Biolage Conditioning Balm4 oz. | Conditioner, Daily Conditioner, Deep Conditioner
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I have 3a/3b curls that can be coarse, especially on the canopy. My hair grows in very thick on top, and it can triangle if it's not layered. For some reason, the layering seems to cause the canopy to be more brittle, and my brittle hair brittle, when dry, turns to frizz. Like many other reviewers, I use Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm. I had never heard of the Biolage Balm until I joined Naturally Curly, and everybody here recommends the GVP Balm from Sally's because it costs so much less than Biolage. For the price, I wasn't going to dispute their wisdom! I haven't tried the Biolage brand name, but just from the picture, I can tell that I prefer GVP's squeeze bottle packaging to the plastic jar. (Plastic jars can cause me to scoop up way too much product, so a lot goes to waste.) From what I can tell, the ingredients of the Biolage are the same, in the same order as GVP Conditioning Balm, so while both products are not exactly, absolutely the same, I think they are probably similar enough to write fairly a GVP review here. I LOVE this balm. I live in the desert, and when dew points get low, my hair gets straw-like, more coarse, and it loses curl and bounce. It wants to "poof" instead of twirl, and all the suggestions about avoiding glycerin, protein, and humectants definitely apply to my hair. This balm works as a co-wash, a rinse out, and a leave-in that adds weight to my curls. It has excellent slip, which is vital for my snarly hair, and it imparts a lot of moisture. Plus it keeps the dry air from sucking the moisture from my hair. I wish this product came either unscented, or with a different scent, because I really hate the cloying, hospital-air-freshener-type fragrance of this stuff. It's way too heavy, and it clings to my hair, making it difficult to even wash out the scent. (Maybe the "real" Biolage smells better? Hmmmm.) As a leave-in, this balm works nicely for styling, in conjunction with Aveda Humectant Pomade as a sealer. Unfortunately, the Aveda pomade has a strong fragrance (albeit a pleasant one) that clashes with the GVP Balm for a good hour after application. Fragrance aside, this balm is so good I'll gladly put up with the odor to have soft moisturized hair!
I use the Sally's GVP version and have yet to find something I like as much as this. I use it as a rinse out and leave in. Definitely my HG of products. It works great under any styling product I use, makes my hair super soft and cuts frizz. My favorite product.
I use the GVP one from Sally's.It smells good,its affordable & left my hair feeling like silk.
Lovely fresh laundry scent! Great for detangling. The slip is rare. However, 2 stars because it won't penetrate my hair enough to moisturize. Not sure whats going on here...
I also bought the GVP version of this. It's very, VERY thick (pain in the butt to get out of the bottle) but it's very moisturizing. this helped repair my hair when I first went CG. Plus, GVP is about $8, for a good sized bottle. You can't beat that.
I brought the GVP version of this and it's the same exact thing, except way cheaper. Okay, so I like the smell, however I hate how it feels... it's really thick and waxy, and very hard to squeeze out of the tube. Ugh. Now, I do like the way it softens my hair, though, so I might just live with that. :) It's not the best conditioner ever so I'm still gonna look around for one, but otherwise, this is a decent product.
I agree with all the other curlies on this product. Reason for 4 stars: ONLY thing I don't like about it is the fact that I have to take the lid off the bottle because it's harder for me to squeeze it out. It is really thick, but when it's in my hand I just put some water on it and rub it between my hands.
I use the Sally Beauty Supply version called GVP Conditioning Balm (EXACTLY the same ingredients), and it is AMAZING! After using it once, my hair felt better! It is extremely moisturizing, and you don't have to use tons of it. It also makes my hair shine. I know A LOT of curlies that love this product, and I have to say I agree! So worth trying!!! It is also silicone free!
This is my HG conditioner!! I use the GVP version from Sally's, which is a great value in addition to being an amazing product. I have thick 3a/b hair that LOVES moisture. This conditioner is so creamy and hydrating, my hair soaks it up! The result is bouncy, shiny, and happy curls!! I've tried other deep conditioners including AOHR and Garnier, but they don't give me the weightless moisture that this stuff does. I think my hair prefers a low-protein regimen, and this stuff fits the bill.
I love this product...it keeps my curls soft and nice...a lil pricy and i think there r cheapr conditioners out thr that do the same thing..but all in all its a great conditioner!
After reading all the reviews, I decided to try it out the generic version of Biolage Biolage Conditioning Balm (GVP Conditioning Balm From Sally Beauty) for myself since it received rave reviews. This stuff is amazing. I used it as a rinse out, and I did use a lot (two big puddles) and my hair dried frizz free! I'm not to keen on the scent, but who cares how it smells when it leaves your hair silky smooth and makes my curls manageable. The value is amazing for the size.You have nothing to loose in trying this product, and beautiful hair to gain. This is my HG product!!!!!
This is a SUPER thick conditioner, and, i have been hearing very high remarks on it.. but it left my curls a bit stringy. Overall, it was good for detangling, but i guess the humid NC weather and my fragile 2b/3a curls weren't strong enough to hold up. 1. SUPER THICK! 2. Good for winter, but reach for something else in the summer months 3. better on curlier hair, primely 3b or higher. 4. SALLY'S MAKES A GENERIC VERSION! (Generic Value Products Conditioning Balm!) and its a much bigger bottle for about $7.00
Fantastic for the Protein sensitive! I've used this conditioner and its knock-offs) for years, even before going CG and even before finding out that I'm highly protein sensitive. Therefore, this is really one of the only conditioners that my 3b overly dry hair can tolerate. Actually, it LOVES it! Great slip, no tangles, I can just comb my fingers through my hair in the shower. I use it as my normal conditioner, and w/ some Aloe, honey, & even coconut oil as my deep conditioner. And because of my new found sensitivity, I'm thinking of usimg it w/ some distilled water as my leave-in.
I'm a redheaded 3a: I do like this conditioner, but it didn't give me outstanding results, though neither did it harm my hair or leave it greasy. Good overall condition, just not unique.
The best conditioner I have ever used. I use the Sally's one. The smell is not overwhelming, my curls are more hydrated, and softer.
I love this stuff...I just got it because my hair felt really dry due to winter weather...this made my hair feel amazingly soft and i loved how thick it was!
This product is my HG....I use maybe a pea size and use it as a leave in conditioner... my curls are very formed and soft.. if use too much it will weigh hair down. also use it as a deep treatment and use quite a bit more and leave it on for a hour.
This is an awesome product!It conditions the hair without being to heavy on the hair.Great for almost all hair types.
I use the generic version of this that is available at Sally Beauty Supply: Generic Value Products Conditioning Balm. All I can say is, I am in love! My hair loves moisture a little more than normal hair does...I get soft curls and lots of slip in the shower. I comb through thoroughly, leave it in for 2-3 minutes and rinse with cold water. Wonderful! My hair loves it, I love it! I love the scent...not perfumey, very light. I'm going to be needing this even more now that the cold weather is coming!
I use the Generic Value Product from Sally's for $6. It is 100% amazing. It gives me nice spiral curls if styled correctly after, it offers just the right amount of moisture, still makes my hair look decent in 60+ dew points, and plops well. I think my new favorite thing to do is add it to my hair dry before I co-wash for some extra moisture. I think I might use this as a deep treatment also by just slathering then slapping on a shower cap while I go about my shower routine.
Note to all 2's: Don't use this if you're looking to enhance curls/waves! However, this is the conditioner to use before straightening your hair. It's so rich and creamy. Love it!
I cannot live without this stuff! The smell is the best and it keeps my curls shiny and hydrated. Matrix Biolage Hydratherapie to be exact. TRY IT!
Left my hair extremely soft. Not quite as moisturizing as I'd hoped, but still a great conditioner.
A nice conditioner--very moisturizing, but very heavy. I really like this product, along with the hydrating shampoo, on those rare days when I take out the straight iron. It's not a good combo for those hoping to enhance their natural waves.
Wonderful conditioner. I use it as a rinse out and then a leave-in. My hair is left really soft with big curls. As a leave-in, it helps prevent frizz. I also use it on my daughter's 2a-b wavy hair. It would be too much for a leave-in, but as a rinse out it works amazing. She can get some wicked knots; this conditioner melts the knots. Highly recommend it.
Regarding alcohols: There's a difference between fatty alcohols and drying alcohols. The two present in this balm are both fatty alcohols which actually have emollient properties that are conditioning for our curly hair. (See paulabegoun.com Ingredient Dictionary)
This stuff is great although the price is definitely not $6 anymore, it's like twice as much! Anyway, it's worth it because it's great. I would suggest using it once a week and it can be left in for a while (like over night) for extra conditioning.
Use a generous amount. Leaves hair soft (with some shape if you want to forego the other products). None of the "cones" to worry about.
One of my all-time favorites. I can't stay away from this stuff for long. Very hydrating without being heavy.
I have 2b hair that can curl with encouragement. This conditioner left my hair so soft that I had no curls. It's great for those needing more moisture or going straight.
I really like this conditioner. It is best to use a big-toothed comb to comb the conditioner through your hair, since the conditioner is thick. I don't rinse it all out either, since my hair sucks up all the moisture!
Excellent detangler, but didn't do much for moisture. The Suave Sleek Conditioner knock off is just as effective for a fraction of the price.
This product worked wonders on my dry hair. The only reason why I am not using it still is because I am only into using organic products on my hair.
In spite of the alcohol, this balm has really helped my hair stay soft between washings. I use it with the Ulta Hydrating shampoo from Biolage and they seem to work very well together. It is quite expensive for a tub (I spent $20) but it lasts a long, long time -- it's taken me two months to go through only half a tub, and I use quite a bit each time I wash my hair.
I don't see why alcohol would be a main ingredient in a "hydrating" conditioner. Seems kind of weird... but I decided to try this product anyway. Turns out that dryness would be the least of my worries. I usually leave in a little bit of conditioner when I'm rinsing out, and doing so made my hair feel weighed down. But I've found out that this product works great as a curl reviving spray. Put 2 tablespoons of conditioner in a spray bottle and fill up with water. Just spritz on your curls for a quick fix! Works every time!!
One of the best everyday conditioners out there. Makes my hair feel soft and silky. Until I found Elucence it was one of my staple conditoners. As it is I do use it now as a conditioner wash. Great stuff.
like curlhead said, "Alcohol" hello, we as curl heads should no to ALWAYS avoid alcohol, we are trying to moisturize, moisturize our hair not dry it. I used this and it did NOTHING for my hair, absolutely nothing.
Great stuff. As with all the Biolage products, I love the smell. Leaves hair very moisturized and 'happy'. This isn't really suitable for everyday use for me, unless it's used sparingly. Still great stuff though.
Love it! I use it as a deep treatment every couple weeks and it makes my hair nice and soft, not weighed-down, with no build-up. My hair really likes Biolage so I'm stickin' with it!
This conditioner combined with their curl defining creme (and a little mousse or gel) will make your hair incredibly soft, and soft looking. I've gotten tons of compliments including friends asking if I can make their hair curly too! (go figure, right?)
I used to love this stuff. I mean love it, used it for about 6 months. Not sure what happened but my hair was dry and crispy despite using this thick cream. Haven't used it since!
Contains alcohol, and will dry out your hair, eventually making it damaged and frizzy. Avoid!
An O.K. conditioner but I won't purchase again. I have healthy shortish 2a hair and this makes my hair feel too course if I use it more than about once per week. Maybe it is just not right for my hair type. You don't need much so it does last a long time.
The new Ultra Hydrating Conditioning Balm blows this one away. Much easier to get my comb through.
Fabulous conditioner. Doesn't weigh down my hair, and the smell is divine! Don't pass this one up.
Nice and moisturizing, but if it's moisture you're going for, there are better conditioners. Not a bad daily conditioner, though. You can use less than the cheaper alternatives, so although it's expensive, it takes a while to go through a bottle.
Ingredient Attributes: anti-humectant
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