After one year in London, I think I finally managed to optimize my skincare routine for the ever-variable-but-almost-always-cold weather here. But haircare? *sighs *
Almost every conditioner I’ve tried in the past few months has made my hair wayyyyyy oilier than it is. I got tired of washing it every single day, so I gave up on conditioner, and made do with only a few drops of oil (works a treat, by the way).
But, then, THREE conditioners landed on my desk all at the same time. They’re all from Avo365, a new brand that’s crazy for avocado oil. It puts it literally everywhere, which gave me hope these conditioners (and the matching shampoo) could actually work for my hair.
Here’s what happened:
The first product I tried was the Avo365 Moistuirizing Conditioner. It has the highest concentration of avocado (it’s the second ingredient in the list), so I figured it’d work the best.
Avocado is so good for the hair because it is rich in monosaturated fats that can easily penetrate the hair shaft, so it can actually nourish hair from within.
The conditioner is white in colour and has a creamy consistency that spreads easily on my hair without weighting it down. A little goes a long way too, which is always great, cos when something is good you want it to last as long as possible, and this one is definitely good.
It did a great at moisturizing my hair. It made it softer and shinier, and much easier to detangle and style. But, what I didn’t expect was the volume.
Granted, it wasn’t much, and this isn’t a volumizing conditioner, but since I started using it I noticed my hair has more bounce and lift. I love it when beauty products surprise you like that.
Straight Leave In Conditioner
After trying the Moisturizing Conditioner, I felt a lot more confident at trying the leave in conditioners, too. My hair is straight, so obviously I started with the one for straight hair. Duh.
Unfortunately, this time avocado oil is far down the ingredient list, so it’s the silicone amodimethicone and the synthetic conditioning agents centrimonium chloride and bentrimonium chloride that do most of the work.
What they do is coat the hair, creating a protective barrier that keeps moisture in, and a smoother surface, so it can better reflect light. The result? Softer and shinier locks. I also found it added some texture and bounce to my hair. It doesn’t lie so flat when I use it.
Consistency is lovely. Again, not too rich but not lightweight, it’s easy to use, and it doesn’t weight hair down either. Like all the products, it has a refreshing scent that’s very subtle. Makes a nice change from all those heavy-fragranced conditioners (unless that’s what you like, of course).
Curly Leave In Conditioner
The Curly Leave In Conditioner is the product I dreaded trying out the most, mainly because there’s no way my hair could be mistaken for curly. It couldn’t hold a curl if my life depended on it. *sighs*
This one, too, doesn’t contain much avocado oil. Instead, it’s rich in mineral oil, which is great at moisturizing dry hair. I know many people don’t like mineral oil, but it really is wonderful for curly hair.
Although it can’t penetrate the hair shaft, it creates a protective barrier that prevents moisture from evaporating, keeping hair softer and conditioned for hours. Oh, and it prevents flyaways, too.
But, what makes it so great for curly hair is its ability to enhance a curl. At least, that’s what the science says. I don’t have curls, so mineral oil can’t enhance them. But, I can vouch for everything else.
It’s definitely very moisturizing. A bit too much for my oily hair, actually, which is why I rarely use it. I think it’s a good conditioner, just not suited to my hair type (fine and oily). If you have dry and curly hair, I’m sure you’ll love it. The consistency of this one is lightweight too, so you don’t have to worry about it weighting your locks down.
I usually talk about shampoos first. This time I left it last because it’s the one that impressed me the least. I like the green colour – so cool. But, it’s texture is way too runny, and I always waste a little bit whenever I use it. Damn it!
This one, too, doesn’t contain much avocado oil, but that’s ok, because it wouldn’t do much here, anyway. Even the best ingredients won’t do you much good when you rinse them off, and shampoo must be rinsed off.
What a shampoo must do is cleanse hair without drying it out, and this nourishing shampoo gets this balance just right. That’s because it contains a mix of gentle surfactants (you know, those ingredients that help water mix with oil and dirt so they can be rinsed away), which includes sodium lauroyl meythyl isothionate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium cocoyl isethionate, and disodium cocamphodiacetate.
They produce quite a bit of foam, and leave my hair clean and soft. The shampoo also removes all the excess oil from my hair, and it’s so lightweight, it leaves no buildup on my scalp. I just wish it were a bit thicker, so it’d be easier to use.
I have to say this is one of the best haircare ranges I’ve tried in the past few years. My hair just looks more alive and bouncy, and I so didn’t expect that, at all. I thought I’d just get softer locks. Man, don’t you love it when beauty products go the extra mile?