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iON Keratin Smoothing Masque

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Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Vegetable Oil, Cetyl Esters, Sorbitol, Glycol Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Isopropyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ceteareth-20, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dmdm Hydantoin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Dimethiconol, Disodium Edta, Peg-4 Laurate, Citric Acid, Biotin, Panthenol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Pyridoxine Hcl, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool

Directions

After shampoo, massage ion Keratin Smoothing Masque into wet hair. Leave in 1-2 minutes. Rinse. For excessively dry or damaged hair, leave in 3-5 minutes. Use in place of daily conditioner 1-2 times per week, or as often as needed.

The ion Keratin Smoothing Masque is a sulfate-free formula that claims to replenish the protein, strength, and lost moisture of your strands all while creating more manageable hair. The Keratin Smoothing Masque also promises to eliminate frizz, restore elasticity, and repair damaged follicles. In addition, it can help prep the hair for smoother, faster blow-drys. Although it can also be used to improve and prolong the results of any Keratin Smoothing Treatment, it is a rich, nourishing hair masque that is safe for use on natural or chemically-treated (e.g., color-treated or relaxed) hair.

I love how thick and creamy this Smoothing Masque is. It is super easy to apply (thanks to the convenient pump top applicator). It has a unique perfumey scent that I am neither fond of nor detest. However, the smell does not linger in the hair. Although the directions state to leave the masque in your hair for up to 5 minutes, I use this product as a light protein treatment (due to the hydrolyzed keratin). As a result, I don a processing cap and then sit under my hooded stand dryer for 20-30 minutes. After rinsing the Smoothing Masque out, my hair is left feeling soft and strong all at the same time. No crunchy or hard tresses here! So, if you are not a fan of hard/harsher protein treatments like ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment or Keracare Super Reconstructor (see my review HERE), this may be the hair masque for you!

PROS

  • Improves and prolongs results of any smoothing treatment
  • Replenishes keratin and lost moisture
  • Contains NO formaldehyde
  • Eliminates frizz
  • Strengthens
  • Gentle enough to use 1-2x per week
  • Sulfate-free
  • Safe for any hair type
  • Thick and creamy
  • Pump applicator top

CONS

  • Contains dimethicone (second ingredient)
  • Odd perfumey scent (not horrible but not my favorite either)

Overall, the ion Keratin Smoothing Masque is great as a light protein treatment. I usually rotate this with my deep conditioner (e.g., either my [i.] ion Summer Deep Conditioning Treatment or my ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor). After almost two months of using the ion Keratin Smoothing Masque, the protein:moisture levels of my hair have been a lot easier to balance.

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Quick Tip #17: Use Coconut Oil CAUTIOUSLY!

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Fresh Coconuts (Set of 3)

Ok, scientifically coconut oil IS NOT a protein but, in a sense, I feel like it behaves like one because it contains lauric acid (a medium chain fatty acid that binds easily to protein in hair). Because of this, coconut oil has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft (due to its low molecular weight), reducing protein loss and strengthening the hair’s structure. It also creates a “hardening effect” due to its ability to change viscosity so quickly (i.e., from a liquid to a solid state) at low temperatures. As a result, harsh winter winds, for example, can create stiff hair very quickly. In addition, repeated use of coconut oil can cause protein build-up, drastically reducing hair’s elasticity and causing follicles to become dull, dry, brittle, easily tangled, and more prone to breakage.

Have you been overusing coconut oil? If so, consider utilizing a deep conditioner or moisturizing hair mask to restore the protein:moisture balance of your hair. Need a complete restart? Try a reconstructor instead.

 

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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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