Several months ago, in the Summer, I had my hair colored. I needed change and although I was a bit concerned about how it would affect my hair, I bit the bullet and decided to go for it. I decided that it was hair, and that if anything went wrong, it was nothing that a good pair of scissors couldn’t fix. So, I had it lightened a few shades and added some copper highlights. See these pics from the day I had it done and the day after:
Shamefully, for reasons I cannot come up with that will convince you, since then, I have probably deep conditioned my hair once, if that. I know…I know what you are thinking…that’s why I called it shameful. In any case, with a Canadian Winter upon us, and with that the ever declining definition in my braid and twist out attempts and the nagging crunch sounds coming from my crown and glory, I decided to take a trip to Honeyfig and find me a deep conditioner that would be good to my strands. About 20 minutes later, I walked out with the 8 oz jar of Darcy’s Botanicals deep conditioning mask (pictured below, $24.00 before taxes).
So this past Saturday I tried it out and here’s the skinny on how it worked out for me:
- The scent: very mild, definitely can’t be described as overwhelming, yet it was distinct. At first I couldn’t put my finger on it, but just before I washed it out it came to me: Betty Crocker lemon cake batter. I liked that it was a mild scent. That reads more natural, less artificial to me.
- The feel: following the scent, not too heavy. This surprised me only because I think my hair was so dry I almost wanted this stuff to be like royal icing on my hair to feel like it was working. But it wasn’t too thick, it applied very easily to my hair. Lots of slip. I used a little ore than half the jar because I have quite a bit of hair to deal with.
- The process: I roughly sectioned my hair into 4 and applied all through the sections with special focus on my ends. Clipped the ends up and covered with a shower cap and then my satin bonnet to encourage body heat. According to the instructions, I was to leave this on for 25-30 min to allow to set and then rinse out. I got into a phone conversation and then some mothering, so I ended up leaving it in closer to about 40-45 minutes.
- The rinse: I have to make a special note about rinsing this out of my hair at this point. I was extremely thrilled that there was no residue left behind on the tub floor, not for cleaning reasons, but because I’m 5 months pregnant and a slippery tub is an issue, even if I wasn’t. I definitely appreciated this feature, since my regular conditioner is notorious for causing this particular health hazard. Other than that, the product rinsed easily and cleanly out of my hair. I sealed with cool water.
- Overall: my hair felt markedly different and much closer to my pre-color/pre-neglect days. I later used our three naturals Shea butter mix and a little extra coconut oil and braided my hair and achieved a much better result with my braid out the next day. Here’s are a few day two pictures (I slept with a satin bonnet on, but clearly need to redo the back):
I hesitate to attribute all of the success to the product alone since I introduced some other variables in the routine, like the size of my braids and my comb through method, but I will definitely be using it again in a week or two. I give this product 3.5 stars out of 4.
Which deep conditioning treatment is your favorite?