About MoroccanOil Moisture Repair Conditioner
- Product: Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner
- Price: 26.00 USD
- Initial Review: 1/25/2017
- Vendor: MoroccanOil
- Reason for Purchase: My hair has been getting dryer these days, and I know that it’s mostly to do with the weather. I actually need something to weigh it down because the top part of my hair is puffing all over the place and then the bottom half curls all nicely. So I am looking for a conditioner that attempts to restore my hair’s moisture without getting too oily. Moroccanoil® has a great reputation and I plan on testing it against that reputation.
Moroccanoil® has had a great reputation over the years as a “celebrity brand”, and has gained attention from all over as one of the leading companies in skin and hair care. Due to the legendary Argan Oil which is found native to Morocco (hence the name), they have boomed into a leading cosmetics industry. Now it’s time to test the cut of their sails. What can we discover about Moroccanoil® today?
According to the Moroccanoil® website, the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner details:
“Restore damaged hair caused by color, chemical processing or heat styling. Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner gently and effectively detangles and conditions the hair to leave it hydrated, manageable and strong. Its highly concentrated, reparative formula restores hair’s health, moisture and elasticity with antioxidant-rich argan oil, reconstructive keratin and fatty acids. Color-safe. Sulfate-free, phosphate-free and paraben-free.”
So, we know now that the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner is meant to leave the hair hydrated and avoids using any ingredients that might suck the life out of the hair. It is also going to act as an emollient so that the hair is detangled, allowing the strands to separate from each other and control frizz. The antioxidants are also great for anti-aging. Overall, the product appears promising in the marketing department.
When we turn the bottle around, what can we truly find out about Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner?
- Castor Oil – this oil is known as an excellent carrier oil for hair growth. When paired with rosemary, castor oil is said to help hair grow, strengthen its structure, and moisturize its strands. It is full of Ricinoleic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory agent. Castor oil is also known as a saponification agent due to zinc salt, which means acts as a cleanser.
- Argan Kernal Oil – this oil is a fixed oil expressed from the kernels of the African tree, Argania spinosa. It acts as a skin-conditioning agent as well as an emollient (Source).
- Jojoba Seed Oil – jojoba oil is one of the best oils for hair because it acts like human sebum (oil) and therefore helps to more naturally hydrate hair strands. It also can help to naturalize oil production on the scalp because it tricks the skin into thinking it’s producing enough oils.
- Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil – rich in oleic acid, which makes it a great emollient. It is also a natural source of vitamin E, which is a skin healer.
- Silk Amino Acids – silk amino acids are one the best ways to preserve moisture in the hair and skin. It is often added to cosmetic products due to its ability to preserve moisture by locking the protective barrier on the skin and hair. This is a great element for any of your skincare products.
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Extract – it also has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties which makes it a great cleanser. It belongs to the mint family, so that also gives it the ability to improve memory and increase better blood circulation. This is especially beneficial in hair products as increased blood circulation is like water to flowers: it helps hair grow!
- Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) Flower Extract – known to promote hair growth as it promotes blood flow. It can also nourish the hair due to its humectant properties (it attracts moisture to the hair)
- Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract – Chamomile Extract has anti-inflammatory properties . And due to its histamine release inhibition, it stops free radicals that thrive on super-oxide synthesis. It also augments blood flow (a process called Vasodilator action) which soothes irritation and makes for a healthy glow.
- Cinnamidapropyltrimonium Chloride – an anti-static agent for hair (Source).
- Linalool – This is a substance similar to Vitamin E. It aids in skin healing and cell regeneration.
The only thing that turned me off about these ingredients was the fact that most of the most effective ones such as lavender, linalool, rosemary, and castor oil are all made to help heal the scalp. I’m glad they thought about my scalp, but the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner is a conditioner, so that means I don’t put that on my scalp. Conditioner, since I was a child, has always gone mid- to end-parts of my hair. I never put it on my scalp because my hair already receives sebum from my scalp to moisturize it. The concept of needing scalp treatment in a conditioner seems counter-productive.
However, the Argan kernal oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and silk amino acids were a wonderful addition to Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner . This is a perfect combination for those who are looking to moisturize their hair with a natural oil that feels like scalp oil. That’s the main point of conditioner: sebum does not get to the midpoints or ends of the hair, so we need to make up for that by either brushing our hair like mad (which is bad for the hair but good for distribution) or adding light oils to it. I prefer to add oils, thank you very much.
Overall, I expected a moisturizing effect, especially from the silk amino acids, and I was also expecting oils from Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner to be medium to thick because of the castor oil. Jojoba oil is light in nature, but castor is thick and that would take over the majority of the duties when it came to oiling my strands. I did expect that my hair would also be heavier and therefore not as curly. I was also nervous about my hair sticking because of the oily strands.
My results were actually very good. I was surprised to find that my hair took to the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner very well. So long as I properly washed it out, the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner left my hair very soft and shiny and my hair still curled. I will breakdown my experience with the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner in the following sections.
The Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner is much thicker than the PHILIP B Peppermint & Avocado Shampoo that I’ve been using. It has a very watered-down “pudding” consistency. It isn’t bad, however. The Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner makes application easy. I really enjoy using it and it isn’t so heavy that it slips from my grasp and gets everywhere. The Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner is also not so glossy that it feels cheap and fake (looking at you Pantene). The scent is fine, it smells like beach-time. The color is a little odd. It is a very putty-yellow color with no personality. However, it is very easy to use and I don’t feel like I need to use a bunch of it to get my hair moisturized. When I rinse, the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner washes out without a problem.
After Wash (Wet)
My hair is usually very malleable when I get out of the shower. The ringlets in my hair begin to show right away, and the strands are very light. I do notice that my hair gets fly-aways, and even though that is the normal thing for my hair, I would have hoped that the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner would have done something to tame them. When my hair begins the drying process, it is very odd because the ends are moist but the hair can still look frizzy. I have to rotate my hair part several times to make this effect go away.
After Wash (Dry)
My hair dries pretty well on the first day. I think it comes out fine. The strands follow the grain and my hair pretty much settles into a thick curl. The Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner helps to maintain that moisture into the drying phase, and that is very valuable. I don’t feel like the moisture is only surface-level. Over the course of the day, my hair usually stays the same. It doesn’t get frizzier or oilier.
After Wash (Second Day)
Usually around the second day, even the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner can’t get rid of that intense dryness that happens on my ends. I add jojoba oil straight from the dropper and even that can’t really get my strands to stay moisturized. However, the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner has also promoted that second-day oily texture to the hair framing my face (I’ve also got oily skin, so that has a huge affect on my look). The hair will dry in some places, but stay oily in others. That means that the distribution is not equal and that can either be from me or from the fact that the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner is heavy. If the density of a product is too heavy, the strands don’t have an equal share of the pie when you apply it. So, even though my dreams of that second-day glam don’t go as planned, the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner did do its job overall of adding much-needed oil to my strands.
Overall, the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner did the job it set out to do and added a lot of moisture to my hair. For what I need right now, I would say that the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner is a bit too much. My hair is not particularly thick or extremely dry. So the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner weighed my hair down and made the strands a bit too oily on the second day. I think if you wash your hair every day then this is the product for you. You’ll need this moisture repair for all the sebum you strip from your hair. However, because I don’t wash my hair everyday, by day 2 my hair is bogged down by the Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner and my own oils.
The Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner is a great conditioner and should be used by those who have very dry and frizzy hair. The Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner will help add a thick layer of moisture to the strands and keep your hair supple. However, for people like me, I would restrict this to once a week and go with a lighter oil or conditioner throughout the rest of the week. That way my hair isn’t so heavy that I have to add a ton of dry shampoo to my hair to look like a person before work.
I definitely recommend Moroccanoil® Moisture Repair Conditioner. If you have any suggestions for a lighter conditioner, please comment down below!
Full List of Ingredients
Aqua/Water/Eau, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Glycerin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Argania Spinosa (ARGAN) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Keratin Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Sodium PCA, Silk Amino Acids, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Amodimethicone, Trideceth-12, C11-15 Pareth-7, Laureth-9, Panthenol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 33 (CI 17200), Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.