9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2014
I am an African American woman with Type 4 tightly curly, neck-length hair. I follow the Tightly Curly Method, as designed by Teri LaFlesh in her wonderful book, "Curly Like Me." It involves combing our fragile hair ONLY while wet and soaked with conditioner, and also leaving the conditoner in to set and define the curl pattern.
Because my previous go-to "combing conditioner" (Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner) re-formulated its ingredients to include a potentially harmful ingredient (sodium hydroxide), I've been searching for my new favorite. I initially planned upon trying Tresemme Flawless Curls Moisturizing Conditioner (and I still will one day), but on one of my trips to the drugstore I came across this one. A quick ingredients check cleared me for a go-ahead, and I bought it, took it home and tried it this weekend.
Wow! I'm very impressed! I love it! This will be a new go-to, most definitely! It reminds me soo much of my previous favorite, Hello Hydration, in texture and color. It is quite slippery, epecially when mixed with a little olive oil, which is what I do. The Denman brush glides through easily, making de-tangling very pleasant. It's not as slippery as Aussie Moist, unfortunately, but then again, neither was Hello Hydration. What I most love is that this conditioner, as a leave-in, defines and keeps my curls very well, better than Aussie Moist. Again, my curls are a little stiffer, but they are very defined and they will most likely last (I will know by next weekend and will update).
The Moroccan My Shine conditioner also gives my curls some swing and movement, even when dry. The Aussie Moist made my hair so fluffy soft that it didn't move as much. This conditioner has more weight to it, which I personally like.
This conditioner provides plenty of moisture as well. It may not have as much super heavy moisture as Aussie Moist or Hello Hydration, but my dry hair definitely gets moisture from this and it feels great. And...oh, the scent!! This scent is amazing! I love it more than anything I've tried before. Heavenly! The Moroccan My Shine also does what it claims with my hair, to a degree. I have very matte, naturally dry hair, so my hair is NEVER shiny, and that's normal. It's just not in its nature to be so. Using this conditioner is the closest that my hair comes to shiny! It's not like a glossy shiny like you can get with straight hair, but it's definitely a subtle brightening that was quite noticeable to me. I have very very dark hair, generally described by others as black but truthfully dark brown, and after using this and leaving in, my hair ACTUALLY LOOKS blacker to me, as though my hair's been polished. I'm guessing it's a combo of the argan oil in the conditioner and the olive oil that I blend in. Very nice!
And now for the only real caveats I can come up with, and there are two: 1. Keep an eye on the ingredients for every single bottle you buy. Herbal Essences has developed this need to pump sodium hydroxide into their products. They didn't do this initially. If you are a follower of the TC Method, sodium hydroxide is listed as an ingredient to avoid. It is a lye-like substance that if not harmful as a wash-out, MAY be potentially harmful used daily as a leave-in product. With Hello Hydration, it's now practically impossible to find a bottle that does not contain sodium hydroxide. With the Morrocan My Shine, however, it is still - as of now - very easy to obtain brand new bottles of conditioner without sodium hydroxide. In fact, based upon my snooping around the internet, the sodium hydroxide seems to only be in the large (32 oz.) bottles of Moroccan My Shine. The small skinny 10 oz. bottles appear to be thus far free of it. I'm not sure why this is...Perhaps the large bottles are really the new ones, while the small ones are older or no longer manufactured. I'm not sure...BUT, every time I buy this - and I'm so happy with this I will keep buying - I will be checking the ingredients list. It may turn out that sodium hydroxide will start to pop up in all of these, and I will have to move on to another conditioner.
2. It takes considerably longer to comb through with this conditioner than with say, Aussie Moist, which is a super quick combing session due to the amazing slip. With Aussie Moist, it takes an hour for me to comb through my hair, a half an hour on each side (my hair is crossing into medium length, falling between my chin and my shoulders in its super curly state, and resting b/t my shoulder blades in back). With this HH Moroccan My Shine, it takes me almost an hour and a half to do my entire head, again, about 40 minutes on each side. The time seems to be dependent upon length, as when I first started it, it took me 35 minutes on each side, so I think it's going to get worse as my hair gets longer. This is a pain, true, especially when I blew through several times using Aussie Moist. HOWEVER: The end result with HH Mororccan My Shime, to me, if I have the time, seems sooo worth it. My curls are so much glossier, and more defined and REMAIN more defined for longer. They just pop. With Aussie, I'm done fast, sure, but there's no shine, and about 3 days post-wash my curls are starting to frizz, on top especially.
SO...in summary, a GREAT combing condiitoner! GOOD slip, good moisture, GREAT curl definition/retention, nice weight for bouncier curls, pretty shine, AMAZING scent. Just KEEP AN EYE ON THE INGREDIENTS LIST EVERY TIME YOU BUY, and allot some extra time for combing.
UPDATE 03/12/14: I am now halfway through the week (Wednesday), and all I have to say is...YES. This conditioner seems to be the heir apparent to Hello Hydration. I love it!! My curls have REMAINED defined very well. I wore it fully down a day longer than I usually do, as my curls still looked perfect. They will undoubtedly still look good for even another day. Still plenty of bounce as well. Again, feels wonderful and is quite moisturizing being applied in the mornings. And the smell is STILL amazing! Yes, I know I planned on moving on to Tresemme Flawless Curls Moisturizer, and I do have a big bottle of it stored away and waiting for a try-out...but I'm good where I am right now! No need to continue on to Point C if you get to Point B and find it is an oasis! :-) So I will be buying this as much as possible while I can still find sodium hydroxide-free bottles. However, I do fear that this will eventually befall the same fate as its close cousin Hello Hydration...and when that unfortunate day comes, I will have to move on to Point C with fingers crossed!