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Rachel’s First Product Review: Top 15 Drugstore Conditioners

Avatar • Aug 28, 2009

 


In celebration of hitting 1,000 followers I announced this past weekend that Rachel (of Little Golden Lamb) would be doing regular product reviews. Expect to see Rachel on BGLH every Friday. 


Beloved readers, this is part one of a series of “Top 15” posts to be appearing in the future. In this post, I will be kicking off the count down of my Top 15 Drugstore conditioners, to date. BAAs, all around! ^_^

To be clear, I’m not referencing “deep conditioners” in this post, but rather “rinse-out” conditioners. These are my Top 15, based on what I’ve tried to date. I have yet to try every product in all of drugstore-dom, so please do not be upset, beloved readers, if you don’t see your favorite brand listed. I may have not tried a product from it yet or may not have tried a product from that line that benefited my hair in a particularly fantastic way at this point in time.

By “drugstore”, I might add, I mean they can be found only outside of salons and BSS, most likely in massive retail chains like Wal-Mart, Meijers, CVS, Target, Walgreens and so forth.

I must also note that there are a mixture of “natural” and silicone-laden products on this list as I shy away from few ingredients. This is partially why I post ingredient lists on all of my reviews. Be sure to check them for ingredients your lovely mane may not care for. ^_^

Top 15 Products” really have to “wow” me on a number of fronts, but of greatest importance are:

Ingredient Quality (The first five ingredients must contain two ingredients my hair prefers)
Price (In relation to the quantity in the bottle)
Physical characteristics (scent, color, texture)
Actual performance (Does it do what I want it to do, at a level that makes me feel I haven’t wasted my money)

So, without further ado, beloved readers, these are conditioners one through three, of my Top 15 Drugstore Conditioners (number 1 being the best):

15. Dove Frizz Control Therapy Conditioner with Repairing Serum
I LOVE this “repair serum” line from Dove! Fabulous. The Shine therapy conditioner was delicious (see review) and this is as well. Thick, creamy, with a pleasant floral scent it moisturizes deeply and really coats each strand without that tacky “Silicone, much?” feeling. My hair was noticeably softer after using it.

This is wonderful for luxurious co washes and easy-breezy detangling sessions for all textures and chemical persuasions, though fine haired ladies, this may be too much for your strands as a frequent co-wash. Don’t look to make a leave-in out of this though. It’s too thick and rich ‑flakes will ensue once it dries.

I absolutely adores that it rinses clean, the scent, while nice and not too overt doesn’t linger (the usual sweet, Dove-floral-scent). I can foresee that you, my beloved readers, will need to clarify once a month or so with this or use shampoo weekly (one with coco betaine, SLS or ALS is not necessary).

Even if this does not trip your light fantastic, this won’t be a waste ‑it will be as great shaving aid if all else fails. ^_^ Baa!

Ingredients
Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Quatemium-18, Fragrance (Parfume), C11-13 Isoparaffin, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polxamer 217, Quatemium-18 Bentonite, Meroxapol 311, Disodium EDTA, Amodimethicone, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, DMDM Hydantoin, C12-14 Sec-Pareth‑5, C12-14 Sec-Pareth‑7, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.


14. Dove Intense Damage Therapy Conditioner for Accumulated Damage

I have a slight issue with the slim, rounded, up-thrust design…it’s not sensuous or feminine. It’s just…awkwardly provocative. That said it is inverted (great for getting every drop without shaking it to death) with a just-too-cool cobalt blue bottle. Neat.

This conditioner, beloved readers…IS AMAZING! Having said that, loves, I must remind you I do not shy away from silicones. Further more, I have very thick hair that can take quite a few. Fine haired ladies, this may not be your friend as a co-wash. As a weekly deep conditioning base, it may do you proud.

The product itself is white, creamy, amazingly thick and has the usual sweet/perfumy Dove smell. It doesn’t linger much. Which could be good and bad depending on how you feel about that. A little goes a long way which I love about Dove. Unlike some Organix and J/A/S/O/N products (my two favorite drugstore brands) a little of this melts my tangles.

About tangles…this is ONE OF TWO DRUGSTORE BRANDS THAT MELT MY CURLS LIKE AVEDA CONDITIONERS. Only Aveda’s “Be Curly” conditioner did that for my hair. It STARTLED me that this could do that also. Simply amazing. It’s a great buy for the amount and quality: $4–6 dollars.

I LOVE THIS CONDITIONER. However, in time, this little, golden lamb will wander out of boredom) (and the desire to write more reviews for you lovely ladies)!

Relaxed and texlaxed ladies, this will provide a good protective coating for detangling chemically-taxed strands.
Natural (and “lightly texlaxed”) lovelies, for the “cone enthusiasts” out there, this’ll aid in detangling for you as well!

AMAZING job Dove. I’m so proud of you! Now if you’d just make commercials showing more Black women using your hair products. You are missing out on a large market. Sigh. When you do catch on…please, darlings, don’t make the bottles of the line brown.

Ingredients:
Water – Aqua , Cetearyl Alcohol , Dimethiconol , Cetrimonium Chloride , Quaternium-18 , Fragrance – Parfum , C11-13 Isoparaffin , Propylene Glycol , Hydroxyethylcellulose , Poloxamer 217 , Quaternium-18 Bentonite , Meroxapol 311 , Disodium EDTA , Amodimethicone , TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate , DMDM Hydantoin , C12-14 Sec-Pareth‑5 , C12-14 Sec-Pareth‑7 , Citric Acid , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone

13. L’Oreal Smooth Intense Conditioner for Thick Hair

L’Oreal Paris Vive Pro Advanced Nutrileum Complex Smooth Intense Conditioner for Dry, Rebellious Hair That’s Thick: Well, beloved readers…it wins the longest name award. THIS CONDITIONER IS AMAZING. This is one of the best drugstore conditioners I have tried yet. More important it has ceramides in it. Ceramides are natural lipids that help hair and skin retain water. They can be lost over time by daily wear and tear and are stripped by the relaxing process.

I love it. It’s amazing for detangling as well. It has a “good” fragrance, in that it’s not definable or attention getting, but very pleasing when noticed.

This has great consistency, creamy, custard thick and opaque white. It spreads easily and slips around every strand. A little goes quite a long way.
Plus…THE BOTTLE IS ORANGE! YAY! <3

The Inverted design and squeezable plastic (requires some shaking to get that last 1/3 though) is efficient. The only thing that could improve its packaging is a push tab opening. It has cute font, too!

It’s a wondrous styling agent on dry hair also! NO more fly aways RELAXED ladies. This left my strands, “coated” in a “protected” sort of way, without feeling terribly weighed down. Be sure to wash at least weekly to prevent build-up, which is a very real possibility with this. They felt plump, supple and smooth. It didn’t impart great silkiness or intense shine, but my hair detanlged like a breeze with this massaged into wet hair.

TEXLAXED LADIES: Can we say diluted for a leave-in spray?
NATURALS: If you do non-natural products you may fall in love with this for co-washes and detangling.

I love this and can’t say that enough. Give it a whirl if your hair is thick/medium/whatever. They also make formulas for fine hair and hair of a “medium” texture, displayed here. The one for thick hair has a blue label.

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Potato Starch Modified, Behentrimonium Chloride, Perfume (Fragrance), Cetyl Esters, Methylparaben, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Trideceth 12, Camelina Sativa/Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Cetrimonium Chloride, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Poloxamer 407, Dodecene, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Yellow 10 (CI 47005), Citronellol, Amyl Cinnamal, Alpha IsoMethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Red 4 (CI 14700), BHT

There they are beloved readers, the first three of fifteen! I hope these reviews are useful to you in your future product purchasing adventures. ^_^


Stay tuned next Friday for the next three items in the countdown. And if you can’t wait till next week to see more of Rachel, check her out at her blog: http://littlegoldenlamb.wordpress.com/

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Vixen
Vixen
11 years ago

I“m enjoying this series. I can’t wait to see if my favorite conditioners made the list.

Jc
Jc
11 years ago

This is interesting. I wouldn’t pick any of these conditioners with silicones such as dimethiconol and amodimethicone so high up in the list and therefore one of the dominant conditioning agents. 

I am keen to see what is at the top of the list, so I’m going to tune in!

food.wine.sunshine
food.wine.sunshine
11 years ago

Just wondering, what does texlaxed mean?? Texturizer??

jenteel
jenteel
11 years ago

great 1st post rachel! love that pic of you! 

i like jc am curious to see the rest. also, i think rachel’s list will be helpful to those who aren’t super “crunchy” (use only organic ingredients)like many of us naturals can be 🙂 that’s part of the reason why i don’t recommend products. i avoid many ingredients!

@food.wine.sunshine
texlaxed describes those who relax their hair leaving some texture so that it is not bone straight; similar to being texturized.

South Loop Social Light
South Loop Social Light
11 years ago

My favorite co-wash conditioner is Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut conditioner!!! It’s like it gives life to my hair. I love the smell, the slippery feel as it coats my hair, and the price!!! $1.50 for a 22.5oz bottle! Very nice.

Lina40
Lina40
11 years ago

really glad to see this post — I have used #14 on my hair and was really impressed with the softness.. actually used it also as a leave in on my natural braids (plus castor oil) and it was great! Cant wait to see the next trio!
Lina40

udee
udee
11 years ago

LOVELY!!! I’ve been waiting for a post like this!! Thank you mucho … would I be asking too much to request that a similar list be done for shampoos too 🙂

Romney
Romney
11 years ago

Wow this is really interesting! Can’t wait to see the next three coming up!

Slipstitches
Slipstitches
11 years ago

Great, they sell both vive and dove here! I’ve been looking for a new conditioner. Can’t wait to get back to the store now, lol. Thanks so much.

Briah Briah
Briah Briah
11 years ago

Okay so the vive pro is my product but I thought they discontinued it?! I live in western illinois and I haven’t been able to find it anywhere. I’ve used the dove (blue bottle) and I didn’t care for it so much. But great list so far!!!!!!!

serenissima
serenissima
11 years ago

i love DOVE products

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