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.