give this conditioner 2 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
Having reviewed the shampoo in this range, I am now going to give my views on the conditioner, as I always use the two products together.
I bought both the shampoo and conditioner in Savers a short while back for £1 each. Each tube only measures 100ml, but I bought them for a week-long holiday so though they would be the perfect size for travelling, as I hate lugging along bulky bottles of shampoo that I only need to use a fraction of!
These tubes are quite modern looking - black with gold and red lettering.
A thick conditioner
This is a thick white conditioner and smells just like the shampoo - a quite musky and unusual fragrance with a hint of cinnamon. And as with the shampoo, it has a touch of shimmer running through it.
This is a nice rich conditioner that coats the hair nicely. The back of the tube suggests that you leave it in for around two minutes, although I always leave my conditioner in for as long as I can to give my hair some extra moisture.
Rinsing this off my hair, it feels silky smooth and has a real shine to it.
I always apply product to my hair after washing, and leave it to dry naturally, and despite adding other products to my hair, I can still faintly smell this conditioner, which is really nice. My hair also feels very soft and healthy after use, and I would say has a touch more shine to it than it usually does.
I would say this compares very favourably to other conditioners that I have used. It softens and smooths my hair and leaves it feeling nice and healthy. I like that the smell lingers too as it is a nice, yet unusual, fragrance!
Overall I do like this conditioner, and really the only downside is that it may be a bit tricky to get hold of.
James Brown is probably best known as Kate Moss's right hand man for her hair needs. A celebrity hair stylist, Brown has worked with a myriad of celebs, including Johnny Depp, the Beckhams and, of course, his best friend and inspiration (in his own words), Kate Moss. He is best known today for styling Kate for her first Vogue cover shoot in 1992 and today owns a salon in trend W1 and has recently released a range of hair care products under his James Brown London brand.
One of the ranges within the brand is the 'Scandalous' range - a 'wild and unapologetic' attestation to coolness and individuality designed to leave you with an individual and striking look for 'extreme partying and uber confidence'. But does the product live up to the hype?
I subscribe to Glamour and with the March 2010 issue I received a tube of the Gorgeously Rich Moisturising Conditioner from the Scandalous range as a freebie. The product normally sells for RRP £5.99 and can be bought from Boots for a 250ml tube (along with the accompanying shampoo and intensive rescue treatment for £5.99 and £7.99 respectively).
~*~* Packaging *~*~
The conditioner is sold in a slim, striking black plastic tube, adorned with flamboyant gold and pink lettering and designs. This gives the product quite a sophisticated and youthful look. The tube contains 250ml of the conditioner and has a screw-top lid (at the base of the tube) which is quite easy to remove. The tube is also quite malleable, so it is easy to squeeze the desired amount of conditioner out easily.
~*~* Applying the conditioner *~*~
The conditioner is to be used on clean, shampooed, damp hair. The conditioner has a pleasant, typical creamy conditioner texture - not too runny or thick - and is a lovely pale honey-colour. The conditioner has a pleasant, almost spicy lavender scent. For this reason, I think this conditioner could be a unisex product as it does not have a really girly, flowery scent. However, this isn't unpleasant at all - but a really nice, robust scent.
The instructions suggest leaving the product in for 2 minutes before rinsing out. I covered my hair in the conditioner and left the product in for about 10 minutes while I pottered about tidying. I tend to tie my conditioner-covered hair up in a high ponytail or top-knot style arrangement, piled onto my head and stick a shower cap on to stop any drips. I was pleased to see that the conditioner did not drip onto my face during this time, suggesting that it maintained its thick formulation and stayed applied to my hair.
~*~* Washing out and results *~*~
The conditioner was easy to wash out - the product took only a minute or two to wash right out of my hair with no sticky or 'plastic' feeling residue. My hair was left feeling squeaky clean and maintained its scent faintly.
I then towel-dried my hair and then set about blow-drying it straight. My hair dried easily with no knots or tangles and I was incredibly impressed to see that my hair was left really shiny and glossy after blowdrying (a refreshing change as my hair usually looks completely dried out and dull after blowdrying!). My hair was also frizz-free - another plus point for this lovely, smoothing conditioner.
However, the best results were noted after straightening - my hair looked lusciously glossy, shiny and smooth - I was so pleased! I could see no signs of frizz or dullness, which I put down to this lovely conditioner.
This high level of shine and smoothness remained for a couple of days (with no extra products or straightening) which was utterly fantastic.
~*~* The verdict *~*~
I think this conditioner is fab - I would definitely buy it again. I believe this conditioner is reasonably priced and, on the basis of the results of this conditioner, I will definitely investigate the intensive treatment option for even better results!
The250ml tube may be a little on the small size for most people and I would prefer a larger size product, however this tube has lasted me for over a month now (with just-below shoulder length thick hair, used once a week).
If you're looking for a change in conditioner and find you suffer from particularly dull hair with no shine, I would recommend this product.
Best Conditioner I Have Ever Used!!!
I got this 100ml tube of James Brown Scandalous Georgeously Rich Conditioner free in Glamour Magazine. James Brown is known as 'Hairdresser to the Stars'. He has styled the hair of many celebrities including Kate Moss, Johnny Depp and Victoria Becham. James Brown has only recently launched his own brand of hair care products with this conditioner being one of them.
The Scandalous range is very heavily scented, the first thing you notice when you open this conditioner is the heavy smell, it is very overpowering, I think it smells like spiced lilies. I really like the smell but scent is a personal thing and I think with the smell of this conditioner you will either love it or hate it. Other products in the Scandalous range include Moisturising Shampoo and Intensive Hair Repair, they all share the same scent.
The 100ml pack of conditioner I received free in Glamour Magazine came in a distinctive long and quite thin black plastic tube with gold writing, it had a screw top lid and the screw top lid sits at the bottom of the pack, the conditioner sits above the lid and this makes it very easy to dispense the conditioner. If you buy the full size product it comes in the same type of packaging, black plastic with gold writing, it also has the advantage of having a pump dispenser at the top of the pack to disperse the product easily and effectively. The full size conditioner contains 250mls of the product and sell for £5.99 at Boots.com and is also available in larger Boots stores. It can sometimes be found on a 3 for 2 offer so great if you want to have the full range, moisturising shampoo, conditioner and rescue treatment. With 3 for 2 you can buy all 3 products for the price of 2.
I have thick dark drown hair that can become a bit frizzy at the ends. I decided that I would give this conditioner a try - my usual product is Tresseme Conditioner for Dry Hair.
I washed my hair using my usual Tresseme Shampoo and then applied this conditioner. I wrapped my hair in a towel and left the conditioner on for about 3 minutes. The conditioner is a creamy white colour and quite thick. It applies really easily and as I said before you get surrounded by the lovely smell of this conditioner whilst it is on your hair. It rinses off really well and all in all it is a pleasure to use.
I rinsed the conditioner off and dried my hair as normal. The result I got was fantastic - no frizz and lots of shine. My hair felt wonderful and to be honest this conditioner is worth buying just for the smell alone - I really like the smell.
Later in the day my friend said she had never seen my hair looking so shiny and healthy. When I looked in the mirror I was really quite amazed to see just how shiny and silky my hair looked, I had never managed to achieve this result with any other product, and I really can't recommend this product highly enough.
Great result and now I really will buy the full size product.
I got a rather generous free sample of this conditioner last week in Glamour Magazine, the magazine was £2 and I got a 100ml bottle free, bargain if you ask me!
I have fine hair that is flat and turns greasy quickly so tend to steer away from shampoos that are for shine, but recently I have been teaming L'oreal nutri gloss conditioner (please see my review) with volumising shampoos (see reviews) and it has worked well, this is why I chose the conditioner with the magazine (shampoo or intensive treatment were the other choices).
The conditioner is quite thick, but not quite as thick as I would expect a salon brand to be. The actual conditioner is pearly, and looks sort of glittery, this excited me a lot! It smells really nice, sort of a subtle fruity aroma, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is, basically it smells like you would expect from a professional brand, like the smell after a trip to the salon. And the smell stays all day, which is always a good thing!
After getting out of the shower, I found the conditioner had done a pretty good job of detangling my usually nightmare locks, but with a little help from my Tangle Teaser (please see my review), was still needed.
I was very impressed with the results after drying my hair. My hair felt soft and healthy after the first use, I wouldn't say it was overly shiny, but my hair is quite shiny anyway so this was fine for me. My hair usually turns greasy really quickly, but when I use this conditioner it tends to stay fresh for longer.
I was desperate to use this product again so headed to Boots as they have a 3for2 promotion on salon products at the minute but even the large city centre store was sold out. I checked online and they are all out too, looks like the promotion with Glamour got everybody hooked!
I think in Boots it is £5.99 for a 200 or 250 ml bottle, so in the same band as John Freida products. I will definitely be buying this when I can find it in stock somewhere.
The one thing that put me off this bottle was the screw top lid, which can be tricky to open if my hands are wet and I have tightened it too much! I do seem hard to please with packaging recently as I have had trouble with the flip top that John Freida use!
* 12 May 2010 *
If anybody is having trouble finding these shampoo's and conditioner since the Glamour magazine give away-fear not. I emailed James Brown customer care and they are having supply issues with Boots but sent me an order form to order direct from them for only £1.50 postage which is cheaper than Boots anyway!
My daughter bought "Glamour" magazine last week and was given a free gift with the purchase. It was a 100ml tube of James Brown, Scandalous, Gorgeously Rich, Moisturising Conditioner (quite a mouthful) As my daughter has glossy hair anyway she decided to treat her mum and gave it to me to use.
As you are about to discover I am a very needy case at the moment. I was having my hair highlighted on Thursday and as my hairdresser took the foils off huge clumps of my hair came out too. A few remaining highlights stayed in but are very brittle and dry. My hairdresser was chatting so much that she lost track of time and it wasn't until my head started to cook under the foils that she realised that there was something amiss.
I am a positive person thank god! And she is friend so I assured her that because I have such a thick mop of hair it wouldn't be too noticeable. On arriving home I studied the damage, because the remaining highlights are so dry, it was giving my hair body, which in turn didn't show how much hair I have actually lost. My dilemma was do I give my hair a good condition but then risk having a flat head of hair or do I leave it dry but full.
Scandalous is the new James Brown London brand affiliated with Kate Moss. It comes in a glossy brown tube with gold and red lettering. It promises me silky soft and super-shiny hair to take the spot light. I don't want the spot light I just want to bury my head and cry. It says that it is available from larger branches of Boots. I checked Boots online and they sell a 250ml tube for £5.99 but they are doing a 3 for 2 offer at the moment.
The list of ingredients is too small to see on this tube but it says in larger lettering that it contains murumuru butter, yes I done a double take too. What is it? Murumuru is an Amazon palm that bears edible fruit. I assume that the butter comes from the fruit and is said to be well known for its powerful emollient qualities, being both anti-inflammatory and packed full of Vitamin A. This rich Amazonian butter helps to promote glossy hair and moisturise skin. It improves hair flexibility and stops moisture loss. Murumuru is highly recommended for Afro hair.
Armed with these useful facts and my tube of Scandalous I thankfully climb into my bath for a bit of much needed pampering. After shampooing my poor brittle hair I opened the tube of Scandalous to apply some much needed moisture. The smell is of tropical fruits and is faintly nutty; it has a slightly heady scent with a subtle musky undertone. I squished a big blob in my hand and gently ran it through the ends of my hair first. I was pleasantly surprised, I usually need to use a vast amount of conditioner for my long wild unruly locks, but this smooth cream went a long way, I didn't need to apply anymore and just brushed my hair through effortlessly. The instructions say to leave on for 2 minutes. I gave it 10 before I rinsed my hair out.
I usually leave my hair to dry naturally as it is quite curly and looks glossier when left. When I took the towel off my head I was impressed with the smell, a lovely fresh juicy smell, it isn't overpowering but very subtle. I enjoyed the smell so much that I kept shaking my hair. My hair is layered and curly, so when I read on the tube that Scandalous gives an entrancing layering effect I thought it would be ideal for me. I wasn't prepared for the noticeable difference it has made to my hair though. I think we all pay little attention to products promising us results that we never actually see ourselves. So I am delighted that Scandalous does deliver with a big punch.
The following morning I woke up to a pleasant smell that had permeated my pillow. My hair was still silky soft and had lots of body. I never usually get bulk and silkiness together; it is always one or the other.
I now understand why the title on the tube is so long. Gorgeously rich, it definitely is. Moisturising, it certainly nourished and replenished the moisture in my hair. Scandalous I thought maybe the price, but it really isn't expensive. The conditioner goes a long way and is probably more economical than a lot of other conditioners as you need so little to soften your hair.
I have sensitive skin and have to be careful what products I touch with my hands. I am very happy to report that my fingers didn't blister or itch after using Scandalous; if anything they felt pretty moisturised too.
My conclusion is that Scandalous is an innovative exciting new product on the market. It delivers what it promises and more. It has a pleasant lingering fragrance and is easy to use. I highly recommend this product.