During my trip home a couple of months ago, I got another perm. I’ve been having curly hair for two years in a row. I love the easy volume and style a perm brings to the table, but at the same time my hair is inevitably damaged because of it. A while ago I started trying out the new Redken Smooth Lock Butter Silk, and I’m going to review that with a couple of other hair products I’ve been using for you!
The Redken Smooth Lock Butter Silk is an intense treatment for dry and unruly hair. Among other things, it boasts the Interlock Protein Network (IPN) that is supposed to strengthen and reinforce hair, in order to improve manageability.
The Smooth Lock Butter Silk has a lighter texture than a lot of deep-conditioning masks I have tried. It has a smell but I can’t put my fingers around it. I like how little I need, how easy it is to spread it out, and how fast I can detangle my hair with it. The instructions tell you to leave it on for 5-15 minutes, and I think it’ll depend on how much patience you have as well as how damaged your hair is (if you have a bathtub things might be easier. You can chill in it while waiting for the mask to perform a miracle. I don’t, and even when I did I never had the patience to sit in a bathtub. Wonder if age has taken care of that by now).
My hair is already detangled when I rub the treatment on, and after I rinse it out I get very nice and smooth hair that doesn’t feel heavy! They don’t call it Smooth Lock Butter Silk for nothing!
I would recommend this to people whose hair needs some TLC, particularly if the hair is rebellious. My hair is definitely more manageable and moisturized with this mask!
Here is the ingredient list if anyone needs it:
I mentioned the Kiehl’s Strengthening and Hydrating Hair Oil-in-Cream briefly in a previous post, and now I have tested it for long enough to say I still really like it!
This leave-in conditioner is supposed to be used on damp hair, so I use it after shampooing. I’ve tried to skip the step, but my hair always ends up in a pathetic state between washes when I do! The texture is a medium-thick cream, and it has a light smell that disappears fast enough.
Again, this is not something that will make your hair silky smooth, as it does not contain silicone (I think this is probably one of its biggest selling points, as it’s hard to find a leave-in conditioner that’s silicone-free). However, it does prevent my hair from drying out and I can’t thank it enough for that!
Last but not least, another all-purpose dry oil that I’ve been testing out: The Body Shop Coconut Butter Beautifying Oil. I use it the same way as I use the Caudalie Divine Oil, which means I slather some on and leave it there for a while (even overnight) before I shampoo it off.
I personally don’t have a lot of packaging woes with this one, but I’ve heard it could get messy with a bit of the oil dripping down. It smells great: warm and nutty, just the type of scent that I like. It does moisturize my hair well, but since I also massage dry oil into my scalp, I can tell this one could leave my roots a little flat.
In other words, I can choose to repurchase the Caudalie Divine Oil (ouch on the wallet, wow on the hair), or stick to this bottle and pray for good luck each time I use it. Decisions decisions…
Have you tried any of the products? Does any look tempting to you? Would you repurchase a more expensive product that works 100%, or choose a cheaper version that sometimes doesn’t yield great results?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
Disclosure: The products mentioned in this review are provided by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.