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I have combination hair, with dry ends and roots that go greasy quickly. I usually use hair products aimed at "normal" hair, because they seem to give the best overall results. A few months ago, I saw that TREsemme's Remoisturising conditioner on special offer at my local convenience store for £2.99 for the large 900ml bottle. [The usual price is is £4.69 there.] I have heard mixed reviews of the brands products but I thought this promotion would give me a good opportunity to try something for myself. The fact that this conditioner was aimed at all hair types was also appealing to me, for the reason mentioned above.
TREsemme market all their products as salon quality, and say that they were formerly exclusively available to hairdressers. On the back of my bottle there is a chart showing how deeply conditining this product is compared to others in the range. This comes under light conditioning, which suits me as I use intensive treatments on a regular basis and I am really looking for a conditoner that will leave my hair in good condition between uses. The bottle also states that the conditioner will remoisturise your hair, leaving it in "optimum condition", aided by vitamin B5 and aloe. After use, your locks will be shiny, manageable, and detangled. Sounds perfect!
I wish with hindsight that I had tried one of the smaller 500ml bottles, even though the larger work out at better value. This is because I underestimated how awkward a 900ml size bottle is to use. It feels heavy when you have lift it full and it is quite fat too, so it doesn't feel comfortable to hold especially with wet hands. This is a relatively minor problem though, and can be overcome by buying the smaller size. Apart from that, the bottle looks quite basic, with little decoration. I suppose they were going for an understated look!
The conditioner itself is thick and creamy in texture which makes it feel good quality. It has a gentle scent, that is slightly fruity but not overpowering. I like it, and the fact that I can smell it on my hair into the next day, in a subtle way. It may prove a bit mild if you like stronger fragranced hair care though. The nice smell and texture combine to make a conditioner that feels nice to use. It also feels light on the hair, despite being thick in consistency. It is recommended that you leave the conditioner in place for 2-3 minutes before rinsing, so I decided to leave it for the maximum time in order to reap the most benefit. Rinsing does not take too much effort. As I do so, I usually gentle tease out any tangles, but there was very few to be found when I used this conditioner. My hair felt immediately smoother too.
Unfortunately, I did not notice that my hair looked very conditioned generally once it was dry. I would expect even a light conditioner to leave my hair looking a little better than before. This one didn't make my hair look any healthier at all, and it certainly did not feel any less dry at the ends. This was disappointing in a product described as "remoisturising". I used the product every day, until half the bottle was gone, at which point I felt I needed to switch to a better product. I also missed the softness that I can usually expect to experience in my hair after conditioning. My hair looked duller with repeated use too, although this took some time to be apparent. If you don't use the product daily, it may not be so much of a problem.
Overall, I liked the experience of using the conditioner, as well as it's scent, but I do not rate it all as a conditioner. I know it isn't supposed to be a deep conditioning product, but stilll think that it should deliver more at the price. I won't personally buy it again, even if I see it on offer. Should you wish to try it for yourself, you will find it available in most shampoo stockists, as well as the supermarkets.
[This review also appears on Ciao under my user name.]