dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse Review

DpHUE’s Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse is a hair cleanser that is said to take the place of shampoo and conditioner to give the hair a break from harsher, stripping shampoos or as a quick wash after a workout or any time. This can be used safely daily and claims to gently cleanse without stripping the hair oils, seal the hair cuticle, add shine and reduce frizz, soothe and calm the scalp, lock in color and triple the strength of the hair.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Acetic Acid (Apple Cider Vinegar), Cetrimonium Chloride, Silicone Quaternium-8, Rapeseedamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Glycerin, Polyacrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Spathodea Campanulata Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf Extract, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate Dimethicone, Quaternium-96, Polyquaternium-55, Dipropylene Glycol, Propanediol, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Silicone Quaternium-8 is a conditioning ingredient that is water soluble (rinses out with just water or normal shampoo). Polyacrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride and Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate Dimethicone are conditioning ingredients. Rapeseedamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate reduces static.

Directions: Section wet hair and gently squeeze about 2 tablespoons of product on to the scalp in the hair sections; massage in and pull through the lengths of the hair. Leave on 1 to 3 minutes and rinse well.

I have fine hair, oily scalp and dry lengths and ends and wash my hair every 3 days.

This is how my hair looks normally after shampooing and conditioning, then air dried (after using the Aquis hair turban).

The vinegar rinse feels like it cleanses most of the oils from the hair, better than just using diluted apple cider vinegar, however, on air drying, my hair did not really feel clean beyond being less oily (my roots still had buildup and I do not use any styling products) and was frizzier and drier (even closer to the scalp) than when using a shampoo and conditioner. I also used this product followed by conditioner, which of course, worked better for dryness and frizz. Using the vinegar rinse, I could go 2 days before washing again, but my hair really did not feel nice and almost felt a bit sticky. I used the product daily for a few days after doing a clarifying shampoo and hair mask, thinking maybe my hair had buildup already, and my hair still had a sticky, dry feeling after using the rinse and my scalp was getting itchy (though claims to soothe and calm the scalp).

I have recently used a cleansing conditioner for use between shampoos from Snob Girls that I like much better in terms of being gentle on the hair and helping dryness and frizz.

This smells quite strongly of apple cider vinegar, but once rinsed, there is no vinegar smell.

I would not repurchase dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse.

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Olaplex No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask Review

This is more of a first impression rather than a full review of Olaplex No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask as I have only used it once. I will update at the end of the post in a month or two with more photos.

The No. 8 mask is Olaplex’s newest product for all hair types and textures and particularly for damaged hair. This hair mask claims to repair, add shine and moisture, smooth and add body to damaged hair. The No. 8 mask is different from the No. 3 Hair Perfector in that it is to be used after shampooing in place of conditioner once a week. No. 3 is a treatment used on damp hair that is then shampooed and conditioned.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima, (Avocado) Oil, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Olivate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Bromide, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Quaternium-80, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Extract, Ceramide AP, Ceramide NP, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate, Arginine, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Panthenol, Squalane, Carthamus Tinctorius (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Histidine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenylalanine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Phosphatidylcholine, Citric Acid, Sodium Lactate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Bis-Cetearyl Amodimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Citral, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene

The mask contains dimethicone as the second ingredient. As mentioned in my review of the Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil, from what I’ve read on different sites, dimethicone is a cheaper silicone that is not water soluble and is hard to remove. However, Olaplex says they use a high quality, low molecular weight, water soluble dimethicone that easily washes away and does not build up in the hair. The mask is formulated with plant oils, ceramides, amino acids and the bonding technology Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate that rebuilds broken and weakened bonds in the hair due to chemical and mechanical damage.

Directions: Apply to clean, damp hair from mid-lengths to ends. Work through with fingers. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly; style as usual. Start with one pump for shoulder-length hair; use more for longer or thicker hair and less for fine or short hair. Use sparingly on roots. To be used once a week.

For deep repair, Olaplex recommends using No. 0 and No. 3 along with No. 8 once a week. This could also be followed with No. 7 on damp or dry hair.

I have fine, frizzy, dry hair that I have not gotten colored or cut in a long while, but I am getting breakage towards the front hair and the shorter side pieces, particularly when brushing, that I hope the Olaplex mask can improve. After last getting my hair colored, I have had a band of frizz/damage that looks different from the rest of my hair which I hope will also improve with continued use.

Above is one pump of the hair mask. It is concentrated and thicker in texture and spreads through the hair easily. I sectioned my hair in two halves and applied one pump to each section after shampooing and towel drying. I left the mask on for 15 minutes under a shower cap, then rinsed and air dried (after using the Aquis hair turban). While finger combing the product in, the hair detangled quite nicely. While rinsing, the hair felt very silky.

Above, after one use, my hair is much less frizzy and feels soft with improved fly-aways. The ends of the hair look generally better. I do not really have an issue with body, but the mask left movement and added bounce and my hair was not weighed down. My hair felt softer and more silky than when using the Briogeo moisture mask (though likely due to the silicone in Olaplex No. 8) and not as soft as when using Redken All Soft shampoo and conditioner, though again, has less frizz.

So far, I like the Olaplex Bond Intense Moisture Mask and have noticeable results after one use in terms of hydration and frizz. I will update here after I have used the mask for a month or two.

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Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfoods Hair Mask Review

This nourishing, protein-free hair mask by Briogeo is for all hair types and textures and claims to nourish, hydrate and soften the hair while providing improvement to frizz, curl definition and dryness.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetyl Alcohol*, Stearyl Alcohol*, Behentrimonium Chloride*, Brassica Alcohol*, Propanediol*, Cetyl Esters*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract*, Spirulina Maxima Extract*, Spinacia Oleracea (Spinach) Leaf Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Biotin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil*, Isododecane, Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate*, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract*, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract*, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract*, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract*, Isopropyl Myristate*, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract*, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract*, Cetrimonium Chloride*, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride*, Corallina Officinalis Extract*, Behentrimonium Methosulfate*, Panthenol, Volcanic Ash*, Arginine*, Glycerin*, Curcumin*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Palmaria Palmata Extract*, Mineral Salts*, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Potassium Sorbate*, Sodium Benzoate*, Fragrance (Parfum), Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol
*Coconut, vegetable, or plant derived.

The mask contains vegetable extracts; avocado that contains fatty acids to nourish and condition, kiwi that contains vitamin C for antioxidant protection and spinach with flavanoids and antioxidants for overall hair health. This formula has volcanic ash, which I see in dry shampoos and scalp products to regulate oils on the scalp, so not sure what this does for the lengths of the hair. Apparently turmeric extract can reduce breakage on the lengths of the hair and stimulate the scalp. Cocoa seed butter locks in moisture.

Directions: After shampooing, massage into lengths of the hair. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse. Can be used 1 to 2 times per week in place of conditioner.

The Avocado Kiwi Mega Mask is thick and smells a bit sweet, though not in a pleasant way; the scent does not linger, however. I have fine, dry, frizzy, wavy hair and have used the mask a few times now. I apply on damp hair after clarifying every 2 weeks or so, leaving on for 10 minutes under a shower cap, then rinsing. On my first use, I had to apply more than expected and it did not apply that smoothly to the hair to immediately detangle, but on subsequent uses, I added more water and it spread nicely and after the 10 minutes, detangled well with finger combing.

The above photo is before and after 3 uses (air dried). My hair feels much softer, my waves are more defined and there is less frizz. The mask is not heavy and does not weigh my hair down; I had no loss in volume or body.

Above is after 5 uses. I do not have any good recent before photos of the front of my hair, but my face-framing hair has much improved; usually it will dry frizzy and somewhat straight.

As a side note, on one use I also applied the mask to the roots and my scalp got so itchy, however, this is to be applied to the lengths of the hair.

Compared to Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Hair Mask, the Mega Moisture Mask gives noticeable results with hydration, softness and defined my waves. While the Deep Conditioning Mask feels so nice to apply, smooths through the hair really well and feels like it coats each strand, it did not give the desired results in terms of dryness and frizz.

I would repurchase Briogeo’s Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfoods Hair Mask.

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Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Redken All Soft shampoo and conditioner are for dry and damaged hair that claim to leave hair soft, manageable and shiny. I have an oily scalp and dry, frizzy hair and have been using All Soft for a couple months now.

All Soft Shampoo

The All Soft shampoo claims to gently cleanse while creating soft and silky hair.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Dimethicone, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Glycol Distearate, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide Mipa, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Pca, Salicylic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Carbomer, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Disodium Edta, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Potassium Dimethicone Peg-7 Panthenyl Phosphate, Sodium Sarcosinate, Benzyl Alcohol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Arginine, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Coumarin, Linalool, Limonene, Fumaric Acid, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol, Ci 15510/Orange 4, Phenoxyethanol, Ci 17200/Red 33, All Soft Tetrasodium Edta, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide (D184464/1).

All Soft shampoo is creamy and formulated with sulfate, silicone and salicylic acid. The shampoo contains Redken’s RCT (root, core, tip) protein complex; soy protein that adds structure to the root, providing stronger hair at the scalp; arginine, conditioning hair at the core, and Sepicap to restore the look of the ends of the hair. Moisturizing factor replenishes and maintains moisture balance. Argan oil provides softness, silkiness and shine to the hair.

Directions: Massage shampoo into a soft lather on wet hair and rinse. Can be used daily.

The shampoo has a soft lather and smells nice. The shampoo cleanses well and does not tangle the hair while washing. The hair does not feel dry or overly squeaky clean while rinsing.

All Soft Conditioner

The All Soft conditioner claims to detangle, replenish moisture and provide intense softness.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Elaeis Guineensis Oil/Palm Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Pca, Parfum/Fragrance, Citric Acid, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Potassium Dimethicone Peg-7 Panthenyl Phosphate, Sodium Sarcosinate, Propylene Glycol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Arginine, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Potassium Sorbate (D184537/1).

Like the shampoo, the conditioner contains the RCT complex, moisturizing factor and argan oil. The conditioner contains a water-soluble silicone that provides shine, softness and detangling.

Directions: After using All Soft shampoo, distribute through hair and rinse thoroughly.

The All Soft conditioner detangles well, particularly when left in the hair for a couple minutes and finger combing.

Using All Soft shampoo and conditioner, my hair feels very soft and silky and has some shine. My hair feels more hydrated, looks less poofy, has a bit less frizz and my waves and curls are more defined. The hair does not feel weighed down and still has good volume. Usually, when air drying my hair, my bangs and the shorter hair around my face will poof and frizz up, but using All Soft, I have nice curls around my face and my bangs were not frizzy at all. It’s been over a year since I got my hair cut and using this shampoo and conditioner, the ends of my hair feel less rough and dry.

I really like Redken’s All Soft shampoo and conditioner and will continue to purchase.

Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Turban Review

The Aquis hair turbans and towels are made of Aquitex, a blend of 80% polyester and 20% nylon, inspired by the moisture-wicking ability of active wear. The Aquitex material is woven into channels that move water away from the hair quickly and evenly. Aquis says that wet hair is weak hair that is prone to breakage, tangles, frizz and dullness, and designed these towels claiming that, compared to cotton towels, the hair dries 50% faster, frizz and breakage are reduced, the hair has more body and hair color stays vibrant longer. These towels and turbans dry hair to 70-80% and then the hair is evenly damp and better able to withstand styling and heat.

The Lisse turban is for fine and straight, curly, wavy or coiled hair. The waffle design is for thick hair.

Directions: Place the button part of turban at the nape of the neck and twist as needed for desired fit. Flip turban back and fasten the loop around the button for secured fit. Leave turban on for a few minutes; generally, the turban should be removed when the hair feels damp.

I have fine, wavy, frizzy hair. I have been using this towel for a few weeks now, previously having used a cotton bath towel.

Above, the left photo was wrapped in a cotton towel for 15 minutes and then air dried, and on the right I used the Aquis turban, leaving it on for 10 to 15 minutes and air drying. I was surprised the hair turban made such a difference; my hair is less frizzy, has more body and generally looks better. My hair dried faster as well.

It takes a few uses to find the right length of time to leave the turban on; this will differ for everyone depending on hair condition, type, texture, etc.

The Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Turban is a good purchase and I will continue using it.

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