Ok. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover...but I was totally expecting big things from the Garnier Hair Food. Was it the super-cute packaging? The 98% natural claim? The fact that it just looks like it'll be a miracle for your hair?
My first impressions of the tub in real life were overwhelmingly positive. It looks like something you'd pick up in your organic food store. Its just got that natural, 'good' vibe about it. Loads of info on the packaging, no 'extra' packaging like a box or plastic disc under the lid. It looks as simple and clean as it could be.
I do have a few issues with the tub format - water does get in there if you're using it in the shower. But it does make it easy to get the product out I suppose.
I first used it as a conditioner after shampooing. It is so thick and creamy I wanted to start off sparingly, just because my thick hair holds on to product like a sponge.
As a conditioner its simply wonderful. It spreads easily, it rinses well and it leaves hair soft and smooth. My hair is ombred and the ends were looking a bit knackered and I am prone to frizz. After drying and styling, my god my hair was so soft. I felt like Monica from Friends. You know that glossy, frizz free hair? It even straightened easier than usual.
As an intensive mask this is brilliant, but don't be tempted to use more than you would when conditioning. I went a bit slap-happy putting it on as a mask and it was more difficult to rinse.
As a 'leave-in' it was a bit of a fail for me. My hair felt icky and tacky.
The softening and smoothing effects last at least 2-3 days. The gorgeous scent lasts at least 24 hours.
The price for the mask is great, and I think it'd make a lovely gift too.
I'll definitely be trying other flavours - Banana is next on my list!!