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I have tried a few Lee Stafford products over the past couple of months as they were on offer in Boots 2 for £8 and had rave reviews on pretty much every review site. Unfortunately I am going to go against the grain on this one and say they are the most over-hyped and under-performing hair products that I have come across. The conditioner alone will set you back just over £6 which is rather alot and to be honest I would never consider paying more than £4 for a conditioner.
You are provided with 250ml of a lilac coloured condioner which is quite light and almost runny in consistency therefore making it easier to distribute through the lengths of my hair. The conditioner is contained within a plastic bottle just like the John Frieda conditioner which stands on it's cap and balances precariously on the edge of the bath waiting to topple onto your foot pointy edge first - ouch! The bottle states that the conditioner contains Chamomile and Moringa seed extract both of which are on the bottom of the near endless list of ingredients. I was amazed by the aroma of this conditioner as one would think they would either go for a girly scent or a unisex scent, what I most definently didn't expect was a eau de Lynx deoderant scent. The scent in my opinion is off putting and makes the whole experience of washing one's hair pretty horrible as the scent isn't light it's overpowering and lasts throughout the day. It seems almost all of Mr Staffords range has this awful aroma and I have asked others and it's not just me that notices the teenage boy deoderant pong.
Now my hair is in pretty good condition, is bra-strap length, wavy and has a mind of it's own and it has been quite receptive to L'Oreal Nutri Gloss Light as it detangles well and doesn't over load my hair allowing 2-3 days between washings. The Lee Stafford Conditioner on the other hand is pretty much useless for anyone with hair longer than their chin as it doesn't detangle, leaves a waxy/plasticky residue which in turn leaves the hair limp, lifeless and requiring a washing after 6 hours. I would apply this conditioner in the morning after I shampooed and would leave it for a min and then rinse throughly but no matter how long I rinsed I could feel this horrible coating and would eventually give up and get ready for work. The conditioner doesn't even condition well and has definently left my hair drier than it was before and I will most certainly be going back to my L'Oreal Elvive Nutri Gloss light.
I would only ever give this product to someone I disliked - I still have half a bottle left so shall be looking through my list of potential candidates.
For: Conditioning, toning and refreshing blonde hair, whilst protecting the colour.
The packaging is a simple plastic squeezy tube, which is clear so you can see easily how much you have left. It has a flip top lid which opens easily but fastens tightly. It stands on the lid so that even when it's near empty it comes out of the tube easily.
It's fairly thin textured conditioner which is a very light lilac colour. It has the same pleasant scent as the shampoo, presumably the moringa seed extract in the formula.
Because of the texture it spreads easily through the hair and you don't need to use a lot. You can immediately feel the conditioning effect it is having on your hair as you use it, but it feels light and rinses out easily.
After drying my hair it is left soft and smooth, but remains light and not weighed down. Frizz and flyaways are smoothed out and my hair looks shiny and healthy. My hair used to often get pretty static part way through the day but since using this I've not had that problem.
Using this along with the matching shampoo keeps my dyed blonde hair looking bright and baby blonde, with no sign of brassiness or that awful canary yellow colour.
All in all I think this is a pretty decent conditioner.
Thumbs up from me.