“ Brand: Toni & Guy / Type: Conditioner / What it does: Smoothes, „
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Apologies for a similar review to the shampoo in the same range. I used the products together, so feel it is apt to write the reviews together also.
As a bit of background information, when it comes to shampoo and conditioners I normally buy what I consider to be mid-range (i.e. not 'value' brands, but not premium brands), and although I have a favourite I am not brand loyal and try out different ones. Brands such as John Freida and Toni and Guy generally fall above my budget.
=== Price and Availability ===
This conditioner is generally easy to find in shops such as Boots, Superdrug and larger supermarkets. With an RRP of £5.40 for a 250ml bottle it is a bit more than I would like to pay for conditioner, especially when with the shampoo it would set me back £10.80 for a set. After a quick Google it is available for £3.50 on Fragrance Direct for the 250ml size, which is slightly better value for money.
I had a 75ml bottle which came as part of a hair care set that I got for Christmas, so I didn't purchase the conditioner myself.
=== Usage ===
Despite getting the hair care set for Christmas, I only recently used the product when on holiday - I like to save and take smaller sized bottles with me (for one thing it's less weight in the suitcase) when I travel.
As I had the matching shampoo as part of the same set, I used this on my hair before using the conditioner.
You use this conditioner the same way as any other. I tend to use more conditioner than is really necessary (I am cutting down on this!) and used a relatively large blob of this per wash. All in all I got approximately 6 washes from the 75ml bottle (plus accidentally dropping some on the shower floor). After applying and briefly massaging the conditioner into my hair I leave it for a couple of minutes before rinsing out thoroughly.
A combination of the packaging and the product itself did make it difficult to get the last of the product out of the bottle. I prefer bottles with the lid at the bottom (so long as they don't leak!) as they are generally easier to remove conditioner from. As the conditioner is so thick, and the lid at the top, some vigorous shaking was required to get the last bits of the conditioner out of the bottle.
=== Results ===
Knowing that Toni and Guy are generally more expensive than brands I normally buy and that the brand has such a reputation I think I expected some sort of miracle with my hair. As stated in the shampoo review I didn't get bad results when using the Toni and Guy combo, I just didn't get amazing results either. Leaving my hair to dry naturally (which I normally do) my hair did dry to leave nice smooth (ish) curls with no other products added. For these curls to last any real length of time though I did have to add hairspray. This is pretty much the exact same result I get from my current favourite shampoo and conditioner combo - V05 'give me moisture'. Same results, yet V05 is considerably cheaper, and often on offer. For example, at time of writing (August 2013) I believe the 250ml bottle is on offer for 98p (in Superdrug), and has a full price of £1.99. Even full price considerably cheaper than the RRP of £5.40 for this Toni and Guy conditioner.
=== Summary ===
This wasn't a bad conditioner, and matched my current favourite in terms of final results. But I can get the same results for a much lower cost, so I can't say I'd repurchase or recommend this product over my current favourite.
A first rate shampoo, like Toni & Guy's Frizz Smoothing Curl Shampoo, requires pairing with a high quality conditioner in order to achieve truly spectacular results. Luckily this is where Toni & Guy's Frizz Smoothing Curl Conditioner (TGFSCC) comes in.
The conditioner, as illustrated, is sold in a 250ml bright pink bottle with a pump action dispenser. For some reason I get this mixed up with the silver shampoo bottle, for some reason I expect the shampoo to be in the coloured bottle but I'm getting used to it. The other slight problem with this bottle is that it is completely opaque meaning that you can not see how much conditioner is left in the bottle, though all this means is that I will have a replacement bottle in stock early.
The pump mechanism is easy enough to work wih wet hands, although the thin smooth bottle can slip out of damp hands.
I find about three presses of the pump dispenses enough conditioner for my shoulder length hair (a rolo sized amount) which I then disperse through the ends of my hair (never on the roots). There is a slight, clean scent to the conditioner, nothing that would overpower any other scent you wished to wear.
I invariably leave my hair to dry naturally and I end up with definite ringlets (which is what my hair tends to) which remain defined for the day.
I have also found that after a week away where the water and random shampoos have left my hair coarse and dry, just one wash with this shampoo and conditioner duo leaves my hair smoothe nad healthy feeling again.
As a salon brand this is a rather expensive conditioner coming in at around £5 a bottle, however a combination of the small amount needed to get excellent results and the "3 for 2" type offers that this brand often runs make this an affordable, and in my case essential, luxury.
I now no longer have the nerve to try another curl conditioner as I'm afraid the after effects won't be as good.