“ Brand: Umberto Giannini / Type: Conditioner „
I tend not to stick to the same shampoos and conditioners and like to try a variety of different brands. Therefore when I go shopping to places like Boots and Superdrug and there are offers on these types of products I really can't help myself but buy "something new". On a recent shopping trip I was looking for shampoo (and conditioner) that I could fit in my travel bag as we were going to visit Mr Lools' parents. I noticed when browsing the aisles of Boots that the Umberto Giannini hair care range had a 3 for 2 offer on it so I was straight over to investigate. The packaging met the "transportable" criteria therefore I found myself with a bottle of shampoo and two bottles of conditioner which included Umberto Giannini Spa Rituals Rebalancing Conditioner.
*** Umberto Giannini Spa Rituals Rebalancing Conditioner***
Umberto Giannini Spa Rituals Rebalancing Conditioner is described as "a light and invigorating daily conditioner with the softening and nurturing properties of fig and olive to rebalance your hair and scalp."
I had purchased the detoxifying shampoo from the Spa Rituals range so I felt the rebalancing conditioner from this range would complement this by offering a gentle everyday conditioner. I was keen to choose more "gentle" hair products due to the current condition of my hair and scalp. My hair is currently in quite a dry condition due to it being regularly highlighted. Recently my scalp has also felt quite tight and irritated, not too the extent of suffering dandruff but almost as if shampoo was still left on my scalp. I was keen on using products that would not inflame these problems like many shampoos and conditioners seem to be doing.
The conditioner comes in a 250ml bottle. This is a long thin circular tube like bottle with a screw off matt gold lid. The bottle itself is a light cream pearlescent colour with a rounded tip gold lid. The font on the front of the bottle is gold with scripted like handwriting. The bottle has a very luxurious feel because of the colours and simplicity of the bottle design which looks great displayed in the bathroom alongside the shampoo from the same range.
This fit my "transportable" criteria as in my opinion the lid felt secure. The design of the bottle also meant that because it is long and slim it easily fits in my wash bag. Obviously for shorter overnight trips you may find you want a more compact very small travel sized shampoo. Umberto Giannini do offer a 50ml sized bottle of the shampoos and conditioners but the Spa Rituals Rebalancing Conditioner is a product from the range that is not yet available in this smaller sized bottle.
Spa Rituals Rebalancing conditioner is available from Boots stores and online. You can also purchase this conditioner from Amazon. A 250ml bottle from Boots costs £5.61. Because the conditioner comes from a "salon quality" brand it does carry a higher price tag. However when included in a 3 for 2 hair care offer it does make it more affordable and I feel three bottles of "salon quality" shampoos and conditioners for £11.00 is good value.
The directions for use are "Massage into clean wet hair and scalp, comb through to detangle and rinse thoroughly. Finish with a cool rinse for maximum shine."
I was quite surprised when reading this that you are encouraged to massage the conditioner into your scalp. My experience of using conditioners is that the directions for use usually state to use on the ends of the hair. I have also found that when using conditioner near my roots it can often result in greasy hair so I was quite skeptical but did use as directed.
After shampooing my hair (with the shampoo from the Spa Rituals range) I then applied the conditioner to my hair. Like the shampoo from the same range the Umberto Giannini Spa Rituals Rebalancing Conditioner is quite heavily fragranced. The scent of fig and olive is a very sweet yet quite floral scent with a very slight medicated scent to it. This is not unpleasant and in a warm shower the scent is even more appealing.
My main criticism during application is the design of the bottle. The tube shaped bottle does not have a standard dispenser type design where you squeeze product out of the bottle you need to tip it out of the neck of the bottle which is about the size of a 5p coin. With wet hands and if you are in a shower with no ledge to rest the bottle or lid or there is the potential for spillage. Because the neck of the bottle is quite wide if you do not take care you could pour out too much conditioner. The conditioner is quite thick but if you did knock the bottle over you would spill and waste the conditioner.
The conditioner is a clear coloured liquid. This is quite a thick jelly like consistency but does spread very easily through your hair. I have thick hair which reaches half way down my back and I use about a 50p sized amount of this conditioner. The scent is very strong and sweet as you rub the conditioner all over your hair and scalp. When rubbed into your hair the conditioner can be felt but it is not as greasy and slimy as many conditioners when they are rubbed into your hair.
The conditioner was very easy to rinse out of hair. I was quite surprised especially as I had applied this to my scalp I was very conscious that I needed to rinse this out thoroughly in order to minimise the chance of greasy roots.
Once rinsed out of my hair my hair felt very clean. There was no feeling of residue or sticky product on my hair. This was quite strange as most conditioners tend to leave some form of shiny feeling on wet hair but with the Spa Rituals Rebalancing Conditioner there is no feeling like this. The scent of the conditioner was a lot more subtle but my hair did have sweetness to it.
When I was blow drying my hair my hair seemed to dry a lot quicker than it does usually. Once dry my hair had a very soft clean feeling to it. It felt completely free from tangles and was very light and bouncy. The brush ran through my hair very easily and all of my hair felt smooth and soft without a fluffy or fly away type feeling.
When looking at my hair it had a very healthy look to it but did not have a glossy type shine that some conditioners offer especially those with claims of "high shine". My hair is colour treated with highlights and is in quite a dry condition therefore probably needs a conditioner that offers greater conditioning treatment. For those with more normal hair types and hair that is not heat or colour damaged this would create a lovely shine if using as a daily conditioner without weighing your hair down.
I also feel this is a conditioner that would be suitable for those with more greasy hair types. Although my hair is dry I often suffer greasy roots meaning I need to wash my hair daily. After using this conditioner (which you apply to your roots too) I was able to wash my hair every other day. My usually greasy roots did not look at all greasy and my hair looked very clean and healthy even on this second day. The conditioner is so light so does not weigh hair down therefore is perfect when you need to create volume too.
For my hair which is quite dry (and highlighted) my hair felt smooth and did have shine but I did feel that I would have preferred it to have a more glossy shine to it. Therefore this is probably a more suitable product for those with normal to greasy hair types or those that do not have colour treated hair. It does not leave a residue on hair so hair feels very light and does not get greasy quickly; in fact this conditioner allows me to wash my hair every other day. This is quite surprising especially as you can apply this conditioner to the roots of your hair too.
A lovely scented salon quality conditioner perfect for everyday use but probably more suitable for those lucky souls with healthy or more normal hair types.