When Dove first came out with haircare products, I tried a few of them as soon as I spotted them at my local drugstore. Sadly, the products I tried didn't work for my particular hair type (I've got long, naturally wavy hair that's fine in texture, prone to frizzies, color-treated, oily at the roots and dry at the ends).
But then, a few months ago, a few of my fellow beauty bloggers told me that the new Dove Nourishing Oil Care line was, in a word, amazing. In particular, my pal Kelly said she "could not say enough good things" about these products. My buddy Paula echoed Kelly's sentiments and said I seriously needed to try these products for myself. Well, how could I ignore two friends, who know my hair type, telling me I needed to give Dove haircare another try?
(NOTE: If you're interested in trying any of these products for yourself, next week (starting 10/2) there are awesome deals at all three drugstores that I'll tell you about at the end of this post.)
Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care haircare collection
(not pictured: Anti-Frizz Serum)
Dove kindly sent me the above products for review, and I'd love to share my personal experience with you after having used these products for two months now.
So let's start with the shampoo and conditioner:
Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo
(retail: around $4.50, 12 oz)
Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycol Distearate, Dimethiconol, Fragrance (Parfum), Glycerin, Carbomer, Gluconolactone, PPG-9, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, TEA
Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner
(retail: around $4.50, 12 oz)
Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Behentrimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Mineral Oil, Lactic Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Amodimethicone, Potassium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Gluconolactone, Trehalose, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, DMDM Hydantoin, PEG-150 Distearate, PEG-7 Propylheptyl Ether, Cetrimonium Chloride, Adipic Acid, Sodium Sulfate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5 (CI 19140),Red 33 (CI 17200), Blue 1 (CI 42090
Now I will be the very first to admit that when I see the word "oil" in the title of a shampoo, I'm heading for the hills. I've got a very oily scalp and hair that gets greasy about 24 hours after washing it. So oil and shampoo? No way. But you've got to TRUST ME with this one, lovelies. When Dove says this contains "weightless" oils, they're not kidding.
I'm really trying to curb my excitement about these two products because I don't want to ramble on like a crazy person. However, this shampoo and conditioner are unlike anything I've ever used before at the drugstore. They feel rich and luxurious in my hair, yet they don't leave behind any type of greasy or oily feel. Instead, my hair just feels moisturized. Not heavy or coated, just moisturized. And my roots don't get greasy after 24 hours--in fact I can almost go 48 hours before the "greasies" start to kick in, which is kind of unbelievable.
On the left is the conditioner, which is not thin or watery, yet it's not so thick that it's difficult to work into the hair. On the right is the shampoo, which is a bit thin, but please don't let that fool you. This product lathers up beautifully, and I find the thin texture actually helps in getting this shampoo deep down into every nook and cranny so that it can really work its magic.
And what magic might that be? Well allow me to show you some before-and-afters!
NOTE: the following before-and-afters were taken on two different days. For both photos, I did nothing to my hair after washing and conditioning it. I did not add any styling products to my hair in either photo, and I let my hair air-dry (no heat styling) in both photos.
In the photo above, I used one of my standard drugstore shampoos and conditioners. I did NOT use any styling products in the above photo, and I just let my hair air-dry as I usually do. As you can see, my hair has that lovely "hay-like" texture to it, and it's frizzy as well.
The above photo was taken on a different day; it's a total coincidence that I'm wearing a green top in both pictures (I love green). Anyway, please excuse the lighting and quality of this photo--I actually didn't plan on taking pictures this day but when I was driving in my car, I noticed that my hair just looked so healthy and curly that I had to pull over and snap this picture. In this photo, I used Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo and Conditioner and NOTHING ELSE. No styling products, no hair dryer, nothing. I just used the shampoo and conditioner and let my hair air-dry.
Can you see how curly and bouncy and healthy my hair looks, when compared to the first photo? I'm telling you, this stuff is incredible.
And guess what? My hair looks even more curly and bouncy and healthy when I use these products too:
Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Daily Treatment Conditioner
(retail: around $5.50, 8 oz)
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Lactic Acid, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Dipropylene Glycol, Amodimethicone, Polyurethane-39, Petrolatum, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PEG-7 Propylheptyl Ether, Cetrimonium Chloride, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, PEG-180M, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Trehalose, Gluconolactone, Adipic Acid, Sodium Sulfate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Iron Oxides (CI 77492).
So what's the difference between the regular conditioner and the Daily Treatment Conditioner? Well, there's this, for starters:
There are white and gold ribbons full of "conditioner" and "treatment" in this tube. For me, this product is thicker (i.e., not as easy to work through my hair as the regular conditioner). But oh, the results. If you have wavy hair that needs a lot of help when it comes to getting nice, defined curls, you need to give this conditioner a try. What this product lacks in detangling (it doesn't seem to have as much "slip" as the regular conditioner) it more than makes up for in its ability to turn my hair into one giant head of beautiful, soft ringlets.
Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Leave-In Smoothing Cream
(retail: around $5.50, 4 oz)
Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Dipropylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, Lactic Acid, Petrolatum, Potassium Chloride, DMDM Hydantoin, Disodium EDTA, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Adipic Acid, Gluconolactone, Sodium Sulfate, Trehalose, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Yellow 5 (CI19140), Red 33 (CI 17200), Blue 1 (CI 42090)
I've been reaching for this smoothing cream when my hair is really acting up (frizzier than usual) and it does a great job at keeping my hair looking smooth. The texture is lightweight yet creamy, and just a few pea-sized drops are enough for one application (I usually apply this to the lower 75% of my hair). I like that it's easy to distribute through the hair, and I like that this product seems to work beautifully for when I'm wearing my hair curly or straight.
You know how when you have a shampoo and conditioner in your shower that you REALLY love, sometimes you'll use the stuff you don't love so much, just because you don't want use up the good stuff so quickly? That's exactly what I've been doing with this Dove collection. I look at it in my shower every day, and sometimes I have to slap my hand away from grabbing it because I just want to savor it, and know that I'll have enough on hand for when I really want my hair to look special. I cannot wait to try the Anti-Frizz Serum next.
If you have similar hair to mine and you think you might want to give these products a try for yourself, it's your lucky week! Here's the deal I mentioned at the beginning of this post:
In this week's Red Plum insert (in most 10/2 newspapers) there's going to be a BOGOFREE Dove haircare coupon (which is good for any of the products featured in this post). You can use that BOGOFREE coupon with any of the following sales, which all start on 10/2:
- Walgreens AND Rite Aid: Dove shampoo, conditioner, treatments or stylers 2/$7 (final price with coupon: $3.50 for two products)
- CVS: Dove shampoo, conditioner, treatments or stylers 2/$6 (final price with coupon: $3 for two products)
PS: If you don't get the Red Plum insert in your area, don't forget that you can always print out this $0.75 off coupon for Dove haircare and use that during this sale.
A sample of this product was given to Nouveau Cheap for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on NouveauCheap.blogspot.com are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.