Unlisted Brand • Purist- A'kin Leave in Conditioner • Treatments
|Would buy this product again.||85%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
I've been using this product every day since I bought it. At first I was worried that a cream leave-in would coat and weigh down my fine, long hair, but I've found that this product leaves less residue and oiliness than other products (Paul Mitchell Super Skinny, Aveda Damage Remedy). It works for me whether I scrunch it into damp hair to dry into curls or whether I use it before blowdrying. I especially like that it provides texture but no real hold (unlike mousse), so I can still brush my hair during the day. I even carry this conditioner in my purse at all times to take down frizz in my hair during the day.
This product is expensive, but the tube is large, and I found it for only around $6 at Marshall's. I'd suggest looking around. This is currently one of my favorite products because it has helped change my hair from a frizzy struggle to a smoother texture.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
When I first tried this it seemed to leave my hair feeling a bit coated however I think this is because a) I applied too much and my hair was too dry b) my hair was in that transitional stage as I had just converted to a 'no silicone' hair regime and frankly my hair looked and felt awful whatever I did.
My hair seems to have settled down now and this product seems to be the perfect finale to my hair washing regime.
I use the Rice Aminos Shampoo followed with the Macademia & Wheat Protein Conditioner as my hair seems to likes protein, however this conditioner doesn't seem to be that moisturising so....
But applying this leave in on wet hair seems to lock in the moisture.
My hair is a few inches below my shoulders. I apply it when my hair is wet (but not dripping) and use a blob the size of 1/4 of a penny for each side, working it right into the ends which are very dry and then just smooth my hands over the surface of my hair further up.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
The product I'm reviewing is called 'A'kin Lavender & Anthyllis 24 Hour Intensive Moisture Leave-In Conditioner'.
I was interested in trying this conditioner upon hearing that UK industry professionals voted it the best new hair care product of 2007 at the Cosmetic Executive Women Beauty Awards. I'm a big fan anyway of natural and organic hair and skincare, and have had decent to very good results from several other A'kin products.
I'd never normally go near a leave-in conditioner because a) my natural hair colour is medium blonde, and I'd worry that coating it in something would darken it b) although my hair is plentiful, it's very finely textured and I'd worry about it feeling weighed down c) my roots get oily quickly, so I always go for really light, non-greasy products.
However, A'kin promises that this product "adds moisture, strength and helps protect your hair from heat styling and environmental damage. It will look smoother, shinier, curls defined and styles held longer with fewer split ends." This appealed to me because my hair is quite long (mid-back length) and the lengths are prone to dryness and tangling (I have some fine highlights put in every six weeks; I wash and blowdry at least five days a week, and also use my GHDs to neaten up my layers on these occasions.)
So, I tried the conditioner - with mixed results. Using the tiniest amount rubbed between my palms to smooth the surface of dry hair seemed to work quite well, adding sufficient moisture and taming the frizzies. However, used as a leave-in conditioner rather than a finishing product (ie applied to scalp and lengths on damp hair), the product was less successful for me. My hair felt coated and limp. Even using a small amount was too rich for my particular hair type, though thicker, coarser hair would probably fare much better.
I'm using the product now, though, as a regular rinse out conditioner and it's working much better for me. I like that the thick creamy texture clings well to the hair while I'm showering - unlike many conditioners from 'natural' brands, which tend to be thin and runny. I apply it after shampooing (to lengths and ends only) and leave it on for the duration of my shower, rinsing it off at the very end. My hair detangles fairly easily when I emerge and, once dry, feels smooth, soft and looks really shiny. I can't say this is a wonder product for me. But used as a lightly conditioning rinse-out product it works well enough.
[BTW The ingredients list according to my tube is slightly different from that shown above]:
purified Australian water, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, panthenol, glycerin, hydrolyzed wheat protein, rice amino acids, anthyllis vulneraria flower extract, jojoba seed oil, avocado oil, vitamin E, lecithin, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, hydrogenated palm glycerides citrate, lauryl glucoside, glyceryl laurate, citric acid, sodium gluconate, potassium sorbate, Australian sandalwood oil, lavender oil, clove flower oil, linalool, farnesol
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Other Eyes: Hazel
The smell is ok and you can't use to much or your hair will look greasy. It's a good moisturizer, not as good as some silicone based leave-in but if you're looking for a natural alternative this gets the job done. I use it only with wet hair and it's great for adding definition for my curly hair.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
Reviewing a sample I got.
Am I missing something here? Read many rave reviews of this product and expected to love it & purchase full size, as I am an a'kin shampoo and rinse-out conditioner fan. I use Paul Mitchell leave-in conditioner and thought it might be nice to find a more natural alternative...Really didn't like it though apart from the scent, which I found pleasant - very light, slightly sweet, lavender-ish, did not linger much.
This felt extremely sticky, but I hoped it would dry okay (I dry my hair naturally). It made my slightly wavy hair very wavy, but not smooth. Once dry my hair just felt very unclean and full of product. The instructions advise you to rub it into your scalp as well as hair - I think this would feel awful.
Brushing out did not help much, hair felt weirdlythickened, (looked big) coated and looked dull. Needed to wash it out. Maybe I used too much? Wouldn't care to try again & find out though I'm afraid.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
I actually quite like the smell of this product. To me it smell "natural" and "herbal" and a bit like lavender. I had to convert to SLS free shampoos and conditioners after I developed an allergy to KMS after using it for 6 years. I got this free when I purchased the unscented shampoo and conditioner (see separate review). I agree with the previous reviewer, it feels thick and sticky and it's hard to get used to the texture, but it really does a fantastic job of moisturising dry hair! It is great for curly hair, my hair holds it's curl easily and it is smooth and defined, yet soft (not crunchy like some curl products). I also use it before blowdrying, at first it seems to make your hair sticky but just give it a good brush after your hair is dry, and your hair will be soft and shiny. Great stuff, I will repurchase but since you only need a tiny bit it will be a while before I have to think about that!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
It is very natural, and the smell is as natural as you want it to be. In my own words, it doesn't smell good at all =)
Even though it doesn't smell good, it really moisturize my hair. It can be a bit sticky when you put on your palm but when you distribute it evenly on your hair, it does wonder! =) 100% natural, pure botanical ingredients and chemical free, it doesn't get better than this.