Review of Davines Love Conditioner by ResearchWarrior
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.