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My hair was in serious need of smoothing when I saw the Dove Nourishing Oil Care leave-in spray in Boots for 3.59. Later, I realised the spray contained 3 oils - coconut, argan, and almond. I have combination hair with a greasy scalp and drier ends, and I was a bit nervous about how it would respond to those ingredients. Well Dove didn't specify what hair type this was for, so I took a chance and used it hoping it wouldn't make my hair look oily.
Dove say that this spray offers dual benefits - conditioning and smoothing. You can use it on wet hair after shampooing or on dry hair between washes for an "instant boost of nourishment".
It has a strong sweet scent which I am sure will really appeal to many but not me. It reminds me of watermelons, with an added sugariness. The scent lingers on the hair too, but I can tolerate the occasional waft throughout the day.
You have to be more careful to apply this evenly on wet hair because you can't see where you have sprayed already. Otherwise, it is easy to use as it is a leave in product so no need to rinse it out. On dry hair is my favourite way to use the spray though, as it makes the most of the smoothing qualities. I was relieved that it doesn't make my hair slippery and harder to manage, as this would have cancelled out the smoothing benefits for me.
As a leave in conditioner, I regard this as quite average. My hair feels conditioned to some degree - it feels softer and it is definitely easier to brush. But if I use this as my only conditioner, I miss the added shine I normally get. Between washes, I don't think using this delivers the promised "instant boost of nourishment" - or at least not in any way I can tell from the outside! It doesn't make my hair greasier but the first few times I used this, I found my hair actually looked duller after using the spray. BUT I toned down the amount I was applying and this gave my hair back it's shine, without really adding anything.
The hair smoothing bit works, especially if this is sprayed on dry hair. The results last most of the day, which impressed me. I get the most annoying flyaway little hairs on the top of my head, and I was anxious about using a oil spray there close to my greasy scalp. But it works brilliantly. My hair doesn't look plastered down and feels reassuringly "normal" and not "tacky" to touch. My ends also look smoother and sleeker too.
For me this dual benefit Dove leave in spray is recommendable for smoothing/de-frizzing, but not particularly as a conditioning treatment.
I am a huge fan of the Dove brand, particularly the products belonging to their hand and hair care ranges. Whilst I have used a large number of their shampoos and conditioners I favour those belonging to the Nourishing Oil Care collection due to their argan oil content. My just below shoulder length thick and naturally curly hair can be described as normal although the tips are prone to dryness and splitting.
Consequently, it is important that I carefully consider the products that I use, as I will only choose those that are specifically designed for my hair type. As my ongoing experiences with the Nourishing Oil Care range are highly positive, I was delighted to recently discover a new addition to the range, namely Leave-in Conditioning and Care Spray, so my purchase was made and this review discusses my thoughts.
The spray is presented in a 200 ml sturdy plastic cylindrical shaped container and is very appealing to the eye with its vibrant yellow packaging. It is claimed that the dual action formula containing a caring blend of almond, coconut and argan oil, will deliver a smooth texture to the hair was well as locking in and restoring moisture. In addition, Dove claims that the weightless spray will provide nourishment to the hair and as a result, will smooth and prevent any frizz. The spray is extremely easy to use and can either be applied to wet hair directly after washing or used dry hair in between washes. It is important that the bottle be shaken for a few seconds before using to ensure the contents are fully blended, as once it has been standing for a while the contents separate to display a brown/yellow coloured liquid on the lower section with a layer nestling on top, which offers a milky white appearance.
The deep and fairly rigid lid is easily removed from the bottle with a gentle tug and it firmly clips back into place when not in use, so there is no risk of it detaching itself over a period of time. A few presses of the pump dispenses enables the spray to be effortlessly released into a fine mist and I like the fact that it doesn't coat a huge area of one hair. Consequently, I am easily able to direct it to the areas that most require additional moisture such as the dry tips. Despite the spray offering the aroma of coconut, which is a fragrance I cannot bear, thankfully, it is fairly subtle and is masked with the delightful aroma of argan. Disappointingly, the overall scent is barely recognisable within a few minutes of applying to my hair and I would have loved the scent to linger.
I wash my hair on alternate days where I always use an ordinary conditioner although every Sunday without fail, I apply a hair mask for an additional moisture boost. I have used the Dove spray on my wet hair on a number of occasions although my main use of this product is on those days when I do not wash my hair, particularly as I am finding my hair a little dry on the tips due to the central heating. I must admit to initially feeling a little apprehensive about using on dry hair, as I was concerned it would cause my hair to become damp and heavy as well as offering a greasy appearance. However, the spray is extremely lightweight and is fast absorbing provided that only a light mist is applied to each section.
In addition to regularly using products which are specifically designed for my hair type, this spray assists in smoothing and sealing the hair to lock in moisture. It also helps to calm down any frizz, which I occasionally experience on the tips. Despite the spray offering a wonderfully soft and velvety texture to my hair, it does not cause me any problems with styling.
This is highly effective spray, which is nothing less than I would have expected from Dove and due to the reasons discussed above, it receives five stars from me together with a high recommendation.
Whilst all of the products belonging to Dove are very affordable, I cannot admit to ever having paid full price, particularly as the brand is regularly on promotion in stores such as Boots, Tesco and Asda. Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave-in Conditioning Care Spray normally retails at around £3.39, which is the current price at Boots although Tesco has decided to increase the cost to a ridiculous price of £3.99.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.