If you’ve ever used WEN by Chaz Dean Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner, then you already have a fairly good idea about what the Lather Avocado Mint Hair Repair ($16/4oz) is similar to. I say similar, but also different.

I have curly fine hair that has thinned over the last ten years, but because of the abundance of curl, when it’s flat-ironed, it hits me below the shoulder blades and has a lot of body and bounce and a fair, albeit deceptive, appearance in the thickness department. That said, my hair gets frizzy easily in humid weather, which is in abundance in the Houston, Texas, area. I was allowed the opportunity to use this product and review it, so I wanted to be sure that I used it in some very challenging weather and over the course of the past six weeks, and that’s exactly what we’ve been experiencing. From hot-dang near-drought-type weather to muggy tropical downpours, I’ve test-driven this product over the past six weeks, and I have to say, it’s really not all that and a bag of chips better than WEN, which I used a while back for two years.

I used Lather’s Avocado Mint Hair Repair, per the directions, one to two times per week, opting more often for twice weekly. I even left it on overnight on one weekend, which turned out to be not such a good thing. I awoke the next morning to hair that was so hard I had to re-wash it. Although I hadn’t used WEN in over three years, I still have a bottle left, so I reached for that and surprisingly it helped to soften my strands. Lather feels more like a true mask or paste rather than a moisturizer, so I’m not sure if that was smart of me to leave it on, but, hey, I wanted the extra moisturizing it claimed to give.

The smell of the Lather product is pleasant, though I personally found that when using the old WEN product, its scent was much better, just more to my taste. Despite the deep-conditioning effect the Lather Hair Repair claims to give, it really didn’t provide me with any genuinely intensive moisture therapy that I could determine. I didn’t find there to be anything more potent about this product than any other hair mask I’ve tried, including a Moroccan oil hair mask, my own home concoction of mayo/egg yolk/carrot juice and safflower oil or Yes to Carrots Hair & Scalp Moisturizing Mud Mask (an absolute favorite that has been discontinued). I didn’t notice any additional restorative effects on my hair’s strength, and there was very little shine to my dry ends. Nothing special at all. In truth, I actually liked WEN better than this product, but it was the exorbitant price tag of WEN ($58/32oz) that made me stop using it long ago.

Lather states that the avocado oil in this product increases moisture retention and improves manageability, while peppermint and tea tree oils tone and stimulate the scalp, leaving hair and scalp feeling light and refreshed. While this is true, I noticed these effects no more than when I used the WEN to soften my hair after the overnight debacle. Lather further states that the emollient shea butter, macadamia seed oil and jojoba oil in the product help to lock moisture into hair and lubricate the scalp. It is also paraben free.

I’m stating the obvious here, but I didn’t feel like this product did anything special for me. However, perhaps for a different hair type the results may be quite different. I don’t feel I can give this product a big recommendation, but I won’t give it a thumbs down either; it just didn’t do anything for me.

Ingredients: Water (aqua), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, stearalkonium chloride, PPG-3 benzyl ether myristate, quaternium-91, cetrimonium methosulfate, glycerin, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, panthenol, honey, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed wheat starch, hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed milk protein, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), macadamia ternifolia seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil, menthe piperita (peppermint) oil, tocopheryl acetate, titanium dioxide, mica, chromium oxide greens, citric acid, hydroxypropyl guar, methyl gluceth-20, tetrasodium EDTA, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone