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I like to try different shampoos and conditioners when they are on offer as I find my hair remains soft and silky when I switch between products. I also love trying out the different scents on my hair, as I like nothing more than 'swooshing' my hair and being able to smell the shampoo and conditioner.
I am mainly going to discuss the palmolive natural silky shine effect conditioner in this review but there will be a few references to the shampoo along the way.
I bought both the shampoo and conditioner from the store home bargains for just £1.00 each. I have noticed the prices vary elsewhere, but I haven't seen either the shampoo or conditioner on sale anywhere for more than £2.50.
The bottle of shampoo that I bought was 400mls in size which is the standard size for most regular shampoos, and the conditioner was 300mls in size. I have always found is strange that shops often sell conditioners in smaller sized bottles than shampoos. They seem to presume that conditioner isn't used as often, but I use the same amount of conditioner as I do shampoo. Therefore this is one downside of the conditioner, a 400ml sized bottle would have been much better to match the shampoo.
The packaging of the conditioner is green in colour and takes on an oval shape. There is a flip up style lid situated on the bottom of the conditioner. This is easy to open and close even in the shower. The design on the front of the conditioner is simple but effective. It contains a picture of Aloe Vera and the writing is both white and green. On the back of the bottle is a list of the ingredients contained within the conditioner and also directions about how to use the conditioner.
This conditioner is designed for 'Normal Hair' and claims to deliver moisture from root to tip without being heavy on the hair. According to Palmolive it also leaves the hair stronger, smoother and easy to comb. The result being stronger hair that shines with life. I definitely have to agree with these claims. I always leave the conditioner in my hair for about 5 minutes whilst I am in the shower to ensure it does its job, and after washing it out, my hair always felt soft, moisturised and nourished. I have quite long, thick hair which can often be a pain to comb, especially after towel drying it first, but this conditioner took the pain out of detangling. I was actually very impressed.
In terms of using the product, I found that a little goes a long way. For my long, thick hair, I use about a 50p piece sized amount, however a lot less than this would be needed for shorter hair. The conditioner had an almost identical consistency to other conditioners I have used, however possibly slightly thicker. It was easy to work through my long, thick hair.
The conditioner also smells divine, which as first mentioned, is very important to me. I have quite sensitive skin, but neither the shampoo or conditioner have ever irritated my scalp. Although it isn't an anti-dandruff product, my boyfriend who suffers from dandruff has found this product has really helped to improve his condition.
Overall, I am very impressed with this conditioner, and also the shampoo. It more than lives up to its claims and leaves my hair feeling fantastic. I will definitely buy it again in the future.
I like it when my hair is shiny because I think it looks so much healthier. I usually go for the Herbal Essences Dazzling Shine conditioner to give my hair a lovely glossy finish but if you don't catch it on an offer then it can get a bit pricey! When I couldn't find my usual on offer recently I gave the Palmolive Naturals Silky Shine Effect Shampoo and Conditioner a go. This is the review of the conditioner.
What does the product do?
The product promises to condition the hair by giving it a burst of moisture from the roots all the way down to the tips. It claims that it will hydrate the hair without weighing it down and making it look flat. It will also leave your locks stronger, smoother and free from tangles. You should also have hair that is bursting with a beautiful shine once your done. It manages to do all the use with the inclusion of silk proteins and Aloe Vera.
Packaging and Price
The conditioner is packaged within a green plastic bottle which looks the same as the shampoo but that has a flip top lid on the bottom instead of the time. It is simple to open and close, even with when you hands are wet and soapy. The conditioner bottle has some more information about the product on the back. On the front of the bottle there is a picture of some Aloe Vera. The conditioner will cost you around £2 for in order to purchase a big 400ml bottle. It can be bought from large supermarkets, shops like Superdrug and Boots, and also a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product has the consistency that you would expect from a conditioner, if maybe a little runnier. It is easy to work into the hair though and you don't need to use much of it before you feel like it's doing a good job. It has the same fresh aroma as the shampoo and it isn't strong enough or distinctive enough to be to anyone's disliking. The conditioner feels very gentle and it doesn't irritate my scalp or cause me any irritations. It feels hydrating on the hair so you know it's going to do a good job. The product is easily rinsed out of the hair once you are done massaging it in.
My hair is easy to brush through while styling and once it is dry so it keeps it promise of no tangles in the hair. Just as with the shampoo, it manages to give the hair a beautiful that makes your hair look incredibly healthy as opposed to be coated with something artificial as some shine products can. My hair looks less frizzy and it is much easier to control so the conditioner must be very hydrating. My hair is left looking sleek and healthy. It does weigh my hair down a bit, and it does lack volume and look a little flat but that's my only complaint. It leaves a lovely fresh aroma on the hair for a little while after use. It doesn't make my hair greasy and I can almost go 48 hours without washing my hair after use but only just.
All in all, this conditioner does exactly what it promises and for half the price of dazzling shine by Herbal Essence. It leaves my hair looking in a good condition, shiny and sleek. It smells fresh, de-tangles the hair and reduces the frizz. I would happily repurchase this conditioner again
- Why I Bought -
For the last couple of years I purchased shampoo and conditioner from the Alberto Balsam brand as I could usually get it for £1 a bottle. Then on a recent trip to Poundland I picked up Palmolive Naturals Silky Shine Effect shampoo and conditioner for £1 each. I have been so pleased with both of them that I have decided to purchase only these from now on. This review will focus on the conditioner.
- The Packaging -
The Silky Shine Effect conditioner comes in a bright green, curved, thick plastic bottle. The green shade is vibrant but not garish. The plastic has a bit of a shine to it which makes it look like a good quality item. At the bottom there is a cap lid which is easy to open/close. I am always wary of bottles that open at the bottom but I haven't had any problems with leaking. The opening of the bottle is quite small so a controlled about of conditioner is delivered when the bottle is squeezed. I like that the bottom of the bottle is quite narrow because it means it fits nicely on the edge of my bath when I'm using it. On the front of the bottle is the Palmolive logo, the name of the conditioner, that it is for normal hair and contains aloe vera and silk proteins. There is a picture of what I presume is an aloe vera plant. On the back there is a list of ingredients and a bit of information about the conditioner such as that it provides moisture and will leave your hair stronger and smoother. I think the bottle makes it look like it cost more than £1, it looks for like it cost £2-3 to me. I think this is partly due to the fact that, in my opinion, the bottle looks quite similar to the Garnier Fructis range which I think costs closer to the £2 mark. I think the bottle is attractive enough for a conditioner, the only downside is that it doesn't really go with my cream and beige bathroom but that doesn't bother me too much. I like my shampoo and conditioner to match and the shampoo in the same range does have a matching bottle.
- Conditioning -
The conditioner is pearly white in colour and I would describe it as having a medium to thick consistency. Even before applying it to my hair I could tell there was a difference in quality to the conditioner I had used previously. It feels really creamy and luxurious in my hand and this feels really nice when it is applied to my hair. When I ran my hands down my hair to rub in the conditioner my hair felt amazingly silky and I was left hoping my hair would continue to feel like this after I had washed it off. The smell is not quite as strong as the shampoo version but I would describe the smell as sweet, refreshing and fruity which creates a lovely combination. It is fairly easy to wash off the conditioner and it leaves my hair feeling thoroughly cleaned and fresh. I always use it in combination with the shampoo from the same range.
- The Results -
It is easy to brush through my long hair after using this and I would say my hair feels really silky and moisturised. When dried I prefer the appearance of my hair as it looks sleeker and smoother than it had previously with other conditioners. This is a real benefit for me as I don't like to straighten and style my hair everyday so it is great if my hair can look good 'o naturelle'. The smell lingers on my hair for up to two days which is when I would usually wash my hair again anyway. As I also use the shampoo from the same range it is hard to say if the results are down to the shampoo, conditioner or both but overall I am very happy with the results.
- Priced Availability -
I have to say I don't think I have seen this conditioner anywhere except Poundland but as they always seem to have a decent stock of it in my local branch this is fine for me. Of course it costs only £1 which is an absolute bargain as in my opinion it achieves the same results as conditioners that cost £2-3.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would certainly recommend this conditioner as I have been really pleased with the results when used in combination with the shampoo. I feel my hair is silky soft, moisturised and looks great. I will definitely continue to stock up on this in Poundland.