Friday, 26 September 2014

LETS TALK ABOUT - CLEANSING CONDITIONERS





In the past year or so there has been an increasing hype about cleansing conditioners, but the question is - is the hype really worth it?

The whole idea about cleansing conditioners is that they're supposed to replace your regular shampoo and conditioner. Formulated without sulphates and parabens, they're kinder to the hair by not stripping your scalp from its natural oils, therefore promoting a healthier scalp and happier hair.  Before I tell you about my experience with cleansing conditioners, let me give you a bit of a background on my hair. I've always had fine curly hair where the top half has always been a frizzy unruly mess whilst the bottom half has always been perfect sleek curls, on top of that there's a lot of it. Absolute nightmare. During my teenage years there was A LOT more of it than there is now, however with the discovery of GHD's and hormonal changes a lot of it fell out due to the combination of both. Two years ago, I stopped using heat on my hair (minus the shorter front parts and little fluffy bits) and had it all cut off up to my shoulders. Fast forward about a year and a half and my hair was longer, stronger, thicker and in much better condition than it was before I had it cut (anyone who knows me, knows that I positively hate short hair on myself - the longer the better!). 

Enter: cleansing conditioner. I made the switch to cleansing conditioner in June 2014 and haven't looked back since. I even said to my mum the other day that I will probably never go back to using shampoo - my hair over the last few months has changed drastically - the frizz has gone, the curls are back and its shot down in length (this could also be due to the fact that I cut it myself every month) and it's just so much easier to manage. Additionally, I put away my straighteners for good about 4 weeks ago and no longer curl the front bits and straighten the fluffy bits and my hair is thanking me for it. 

So now the question is - which cleansing conditioners do I use?

During the last 3-4 months i've tried 3 different cleansing conditioners and have recently discovered my favourite one so far. 
I started off with the Grow Gorgeous Cleansing Conditioner - £17.99 - I can't recommend this conditioner enough, I even repurchased it a couple of times it was THAT good. Its a 11 in 1 conditioner that promises to deep condition, rebalance the scalp and restore the hair and that it did! I first used this whilst on holiday in Madeira - my hair tends to dry out in the sun no matter how much oil/ heat protectant I use, however this left my hair feeling not only clean but silky smooth. I also found it dried a lot quicker which was an absolute blessing as my hair takes hours to dry. When I first started using this I did find my hair got greasier quicker, however this is just the scalp rebalancing itself and after a week of washing my hair with this I could easily leave my hair for 2-3 days before it needed washing. It doesn't lather at all which was a little hard to get used to at first, but I managed to get into a routine of splitting my hair into 3 sections and massaging the conditioner in for a minute and then leaving to soak in for 2 minutes before washing out. This conditioner made a massive difference to my hair over all, it not only felt and looked healthier but it actually behaved itself for once. I also received a lot of compliments on my hair after I started using this and think its a great first time conditioner for those who want to dabble in the cleansing conditioner spectrum. 

Next up on my list is the Ojon Rare Blend Cleansing Conditioner - £18.50 - I've almost finished my bottle of this and have now handed over the remaining amount to my mum to try (she has the same hair type as me and is sick of the frizzy top half of her hair, however her hair is colour and heat damaged). This has to be my least favourite of the 3 conditioners that i'm writing about today. Don't get me wrong, it does the job - my hair feels clean and soft after using this, but by the second day it's an absolute grease ball. I do think this conditioner would be perfect for those that have a thicker hair shaft, or have seriously colour/ heat damaged hair like my mum, but it's just too heavy for my hair. Although the consistency feels the same as the Grow Gorgeous conditioner, I blame it on the blend of Ojon Oil and Coconut Cream (fyi - coconut based hair products have always been far too heavy on my hair). Also this doesn't really smell of anything - I guess this would be great for people with a sensitive scalp, but i'm personally put off products that don't leave a nice smell on my hair/skin. However, if you have thick unruly hair or a sensitive scalp, I wouldn't write this product off - it just doesn't work for me. 

Last but not least and my favourite so far is the Macadamia Flawless Cleansing Conditioner - £16 - Packed with Macadamia and Argan oils, whats not to love about this product?! I've always been a fan of the Macadamia range and have gotten through countless bottles of oils and hair treatments in the past but this product is an absolute winner in my books. Although some may think it's strange that it's packaged in an aerosol can and has a moose like consistency, it's partially what drew me to this product in the first place. I find it's so much easier to distribute through the hair, it smells like a dream and I feel like it really deep conditions my hair. Less is more is something to keep in mind with this product - the instructions say to use 1 - 2 pumps depending on your hair length, but I find 1 egg sized pump is more than enough for my thick, boob length (most accurate way to describe the length of my hair if you ask me) hair. My goodness, my hair feels amazing after this product, words literally cannot describe how nice it feels and smells. It feels nourished, it's sleek but swishy at the same time. I. just. can't. stop. playing. with. it. 
The can I bought was the 250 ml one and as the product comes in an aerosol can it's not the most travel friendly BUT you can buy a smaller 90ml version if you're travelling somewhere or just want to try it out before committing to the larger size. 

All in all, these are 3 great conditioners - as with any product it very much depends on your scalp and hair type. Cleansing conditioners may not be love at first sight, but a little patience goes a long way and are definitely worth the wait once your hair and scalp has adapted to the lack of shampoo!

Natalie x 


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