Sunday, 29 December 2013

Speed Review: Lee Stafford My Big Fat Healthy Hair Conditioner

Following on from yesterday's review of Lee Stafford My Big Fat Healthy Hair Shampoo, today's review is of the accompanying conditioner. I'd never previously tried a conditioner from Lee Stafford but my fine hair has been looking limp and lacklustre recently so I pulled this out of my "to try" box in the hope that it would live up to the "Big Fat Hair" promises, with claims along the lines of "pump up the volume, keep hair looking thicker, fuller, etc...".



The Lee Stafford signature pink packaging is instantly recognisable and unashamedly girlie. I liked the functionality of the tube. The conditioner has a lightweight texture, akin to a creamy lotion and presumably designed as such so as not to weigh down fine hair. I was impressed at how quickly and easily I was able to rinse out the conditioner.

During use I noticed the same slightly sweet fragrance with a chemical undertone as that of the shampoo. Personally, I didn't like it but thankfully, the scent didn't linger and after I'd dried and styled my hair, I only noticed a "clean hair" scent, which wasn't unpleasant.

Although my hair is fine, it's in normal condition. It's not particularly on the dry side, nor is it oily but it tends to be frizz prone & lack volume. The only heat styling that I use on a regular basis is my hairdryer- tools such as curling wands and straightening irons tend to be reserved for special occasions & my hair isn't colour treated. With this in mind, I was disappointed at the conditioning effects of Lee Stafford My Big Fat Healthy Hair Conditioner. It didn't add any noticeable softness to my hair and my usually frizz prone mane was left looking even frizzier than usual- I resembled a cartoon character that had just been electrocuted!
Having said this, my hair was left volumised and with the sort of swishy hair movement which is normally reserved for adverts and is so rarely achieved in my hair.

Given the somewhat limited conditioning benefits, I'd say this is best suited to someone with oily hair as opposed to those with dry hair. I don't feel that it delivers on the Healthy Hair name but it does live up to the "My Big Fat Hair" moniker and volumising claims. For that reason, I'd recommend this but will qualify by highlighting that the time saved on trying to achieve volume may instead need to be invested into smoothing your hair. If you only buy one product from the duo, I'd veer towards the shampoo and opt for a richer conditioner.

Lee Stafford My Big Fat Healthy Hair Conditioner costs £5.99 for 250ml.
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