Review: Optimum Care Salon Collection Shampoo & Conditioner


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I received these samples courtesy of Essence Insiders with directions to use them twice within the next month. The accompanying letter proclaimed these the “new and improved salon quality formulas.”

Getting the pouches open was a feat in itself. Of course, you won’t have this problem when purchasing from the store, but I had to actually cut the pack open because I couldn’t do it by hand.

The first thing I noticed was the smell. It smelled very…salon-ish japanese smileys Maybe you guys know what I’m talking about. It didn’t smell badly, it just smelled like I was back in the stylist’s chair getting my “hurr did.”

The lather was excellent and the shampoo and conditioner were both thick and creamy. I noticed right away, however, that my hair became hard when I put on the shampoo. I mean it instantly hardened, very similar to Aphogee’s protein treatment. This is the anti-breakage formula so I’m guessing there’s craploads of protein in it.

I thought the conditioner would help soften my hair, but no luck. If anything, it made it worse. I made sure to rinse every last bit out. I didn’t oil my hair like I usually do because I wanted to get an accurate review of the products.

The second time I used it I did add my oil and even deep conditioned but the results were the same…dry, crunchy hair.

Verdict: This product is not for me. Hardcore moisturizing is generally needed after protein treatments. Perhaps my regular moisturizing conditioner routine wasn’t enough, but I’m content with it.

I give this collection

out of 5 nappy fros.

Do you have experience with this product? If so, please share.

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4 Responses so far.

  1. Angela says:

    I tried the “new and improved” Optimum Care conditioner and was disappointed in the results. The shampoo was fine..no surprises there, but when I put the conditioner in my hair, it felt like my hair was being scrubbed with starch. I left it in for the recommended amount of time listed on the bottle and I immediately knew this was not going to be like my other shampoos. After I rinsed my hair, it felt tangly and rough. Combing it out while it was wet was gut wrenching, because the tangles would not free themselves and my hair came out and broke off in the process of trying to detangle it. Once that ordeal was complete, I blew it dry and thought the usual silky feeling would be there. Wrong! It felt coarse and dry and brittle.
    Verdict: I will NEVER use this product again!

  2. BEVERLY says:

    Im very disappointed in the new optimum conditioner, it seems like they’ve added more water to the conditioner

    • nappy headed black girlT says:

      Wow…over 2 years later and they still haven’t gotten it right smh

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

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