<- Because I always feel totally awkward taking my own photo, I always end up looking awkward in said photos. But at least I was having a good hair day. Which worked out well for me because this post is about hair. Namely about Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair Conditioner. For, you know, your hair.
I agreed to review the product because I use Dove shampoo so I felt pretty confident that I’d like it. And also because I am slightly addicted to trying new conditioners since, as I’ve mentioned several times here, my hair is the texture of shredded wheat. If you have hair that you can get a brush through in one attempt, I envy you.
You might think I’m exaggerating but in middle school the mean girls called me “Frizzy.” This was before I learned about things like “conditioning” and “styling” and “not sitting in front of the mean girls in class because they will throw staples in your hair.”
(Hey mean girls: I just got paid to write a blog post about my frizzy hair. That is all.*)
Plus, they sent me a coupon to post and y’all know I love me some coupons.
Dove, I mean. Not the mean girls. That would be awkward. (Click continue reading to print the coupon + enter the sweepstakes)
So first, I read the instructions because I have a (slight) neurosis regarding that. I mean, basically all shampoos tell you to lather, rinse, repeat but what if one said to do something else? I mean, I don’t want to be going about it all wrong. This conditioner said to leave it on for one to three minutes. So I left it on for five minutes. Because I’m a rule breaking rebel.
Or mostly because I figure that the person who said “one to three minutes” for repairing damaged hair has not seen hair like mine. I added in a couple of minutes because I’m southern and I do a LOT of back combing. You don’t even want to know what that does to your hair. That’s the reason all those little girls on Toddlers & Tiaras have to wear wigs. Because backcombing is evil.
It also tells you to use a quarter sized amount of conditioner. I have so much hair that I routinely come out of the bathroom with half of it brushed across the front of my face and a pair of my glasses perched over top of it in what is fondly known in my family as my “Cousin It Impersonation.”
One time I went to school in my regular clothes on Halloween, went into the bathroom and performed my hair flip/glasses trick and when I came out I totally won the costume contest. True story, morning glory.
Another true story is that the following year, my second grade sister got a note sent home for decorating her Halloween pumpkin as Hugo from the Ray Stevens skit about the guy who gets shot out of a cannon and misses the net. That is a great one.
Needless to say, I just always assume that I need to triple the amount of conditioner to achieve any sort of effectiveness so I slathered that stuff on like butter on a dog. <- See what I did there?
Another true story? This is totally my actual train of thought while I waited to rinse the conditioner out of my hair: It’s so lucky that I already had Dove shampoo. I think the marketing people at Dove have an awesome thing going on with their campaign to embrace women of all ages and body types in their advertising. Snaps to them for that. They should run with that instead of this whole “fiber active” thing. Seeing the words “fiber active” on the front of my hair products makes me feel as though Jamie Lee Curtis should be endorsing the product. She has ruined fiber related things for me. I’ll only forgive her because I really love the movie Freaky Friday. I should google Lindsay Lohan when I get out of this shower.
I just let my hair dry naturally so that I could get a more realistic feel for how well the conditioner worked (because blow-dried hair is always sleeker, you know?) I went to bed with it wet and I could still run my fingers through it in the morning. Except one part where maybe I slept sort of weird and ended up having to cut a knot out but normally I’m trying to get many, many knots out of my friz-ball hair in the am so I count that as not so bad. And my hair was really soft. I didn’t even put any styling products on it other than some hairspray after I took the curling iron to it. Normally I slather serum or something on it to make it softer.
The intensive repair conditioner says it has micro moisture serum already in it which helps repair the surface of the hair so that’s probably why I could skip the serum step the next morning.For an inexpensive conditioner, it really does a great job of making my hair soft without weighing it down. Even WITH me slathering on five times more than the recommended amount. This is one of the products where I called my BFF after I tried it and told her about it and those are the best kind of things to stumble upon (or have brought to your door by the UPS man.)
*That is not all. Also, as my good friend Taylor Swift likes to say “Why ya gotta be so mean?”
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