“ Brand: Superdrug / Type: Conditioner „
I always like to buy a matching pair of shampoo and conditioner products. It's probably unnecessary, but I always think there's a better chance of getting the maximum benefit from a hair product if you use the complementary set. I'm probably just falling in a marketing trap! Anyways, when I purchased my travel-size bottle of Superdrug's Tea Tree and Peppermint shampoo I bought a matching bottle of this conditioner as part of the same multibuy promotion.
My hair is very fine and shoulder-length. It gets very dry very easily so if I don't apply a conditioner with every wash I end up with a nightmare of tangles that only the scissors can fix!
The image accompanying this review is of the 300ml full-size product, which is available with a pump dispenser (as in the image) or a screwtop lid. My travel-size bottle has the latter meaning that it is small, compact and would fit easily into a suitcase. It contains 100ml of product, meaning that it meets airline security regulations.
The bottle is made of a thick, clear plastic. The screwtop lid is made of a strong, black plastic and the bottle has quite a wide opening. However, since the conditioner is very thick it would be next to impossible to refill this bottle, as I was able to do with the shampoo counterpart. However, where the shampoo bottle is quite brittle and rigid, this conditioner bottle is slightly more flexible meaning it can be squeezed to get the product out. Nevertheless, since the conditioner is so thick getting the final quarter or so out is well-nigh impossible without vigorous shaking and violent cursing, unless the bottle is stored upside-down! I'd guess that the pump dispenser on the full sized bottle eliminates this problem, and a good thing too!
The product itself is a pale green, thick, pearlescent liquid. It has a very pleasant smell; not as sharp as the shampoo product but the peppermint and tea tree scents are nicely balanced.
Where the matching tea tree and peppermint shampoo is drying, I find the conditioner highly moisturising. It has a very silky feel to it when rubbed between the fingers and it is easy to apply to my hair. The bottle instructions recommend combing the conditioner through before rinsing and this is essential. I always finger comb my hair to roughly distribute conditioner, then comb it carefully with a wide-toothed comb I keep in the shower for that specific purpose.
This conditioner combs through very easily and leaves my hair feeling very silky; just on the right side of slimy. The smell is subtle and pleasant, and the conditioner washes out of my hair very easily.
After drying my hair feels a little drier than I'd like, but I don't know if this is due to the effect of the shampoo. It may well be that if I used this conditioner with a different shampoo I wouldn't have dry hair afterwards.
I prefer Superdrug's tea tree and peppermint conditioner to their shampoo. It has a nice, clean smell, is easy to apply and rinse off, and leaves my hair feelling quite well conditioned. I would probably get the full benefit of this conditioner if I could find a better shampoo to use it with.
Having tried Superdrug's Tea Tree & Peppermint shampoo and surprising myself with how much I liked the scent, I decided to try out the accompanying conditioner. I don't usually enjoy the smell of tea tree products so I am somewhat reluctant to try new ones even though I often like what they do to my skin/hair. I also find that cheaper conditioners are less of a good buy than cheap shampoos for me in the main. I do trust Superdrug's products in general though, and at £1.49 for 250ml, I wasn't go to waste much money if I didn't like it. I only managed to use the shampoo and conditioner together a couple of times as I bought the former first, so this review is based mainly on using the conditioner with other brand shampoos.
WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO DO
Superdrug says the conditioner will provide "everyday healthy looking hair" . It is supposed to enhance your hair's natural shine and leave it soft and the tea tree is said to promote a healthy scalp. It is "ideal" for normal hair. My hair is combination - greasier roots and dry ends so products for normal hair tend to give the best results for me. This shampoo has not been tested on animals [BUAV approved], and like many of their own brand products, is labelled as suitable for vegans.
I bought the 250ml bottle which has a pump action top but I have noticed that the travel size 100ml one is screw top. The pump works perfectly as the product is actually the right consistency to be dispensed this way, which is not always a given in my experience. It doesn't drip or give up working when the bottle is half used so I have overcome my prejudice against this type of lid! The rest of the bottle is smart enough - it's dark green and black with a picture of a mint leaf and a sprig of tea tree. It doesn't look too own brand if that sort of thing bothers you.
The conditioner has a pearlescent pale green appearance which doesn't exactly look natural. It reminds me a bit of silly string but thankfully it doesn't shoot out in the same way! The consistency is more like a handwash but it is light and liquid enough to smooth through your hair easily. This means that technically you don't need to use much in one go - but see below.
The scent is as nice as the shampoo was. I can smell the tea tree but it is more of a background note to the delicious mint scent than the other way round. I especially like the fact the mint smells natural rather than of toothpaste! Whereas I normally try not to breathe in too much scent when using tea tree products, I am delighted to catch the aroma of this one when I open the bottle. It is lighter than the partner shampoo and like that, doesn't linger for very long on the hair. It is refreshing while it lasts though.
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE
The first time I used the conditioner I didn't closely read the label as I thought all products are basically the same and I didn't need step by step instructions. I massaged it into the ends and lengths of my hair for a little while, combed it through and then rinsed. My hair didn't look very conditioned and it also wasn't tangle free which is one of the benefits I most look for. I then read the bottle again and found I was supposed to use a "generous amount" , massage it in all over including the root area, and then leave it in place for 1 to 5 minutes. So that's what I did next time, leaving it on for the maximum amount of time. I am more used to leaving the conditioner on that long when I use an weekly intensive treatment. Somehow 5 minutes seemed to take last forever and I didn't feel that if that was going to be necessary every time I washed my hair, this maybe wasn't the most convenient product for me. I was also nervous about adding the conditioner to my scalp area as I normally avoid applying products other than shampoo there. It does get greasy before the rest of my hair and using conditioner in the area always makes it worse. When the time came to rinse, my hair was definitely looking and feeling smooth and finally it was tangle free. Once my hair was dry, it looked healthy and felt softer but it wasn't really shiny. I normally wash my hair almost every day and sadly I found that having applied the conditioner to my scalp, my hair definitely looked even greasier than normal. After that, I decided to use my own instincts, use less than the recommended "generous amount" and avoid the scalp area. Doing so means my hair does actually look shiny the next day. Not dazzling shine by any means but more than it is on it's own. For me, it's definitely less is more when it comes to applying this. I also found that there is no benefit in leaving the conditioner in place more than 2-3 minutes - the results don't improve for me if I do so I may as well save the time.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE CONDITIONER?
It has a lovely scent, and leaves my hair soft and reasonably shiny so for the price I do recommend it. I suggest it may take some experimentation to find what works best for you as regards how much to apply and where. The product is intended for normal hair and as my scalp at least is of the "greasy" type, I am not going to mark it down for making that worse but I would be cautious of applying much product there if you ever tend to a oily scalp. I wouldn't recommend this for dazzling shine but as a straightforward conditioner it is fine. I can't comment on whether it has made my scalp healthier as as far as I am aware, it already was healthy!