I have been using this product for almost a year, and I really like it. That said, I'm not crazy about the packaging, wish it was a little less expensive and it also takes a long time to rinse out. But those are my only cons. The pink cream is very rich but it does not weigh my hair down. I just dyed my hair darker and it's done wonders to restore the moisure, that and Bumble & Bumble Prep spray.
Ohmigod. Can I give this, like, 32 lippies?!?? Please??? I know one should not prepare a review until the product in question has been used for a respectable amount of time (and I generally adhere to this philosophy) but seriously, I can't *not* review this -- right. now. -- because it has just worked some kind of mojo on my hair in one use. I have shoulder-length curly, coarse, thick hair that I processed to within an inch of its life several months ago. I've since been searching for a really awesome moisturizing treatment, as the condition just seems to be locked in a downward spiral -- Bed Head, Kerastase, Lush, Ion, Pureology -- and the only good thing I've found so far was coconut oil, but it just wasn't quite . . . enough. On a lark, I ordered the Love curl enhancing shampoo as a sort of last-ditch, "if this doesn't work I'll just have a *lot* chopped off and start again" effort. I changed nothing in my shower routine -- I was not due for a wash, so I didn't, I simply subbed this for my previously normal Lush American Cream conditioner, refrained from coconut oil, and proceeded with my usual-of-late Moroccan Oil Curl Creme before diffuse drying and OH. MY. GOODNESS. My trashed, strawlike, refusing-to-curl hair has arranged itself into giant, soft, bouncing ringlets of wonder. I'm not joking. The curls are so large and so bouncy that my haircut looks ridiculous (as it was most recently cut by a new stylist who didn't actually believe that I had curly hair. Needless to say, I thumb my nose at her) but I don't even care because the feel and curl is GLORIOUS. SInce this is the only thing that's changed, I am charging it with miraculous acts and was thereby compelled to share. Oh fortune! American Cream who?? And this ascends the pedestal to HG status whilst I dance around and jump excessively, just to feel the soft ringlets jangling around my shoulders. Hosannah! Admittedly: packaging is a stupid bucket thing and it's a little on the spendy side if you don't take into consideration that you only need a teensy bit each time. Totally worth it -- practically a value, in fact. Scent is pure, unadulterated grapefruit, and the consistency is uber-thick -- almost paste-like. But did I mention that it's amazing??
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.
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.
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.