A little background information so readers can decide for themselves whether or not my experience with Hamadi Shea Rice Milk Conditioner ($23) has merit.

While I don't like to think of myself as being especially vain, over
the last 10 years I have started to take "special care" of my nearly
waist length tresses.  Throughout my life I have been blessed with
exceptionally strong, thick, manageable hair, in spite of my
negligence and down right destructive experimentation. And while I love
it and the low maintenance options it affords me (read: lazy), once I
turned 40 I started to wonder if I might have fallen into the
beehive/blue-eye shadow/white belt and white shoes" aging crack without
realizing it.



So for the next three months I asked all of my true friends (who wouldn't
hesitate to tell me the truth, like it or not) and even my hair stylist
if indeed it might be time to trade in my seemingly chic weekday "sleek
chignon" and weekend cowgirl ponytail for something more "age
appropriate". As it turns out, everyone seems to think the long
locks are not only my signature feature, but are my most attractive
feature, so at least for now the long "do" stays. But I also realize
that without mending my destructive hair-torturing ways, my "most
attractive feature" will eventually become a
long "brown-with-chemically-added-streaks-of blond-and-honey" rats
nest. Not the look I am going for.


So I have tried deep conditioners, daily conditioners, leave-in
conditioners, homebrew conditions, and even a few scalp massages for
good measure. Think about it...the ends of my hair have been around
since the Reagan administration.....and that much washing and
drying takes a toll on even the most forgiving of follicles.  And
frankly, almost every product (except the "conditioning" henna....what
was I thinking?) has worked out fairly well.


So with that explanation, you now understand that over the last 10
years I have already tested virtually every "reasonably priced" hair
condition known to mankind. Key phrase here, folks,  is "reasonable
priced".  And for me, based on the amount of conditioner I use,
spending anything more than about $20 per month starts to test my
limits for "reasonable" in the daily use category.


The Hamadi Shea Rice Milk hair conditioner receives high marks in many
of my ratings categories. I got great conditioning by simply leaving it
on my hair (even without the hot towel turban gig) for the recommended
2-3 minutes....while shaving my legs, etc.  It smells good.  It has
great ingredients (see below), none of which seems to be bad for the
planet or my internal organs... in theory I think you could even EAT
it. On day one my hair had just the right amount of body and life, but
my hair still felt "clean" for the 3 days in between shampoos. My "hair
do" stayed put...without inordinate amounts of spray. My hair was
shiny. There was no product build-up on my hair or scalp, even after a
few weeks of using it.  It had good packaging, and who wouldn't like a
conditioner that is "tested on actresses, never on animals"?  So,with
all of this going for it, would I recommend it? Sadly, no.  At $38 for
8 oz, it just is too pricey for me, for a daily use conditioner...
especially since a Redken product that works equally well in all of the
above categories, at half the price. Hamadi's $5 per once is even more
than the most fancy schmancy conditioner my hair stylist guilts me
into buying. 


So the bottom line is this. If you have money to burn, the Hamadi Shea
Rice Milk conditioner is "just as good" as many of the lesser priced
deep conditioners available at your local beauty supply or hair
stylists. And you can giggle at the "tested on Actresses, not on
animals" tag line.


Ingredients in Hamadi Shea Rice Milk Hair Conditioner

Water (Aqua), Burdock Root Extract (Arcticum Lappa), Behentrimoinum Methosulfate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Glycerin (Vegetal), Rice Extract (Oryza Sativa), Rice Amino Acids, Castor Oil (Ricinus Comunis), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Coco Glucoside, Panthenol, Pyridoxine HCl, Tocopherol, Babassuamidopropalkonium Chloride, Alcohol, Clary Sage Oil (Salvia Sclarea), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga Odorata), Sodium Hydroxyde, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citrus Grandis), Anise Extract (Pimpinella Anisum)