18 November 2013

Acure Leave-In Conditioner

Acure's shampoos and conditioners have gotten a lot of hype in the green beauty community, but one product that I haven't seen talked about all that much is their Leave-In Conditioner.  Fellow curly girls will especially understand just how much of a bane second day hair can be - no matter how perfect my hair is when it's freshly washed, by the next day, after sleeping on it, it's nowhere near the same.  Brushing it only makes it worse and it's just not practical to re-wet my entire head, but I haven't found a product that actually works to refresh second day curls.  Until now...



Spraying the conditioner directly onto my hair does very little, so I prefer to spritz it into my hand and then re-scrunch my (dry) hair.  Used this way, my curls are redefined with minimal frizz, and my hair look ALMOST as good as day one, freshly washed hair.  The spray is not at all heavy or oily like some other leave-ins.  Instead, it just imparts a very light dose of moisture.  If you're looking for something heavier, this might not be the product for you, but I like that you can go to town, use a good amount of product, and not have to worry about ending up looking like a total greaseball. 

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that my first impressions of this product were not very favourable.  I used it once or twice without noticing any difference, hated the smell, and despondently added it to my small pile of products to give away.  As it turns out, I couldn't quite bring myself to get rid of it, and many months later I pulled it out and decided to give it another try.  For round two, I figured out how to make the product work in my hair, but the smell is still not a favorite.  It's a lot heavier and more herbal than the bright lemongrass scents I'm used to, and I just don't love it.  It also lingers, so I'll catch fairly strong whiffs of it throughout the day.  It's kind of a hit-or-miss thing for me - some days I'm okay with the smell, while others it drives me crazy and I can't wait to jump in the shower and wash it out.  Bear in mind that if you're less sensitive (and/or fussy) about smells, this may be a moot point.

The Bottom Line
I love how well Acure's Leave-in Conditioner works as a curl-refresher, but I wish it smelled different! As it stands now, the smell takes this product from something I'd use daily and happily repurchase to something I cautiously use on occasion and likely would not buy again.

Where to Buy: $7.73 from Vitacost, 8.62 from iherb, $9.99 from Acure.

How much does smell factor in when you're choosing products?  And, if you have any amazing tips for second-day hair, I'd love to hear them too!



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13 comments:

  1. I've just recently started using this & I'm not using it like you are so my feeling so far are different (still in new stages). Our hair types are different, straight and I'm mainly using it on wet hair as a detangler on both my daughter & myself. It works for that purpose like a charm and after drying I haven't noticed the scent at all. Most likely our different experiences is due to how we are using the product and our hair types. I hope you find something you love.

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    1. I'm glad it's been working so well for you and your daughter :) I really do like everything about this, except the scent. Funny how you haven't even noticed it!

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  2. Smell is definitely a factor for me--if I dislike the smell I don't care how amazing the product is, I won't use it! However, weirdly enough, I like strong earthy scents like lemongrass and patchouli, which most people hate...so maybe this smell wouldn't bother me.

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    1. So true! I usually don't mind earthy scents either, and some lemongrass I really like...this one just isn't doing it for me!

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  3. i made a review on my blog about this product, your first impression stay my impression until the end for this product.. I notice nothing in the way conditioning (leave in conditioning) .. The smell in my opinion is M.net for the floor :)
    Nice Post :)

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    1. Thanks! Too bad it didn't work for you :( I don't notice much in the way of conditioning either, but I like how it makes my curls look almost good as new again.

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  4. such a shame about the smell as the product sounds like it does such a good job! My hair always looks bad a couple of days after washing and the frizz is hard to control, so I might look out for a good leave-in conditioner now :) x

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    1. I know! I was hoping I'd stop noticing it after a while, and I could deal with it if it only smelled when you first use it, but it's the smelling it all day part that gets to me!

      I'm curious about other leave-ins now too :)

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  5. It sounds great, too bad it doesn't smell like almonds/marzipan as the orange line :) I'd love that! :D xx

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    1. So true! I love the almond smell so much now :) I just bought the mint ones to try also and they smell great too!

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  6. nice :)

    http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/4602025

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  7. I always steer clear of products like this, I have dry hair but its fine so I often get the grease ball effect. I'm also a fussy one for fragrance so I don't think from your description that this would sit well with me :)

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    1. Seems like everyone is split on the scent, so it could just be me! I do think it's light enough that you wouldn't get the grease ball effect, unless you used a lot of product :)

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