Wednesday, August 5, 2009

New Product: Retro-Chic Conditioning Potion

Hi everybody,

Recently, I got an opportunity to try Retro-Chic Conditioning Potion from 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 scapegoats testers within one-mile radius so I decided to take a risk and kept in mind to be fair when I wrote this review.

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.
Beauty Choice's website has something about this conditioner to use antioxidants and vitamins to protect and beautify the hair. Honestly, I don't believe in that as (a) the hair consists of dead, cornified cells that consists of keratin and melanin, (b) most molecules do not penetrate the hair but to coat over it, and (c) the conditioner get washed out of the hair. So, while some conditioners may help to detangle and make the hair look shiny, the result is mostly instantaneous and ephemeral. Retro-Chic conditioning potion, while has its cons, is still better than some other conditioners out there.
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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