Reviewed by Sandy
I played hard and fast with this past April’s Easter Egg Hunt on the Truth In Aging website. For finding all 10 eggs, I had my choice of either the Hair Vitality Conditioner ($44 in the shop) or Hair Vitality Shampoo ($35 in the shop) to try; I selected Hair Vitality Conditioner.
I was intrigued to try the conditioner since I had read it was supposed to increase fullness, decrease shedding and improve the appearance of hair, resulting in smoother, shinier hair.
I don’t wash my hair very often because it is chemically treated and I want to preserve my treatment, as well as not damage my hair with over-cleaning and harsh shampoos. However, I do have long, curly hair that requires a thorough conditioning to help with tangles and manageability.
I’ve been using the Hair Vitality Conditioner for about a month now. Within that month, I’ve noticed that even with my limited thrice-weekly hair washings I do have fewer tangles to unknot afterwards. The tangles I might have are easier to unknot. I’ve also noticed that I do not shed as much hair. I’ve been paying very close attention to this result in particular because my hair is thinning at the front of my scalp, and it’s not as thick and luxurious as it was in my 20s. I can’t say it’s a dramatic decrease, but it is a decrease, which pleases me. Three times a week for a month is not necessarily a long time to try a product, so I’m looking forward to seeing how my hair is after about six months. I am pretty optimistic.
I like the feel of Hair Vitality Conditioner; it has a smooth, thick texture, and a small amount goes a long way on even my mane. I like to smooth it between my hands to spread it evenly over the palms. Then I work it into my scalp, through my hair, and pay close attention to the ends. I leave it on for about a minute or three, and then I take my wide-toothed comb underneath the back of my hair to gently clear out the tangles. I rinse very, very thoroughly (that’s how I was taught) and I like that my hair feels clean but not stripped. I don’t feel left over conditioner afterwards but I do feel smooth hair.
I rarely use a hair dryer – again, my way of preserving my hair and lengthening the life of the chemical treatment – yet I’ve noticed that my hair looks fuller even with air drying. My curls are stronger and quicker to bounce back and I like the shine that I see. I also use Hair Vitality Complex ($49 in the shop).
I’ve done reviews for TIA before, and I always note that I’m not very knowledgeable on ingredients, carcinogens, and other naughties that some manufacturers put into their products. Quite frankly, that’s one of the many reasons I visit Truth In Aging. I know I’ll get the real scoop from Marta and the other reviewers who are much savvier and better-read on this particular topic. I rely on their research to advise me what products to consider, and I’m very appreciative of this.
With that said, I am using my noggin and taking information from Truth In Aging regarding the ingredients in the conditioner. I received a smaller-sized product to try, and there is no label or listing on it. But I wanted to provide my reaction to what I’ve read.
I’m really impressed by the ingredients that have been put into this conditioner – I can see a lot of thought has been used, as well as a lot of real empirical evidence, having read many of Marta’s reviews and articles.
I see emu, noted for helping skin, i.e., the scalp, absorb and process its essential fatty acids to reduce dryness, especially for older skin and older scalps.
Vitamins A and E, taken from carrot seed. Beta carotene, which, from what I’ve read, is a miracle carotenoid that treats asthma, cancer, osteoarthritis, among other ailments and diseases. Apparently, it also encourages hair growth and strengthens the hair shaft itself.
Macadamia nut oil for conditioning and to adding shine; it’s high in essential minerals, fats, and isn’t heavy or reactive.
Salicylic is listed, from aspen bark extract, which is used to help exfoliate the scalp and clean off the hair.
I like that Hair Vitality Conditioner is not tested on animals, as well as sulfate, silicone, and paraben free. As I age, I’m more aware of what I’m putting into, and now, on me. I’m not the young chickie I used to be with skin and hair and a body that bounced back from abuse. I have to be gentle with myself now – inside and out.
All in all, I think would buy this product, if only to continue my experiment. From what I’ve experienced, I surmise I would want to continue because of the quality, the efficacy, and the results I am seeing and experiencing. Nicely done, Marta.
Ingredients for Hair Vitality Conditioner: Reverse Osmosis Water, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Ceteareth-6 olivate, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Polyquaternium-10, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Vitamin B5, Macadamia Nut Oil, Citric Acid., Caffeine, Aspen Bark Extract, 100% Triple Refined Emu Oil, Vitamin E, Alpha Bisabolol, Beta Sitosterol, Essential Oils Of Yuzu, Carrot Seed, Thyme Ct Linalool, Ravensara Aromatica, Behenamidopropyl ethyldimonium ethosulfate
Silicone and paraben free. Not tested on animals