Beauty lowdown: leave-in conditioners
Philip B Lovin' Leave-in Conditioner (HK$215/178ml)
Claim: strengthens hair with soya and wheat proteins, moisturises with extracts of chamomile, nettle, and aloe, and makes hair shiny and smooth with henna and horsetail. The final effect is soft and frizz-free hair. This also works as a styling cream when applied to wet or towel-dried hair. Rating: 3/5
Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Oil Miracle Light Finishing Treatment (HK$260/100ml)
Claim: this conditioning treatment uses an evaporating technology for a lightweight effect. Its botanical oils make for shiny hair without that heavy, oily feeling. Use a pea-sized amount on towel-dried hair before styling - the product also claims to speed up the blow-drying process. Rating: 4/5
Christophe Robin Lavender Oil SPF6 (HK$400/150ml)
Claim: preserving hair colour while conditioning. It contains lavender oil, olive oil, wheat germ oil and vitamin E, and is targeted at hair damaged by dyeing, perming, straightening or environmental factors. Use it as a protective treatment before venturing out into the sunlight, or an overnight treatment to shampoo off the next day. Rating: 3.5/5
Verdict: Philip B's Lovin' Leave-in Conditioner was able to tame the frizz in my hair and left a pleasant, salon-like scent. But although it was the best product for holding my hairstyle throughout the day after blow drying, it left a slightly gummy texture and didn't add much shine. Schwarzkopf's Oil Miracle was the most lightweight; it felt like I had no product in my hair, but helped to soften and add shine. Christophe Robin's Lavender Oil definitely left my hair feeling nourished. This is a product best used pre-shampooing or as an overnight treatment that is washed out the next morning, otherwise it leaves your mane feeling heavy and greasy.