I ran across a topic on this conditioner a few months back, but didn’t pay much attention to it because I’ve become rather set in my ways. But yesterday, I was in my local Rite-Aid with every intent on getting my normal Tropical Coconut Conditioner that I use for my co-washes, and I saw it. At $2.79 for 14.5 oz, I thought, what do I have to lose. So, I bought it and thought I’d give it a try.
Now, before I go into my personal experience, let me tell you the claims that this stuff has to live up to from the site:
Salon proven to moisturize your hair as well as Aveda® Dry Remedy® shampoo and conditioner*†.
Infused with 100% natural almond and shea butter, which are known for their rich emollients. The shampoo and conditioner system replenishes lost moisture, leaving your hair well-nourished and beautiful.
That is one. heavy. claim. Well, let me back up a second. If it was a conditioner that was salon proven to smooth has as well as Aveda Elixir then maybe it would be a heavy claim. Nonetheless, I do think it is pretty bold of them to make such a bold claim (pun intended).
And you know what, when you put such a strong statement out there, the masses are sure to put it to the test. And so, me being the lemming that I am, I decided to see if the product could actually hold its own. I really liked Dry Remedy overall, but because my hair is so thick, so dense and getting pretty long, I have to use sooooo much product that I shy away from investing in the treatment. My hair has suffered a little for it. It’s a little dry and straw-y. It’s because I haven’t been baby-ing it like I should – at least not consistently for the last couple of months.
Anyway, I bought the Suave conditioner only. I still don’t use shampoo, so I can’t comment on that part of the duo. I wet my hair and agitated my scalp a little with water only. I haven’t used any product in quite a while and I don’t have any build up. Once my hair was saturated, I squeezed out a little of the Suave. First things first. The scent permeated throughout the shower. How would I describe it…earthy and exotic. I definitely got a hint of the almond, but ever so slightly. It a more raw, natural scent – versus a sweet marzipan (which I hate). Same with the shea butter. It was more of a refined scent, than the nutty aroma you get from pure shea butter. The mixture was an enjoyable experience. Strong at first whiff, but light and lingering after rinsing. 5 stars in that department.
The consistency. This stuff is thick, thick, thick and a little bit more thick. What does that mean exactly? Let’s go back. The claim is that is moisturizes as well as Dry Remedy. So, this is NOT going to be your everyday, co-washing conditioner, which I think I (and a lot of others) have come to equate cheapie Suave conditioners to be. No ma’am. This really is a thick, and luxurious conditioner. I put on probably about four good handfuls for my entire head and allowed it to sit while I showered. Just before rinsing, I took my fingers and ran them through. I got pretty good slip as well. Consistency gets 5 stars for a deep conditioner. As far as slip, 4 stars. I no longer detangle in the shower but rather during my styling process. Weird, I know. But it’s how I do it.
After rinsing, my formerly dry, straw-like hair felt much softer. It wasn’t like butter or anything, but there was a definite difference. My hair was actually quite easy to detangle once I got out of the shower, and it felt soft, even after my styling.
Overall, I would give this conditioner 4 stars. I’m still on the fence as to whether or not it moisturizes as well as Dry Remedy, but it sure comes dang close if it doesn’t. And I can already think of additions to boost the effects: honey, coconut oil, olive oil, heat. I’d love to see the cumulative effects of using this on the regular. For $2.79, this is a new staple that will be added to my regimen.
In a perfect world, I would incorporate this after a bentonite cleansing…one that I am definitely overdue to have – just need to find the time!
Has anyone else fallen in love with this new condish?