A few months ago I did a post on Essence magazine's Insiders program. For the original post click here. The Insider's program sent me two sets of samples of the new and improved formula of Optimum Care shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair to test and review. I've already sent my comments of the product to the Insider's program but I also wanted to review it here on my blog.
ABOUT MY HAIR
My hair is thick and chemically relaxed with a relaxer. I don't have much split ends but I do have breakage in the middle of my head due to the way I comb it and sometimes that same area gets extremely matted. My stylist is always getting on me about that. So, when I learned that the Optimum Care samples were for damaged hair it really peaked my interest.
-Replenishing Shampoo: pampers and replenishes hair, providing instant breakage reduction for smoother, stronger, healthier hair.
-Fortifying Conditioner: patented with Dual Strength Complex, a unique combination of Ceramides R (which are found in hair, in damaged hair the ceramides have disappeared-the conditioner aids in putting the essential ceramides back into the hair to make it stronger) and Ionone-G (which is closely related to essential oils and protein- both elements are essential to healthy hair) that repair, reconstruct, and replenish each strand of hair for instant breakage reduction after just one use.
-Both shampoo and conditioner were very light in touch and on my hair, they weren't heavy
-I didn't notice any build up on my hair
-After the first use I did notice how shiny and soft my hair became
-This really isn't a product con but because I was only given 2 sets of samples I couldn't visibly tell if the products reduced my breakage. I would have to use the product over a course of a few months to really see the results.
I plan on buying the full-sized shampoo and conditioner to use over time to help with my hair breakage in addition to combing my hair correctly so I won't have ANY breakage. I think the shampoo and conditioner would be worth a try to those who have relaxed hair that is damaged or has breakage. If you have natural hair the shampoo may not be the best way to go because the shampoo does contain sulfate.