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on 5/13/2016 11:19:00 AM
More reviews by dottielsj
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium
This conditioner works as well or better than the Biolage Hydrating Balm. I think Biolage changed their formula recently but GVP appears not to have made a change and is a dupe for the older formula. This GVP balm doesn't contain silicone or protein, so it's the perfect choice if you're sensitive to these ingredients. I think this conditioner hydrates nicely and is rich and thick so a little bit goes a long way. I only apply it to the midlengths and ends and I rinse for five full minutes, just to ensure that it's all out of my hair. Doing this keeps it from weighing my hair down and it leaves it light and bouncy with tons of body. My hair is highlighted and I also use permanent color to touch up my roots plus I heat style several times a week so dryness is always an issue. My hair is not protein sensitive and it does well with or without silicone. I've used the Biolage balm and honestly think the GVP version works better. It's definitely more moisturizing than Biolage. I also use the Biolage Hydrotherapie Hydrating Shampoo along with this GVP conditioner and the two products together do a great job of keeping my hair soft and shiny. After I run out of the shampoo, I want to try the GVP version. I figure that if the GVP balm works as well or better than Biolage, that the GVP version of the Biolage shampoo would likely work as well as Biolage. This GVP balm has been recommended countless times on the hair board and is often sold out so I thought I'd better give it a try. I switch shampoo/conditioner every time and this is a great duo to keep in my rotation. I try to gauge what my hair needs on any given day. I use Pureology Strength Cure s/c, Redken Body Full s/c and Living Proof Perfect Hair Day s/c. If my hair is very dry, I'll use the Biolage shampoo and GVP balm. If I want tons of volume, I'll use Redken Body Full s/c (which has been discontinued unfortunately) but it does make my hair rather dry so I'll usually follow it the next time with the Biolage shampoo and GVP balm. This routine works for me because I like to keep my hair guessing, lol! Using just one s/c has never worked well for me. I like to have a protein s/c in the rotation, hence the Strength Cure. I use it every third or fourth time to provide extra strength to my chemically processes tresses. But if my hair feels dry and crunchy, I'll use the Biolage shampoo and GVP balm. Sometimes I use it several times in a row in order to restore the suppleness and shine. This GVP conditioner works like a charm. And as long as I rinse really well, it makes my hair light and bouncy. If you're looking for a very moisturizing conditioner, you can't do better than this one. I highly recommend it.
5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
on 12/28/2015 3:57:00 PM
More reviews by rustybag
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
After hearing rave reviews about this, particularly that it is based on the old cult favorite formula of Biolage's conditioning balm, I decided to buy this along with the matching shampoo. My hair is fine and wavy, with oilier roots and drier ends. The shampoo is extremely drying so I paired this thick, waxy conditioner with various other shampoos and just was not impressed. It's thick and doesn't feel like it's penetrating, it feels like it's just sitting on top of your hair. It does not detangle very well, either. You have to rinse & rinse to get it all out. Once it's all out my hair looks okay, certainly not shiny or detangled. Pantene & Herbal Essences work better on my hair than this. The smell is the best part, fresh and slightly fruity/ floral like Biolage. Overall a huge disappointment.
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on 12/11/2015 3:18:00 AM
More reviews by CandyKayneJane
Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Warm
Hair: Black, Curly, Fine
Great as a leave-in but makes an unaffordable daily conditioner. It's very moisturizing, and thick.
on 12/5/2015 12:06:00 AM
More reviews by marinageorge21
Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
I can't help but compare this to the other GVP products I've tried, and the Paul Mitchell Detangler one is better. I've found this to be better than common drug store conditioners such as Garnier Fructis, Pantene, Organix...but Giovanni and Joico have performed better. This is definitely a good conditioner, but by no means is it special...performed as well as Aussie Moist...I've heard a lot of people say this is an HG, and was kind of disappoined this conditioner wasn't that good.
on 8/8/2015 8:26:00 PM
More reviews by leilarose68
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium
Best deep conditioner I've tried, and my thick, wavy hair is very hard to please. Leaves it soft and lovely.
on 6/26/2015 5:15:00 PM
More reviews by hautiehippie420
Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
This is one of two of my holy grail deep conditioning masks (a close runner-up is the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask)! It isn't as "balmy" (thick/oily) as the old Matrix version, but otherwise it is nearly identical and performance-wise gets 4/4 stars from me, as the first generation Conditioning Balm has been long discontinued.My natural hair is normal: not super oily and not very dry. However, I process my hair every 4-6 weeks (high-lift) and it takes a toll on my ends, which start to dry up, stiffen, and break. This problem has caused me be unable to grow my hair long, as it has become PRONE to breakage. It's also made my strands dull and tangly overall.My hair itself isn't fine; I don't have a TON, but it's medium-textured, medium-density, and has a large curl pattern that tends to poof instead of look defined because it's usually so dehydrated.I cannot use protein in my hair care regimen - unless it is directly after a very intense process. Even then, my hair is so picky and sensitive, that I'm still struggling to find a protein reconstructive treatment that doesn't leave my hair stiff as wires (K Pak is the reason I had to bust out my pure Argan oil & use up the rest of my Moroccanoil mask)!When I use this mask, my hair's softness and shine is restored. It's as simple as that; this WORKS! No more crunchy or brittle ends that suck the life out of my hair. I can never be without this mask, especially for under ten dollars... it's hands down, the best!I have found zero con's with this product. The scent doesn't trigger headaches (and I'm prone to them), the packaging doesn't bother me (I much prefer bottles to tubs), and the formula is 100% effective.Please, NEVER discontinue this product!
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 2/20/2015 2:35:00 PM
More reviews by amphianda
Skin: Normal, Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
This gem is rare in that its both protein-free AND silicone-free... Hard to find conditioners like this! My hair does not need protein, and in fact gets dry and stiff if I use protein even in small doses. I buy this when I can't afford the original Biolage Conditioning Balm, one which I have been using for 20 years. My hair is in pristine condition. (see my reviews for Biolage... and you can also see my hair in my photos).This is a FANTASTIC knock-off, well worth every penny, and very very close to the original in fragrance, ingredients, and effects. Very very moisturizing!It is not as thick as the original, and so it is a wee bit less conditioning, and the fragrance is not as beautiful, but also not as strong, which could be a plus for many.I buy the original whenever I can because I do like it better, and because Biolage has been such a life-changing experience that I feel I owe it to the world to make my small contribution to make sure that it is never discontinued, remains easy to find, and that the recipe for success is never changed in favor of a cheaper to produce sub-par formulation (ahem... like they did with the ULTRA versions). But when I am very poor, I buy this... and I may even prefer their version of the moisturizing shampoo better than the Matrix Biolage one. May. Also, if you understandably dont want to shell out $$ for Biolage just to try it out, definitely buy this one as a way of sampling the original. Miracle product, almost perfectly matching the original. So glad it exists. If youre interested in trying the original, read my rave review of BIOLAGE CONDITIONING BALM UPDATE: I just learned that the GVP version of Conditioning Balm is actually based on the superior oldest formulation of the original Biolage Conditioning Balm. I changed my rating to five stars. This conditioner may actually be BETTER than the current formulation of the Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner (formally known as Conditioning BALM)
6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
on 12/19/2014 9:10:00 PM
More reviews by Dance41886
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
I really like it thus far, my hair is naturally dry, wavy and as of about 2 years ago highlighted with bleach in some areas. This product is nice, but when it comes to deep conditioners I'm always on the hunt for an HG, not sure if this is it. It fits the bill for now and it works so I'm going to use up my bottle and see where I want to go afterwards.
on 12/8/2014 11:29:00 AM
More reviews by PlanetAmour
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral
OMG I don't understand the good reviews. This is nothing like biolage in smell or performance. It's waxy and greasy. I would hold them to their guarantee and return it to the address on the bottle but it's not worth the shipping price. Wish I never got this, I will never use it again as it streaked my hair in heavy wax and ended up buying more biolage instead.
on 10/15/2014 1:50:00 PM
More reviews by veiled89
Skin: Sensitive, Olive, Warm
I had high hopes for this product. I do not have tangle issues. I am always in need of a good moisture product, since I live in a dry climate and my hair is always parched. This seemed to fit the bill. Other reviews speak of it packing a moisture punch, but may not detangle well. Anyway, the day after I purchased it I decided to give it a go. I did my once a month clarifying wash and slathered it on. It is a thick balm, and in my 2c/3a, somewhat coarse hair it was easy to spread through. It had a very strong perfume smell to it, which I did not care for. I've always found strong scents to be headache provoking. Strike one. Still, I left it on and applied heat with a blow dryer. My hair felt so soft and silky at this point. Things were looking good. After 30 minutes, I showered. I rinsed and the silky feeling was still there, but only for a few seconds. I quickly noticed a waxy feeling, hair that I could not run my fingers through (which I can always do with my normal conditioners), and my hair was matting. Uh-oh, strike two. I should have re-washed and conditioned, but I pressed on. I tried to style my hair as normal (raking oil in, scrunching gel in, air drying or diffusing). As soon as I tried the oil I could tell I would have to re shower and start over. I tried just rinsing, and that left a coating. I tried a low-poo and that wasn't enough. Strike three. I had to use a sulfate shampoo, which I only do occasionally (once a month maybe), and because I did that before the treatment, my hair is now drier than it was pre-treatment. NOT GOOD. I will hopefully be able to restore moisture levels with a week of pampering with my normal products. In the mean time, I tried to style as normal after re-washing and conditioning and that isn't working, so I'll have to re-rinse and condition and out it up in a loose bun. Ugh. What a hassle. This may work great for some, but not for me. Back to coconut oil for deep treatments.
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