Review: Gliss Ultimate Volume Conditioner

Gliss Ultimate Volume ConditionerI’ve been finding a real mixture of good and bad products in the pound shops over the last few months, and this shows up quite a lot in the health and beauty sections – you have to be careful what you pick!

One thing I’ve had a lot of luck with over the warmer months is Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Ultimate Volume Conditioner. All the cheap shops seem to have it in stock, pretty much, and it’s worked out pretty good value for money.

Obviously different conditioners suit different hair types, so I can’t promise you’ll get the same results, but I’m really quite pleased with this conditioner. Yes, it has a rather over-long name that seems to promise the earth, but you get that with lots of other similar products too.

The real reason I bought it was that I was looking for a product that didn’t have loads of silicones in it. My hair is fine and coloured, and in hotter/muggy weather it can feel a bit limp, so I was just looking for something that gave reasonable levels of conditioning without leaving a greasy feeling or lots of residue.

I’m always a bit cynical about promises such as ‘ultimate volume’, ‘hair repair’ and ingredients billed as stuff like ‘liquid sea-collagen’ (seriously?) – I just wanted something that did the job. Well, this definitely did the trick, giving a reasonable level of conditioning, and hair that didn’t feel weighed down or coated.

As an added bonus it doesn’t have a strong fragrance, so it didn’t irritate my skin or clash with my perfume. There’s a faint ‘clean’ smell, but it isn’t overpowering.

The main ingredients in this product are:

  • Water
  • Cetearyl alcohol (this type of alcohol is a moisturiser rather than a paintstripper)
  • Hydrolysed collagen
  • Panthenol (high up the ingredients list, so might actually do some good)

For my combination of hair type and scalp type, this has worked out better than any expensive product I’ve tried in recent years. I might need a bit more conditioning power in the winter, but for the moment I’m really happy using it as an everyday product.

EDITED TO ADD: El from A Thrifty Mrs has reviewed the matching shampoo, if you’d like to have a read of that.

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