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Dark & Lovely’s Au Naturale Anti-breakage Super Softening Hair Butter 

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SoftSheen-Carson Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Length Retention Super Softening Hair Butter, 8 oz

Ingredients:

Aqua / Water / Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera Oil / Coconut Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Parfum / Fragrance, Steareth-100, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Steareth-2, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Laureth-7, Mannan, Xanthan Gum, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Citronellol, Citral, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Ci 19140 / Yellow 5, Ci 15985 / Yellow 6, Ci 14700 / Red 4, Ci 17200 / Red 33, Ci 42090 / Blue 1

 

Directions:

After shampooing and conditioning with Tension Release Hair Wash and Strength Restoring Conditioner, apply a quarter size amount of Super Softening Hair Butter to damp or dry hair. Do not rinse. Use daily or as often as needed.

 

Dark & Lovely’s Super Softening Hair Butter from their anti-breakage Au Naturale line is pretty phenomenal! Even though coconut oil is the third ingredient, my hair was left soft and moisturized. I think this might be a first for me after using a commercial product with coconut oil within the first 10 ingredients! I’m kind of shocked! My biggest hurdle in my natural hair journey has been length retention and preventing split ends. I have spent most of my time either experiencing breakage or trimming off single strand knots (SSKs), mid-shaft splits, and split ends. Because the ends of our hair are the oldest part of our mane, they are quite fragile and, therefore, more prone to breakage than the rest of our hair. After using Dark & Lovely’s Root to Tip Mender with great success, I set my sights on trying their Hair Butter to develop a plan of attack against hair breakage and damage BEFORE it has a chance to even begin!

It claims to reverse dry, damaged hair and transform it into moisturized strands that are supple and full of shine. This Hair Butter also promises to reconstruct damaged strands sans drying alcohols, mineral oil, parabens, or petrolatum … talk about beautiful hair without compromise! After using the Hair Butter for a few weeks now, I am quite pleased! It worked well in an uber moisturized twist-out and even gave me an angelically soft bomb wash ‘n go—no gel required! I liked this Hair Butter so much that when I saw a Dark & Lovely coupon in my Sunday paper for $2 off, I immediately purchased a second jar despite still having half of my first jar left.

Dark & Lovely’s Super Softening Hair Butter has a similar fresh, clean scent as the Root to Tip Mender (except milder).  The product is extremely thick and creamy. I can turn the entire jar upside down without fear of product waste. However, it doesn’t weigh down my fine hair or make it feel oily! Even after using it every day for an entire week before washing my hair, I had zero product buildup on my scalp and absolutely no residual “gunk” on my hair follicles. Honestly, this works light years better than any SheaMoisture leave-in I’ve tried, and I’ve tried quite a few! So, I have ZERO complaints.

The Super Softening Hair Butter contains guarana root (aka paullinia cupana seed extract), a caffeinated berry, which helps to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp. It also contains honey, a natural humectant that helps to regulate and retain moisture in the hair. As a result, when the Hair Butter is combined with the Hair Wash and Conditioner, it will aid in preventing hair breakage so that each strand can grow healthier, stronger, and longer.

Although this Hair Butter  is a hair moisturizer Dark & Lovely specifically designed to quench dry, breaking transitioning hair, I find that it has worked wonders for my parched, extremely low porosity, natural hair. And, if used in an appropriate quantity, I think it would work equally well for relaxed hair, too.

This anti-breakage Au Naturale line also has an Anti-breakage Tension Release Wash (a shampoo free of sulfates, parabens, and silicones), an Anti-breakage Strength Restoring Conditioner (a 2-in-1 rinse-out conditioner and deep conditioning treatment free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum), a Length Retention Melt in Softness Detangling Co-Wash (a co-wash free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum that promises to gently melt away both brittleness and tangles) , a Length Retention Inch by Inch Strengthening Balm (a product free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum that rebuilds hair fibers by reinforcing weak strands from the inside out), a Length Retention Nice & Neat Braiding Custard (a styler free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum that claims to keep braids looking fresher longer), and an Anti-breakage Root to Tip Mender  (a hair treatment free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum that resuscitates frazzled, frayed hair back to life by eradicating split ends and breakage before it has a chance to begin).

Try one or all of the products … But, the Super Softening Hair Butter pairs extremely well with the Root to Tip Mender.

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Dark & Lovely’s Au Naturale Anti-breakage Root to Tip Mender

 

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Dark and Lovely Au Natural Anti-Breakage Root to Tip Mender, 4 oz (Pack of 2)

Ingredients:

Aqua / Water / Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aminopropyl Triethoxysilane, Parfum / Fragrance, Cetyl Esters, Amodimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Trideceth-6, Linalool, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Limonene, Cetrimonium Chloride, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Coumarin, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Citronellol.

 

Directions:

After shampooing and conditioning with Tension Release Hair Wash and Strength Restoring Conditioner, apply Root to Tip Mender to roots and pull through to ends. Proceed with your styling regimen. For a daily moisturizing treatment, follow up with our Super Softening Hair Butter.

 

Dark & Lovely’s Root to Tip Mender from their anti-breakage Au Naturale line is amazing! My biggest hurdle in my natural hair journey has been length retention and preventing split ends. I have spent most of my time either experiencing breakage or trimming off single strand knots (SSKs), mid-shaft splits, and split ends. Because the ends of our hair are the oldest part of our mane, they are quite fragile and, therefore, more prone to breakage than the rest of our hair. This  Root to Tip Mender promises to allow you to “skip your next snip appointment,” by preventing hair breakage and damage BEFORE it has a chance to even begin! It claims to resuscitate “frazzled, frayed hair” back to baby smooth strands.

I must say the Root to Tip Mender lived up to the hype. I have been using this product for almost two months now, and since dusting my ends, I have noticed 75% fewer SSKs and split ends. Now, keep in mind, I have VERY fragile, super fine, low porosity hair that tends to become dry, frizzy, and broken at the gentlest whisper of the wind! So, this is NO small feat. In fact, I liked my Root to Tip Mender results so much that when I ran out, I purchased a pack of 4!

I love the fresh, clean scent of the Root to Tip Mender. The product is light enough to moisturize my parched ends yet thick and creamy. However, it doesn’t weigh my fine hair down or make it feel greasy! Honestly, my only complaint is that it comes in such a small bottle (4 oz. to be exact). As a result, I don’t think it’s exactly conducive for “root to tip” use. If your natural hair is anything like mine, it would soak up the product in a couple of weeks if used all over your head as suggested by the moniker on the label. Instead, I use it exclusively to combat split ends and mid-shaft splits. And, so far, the Root to Tip Mender has worked wonderfully for that purpose.

The Root to Tip Mender contains guarana root (aka paullinia cupana seed extract), a caffeinated berry, which helps to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp. It also contains honey, a natural humectant that helps to regulate and retain moisture in the hair. As a result, when the Root to Tip Mender is combined with the Hair Wash and Conditioner, it will aid in preventing hair breakage so that each strand can grow healthier, stronger, and longer.

This anti-breakage Au Natural line also has an Anti-breakage Tension Release Wash (a shampoo free of sulfates, parabens, and silicones), an Anti-breakage Strength Restoring Conditioner (a 2-in-1 rinse-out conditioner and deep conditioning treatment free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum), a Length Retention Melt in Softness Detangling Co-Wash (a co-wash free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum that promises to gently melt away both brittleness and tangles) , a Length Retention Inch by Inch Strengthening Balm (a product free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum that rebuilds hair fibers by reinforcing weak strands from the inside out), a Length Retention Nice & Neat Braiding Custard (a styler free of mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum that claims to keep braids looking fresher longer), and an Anti-breakage Super Softening Hair Butter (a hair moisturizer free of alcohol, mineral oil, parabens, and petrolatum that is specifically designed to quench dry, breaking transitioning hair).

Try one or all of the products … I’ve got my sights set on the Anti-breakage Super Softening Hair Butter next!

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The HONEY BLOWOUT Honey Treatment on Natural Hair

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The Honey Blowout Honey Treatment was created by Philadelphia native, Carla Clarkson, (aka “The Hair Maven”).  Honey Blowout is a treatment for all hair types whether straight, wavy, curly, or chemically treated (e.g., permanent hair color, relaxers ,etc). It can be used as a (1) pre-shampoo, (2) co-wash, (3) conditioner, or (4) deep conditioner.

 

Ingredients: water, honey complex, aloe complex, ethal, pure honey, honey/miel, essential oils, vitamin e oil, mild fragrance, natural coloring

Directions: Shake well. Apply from ends up to root on wet hair. Comb through using a wide tooth comb. Apply sulfate-free hydrating shampoo* on top of treatment. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Last, apply The Honey Blowout and comb through. Let sit for 3 minutes. Blow dry and style. 

*Honey Blowout will still work with a regular moisturizing shampoo.

 

 

If used as a deep conditioner, apply the Honey Blowout to wet hair, comb through, add a processing cap, and sit under a bonnet dryer for 20-30 minutes. If you do not have a bonnet dryer, use your body heat to allow the product to penetrate your strands and let the product sit on your hair for an hour. If used as a co-wash, apply to wet hair, massage scalp, and work though product with a wide-tooth comb (or smooth curls with fingertips). Rinse thoroughly with cool water. Repeat if additional cleansing is needed.

According to the company website, best results are achieved when the Honey Blowout Honey Treatment is layered underneath the KeraCare Sulfate-free Hydrating Shampoo. Clarkson recommends following up with the Matrix Sleek Look Smooth Conditioner, blow drying the hair, and then finishing with the H2Pro Professional Ceramic Flat Iron by flat ironing the hair via small sections.

In an effort to prevent premature damage to my fine, fragile hair, I haven’t flat-ironed my hair in 2 years! So, I opted to use the product as a pre-poo and final conditioning treatment prior to blow drying my hair. As a result, I saturated my hair with water with my Waterpik handheld shower head, applied the Honey Blowout from ends to roots, then I layered on my Pantene Moisture Boost Shampoo. I gently lathered both products, rinsed, and repeated the process. Next, I applied my Pantene Moisture Boost Conditioner. Finally, I applied the Honey Blowout one more time, let the product sit on my hair for 3 minutes as a light conditioning treatment, rinsed my hair thoroughly, and then blow dried my hair. if you’re blow dryer-challenged like I am, watch this tutorial. This is the blow drying method I now use, and it works extremely well, especially for fine or kinky hair.

My hair felt soft and silky after only one use. After the second repetition, my hair was 50% detangled. I also noticed that the product seemed to slightly elongate my curls, so I think this would work well even if I left my hair in its natural kinky, coily, curly state. However, the instructions are a little confusing and contradictory, depending on where you look. Even on the company website, the instructions vary. The following video (from the product’s creator) is probably the least confusing one that I found, explaining how to use the product.

Pros

  • pH balanced
  • Adds shine
  • Moisturizes hair
  • Strengthens and fortifies hair
  • Has a built-in heat protectant
  • Smooths hair and prevents frizz
  • Contains no parabens or preservatives
  • Can be used with color-treated hair
  • Can be used with sulfate-free or SLS shampoo
  • Great for ALL hair types (straight, wavy, or curly)
  • Can be used to condition and revive extension hair
  • Can be used for multiple purposes (e.g.,  (1) pre-shampoo, (2) co-wash, (3) conditioner, or (4) deep conditioner)

Cons

  • Cost ($25 for a 12 oz bottle)
  • Instructions are a little confusing
  • Label isn’t water-repellent so it smears after being left in shower after only 1 use

Although this product is a little pricey, considering I only used about ½ an ounce of total product after two lathers and one final conditioning treatment, I think the  price offers great value. Even if you blow dry your hair weekly, one bottle should last you at least 3 months. Since I have fine hair, I will likely get about 6 months of use out of one 12 oz bottle (if used weekly). And, given, how great this product performed for a blow-out, I’m confident it would work wonders on flat ironed hair as well as on curly/coily hair textures as a deep conditioning treatment.

Want to see my entire process? Watch the video below …

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Especially Hair Enhance Daily Conditioner & Moisture Foundation Deep Treatment

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I was introduced to Especially Hair’s products via My Natural Sistas. I won two of their Enhance Daily Conditioners and two of their Moisture Foundation Deep Treatments via one of their giveaways! This was my first time winning an online giveaway, so I was extremely excited. I wanted to use up some of the products in my stash first, so it took me a while to actually open and use these products. However, I have now been using these products for the last two months, so I wanted to share this brand and their line with you now that I have a better sense of what their products can do.

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Enhance Daily Conditioner 

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua) – Acetic Acid (Organic Apple Cider Vinegar)* – Glycerin – Propylene Glycol – Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Oil – Proprietary Essential Oil Blend – Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract – Verbascum Thapsus (Mullein) Leaf Extract – Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract – Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice – Carrageenan.

*Certified organic by Organic Certifiers.

Directions:

Apply to dry hair.

  1. Squeeze Enhance from the bottle onto hair and scalp in sections. Use the applicator tip while massaging gently to distribute throughout.
  2. Apply to hairline, forehead, sides, and base of neck. Gently smooth from the hairline back toward the ends of hair.
  3. Comb to distribute product.
  4. Air dry, and style as desired.

For best results, use full Especially Hair conditioning system, including our Moisture Foundation Deep Treatment.

Especially Hair’s Enhance Daily Conditioner is a lightweight conditioner designed to reawaken curls for second- and third-day styling, control frizz, and prevent build up for children and adults alike! I love that it is specially blended with botanical extracts and amino acids to maintain optimum moisture levels for my hair and scalp while increasing volume, shine, and manageability. However, application is quite fussy given that it comes in a bottle with an applicator tip instead of as a spray bottle. Application would be so much easier if I didn’t have to transfer it to a spray bottle for more even distribution.

Also, as soon as I opened the bottle, I smelled the apple cider vinegar. This may be off-putting for some. However, the smell does eventually dissipate (usually within an hour). Because this conditioner is designed for everyday use, I like how lightweight it is. Unfortunately, though, it did absolutely nothing for my hair. My hair didn’t feel more moisturized or more manageable than usual after using this leave-in. And, given the steep $17 price tag for only 4 oz. (118 ml) of product, this is not something I would ever purchase in the future as I receive exponentially better results from my DIY lavender hair spritz for four times the quantity at a fraction of the price!

Enhance Moisture Foundation Deep Treatment

Ingredients:

Glycerin – Water (Aqua) – Butylene Glycol – Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil – Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Seed Oil – Acetic Acid (Organic Apple Cider Vinegar) – Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil – Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk – Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Behentrimonium Chloride – Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Dicetyl Phosphate (and) Ceteth-10 Phosphate – Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil – Fragrance – Dimethicone – Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Oil – Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) – Quaternium-91 (and) Cetrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol – Isopropyl Mystate – Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract – Carrageenan – Hydroxyethylcellulose – Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract – Verbascum Thapsus (Mullein) Leaf Extract – Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract – Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice – Phenoxyethanol.

Directions:

LEAVE-IN: COILY – CURLY | Apply to wet hair.  1) Using palms of hands, apply Moisture Foundation to hairline, forehead, sides, and base of neck. Gently smooth from the hairline back toward the ends of hair.  2) Section hair, and generously apply from root to tip.  3) Comb to distribute product.  4) Air dry, and style as desired.

RINSE-OUT: WAVY  –  HEAT APPLICATION | Apply to wet hair. 1) Using palms of hands, apply Moisture Foundation to hairline, forehead, sides, and base of neck. Gently smooth from the hairline back toward the ends of hair.  2) Section hair, and generously apply from root to tip.  3) Comb to distribute product.  4) Leave in for 3-5 minutes.  5) Lightly rinse.  6) Style as desired.

For best results, use full Especially Hair conditioning system, including our Enhance Daily Conditioner.

Especially Hair’s Moisture Foundation Deep Treatment is a hair masque that aims to solve the problems many curly- and wavy-haired gals experience while trying to create the perfect wash ‘n go. This premium deep treatment is infused with panthenol (aka vitamin B5), argan oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, and essential oils to moisturize and condition the hair, allowing for easy detangling in 15 minutes or less! It also claims to leave hair feeling thicker and more voluminous while repairing damage from heat styling, chemicals, and harmful UV rays. Moisture Foundation can be used as a leave-in to protect from potential damage from daily styling, or chlorine or saltwater. Or, it can be used as a wash-out deep conditioner to reverse excessive dryness.

Weighing in at 8.5 oz (250 ml), this product is twice as costly as Especially Hair’s Enhance Daily Conditioner. However, here, the price tag is justified! The first month, I used this product exclusively as a leave-in. It gave me fluffy, highly moisturized twist-outs and wash ‘n gos. My hair has NEVER felt more moisturized. In fact, it kept my hair moisturized for days. Yes. Days! And, to refresh my curls, all I had to do was spritz lightly with water, seal with a light oil (i.e., extra virgin olive oil) if necessary, and then restyle my hair.

I especially love (pun intended) wink that Especially Hair is a sustainable brand committed to sourcing renewable raw materials for both their packaging and actual product formulations. Born out of  the necessity of trying to find products able to combat the stress that swimming puts on textured hair, this is a brand drenching in concern for the health of  kinky, curly, coily strands. At the very least, the Moisture Foundation is worth the deluge to your pocketbook! So, give it a try.

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2016: A Year in Rear View

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2016, for me, was a year of setbacks. After more than half of the year was over, I discovered that most of my hair’s lack of hydration was due to the fact that I live in a hard (to very hard) water area. Ever since I purchased a new shower filter, I have noticed an exponential reduction in split ends and single strand knots (SSKs). However, after gaining and retaining an additional three inches in length during the last quarter of the year, I lost it all (and more) due to a foolish decision to put my hair in mini twists. After that, my hair’s health declined dramatically. It’s been an uphill battle ever since to recover from fragile, damaged ends and extensive hair breakage (I lost as much as 5″ in some areas)! I’ve dusted my ends multiple times to try to get back to the status quo for my hair.

When my hair growth continued to stall and I observed that I still had split, scraggly ends, I bit the bullet and chopped off an additional 1″ – 1 ½” (around the beginning of December 2016). Unfortunately, that meant losing more length on top of what I had already lost due to breakage, but I wanted to start fresh in the New Year. Plus, I always choose the health of my hair over the length of my hair. So, I’m not afraid to get scissor-happy when necessary. 😉 Besides, only a month later, it has proven to be the best decision I ever made since my hair grew (and I retained) 0.5″ in the last 30 days (finally)!

As a result, in 2017, I will be focusing predominantly on restoring the health of my hair and length retention. It’s back to basics for me … Moisture! Moisture! Moisture! I will continue to moisturize my hair twice a day (in the morning and at night before I go to bed). I am thinking of reincorporating the GHE method back into my regimen on a more consistent basis. I totally failed to do this last year, which I think only exacerbated my dry hair woes. I also plan to experiment with a few more hair growth aids and styling products to make up for lost time. 😉

So far this winter, the main struggle I’ve noticed is that my natural hair is in this awkward stage where the length of my hair, when down, (i.e., in wash ‘n gos and twist-outs) sometimes brushes up against my clothes, especially after day 4 or 5 when my shrunken freshly washed hair starts to loosen and become more voluminous after repeated stretching from twist-outs or general styling. I think that might have contributed to a lot of breakage as well. So, I hope to twist AND pin my hair up or do more roll ‘n tuck styles. Because my fine strands do not like being in protective styles over extended periods of time, I’m going to try to minimize over-manipulating my hair. In addition, at night, I have been loosely bunning my hair or tucking in my ends and pinning it in place to better protect the oldest part of my hair.

I’m also toying with the idea of ditching shampoo altogether and co-washing exclusively. If that doesn’t work, I may add a pre-poo or oil rinse to my regimen. I haven’t thus far to try to keep my hair wash day as minimal as possible, but I definitely think my current hair regimen needs a revamp, so I will be tweaking it from time to time as I start the journey of finding new products and methods that will work for my hair’s current needs. I’ve already incorporated a mid-week co-wash back into my routine. I used to do this when my hair was relaxed and I was transitioning to natural. So far, my hair seems to like it. Because I exercise an hour a day 6-7 days a week, I think an additional wash may be necessary to better maintain my hair’s moisture and to keep my scalp free from bacteria (i.e., from sweating during workouts) and excessive debris.

Here are the current measurements of my hair. As you can see, I lost 6-8″ in overall length from the continued breakage I experienced from hard water, the damage I suffered from wearing my hair in mini twists, and much-needed trims (to cut away fragile, split, tangled ends).

Current Measurements

FRONT: 14″

SIDES: 11.5″ (LEFT); 12″ (RIGHT)

CROWN 14″

BACK: 11.0″

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Garnier Whole Blends Haircare: Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner with Royal Jelly Honey & Propolis Extracts

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The Honey Treasures Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner from Garnier’s Whole Blends haircare line caught my eye mainly because of the inclusion of royal jelly honey and propolis extracts. I’ve been looking to find a more natural haircare line, and I thought this was a great find. I’ve never used Garnier products before, but I was excited that the Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner included ingredients proven to assist with retention of hair moisture and hair growth.

Product Claims

  • Adds shine
  • Strengthens hair
  • Prevents split ends
  • Heals damage
  • Paraben-free
  • Gentle for everyday use
  • Natural blend of ingredients 

Shampoo Ingredients:

Aqua / Water / Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamide Mea, Glycol Distearate,Sodium Chloride, Mel / Honey / Miel,Ppg-5-Ceteth-20, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Fumaric Acid, Royal Jelly, Carbomer Glycerin, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hydroxide, Alcohol, Propolis Extract Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid, Ci 19140 / Yellow 5, Caramel Parfum / Fragrance, Coumarin, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate

Conditioner Ingredients:

Aqua / Water / Eau Cetearyl Alcohol Behentrimonium Chloride Amodimethicone Mel / Honey / Miel Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil Potassium Hydroxide Royal Jelly Glycerin Trideceth-6 Aloe Barbadensis / Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Alcohol Propolis Extract Isopropyl Alcohol Citric Acid Phenoxyethanol Cetrimonium Chloride Benzoic Acid Ci 15985 / Yellow 6 Ci 19140 / Yellow 5 Parfum / Fragrance Coumarin Limonene Benzyl Alcohol Benzyl Salicylate

Directions:

I like the viscosity of both the Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner. They both have a thick, luscious consistency that feels indulgent. And, the smell? The smell! Oh my goodness, the smell is absolutely intoxicating. Usually, I’m NOT a huge fan of overly fragrant products. However, the inclusion of royal jelly honey and propolis extracts gives the Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner the aroma of an expensive spa treatment. Seriously, every time I used these products, all I kept thinking of while I was using them was how much I enjoyed the amazing scent. Unfortunately, the texture and scent of the product is where the pros (for me) ended!

After using the shampoo, my hair felt incredibly dry. Think Sahara desert in the height of summer. The conditioner reversed some of the drying effects but definitely not all. I thought that my hair might need to adjust to a new product, which is one of the reasons why I typically use any new product for at least a month before writing a review. In this case, I used the Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner for almost 4 months without receiving any benefits. In fact, I experienced an inordinate amount of hair fall. I don’t mean a strand or two here or there. I’m talking about gobs and gobs of hair coming out after every wash … to the extent that I had a fistfull of hair in my shower stall at the end of each wash! So much so that I became incredibly worried. In fact, I didn’t even make the connection with my increased hair fall and stalled hair growth until I came across someone, with a completely different hair texture than mine, who said that they had used the products and that it caused a lot of their hair to break off. They stopped after only a few uses. Silly me! It took me almost 4 months before I decided to toss the products into my refuse bin.

After over 3 months of use, my hair still felt parched every time I shampooed and conditioned it with Garnier’s Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner. I’ve never experienced hair breakage from a shampoo or conditioner before, so this is a first for me. But, I will definitely NEVER use these products again. Maybe if I had Type 1 (straight) or Type 2 (wavy) hair, this combo might have worked for me. But, I don’t! I have very fine, curly, coily hair. So, textured girls, beware! I think this is one haircare line with natural ingredients of which you should steer clear! One inch of hair loss later, I know I am! And, just as I was starting to finally make some progress with my hair and its stagnated hair growth … 😥 Sigh.

😡 NOT HAPPY! 😡

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ion Hard Water Shampoo + Conditioner

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Ion Hard Water Conditioner

Having healthy hair when you live in a hard water area is a formidable challenge. The mineral deposits from hard water causes hair to feel rough and tangled. Over time, this can lead to hair breakage and severe hair damage. As a result, when I came across ion’s Hard Water Shampoo and Conditioner, I was desperately intrigued! It claims to do the following:

  • help eliminate mineral build-up from hard water (and well water)
  • reduce dryness, damage, dullness, and discoloration
  • leave hair soft, shiny, and manageable
  • safe for chemically-treated hair
  • safe for daily use

ion’s Hard Water Shampoo has a consistency similar to a gel facial cleanser that is easy to apply. The clean, fresh fragrance is nice but not overpowering. First, I did a quick ACV rinse with a 50:50 ratio of Bragg’s Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother) and distilled water. Then, I applied the Hard Water Shampoo to my wet hair, concentrating the product at the roots. I massaged my scalp for 30 to 60 seconds and then rinsed.

The first time I used this product, I shampooed twice, but I have found a double shampoo is completely unnecessary. The second time, I used a large gob of the shampoo. That, too, was completely unnecessary. This product works well, but a little goes a long way! I would say only a teaspoon or so (max) is needed for medium-length hair. Less for short hair or those with fine strands, and slightly more for long or super-thick hair.

After only one use, I noticed an immediate difference in my hair. The shampoo eliminated about 75% of the tangles in my hair (without any prior detangling) almost on contact! The rest I removed by gently finger detangling.

Next, I applied ion’s Hard Water Conditioner. It has a very thick consistency that I love with the same fragrant scent as the shampoo. I left the Hard Water Conditioner on for a minute or two and then rinsed my hair. As the final step, this conditioner moisturized my hair and left it feeling soft and pliable.

I love that both of these products are 100% vegan and are safe for chemically-treated hair. Considering how well they work, they are a bargain at $13 for a 1-liter bottle of shampoo. My only complaint is that the conditioner is the same price for only 12 fl. oz. I will definitely be buying another bottle of conditioner before the shampoo comes even close to running out! But, considering how amazing ion’s hard water product line is, I don’t really mind. For others, like me, who live in a very hard water area, I can see this quickly becoming one of your staple shampoos and conditioner.

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