Product Type: Dove hair care products
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No nourishment here!
Nourishing Oil Care Express Treatment Conditioner
Member Name: pink_glitter
Nourishing Oil Care Express Treatment Conditioner
Advantages: leaves hair soft, quick to use
Disadvantages: my hair was left frizzy, the ends looked and felt dry, didn't seem to nourish hair as claimed
I use a treatment on my hair every week and when it came to deciding which one to use next, I had a look through the products I already owned, before going out to buy more. I came across a 50ml tube of the Dove Nourishing Oil Express Care Conditioner, which I had received some time ago - possibly through the post as my name has somehow gotten onto a Dove mailing list. I decided that this could be the thing to revive my damaged, dried out hair as I've had good experiences of the Dove brand in the past and the back of the tube says 'Instant Deep Nourishment smoothes even extra dry and frizzy hair' which sounded exactly what I needed.
The product comes in a glossy white tube with gold accents. Although I don't find the packaging anything special to look at, I do prefer tubes for this sort of product, especially as when used in the shower, tubs can often end up with water in them. Unfortunately one thing I have found with the tube, is that the gold colouring on the front has worn off quite badly, possibly as a result of getting wet. When I picked it up, huge gold flakes came off in my hand, which has made it look rather unsightly.
Using the product is very simple. Firstly you should shampoo your hair as normal and then apply this product in place of your normal conditioner, leaving on for one minute. The fact it only needs to be left on for a minute is a plus point for me, as I've used treatments in the past that have needed up to twenty minutes and frankly, I don't have the patience to wait these days!
The treatment is actually has a two tone effect and comes out of the tube in golden yellow and white stripes, making it look a bit like stripy toothpaste! I am not sure if the two colours are simply for effect or if each colour has a different property, but I always mix the product by rubbing my palms together first, just to make sure that my hair gets an even dose of both colours.
If you are familiar with Dove products, you will probably know that most of them carry the same soapy scent that you would get from a bar of original Dove soap. I was quite surprised to find that this one did not have that well known and well loved scent. Instead, the product had a fresh, clean scent which whilst pleasant was nothing outstanding and in my opinion quite generic. I certainly couldn't pick out any one particular ingredient for instance, but the smell was fine, just disappointing.
The treatment is a good consistency, not thick, but not runny either and it smoothes through the hair very easily. When it comes to rinsing, it rinses out as easily as it goes on and I can instantly tell my hair has been conditioned, because it feels smooth and tangle free, which is a good start!
Unfortunately, once dry, the results I get from this product were not quite as good as I had been expecting or indeed hoping for. Whilst it would be fair to say that my hair feels conditioned after using this, it does not feel like it has just had a deep conditioning treatment - just any normal bog-standard conditioner.
On a positive note, my hair feels smooth and silky and has a subtle, yet pleasant scent to it. Also there are no tangles in my hair despite it being very long and no residue is left behind.
Moving on to the negatives, I think the main one is that my hair does not feel nourished, as claimed on the packaging, and the ends of my hair in particular are left feeling just as dried out as they were when I started. My hair also looks quite dry and dull, and although I suffer from frizzy hair anyway, I feel the frizz is worse after using this and much more prominent. Again, this product actually specifically promises to help frizzy hair, so I find this quite disappointing. Also in terms of looks, my hair does not particularly look like it has had a treatment of any sort, there are certainly no noticeable benefits such as shine or volume.
A 180ml tube of this product retails at £3.35 in Superdrug and just a penny more in Boots. The cheapest I've found it is £2.96 in ASDA. To give you an idea of how long a tube will last, my 50ml tube gave me three uses, but bear in mind my hair is longer than most (past bra strap level), so I need to use a fair bit at a time.
Overall, I've been really disappointed with this product and would not recommend it. It's not all bad, my hair did feel nice to the touch after use, but since I don't have people queuing round the block to run their fingers through my hair, that's not really of any huge benefit to me! If you are looking for a good quality hair treatment in the same price range, I would recommend trying Alberto Balsam's Honey and Almond Intensive Conditioning treatment instead, which is fantastic and unlike this one, actually works! I just wish I had taken my own advice before wasting my time with this product!
Summary: A big disappointment from the usually great Dove brand