So... Ive been lusting after this conditioner after reading the ingredients and the reviews. First off, its silicone-free... Which is super important for my hair. Also, I read that its somewhat similar to the older formulation of Biolage Conditioning Balm in its effects and substance. (see my reviews. Been using the Biolage Balm for 20 years... Fantastic conditioner).
This conditioner has the coveted ingredient "behentrimonium methosulphate" which is extremely moisturizing and soaks INTO hair shaft instead of sitting on top or coating. This is a very effective moisturizing chemical. It wont cause build-up and it is a somewhat expensive ingredient, so many companies don't use it.
I finally got a sample of Aquage today and used it. I will review it now after only one use because I do know the ingredients better than most, so I know that the great results I got today will continue the more I use it... The only reason I wouldnt use this all the time is because it has some protein in it, which my hair usually won't tolerate for too long. To be clear, the protein in Aquage is very minimal.
But I promise, if Aquage betrays me down the road, i will update!
I will alternate between this, Biolage Balm or the GVP version and Tigi's Moisture Maniac (discontinued, but I just snagged a gallon off amazon! Moisture maniac also contains behentrimonium methosulphate, btw ). These three are all HG's for me, and its becoming increasingly difficult to find silicone-free conditioners that also actually work well, and truly moisturize. Its even harder to find protein-free conditioners that are also silicone-free!
I left Aquage on my hair for 5 minutes. i only used a quarter size. This conditioner really softened my ends and left my hair super shiny, very moisturized, and my hair feels really good. Better than silk.
The scent is indeed a marine-type ocean scent, but a little bit too perfumy for me...Although I dont notice the fragrance in my hair after an hour or so. Its not a bad fragrance, but personally I am not a big fan of this type of "ocean breeze candle" scent, if you know what I mean. Lots of people love the fragrance, and I think I am in the minority.
This is another one of those great, rare products, and its for sure a GREAT option for damaged hair, because the protein in it will help hair that needs some structure re-introduced to it. Its also superbly moisturizing.
Again, I have dry ends that I am too wimpy to cut off right now. This conditioner made me feel that cutting my hair right now isnt neccesary. It softens dry, damaged hair VERY well!! Kind of miraculous really.
Its not heavy after you rinse at all. It seems to be great for most if not all hair types, damaged or not (except for my ends, my hair is in pristine condition... This conditioner in no way "over-conditioned" my hair, nor was it heavy.) FANTASTIC!
Its really great to know that this could be my option to replace Biolage or GVP ... There have been so many reformulations of Biolage Conditioning Balm, and I fear it is declining in quality. And because of the reformulations, Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm is at risk for eventual reformulation as well. This has led me to get a little panicked of losing my fantastic 20 year relationship with those conditioners.
But now, I think I may have my replacement here, with Aquage, should that long dreaded day come.
Its obvious that this is a quality, well formulated product, and it does what its intended to do. The price is a little high for it, but ... Its really rare to find something like this... AND you do not need to use much. A tub of this would easily last me a year. Would I pay 30$ for ONE FULL YEAR of healthy, shiny, manageable hair? Um, you betcha. Thats a bargain when you put it in perspective.