Pros: shiny! makes my fine, dry hair manageable. Shiny and bouncy!
Cons: expensive, but worth it, some problems with the cap, hard to rinse out
Definitely for everyday use -- Review of Finesse Conditioner
Ive found that I can get away with most cheap shampoos, if I have the best possible conditioner for my hair. Finesse is one of the best.
All my life, Ive suffered from dry skin and dry, fly-away hair, plus split ends. Thus, I must have an excellent moisturizing conditioner to follow the shampoo.
Finesse conditioner does an excellent job, and I use it regularly. Sometimes I start with Finesse shampoo, but more often I use a harsher shampoo and then follow it with the gentle, luxurious Finesse conditioner to make my hair soft, shiny and relatively tangle-free.
The cheaper brands of conditioner tend to make my hair limp and dull, almost as if I had sprayed on a coating of car wax. Finesse, on the other hand, makes my hair look clean, shiny and bouncy.
No Right Fit for My Hair
What is it with shampoo and conditioner makers, that they always assume that people with fine hair need to add body to their hair? And, conversely, that people with coarse hair dont need to add body? I know several people with coarse hair who do need to add body to their sparse head coverage.
My hair is spider-web fine, but I have tons of it, and I dont need to add body. Its even naturally curly when cut short, and wavy when grown long. But it is also very, very dry.
So I use the Finesse thats made for dry, coarse hair. It works. Ive tried the kind that adds body to fine hair, but I dont like the results. It makes my hair indescribably, well, puffy. My hair already has all the body that it needs, thank you very much.
Finesse comes in a plastic bottle that sits pretty securely on my shower shelf. Unlike some of those skinny bottles that other brands use, this one has a fairly secure and flat base. The top has a lid that you do not remove. Instead, you push one side of the lid, and the other side pops up. If that should fail, as sometimes happens, you can unscrew the whole lid and take it off. The small hole inside the cap sometimes gets clogged because the conditioner tends to dry up inside it. The shampoo sometimes clogs its lid, but the conditioner seems to be more likely to do that. I use a kitchen skewer to unclog it when that happens.
Using Finesse conditioner
Just tip the bottle at about a 45-degree downward angle, and gently squeeze. Ive made the mistake of turning it completely upside-down, giving it a vigorous shake, and then finding conditioner all over the floor -- and the walls and me! It does come out fairly easily, even though its sort of fluffy and not a thin liquid.
Ive found that I need to use a bit less of Finesse than I do of other brands. I cup my hand and fill it with about half an ounce of the product. Then I rub it into my wet hair and massage those moisturizers and conditioners into my dry scalp. Its almost like getting a scalp massage, except that Im doing all of the work, myself.
Rinsing takes a bit longer with Finesse than with some other brands. Thats probably because of all those moisturizers. Ive noticed the same problem with the other kinds of Finesse, the Enhancing and the Color Care.
It has a light, flowery fragrance that doesnt bother me, and it seems to rinse out of my hair, so it doesnt interfere with the perfumes that I actually want to wear.
I honestly dont remember what I paid for the conditioner, but when Im in the store, I always gaze wistfully at the cheaper brands. Finesse does cost considerably more than the store brand, generic, etc. Even so, I believe that its worth it, since it works so well.
Water is the first ingredient. That always seems to be the case with shampoos, conditioners and household cleaning products. The other ingredients begin with Cetearyl Alcohol and Cyclopentasiloxane. Never mind. I suspect that the alcohol is a drying agent, but I have no idea what that cyclo-whatever might be. It does have silk powder and hydrolyzed soy protein. Those are good stuff, at least according to the manufacturer (Helen Curtis/Unilever). It contains all kinds of chemicals with 10-dollar names. Way down near the bottom of the list, I see citric acid and glycerin. Those are probably okay.
Here are the descriptions of the different kinds of Finesse conditioner, taken from the web site:
"Finesse BeautiFULL Volume Shampoo and Conditioner leave fine, flat hair
up to 5 times fuller and thicker. Our lightweight silk and soy protein
formula smoothes and strengthens every strand -- without weighing it
down -- for renewed life, body and bounce thats a cinch to style. Viva
"Bye-bye, brittle. Dry, fragile hair turns super soft and manageable
with Finesse Moisturizing Conditioner. Our exclusive silk and soy
protein formula smoothes and improves the cuticle, leaving every strand
lustrously shiny and strong."
"Keep healthy hair in tip-top shape. The silk and soy protein formula
used in Finesse Enhancing Conditioner smoothes and strengthens the
cuticle of every strand, keeping your hair manageable and radiant."
"Now with 50% more color protectants*! Finesse Color Care Conditioner
fights fade with UV protectants and anti-oxidants, while its silk and
soy protein formula restores the cuticle to seal color in tight.
Hydrating moisturizers infuse rich and radiant shine, making you one
very bright woman."
Overall, I believe that Finesse conditioner is a good value for the money. I use it every day, even though it costs more than generic and storebrand conditioners. Besides, I need less of it, so the Finesse lasts a little longer than the cheaper kinds, and I can save money on the shampoo by using cheaper brands. Moreover, I just love having the luxury of a good moisturizing conditioner, and I just love shiny hair!
Thanx for stopping by and reading!