By Aida H.
I was very glad to review Dr. Dennis Gross Root Resilience Nourishing Scalp Conditioner ($34 in the shop). I’m in my early sixties and have color-treated hair that, to me, feels dry; however, my hairstylist tells me that there’s nothing wrong. I just like my hair to feel softer and can say that this conditioner accomplished this very well!
At first, I wasn’t sure that this would work because it does not feel like any conditioner that I’ve used. This conditioner doesn’t have the slip that traditional conditioners have. That’s because it doesn’t contain the chemicals that cause this slippery consistency as in many store-bought brands. I had to dig around to find the ingredients list, as it’s not printed on the squeeze bottle.
This conditioner is meant to work at the scalp, not on the ends of hair like traditional ones. Regular use is said to promote healthy oil production on the scalp and improve the quality of hair as it grows. The key ingredients include adenosine, an ingredient that has been shown to stimulate hair growth and thicken the hair shaft in women, and copper peptides to strengthen. It also contains nourishing vitamin B, anti-inflammatory azelaic acid and hair conditioning agents.
For all of the nice ingredients, there may be one or two that are potentially bothersome, so I recommend that you look up the ingredients for yourself. One of the ingredients that caused me to contact the company was progesterone. I couldn’t imagine why it was included. The company informed me that the inclusion of progesterone is to “stop hair thinning and hair loss in the scalp and promote hair growth and strength.”
Toward the beginning of the testing process, I experienced some irritation — probably from leaving it on the scalp too long, so I only leave it on the scalp for a minute now. It’s only a guess, but I think the peppermint oil might have been the cause. I’ve used the Nourishing Scalp Conditioner for six weeks, and I believe that my hair is shinier and softer because of it. I imagine it might take a more time to notice any added thickness to my fine hair.
Note that you will need a couple of tries to get the application process just right. You are supposed to massage the conditioner into the scalp, before working it down the length of your hair. I decided to wet down my hair at the sink, apply the conditioner to my scalp and then work it through to the ends while I was in the shower. (My area is under a water restriction.)
I think that this conditioner is worth a try, even though the price might seem high. Overall, my hair feels healthier and softer as I had hoped it would. I would just request that the company print the full list of ingredients on the container.