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Brand: Umberto Giannini / Texture: Fluid / Type: Hair Balm / Subcategory: Moisturiser / What it does: Repairs, Moisturizes, regenerates,

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      28.10.2012 15:42
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      A gorgeous little tube of nourshing hair balm!

      I received this overnight hair mask as part of a small collection of Umberto Giannini products from Boots. It's in a small 50 ml tube.

      PACKAGING
      The tube itself is a glossy white and features an intricate, artistic image of a girl with lucious locks. The image is unusual and beautiful, and adds interest and a youth to the product. It makes the product a little more cool and unique. The text is silver, black and hot pink - again emphasizing the youthful element of the product. It's in a very easy to squeeze tube which has a nicely sized base on which to stand firmly. Due to the pocket-sized nature of the product I would recommend taking this on holiday for a post-sun treat on frazzled hair.

      THE BALM
      The balm has a lovely, fresh, creamy scent. It is lightly floral and smells more like a rich body wash than a hair product. This is both a plus and a negative, depending on your personal opinion.

      The balm is thick and rich and a bold white colour. It easily sinks into the hair. It is meant to be applied on dry hair for overnight use, though i have added it to damp hair and it has worked well too. Though rich, the product sinks in easily and doesn't weigh the hair down.

      The following morning after use, hair is softer and silkier. My hair definitely looked improved and had a light sheen. It is not a glossifying product but instead gives hair a nice, healthy subtle shine.

      OVERALL
      A great little over night blam perfect for nourishing worn out tresses. A great smell (in my opinion) - though may not be favoured by all.

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      05.04.2012 13:44
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      A wonderful overnight balm that nourishes the hair

      I am one of those people with perpetual bed head. I always wake up looking like an 80s pop star with my short layers poking in all directions. I purchased the overnight beauty moisture balm as part of a gift set, so I was essentially saving a few pennies, as well as treating myself. I think the price of the gift set was around £10, but it was months ago so I can't really give an accurate price. In the gift set I received the miniature beauty moisture balm, which is 50ml in size. You can buy a full size bottle from Boots at £5.61 for 150ml.

      The tube is very attractive and features an illustration of a woman. I like pretty packaging as it makes me feel good and gets me all excited.

      The overnight beauty moisture balm is aimed at all hair types. My hair is thin, wavy and coarse. A real dreaded combination that is hard to manage. The product aims to give super soft healthy looking hair. To apply you simply smooth into dry hair overnight. You leave it in and apparently it works its magic.
      My experience with the balm have been fairly positive. The balm itself is a white lotion that is non-greasy and is well absorbed by the hair. I do apply a fair amount of product and even so my hair is not weighed down. I wake up with soft hair that has not wreaked ravage whilst I was sleeping. It also adds a nice sheen to hair and smells very nice. The balm is great for touch ups and smoothing down stray hairs. In fact I have started using the balm during the day or after styling my hair. I'm not sure why this product is targeted as an overnight product as it makes a great balm for general use.

      I am impressed with this product. Unlike general hair serums and potions this product really does not weigh hair down. Even if I apply the balm through the whole hair I can still achieve volume after styling. I will be buying this again, preferably in the larger bottle size. I would recommend this if you have fine hair that needs taming.

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      10.01.2012 00:59

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      a treat for your hair

      As part of the beauty secrets range by umberto giannini, this is basically the equivalent of wearing a night cream for hair. Giannini claims that this will produce super soft, healthy looking hair. It's available in boots in two sizes, 50mls at £1.50 and 150mls at £4. You are instructed to rub this into your hair and leave it in overnight, and the cream will repair and rehydrate your hair overnight.

      The packaging is nice and classy, with an artsy picture of a lady clutching her hair on a white background.

      As the name suggests, this is a cream. To me it feels, looks and smells a lot like ordinary rinse out conditioner. It smells rather fruity and fresh. On application it makes hair feel slippery and greasy, drying out to be a bit hard, as if i put a heavy hold hairspray. The next morning however it's as if my hair has just drunk it all in. It feels lovely and soft, and i think its a lot shinier than usual.

      I think this product is equivalent to the quality of salon type products that you can buy, but it's half the price. For how much you pay, you get a lot for your money as you only need a 20p sized amount for the ends of your hair. Will i rebuy - definately

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      30.06.2010 18:49
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      Proceed with caution!

      This cream claims to be "a first of its kind night cream for hair", although I'm not sure how true this is, so we'll take Mr Giannini's word for it. There are several ranges in the Umberto Giannini line, such as CurlFriends, Sleek & Chic and Spa Rituals. This product is part of the Beauty Secrets range, which I believe is quite new as I haven't noticed it before now.

      The packaging is certainly unique, coming in a white tube (measuring 150ml) with a distinctive painting of a woman on the front, with a few butterflies on there for good measure. It's quite pretty and definitely unusual. The back of the tube claims the hair repairs and hydrates the hair as you sleep, which of course sounds great - and as I have quite dry, naturally curly hair, how could I resist having a go?

      The instructions tell you to "apply evenly to dry hair - no rinse formula" and, as far as instructions go, that is literally it. I try not to wash my hair every day - I feel it needs the odd day off as too-frequent washing can make dry hair even drier - so I tend to apply this before bed when I don't want to wash my hair the following morning.

      So all I do is apply a small blob to dry hair before bed. The cream is very light and spreads thinly on my hands when I rub them together. I then apply this gently to the mid lengths and ends of my hair before tying it back into a tight bun before going to sleep. The smell of the product is fresh, clean and a bit fruity and really pleasant, and it's nice having a fresh fragrance to smell at bedtime.

      So what about the results? Well, when I untie my hair in the morning I certainly find my curls to be more defined with less frizz. However, it doesn't leave hair soft - in fact it feels a bit more rigid (which is okay for curls but perhaps not so good for other hair types). As I have curly hair I don't ever brush it (otherwise my hair ends up resembling a huge brillo pad) so I don't know what brushing would do after using this product - and the packaging doesn't say whether or not to brush it through in the morning.

      I quite like this cream as it does make my life easier in the mornings - it banishes my frizz and makes my curls more defined. I do doubt the claims that it 'repairs' the hair, however, as my hair certainly doesn't seem any different overall after several uses.

      I also doubt if this would work at all well on finer, more flyaway hair or on straight hair. The packaging suggests it is for all hair types but I'm not convinced ... but maybe one to try for other curly-headed dooyooers!

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      08.06.2010 09:56
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      Probably won't be repurchasing

      Umberto Giannini Beauty Secrets Overnight Beauty Moisture Balm is designed, as the name suggests, as something to apply overnight to your hair to keep it soft and moisturised. I actually got my 50ml tube as a freebie at Boots, with one of those 'free miniature' vouchers the Advantage Card kiosks sometimes spill out. Normally this mini one costs £1.95, and the larger 150ml tube costs £4.99.

      The product comes in an attractive white tube with a stylish picture of a woman on the front. The tube states that the balm is a "lightweight hydrating repair balm" for all hair types, and will produce "super soft healthy looking hair". The instructions are to apply evenly to dry hair overnight, and leave - this product is a no rinse formula.

      The product is a thick white balm; it smells fresh and fruity, albeit a little artificial, rather like a hairdresser's. The smell is pleasant though. My hair is anything from chin length to shoulder length, so I usually use a bit about the size of a 10p piece. The product does feel a bit greasy at first but it does dry out. I usually use this before bed.

      When I wake up in the morning, my hair still feels a bit greasy but when I go in the shower the product washes out of my hair easily. Once I've dried and styled my hair I notice that it is a bit softer and shinier than usual, though not miraculously so. It does seem that the product works.

      Overall this product is an ok one, although not a miracle worker. I probably wouldn't repurchase as I think it is expensive for what it is. However, if I had another free miniature voucher I'd consider getting another tube. This one has lasted me ages to be fair. Overall, a decent product.

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        24.05.2010 21:57
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        If there was ever a product to give no stars to, this is it.

        Product
        This is an overnight moisturising hair mask produced by Umberto Giannini. You can purchase a 150ml tube from Boots for £4.99. This is described as a night cream for your hair.

        Opinion
        Now and again I use deep conditioning treatments when I wash my hair and these seem to work well so I relished the idea of having a conditioning treatment in my hair while I caught up on my 8 hours of beauty sleep. So when I woke in the morning was I left with moistured, reviatlised hair? No. Just a bit gloopy wet mess.

        I slathered this product on real nice before I went to bed. I was a little concerned that my hair was actually really quite wet. There is no instructions of how much you are to use, so I just used my best estimate. The tube says "this doesn't even need washing out when you wake!" so I figured I really couldn't go wrong. If your hair can absorb this while you sleep it must be fine. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

        I woke up in the morning and my hair was just as wet as it had been when I went to sleep 8 hours before. So the "no need to wash out" theory was blown out of the window. I looked like a giant had sneezed on me. In case you are under any illusion, it wasn't a good look. If I had gone into work with my hair like this there is a high probability that they would have sent me home.

        Ok so, it didn't absorb into my hair but did it wor.? Well, lying for 8 hours with sodden hair I was expecting some form of transformation. Unfortunately, the product just didn't deliver. If I'm truthful I saw no real difference at all in the condition of my hair after washing it the next morning. An uncomfortable nights sleep resulted in no real benefits to my hair, so I wasn't quick to use this product again.

        Perhaps I put too much in my hair but I have very thick and frizzy hair so it should be able to stand quite a bit. I've tried it again since my first fateful experience (with a little less prodcut this time) and again there was nothing to shout about. I really don't like the feeling of having gloopy wet hair when I am sleeping. Just doesn't feel right, especially when the outcome is not good.

        Promising product that just didn't live up to expectations.

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        28.02.2010 18:43

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        definately worth the time and money!

        This is an absolute favourite product of mine which is now an essentail part of my regular haircar eregime. This lightweight cream is applied to the ends of the hair only at night and then works its magic while you sleep. In the morning, the product has literally disapeared, leaving no trace that it was ever used apart form a great scent and deeply conditioner ends. This is important, as the roots are the part of the hair which can easily dry out and split if not cared for appropriately. When i first used this product, I was dubious as to weather is would actually disapear and wear in effectively but I can safely say that it definatley worked for me. I would suggest applying the very minimum on first use, as everyone's hair is differnet and only a very small amount may be required for fine hair. The price is reasonable, and if used along with the other products in this range, the scent is incredible, light, floral and almost worthy of a oerfume status.

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        22.02.2010 16:03
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        Good but wont do quite as it says

        I got this in a set for christmas from my mother-in-law, so thought I might as well give it a go seeing as I have it. Plus I have used Umberto Gianinni products many a time before and rather liked them, so why not give this one a go?

        This beauty balm is meant to be an overnight treatment, that you apply evenly to dry hair just before you go to bed. The claim is that you awake wit fresh, glowing hair that is full of life and there is no need to rinse. So this is what I did, applied it to my hair before going to bed, woke up and .... my hair was still gacky and sticky from the product!

        I then rinsed my hair, as I was not going to leave it like that, no matter how much the product claims to not need rinsing! How a white, thick cream in your hair can not need rinsing, I am not too sure!
        After the rinsing, my hair actually felt pretty nice, soft sily and shiny, so the product does what it says, just not in the way it says that it will do it!

        I have given this cream a couple more tries, even resorting to putting it on hours before I went to bed, but still woke up with the product in my hair, so it is definatley not an idea to put this on over night if you have to get up and rush around to get ready in the morning, could well make you late to work! Even when dry, this stuff makes your hair look dull yet greasy!

        This stuff is great to use if you want to give your hair a nice treatment, but do not believe that it will do all the hard work for you whilst you are sleeping, you will need to rinse this stuff out, or else suffer looking like you slept with your head in a chip pan!

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          01.01.2010 17:06
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          Worth using as part of a moisturising haircare routine

          This cream promises to hyrdate your hair overnight, and leave you with great morning hair. In the short term this product doesn't really do much, there isn't a great difference in my hair (texture, managability etc) on the morning after applying this product. However in the long term it does provide moisture for dry hair.

          The packaging for this product is great, i love the decorative front of the tube, it's really eye-catching and it definitely stands out, so it looks great on my dressing table. However, I did feel the instructions could have been a bit more detailed, as it is a fairly new product that many people do not already use.

          The cream itself feels like a rich moisturising cream. It has a very pleasant smell, and immediately makes your hair feel softer. It is important not to use too much of this product because it can make your hair quite greasy. Stick to the mid-length to the end of your hair, and a 50p sized amount for each size should be enough, a bit more for longer hair. On waking, I couldn't really see any difference in my hair, but I perservered. After about a week of using this product, I noticed my hair was slightly less dry.

          I would recommend this product to people with very dry hair, as when used as part of a haircare routine it provides extra moisture to the hair, which is always good with dry hair! However, don't expect any miracles. I would really not recommend this product to someone with greasy or normal hair, as it either will not do anything, or make your hair greasier. Thanks for reading, I hope this was helpful!

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            20.12.2009 20:11
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            Amazing hair awaits! :D

            Umberto Giannini Overnight Moisture Balm

            Im always looking for my next new and exciting hair product and i think i have found it! I was never interested in overnight balms/creams for your hair as in the past they have made my hair super greasy, shiny and heavy which is not a good look let me tell you! Then making my way though boots like a never ending game of pacman, I found this!

            I have always been a fan of unberto giannini, especially the beauty hair masks and the beauty secrets shampoo but i haven't tried the balms. But i buy it with caution hoping that my hair doesn't look like I have washed it in cooking oil in the morning. But i was very happy with the outcome! It didn't make my hair greasy or heavy at all, if anything it made it feel lighter, moisturized, soft and also tangle free which is a time saver in the morning!

            Plus it smells great like all umberto giannini products, with a price to match! I bought it for about £3.99 in boots a few weeks ago and to be honest i can't really live without it.... well i can be it would be murder getting ready in the morning!

            Thank you for reading my review, I hope it was helpful :D and enjoy the snow!

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            03.11.2009 16:07
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            Glad I only bought the travel size.

            In my seemingly never ending quest to find a product that is consistently good at hydrating my hair thus weighing it down in the process and making it behave itself instead of flicking out here there and everywhere and being a total fly away pain in the butt, I stumbled across this - Umberto Giannini Overnight Moisture Balm - in Boots, and although I was tempted to go for the bigger tube (more economical), it turned out that it was a wise move not to.


            ~~~~The Product~~~~

            According to Boots website "Umberto Giannini Overnight Beauty Moisture Balm is a night cream for your hair. This twilight trichology will work its magic whilst you catch up on some well-earned sleep." Magic? What Magic is all I can say! If the trick is to transform your locks in to a greasy "I've just dipped my head into some chip fat" state then David Copperfield eat your heart out!

            It does however smell gorgeous, a very fresh baby lotion like smell.

            It comes in two sizes, a 50ml travel size for £1.75 and a 150ml tube for £4.99.


            ~~~~Application~~~~

            Apply evenly to dry hair overnight, no need to rinse. Easier said than done. If you try to spread it evenly through your hair with just your fingers, it's not as easy as you might think. It just claggs together in one lump, and makes it very hard to spread, infact, it makes you look like you're recreating a certain scene out of There's Something about Mary if you know what I mean!

            Application onto a comb first and then applied through the hair that way might be an easier way of ensuring it is spread evenly.


            ~~~~My Experience~~~~

            You've already heard part of it in the application process above! Here's the rest of it.
            So with the product applied as evenly as I could possibly get it to go, I plonked on a shower cap (oh yeah, I was a site to behold as you can imagine!) to protect my pillows and also because I thought it might aid the absorption of it without it having a chance to wipe off on my pillow cases, and went to bed dreaming of luscious locks in the morning....not really, but I had high hopes for it!
            "Rise and Shine" I did (after a couple of coffees!) but my hair did not, the product hadn't absorbed properly and it was still sitting on the surface of my hair making it sticky, damp and limp, not good, especially as I didn't have time to wash it again before work, I had no choice but to go into work with the greasiest hair ever, seriously, like previously mentioned, it looked like it had been dunked in a vat of chip fat and instead of feeling smooth and silky it felt the greasiest I had ever felt it, I couldn't wait to get home that night and wash it all out.


            ~~~~Conclusion~~~~

            I should point out that my hair does tend to edge towards being more greasy than dry, (although it is quite dry and fly away on the ends) so perhaps it is just my hair type and maybe it would benefit from the product just being applied to the ends? Although it does state on the tube that it is suitable for all hair types, I feel it would be more beneficial to dry coarse curly hair than greasier, fly-a-way straight hair.
            I'm glad I just purchased the smaller tube to try it out and unless you know for sure that you like it I feel that it is the best way to proceed because if I'd bought the bigger tube, I'd now be left with yet another beauty product sitting there unused and yet more money down the drain, so I guess it's a good job that these travel sized ones are available.

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              07.08.2009 18:09
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              A good buy if you use it sparingly

              This product is meant to be applied evenly to dry hair and kept in overnight in order to hydrate and repair hair. This is really as far ass the instructions for using this product go. However I use it just after I've taken a shower and dried my hair because at that point it is very, very dry and leave it in all day. This helps my hair look more tamed and shiny as well as steadily making it smoother and more hydrated.

              There is however a fine line between using enough of this product to make your hair smooth and allowing it to get rapidly greasy overnight. I find that a pea sized amount is just about enough, otherwise you will have to wash out your hair the next morning which defeats the point of its apparently 'no rinse formula'. However I have thin, short shoulder length hair so depending on the length and volume of your hair you may have to experiment with what is best for you.

              You can buy this product from boots at £1.56 for 50ml and £4.88 for 150ml, which is a bit pricy but well worth it for those with dry coarse hair. And as you don't really need to use a lot of it at once, it does last for quite some time.

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                26.03.2009 21:30
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                Considering how cheap it is, I think it does a great job.

                I bought this product on a whim because, as one of the earlier reviewers said, I had a voucher for it at Boots. I think the products normally costs about £4.99, and for that you get a 150ml bottle.
                I really love the scent, it smells really fresh and clean and I love it when the smell wafts around me as I'm going to bed!
                The application process is rather strange- there are basically no instructions on the products itself. It's a rather rich, thick, white cream, and so I tend to squeeze out about a teaspoon full (if that) onto my hand for my shoulder-length hair. I then massage it into my hair starting at the roots and working down, in the same way as I apply conditioner in the shower. I then try and make sure the balm is distributed evenly by brushing my hair in a zig-zag motion down its length.
                The balm does feel a bit greasy on your hands, so you probably will need to wash them after applying it, but it's quite pleasant to touch.
                When I wake up the next morning after applying the balm I generally get straight in the shower, where it washes out really easily and leaves my hair feel noticeably softer and smoother. I think it makes my hair look shinier for the next day as well.
                I've found the bottle lasts quite a long time as well, because a little of the balm tends to go a long way. I've had mine for about four months now and tend to remember to apply it about four times a week, and there's still loads left!

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                  09.01.2009 20:07
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                  Good overnight hair conditioner

                  This Overnight Moisture Balm was given to me as a Christmas present.

                  It's not something I would have thought of buying for myself (I'm a Pantene girl!) but, as I had it, I thought I might as well give it a go last night. It did seem a novel idea - a night cream for hair - but I didn't expect too much from it.

                  I have to say that the instructions on the tube aren't that great. In fact, all it says is "apply evenly to dry hair - no rinse formula", but as it also says, "once applied all you see is the result" I presumed only a little was needed.

                  My hair is dry, with that "cotton-wool" texture brought on by over-colouring and too many heat appliances. Applying just a little didn't seem to make any difference, so I decided to really go for it and give my head a proper coating, using maybe a quarter of the tube (that's about 35 ml). At that level it did take ten minutes or so to dry into the hair, and it did leave my hair feeling coarse. I went to bed knowing I would need a shampoo in the morning. Nice smell though - very fresh and clean.

                  By morning my hair felt quite rigid and full of product, so I jumped straight in the shower. I had a very pleasant surprise as the moisture balm rinsed off. My hair felt really silky, soft and moisturised. After my usual shampoo and condition, the silkiness remained, and I found it easier than usual to dry and style. My hair has had a good glossy shine today and it doesn't feel as dry and coarse as usual. The ends feel moisturised.

                  I shall definitely use this again. The tube describes it as "The ultimate good hair day guarantee" which I suppose could be stretching things a bit, but nevertheless I would recommend it.

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                    24.07.2008 14:20
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                    Overnight Moisture Balm

                    I recently had one of those '£2 off professional hair care' vouchers that they sometimes give you in Boots when you spend over a fiver. I had fully intended to use it to buy shampoo, but when I was browsing the range of products on offer, I noticed the Umberto Giannini Overnight Beauty Moisture Balm.

                    Described as being a 'night cream for the hair', I wanted to try it, despite the fact I knew it was a bit of a faddy product. I had seen a while ago that John Frieda had brought out a Frizz-Ease Crème serum that was designed to be left on your hair overnight, but the £15 price tag had put me off. This product was only £4.99, and with my coupon only £2.99. I was still a bit undecided as I have bought a lot of beauty products like this one which I would describe as being a bit gimmicky, and most of the time ended up being disappointed, but I pushed the doubts to the back of my mind and decided to give it a go.

                    ~About the Product~

                    This is a cream or 'moisture balm' made by Umberto Giannini. It is basically a treatment which you apply to your hair before going to bed. The idea is that the balm works overnight to add moisture to the hair and leave it 'glowing with life.'

                    ~Packaging~

                    This comes in a white tube which has a flip top cap, and has a blurry watercolour picture of what appears to be a woman, although goodness knows what she's supposed to be doing in the picture. The product is part of the 'Beauty Secrets' range, and the packaging is all quite similar. I think it looks nice and quite stylish.

                    ~Using it~

                    The balm should be applied to dry hair before you go to bed. When you squeeze it out, you will see that it is like a thick, white, cream. It has quite a strong, floral scent which I thought was OK, but I can imagine it might not be to everyone's tastes.

                    It says to distribute evenly through the hair, but I found that it was hard to do this just by running it through my hair, so I used a comb to comb it through. It's described on the bottle as a lightweight balm, but I actually thought it felt quite heavy on my hair, and seemed to weigh it down a fair bit.

                    I was a bit worried about this transferring onto my pillowcases, so before I went to bed, I swapped them with some old ones just in case. Luckily it didn't seem to leave any marks on them, but the smell of the product was quite noticeable on the fabric.

                    ~Results~

                    It doesn't actually say if hair needs to be clean when this is applied and so the first time I used this my hair had not been washed and had quite a lot of product in it. I found that when I woke up, my hair - although it did feel moisturised, also felt a bit greasy. I couldn't tell if this was just because I had not yet washed my hair, or if it had been caused by using this product.

                    The second time I used it, I made sure my hair wash freshly washed and dried. When I woke up the next morning, I found the ends of my hair, where I had not applied so much product felt quite moisturised -nowhere near as dry as usual. The roots of my hair, where I had applied more of the product felt quite greasy, and when I brushed my hair, I thought that it looked greasy too.

                    I have since tried to be more careful with it and have only been applying a very thin layer, concentrating on the ends rather than the roots of my hair. This way I find that it leaves hair soft and moisturised in the morning and not too greasy.

                    ~Price~

                    As I said above, this costs £4.99 for a 150ml tube and is available from Boots.

                    ~Conclusion~

                    This was OK, but I'm a bit disappointed that it left my hair so greasy. I found it hard to get the balance right and apply just enough to give a moisturising effect, but not so much that my hair felt lank and unwashed.

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                    Overnight hair repair treatment /