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Avon Planet Spa Mediterranean Olive Oil Conditioning Hair Mask

My quest for the perfect hair conditioner continues! Since Avon rudely discontinued their Planet Spa African Shea Butter hair mask, I decided to give their Meditteranean Olive Oil Conditioning Hair Mask a try.

The product claim: “Pro-vitamin formula provides ultra-conditioning for a healthy-looking shine.” Out of 57 reviews of this conditioner on Avon’s website, 54 would recommend it to a friend.

I’ve tried this a couple times and wasn’t terribly impressed at first. Partly that is due to the grudge I still hold against Avon for discontinuing the African Shea Butter conditioner, which smelled heavenly and made my hair remarkably soft. I also have a tendency to just wear my hair in a ponytail since I’m trying to protect it from blowdrying so much, but today after using this conditioner I wore my hair down and actually saw the results of the conditioner.

My hair was easy to comb after I rinsed this out, and I pulled back the sides of my hair while it was still damp but left the rest down. After it dried by itself, I combed it to smooth it out, and I noticed right away that my hair is shinier than usual. I didn’t use any product in my hair, so it has to be from using this conditioner.

My hair is fine, and I was worried that the olive oil would weigh my hair down or make it feel greasy. This conditioner rinsed out cleanly and made my hair soft without weighing it down or leaving a residue.

Still, as far as a deep conditioner goes, this one is fine but not amazing. My favorite is still Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Fortifying Deep Conditioner 3 Minute Masque. (By the way, what is with these ridiculously long product names?)

I give Avon’s Mediterranean Olive Oil conditioner 3 stars out of 5. It definitely makes my hair shinier, has a pleasant smell, and is a great deal at $4.50 a bottle. I really don’t know if I will buy it again, though, once mine is empty. I strongly prefer the African Shea Butter conditioner that Avon felt the need to stop selling (damn you, Avon!). The Olive Oil conditioner simply feels more like an everyday light conditioner, not a deep, replenishing conditioner.

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Aussie Deeeeeep 3 Minute Miracle

Since I’ve been growing out my hair, deep conditioner has become as obsessive a beauty product for me as my old fetish, mascara. A friend mentioned her love affair with Aussie Deeeeep 3 Minute Miracle Moisture Treatment, so I picked up a bottle and gave it a whirl.

I really like the packaging; instead of flipping a cap or opening a bottle, you simply squeeze the bottle, and the conditioner dispenses from the bottom. With an overload of products in my shower, ease of use is important!

The product packaging claims “Deeeeeply intense conditioning, accented with Australian aloe, penetrates dry or damaged hair.” I have used this conditioner about 6 times, and I am disappointed to give it one star out of five.

There’s simply nothing special about it. Most conditioners at least help with getting tangles out of my hair after the shower, but this one didn’t even help out much there.

What can I say nice about it? Well…ummm…I like the purple bottle. And it has a kind of nice smell…okay, I’m tapped out.

This product receives raving reviews on Walgreens.com, so maybe try it out for yourself. Going by my own experience with this conditioner, I can only say there are definitely better conditioners out there.

*NOTE: PLEASE READ UPDATED REVIEW BY CLICKING HERE.*

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Fortifying Deep Conditioner

After trying a Garnier Fructis hair color, I couldn’t help but notice that my hair was softer and a lot shinier after the coloring. I wanted to try more of the Garnier Fructis hair care products, so I picked up a jar of Sleek & Shine Fortifying Deep Conditioner.

The product claim: “…specially created to smooth dry, unmanageable hair and contains Nutritive Fruit Micro-Oils – an innovative combination of apricot and avocado oils, and vitamins B3 and B6. Hair is 5x stronger, 5x smoother and so much shinier. The result? Long-lasting frizz control for hair that’s incredibly sleek, even with moisture in the air.”

I have used this conditioner about 3 or 4 times since coloring my hair, leaving it on my hair for the recommended 3 minutes before rinsing it out. My hair is easier to comb, softer, and definitely shinier than when I have used any other conditioner. So far I am very pleased with this conditioner and would like to try the Sleek & Shine shampoo and conditioner when the bottles I already have in the shower are empty.

It’s not often that hair appears healthier, shinier, and stronger after a coloring, but the Garnier Fructis products have made a noticable difference in my hair. I will definitely try this brand of hair color when my hair is ready for a touch-up, and I’d like to try more of the Sleek & Shine line. They also make an anti-frizz serum, leave-in conditioning cream, and an instant melting conditioner. Has anyone tried any of these other products?

Review: John Frieda Luxurious Volume

A few weeks ago, I posted about the samples of John Frieda Luxurious Volume shampoo and conditioner I had received, and I promised a product review after I had a chance to test drive them for a few more days.

John Frieda’s website promises that this product delivers 110% more fulness; 50% more thickness; and 90% more lift.

I emptied the samples and was disappointed, because I love this shampoo and conditioner. I have fine hair that tangles easily, and finding the right balance in a conditioner (strong enough to make my hair soft, but not so heavy it weighs it down and makes it limp) is quite a challenge. I tried this shampoo and conditioner together for about 3 days, since the samples are pretty small.

The Luxurious Volume conditioner is, in a word, awesome. I didn’t expect to see much difference after one use, but I noticed right away that my hair felt lighter, and actually did seem fuller. Now, did my hair reach the skyscraper volume of the model in the ads? Of course not. But I was able to get a comb through it without wrestling, crying, or swearing, which is always a significant improvement, and my hair didn’t have weighed-down, heavy feeling a lot of conditioners leave in it. My hair looked and felt fuller than usual.

I give the Luxurious Volume shampoo and conditioner 5 stars, and I will definitely be buying these products when my current shampoo and conditioner are empty. The price of these items are about $5.99 each, and Walmart and Target should be carrying them by now. You can also find them on drugstore.com and Ulta.com.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Samples

It’s not often I get excited about a shampoo or conditioner, since I’ve always believed you just rinse it down the drain anyway. I’ve tried my free sample of John Frieda Luxurious Volume shampoo and conditioner only once so far, so I won’t write my official review of them until I’ve used them a few more days, but so far I like them enough to consider buying them when the bottles in the shower are empty.

This shampoo and conditioner are intended to “boost all three dimensions of volume, for up to 110% more fullness, 90% more lift and 50% more thickness,” according to the product description.

To get your free samples, plus a coupon for styling products, click here. I’ll be back in a few days to review this shampoo and conditioner!