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For the past twelve months I have been alternating between Dove and L'Oreal shampoos and conditioners, as I find that both brands offer a variety of products that deliver high quality results. As I regularly use heated appliances I am concerned about the damage they can cause to my hair and as a result, I will seek out specifically designed protective products. A few months ago, I made a purchase of a shampoo and conditioner from Dove's Damage Therapy Heat Defence range and this review discusses my experience with using the conditioner.
The packaging of the 200 ml curvy sturdy plastic bottle is considerably appealing to the eye with its calming white background, which is accompanied with touches of silver and red. My reason for purchasing this particular product, which is suitable for all hair types, was due to the fact that it contains micro moisture serum, which Dove claim will protect the hair from heat damage. The bottle neatly sits on a robust flip top lid, which is easily opened and securely closed. The packaging for all Dove shampoos and conditioners is identical enabling an easy non-slip grip when using in the shower. The pearly white conditioner offers a good creamy consistency and a sufficient amount is dispensed. I generally find the aroma of Dove products to be extremely favourable with their stunning delicate floral scent. However, I initially wasn't too keen on this one, as whilst the conditioner offers a familiar hint of floral, it is accompanied by coconut, which is an aroma I cannot bear.
The luxurious rich textured conditioner was easily dispensed and applied to my hair and I feel assured that it was of a high quality, as during the application process I was effortlessly able to comb the product through my hair with my fingers, which is not the case with some brands. Unfortunately, Dove has omitted to display any directions for use, so I left the conditioner to nourish my hair for approximately five minutes. It was effortlessly rinsed away with warm water without leaving any traces of greasiness or sticky residue. The texture of my wet hair was wonderfully soft and smooth, which was obviously due to the invisible coating of micro moisture serum.
After blow drying, my hair did not feel weighed down and was soft and smooth to the touch including the ends. I was able to style my hair as normal without suffering any issues with fly away hair or limpness. Whilst I was fully aware that heated appliances can cause significant damage to the hair, I was oblivious to the fact that when the hair temperatures reach 140° C, the hair proteins start to degrade. However, Dove claim that this conditioner will assist in protecting temperatures up to 200 ° C. Despite the initial coconut aroma, which fortunately, dispersed rather rapidly, I was extremely impressed with the results. However, I must admit that I found it similar to other products in the Dove range, which are specifically designed for dry and/or damaged hair.
The conditioner should be used within 12 months of opening with the bottle being recyclable once empty. Dove Damage Therapy Heat Defence Conditioner generally retails at around £2.50 for a 200 ml bottle. I feel it appropriate to remove one star due to the coconut aroma, but it still receives my recommendation.