Monday, August 5, 2013

Lustrasilk Moisture Max Keratin Hydrate Therapy (Protein) Deep Conditioner

I wanted to briefly share this new deep conditioner that I've had in my closet for a while that I just used.  Now, while I do try to use my own homemade products for my hair I've not focused or taken the time to formulate my own deep conditioner, yet.   So I do peruse the beauty supply shelves for a product as close to natural as I can find.

I've been a little hesitant to use it full strength b/c my hair cannot take a lot of protein; it will get hard and stiff.  I found that out when I put several heaping spoonfuls of mayonnaise in one of my deep conditioners and my hair came out very stiff.  After much reading and researching I finally realized that I had used too much mayonnaise...too much protein.  So my hair can take some protein but only moderate amounts.  I feel this product could be classified (at least for MY hair) as a moderate protein treatment.

I thought this protein deep conditionerwould be more than a mild protein treatment b/c of the major proteins(bolded and italicized) in the ingredient list.

Water (Aqua,Deionized), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Lanolin,Quaternium-18,Keratin Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Seed Oil, Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Equisetum Hiemale Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Pinus Strobus Cone Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettles) Extract, Panthenol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance

This is not intended to be a formal review, just a "special mention" because I've only used this product one time and I LOVED it!!  My hair was not overly soft/mushy.  I've learned that hair that has been properly conditioned with protein will feel "firm", almost resembling pasta noodles that have been cooked "al dente".  They are fully cooked but "firm".  Pasta that has been overcooked is soft and mushy and that is what I always looked for my hair to feel like until my research showed me otherwise.  (I got this information from SCIENCE OF BLACK HAIR by Audrey Sivasothy.)

Well, after I used this product my hair felt just right.  This product claims to provide a "balance" of protein and moisture and I would say it did just that for me - not too hard and not too soft.   I applied this deep conditioner to my hair freshly cleansed hair and sat under my heating cap for 20 minutes so that the heat could allow the conditioners and protein to penetrate my strands.  So as it turns out I consider this product to be a moderate protein treatment.  My hair had just the right amount of softness and firmness(strength). 

I really liked this product and will update you further as I continue to use it.  I do protein treatments twice a month so I won't be using this every week and it may take some time before I've used it enough to be comfortable with doing a formal review.  This product looks promising for now, although I'm not crazy about some of the ingredients and parabens found in the product.  The plus side to the issue of not-so-desirable ingredients is the fact that they are all toward the bottom of the ingredient list, at least in MY mind(lol!!)

Until next time....

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