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The conditioner itself is quite thick in consistency and it can be difficult to get out the amount you want, especially with wet hands. It's pale in colour with a distinctive smell. It's not the nicest smell - in my view - but equally, there are plenty worse out there. It's designed for those of us with naturally brown hair, or those who've coloured their hair to become brunette. It comes in a screw top tub, which with wet hands, does tend to go flying all over the bathroom when I'm trying to use it.
****East of Use****
Once you've managed to "dig" out the amount of conditioner you want, the next fun task is to try and rub it into your hair without it slipping off your hands and down the drain! I honestly believe the conditioner does have a mind of its own, as it can be incredibly tricky not to waste it. You just rub it into your hair - it will lather it bit - and leave it for up to 15 minutes. I find this to be a good excuse for a face pack.
Once in your hair, this product likes to stay there. I often find I have to use the shampoo again to make sure all of the conditioner is out.
****Value for Money****
Priced at around £5 a tub, I think this is quite expensive. Tesco often have this line of products on offer for 2 for £6 of three for two, but still, to me that's a lot to spend on shampoos and conditioners. So why do I use it then I hear you cry. Because it does work. It leaves my curly brown hair, soft and more manageable, with all the natural highlights coming through.
It also lasts a long time. I bought my tub a good few months ago and use it once a week - I do wash my hair more than this, but only intensively condition once a week. It's still about half full, so when you work out the cost to wash ratio, it's not bad value.
****A Word of Warning****
Definitely use this product sparingly and only use it on the ends of your hair. I've found that if I use it all over my head, right down to the roots, it can leave my hair greasy or it'll get greasy a lot quicker than usual.
I have mid length brown hair after growing it out, I find it geys tangled sometimes and needs a bit of luxury. I try to use once a week an intensive conditioning treatment to keep it looking healthy and glowing, well I try. I like to try new products at all different prices as I never know which one might turn out to be the miracle product. I decided to try John Frieda's Brilliant Brunette intensive conditioner after seeing it on offer in my local Boots and using other John Frieda haircare before.
The conditioner comes in a round coppery brown coloured tub. It comes with a screw top lid, which I find a bit fiddley in the shower with wet hands but it is fairly functional.
The conditioner is for all tones of brunette and claims to strengthen, repair and restore moisture whilst creating a shine to the hair. It promises alot but does it live up to its claims?
As a weekly treatment, you need to apply to the hair after washing and I usually wrap mine in a warm towel and leave it for 15 minutes.
The product is white in colour and has an unusual consistency, it is quite thick but like a mixture between sudocrem and normal consistency, so you don't need loads. It has a gentle fragrence that isn't strong and hardly noticeable.
It applies really well and I sometimes brush through with a comb but often leave it and it magically deangles all the knots. 15 minutes seems a while but I usually have a soak in the bath when its on and the product rinses easily leaving no residue.
When combing through after use, my hair is detangled and easy to brush. Once dried, it feels soft and is visably healthier and shiney. It feels like it has a real boost of moisture which is what it needs after using straighteners all the time. I might dispute the glossy claim but we can't all have hair like Cheryl Cole.
This costs £5.49 from Boots for a 150ml tub but I got it with a haircare voucher for £2 off so I only paid £3.49, which is good value when using weekly. I have used it about 7 times and there is still a bit left.
The product also says you can use it daily by leaving it on for 3-5 minutes but I have never tried this and it would become quite expensive for a daily conditioner.
Overall, I quite like this product, it made my hair look healthy and feel hydrated. I think other conditioners do as good a job and can't justify spending so much, so probably won't buy it again unless on offer.
This is my favourite conditioner! To give you an idea of how good it is, I have the type of hair that in my schooldays, classmates would say "move your hair out of the way, i can't see the board!"
One time i tried to use a fine toothed comb through it, and spent the evening face down on a workshop bench whilst my dad stood with a hacksaw and sawed out the metal comb that was stuck and tangled in my hair. Kinder people have told me that my hair is like Julia Roberts. In Pretty woman. The before part....Yes i have big hair...
Coarse, curly, admittedly over-processed, and thick, and it gets kind of crunchy sometimes....erm, moving swiftly on...
I agree with another reviewer that the Brilliant Brunette range is amongst the best on the market. These products take into account that dark hair is often coarse and thick, and I find this conditioner is great and i use it not as a weekly thing but every time i wash my hair, as its so moisturising.
I've been given "specialist" products from the hairdresser before, including a £20 conditioner, but they're still at the back of the drawer somewhere, full, whilst this is on my shopping list, as i have an empty pot. Its consistency is kind of gooey and rubbery, but it is really a very good conditioner for dry coarse hair, and certainly worth a go.
Having long, thick, coloured and over-styled hair, I like to use a deep conditioning treatment on it once a week to keep it looking in a reasonable condition. I've tried lots of different brands over the years, as I like to try new things, and I'm always on the look out for that miracle product that doesn't seem to exist! I decided on trying a tub of John Frieda's Brilliant Brunette intensive conditioner as I regularly use the Brilliant Brunette hairspray and have found it to be one of the best on the market.
The conditioner comes in a round tub, which is brown in colour. It's a pretty plain looking tub with a screw top lid, but it's functional, and I suppose that's all that counts really.
So what does it do? Well the conditioner is for all shades of brunette hair, and states that it has a 'penetrating formula that strengthens hair, repairs surface texture and restores critical moisture levels.' It also tells me that it creates a 'highly-reflective multi-dimensional shine' to the hair, all of which sounds promising.
Although this is an intensive conditioner, and normally I would use it as a weekly treatment, it does say on the back of the tub that you can use this in place of your daily conditioner if required. Personally I wouldn't do that, just because it would work out far too expensive!
As a daily conditioner you simply apply to the hair and leave 3-5 minutes. As I have never used the product this way, I can't comment on what results it gives.
As a weekly treatment, you need to apply to the hair and comb through, leaving for 15 minutes, which is how I usually use it.
The product is a white cream, and it has an unusual consistency - quite thick, and somehow almost jelly-like! It has a soft, slightly floral scent, but it's very gentle, and I hardly notice it's there when using the product.
It glides through the hair easily, and I find it easy to comb through, although on a couple of occasions I've forgotten to take my comb into the bathroom with me, and so have used my fingers to comb it through, which although a little messier doesn't seem to have any effect on the end result.
When the 15 minutes is up - and I must admit 15 minutes does seem an awfully long time, sometimes - the product rinses away easily. Even when rinsing I can feel that my hair is detangled.
Once dried, my hair feels very soft and also moisturised. With working in an air conditioned office, and at this time of year putting the heating on more frequently, my hair often becomes quite dried out, and in turn becomes brittle. It's good then, that this makes my hair feel hydrated without feeling greasy.
As for that highly reflective shine they promised, well I do think that my hair has looked shinier since I began using this, but it's not a particularly outstanding glossiness, more like it has made my hair look a bit healthier.
This cost £5.49 from Boots, but I got it on special offer for £3.49 which I thought was a bit more reasonable. I think I've had around five or six uses out of the 150ml tub and I think I will have enough for one more.
Overall, this was a good product, it made my hair feel soft and conditioned, and also left a nice shine to it. Although it ticked all the boxes, and I can't think of anything negative to say about it, I don't think there was anything about it that made it particularly outstanding, which is why I'm going to knock one star off.
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