After reading the amazing reviews for this, I decided to try it out (the whole Moisture Recovery line, actually). I have been using Joico products for a year now, and have been happy with them so far. But for over a month now, my hair has been very dry, and nothing seemed to really help. Except for this product, which is amazing!
Where nothing else worked, this product really did what it said. My hair has recovered its moisture and feels silky-smooth, its shiny, with no frizzes nor fly-aways. Simply perfect. It doesn't weight hair down either although my hair is not coarse nor thick, just very-very dry. Even my split, dry ends are moisturized!
My hair hasn't felt this good in a very long time.
I love it!
Like everyone else who reviewed this, I have thick, dry, color-treated, multitextured hair. This stuff is spectacular. It's the first deep treatment I've used that makes a definite difference in how my hair feels. Does what it advertises. The smell is sort of whatever conditioner fragrance, not offensive, not amazing.
One caveat: It has to be rinsed thoroughly; it will leave your hair greasy if it's not. I can't imagine it would work for fine hair at all for this reason, but who am I to say what works for fine hair.
I've been using deep conditioners since I was probably, oh, about 12 years old because my thin, curly, medium-length hair needs extra moisture and has very brittle ends. For the last year, however, I went on a complete deep conditioning hiatus because it never seemed as if it made a lasting difference on my hair. Off the top of my head, I've used the Biolage deep conditioner for thick/course hair, Garnier Fructis' deep conditioner in the lime green pot, and even Joico's own K-pak deep conditioner (which I'll admit wasn't suitable for my hairtype because I don't color my hair). The Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm has turned me back into a believer. I love and swear by this product. It makes my hair soft, bouncy, and healthy, and the results last for longer than just the next day after use. Furthermore, there is no build-up and it doesn't weigh my curls down--in fact, it helps define them.
Once a week, I get my hair damp in the shower, coat my ends in this deep conditioner, then leave it on for the rest of my shower. At the end, I rinse this out and shampoo and condition like normal. For the rest of the week, my hair is left softer, more manageable, and just plain prettier. I will happily repurchase again and again . . . and again, but to be honest deep conditioners tend to last me a long time, which is why I don't recommend using cost as a purchasing factor. I think a full size tube costs around $15 (and lasts forever), although I know my local Ulta sells $5 sample tubes with a liberal amount of product as well.
I should also write that I DON'T use this in conjunction with the matching Moisture Recovery shampoo and conditioner. I've tried those in the past, and, while decent, had a weighing-down effect after prolonged use.
I was afraid that this balm would be too thick for my fine hair, but my hair is pretty strong and you only need a tiny bit so it's been working really well for my relaxed hair. I love all the Joico products I've tried (esp. K-pak) and this just adds to that list. Really good for deep conditioning after hardcore protein treatments like the Aphogee 2-step.
(I also want to point out that this product DOES NOT contain denatured alcohol. An earlier review has the ingredients listed with this ingredient and I am looking at my tube of this balm and it is not listed on mine. So don't worry about that if that's a factor for whether or not you want to purchase.)
I have a lot of long, fine, wavy hair that can be coaxed to curl. Even though my hair is not the target demographic for this treatment, I have yet to find anything that beats this deep conditioner. It does not weigh my hair down, and moisturizes beautifully - creating bouncy wavy curls whenever I use it. I haven't even tried the shampoo that partners with this. I just leave this on for a few minutes in the shower, and it works wonders. I suppose I could leave it on longer and sit underneath my dryer if I needed added moisture, but it really is unnecessary for me. I think I will always have this on hand - especially when I've gone a bit longer than I should for a trim. It helps take away frizzies and ease those tangled ends. Excellent. My HG deep conditioner.
This did little to nothing for my hair after deep conditioning with it for 45 mins under the dryer. Minimal softness and moisture. Nothing to write home about and the smell isn't that great either. The Moisture Recovery Lotion worked (and smelled) much better for me
LOVE. I didn't cut my hair for eight months (growing it out) and when I used this, my ends actually looked relatively healthy. A bit expensive for my tastes, although I bought this in December and I'm just running low now, even though I use it every other day.
I purchased this for $7 at my local Winners. I was trying a new conditioner at that time, the Joico Silk Results Conditioner, and it was doing nothing for my dry hair so I wanted to try something more intense. I like the Treatment Balm because it came in a smaller bottle and it was inexpensive, so it wouldn't bother me if it didn't work. And if it didn't work, it wouldn't take me forever to use up the product since I don't like throwing out unused shampoos.
To start, I have stomach-length black hair that is thick and dry, due to the cold Canadian climate. This stuff works amazing. You need to leave it in your hair for a few minute for it to work and to absorb into your hair. The longer you leave it in, the better. What I love about this product is that a little goes a long way. It spreads very easily and I only need a small palm-sized amount for all of my hair. The product is not hard to wash off like some conditioners can be. After I rinse out my hair, I let it airdry and once it is dry, I always see instant results. My hair appears smoother, healthier and shinier. When I touch my hair, it does not feel dry in texture anymore. It is as though the treatment balm restores my hair to the way that it should naturally be.
Due to the quick results of this product after only one use, I love it and I would definitely repurchase. I have been using this balm once a week for the last 2 months, and I have not noticed any residue at all. I think this may be too intense for daily use, which is not even recommended on the bottle. For those with dry untreatable hair, I would definitely recommend this.
My hair is long, coloured and permed so it quite damaged and dry at the ends. I recently had it trimmed but still found conditioners not moisturising enough and my hair felt coarse. You can immediately feel the effects of this conditioner on your hair because at the end of the day, i can still run my fingers through my hair without it getting tangled. I've been using it for a few weeks but hopefully long term use will strengthen my hair even more.
Definitely recommended, this is better than any other intensive conditioner i've tried and i've used many supermarket and salon products like Kerastase Masque Intense and Charles Worthington etc.
Awesome product! I can definitely tell the difference when i use this vs. just using conditioner. Make my hair feel moisturized and healthier. It detangles great too!