I don't know about you but I can never go to Boots without buying something. The shelves of shiny beauty products suck me in and before I know it I've spent thirty pounds when all I went in for was a new toothbrush.
Lunchtime today was no different and after picking up my sandwich meal deal I was lured into the haircare aisle. Boots have a 3 for 2 promotion across all haircare at the moment so it proved to be perfect timing as, after years of searching, last week I discovered one of the best hair conditioners. Ever.
I have dark brown hair which can get really dry and split-ended so I'm always on a never-ending mission for products that will make my hair both healthy and glossy. I've tried everything from the mouth-wateringly priced Kérastase to the Boots Botanics range but nothing has ever quite hit the spot. Although my hair is naturally dark I put a temporary brown rinse through it every now and then to boost the colour. In a bid to prolong the warmth of the shade and increase shine I gave the Clairol Colourseal Gloss Conditioner, 99p, a go and I've got say it is one of the best conditioners I've come across.
The conditioner comes in small tube for a suggested three applications. My individual hair strands are quite thick but unfortunately I don't have many strands on my head so my hair could be described as 'thin'. I put on the recommended amount (1/2 of the tube) on the first day but my hair felt greasy and lank post blow-dry. Having had this problem before, on the second use I halved the amount to just a size of 20p coin and it was just right.
The first thing I noticed about this product is it smells gorgeous, a little bit like coconut - I'm a sucker for a tropical scent. The consistency of the conditioner is quite thick but after massaging it through and combing my hair with a wide-toothed comb it instantly untangled any stubborn knots. I left it on my hair with a hair cap (attractive!) and had a hot shower.
I was once told by a hair stylist that when hair is subjected to steam, it opens up the hair shaft to allow moisture into the hair which helps to stop dryness and breakage. It is also said that when the scalp follicles are opened by the steam, hair will grow faster. I'm not sure if this is true but post-gym steam session always seems to have a good effect on my hair so I try to steam my hair at least once a week. By that I really mean I only ever manage to go the gym once a week.
After five minutes I rinsed it out with cold water and after a quick blast of the hair dryer I could immediately see a difference - my hair looked very, very shiny. I hate to sound like a corny advert but it really did have a "glass-like mirror shine". The dark brown colour looked really rich and warm. Intensive conditioning treatments can sometimes leave my hair can feeling weighed down and "coated" in product but my locks actually felt really light.
Not to blow my own trumpet but it's definitely been a good hair week! Needless to say, I would recommend this conditioner to anyone with recently dyed dark hair that needs a bit of a colour boost. I haven't used it every day as I don't like to subject my fragile mop to too many chemicals but as a twice weekly treatment it works a treat.
p.s from the photo you'll notice I couldn't resist also picking up some new nail polish and remover on my Boots trip. They were paid for using Advantage Card points though so at least I'm trying to curb my shopping ways.