Friday 9 March 2012

Cheap Thrills: alberto balsam intensive conditioning treatment

So my hair has been looking a bit frizzy lately, especially at the front where I had it bleached within an inch of its life after Christmas. Observe:
I got over the blonde bits pretty quickly, so figured I'd just whack some BLACK DYE over the bleach, and everything would return to normal, right? Wrong!

Firstly, the dye simply won't stick to the bleached bits and 'permanent' colours rinse out to a light/ medium brown colour after a couple of washes, so I now have black hair with brown bits at the front :/

Secondly, the parts at the front are a bit fried and frizzy and the strands literally break in my hands when I'm washing it. :0

What to do? I needed an intensive conditioner, and I needed it fast.

I would love to have waltzed into a salon and indulged in a half hour treatment while munching on complimentary biscuits and flicking through Elle, but my budget simply won't allow such privileges, so I told myself that I will have to find the solution at Boots, using only the points on my Boots Card.

Problem? I had only £2.23 on my rewards card.

Solution? Alberto Balsam intensive conditioning treatment for £1.07.

I have been known to be a bit of a hair care snob, and usually make a bee line for the pricey (but travel sized) salon brands, so I haven't used anything by Alberto Balsam for a while, but I really couldn't be happier with this product.

Containing extracts of almond & honey, this treatment is rich, thick and nourishing and claims to repair damage (which is what I need), smooth the hair cuticle and restore softness, manageability and shine.

It's super easy to use - just squeeze out a generous helping, and put it on your hair, concentrating on the nasty bits. Leave for a few minutes, then rinse.
The consistency is thick and luxurious

I used this last night, and I can honestly report that my hair feels considerably softer and silkier, though I think my bleached parts are beyond help and I'm going to have to wait that one out!

All in all, this treatment is lovely and an absolute bargain. The best aspect of it, in my humble opinion is the scent - it smells just like honey and almonds (funny that).

I would definitely buy this again.

Have you tried this treatment, or something similar?

Thank you for reading :)

Hannah Rose xxx


  1. Your hair looks amazing! It's different, I really like the blonde. I know what it's like to have hair dying disasters. I once spent a particularly memorable night crying on my bathroom floor because my hair had gone like bubblegum when bleaching the black dye out of my hair! Never going to make that mistake again lol.

    Lea x

    1. Thanks Lea! I loved it for a while, but it's dark again now. I think it was one of those looks that meant I had to have it styled ALL the time, otherwise it just looked a bit weird! My front bits (of my hair that is ehehe) are a bit like bubblegum when they're wet now, all stringy and grosse :0 xx

  2. This looks like a miracle:-) I ve never heard about this, but I would definitely buy !:-)

    1. It's really nice Mila, you should give it a go - if anything for the gorgeous smell! x

  3. I've done the black dye over bleach, too. I just seems like it would work! I'm glad you found something good! I think your hair is awesome. I've found that Marilyn Hair Mask from Lush works very well for hair repair.

    Mabel Time

  4. I've heard a lot about this product :) think I'll have to try it myself,

    Shannen Xx

  5. This looks great! I ombred my hair just after christmas and was worried about the ends going fizzy and dry but i've been using Herbal essences hello hydration mask. My hair seems fine and it smells delicious, may have to try this one now as mine has almost run out.
    Check out my repair the hair post on

  6. Your hair looks lovely! I would love to try something like this for my dry hair; definitely going to pick some up :) xo

  7. I'm glad you managed a quick rescue with forgotten Boots card points! Sometimes the inexpensive stuff works wonders!

    Drea xo

  8. I would love to try this I have been looking for something! My hair is long and it gets tangled a lot, so I think I need this! xoxo

  9. Bargain! Not used this brand before so might give it a go

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