Pros: The natural ingredients
Cons: The chemical ingredients.
The concept of conditioning one?s hair with a special product like conditioner is pretty much non existent in India. However, people almost always use a pre-conditioning treatment before washing their hair, that constitutes of natural oils, like almond oil or coconut oil. We apply oil to our hair, the night before, and allow it to soak in the whole night, and wash it off in the morning with herbal powders or shampoos.
When I was younger (from the ages of 5 to 10), my mom did not even believe in using shampoo. She always washed my hair with herbal powders like shikakai (soapnut powder), or blended lentil powders. Even though these cleansers do not lather, they clean your hair thoroughly, and do not strip it of any moisture. In addition, we also indulge in hair masks made out of various herbal powders, before washing our hair, on special occasions. So essentially, there is no need to condition your hair, after having used the combined treatment of pre-conditioning with oil, and then washing it off with an herbal cleanser.
But alas, those were the good old days. After coming to the US, I don't have the time to indulge in this treatment more than once a week or every other week, usually during weekends. The rest of the days, I do use a shampoo and conditioner. Thankfully, my hair has been in pretty decent shape, over the years. The only problem I have is that the ends of my hair tangle, and I develop some frizzy hair in winter. I don?t really feel like spending a lot of money on conditioners, and so I tend to pick up the cheapest ones.
I am not a big fan of the suave line of shampoos, but I had never tried their conditioners. The words natural, tropical and coconut, enticed me to pick this product. I picked up a 15 Fl oz size of Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner for a price of 89 cents at my local drugstore, on sale.
The product sounded promising with its claims of conditioning hair with the goodness of coconut extracts, and silk proteins. It also promised to restore and condition hair without causing build up or weighing it down.
How I use it:
I have long hair that extends about four inches below my shoulders. I am not very particular about which shampoo I use, though I use shampoos intended for oily hair, since I have some what of an oily scalp. But the ends of my hair tend to tangle, and get dry, and that is why I need to condition my hair. After shampooing my hair, and thoroughly rinsing it out, I gently squeeze out excess water from my hair. After that, I condition only the ends of my hair with a cap-full of conditioner. And then, I pat the residue of conditioner that is left on my hands, on the few frizzy hairs that I have on my scalp.
I really didn?t expect much from this conditioner, but found myself pleasantly surprised. After using the conditioner, there were no tangles in my hair and the frizz was gone. In addition my hair smelled of coconut, and was softly moisturized. Since I wash my hair every other day, my hair tends to look a little weighed down on the day I skip washing it. However, with this conditioner, the bounce stayed in my hair even on the day I skipped washing it. Maybe it was because of the alcohol in the product!
Water, cetyl alcohol, cetrimonium chloride, silk amino acids, honey, nettle extract, rosemary extract, coconut extract, potassium chloride, fragrance, distearyldimonium chloride, disodium EDTA, glycerin, 2-bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol, methylchloroisothiazolinone, propylene glycol, methylisothiazolinone.
I don?t really understand the chemical ingredients in this conditioner, but I can comment about the natural ingredients in it.
Honey: It is a natural humectant and emollient, and is supposed to have moisturizing properties.
Nettle Extract: It has mucilaginous properties, and can be used as a bodifying treatment for hair. It is also antifungal in nature, and is supposed to stimulate the scalp.
Rosemary Extract: It has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. In higher quantities, rosemary can be used as a rinse for darker hair.
Coconut Extract: It has a very high percentage of saturated fat, and therefore it has moisturizing properties.
(Source for this information: Naturally Healthy Hair by Mary Beth Janssen)
Note: The chemical ingredients in this product have not caused any allergic reactions in me, probably because I don?t use this product on my scalp.
The product comes with a full money back guarantee, or replacement of the product. For more details about this product, visit www.suave.com.
I am truly, very pleased with this product. Even though I am not loyal to any hair product brand, I will continue to shell out 89 cents for Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner, intermittently, to obtain tangle free and conditioned hair.