Unlisted Brand • Generic Value Products GVP Conditioning Balm • Conditioner
|Would buy this product again.||88%|
Age: Unknown Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
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!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Dark Hair: Black, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown
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.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Curly Eyes: Brown
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.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown
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.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
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!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I'm pleased with this purchase. I like skipping my normal conditioning and using this as a leave-in. I've gotten great results... quality conditioner, though it can be frustrating to get out of the bottle. My hair is smooth and soft and happy.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I like this but i don't lOVE it, you know what i mean?
because this has no 'cones, it's not as "moisturizing" at least in feel, to hair as conditioners that give slip from 'cones. so that might take some getting used to.In fact it just makes my hair feel pretty waxy and gross. I don't like to use this as my shower conditioner, it doesn't moisturize my hair enough,
i like to use this as a leave-in for days when i'm not doing anything to my hair. If you use too much your hair can get crunchy? but if you tossle your hair a little bit, the feeling goes away and your hair is left soft and very manageable.
it's incredibly thick, and very hard to squeeze out of the tube, no joke, like other reviewers have stated. but i dont think that takes away from what this can do. It's kind of strange, as a conditioner its a mehh but as a leave in i like it.
for reference i'm male, fine, brown, highlighted hair.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This conditioner saved my protein overloaded hair. A++++
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Love this! I've never been a big name brand junkie. If it works, I'll use it. If it doesn't, I'll concoct something in my kitchen that does.
Anyway, I read the reviews and decided to try it. Use it all the time now. It can be hard to get out of the bottle. No biggie, just unscrew the cap or add some water until its the consistency you like. I took the advice of some of the posters here and filled a small travel spray bottle about 1/3 of the way with this balm and the other 2/3 with water and shook it (after I put the cap back on, of course). Voila! Leave in conditioner I can just throw in my already overburdened purse (seriously. I think only people with two year olds can, on any given night, dig in their purse and pull out flash cards, goldfish crackers or crayons. Sometimes a combination of all three).
I have a problem with conditioner not rinsing out completely. Simple fix for that is I fill a hair color bottle 3/4 to 2/3 full of water and fill the rest of the way with ACV then pour over my hair. Squeaky clean and soft every time.
Only problems I have with this balm are A) price. I hate spending $6 for conditioner BUT it is better than almost $20 and if you knly use it as a leave in it will last a LONG time and B) why can't it come in a bigger bottle?
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Dark, Cool Hair: Black, Relaxed, Fine Eyes: Brown
Rainbows and butterflies baby! I cowash everyday and I use Aussie Moist to "wash" and the balm to condition. I leave it on for about 5 mins and when I rinse it out, my hair feels like I dc'd. I loooooovvvvveeeeee this stuff!
I've never tried the original, and I never will. The only thing that's bad is that they don't sell this in a bigger size!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
This conditioner is IDENTICAL to Biolage. It's amazing and I love it! I will continue to purchase this instead of spending an obscene amount at the salon for my shampoo and conditioner.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Brown Eyes: Other
Yes. Yes! YES! This is my absolute Holy Grail conditioner. I've gone through so many bottles of this since discovering it several years ago (which is saying something for a hair product junkie like me). My hair is thick, fine, and wavy/borderline curly. It tends to be dull and prone to frizz.
SMELL: Chemical, not unpleasant, not particularly pleasant. Kind of like the conditioner version of an unscented hand lotion. It doesn't linger once rinsed, in my experience.
TEXTURE: Very thick, very creamy, a little goes a long way for my hair. Provides great slip for detangling. I sometimes use a little bit as a leave-in, and it doesn't leave a greasy or waxy residue.
PACKAGING: Due to the thick nature of the product, it is difficult to get all of the conditioner out of the bottle. I usually end up thinning the last bit with water to get all of it out. I wish it came in a tube. My only complaint.
RESULT: Shinyyy, moisturized, bouncy hair with movement. This is my saving grace when my hair is destroyed from heat/chemicals. If I could use only one conditioner forever, this would be it.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine Eyes: Green
My curly hair has been so dry the last few months that I thought I'd try a rich, thick conditioner. (I don't use shampoo, but co-wash a la the Deva method.) I had high hopes for this, but it isn't any more moisturizing than the L'Oreal Eversleek conditioner I've been using. It's coating my hair a little bit, and feels waxy. It's really thick and tough to squeeze out of the bottle -- have to keep it upside down so I don't struggle. Won't repurchase.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I absolutely love this conditioner! The very first time I used it, I could see a really big difference in my hair. I think what I like most about it is how versatile it is. I've used this as a deep conditioner, a moisture treatment after a protein treatment, regular conditioner, and mixed with water as a leave-in conditioner. It delivers so much moisture, it's almost insane. The price is more than reasonable. I've had my bottle for about 9 months or so and I've still got about a third of a bottle left.
I've only got two complaints: It can be really hard to get out of the bottle because it's so thick. Especially when your hands are wet, it can be a challenge. And I'm not a huge fan of the smell. They did do a great job of recapturing the original Conditioning Balm's smell, I'm just not wild about it.
I will absolutely repurchase this!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Hazel
This is a thick conditioner. My hair is thick, coarse, dry, and frizzy...not much going for it. I love this conditioner it makes my hair soft and manageable. If your hair gets tangled easily, this stuff works wonders! A must have!I would have never purchased this without the reviews here on MUA. Love it and thanks for reviewing!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Let me start by saying that my hair is 85% gray, colored every month (Natural Instincts Vibrant Hair Color) and flat ironed daily. I keep reading how great the GVP Conditioning Balm is so great so I stopped by Sally's to pick it up. I saw the GVP Biolage Hydrating Shampoo sitting beside it and thought, why not?? I'm a hair product junkie. The shampoo smells great and I used it with the conditioning balm and my hair looks amazing. It is super shiny, smooth and the conditioning balm, as thick as it is, didn't weigh my hair down at all. It's super soft and manageable. I see complaints about the shampoo leaving your hair like straw but without conditioner, ALL shampoo makes my hair feel rough. The conditioning balm smooths the cuticle. Overall, I am WELL satisfied with this shampoo/conditioning balm and will definitely repurchase.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I won a tube of the real deal Biolage Conditioning Balm at a bingo. I can't afford Biolage (I'm a ds girl all the way) so I've never tried it. It was ok, not super conditioning, not awful, just meh. Used up the small tube and that was it. THEN I read the reviews here and see that it would have made a great leave in. Rats. So I'm at Sally's and see they have this Biolage dupe and all their GVP stuff was on sale for $5 so I say what the heck, and get a bottle. OH MY LORD! What a great leave-in conditioner this is!!!!! It makes my hair feel like silk. So moisturizing! Doesn't de-frizz 100% but it's still pretty damn awesome. I have killed my hair with dyes, strippers and bleach over the past 6 months and this stuff has helped my hair so much. And the giant bottle will last FOREVER because I only use a tiny pea size dab in my damp hair. LOVE!
Updating 3/1/2013 - cut off 3 inches of damage recently and grabbed this in the shower. Also used a pea sized as a leave in, my hair is so shiny, I'm blinded by it's reflection in the mirror. LOVE.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
Pretty good stuff. I didn't care for it as a leave-in conditioner, as others have raved about. I love the smell! Aound here I picked up a bottle for about $6.49, and my hair uses A LOT of it, so we'll see how cost effective it really is in the long run. Yeah, the packaging is crap, hard to get it out of the bottle when you're trying to shower, but that's not a big gripe. I will definitely go back and repurchase, because it's MUCH better than anything at Wal-Mart!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I had very high hopes for this product as it got great reviews everywhere I looked. I have never tried the original version of this but I always have high hopes for GVP products because ingredients are exactly the same as the original. When I first tried this product I was impressed by the thickness. It is soooo thick and balmy that it is extremely hard to get out of the bottle; this, imo, istypically a good sign. I have never used a thick, creamy conditioner that didn't do something special for my hair. This product, however, did not perform like expected. It is thick, like a cream, so it moisturizes hair well initially while my hair is wet. My hair felt really nice and silky while wet and I could comb through very easily (which is impossible for me to do without any conditioning product in my hair). After using this for a few months I have realized that it just does not work for me at all. It performs as well as any other cheap, thin conditioner (think Suave, which is a brand I do not use anymore as it does not do anything for me). You would think that such thick balm would make hair extra soft and shiny... it doesn't. I don't know how comparable it is in performance to the original but I definitely will not repurchase. They also really need to reconsider the packaging and put it in a pump bottle because it is a pain in the azz to get out, especially when you're hands are wet and slippery in the shower. Also, the label letters started coming off so at one point my hands were covered in little black specks... that bothers me immensely because I have platinum blonde hair and I wouldn't want tiny black specks all over my hair/scalp.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Blue
Yes. Herm. As you can see, I LOVE IT.
Price: Sally Beauty keeps it real with their ridiculously friendly prices- not to mention $5-$6 for 16 oz. of (amazing) product (that you probably only use a relatively small amount of whenever you wash) is such an astronomically good deal that I think they were drunk when they priced this.
Packaging: The packaging is so cool. Yeah, it can be difficult to get the product out of the bottle due to its thickness, but whatever. The bottle is so plain and to the point that it's almost ugly, but there's something graphically endearing about it. The plastic isn't too firm, so it's squeezable. You definitely have to shake it violently when you get down to about half the bottle, though. I just look at it as getting a free workout with my awesome conditioner.
Consistency: Clearish-white in color (no added dyes- woo!), and THICK. Don't like insanely thick conditioners? You'd better not touch this one. Need something thick and EXTRA moisturizing? Grab as many bottles as you can and hoard them and call them your precious in a creepy Gollum voice.
Scent: It smells almost exactly like the actual Biolage Conditioning Balm- inexplicable, yet somehow identifiable. Very unisex, unobtrusive, pleasant fragrance. Doesn't linger very much at all.
Ingredients: I guess they're the same as Biolage, according to the bottle, but I don't really care. They're decent ingredients regardless, and CONE-FREE, so, jackpot. Here's Sally's website ingredients for your informational pleasure: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Decyl Oleate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Hexyl Cinnamal, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwack) Extract, Methyl-2-Octynoate
Performance: When I used this as a rinse-out, it was a bit above average, but I knew there had to be more to it. After reading rave reviews on Hair Board and other internet places, I decided to push my It's a 10 to the side and try GVP as a leave-in. BEST DECISION EVER! My hair NEEDS the thickness and moisturizing capability of this conditioner, so I get some in my hands, add a little water to make it easier to apply, and slather it into my freshly washed, soaking wet hair. I don't have to whimper anymore when I detangle. Not only does it spread, detangle, moisturize, and add shine more effectively than any leave-in I've ever tried (besides Kinky-Curly, but that's a review for another time), but I save SO MUCH MONEY. Buying It's a 10, Miracle 7, and all that other nonsense even a few times a year was such a wallet-drainer. Now I have a ton of product for a measly six bucks- $5.49 with my Sally card- and just one bottle lasts FOREVER! My first bottle lasted me half a year, and it was already a quarter of the way gone from using it as a rinse-out. Absolutely bananas.
Overall: See top of review.