Sunday, October 11, 2009
After visiting it several times in the store, I finally decided to try a Carol's Daughter product. There were several conditioners all with very similar ingredients, such as the Tui Hair Smoothie, and the Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie. I liked the scent of both of them, but finally settled on Tui. I was hesitant about the Amodimethicone it has in it as the main slippery ingredient (for combing). I'm fine with Amodimethicone in something I rinse out, but because I haven't been able to pin down yet what exactly it's made of (it's a mixture), Amodimethicone makes me nervous. Also I haven't found it to be as slippery as other silicones, so I've found it doesn't seem to work as well for getting a comb through my hair.
That being said, I'm trying not to be so stubborn about trying new things, and I've been surprised at some ingredients doing a better job than I thought they would, so decided to give this a try.
Since the Tui Hair Smoothie is in a jar, it's a bit thicker than conditioners you can squeeze out of a bottle. I tried to be very careful to make sure my hair stayed very wet during the combing out process. However, the product becomes sticky quickly. I spent much time having to wet every section before combing it (usually I don't have to re-wet my hair once when I comb with a good conditioner). It was a struggle to get the comb through without tugging or getting frustrated. So, alas, I'm liking Amodimethicone even less as a slippery ingredient than before.
The Tui Hair Smoothie dried well, and my hair seemed to clump okay, so I was thinking maybe I could recommend it, but with a caution about combing, as I have with Blended Beauty.
As I do for all products, I use it for a week to see how my hair does after seven days using it to smooth my frizzies every morning. And after seven days, I hate to say, my hair had matted on one side. I mean, after a week, my hair is always a bit tangley, but generally it doesn't have a chunk of hair that's melded together by weeks end, that takes a long time to get a comb through during the following combing, usually. So because of both the difficulty combing it, and the matting afterwards, I can't recommend this product.
*Note: I understand that this product (as are nearly all the conditioners I review) is meant to be rinsed out. And there are plenty of wonderful reviews out there for how this product works when it's rinsed out. However, since my method involves leaving the product in our hair, I review how a product functions this way.