For the longest time now, I've had dry scalp. I think it's brought on by a combination of age, stress and just using the wrong products, but whatever the reasons, it seems here to stay. As such, I am always on the hunt for products that promise to re-hydrate and clear up flakes. Enter HIF's Hydration Support Cleansing Conditioner. HIF is one of the child brands of that Canadian beauty super think-tank, Deciem, with a focus on hair.
The Hydration Support Cleansing Conditioner is a deep-cleansing and re-hydrating two-in-one product that is designed to rejuvenate your scalp and hair. Unlike your usual shampoo-conditioner combo, a cleansing conditioner is like a mask for your hair. You simply apply, wait, and then rinse. The HIF Hydration Support Cleansing Conditioner contains hyaluronic acid and various natural extracts to remove build-up, blast away flakes and deeply moisturize your scalp, for thicker, shinier hair. Sounds pretty amazing right?!
The primary ingredients in this product are:
- Cetyl alcohol - an emollient, emulsifier and surfactant. Some people with sensitive skin conditions like rosacea and psoriasis can experience irritation from this ingredient.
- Propanediol - a solvent that has moisturizing properties and which helps other ingredients penetrate skin more easily
- Stearyl alcohol - an emollient commonly used to thicken hair products
- Glycol distearate - an emollient
While I really don't like how fragrance and cetyl alcohol are the top ingredients, this cleansing conditioner also contains good things like hyaluronic acid (in the first 1/3 of the ingredients list), Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract (antioxidant), vitamin E and panthenol (moisturizing).
Price & Packaging
As soon as I heard about this product, I just had to have it, so I snapped this up by purchasing a 180 ml tube for $30 off of Deciem's website. The HIF Hydration Support Cleansing Conditioner is also available in a 1 L size for $75. The 1 L size comes in a pump bottle, but the 180 ml size comes in a squeeze tube, which is of course more inconvenient. You can't even stand this tube up in the shower as the screw-top lid is so small.
The first thing I noticed about this product is its scent, which is a very strong, fresh and oceany scent. Although I don't usually like strongly scented products, I didn't mind this one as it just smells so good! The conditioner itself is a translucent, cloudy color with a gel texture that spreads easily over hair.
If you've never used a cleansing conditioner before, it can take some getting used to the fact that it doesn't suds up at all. Unlike other cleansing conditioners I've tried before though, I found the HIF Hydration Support Cleansing Conditioner to be easily spreadable through my hair and to massage into my scalp. I only need a quarter size to cover my hair.
Once you've applied the HIF Hydration Support Cleansing Conditioner you just leave it on for 3 minutes then rinse it out. After using this regularly for a couple of weeks, I found my tresses to feel softer and silkier. My hair also felt slightly bouncier, which I think is due to the fact that this conditioner is very deep cleaning. Surprisingly, despite its claim to be super-hydrating, it left my hair with that "squeaky" feeling which I usually associate with dryness and which made it a little harder to comb out after the shower, but this feeling seemed to go away once my hair dried.
While the HIF Hydration Support Cleansing Conditioner did a good job at hydrating my hair, I think it did less well at moisturizing my scalp. While it was on, my scalp felt deliciously cool and refreshed, but in terms of eliminating my dryness, it didn't seem to do much. After 3 weeks, my scalp actually felt itchier! I don't know what's up with my head, so maybe that's just me, but I had to scale back use of this conditioner to just once or twice a week. As I'd really been hoping this would become my HG scalp treatment, I was pretty disappointed that it didn't do anything for me. Despite that though, I do like using this when I'm too lazy to wash my hair properly and it works well as a reset product to get rid of build-up.
Buy - although it didn't eliminate my dry scalp issues, I'd still recommend this conditioner as an easy travel product and clarifying shampoo.