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I always buy the accompanying conditioner when buying shampoos, not really sure why but it's something I've always done. When Asda had a glitch on their Asda price gaurentee system I purchased a lot of different shampoos and conditioners as they worked our super cheap. John Frieda was one brand that was under the glitch so I purchased this brilliant brunette liquid shine conditioner.
The conditioner is available to buy from places like Asda, Tesco, Boots and Superdrug. It normally sells for around £6 but can be found on special offers quite often like three John Frieda products for £10, which makes it a lot cheaper than if it's bought on its own.
The packaging is quite annoying as it is totally identical to the matching shampoo, I don't like the fact that I have to faff around trying to find the wording to make sure I'm reaching for the conditioner instead of shampoo. It comes in a metallic silver tube type bottle with a lid on the bottom. The lid is solid so it holds the tube upright when it's not in use, the style is flip top so it's easy to get into once you are midway through washing your hair. The hole that the conditioner comes out of is of a nice size and there are no problems getting the remaining conditioner out once you are nearly out as gravity pulls it all to the lid end of the bottle anyway.
The conditioner itself is quite thick, it has a horrible cream colour to it but it has a dirty tint to it and doesn't look very pleasant. Equally the scent isn't that great either, when applying it there isn't really any scent, it doesn't even have that fresh, clean smell to it. Whenever I use conditioner on my hair I always run it through the ends then use any leftover conditioner to run over the top of my hair. It applies fairly easy but then when you go to wash it off it takes forever, during the rinsing process it also feels like it's leaving your hair really greasy, I'm not sure why this is but it's not a pleasant experience.
I always use this conditioner alongside the brilliant brunette liquid shine shampoo and find that using these together don't really produce good results. The shine to my hair isn't any better than when I'm using cheaper products, for the price you would expect better results but that isn't the case.
I'm glad I'm nearing the end of my bottle so I don't have to worry about using this again, it's mega overpriced for the results it gives and the greasy feeling when rinsing it out isn't nice. For these reasons, I wouldn't recommend it.
==JOHN FRIEDA LIQUID SHINE BRILLIANT BRUNETTE CONDITIONER==
My mum was testing new conditioners on her hair recently and even though she likes Clairol nice 'n easy colourseal gloss, it was out of stock when we went. Mum panicked for a little while, frantically searching the ailes for a replacement, until she came across this John frieda brilliant brunette liquid shine conditioner at a 1/3 off at Tesco.
==APPEARANCE, PRICE AND SIZE==
This John Frieda conditioner is part of the 'liquid shine' range, they make 'Brilliant Brunette', a blonde version and another one. The Brilliant Brunettte conditioner comes in a 250ml silver bottle with the flip-top opening on the bottom. It's
called 'liquid shine' because it has an ingredient in it that's supposed to illuminate the natural colour of your hair and bring out it's natural shine. It does live up to this as this does bring out my natural shine when i'm in natural light or indoor light.
The price is around £5 dependent on where you shop, my mum brought this in Tesco at around £3 because it was a 1/3 off.
Mum only used this once because she said she did'nt like it, so it was offloaded onto me! As my hair is quite long it can become flyaway and look like it's everywhere. This really works at taming it down even though quite weirdly it does not mention anything on the bottle.
After I shampooed and thorughly rinsed my hair I got a dollop of conditioner, rubbed it in my hand and spread it evenly through my hair, squeezing as I go. This action is good for frizzy hair too.
I rinsed it out after 2 mins, towel dried, combed and blow dried my hair and I saw that it was really healthy looking and shiny. It looked like i'd used some of the professional stuff!
This is a great hair conditioner that actually smells a bit like coconuts! I got it for free but I don't think I would have paid £5 for it though!
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This conditioner is for me, the holy grail of conditioners.
I've never really cared about what the packaging on these things looks like - as long as it holds its content and isn't easily confused with the bathroom bleach, I'm a satisfied customer on that front.
What I do really care about is the results - and the results with this are excellent.
I used to used the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Volumising shampoo & conditioner. Now I use this, with the matching shampoo.
It smells fine - by which I mean that it's not going to give you a Herbal Essence moment (which I'm not even sure Herbal Essence does?!), but it won't have you gagging in the shower cubicle either. Also, once your hair is washed and dried, a soft, warm, cocoa-buttery scent lingers in my hair (my boyfriend loves this).
It coats your hair really well, making it feel silky and moisturised. Then washes out really cleanly (which is so important for your hair's health). The conditioner itself looks sort of glittery - and I suppose this is what they claim makes a difference - which it does!
Hair is left silky smooth and as shiny as it's acceptable for hair to be! Also, I found that it brings out the different tones in my (natural non-coloured) hair.
I've been using this product since it came out (I'm not entirely sure how long ago that is now?! A year perhaps). Although it does appear to be more expensive than other supermarket shelf products, you can often buy it on special offers and I find Superdrug the most regular on this front. So even though it is RRP£5.49 in Boots - I tend to buy 2 for £6. Which works out much more palatable.
As is usually the case I picked this conditioner as it was on special offer - not because it was endorsed by a celebrity hairdresser or designed especially for brunettes or even because it comes in a really shiny tube!
The first thing I noticed when I picked up the tube was how slippery it was due to the foil effect. Cue me dropping it in the shower 2 days later and cracking a big piece off the lid... Incidentally, breaking the lid made it much easier to open. The design of the snap top lid is almost too good - on a new bottle it's very hard to prise open (especially with wet hands) and I've broken a couple of nails in the process. But at least this means it's watertight and doesn't leak.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this conditioner that promises it 'Reflects crystal clear brunette shine and infuses moisture' and I was a bit disappointed. I didn't really like the smell - it's like a very synthetic cocoa butter - but I was intrigued by the appearance. It's a normal opaque-looking conditioner but it's pearly and if you look closely you'll see it's full of 'glitter'. I guess this is the 'Crystalline Complex'...
To ensure best results and a fair test I did use the complementary liquid shine shampoo first. On applying the conditioner to wet hair and massaging in as usual I noticed that it didn't seem to be going into my hair, more just coating the outer layer. (It's difficult to explain, but some conditioners make my hair feel twice as thick when I rub it through the ends.) It felt quite nice though and rinsed out easily. When I dried my hair afterwards, yes, it was shiny, but nothing amazing. As I said, I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but I'd really want more noticeable results from a conditioner that retails for over a fiver for 250ml.
This is not the conditioner for me - I think there are much better and much cheaper brands out there and I can be a brilliant brunette without this one.