I have just used this product for the past couple of weeks, as I am staying at my Mam's and she swears by this particular brand. This review will cover my Mam's opinions that she has passed onto me and my own, hopefully this will give you a better understanding of the product on different hair types.
THE BRAND (3/5)
The company "MOP" is not exactly a household name as it is a high-end shampoo, out of the price range of many people. For this reason, it is not widely available on the High St but can be found on QVC. This conditioner belongs to the range of products called "Glisten" and I have used the shampoo and hair spray in the past and I am happy with both products.
I am rating the brand at 3/5, I quite like using beauty brands that are off the mainstream track, but it would be nice to have easier shopping access.
THE PACKAGING (4/5)
The bottle is quite simple, a semi-opaque bottle with black text on the bottle with orange text highlighting the fact it is a condition. The shampoo is set out the same way, the orange text tells you which is the shampoo and which is the conditioner. The one that my Mam has a pump / squirt lid, making it very easy to use in the shower as you do not need to bother with unscrewing the lid with wet hands.
I am rating the brand at 4/5 as it is simple, sophisticated and easy to use pump.
THE APPLICATION (5/5)
My hair is styled into a short bob, so I only need one pump load of the product to do my whole head. If you have longer hair then you may need more. I pump the product, and notice a lovely citrus scent. I rub the conditioner together in my hands then apply it to my hair, running it through from an inch away from the roots to the tips. I leave the conditioner for about five minutes as I wash my body and then rinse my hair using warm water.
I am rating the application at 5/5 as the pump is easy to use and is used like any other conditioners
THE EFFECT (3/5)
The first thing that I noticed about the conditioner when I had it in my hands is the fact that the conditioner made them feel dry. I get a similar feeling from soap, so this is quite annoying as my hands feel really dry for ages afterwards.
However, my hair does feel nice and soft (I used it along side the MOP Glisten Shampoo) and it has a lovely shine back. Lately I have been using the T-Gel shampoo and not until now did I realise that it was actually making my hair quite dull. The glisten conditioner has definitely made my hair glisten again.
My Mam has said that she really likes this product as she gets a lot of static in her hair and this prevents that problem. I have to admit, I had noticed myself getting a few fly away hairs and they seem to have gone completely after using this product.
I am rating the effect as 3/5 because the dry feeling that it gives my hands is really off putting and counteracts the benefits to me hair.
THE PRICE (1/5)
I have the 1L size of the product, which retails at about £35. Personally, I find that it is ridiculously expensive considering I can get a bottle of Tresemme conditioner in 900ml (if I remember correctly) for 15% of the price. The only thing that this product offers over the Tresemme range is the lovely citrus smell and I am not willing to pay that much for a scent.
To summarise, I am not likely to pay for the product myself but it does make my hair feel and look lovely.
As a woman with something of a hairdresser phobia it is probably unsurprising that I have very long hair in not the best condition. It has currently been a year and counting since my last haircut and my long, thick hair now has a tendency to look a little lacking in gloss and sleekness unless I take very good care of it. When it comes to shampoos, I don't tend to find that shelling out a lot is the best investment in my hair, but I do think a really good conditioner is well worth the money. Having used MOP products in the past and been impressed, I was interested to try their Glisten conditioner as it seemed to have pretty good reviews.
MOP stands for Modern Organic Products, not the 'mop' of hair on your head as I first thought! They claim to use as many natural ingredients in their products as possible, although looking at the ingredient list, this claim doesn't ring quite as true as it might, with lots of chemical names and methylparaben included - most cosmetics companies that claim to be organic these days have taken the step to remove parabens from their products because of perceived (not yet proven) links to cancer and premature aging. However, gripes aside, the key ingredients of this conditioner certainly come under the natural heading - it uses certified organic linseed, pure maple syrup, honey, wheatgrain, and avocado and orange oils.
The Glisten range is intended for chemically treated or damaged hair, or for those who need extra shine to their hair and the ingredients used should certainly help to achieve that. Maple syrup and wheatgrain protect against chemical and environmental damage, while honey and glycerine help the hair to retain moisture, while avocado and orange oils give the hair added shine. Certified organic linseed also works to strengthen the hair, so with regular use this promises masses of benefits to your hair.
The packaging is very minimal - a squat 250ml white bottle with a flip top lid. I find the lid is a little stiff to open but no real complaints from me with the packaging - it's classy, functional, and looks good on the bathroom shelf.
On squeezing the conditioner into my fingers, I was surprised at the texture of it - for a conditioner it is very runny and doesn't feel thick and silky to touch as many conditioners do. The runniness means you have to almost slap it into your hair, rather than working down through from the top as I would normally do. It's very difficult to tell where you have applied the conditioner and where you haven't, because the feel of the hair is no different whether the conditioner has touched it or not! For a fairly high priced product this is actually a big disappointment to use - it doesn't make it easy to detangle my hair and is very difficult to work through the hair because of this. It doesn't feel at all moisturising to the hair and in terms of actually using this, it's only redeeming feature is its lovely subtle orange smell.
However, I reluctantly have to admit that on drying my hair, it did have a little extra added shine and gleam to it and didn't seem in as awful condition as it had felt when wet. In fact, it looked pretty good, being easy to straighten and reasonably shiny, although nothing particularly stunning. However, for a conditioner of this price, I expect more than just a 'good' result - I expect it to be enjoyable to use and to give my hair real gloss and brilliance and this just fell completely flat in those areas.
MOP products can be bought from lots of online beauty stores, and are even available from Boots.com. The Glisten conditioner retails at between £9-11, but in my opinion is really not worth the money in this case.
Suitable for volume & shine for chemically treated hair /