Softsheen Carson’s Optimum Advanced Keratin Sealing Leave-in Conditioner

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Keratin Sealing Leave-in Conditioner

Ingredients: water, quaternium-87, stearyl alcoholm, behentrimonium chloride, amodimethicone, potato starch modified, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, polysorbate 20, tridecth-5, isopropyl alcohol, glycerin, tridecth-10, arginine, serine, glutamic acid, hexyl cinnamal, aragania spinosa kernel oil, coconut oil, chlorhexidine dihydrochloride, linalool, pentasodium pentetate, hydroxypropyltrimonium hydrolyzed wheat protein, benzyl salicylate, limonene, citronellol, benzyl alcohol, and citric acid.

Directions: After shampooing or conditioning, spray evenly on damp hair. Comb thoroughly and style as desired.

 

I used Softsheen Carson’s Keratin Sealing Leave-In Conditioner for the first time when I flat-ironed my hair in February. However, I thought I would see how well it worked without applying heat (i.e., as a regular leave-in). I tried several water-based leave-ins during the 12 months of my first year as a natural. Nonetheless, all of them left me feeling “underwhelmed.” They were nothing special. In fact, in all cases, I found that misting my hair with distilled water yielded me the same (if not better) results! So, needless to say, it will likely take a lot for a water-based conditioner to leave a lasting impression on me. To my surprise, this one did!

This Keratin Sealing Leave-In Conditioner is listed as “Step 5” of their Optimum Advanced Keratin Whipped Creme Relaxer System. It is supposed to be one of the first relaxers to actually respect the integrity of one’s hair by preserving hair fibers’ inner strength and significantly reducing damage to hair while also protecting the health of each strand. This conditioner’s Pro-Keratin Complex claims to help detangle, rebuild strength and elasticity into distressed hair, seal in long-lasting conditioning, and provide luxurious shine.

Even though my hair is no longer chemically enhanced, I thought that this leave-in would be the perfect addition to my hair care regimen when straightening my hair since flat ironing has a tendency to rob our hair of much-needed moisture. But, after reading all of the claims, I started to wonder how well this conditioner would fare as a normal leave-in on curly/coily hair. So, I decided to put it to the test.

The packaging is slim and sleek, not clunky or big. I love the stylish spray nozzle. It releases a fine mist and allows you to control how much of the product you want to use in your hair. In addition, it has a lock/unlock button. So, no more accidental spills while in storage or in-between uses. As you probably already know, not all spray bottles are created equally, so I truly love the practicality of both of these features.

Keratin Sealing Leave-in Conditioner UNLOCK
Keratin Sealing Leave-in Conditioner LOCK

And the smell …? Absolutely intoxicating! It smells like a mid-range eau de parfum without the sticker shock. The scent might be a bit much for some, but I rather enjoy it.

This lightweight conditioner infuses a precious blend of oils (e.g., argan and coconut oils) that condition and moisturize the hair.While this leave-in offered high gloss shine, it DID NOT successfully create a barrier against humidity. However, I live in a high-humidity environment (even in winter/spring). So, I’m not too disappointed on that front since the only thing I have found that prevents my hair from overly expanding when exposed to humidity is Luster’s S-Curl No Drip Activator Moisturizer. LOL!

All I did was section my hair into quadrants and lightly mist each quadrant. After that, I layered on some whipped shea butter, created several twists or flat twists in each quadrant, and donned a satin bonnet before going to bed. The Keratin Sealing Leave-In left my hair luxuriously soft and well-moisturized. The following morning, even after an intense workout, my hair remained hydrated and frizz-free. 

I’ve used this leave-in on damp and dry hair. I received great results either way. On wet hair, I used this prior to blow drying. My hair was left feeling soft and moisturized. On dry hair, I lightly misted my strands to quickly transform an old wash ‘n go into the look of a blow-out. But, that’s not even the best part … I achieved a heatless “blow-out” in less than 30 seconds and with minimal hair fall. LESS THAN THIRTY SECONDS. No lie! So, saying that this product makes detangling a breeze is a huge understatement! I have NEVER detangled my knot-prone hair so quickly or with such salon-worthy results.

The only downside is that I feel that you have to use a lot of  the Keratin Sealing Leave-In (especially on dry hair) to receive such amazing results, which means this 8.5 fl. oz. size bottle (250 ml) won’t last as long as I would like. In addition, because this leave-in is from Softsheen Carson’s Optimum Advanced Professional hair care line, it will likely be more difficult to obtain. It’s price is also a little steep; it retails for $14.99 – $19.99, depending on the distributor. But, considering this product is only one of two water-based leave-ins I’ve tried in the last 12 months (out of probably a dozen) that actually lived up to its claims, I think it is well worth the price (and the trouble of finding)!

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