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Updated Review: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle


Sometimes, apparently, I jump the gun in posting a negative review of a product. That was the case with Aussie Deeeeep 3-Minute Miracle, which I originally reviewed in May 2009 (read the review by clicking here).

After writing that review, essentially stating that I simply wasn’t impressed with this conditioner, I let the bottle sit in the shower, untouched by me again. My two stepdaughters have enjoyed using it instead, when they are not swiping my far more expensive Oscar Blandi hair conditioner, that is!

On a whim a weeks ago, I decided to give 3-Minute Miracle another try. I’m glad I did. I’m not sure why my hair seemed to respond to it differently this time, though my hair is colored and seems to affect the products I use. The day I decided to try it again, I wore my hair down, and I couldn’t help but notice that only did my hair smell really good, it was very soft and smooth also.

Since then, I have emptied the original bottle and had to buy a new one! For about $3 at Walmart, this conditioner has become one of my favorites. I’m glad I gave it another chance!

Organix Shea Butter Conditioner

After using hand creams and another hair conditioner containing shea butter, with wonderful results, I had decided that I hadn’t met a product with shea butter that I didn’t like.

Until I tried Organix Shea Butter Conditioner, that is.

I picked up a bottle of the Shea Butter conditioner and a bottle of the Coconut Milk Conditioner during a buy-one-get-one-free sale at Walgreen’s, having high expectations for the Shea Butter one and just curious about the Coconut Milk concoction.

The Shea Butter product claim: “A weightless creamy blend of organic shea butter and ultra whipped yogurt proteins to nourish and smooth your hair with organic avocado oil to create smooth frizz-free hair as the antioxidant rich Vitamin E cleansing base washes away impurities.”

It smells really good, I’ll give it that. Shea butter products tend to have that “I’d like to try a little taste” scent about them. But beyond that, I didn’t really love or hate this conditioner. It’s just sort of so-so. It works okay, did the usual conditioner thing of making my hair a little easier to comb, but nothing spectacular, no fireworks, nothing to make me fall in love with it or pledge my undying love.

I give it 2.5 stars out of 5…it’s not horrible, but not great either. It won’t burn your hair from your scalp, pending normal use, but it won’t dramatically transform it either, from my experience.

I haven’t tried the Coconut Milk conditioner yet. I’ll review it once I have used that one a few times and developed my opinion on it!

How Does Hair Conditioner Work?

Ever hear of Ed Pinaud? If you use conditioner on your hair, you can thank him, since he presented a product he called brilliantine at the 1900 Exhibition Universelle in Paris. This product was intended to soften men’s hair, beards, and mustaches, and it has advance to the hair conditioners we know and use today. (No, I didn’t make this up to amuse myself! Check out my source: Wikipedia).

Hair conditioners, according to CopperWiki, “perform as temporary filler which smooth out chinks in the cuticle layer. This keeps strands from tangling around each other as you brush and style your hair. Conditioner also develop a protective seal around hair, which forces the cuticle to lie flat – this flat surface reflects light and makes hair shine.”

So…just how does conditioner work this magic, anyway? Well, some people actually get paid to study hair at the nanometer level, in other words, one billionth of a meter at a time.

Bharat Bhushan, a mechanical engineer professor, concluded that many conditioners do not uniformly coat the hair surface, gathering in pockets at the bottom of the cuticles (source: ivanhoe.com). He concluded that, “You use a conditioner basically to lubricate. You’re looking for a good feel,” and “If it does not chemically attach to hair, does not interact with hair, then it’s not doing much of protection.”

According to salonweb.com, conditioners fall into 6 major categories:

Moisturizers: concentrated with humectants. Humectants are compounds that attract and hold moisture into the hair. They may not necessarily contain botanicals or protein (they often do).

Reconstructors: normally contain protein. Hydrolyzed human hair keratin protein is the best source, because it contains all 19 amino acids found in the hair. Human hair keratin protein has a low molecular weight. This enables the it to penetrate the hair shaft (the cortex). The main purpose of a reconstructor is to strengthen the hair.

Acidifiers: The key word here is “acid”. Yes, is is good to put acid on your hair. When a product carries a pH of 2.5 to 3.5 it is normally termed an acidifier. This pH will close (compact) the cuticle layer of the hair. The result is shiny, bouncy hair. This pH range will adjust the beta bonds to alpha bonds (hydrogen bonds). Acidifiers do not weigh the hair. They do create shine, and add elasticity. This category is great for people with fine textured hair.

Detanglers: Most detanglers are acidifiers (see above). Most have low pH’s 2.5 to 3.5. They close the cuticle of the hair which cause tangles. Some “shield” the hair shaft with polymers (polymers are strings of “like” molecules- a chain). Some detanglers are instant, some take 1-5 minutes to work.

Thermal Protectors: safeguard the hair against heat. Using thermal protectors are one of the best things you can do to your hair if you blow dry, use curling irons, or hot rollers. They normally use heat absorbing polymers that distribute the heat, so your hair does not get heat damage (a major cause of hair damage)

Glossers: For the most part glossers are cosmetic. Most Glossers contain dimethicone or cyclomethicone ( very light oils derived from silicone). Used in small amounts they reflect light. Also, they are one of the best products to control the “frizzies.”

Oils (E.F.A.’s): If you have dry hair (esp. if you have chemicals on your hair color-perm-relaxer), you need to add oil to your hair. The scalp produces a natural oil called sebum. EFA’s are the closest thing to natural sebum (sebum contain EFA’S). EFA’s can take very dry and porous hair and transform it into soft pliable hair.

Now that we know sort of how they work, ezinearticles offers these tips on how to choose and use a conditioner:

1. Look for rich, moisturizing conditioner if hair tends to get extra dry or frizzy.

2. If the hair is limp or fine, use a volumizing conditioner.

3. Healthy and shiny hair needs only a conditioner made for normal hair.

4. Use leave-on conditioners at least once a week. Use it in the shower and rinse immediately if the hair is fine but for drier hair, leave it longer.

5. If a person has baby-fine hair then too much conditioner will weigh it down. Test the hair at night to see what amount of conditioner works best. Fine hair can be nice and shiny, but too much conditioner makes it look oily, damp or weighted down.

6. Be sure to rinse the hair well. It seems that cooler rinse water works better as it does not leave the scalp feeling heavy or irritated and this has been proven from a lot of hair experts too.

Got it? Now go forth and use some of these tidbits to impress your friends with your endless array of knowledge.

Oscar Blandi Trattamento al Fango Marine Mud Treatment

After sitting in My Favorites on my Sephora account for a long, looooong time, Oscar Blandi’s Trattamento al Fango Marine Mud Treatment finally graced my bathroom counter. I couldn’t wait to try this deep conditioner for hair, since so many of the reviews of this product hailed it as a miracle for hair, and so many users practically set up alters to worship this stuff.

What does Oscar Blandi have to say for this conditioner? The product description claims, “Trattamento al Fango brings an element of earth’s healing power to your haircare regimen. Fango was originally used to soothe and heal sore joints and muscles, and has now been formulated to provide the same healing benefits to hair. This treatment is a unique and intense curative formula based on marine mud that rapidly improves the condition of the hair.”

One thing I will give it right off, this conditioner smells great. I tried this conditioner a few times before writing this review, for various amounts of time in my hair during my shower, and once with the recommended instructions of working through the hair, wrapping a shower cap around the hair, and then wrapping a hot, wet towel around all of that for 15 minutes. (This gave the kids, and my boyfriend Gary, many, many laughs at my expense, with cries of “You look like a lunch lady!” when I donned the shower cap.)

By the way…a hot, wet towel is heavier than you would think when perched precariously upon your head for 15 minutes…

I rinsed my hair and combed it out, eager to see these awe-inspiring results like the reviewers on Sephora claimed to behold.

What did I get? To be honest, not a hell of a lot. This stuff smells good, helps to relieve some of the tangling my hair is maddeningly prone to, and…well…that was really about it. Nothing glorious, nothing spectacular, and nothing more than a $3 Pantene deep conditioner from Walmart can do. Actually, I would prefer the Pantene.

My conclusion? I would not purchase this again, particularly considering its $26 price tag. For a conditioner priced so high, I certainly expected more than mediocre, ho-hum results.

I give this conditioner one star out of five. It doesn’t do anything more than a basic, run-of-the-mill drugstore conditioner would do…you will just pay six times as much for it.