Just as promised, I’ll be making reviews of some buys from February. So I’m starting today with V05 Herbal Escapes Strengthening Conditioner. Quite popular in the natural hair community but never have I tried it before until last month. So let me give you the full low down of this cheapay cheapay conditioner.
Herbal Escapes Pomegranate & Grape seed Extract STRENGTHENING CONDITIONER
Experience the health and vitality of natural herbal extracts in this formula for beautiful hair.
- Bask in the juicy fragrance of ripe pomegranate
- Moisturizing formula with anti-oxidants helps to revitalize heat-styled or sun damaged hair.
- Keeps color treated hair looking great
TOP 6 INGRIENDIENTS:
Water: The ultimate moisturizer
Cety Alcohol: An emulsifier (i.e the things that help oil and water to mix). Cetyl alcohol is also responsible for allowing conditioner to spread easily over the hair.
Stearalkonium Chloride: It helps to reduce static electricity by neutralizing electrical charges on hair. It’s a great conditioning agent.
Centrimonium Chloride: Same as Stearalkonium Chloride
Fragrance: (Only God knows the exact chemicals used)
Glyceryl Stearate : Used for its conditioning properties. It’s a light weight conditioning ingredient that gives a dry, smooth feel when rubbed in.
DMDM Hydantoin: It actually works as a preservative by releasing formaldehyde. ( Form-Wah? I know what you all are thinking, But, really bad guy ingredients like these are inevitable)
This 15fl oz bottle costs N330. This is the cheapest I have seen this product. It ranges anywhere from N330 to N750. I got this at YemYem Supermarket, University of Lagos Main Campus, Akoka.
It comes in a slightly-opaque, ‘open- cap’ squeeze bottle
It has light pink color with a slightly runny consistency like that of evaporated milk
It has this lovely and sweet ‘pomegranate- scented’ fragrance similar to that of Karen’s Body Beautiful Pomegranate Leave In (I really don’t know what pomegranate smells like but when I smelled this, the scent was similar to that of Karen’s Body Beautiful Pomegranate Leave in, So I just concluded it smelled like pomegranate 🙂
Hmmn let’s see. First of all, I looove the smell of this product. It has this sweet lovable scent that I can’t get enough of….lol…( I should really get my hands on some pomegranates) I hope this won’t over power my judgment. That aside, the ingredient list didn’t do any justice to this conditioner at all. So many hard-to-pronounce and ‘eyebrow-raising’ names. There wasn’t much so special about this conditioner.
I like it. That’s it.
I like because it detangles fairly well and it is very moisturizing for something that it is worth just N330 but the only comma about this conditioner is that you might run out of this conditioner in just one wash if you are the heavy handed type.
I had conquered only half of my hair with this conditioner and this is what I had left and it was just my first wash!!
I recently conducted an experiment with this and Trader’s joe nourish spa conditioner. There wasn’t really difference between them. Trader’ joe is much thicker and slipperier than Vo5 but I loved the fact that this defines my curls slightly better than Trader’s joe as well. It gets my curls popping!
On my second trial of this product without my Dudu Osun Black Soap, I noticed it cleansed my hair pretty well is still able to moisturize it; I also noticed this conditioner gives my curls high definition. Even my hard to define crown area was defined. I was impressed. These selfies might not do much justice but trust me, it defines those curls!
Great smell (Yum!)
Has Good slip
Defines my curls really well
Great for Cowashing
It runs out quickly (Lasted only 3 washes)
Contains many chemicals
In summary, It’s a good conditioner. In its detangling game, which is the most important criterion for a good rinse-out conditioner, it performed quite well but many of my ‘cheapay cheapay’ conditioners have performed better than this. I just wished it had more oils and was a bit thicker and less chemicals because it still ponders me how something like this turned out to be very moisturizing for me. All in all, this conditioner performed quite well. I’m not so big on rinse out conditioners but I would be using this again. ( Mainly for my wash and go’s because I get a lot of curl definition from this)
If you have tried this before, let me know how it went for you as well.
Until next time,