VO5 Shea Cashmere Moisturizing Conditioner Review

I don’t use a lot of commercial (store-bought) products but I have a few in my cabinet. Normally I use a light conditioner right after rinsing my weekly muds. The conditioner does just that – conditions my hair especially in case where the mud has a drying effect. With the strengthening muds like Brahmi, Henna and Bhringraj my hair loses it’s softness (hair feels strong and very rigid, almost the same as after a protein treatment but not as hard). A light conditioner efficiently moisturizer the hair to rebalance the strands elasticity and softness. Light conditioners work well for my light density hair (a.k.a low density/thin). Aside from re-balancing the hair, light conditioners are great for efficient rinsing since remnants from the mud cling to the conditioner and are washed out during the rinsing process.

Two things are important when I decide on a conditioner: first is the ingredients in the product and second is the PH of the product. There are ingredients like “cones” that just dry my hair out so even though some people swear by them I will not go near any product that has any kind of “cone” in it. After a terrible experience (that took me months to figure out the culprit was dimethicone) I began analyzing ingredients in the products I bought along with testing the PH (Ideal ph for hair is between 4.5 – 5.0). Once past these two features then it’s simply a question of whether I like the appearance, texture and effect the product has on my hair.

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Herbal Infused Coconut oil

If I could only use one oil for the rest of my natural hair journey coconut oil would be a no-brainer choice for me. I consider coconut oil as my signature oil when it comes to hair care. Granted the oil does not work for everyone so it’s important to try out different ones and always go with one most agreeable to your hair. While I have deviated and tried a gazillion other oils for hair and body care, coconut oil is the only one that has been in consistent rotation.

Everything about whole coconut (solid at room temperature, not to be confused with fractionated) from its appearance, heavenly scent, ease of use, multiple functionality and effectiveness appeals to me. I decided to combine the oil with lavender to infuse not only fragrance but also the soothing and calming effects of the herb. Lavender is also a great herb for dry hair, which I definitely have. The end result was beautiful, high aroma butter with a greenish tint. Afterwards I whipped it to a fluffy luxurious texture that’s really easy to work with.

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Wet Texture

I am finally getting around to showcasing my hair in it’s wet state, which might give you an idea of what my hair is really like. For me it’s a continuous journey of understanding what the structure of my hair is and as a result, how best to care for it. It’s part of developing a healthy relationship with my hair and a path to complete self-acceptance :-) So what characteristics does my wet hair reveal?

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Cotton-like Appearance

From a distance my hair appears like a big ball of cotton. The barely there curl definition immediately following a wash seems to disintegrate as moisture is eliminated by drying. If you look at the video (linked below) you’ll notice this progression – at the beginning when my hair is still very wet you can make out the curls (okay, if you squint ha!ha!) but by the end of the video it’s completely shrunk and looks like a field of cotton. This confirms my texture is definitely 4C.

Do I actually have curls?

Yes. Up close I can see millions of tiny curls clung together. My texture seems more loose on the nape area, almost like 4b but not quite that loose. Moisture absorption (wet) seems to stretch the curls out as the water causes the hair to swell. As it dries, the water is eliminated and the curls revert or shrink causing them to cling together even closer. This gives my hair the cotton-like appearance when dry.

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