Product Type: Timotei hair care products
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Timotei Vivid Colour Conditioner
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Timotei Vivid Colour Conditioner
Date: 29/10/11, updated on 29/10/11 (49 review reads)
Advantages: Thoroughly conditions hair, smells great, maintains colour, value for money
Disadvantages: Non-opaque bottle
Timotei are a long-standing hair care brand who claim that they wish to make things simple - natural products which are effective and good for consumer's hair.
Keeping hair well-conditioned is essential to prevent it from breaking and snapping when it is brushed, along with the aesthetic effect that it will have on your hair. If you get the right conditioner then it will leave hair looking and feeling silky smooth as well as protecting it against weather damage and damage from any products that you use or heated appliances. For coloured hair it is essential that you find a shampoo and conditioner that helps to prevent colour from fading - in order to prolong the time you need between visits to the hairdresser. Timotei describe their Vivid Colour Conditioner stating:
~ "With 100% natural extracts from Chile, Brazil and South Africa. (Acai oil, Camelia extract & Rooibos leaf extract.)
~ A blend of acai oil known for its conditioning properties, Camelia extract and Rooibos leaf extract known for their anti oxydant effect.
~ Timotei Vivid Colour conditioner reveals the vibrancy of your colour for longer, bringing out its intensity. A recipe enriched in açai oil, camellia extract and rooibos leaf extract, with nurturing ingredients that protect your coloured hair for an amazingly soft to touch end result Long lasting color shine."
The Timotei brand falls under the wide spanning umbrella of the Unilever group. Timotei shampoo was first launched in Sweden in the 1970s, and introduced to the UK & Ireland in 1983. Their name was derrived from
a wild grass called Timothy grass and they made a that had never been made before. They claimed that their product was 'So mild you can wash your hair as often as you like'. This phrase was to be one of their greatest assets and a huge selling point which was key to their success. This caused them to introduce a matching conditioner in 1985. 1988 saw the introduction of a skincare range and 1990 saw the first anti-dandruff shampoo. Timotei launched an extremely successful range of shampoos and conditioners for all hair types in 2002 while they also introduces the Golden Highlights and Henna varieties of their shampoos and conditioners - specifically designed for Blonde/Brunette hair. In 2008 Timotei decided to go green and produce their products in new look bottles which were kinder to the environment and recyclable. It was in 2010 that Timotei decided to redesign their whole range in order to formulate their products with 100% natural extracts. So now they provide products which are mild and environmentally friendly.
*What attracted me
My hair is in particularly bad condition at the moment and I have been getting particularly concerned about it because it is becoming more and more obvious amongst my facebook photos (how very egotistic, I know!). For this reason I have decided to go a bit wild with my hair care and try out a wide variety of conditioners in the hope of finding something that helps my poor hair to recover. When doing my weekly shop in Tesco I had a look at the conditioners because I realised late at night that I had run out and really wanted to give my hair an overnight condition. I was browsing through them and my eyes became quickly drawn to an offer right at the bottom stating "buy one get TWO free". To top this off I noticed that the Timotei range that this was referring to was also on price drop. I have never seen this before and I jumped at the chance - taking the only 3 remaining bottles which happened to be the colour enhancing range.
The price for Timotei seems to be around the same mark and it seems to be on offer in the few outlets that it is actually available. I am assuming that this is in order to encourage more people to use the product and then the prices will be going back up again. I have listed the price for a 300ml bottle from the outlets that I feel will be most useful and accessible to those wishing to purchase it:
~ Tesco (currently on price drop/3 for 1) - £1.97
~ CO-OP (currently on price drop) - £1
~ ASDA - £1
~ Waitrose (currently buy 1 get 1 free) - £2.03
Though Timotei was previously a widely available before and was sold in both chemists and supermarkets alike but now I can only seem to find it online in supermarkets and so I am assuming that they have now limited their distribution. This doesn't pose as too much of a problem in my eyes as it is often easier to purchase hair care/body care along with your weekly shop.
The design of this bottle is not an asset to the product; but at the same time it is as functional as it could be and therefore doesn't pose as any disadvantage. It is a simple bottle which stands upright the shelf and dispenses the product from a hole at the bottom which has a lid over it. The bottle is quite bland - white slightly pearled plastic with the plastic for the lid in a deep green shade. I understand that this is in keeping with the product (simple and inspired by plants) so this is not where the problem lies. It is instead a minor flaw in which the plastic thick and you cannot see through it - meaning that you are left to guess how much conditioner is left simply by shaking it or guessing. This is only a minor flaw and so I would only deduct about 0.5 of a star for this.
The Timotei shampoo has a great smell when you consider that it is made entirely from natural extracts. You can smell the cherry (though I am not sure where the cotton would come into this) It is a very classic berry smell which is mixed with something slightly more resembling of musky vanilla. The smell may not be particularly strong but it does not smell too heavy or perfumed and therefore leaves your hair smelling lovely and fresh. I have washed my hair this morning with the conditioner (not the corresponding shampoo) and I can still smell the scent faintly but pleasantly from my hair. I would imagine that if you used the matching shampoo then the smell would be even more apparent.
Though the conditioner does not have a particularly thick consistency this does prove to be somewhat advantageous. It is not so thin or watery that it slides from your hands however it is thin enough that it coats your hair thoroughly and is easy to massage along the full length of your hair without loosing half of it down the plug hole. As the conditioner is a daily conditioner, which in the words of Timotei is "so mild that you can use it everyday", I think that it is important that it is not so thick that it leaves hair feeling heavy and weighted down with product. The consistency of the conditioner means that it is easy to wash out and this allows for better blow-drying and styling as the hair becomes more manageable.
The conditioner is simple to use - as the Timotei products promise. I personally wash my hair twice to ensure that it is really clean and make sure to give it a thorough rinse. This ensures that my hair is then wet enough that the conditioner will massage in properly. I personally use quite a large amount of conditioner (roughly an apple sized blob) as I have long hair and it is particularly damaged. I then massage this into my hair thoroughly and leave it for 2-3 minutes to ensure that my hair gets a thorough treatment. Once I have left the conditioner on I use a shower comb in order to detangle my hair and then rinse the conditioner. I sometimes repeat this if I feel that my hair is still tangled or it does not feel particularly soft. The conditioner does not take as long to rinse out as some others that I have used before and only takes a minute maximum to ensure that all traces of the conditioner are removed from my hair.
The conditioner makes two claims - that it will provide you with conditioned hair and to help to maintain your artificially coloured hair. Firstly focussing on the conditioning aspect of the product: this is where the conditioner performs particularly well for me. My hair was considerably softer after two uses however it should be noted that for one of those uses I used it as a deep conditioner over night. So far this has been the best performance from a conditioner that I have used recently and I am really impressed with the results - especially for such a cheap conditioner. It terms of the second claim - I have my hair dip dyed by I didn't see must of a difference to my colour. I have yet to find a shampoo or conditioner that does perform particularly well when it comes to enhancing your colour so I guess if my colour doesn't look any duller then it is doing its job.
I have been really impressed with the effects that this conditioner has provided me with. I have to say that I wasn't particularly optimistic but I thought that the offer was too good to miss out on. I now wish that there had been more bottles so that I could try the whole range. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for Timotei products in the future because I think that they provide great results for a fraction of the price that many high-end manufacturers are charging.
Summary: A bargain find that I hope to come across again!