Recently, I got an opportunity to try Retro-Chic Conditioning Potion from BeautyChoice.com. While I expected a couple of samples to play with, Beauty Choice sent me a full size bottle of conditioner, which was a delight and pressure to me. My hair is really really straight and while most conditioners do a decent job to keep it smooth, they do not go any further than that. I find about 9 out of 10 conditioners out there to over-moisturize my hair and leave it oily and clumpy the day after. It is sometimes antagonizing when I only need my conditioner to keep my hair tangle free and healthy, not greasy and stringy looking.
While I was thrilled to have something new to play with, I was also skeptical at how good Retro-Chic conditioner would perform. After all, this conditioner was made for people with colored hair and my hair is au naturale. (I haven't colored my hair for 3 years and saved a ton of money on hair dyes and deep conditioners.) The future of reviewing something that's not for me gloom before my very eyes and I was nervous. But I did not find any other
After washing my hair with Dove shampoo (my regular), I squeezed about a quarter size of Retro-Chic conditioning potion and applied it all over my hair. Then, I covered my hair with plastic cap and went on washing other parts of my body. Finally, I rinsed off the conditioner and prayed to God something good might come out of this!
The result: quite positive, actually! It turned out my hair was really dry from using a different shampoo than my regular Dove and was in dire need of extra moisture. So it drank in the Retro-Chic conditioning potion with glee. After blow drying, my hair was shiner than it already is and has some extra bounce in it. The last one is something I did not expect.
Another positive thing about the Retro-Chic conditioning potion is the ability to resist moisture. Usually, most deep conditioners attract moisture like madness and leave my hair looking like a greased pan after the second day. Living in the South makes finding hair conditioners an Olympic sports and I am glad the Retro-Chic is not a moisture magnet.
Here are the pros and cons:
- Pros: is sulfate free, so those who dye their hair are not afraid of stripping off hair color; does not have a strong smell; has an uplifting citrus scent (reminds me of Citre-Shine); detangles hair and gives a bit of volume; resists moisture (good for wavy hair).
- Cons: pricey ($16 per bottle); has parabens and other ingredients that potentially can aggravate your skin.
Ingredients: water, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, glycol stearate, caprylic capric triglyceride, polysorbate 60, PEG-150 stearate, steareth-20, amodimethicone, C11-15 pareth-17, laureth-9, glycerin, trideceth-12, hydroxyethylcellulose, cetrimonium chloride, ethylhexyl methoxycinamate, pehoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, perfume, a-tocopherol succinate, Punica grantum extract, Rosmarinus officinalis, P.E rosa 4.5%, polyethylene glycol 400, soy lecithin
My rating: B+
Price: $16, you can buy it and other products from Retro-Chic here.
That's all for today, folks! If you've used Retro-Chic before, please let me know your experience. Either way, I'd love to hear from you!
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