Friday, April 26, 2019

Let's Talk Conditioner

I have this thing with my hair.

If I have to choose whether to style my hair before leaving the house and putting on makeup, I will choose my hair every time.

I have a very specific routine for washing my hair too. First of all, I never wash it more than once or twice a week. It's so drying! Also, the water has to be only lukewarm, and cooler if I can stand it. My hair is the first thing I wash when I get into the shower. I shampoo, blot out as much water as possible, apply conditioner, clip it up with one of those claw clippies, then put on a shower cap to hold it all in while I finish my shower.

I am constantly on the lookout for the next best conditioner. I like really thick ones that coat my hair. They have to smell like food of some sort; no floral scents for me. I like vanilla and fruit smells.

Like I said. I'm very specific!

I received an offer to try out this conditioner:

from Maple Holistics. Not only is it paraben and silicone free, it smells like vanilla! Sold! (well, free, but you know what I mean)

I'm going to be honest with you. I did NOT like this conditioner the first few weeks I used it. Even though it came out of the bottle looking thick, it quickly felt like it was watered down as it was being applied to my hair. I'm used to being able to feel a conditioner start to work as it's being applied, and I didn't feel that with this one. I also like to feel like the strands of hair are silky smooth as I rinse, and this barely felt like I had used any conditioner at all. My hair basically felt the same.

Needless to say, I was not impressed.

Here's the thing though: the shower in our master bedroom is one of those tiny stall ones, and space is at a premium. That means there is only room for the products that I am actually, currently using, and anything else gets stored under the sink.

Out of reach of the shower.

So my regular conditioner was across the bathroom, and the Maple Holistics one was in the shower, so therefore I kept using it because I kept forgetting to swap them out before I got in.

And something started to happen.

My hair? I noticed it was REALLY soft and smooth when I styled it. My hair started to feel more smooth when I rinsed it in the shower. It was shinier too.

So maybe this conditioner wasn't so bad after all. It takes several (AHEM) washes to get your hair to respond, but when it gradually does, you definitely see the difference. I'm okay with leaving my old conditioner in the cabinet now. This smells delicious, my hair is soft and smooth and shiny, and it's pretty reasonably priced for not being a drugstore product.

I'm glad I let it stick around.

***I received this product for free in exchange for posting a review. I was not told what to say, only to be honest. I did not receive any monetary compensation.***


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