Love/Conditioner: Lovely Curl Enhancing Conditioner:
I didn't love this product when I first tried it, but that is because I wasn't using it correctly. I always thought that if you use too much conditioner and leave it on for too long, it will make your hair oily or greasy. I was just using a little bit and washing it out right away.
I actually discovered by accident that this conditioner is amazing when you just let it sit on your hair while you are shaving, shower gelling, etc. It makes your hair really lovely! If you have natural curl/wave, this product can help bring it out. Never would have thought that about a conditioner!
My HG intensive conditioner. I'm usually never swayed much by advertising or magazines but I was reading an article where Chris McMillan or someone said he uses this on his movie star clients' over-processed locks and that "the hair just drinks it in." I saw that the product was pricey and had an unfamiliar Italian name so I wrote it off, but I kept thinking about what a great (albeit exaggerated and cheesy) description that was. My highlighted hair wanted a drink!
But I pushed it to the back of my mind and moved on, continuing to use my staple set Redken All Soft (which I still also love and highly recommend). So imagine my surprise when I'm at Longss a few days later and see Davines there on the shelf! (Note: I have since learned that apparently drugstore sale of salon products can be illegal, and the fact that it was the only time I've been able to find Davines there probably means Longs got busted early on).
Anyway, although Love was expensive (even on sale), the image of my stressed hair "drinking in" this clean, kinda sweet-smelling conditioner was too much and I bought the bootleg stuff immediately. I skipped the Love shampoo and styling products because the article had mentioned this was a deep treatment, and at the time I didn't consider it an everyday product, although I think now it's marketed that way.
The packaging: yes, it's bad. The smaller size is essentially a plastic bucket and the lid never does screw on after the first opening; it just rests on top. It slipped off the edge of the tub more than once and of course slippery conditioner spilled out all over the tile. BUT, the wide opening makes it so easy to scoop product out, easy to put it back if you take too much, and easy to clean up off the bathroom floor. Plus, I've since repurchased it in the liter size which is in a much stiffer plastic bottle - still with a wide opening, but at least the cap screws on. It is a bit awkward, but I'm willing to deal.
Anyway, on to the actual product. It feels slick going on, but thick. I'm probably kidding myself, but I do imagine my dry ends "drinking" this in. Haha, I'll admit that's sounds like I'm slightly delusional, but hey, this stuff suckered me. And it works! My hair is so incredibly soft after using this. It's almost too soft to style, but I never mind that since I tend to limit my Love use to once a week and let my hair air-dry afterward. I can't attest to using it as an everyday product, but I have long wavy hair and I think this would be too heavy for daily use, even for me.
I agree with mapn's review and concerns about ingredients. Most of my products are "greener" than this (although Davines as a whole does seem to be environmentally responsible, at least in PR). But I haven't noticed any adverse side effects from silicones, parabens, colors, etc. and I've been using this for almost two years. Also, I'm sensitive to scent, and while this is a bit perfumey, I like it. Other Davines products can be overpowering, but this is lovely and doesn't linger once hair is dry.
Bottom line: Davines can be expensive and can be tricky to find, but as a deep conditioner, Love is amazing and worth the effort. continued >>
I received samples of Love Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner. I absolutely love the thick creamy formula in the conditioner! That's exactly what a conditioner is supposed to look and feel like, in my opinion. It does contain silicones (dimethicone and amodimethicone), which I'm generally trying to avoid, but there are some actual conditioning ingredients preceding the ‘cones on the ingredient list… That's why I’m willing to make an exception, but I'd still use this conditioner infrequently to avoid build-up, if I owned a full-size jar (and the jar, by the way, looks very cute, but it's probably not very convenient to use in the shower). But this conditioner isn’t perfect: parabens form its preservative-system, and it contains unnecessary colouring agents, although I do understand that they give this conditioner its cute pink colour… However, it does make my hair feel and look exceptionally smooth and soft, and it also smells lovely and clean, which is why I would consider buying.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Borago Officinalis Extract, Oryza Sativa Cera/Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Amodimethicone, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-10, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Tocopherol, Benzophenone-4, Propylene Glycol, Tricedeth-12, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, CI 14700/Red 4, CI 42090/Blue 1, Parfum/Fragrance. continued >>
Davines Love conditioner for straight hair is on permanent rotation in my conditioner repertoire. I like to switch my products up every now and again as I feel that I get better results when doing so. I also love the way this particular formula I use smells, although I have to admit I'm not a fan of the scent of most Davines products.
I would not recommend this conditioner for people without thick or coarse hair. It really is quite heavy and could weigh hair down quite a bit. For me this works out alright because I have a ton of hair.
If you have curly hair, this product is great. My hair has never felt so soft...even with product! I have always struggled with the right shampoo and conditioner, this is it. The smell is ok, but could careless b/c of the end result.
LOVE the results, HATE the smell. it smells like something that's gone bad. the packaging isn't great either, the price isn't amazing but less than Fresh, which i love, and I actually think the results are better. If you can stomach the smell (truly, it smells like something that was once alive but died), it's an amazing product.
This review is for Love Curl Enhancing Conditioner, a GH on my list. I have long, thick, somewhat coarse wavy to curly hair, and I have never had the "natural curly" results that I get with Davines. This conditioner leaves my hair soft and bouncy, never weighed down. I have actually gone to bed with it in my hair and woke up with it dried in, and then just styled accordingly. It still didn't weigh my hair down.
I use this with their curl shampoo and curl serum, and the combo is great. This is actually the first line of products where every product that I have purchased has delivered as promised. The cost is rather high for the entire line, but I have never wasted or left unused any of the products.
One thing I have discovered is that the "curl" line of Love also garners nice results if I dry and style my hair, but when I use the "smoothing" line and then go for the natural curly style (still using their curl serum), I don't get the same curly results.
Also worth mentioning here (until I write the review for the Dede leave-in spray conditioner) is that I think the line is presented as natural, but it really is not. My face is very sensitive to ingredients like paraben and lanolin, and I have switched all of my skin care/cosmetics to fully organic lines and have not encountered any of the irritations, milia, etc. since making that change more than a year ago. What I noticed with Davines, specifically with the Dede spray (which contains paraben), is that I sometimes end up with a "hot spot" irritation near the top of my cheek bone where my hair might brush against or lay on my face. Don't know if it's just when my hair is wet and touches...I haven't focused that intently on the cause/effect other than recognizing it is associated with the product. Just mentioning for those extremely sensitive. The results are good enough that I just try to be more aware when I am using it and as much as possible, keep my hair off of my face.
My final comment is on packaging. The products are packaged in very simple plastic containers, no fancy marketing, just clear plastic with a white label. I actually prefer this kind of packaging, especially when paying so much money, because I don't feel I am paying for fancy packaging...I (assume) I am simply paying for quality product. I hope that revenues can then be directed towards product development (eliminate the paraben someday), etc. rather than maintaining high overhead for unnecessary "elements". Hope this comes across the right way. I am not coming down on those who enjoy the presentation. I guess I just prefer a "Shaker" approach to certain things. Simple, quality and functional. Having said that, I agree that especially with the conditioner, the packaging can be a pain because you have to open the lid and scoop out the conditioner, make sure you click the lid back in place, etc. But I just got used to it.
I have wavy fine hair that tends to be frizzy. I like this Shampoo & conditioner because it visibly smooths my hair and stays smooth in humidity. It also does not weigh your hair down. I have recommended it to many friends and all have fell in love. I have tried many products for fun, but none work as well and make my hair this soft. The packaging is a little weird to get used to, but is supposed to be eco friendly, so its a good trade off to me. I love Davines. continued >>
Davines shampoo and conditioner are miracle products and I would gladly be in advertising for them. I'm serious.
As a teenager, I really didn't know what products were working for me, or what I was even trying to attain. I didn't realize that my hair was seriously dried out. It was the type of hair that got stringy, frizzy and poofy at the bottom, and just looked terrible. I bought anti-frizz and moisture-locking products, but to no avail. I just thought my hair was sucky forever, and that thats how it was.
One day I decided to go to a stylist who actually knew what she was doing, who finally helped me realize what was going on–I needed genuine, lasting moisture in my hair, and I actually had natural curls that were being ruined by products that overdried. At the time I was using Garnier, so I started to experiment with the brands that the salon was selling. And I started to definitely understand why people were buying salon brands. But then I tried Davines.
I seriously cannot even explain how much better my hair has gotten, from THIS product specifically–not just its appearance, as in a fake surface-sheen or something, but my hair truly became smoother, better moisturized, it styled better, more consistently colored, everything you can imagine as far as hair characteristics was extraordinarily improved. It has been transformed, in every sense of the word. I had no idea my hair was capable of being healthy, shiny, and naturally-curly like that after a life of straw-headedness. My stylist was shocked too, and whenever I see her, I'm complimented. Whenever I also went to several other stylists (while in college, away from my main stylist at home) I was complimented. I've been told I can be a hair model.
As long as Davines is being made, I will buy it. I will eat Ramen and begin selling my things if it comes to it, in order to buy a $20 bottle of Davines shampoo or conditioner. Considering I'm able to make these bottles last.. no joke, 9 months, because you only need such a tiny amount.. It's really a bargain, considering its payback.
I cannot recommend this enough. If you are considering buying this, please do it. You'll see why.
I permed my fine, straight hair last year and this was absolutely the best conditioner for my permed hair that I found. When I used this my curls were their softest and bounciest. I still use it even though my perm is long gone, I still like my hair to curl under on the ends. Its just a good conditioner. The shampoo is good too, I found the combination of the two to be best (and I tried a lot of other things alone and in combination with this). The only thing I dont like is the tub container. I just would prefer a bottle or pump.