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What I learned from trying 5 different hydrating products
I was a classic too-manly-for-hair-care male until I recently resolved (out of either vanity or self-respect, or maybe both) to start attending more carefully to my health/appearance/grooming. Hair is, of course, at the front line of that battle, so I interrogated some professional hair people and did some Internet browsing and learned that hair care is only partly a matter of what products you use. Healthy hair is also the result of things like drinking water and eating right and avoiding excessive sun or heat. Hair is, in fact, the most reliable indicator of whether a person is healthy. (See the Wikipedia page on “hair care,” for starters.) And I learned that when it comes to hair products, I should look for ones that say “hydrating.” (This as opposed to “moisturizing,” which merely gives the appearance of hydration.) That’s because hydrated hair is pretty much what healthy hair
• I then spent a decent (if not ridiculous) amount of time browsing Amazon’s hydrating hair products and reading the reviews, and then I experimented with 5 different, relatively inexpensive products.The bottom line is that none of the 5 products are magical but I have noticed a mild to moderate improvement in shine, darkness, and thickness. (If you have recommendations for a near-magical product, I’m counting on you to let me know.) Given what I’ve seen from the different products, I will probably settle into a routine of using a small amount of the Frieda shampoo and conditioner daily, and then using an overnight treatment maybe once a month (but probably not the L’Oreal one).That doesn’t mean I recommend (or don’t) any of these products for you. Another thing I learned while researching hair is that we are all unique little flowers with very different filaments on our noggins that respond differently to different things. So rather than recommending a particular product, I recommend that you do some trials and see what works for you.Below is a detailed review of each product.
• Paul Mitchell leave-in conditioner (My rating: 3.0 stars) (Current price: $1.03/ounce) – My second-biggest complaint with this product is that it is sort of annoying to apply – after the shower, you have to dab a few blotches of it onto your damp hair and then brush it through. My biggest complaint is that it doesn’t seem to be doing anything beyond what the other conditioners do. It works well enough and makes my hair nice and dark and helmet-y but so do the other conditioners. Plus, I don’t think it’s doing much to make my hair healthier because you only apply it to the end of the hair and not to the scalp. That means it also requires a good amount of the blue gel to work it through all of your hair.
• John Frieda Frizz-Ease Conditioner(3.8 stars) ($0.54/ounce) – If the shampoo does most of the moisturizing “work,” then the conditioner seems kind of like the sealant to lock it in and protect it all day, and to make your hair more “manageable.” This conditioner does that job well enough but I only use a little bit of it because it makes my hair a little too helmet-y for my liking. Maybe you like that from a conditioner–I don’t. I prefer that my hair move in the breeze. This conditioner would probably have a more desirable effect for people with long (at least shoulder-length) hair. As for the scent, I would describe it as “neutral.”
• John Frieda Frizz-Ease Shampoo(4.3 stars) ($0.60/ounce) – It works noticeably better than my old shampoo (Aussie Smooth). With this shampoo, my hair stays wet after a shower about 40% longer and it retains a subtle moisture all day. After a shower, when I comb my wet hair, I can hardly even feel it because there is so little resistance against the comb. In other words, my hair becomes a weird combination of wet and airy. The shampoo seems to work best when I leave it in for a minute or two before rinsing. I only need to use about a nickel-sized amount (I have medium-to-shaggy hair). It has a scent that is a little too much like a household cleaning product, but it’s a faint smell and goes away after the shower.
• L’Oreal EverStrong Conditioner(3.2 stars) ($0.66/ounce) – This seems to have the same effect as the Frieda conditioner, except that it makes my hair even slightly more helmet-y. Also, it has an initially-strong scent that faintly lingers in my hair all day, even when I only use a dime-sized amount. It’s a smell that I would describe as endurable but not pleasant.
• L’Oreal EverStrong Overnight Treatment(2.5 stars) ($1.76/ounce) – I have only used it a few times but haven’t noticed anything magical. You apply it to dry hair at night, work it through the ends, and then sleep with your hair in a mildly goopy state. I didn’t check carefully, but I would be surprised if your hair doesn’t leave a mark on your pillowcase. And it takes a lot of goop, even for a guy with reasonably short hair like me. Maybe it would be worth it if it gave my hair a brilliant luster or thickness, but it doesn’t seem to do much at all, at least not above what the shampoo and conditioner are already doing. I am unlikely to get it again.—P.S. – Many of these same products are probably available at your local Wal-Mart (or whatever), and probably for a 10-25% lower price.P.P.S. – A couple years ago, I experimented with using no hair products at all… for months. I had read some caveman-y theories about how hair products damage our hair because they crowd out the natural moisturizing chemicals and blah blah. All I can say is that it didn’t work for me. It’s true that my hair during those months was surprisingly less nappy and gross than I expected, and it’s maybe even true that the artificial chemicals we put on our scalps have some serious, unwelcome consequences, but all I can say is that I much prefer how my hair looks and feels after it’s been shampooed, to the point that I’m willing to take whatever risks those chemicals may pose.
I know this is supposed to be used on your head but I don’t. I use it to shave my face / neck and my wife uses it on her legs. This stuff works better than any shaving gel I have ever tried and costs much less. I discovered this all be accident when I ran out of my usual gel and needed something to cut down / eliminate razor burn ~ I’ll never go back to shaving gel
I am of african descent and my hair is relaxed. I now use ‘ The conditioner’ leave in moisturiser, makes my hair incredibly soft (i have been using this about 4 months).Plus I started using the Awapuhi moisture mist (only 4 days now) but so far it has been absultely amazing.The last bit of softness and mositure that I needed to stay in my hair and take it from day to day seems to have been accomplished with this.I have been very impressed with his line. It is a bit pricey (especially since where I am I pay almost double the price) but it has been giving good results for me.I highly recommend.I will update, should I notice that it is not living up to my previous recommendation.
Like a lot of people, I have been looking for the right product for my hair type which is coarse, thick, curly with low porosity, I think its type3c. What can I say is this product had my hair soft, silky, looked moisturized and it had my curls popping more than every other product I tried before. I like the fact that I can use it as my only product without gels or oils etc. I try to follow the cg method along with using products for my low porosity hair but this was recommended and I check the reviews and gave it a try. It was a good purchase, will highly recommend and re-purchase, in my opinion best leave in for my hair.New ReviewI repurchased this item in a bigger bottle because it worked so good, but I am totally disappointed, it does nothing to my hair, no slip, made my hair feel hard. So I have this bottle of conditioner on my table doing nothing, I may use it in my twists, but I’m back to treseme. Will no longer recommend
This stuff is simply amazing!
I have never been a Paul Mitchell girl. I recently decided to go natural and I was looking for a new leave-in that was sulfate-free. Many blogs had recommended trying this product. I bought the smallest size; however, now I wish I had bought the biggest size possible. This stuff is amazing!!! It has great slip and leaves your hair so moisturized. This product is a must-have for any hair routine.
Used 4 Ever!
30+ years best daily conditioner ever because you can use it different ways. Its never heavey but you can leave it on and wrap a warm towel and your hair will be silk. And its the only conditioner you can use a dab of to use as a styling tool. With fine and now thinning hair more then ever I love this product! Why is it hard to find? Most salons where I live only carry the new PM lines. oh well thank you Amazon 🙂
Hair is sooo soft after using this.
A tiny bit of this goes a very long way, and if you use too much this can weigh hair down and make it look greasy. With the right amount though it is really nice, my hair always feels really soft and it helps control the frizz.
Great on any hair
I had a foster daughter with slightly curly Caucasian hair and I have African American thick, long and curly hair. Both of our hair loved this. For me it is great under Eco Styler. Never without this!
NOTHING BUT LOVE!
This PM is what’s UP!! It makes my Natural Hair Softer, Shinier and Curlier!! I use it along with Olive Oil hair moisturizer and main listen…. I can go 4 days on one twist out!
Get more than one!
wHAT CAN YOU say bad about Paul Mitchell…..So worth the purchase, it makes your hair so shiny and smooth. It is not heavy and does not leave a residue.
Works great on my curly frizzy hair
A quarter sized dab goes a long way even on my 16" curly, frizzy and damaged hair. I concentrate on my ends then message upward avoiding the top of my head because it can look greasy. My only complaint is the scent is not my cup of tea.
The most affordable place to buy
Wake up, wet hands with water, rub a bit of Paul Mitchell The Conditioner through hair. It makes hair look healthy and moisturized, without weighing it down,
Not quite what I expected!
It’s okay. I have very very thick hair. Not kinky, not straight, but black hair that loves moisture. This conditioner leaves a film on my hair that I don’t quite like. I do; however, use it. Don’t want my good money to go to waste.I will not order again!
Boyfriend likes it
I got this conditioner for my boyfriend, and he loves it. He wanted the smaller size because for him it last along time. Great price. It really makes his hair thicker and softer, I use it sometimes as well when Im at his place. We also have the paul mitchell orginal shampoo got the big 33 oz of that one. Great products to use.
I hate this…
I hate the smell and I am all about great scents. It felt more like it was drying my hair out than being much of a leave-in conditioner.
I’ve used this product before, changed to try something new, and have gone back to this product. It’s worth the money, it stays in the hair, and it gives my hair more lift. Highly recommend it.
Makes my hair soft, smooth and feel super healthy. My hair has never been shinier, and I am so glad I took the leap and bought it despite the cost.
I’m Feelin Blue
I got this conditoner because of reviews and tutorials I’ve seen. The product is blue in color the consistency is thick and the smell puts you in the mind of hairdressings like royal crown and ultra sheen that were used years back. I use it as a leave in and base for my wash n go’s. A little definitely goes a long way so unless you want your hair to look like its full of foamy white stuff use this sparingly. Its a good product and will last a good long time.
I love this product. I apply this product before I apply Paul Mitchell foaming pomade. This product works well with the foaming pomade. It is light and non-greasy. It made my hair shiny and soft. I used it on a cold windy day, my hair did not look dry at all.
This seems to condition well, but the smell is really unfortunate. It is chemical-smelling, kind of like paint. I’m not usually one to complain about such things, and this still gets to me.
Healthy, smooth hair
My hair is short and gets dry and frizzy when I neglect to moisturize it properly. This is my first time buying The Conditioner and also my first time buying a Paul Mitchell product. First of all, great value for this large bottle – love Amazon! Second, I’m very happy with it so far. I’ve used it two or three times after shampooing and conditioning in the shower and towel-drying. It makes a huge difference! My hair feels smoother and softer after using it. The tilt-cap bottle is easy to use, which is a big plus for me as I’m always in a rush. The smell is non-offensive, not great either but others may like it – fragrance is such a personal thing. Definitely recommend this leave-in conditioner if your hair feels dry or just if you tend to get frizz.
Great Stuff! Beats the generic version (did a comparison)
This conditioner is a light blue hue. It is not as sticky and has a smooth gel-like form. It actually works for my hair. I put it on my hair in sections, mixing it in between my hands well so it smooths on all my strands. I put it on at night, and the next morning my hair was still soft and moisturized. Much better results than the GVP Sally’s version, which I was doing a comparison of. I decided to keep this one and will repurchase. This has taught me that I will stick to name brand.***Only buy PM from an Ulta store or professional salons PM.com lists. Otherwise you risk buying fake, old, or tampered product. Plus, these stores hijack the price….I thought a 10oz bottle of Paul Mitchell would cost me $25-30 due to some research on this site, but it’s actually $9-10 retail in salons.
I’ve used this leave in conditioner for years. I usually rinse it out just a little just to be sure it doesn’t weigh my hair down. But when I wore my hair longer (giving it more weight of it’s own) I left the conditioner in and it’s wonderful that way too. Detangles, smoothes and softens.