ELABORE Hair BB 10 in 1

As I may have mentioned before, my hair is blonde again, so I’m back on the hunt for the impossible products that will undo all of the damage I’ve done to it. I received this Hair BB as a sample and was impressed with it, so I bought the whole 3oz bottle for $10. Sadly that optimism was short-lived.

This is a heavy white cream leave-in conditioning/mask hair product, although in my experience, I think it’s a bit too heavy to be a leave-in. I had better luck using it as a hair mask that was rinsed off after some time, but even then, it didn’t seem to live up to most of the products claims.

What it was good at: detangling right out of the shower, softening hair if used as a mask. Also, I’m not usually a fan of peach-scented products, but this stuff smells great all day!

What it was bad at: frizz control, anti-breakage, promoting shine, silkiness, or moisture-trapping.

Now bear in mind that my hair is already really damaged anyway — so some of these things, like breakage, were bound to happen no matter what! But all in all after my hair was dried, this cream just felt far too heavy and greasy, and didn’t really seem to do much in the way of keeping it smooth and frizz-free throughout the day. A day after usage, my hair somehow felt… drier, than it had been before I started.

I also wanted to mention keratin and protein sensitivity for people with processed or damaged hair. A lot of leave-ins and damage control type conditioners will boast keratin and/or protein in their ingredient list. And they do work as intended, if used correctly. Unfortunately the proliferation of these ingredients in many drugstore items creates a scenario in which the consumer ends up putting way too much protein and keratin in their hair over the course of just a few days, causing it to become brittle or break off. And because this product contains keratin, it is no exception to the “use sparingly” rule. Also, protein and keratin tend to cause your hair to darken, which can be problematic for bright blondes.

To me it seems strange that it’s advertised as a daily leave-in that will repair your hair and help to style it as you want without causing more damage. But should the average user really be putting a keratin product in their hair more than once or twice a week? (If even that — I’m lookin’ at you, too, It’s a 10!)

Cute packaging, nice smelling and conceptually hair-healthy, but there are better masks, leave-ins and conditioners for your hair. ~A

Perceived efficacy: 1.5/5

Longevity: 4.5/5

How much I actually like this product: 1.5/5

Sauce Beauty Intense Repair Conditioner

If you’ve been following my blog for the past few months, you’ll know that I’ve been doing a lot of really terrible things to my hair lately, like stripping the color, bleaching, and re-dyeing. And as much as I’ve been loving the Carol’s Daughter line of hair care lately, I just didn’t think the conditioner was heavy enough to repair all the damage I’d done. So I picked up this conditioner by Sauce Beauty at Sally’s for $10. It’s a small bottle at 10 fl. oz, but it’s well worth the cost, and you won’t find yourself running out of the product too quickly.

Right off the bat, I LOVE the smell. It smells like a banana-scented bubble bath (Describing smells is still not my strong point, apparently…), and the smell will linger in your hair for the better part of the day, which in this case I definitely appreciate.

The conditioner is REALLY thick, but somehow easily spreadable in your hair. I usually wet my hair first, apply this conditioner, and wash it out after it’s been sitting on my hair for a minute. It makes your hair feel incredibly smooth even while you’re still washing your hair, and long after you’ve hopped out of the shower. Combing through is a breeze. In fact, this is one of the only conditioners that I ever felt like my hair was still smooth and tangle-free a few hours after washing.

I think my biggest gripe with this product is the combination of the thickness of this conditioner, and the bottle that it’s in. The conditioner is incredibly thick, and having a smooth-plastic, triangle-shaped bottle makes it really difficult to squeeze out.

This conditioner has a lot of great features and ingredients, too. It’s color-safe: this conditioner sulfate, paraben, and drying-alcohol free. The banana, honey and coconut are relatively high up on the ingredient listing also. I personally have sensitivity to coconut on both my regular skin and my scalp, but I didn’t feel that this bothered me at all (still, with that being said, if you have a coconut oil sensitivity, just be mindful of this product).

All in all this is a fantastic conditioner at an amazing price point. Considering everything I’ve put my hair through, it’s a lot healthier than I would have expected — I think I owe most of that to this conditioner. ~A

Perceived efficacy: 5/5

Longevity: 3.5/5

How much I actually like this product: 5/5