If you used to read my beauty blog, you know I am a fan of Maple Holistics. They offer “organic and natural” beauty products at a fairly reasonable price point for such products. While my budget does not currently allow for regular use of their products, I have purchased, and repurchased, my favorites in the past when I was able to do so.
I was recently given the opportunity to try their Thickening Conditioner and since I am a fan of their products, and always feel like I could use some extra “oomph” in my hair, I was happy to get to test this conditioner out.
I made sure to use it exclusively as my conditioner for the past month, to really get a feel for it and how it works. For reference the shampoo I paired it with was Living Proof’s Restore shampoo, and I wash and condition my hair usually 2 or 3 times a week, or more often if necessary depending on how a given day goes and if I feel the need to wash my hair sooner than I otherwise might.
What I like about it:
While not everyone’s cup of tea, I happen to love the fragrance of tea tree oil, which this conditioner includes. It also has lavender and rosemary oils, so the fragrance is a bit herbal, with the tea tree being the dominant fragrance. Again, I happen to love it, but I know other folks don’t care for it so much.
The formula is very thick and feels very emollient – a little bit goes a long way.
The conditioner is meant to be left on the hair for a few minutes before rinsing out (which you should always do with conditioner, btw) and as it sits the tea tree oil will cause a cool, tingly feeling on the scalp. If you’ve got super sensitive skin this MIGHT feel uncomfortable – I do have very sensitive skin but tea tree oil is not a problematic product for me. If you’ve used tea tree products before with success then you’ll be good to go with this, but if you’ve never used anything with tea tree oil before you’ll just want to be aware that the tingle IS normal when using it. It should not burn or be painful – just a menthol-like tingle, if that makes sense.
This conditioner seems to rinse clean easily, and leaves the hair reasonably smooth and soft to the touch.
What I don’t like about it:
This conditioner is a bit too heavy for my hair. Even if applied to the length only and not on the scalp, and using a small amount, rinsing throughly, it seems to just want to weigh my hair down once my hair has dried. That can be combated by blow drying for volume, but I only use my blow dryer occasionally, and prefer to let my hair air dry more often than not.
It also did not leave my hair as soft, silky, and shiny as I like my conditioners to. It did make my hair more touchably soft than my hair would be if I skipped conditioner completely, but it didn’t do anything exceptional in this area.
I can’t say that I really noticed any difference one way or the other in regards to my hair’s perceived thickness.
Overall, it is in my opinion a fairly average conditioner – it isn’t terrible, but it isn’t fantastic either. Given the whole point of this particular formula is thickening and volumizing and I didn’t really see favorable results in either of those areas, I would not purchase this one if I were shopping for a conditioner to help in those areas.
Of course this is just me – we all have unique hair needs so please remember just because this product did not wow me, that does not mean it would not be a great product for you. If you think this may work well for you, the best way to know is to try it for yourself and find out for sure how well it works for you.
I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.
Until next time. xoxo