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I purchased Paul Mitchell Lite Detangler a couple of months ago for my little daughter. She has a very dry, slightly curled hair, that gives us a hand full of work every day. It gets tangled every night and mornings are known to be a battle of will between me and her regarding combing her hair. To her defense, she does put up quite a fight for a 5 years old , kicking and screaming all the way.
And so I got this Lite Detangler from the hairdresser, hoping for a little bit of sunshine during our mornings.
Who is Paul Mitchell?
Paul Mitchell is a hairdresser who, together with John Paul DeJoria, decided in 1980 to created a brand designed especially for hair care professionals. The company wasn't a big success in the beginning and they struggled not to go bankrupt for the first year. In fact, the now famous Black&White packaging of the brand is the result of not being able the afford color ink. They were the first to offer complete refunds if the saloon would not be able to sell their products and slowly they started to conquer the market. Sadly, Paul Mitchell died of pancreatic cancer in 1989, but the company continued to flourish under Paul DeJoria, growing into one of the largest in history, currently producing over 90 produces, with annual salon retail sales approaching $900 million.
Product: It comes in a white hard plastic bottle, shaped as a long tube, with everything written in black, as all Paul Mitchell products.. It has 250 ml (8.5 fl. oz.). On the bottle it says that it is only guaranteed when sold by a professional hairdresser, otherwise may be counterfeit or tempered with. I did buy mine at the hairdresser but I see is largely sold online as well as different beauty shops.
What is it for? Paul Mitchell Lite Detangler is a leave-in conditioner, suitable for fine to medium hair and it contains the activated moisturizing and conditioning blend of Hawaiian Awapuhi, wheat protein and essential amino acids. It claims to have a mild formula that aids in both wet and dry combing and that its lightweight conditioners leave your hair full of volume with added shine. Also, it's a fragrance free, so it's excellent product for detangling the kids' hair, which is exactly the reason I bought it for.
Using: After shampooing her hair I normally let it dry a little bit, normally for about 10-20 minutes, depending on how the little princess feels like that day walking around the house with her head wrapped in a towel. I noticed that, given her hair, it's actually much better if I use the hairdryer as little as possible, as her hair will be less static. The Paul Mitchell Lite Detangler can be sprayed both on wet or dry hair, but I prefer using it while the hair is still wet. However, I did use it some mornings as well on dry hair just to help detangling her hair and it worked just the same. It is better to protect clothing prior to prevent getting them sprayed all over, but I did not noticed any stains after using it. Spray liberally throughout hair and gently comb through to detangle. Do not rinse afterwards, as it is a leave-in conditioner spray formula.
Effect: I have noticed that her hair it much easier to detangle after using it and it seems that indeed it does help eliminating static as it doesn't get tangled as easy as it used to. It has no smell, I have to say I prefer products that leave a nice fragrance but I rather have no smell then the chemical smell I get from Shampoo Three, so in this case that's a good thing. The product it's supposed to leave the hair full of volume and shine but I can't say that's entirely true. I have not noticed any difference in the hair's volume and the biggest problem I have with this product is that the "shine" they promise looks more like the hair is greasy, especially if you didn't manage to spray it evenly.
Conclusion: While it does detangle the hair and eliminates the static, I do not like how the hair looks after using it. It is not a bad product but it's not perfect either and I have used other products in the past that have proven to be better. Considering this, I would not buy it again nor would I recommend it, but since it works on detangling the hair I would not recommend against it either. It's just that, in my personal opinion, there are products out there that are doing a better job.
Mild leave-in formula aids in both wet and dry combing Lightweight conditioners leave hair full of volume with added shine