I swing between “Natural Ingredients Are the Best!” and “I Fear No Silicones!”, in my product choices. I was having a “back to nature” moment in my hair care journey when I purchased this. It’s also my first Burt’s Bees’ conditioner. ^_^
I’m rather impressed by this brand. I will be trying more products from Burt’s Bees various haircare lines in the near future, most definitely. Burt’s Bees skin care products are no stranger to me. They use high quality, natural ingredients that are well priced for the quality and do what they claim they will. This conditioner was $8 at my local natural food store. What I find most pleasing (though at times it can be an annoyance) about this brand is that their products multi-task tremendously, from skin care to hair care. Each product can do at least two things other than their intended purpose and do them well.
Enough gushing…it’s review time! ^_^
As much as I feel that, a decorated label + bottle = design cop-out” (it is a big sticker on a bottle and I finished my sticker-phase in forth grade, mold the plastic into something pretty!), I rather like their designs. You get a feel for the brand’s philosophy in the colors and style of the font and graphics. They have a clear layout, despite being font/graphic/color heavy and look quite pretty. That and you can recycle the rather boring bottle (I know, the bottles are they way they are so we can recycle them for the environment’s benefit, but they could throw in a curve or two). ^_^ Another plus: Push tab! I do wish they had inverted/invertible designs however. Squeezing the last drop out of these bottles (and you will want that last drop) can be rather difficult (which equals annoying!).
This product is off-white and creamy, albeit runny. I dislike runny conditioners as its easy to overuse them and my mane likes ‘em thick. I quickly realized why this is so thin:
THIS IS A PROTEIN CONDITIONER.
Odd as it is titled “more moisture”.
This isn’t totally contradictory. For hair to hold onto moisture, you need an intact cuticle, whether it is patched up for the moment with protein from another product or because it is well-cared for and still intact. Thus, adding some protein to a moisture conditioner is not counter-intuitive. It aids it in completing its task: adding moisture.
That said, in this case A LITTLE DAB WOULD DO! For my natural hair this was a straight path to protein overload (my bone-straight mane loved it). Burt’s Bees went a bit overboard methinks with the hydrolyzed veggie protein.
Behold the ingredient list:
water, centrimonium bromide, cetearyl alcohol, sucrose laurate, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, triticum vulgare (wheat) protein, betaine, glycerin, honey, sclerocarya birrea (marula) seed oil, glucose, bertholletia excelsa (brazil nut) oil, rubus idaeus (raspberry) fruit extract, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil, foeniculum vulgare (fennel) oil, fragaria vesca (strawberry) fruit extract, citrus reticulata (tangerine/petitgrain) leaf oil, litsea cubeba fruit oil, vanillin, artemisia pallens (davana) oil, polysorbate 60, fragrance, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase.
It’s in the first 5 Ingredients, after water, (why is that important? Click here). Followed by WHEAT PROTEIN. This is supposed to aid in moisture retention as well. My relaxed hair laughed at these two proteins, hardly responding to them. My natural hair was FULLY aware of their presence.
After using this every day as a co-wash for two weeks my protein balance went out of alignment and my curls became slightly hard. Eep! Let me repeat, however, it took DAILY USE for TWO WEEKS to have SLIGHTLY hard curls. This IS NOT APHOGEE. However, it’s strengthening properties cannot be ignored.
This conditioner is forgiving if you use too much, however naturals will have to use copious amounts to cover even a slight TWA (more on this later) and I would STRONGLY DISCOURAGE any user relaxed/texlaxed or natural from trying to detangle with this product.
This left my hair feeling supple, strong and smooth. It didn’t feel fleecy, silky or particularly soft. Which annoyed me after I specifically purchased this for “more moisture”. That smooth, supple feeling gave way to tight, hard, angry coils after another ten days.
Protein sensitive ladies will probably be able to use this as a mid-level protein.
For most other ladies, regardless of texture, this may function as a low-level protein as far as afro-hair is concerned.
Let me round out my review on the actual product and its performance by saying it does have a pleasant raspberry scent that is a “tart” raspberry, not the sugary-sweet scent of most commercial beauty products which I absolutely appreciated. Raspberry is one of the few fruit smells I actually tolerate, let alone enjoy. There’s also a hint of a creamy fragrance in there with a twist of “nutty”. It’s quite nice and lingers for maybe an hour at best in the most unobtrusive manner.
I personally, would NOT use this as a leave-in, due to its high protein content. Perhaps diluted as a protein-spritz…but I wouldn’t use that too often either, only as needed.
Natural ladies with VIRGIN (uncolored hair), like myself, may find this is all the protein you need! Using it multiple times a week could prove to upset your moisture protein balance. Using it once a week or bi-weekly could keep your curls, corkscrews and coils crisp, your waves and kinks moisture-ready, and twists, braids and poofs looking sharp. This will also help your hair better manage every day manipulation, wind, sun, Hand-in-Hair Disease and the like.
Natural lovelies with “colored” hair, this will most certainly help your hair whether the effects of permanent color. Using it once or twice a week may be in your best interest and could help put off needing heavier treatments as frequently as you may need them now. Again, ALWAYS USE A MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER AS NEEDED TO RETAIN YOUR MOISTURE-PROTEIN BALANCE, however often you use this or any other protein-heavy rinse-out conditioner!!
Congrats, Burt’s Bees on a fine product. ^_^
Now, rework your naming procedures. T_T
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