Product Type: Dove hair care products
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Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner
Member Name: alyson29
Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner
Date: 27/08/11, updated on 22/11/13 (135 review reads)
Advantages: Smells gorgeous, extremely effective and leaves hair feeling soft, shiny and fully protected
Disadvantages: None for me
If you've been following my recent reviews you will be aware of my disappointment with a couple of my latest purchases of hair products, which were of an inferior quality. As my hair is very long, thick and naturally curly it can often be difficult to manage, so it is essential that I use high quality products. My hair is prone to dryness and split ends, which is no doubt due to the fact that I regularly use colouring products, a hair dryer and straighteners, so it is essential that I use a more intensive conditioner on a weekly basis. For the last few years I have used Soap and Glory's Hair Supply, but wanted to try something new, so I was delighted to receive a free gift last month, which accompanied a woman's magazine. The gift was a 50ml tube of Dove's Damage Therapy Intensive Repair and this review discusses my experience with using the product, which has recently been launched.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
The 50ml tube I own is identical in appearance to that of the larger 180ml product, which is contained within a sturdy plastic tube that sits on a flip top lid. The packaging is very appealing to the eye with its' main colour of white and a combination of silver, gold and blue. I've always considered the Dove brand to be gentle yet effective, so I was of the opinion that I was using a high quality product. As this is a new product I took a little time to read the small amount of information contained on the tube where I learned that the conditioner contains micro moisture serum to strengthen and protect the hair from split ends.
USING DOVE INTENSIVE REPAIR
I washed and rinsed my hair with my normal shampoo and easily flipped open the lid with one hand and squeezed an inch length of the pearly white product into the other. I would advise at this point that the lid tightly closes, as there is a strong plastic hinged area so there is no fear of it detaching itself after a few uses. The consistency of the product can be described as a cream and the aroma is simply divine and whilst I cannot pinpoint any particular fragrance, I would advise that it is clean and fresh and suited to both sexes. The directions for use are to apply through wet hair, but as my hair is very long it was necessary for me to dispense a further inch length to ensure that each section of hair was effectively coated. My hair becomes considerably knotted during the hair washing process and it is normally necessary for me to use a wide tooth comb to separate the sections and to remove any knots. However, I was totally amazed that within seconds of applying this product I was able to easily slide my fingers through my hair without the aid of a comb.
My hair felt soft and smooth and even at this point I believed that this was a high quality nourishing product. As directed I left the product on my hair for one minute and rinsed away, which was an easy process and then wrapped a towel around my hair for a few minutes to absorb the majority of the water, as vigorously drying with a towel can cause significant damage. I then gently dried my hair with a towel and styled as normal and was able to witness a beautiful glossy shine with my hair feeling soft, smooth and thoroughly nourished. I suffer with a few split ends, which is due to me missing my last hair dressing appointment and I cannot admit to these being any different in appearance. Consequently, I would argue with the fact that Dove has named this product "intensive repair" as this statement is rather misleading, particularly as the product protects the hair as opposed to repairing and the only way to remedy split ends is to have them cut away by a hair stylist. However, with regular use of the product I have not suffered any further split ends, as the ends of my hair feel totally soft and smooth.
As previously advised, I am a great fan of Soap and Glory's Hair Supply and have read many reviews where the user has reported the product leaving a sticky residue thus causing a heavy feeling to the hair. Whilst this is something I have never experienced with Soap and Glory I would advise that Dove Intensive Repair leaves no residue and always leaves my hair feeling as if I've used an extremely expensive salon product. Whilst the conditioning treatment is suitable for daily use I tend to use it twice a week and am able to achieve first class results. In fact, this product has now replaced Soap and Glory, as it has far exceeded my expectations and is now a firm favourite. Consequently, it receives 5 stars from me together with a huge recommendation.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
There is an extremely lengthy list of ingredients contained on the reverse of the tube and for obvious reasons I do not intend copying them into this review. I can confirm that I suffered no adverse reactions when using, as I found this product considerably gentle whilst delivery high quality results. The tube should be used within 12 months of opening and can be recycled once empty. It would be impossible for me to advise how long a tube will last, as obviously that is dependent upon the hair length of the user and the frequency of use.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Dove Intensive Repair normally retails at around £3.26 for a 180 ml tube, but at the time of writing (27 August 2011) you can purchase it from Boots at half price. Consequently, I have stocked up and probably have enough to last me for the next twelve months!
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Summary: A fantastic hair treatment from Dove