Buy or Ditch: Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care conditioner



The Product
After getting my hair permed and making the switch to full-on high maintenance hair mode with daily curling and styling, my hair transformed from its usual slippery smooth self to being frizzy with straw-like ends.  Aghast, I knew I had to immediately rectify the situation and my normal fine-hair conditioner with its light touch just wouldn't cut it.

After hearing from Angela that Dove conditioners had worked wonders on her tresses, I decided to give Dove a try.  The Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care conditioner is specially formulated to eliminate frizz and bring life back to dry, damaged hair.  Besides being used as a regular conditioner, this product can also be a leave-in treatment.

The Guts
The top ingredients in this conditioner  (besides water) are:

  • Cetearyl alcohol - an emulsifying agent used to bind oils and water together
  • Dimethicone and Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine  - a run-of-the-mill moisturizing ingredient commonly found in hair conditioners
  • Hydrogenated coconut oil - another moisturizer
  • Behentrimonium Chloride - mild cleansing agent and also helps soften hair


Price & Packaging
Dove products are very affordable and this conditioner is no exception, at around $5 for 355mL.  My version of this product from Shoppers Drugmart differs from the one above as it is a squeeze tube, rather than a flip-top.  The only con about the squeeze tube packaging is that it's a little slippery in the shower when wet and the sharp edges of the tube can sure hurt if you're reaching out blindly for it like myself!

Effectiveness
I tested out this product for about 2.5 weeks, washing my hair every other day and conditioning each time.  To condition my hair, I normally leave it on in the shower for about 1-2 minutes before rinsing as I believe it helps the ingredients absorb better.  On each application, I used about 3cm of product (if you are using the flip-top version, than this amount might equate to a bit larger than a quarter) to cover my just above shoulder-length hair.  I should also note that my hair type is fine, so if you have thick, coarse hair, feel free to use more.

After the testing period, I have to say I'm quite happy with this product!  I love the thick, almost Shea buttery texture and it had a light, pleasant smell.  After washing, my hair immediately felt smoother and was totally tangle-free.  A couple weeks later and my hair felt noticeable softer, except at the very ends.  Love!

Verdict
Price + value = buy buy buy!



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