GVP Conditioning Balm- not impressed

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I was not impressed either. And god i hate the bottle. I will definitely not buy it again
The matrix version did not penetrate my hair for some reason...I wanted to retry this winter but if they changed the formula, I'm not so sure anymore.
3B, Fine, Normal P, Normal E, Low-Med D
LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
NoP: As I Am CC
RO: Suave Coconut, VO5 Shea Cashmere
LI: KCKT or CJBCLI or HETT/HENOYF (w/ 8 drops GSO)


"To much is given, much is expected"
I like it as a DT with some heat


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Hair type-3A/B fine ,dense,normal porosity..
LOW POO : SM Moisture Retention,TBS Rainforest Moisture shampoo
NO POO-DevaCurl No poo
COWASH-Suave coconut,Tressemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture,Vo5 kiwi Lime
RO -DevaCurl One Condish,Shea moisture condish,Matrix Biolage CB
LI- AO GVP protein balancing condish,SM thickening Yucca growth milk,SM Shea Butter Leave in
Stylers - SM smoothie,Aveda Flaxseed Aloe Gel,Eco Styler (Protein and Olive oil),Deva Arc Angel
I like it but not for daily use because like you said it's sooo thick, it's just impractical. That being said it works great if you leave it in for 5+ minutes, the slip doesn't happen right away but if you wait a few minutes it's great. It's good for DTing.
2a/b
medium/thick
high porosity (from coloring)

Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
I love it! I use it as both a RO and a LI. I only use GVP and gel, no other stylers, BUT my hair is thick and coarse and sucks up moisture so I can see how it might weigh some people's hair down. My hair doesn't get very tangled so I don't have an issue with that. As far as the bottle...I keep it upside down in the shower so it doesn't have to make its way to the top each time.
CG since 9/2011 - 3b/Coarse/Medium thickness

Low Poo: Shea Moisture Retention, Loreal Everpure Sulfate-Free (ocassionally)
Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut Conditioner
RO: GVP Conditioning Balm, AOHR
LI: GVP Conditioning Balm
DT: Shea Moisture DT Hair Masque, AOHR
Gel: Dep Endurance Styling Gel, HE Set Me Up Spray Gel

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It works for me as a DT and sometimes as a leave-in. I usually use a much lighter conditioner, but when my hair starts getting 'big' near when I need but don't have time for a DT, it's great. I used to use it daily when I first started CG, which helped me get a lot of moisture, but it also weighed down my hair a ton.

I solved the impossible bottle-wranging problem though! I wanted to save the rest of the bottle I had at home to take with me to college so I washed out the empty tub from some KCCC I had just finished, cut off the top half of the GVPCB bottle, and scooped the conditioner into the tub. It's worked really well so far!

3Aish; mid-back when curly, waist length when straight
Shampoo - Shea Moisture
Co-wash - Alberto V05
RO/LI - TNNM, L'Oreal EverSleek
Styler: Left em all at school :"(
Gel: GF Pure Clean, LALSG

Yepp, I finally bought some last week as well as that sorry a$$ As I Am Hydration Elation....I was so UNimpressed that I wrote a review in curlmart. Both were mediocre. I use the GVP as a moisturizer for my ends at night but nothing to detangle with.....I'm just trying too use it up.

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3B Live Curly Live Free Analysis: Texture = Medium Porosity = Normal Elasticity = Normal
3b-ish... normal to low porosity....med. texture
Wash: Desert Essence Coconut shampoo, Acure argon shampoo
Deep Trestment: Nature's Nectars deep conditioner/styler
Condition: Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Nature's Gate pomegranate sunflower
LEAVE-IN:Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Natures Gate pomegranate sunflower
STYLE: Nature's Nectars Sweet Shea butter blend, Ecostyler gel
hemp oil, jojoba oil
www.naturesnectars.net
Just bought this because of the good reviews I have been hearing. I used it as a rinse out and detangler and I added a bit to my deep conditioner. The roots of my hair weren't very moisturized, the rest of my hair felt okay but no better than usual when I use my Giovanni deep moisture, Aussie, Tresemme naturals or Suave. It actually feels a tad less moisturized which was surprising because the product is so thick. I think ill have to give it a try for a couple more weeks before I make a final decision on whether I like it or not. I did not like the smell at all, it smells like a salon to me but not in a good way.


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I wasn't impressed when I tried it, AOHSR is thick too, but I like it much better. GVPCB felt weird going on and detangling was not any easier because there was no slip. It did seem to "melt" tangles, but that took a lot of smoothing and my hair didn't feel especially moisturized.

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I like it as a DT with some heat


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Originally Posted by curlypriya
Yeahhhhhh, I like it this way also. My daughter is 4a and it REALLY worked as a DT for her.....the results were even more noticeable on her.

Lately I've been rinsing, putting on the GVP CB, sealing with oil, then braiding in 4-5 braids and sitting under my bonnet until dry.

It's been working so awesomely so far, especially with these cold mornings. In the mornings I just unbraid and refresh with my water/oil mix....instead of having to immerse my entire head. Or smooth sections with wet hands and scrunch lightly. I rebraid, or pineapple, at night and sleep in my satin bonnet.

Last edited by sinistral55; 02-23-2013 at 08:00 PM.
I was thinking I was the only one. I bought it because of all the good reviews but it didn't work for me. For some reason my hair felt dry after using it and it made my scalp itchy. I only used it twice I couldn't deal with the itch. As soon as I stopped using it my scalp went back to normal. The bottle is frustrating as well. It's hard to get the product out. I am planning on giving it to my sister and see if it works for her since its practically full. Now I am using DermOrganics masque as a RO/LI/DT (depending on the day). So far I love it. It leaves my hair soft and helps with the frizz.
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curl type: 2c/3a on a good day
med/high porosity & high density
hair strand width: med/coarse
BSL hair & growing



GOING STRONG!!! SAY NO TO HEAT!!!
i love it as a leave in but i use the sally's one
Wow its crazy that Im seeing this thread I just seen this product on youtube that many were happy with and I was considering purchasing I have dry hair and Im really trying to work on hydrating it
I used to LOVE it, but now my hair is liking light conditioners better.

After fighting that stupid bottle for far too long, I ended up buying a cheap (dollar store) wide-mouth tub container with a twist on lid to empty the conditioner into before I use it. After squeezing as much conditioner out of the bottle as I can, I take a box cutter and cut off the top of the bottle to scoop the rest out. Such a pain, but it's better than fighting the bottle.
Curl Style: 3b/3c
Texture: Fine
Porosity: Normal

Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut
RO: GVP CB
Styling: As I Am Leave In, Jessicurl Rockin' Ringlets & Confident Coils, DevaCurl Set Me Up, Curl Keeper
Gel: Ecostyler Olive Oil, BioSilk RHG
I want to try it because I think my hair type would like a super thick moisturizing conditioner but until they reformulate it to be sans parabens I won't. It's okay though. I like conditioners, but I'm more concerned about leave ins and oils and things I can do and put in my hair in between washes to keep it hydrated. Anybody else feel that way? I found my co-wash holy grail early so. . .
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

I recently began using GVP conditioning balm again, and I find I like it very much. Maybe it is just the right combo of products. My stylist on Thursday remarked that my hair felt really good. : )
I don't use this for detangling just not enough slip and way to thick. t is moisturizing tho. Recently, I poured some into another bottle, added some water and protein filler. Shake shake shake and used it as a detangler. Worked great.
I was out for a couple weeks and finally got some more - I had forgotten just how fabulous it is! Such an HG for me!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
It's a great cowash and it works well with oils for a pre-poo. It's not a good leave-in for me b/c of the minimal slip.

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3b-ish... normal to low porosity....med. texture
Wash: Desert Essence Coconut shampoo, Acure argon shampoo
Deep Trestment: Nature's Nectars deep conditioner/styler
Condition: Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Nature's Gate pomegranate sunflower
LEAVE-IN:Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Natures Gate pomegranate sunflower
STYLE: Nature's Nectars Sweet Shea butter blend, Ecostyler gel
hemp oil, jojoba oil
www.naturesnectars.net
It's a great cowash and it works well with oils for a pre-poo. It's not a good leave-in for me b/c of the minimal slip.

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Originally Posted by kurlygurly
Really?? I get GREAT slip with it! And my fine, dense, long, porous hair needs a lot of slip! In fact I'm kinda a slip snob!

It also gives me great clumps!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing

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