“ Brand: Timotei / Type: Conditioner / What it does: Refreshes, „
I always tend to go for the cheaper brand and when I seen this conditioner half price in Morrisons, I decided it would be worth a try. The bottle is white, has a little picture of herbs on the front and comes in a 300ml sized bottle.
The fresh and strong shampoo says that it is for 'normal' types of hair and claims to 'strengthen' hair and provide freshness. It also says that it is scented with herbs. Although, I honestly can't state whether the conditioner does actually strengthen your hair, it definitely has a subtle fresh herb smell to it, including a soft lavender scent. It smells fresh and most importantly, clean. I would however, recommend using the same brand Timotei shampoo because the scent is quite distinctive and I don't think it would smell right if it was mixed with different scents.
The conditioner itself is very easy to dispense and apply. You simply apply a enerous sized amount through the middle and ends of the hair, massaging it in as you work it through. It spreads easily as it has a creamy consistency and it also washes out easily.
Once you have rinsed your hair, if does feel soft but you won't see the real effects until you have totally dried your hair. Once dry, hair will smell great, feel soft and look shiny and silky. However, as with most conditioners it only stays looking this fresh for the first day. The smell also seems to fade pretty quickly. I would also avoid putting conditioner on your roots as it will leave your hair looking greasy.
I would use this conditioner again but I don't find that it particularly made my hair any 'stronger'. Having said that, I only used it for about a month and a half (until the bottle ran out) so perhaps if you did use it for a longer period of time, you may start to see more effective results. It will leave your hair looking soft and smelling good, which is all I look for in a conditioner.
WHAT IS IT?
A conditioner by Timotei. It is designed to make your hair strong and is suitable for all hair types and lengths.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Use a small amount and massage it through your hair all the way to the tips. Let it sink into your hair for a few minutes then rinse and style as usual.
WHAT I THINK
This is not a very good conditioner and it is not one I will purchase again. It smells very nice and this smell lingers on my hair but the conditioner is much too rich and that weighs my hair down and also makes it look lank and greasy very quickly.
It doesn't make my hair any less knotted and when I comb through my hair it doesn't feel silky or as soft as when I use other and better conditioners. It doesn't make my hair feel strong and because it makes my hair so lank that weighs it down and makes it look like it hasn't been washed.
It is hard to rinse out and I have to comb my hair while I am rinsing it to make sure there is none left near my scalp to make my hair look dirty. It does make my hair feel fresh when it is first washed and dried though but that effect doesn't last for very long.
You can buy this conditioner in Boots and other pharmacies, Poundland sometimes have it in stock but the writing on the bottle is foreign and the conditioner smells different so I do not know if it is an official product.
1 Dooyoo Star.
As I am not brand loyal, I tend to change my shampoos and conditioners often. I also find that my hair responds best when I don't use the same product for too long. If I do, any initial improvements bought by a new product tend to fade. I often choose a Timotei product though, because I have had good success with them before. For this reason, I decided to buy Timotei Fresh and Strong Conditioner, along with the equivalent shampoo. I first bought it in Superdrug about a year ago for just under £2 for a 300ml bottle, but more recently I have purchased it in the 99p store as it is obviously cheaper there.
Timotei say that the shampoo is suitable for normal hair, which is the type of shampoo I prefer as it tends to work best on all parts of my "combination" type hair. They say it will strengthen your hair, and provide long lasting freshness, as well as the "invigorating fragrance of the mountain breeze." The bottle bears the statement that the shampoo is made from a selection of herbs, along with other ingredients, and that it does not contain any parabens. I like the scent of the listed herbs - thyme, sage, and tarragon so I thought that they would provide an interesting change to more floral perfumed products.
The bottle is quite basic being mainly white, but it does have a little picture of the herbs on it so it isn't completely featureless. The most important thing from my point of view is that the bottle isn't see through, and I do prefer ones that are because it makes it slightly easier to judge how much you have left. The flip top lid has a good size hole underneath and it is easy to open as well as close firmly.
I liked the scent of the conditioner as soon as I sniffed it. It is a sort of spicy herbal aroma, that is fresh and pleasant. I can't pick out the individual herbs with the exception of a hint of sage, but the combination of all three is nice. It is a scent that I think is fairly unisex, and certainly my boyfriend doesn't mind borrowing it when I have a bootle on the go. The smell lingers for some time in the bathroom so I was surprised that I couldn't say the same for the scent of the conditioner on my actual hair. I can smell it distinctly for a few hours as I turn my head, especially if I have also used the accompanying shampoo, but I can barely detect it the next day. One thing I would say is that if you do use the Timotei product with a different shampoo, as I have done on occasion, that it doesn't combine well with all other scents too well so be careful!
The conditioner is very pleasant to use. I find it cool and creamy in consistency and it is easy to work through the ends. It is quite thick but it spreads out easily and doesn't feel "heavy" on my fine hair. I can get away with using a 10p size piece , although you would obviously need more if your hair is thicker than mine. For me this makes Timotei economical to use, especially given the low starting price I pay. It rinses out easily, which is important given it's thicker texture.
I find that it is much easier to brush my hair having used this conditioner. It is excellent at preventing tangles, which will go some way to preventing breakages. Whether it makes my hair any stronger, I am not sure. I have used it off and on for months and I have not seen much difference to split ends so any internal improvement to my hairs strength can't be much. However, I mainly want my conditioner to make my hair feel soft and look healthy. It scores well in the first instance, as my hair feels smooth and soft even after one use. It doesn't add any shine though. I also find that the added bounce I get to my hair when I use the Timotei after a break quickly peters out and I become disaapointed in how my hair looks after a week or two of using it every day. This is often the case for me with hair products in general so Timotei Fresh and Stong is no worse in that respect.
Overall, I find this a decent product with an appealing scent but the results do not wow me so much that I won't try any other brands. It is a reliable preformer for me in the short term, and given the price I think it is a good buy. It seems to frequently be available in the poundshops, and less reliably elsewhere. It is easy to get it for a pound, so it is well worth giving a go.
When it comes to conditioners, I can be quite fussy. I have tried out many in the past that have been unsuccessful. I picked up this Timotei Fresh and Strong conditioner, hoping that it might do good things for my hair. Unfortunately, it has been quite a bad experience... Firstly, I will start in saying that Timotei products are now extremely hard to get your hands on - they might have been discontinued. You can no longer pick them up in Boots or supermarkets which is a shame. I got this from a local 99p store, so for 99p I thought this was a bargain and worth trying.
I have tried out some of Timotei's products in the past, and they are usually of a high quality so I was looking forward to using this. It comes in a 300ml bottle which is a good amount, and especially with conditioner as it means it lasts a good while. The conditioner itself is white in colour, and is of a good consistency. You do not need too much of this to cover the whole head, and I just tend to use about a 10p piece size as my hair is prone to product build up.
The first thing I noticed about this conditioner was its smell. I really like it, as it has an oriental and natural twist to it, and is a nice change from my usual fruity and sweet scents. When purchasing it, I had no idea what the smell would be like, but 'Fresh & Strong' seemed quite inviting. I was surprised when I saw the scent of this as I would have had no idea. It contains 100% natural ingredients sourced from the Alps. These are thyme flower and leaf extract, sage leaf extract and tarragon leaf and stem extract. This surprised me as they combine together to create a lovely, fresh scent which is perfect for the hair, and not too in your face.
To use this product is really simple, like all conditioners. Once in the palm of my hand, I rubbed this conditioner throughout all of my hair thoroughly. As my hair can get quite greasy at the roots, I try to focus the conditioner on the ends of my hair, as this is where my hair is most dry and tends to split a lot. This soaked into the hair really quickly, however I found it quite easy to spread the conditioner evenly in one go. I could tell from the use of it that it was not going to be a great conditioner.
There was a slight improvement in my hair once it had dried, and it did look and feel quite a bit softer than usual. However, within hours my hair had started to go quite greasy from this conditioner, despite only using a small amount. For my particular hair (oily), this was not great. It is recommended for people with normal hair types, so it might work better on you. Unfortunately, this just made my hair look more greasy and did not have any noticeable results which was a shame. I do have troubles when it comes to conditioners, and I have found that not many do tend to work for my particular hair. Therefore if you have quite oily roots, I would seriously recommend you avoid this conditioner. It is worth investing much more in a good one that trying out these bargain finds.
Overall, I was very disappointed with this conditioner, but it was to be expected with the price which I paid. The conditioner is okay, and I am sure it would work on other peoples hair, but I personally just found that it was not for me. This conditioner smells delicious, however is quite hard to find if you want to try it out. I would suggest that you do not though. Thanks for reading and hope this helps.