a year ago
I recently went back to using this as my daily conditioner after a decade long absence. Before I started coloring my dark brown hair about 6 years ago (it's about 40% white), my virgin hair was naturally dry, curly (3a), somewhat coarse, and very thick (big hair!) so it could handle a product like this every day. My hair looked great for years and hairstylists always told me that my hair was in great condition despite my natural texture and relocating to the arid SW with the hardest water in the world. Dry air + hard water = hair trouble for women like me, especially once you choose to start coloring it. So, why did I stop using this? I developed rosacea and avocado is a trigger food and in desperation I got rid of any beauty product with avocado, as well. Turns out this doesn't bother my rosacea a bit! However, a decade later my hair is a complete nightmare. As stated, I need to box dye it every 3 weeks and that never looks good--ever. The dye (supposedly my natural dark brown) makes my hair so dry, brassy gold, and frizzy when I never had frizz in this climate. On top of that, the hard water destroys color (hence all the brassy gold) and dries out my hair further. I wish I could take showers with distilled water or just live with the salt and pepper look! And, to add more icing to the cake, I've been on steroids for months and my hair has been breaking off everywhere as a result and I've never had breakage--like dozens and dozens of little hairs on my counter a day. The meds also make my hair just fall out of my head. Ugh! I have had to start a whole new hair care regime, or at least until I'm off the meds and have all new growth, and remembered this old Redken product. After 6 weeks or so of use my hair is still breaking, but it is easier to comb out with a wide-tooth comb while wet, feels like it has more slip in the shower, and is easier to get my fingers through when applying products (mind you, I am still on steroids). However, I got my layered bob cut again 4 weeks ago and it stopped breaking off for a few weeks until I colored it again so this gave me some hope that this conditioner is doing its thing as the breakage didn't stop with my previous haircut. I have faith that my old standby will help me out on this new hair journey and highly recommend it to anyone with more texture in their hair or major damage like I'm dealing with. If your hair is thick and porous, by all means use it daily! I'm experimenting with other products in this line so stay tuned...
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SkinSensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm
HairBrunette, Curly, Coarse