It might be too soon to tell, but I think I like this stuff. I have never used biolage ever, so I can't really compare, but I read the reviews and I figured hey if it does compare and some biolage users will use this in place, then hey why not!
I wanted something that moisturized pretty well with or without cones and maybe not protein. Well this has neither, although I hear they added keratin to the real biolage balm. I just got finished using Suave Damage Care which is loaded with silicones, and although silicones are bad for your hair, my hair really likes them. Anyway, is this a good replacement for my silicone conditioner?? Maybe. I am sorta of awed at the fact that it has no cones in this, but yet my hair is soft, but it does have that centrimonium chloride, which has a tendency to build on my hair. And I almost think that most V05 conditioners (which I used to despise) have no cones or protein are similiar to this balm, which are even cheaper, even Suave coconut. (haha am I complaining that I can get a cheaper conditioner than this?? LOL) And yeah this stuff doesn't smell too good, kinda salon chemically. Oh and it's waay hard to get out of the tube, gotta knock it back a few times to get it out. Overall, not sure if I'd go back to this or not, but I think it's a keeper for now.
I've used and loved this forever. It's not exactly the same as Biolage but close enough for government work and ... it's cheap as hell. I use it with heat, without heat, as a leave in, as a preshampoo ... it's just a great basic workhorse. The Harmon/FaceValues version is also excellent, if a bit more expensive.
To be fair, this is more like a 3.5, but with a price (and scent!) like this, I think it's deserves the bump up to 4 ^^
It took me AGES--I mean a bottle and a half's worth--to figure out how to use this. I kept trying it as a normal conditioner, sometimes I'd let it sit for a little bit longer, but my hair never seemed to soak it up. My hair would feel kinda dry and not that shiny. The reviews were just too good though, so I kept at it. I finally tried it out on damp hair, then wrapped it up in a shower cap and towel wrap to keep it warm, and let it sit for about an hour, and my hair really did feel much softer and nicer. It's fabulous for after protein treatments too!
If this didn't produce the results you wanted, try it again with heat!
I've never used any of the Sally's GVP products before, so I was a little hesitant to try this, but I'm glad I did because I think I've found the perfect deep conditioner for my hair. I have thick, wavy, color treated, dry hair so finding products that work for me can be tricky, but this worked fantastically. This really does have a thick, balm-like consistency, so a little goes a long way. I used about 1/2oz and brushed it through my wet hair. After rinsing it out 5 minutes later my hair felt like SILK. I didn't want to put any styling products in it and ruin the feel it felt so good. And despite how moisturizing this is it was easy to wash out and didn't leave my hair weighed down at all. Amazing, amazing stuff, and will definitely repurchase when I run out (which probably won't be for a while considering the generously sized bottle).
I have been using this conditioner forever now, and I am in love! I am a 3B curly girl and this conditioner moisturizes my hair like crazy. I always get compliments on how soft my hair is and all the credit goes to this conditioner. In the shower, I use about two quarter sized dollops and my hair just glides through my detangling comb. I do not use this as a leave-in however, because it is a little heavy for use as a leave-in conditioner. It is perfect for my co-washes though.
Let me start off by saying that I have both the Biolage Conditioning Balm and the GVP Conditioning Balm sitting in my shower right now, and I switch off their use every other day. These are not the same product. The first sign that alerted me to their difference was when I smelled them both side to side. The fragrance is completely different; but that's not a big deal. The second sign that solidified my finding is that these feel completely different on my hair. My hair feels like SILK when I put the Biolage conditioner on it, and my hair feels like it just has a thick conditioner on it when I put the GVP on. With that said, the end result is basically the same. I have a few less tangles when I use Biolage, but my hair is still smooth, easy to manage, and healthier than it was before I started using either conditioning balm. If I had the money, I would buy Biolage over this. But, since I'm a broke college student, I'm not going to be nitty-gritty over the small things. Thanks for making a great product, GVP!
I can't believe I walked passed this product in Sally for so many years and hesitated time and time again with purchasing it.
I sat underneath my hooded dryer and deep conditioned with it for 20 minutes today on my shampooed 3c/4a hair. My hair was so moisturized and soft. I can't believe how well this product works and I even like it better than the original version. I even love how there is no protein in this product so I can use it after I do a protein treatment.
All of my other conditioners are getting the boot...I'll use them up for pre-shampooing and co-washing my hair with. Trying out this product came at the perfect time because I am tired of being a product junkie and not being completely satisfied with a conditioner.
This is the best deep conditioner on the market. I have tried the original one made by Matrix, and I can confidently say that they work exactly the same. They even smell the same! My 3b curls love this stuff. I follow up with this after using Sally's GVP for Joico K-Pak and it works wonderfully. Always leaves my hair silky smooth. The slip it provides is amazing. I only wish it came in a jar like the original conditioning balm.
First of all, I will never ever ever be without this stuff. Ever.
Ok, so I bought this after reading a ton of reviews on products that could help my hair. I have platinum bleached white hair - I have it professionally lifted about 7 shades every 4-6 weeks. Basically, it's hella dry and damaged. On top of that, I have naturally fine and thick hair that's also curly/wavy and frizzy. Using purple shampoo and conditioner twice a week doesn't help either because they're all super drying. So, it's a hot mess.
I picked up this hair miracle for $5.89 I believe. It was actually the last one in the store..apparently everyone else already knew about it. I also picked up the One 'n Only Argan shampoo and conditioner, but I plan on reviewing that later. So I went home immediately and gave myself a deep conditioning treatment after wetting my hair. I left this stuff on for 30 minutes and washed out. Of course I used my Joico purple S & C and then followed up with the balm again. My hair was pure silk in the shower. After getting out, I followed through with my usual products and used a pea sized amount (maximum) as a leave in. I let my hair air dry, which I rarely do. It dried beautifully - super smooth, soft and with the most adorable curls. This stuff is basically miraculous. Like I said, I'll never be without it again.
Oh, while I put it on my roots as a leave in, I wouldn't recommend that for others, because it will make it pretty greasy.
This is THE BEST conditioner I think I've ever used! I have searched so long and spent so much money trying to find a silicone and protein-free conditioner that doesn't contain any drying alcohols for so long and I've finally found one. I used it for the first time last night and today my hair looks like silk! It usually looks like a frizzy mess (especially the ends) due to protein overload back in the day. I am just beyond excited. I might use it as a leave-in too because good ones are so hard to find. The Biolage Conditioning Balm now contains hydrolyzed keratin (which I would never put on my hair) but the GVP doesn't. If they add it in the future I think I'll cry. I'm tempted to go buy two more bottles at least lol. This is my HG conditioner and I HIGHLY recommend it!!