Dove Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner Review

Nobody would ever invite me to be in a shampoo commercial. Because unless I do a ton of stuff with it, my hair naturally looks like this:

This picture is like three years old (I was approximately sixteen months pregnant with Coby when it was taken), but unfortunately I've still got the same frizzy mess going on. It's big, it's dry, it's like somebody roughed it up with some steel wool. There are some products and tools that help - I don't know what I'd do without my flat iron - but it takes some heavy-duty bidness to tame this beast. And there begins a vicious cycle: the tools and stuff I have to use can sometimes do more damage, making my hair worse, requiring the use of more damaging stuff.

Plus, it's summer. And we won't even talk about the ugly things humidity does to a pre-existing 'fro like mine.

So I have to admit that when I was asked to review Dove Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner, I was more than skeptical. In fact, I was 100% positive that it'd be just another product that failed to smooth my Brillo-pad hair. I mean, that's just the norm for me. And I've been disappointed in salon conditioners that I paid out the nose for ... so I wasn't expecting big things from a drugstore brand. 

But I promised I'd review it, so I did my good-blogger duty and gave it a whirl. Even though I knew it wouldn't work. Its texture did nothing to squelch my skepticism: I thought it'd be a thick, rich cream - like most frizz-fighting conditioners are - but it was much thinner than I expected. (Because of that, I probably gooped it on a little heavy.) I shouldn't have been surprised, since the bottle was touting its "Weightless Nutri-Oils. I liked the smell, which wasn't overpowering like some conditioners. 

I didn't have much time to leave it on because I heard a ruckus beyond the shower curtain. Having four boys, a ruckus beyond the shower curtain is never good news. So it was probably only on my hair for, like, a minute (as opposed to the ten or fifteen minutes that I usually try to "marinate" my hair in conditioner to get it to behave). Inadequate conditioning time: just another reason why I was sure it'd be ineffective.

But then? I noticed something. Usually, even my wet hair is frizzy - there are little curly, fuzzy strands popping up all over the top of my head. But they were conspicuously absent. Hmmmm.

I still wasn't convinced it had worked, so I blow-dried my hair. And I was floored. Floored, y'all. After blow-drying it, which usually makes it worse, my hair was nearly as smooth as it usually is after I've flat-ironed it. I seriously couldn't believe it. And this was after only one (quick) use.

So then I used the flat iron, as usual. My hair is always much smoother after that, but this time it was tons softer and shinier AND NO ANNOYING LITTLE FLYAWAY BABY HAIRS STICKING OUT ON TOP! (Yes, that totally deserved all-caps because anyone with bad hair knows how amazing this is.) Check it out:

Is that seriously what I look like?

Anyway ...

Consider me completely impressed. For real. I liked it so much that I went out and bought a bottle of the Dove Nourishing Oil Shampoo, too ... so they can do their thang as a team. Soft shiny frizz-less hair FTW!!!

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