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Reviewed by Gale
I was one of several TIA patrons selected to test drive Hair Vitality Conditioner ($44 in the shop). Right after being notified that I was selected, I had a momentary panic attack when I wondered, “What was I thinking? I volunteered to test a product that the TIA founder produced herself and what if I don’t like it?” I thought I might have gotten myself into a pickle but in the end, it didn’t matter as you’ll read why.
About me: I’m 56 years old and have problematic hair. All my life, I have had baby fine, flyaway hair that tangles ridiculously easily. It tangles so badly that it could make a salon owner curse, so you could only imagine what it’s like for me on a daily basis. I’ve always worn my hair long, which only adds to the problem. I have combo/oily skin (scalp too) that becomes very oily during the spring and summer months. Nobody’s hair is perfect but mine is far from it.
One thing I didn’t appreciate when I was younger is that at least I was wrestling with one type of hair. Now, I have almost an even mixture of gray hair, which has only escalated my hair issues to nearly intolerable. Gray hair, as many of you may know, is coarse, dry, and wiry with a mind of its own; it is in direct contrast to my natural oily, fine hair. So, I have dueling issues on one head and it’s so frustrating that 95% of the time, I resort to a ponytail because I just give up. If you were to peek inside my shower, you would figure that something is wrong as I have no less than five different sets of shampoo and conditioner that I rotate through regularly.
My hair needs have always been cleansing, conditioning and detangling, and this has not changed over the years. One thing I was hoping for from the Hair Vitality Conditioner was that it would eliminate the need for a separate leave-in detangler, but unfortunately it did not. However, I chalk that up to my finicky hair and not a weakness on the part of the conditioner. (I purchase Shielo leave-in conditioner from TIA and it has been a godsend for my wicked tangles.)
TIA sent a generous trial amount of conditioner, and I’ve been using for nearly a month now. I wash my hair every other day or sometimes every third day. At times I use a clarifying shampoo or a regular shampoo, but I used the Hair Vitality Conditioner every time. The first time I used the product, I noticed it was different from any other conditioner just by the feel of it in my hand. It’s soft and silky, and you can tell it has essential oils in it but there is absolutely no greasy feeling. With my combo skin and hair, oil is really the last thing I need on my scalp.
My observations are as follows: the Hair Vitality Conditioner has a light but barely detectable scent that is pleasant and unobtrusive. (I do not like overly scented things.) The downside is that I feel as if I have to use more conditioner after washing, which is cost prohibitive but then again, no matter what conditioner brand I use, this is always the case for me. My conditioner/shampoo is a 2 to 1 ratio, so nothing has changed quantitatively by using Hair Vitality. I leave it on in the shower, with my hair clipped on top of my head to give it adequate time to be absorbed and then rinse thoroughly.
The upside is fantastic. The more I use Hair Vitality Conditioner, the better my hair appears, feels and behaves. It’s shiny again, which it hasn’t been in decades. It also feels silkier and softer too – huge feats considering the mixed hair I’m dealing with! And even though there is oil in it, it’s proven to be the Goldilocks formula; not too much, not too little, but just right. And most surprisingly, with usage over time my hair actually feels a bit fuller and healthier, and this delights me to no end. Today there is no ponytail; my hair is bouncing around as if it’s 18 years old again. I am not able to skip the leave-in detangler, but then no matter what shampoo or conditioner I use, detangler is a fact of life for me. And while I have to use a bit more of conditioner than I’d like, the trade-off is that my hair behaves better and looks younger and healthier than it has in years! I do highlight my hair, and the conditioner only enhances the color and shine. My hair feels new again.
Bottom line, I will happily purchase this conditioner in the future.
Ingredients: Reverse Osmosis Water, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Ceteareth-6 Olivate, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Polyquaternium-10, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, DL-Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Macadamia Nut Oil, Citric Acid, Caffeine, Aspen Bark Extract, Emu Oil, Vitamin E, Alpha Bisabolol, Beta Sitosterol, Essential Oils of Yuzu, Carrot Seed, Thyme ct Linalool, Ravensara
Sulfate, silicone and paraben free.
Not tested on animals