Always the one to not want to waste my very hard earned money, I set out to figure out a way to make this conditioner work for me, for no other reason than to finish the huge bottle I had. Even if I had no intentions of repurchasing.
I began to think of all the problems I had with the conditioner, and then try to work backwards to figure out how to make it work.
I had two main problems with the Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Conditioner:
- It left my hair feeling extremely dry after my wash and go was completed
- It didn't mix well with ANY of my gels, it left a small white film, or even flakes on all my styles
Well looking at it as simply as this I realized one thing. The problem was ME not the conditioner.
Let's be honest, when it comes to hair products, us naturals have a real problem with following directions.
How many times has a product said "apply a dime sized amount"... We all know what OUR dime size looks like lol
And how many times do we use actual leave in conditioners as our leave ins? Everyone may not be as guilty of this as I am, but I can personally say out of the 5 conditioners I interchange as leave-ins, only 2 of them are actual leave in conditioners lol
Although MOST conditioners are fine to do this, and make your hair feel fine. Let me be scientific for a minute... The chemical make up of that conditioner will never provide you all of the benefits that an actual leave in conditioner would.
This is the same reason that you can never really "deep condition" with a rinse out conditioner. Yes, they will treat temporary and mild problems. But they are "surface conditioners", made to sit on top of the hair and not penetrate the hair follicle, so they will never really feed your hair the nutrients that your hair needs.
This can be the same reason some of the rinse out conditioners you are trying to use as leave-ins fall short of what you are expecting them to do. They are not made to be left in.
In this case, the Giovanni Smooth As Silk is a very light weight conditioner. It is great for slip, detangling and quick moisture. But this same light, airy makeup that makes it great for the afore mentioned things is the same reason it falls short after you step out of the shower.
It not only is not made up of ingredients that will penetrate your follicles to give them lasting moisture and softness, but its light consistency is not thick enough to stay on your strands to function as a leave-in.
This is probably why when you apply the conditioner under a gel, your hair feels extremely dry. Essentially, you have manipulated and styling all the conditioner off of your hair while you were applying the gel and you're basically getting the same feeling as if you had gone straight in on your hair with the gel.
To test this experiment, I hopped in the shower and co-washed as normal. After rinsing out my co-wash, I applied the Giovanni very generously to my hair and used it as a detangler (with my fingers only) and then left it in my hair as I completed my shower (so for about an additional 10 mins). Then I rinsed with cold water (I always end all my washes with cold water before I apply my leave in to seal the cuticles). My hair literally did feel "smooth as silk". My hair felt wonderful!
I applied my normal, thicker, conditioner.. the TRESemme Perfectly UNDone and styled as usual. My hair actually felt even softer than it normally did. I absolutely love this combination!
So what's the take away point from this post?
Sometimes if a product is not working for you, if you don't want to waste your money, try using it EXACTLY as directed.
So I know what you're saying, now. "What about the Leave-in? It still gave me flakes and I used it as directed." Again, all products will not work well together. If you really love the giovanni leave-in and it doesn't mix well with your eco. You're going to have to stop using it with the eco. Use the leave-in for twist outs or other styles that do not require a gel on top. Giovanni also has a number of clear gels that has all been specifically designed to work with their leave-in. And they all run about $5-6. Not expensive at all, so it may be worth a shot to pair the two together. I've gotten some of my best hair results by doing product isolation (only using one brand of products from beginning to end when styling my hair). You may find a new favorite!
See you guys in the next video!