No one likes dry and brittle hair, but if you’re someone like me, who does color treat their hair AND uses dryers, flat irons and the like on a regular basis, your hair is always thirsty for moisture. And after all that our hair does to make us look good, the least we can do is give it some much-needed love.
That said, I am always in the market for a new deep conditioning treatment to de-stress the tresses. And with deep conditioners, I have been pleasantly surprised by the bang you can get for your buck with some of the basic drugstore brands. A few weeks ago, I decided to spend $7 to see what Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask could do. Truth be told, on more than one occasion I have debated trying it, but never gave in. This time, I went for it.
On Saturday morning, when I have more time than I do during weekday mornings, I was ready to try out my latest purchase. Upon opening the container, the smell was nice. It had a grape seed scent, but nothing too strong or sweet. As directed, once I had shampooed my hair, I applied a small dollop (quarter-size) to my wet hair. *As a best practice, you never need to apply conditioner to the hair above your ponytail. Your scalp creates enough oil that it doesn’t need additional moisture.
For about 5 minutes, I busied myself by shaving my legs and let the moisture soak into my locks. Once I was finished the hair removal on my lower extremities, I returned my attention to the hair I wanted to keep healthy and beautiful. I rinsed my hair, of course with cool water to seal the cuticle and make it shiny- and also because hot water can strip color from color treated hair.
Upon rinsing, I was left underwhelmed with the texture of my hair. Since my hair is naturally curly, it doesn’t feel smooth and silky while wet. The right deep conditioner (and even some regular conditioners for dry hair)can detangle and soften my hair when wet, but Neutrogena TMDRHM wasn’t making that happen. It doesn’t mean the product is a flop…you can’t judge the effectiveness of a product until after your hair is completely styled- and even then, I believe in giving every product a second shot. Regardless, my need for instant gratification was unsatisfied by my in-shower experience. I loosely wrapped my turby-twist around my head for a min to saturate water- without squeezing too tightly (that can create frizz).
A few minutes later, I let my damp hair down and began to comb it out with a wide-toothed comb. Again, I was left slightly disappointed with the results. My curly hair was tangled (per the norm after washing). I had hoped the extreme moisture would mean ease of combing it out, but not so. I still had to gently fight knots and tangles. Once it was brushed out, I could feel that it was softer than it typically was when I use normal conditioners.
I applied my usual amount of Moroccanoil treatment before beginning to dry it. There was a very slight difference in manageability as I was styling & drying with my round brush. My locks seemed to be just a wee bit suppler. Once dry, my hair looked straight and smooth, but not any more so than it typically does when I blow it out.
In conclusion, I feel that Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask maybe better suited for someone who doesn’t have chemically treated hair, or maybe hair that doesn’t take the routine heat abuse that mine endures. However, since it’s called Triple Moisture Recovery, I would expect that it would offer better results for hair that is badly in need of moisture. Bottom line, this one isn’t for me, but I’m only out $7, which isn’t too bad.