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Conditioner - Generic Value Products GVP Conditioning Balm

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rated 4.4(77 reviews)

  • Average Rating: 4.4
  • 89% would buy again
  • Package Quality: 3.3
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rated 5 of 5 on 8/28/2014 5:02:00 PM More reviews by hennahead

Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Grey, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

This stuff is my HG goto conditioner. It's great as a daily, and absolutely rocks as a DC. I use it with it's matching shampoo, and always after the GVP K Pak. I love the Matrix brand, and this stuff performs every bit as well. Unlike the Matrix version, the GVP balm is totally protein free. This stuff keeps my ends soft all day, through the Florida heat and humidity. Gotta love that moisture moisture moisture!!

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 8/25/2014 9:07:00 AM More reviews by JuicyGirlx33

Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Brown

(I haven't tried the Biolage version, so I can only compare it to my experience with other conditioners.) It leaves my hair silky smooth without weighing it down or leaving residue. (I can't judge it based on shine because my hair is straight and black, so that's not an issue for me.) I was loving it from the first use and I will definitely be stocking up on it.
It's in a bottle, but it's so thick that I prefer to remove the cap and squeeze a dollop of it into my hand. I wring out the excess water from my hair after shampooing and work it into the ponytail part. Comb through, leave in, and rinse out with cold water at the end of my shower. Also, I switch my shampoo and conditioner about every 2 weeks for best results and to prevent product buildup.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 8/22/2014 12:53:00 PM More reviews by PaulaBenoit

Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Olive, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown

My husband picked this up for me at a Sally's in Buffalo as the Canadian stores do not carry it (and online it cannot ship to Canada). My hair is pretty dry from coloring and highlights. After one use my hairs moisture was restored, my hair is soft, supple, shiny and bouncy. Most times after I wash my hair and blow dry it with a round brush I need to add a serum from the mid shafts down to calm any frizz due to my hairs dry texture but after using this conditioner my hair was smooth and silky. Huge difference to how the ends of my hair look and feel. The conditioner itself is very thick and rich, a little goes a long way. I left it in for 5 minutes and then rinsed. I've never tried the Matrix version of this but considering how well this product performed I can't see why I would pay a premium for the Matrix brand when this did such an amazing job. Cost was $5.89 for 16 oz. An absolute steal. Highly recommend.

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rated 4 of 5 on 7/23/2014 10:04:00 AM More reviews by adavi0140

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Green

On my second bottle of this. I co-wash, and use this as a rinse out. It has an extremely thick texture, which is why it scored low on packaging. The product is so thick that getting it out of a squeeze bottle is a fight. A pump would be better, or even a tub, though the latter isn't always better when it's stored in a shower. It is very cheap, around 6 USD, which comes to about 6.50CAD. I don't believe this is available at Canadian Sally's Beauty Supply, but one might be able to order it online. Thankfully, I live on the border and have relatively easy access to it.
As for the actual product, it performs very well. It has a nice scent, not overpowering. Kind of vanilla-cream-y with a bit of floral. It leaves my curls very soft and shiny, and has decent slip. I use an amount about the size of two or three quarters for my thin, bra strap length hair. It is free of silicones also, for those who are CG(Curly-Girl), like myself.
So, overall, I would recommend this. It's a great conditioner and extremely inexpensive for the amount you get.

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 6/2/2014 5:59:00 PM More reviews by MissLerina

Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown


- hydrating
- silicone free
- scent


- very thick
- can be hard to squeeze out

COMMENTS: Having tried the original conditioning balm by Matrix, this is a great dupe. I find this one a tad bit thicker, but it hydrates and smells just the same. I use this as my deep conditioner as I find it too heavy and rich to use as a leave-in or rinse out. I can see this being hard to squeeze out as you start to use up more product, so just keep this upside down to prevent having a hard time with that.

Will repurchase.

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rated 5 of 5 on 5/13/2014 11:23:00 PM More reviews by skibumschick

Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine Eyes: Green

This stuff is amazing. I have naturally curly hair. This conditioner makes my curls actually curl and not frizz in any way. It's too heavy for everyday use, but I work it into my routine at least once a week. It's definitely the best hair day of the week when I use it.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 5/13/2014 8:12:00 PM More reviews by HollyWould123

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green

Absolutely LOVE this product. What a great, genuine duplicate that works just as well as the "original". I would probably buy this even if I weren't on a budget. I do love to splurge on Fekkai or Bed Head occasionally, but this product makes it so hard to justify! I do not have damaged or color treated hair, but use heat styling regularly so I do like extra moisture whenever possible. The smell is nice and the formula is thick and luxurious. A must have!!

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rated 5 of 5 on 4/1/2014 3:26:00 AM More reviews by Anne184

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

Very pleased with this product. Makes my hair very soft and I only need a very little, since I have fine hair. I have not used the orginal so I cannot really compare. The scent is pleasant, but it doesn't last after my hair is dry. I am guessing that when using the original, the scent will last longer.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 1/30/2014 12:48:00 AM More reviews by lotusfairy

Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown

I buy this when I'm on a budget and it works well to condition my hair, but I love it even more as a leave-in. It softens and gives my curly hair good texture and shine without being too heavy or greasy. I love that it is protein-free so I can use it everyday if I wanted to without having to worry about it messing with my protein/moisture balance schedule. I love the original and I would say that this doesn't have a long-lasting scent as I would have liked. Performance wise it is just as good. If it doesn't work as a regular rinse-out, try it as a leave-in. I noticed that even with the original, I have to add a tiny bit of water to get it to properly work for me as a rinse-out. I have no idea why. You get a big bottle for about five bucks which is nice.

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rated 5 of 5 on 1/3/2014 10:05:00 PM More reviews by Silvia8329

Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Red, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I will definitely purchase this again. It works great on my greying, color treated, somewhat coarse, wavy hair. I sometimes skip shampoo and use this as a conditioner only wash with no buildup or weighed down hair.

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