DevaCurl One Condition vs L'Oréal Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner
I wrote about this a little while ago, in the hopes of getting it published and getting paid for #content. But when you submit beauty articles, you have to write them in a certain tone, and that is just not how I would ever talk about beauty products in real life. You have to be all like "You'll never believe this! And can you believe this? LOL, insert something that implies I am a gross monster so you don't feel bad about yourself!" I don't like it, but this is the norm. I guess no one wants to read about a product you only like. They want to read about a product that CHANGED. YOUR. LIFE. When I discover a product that improves my complexion and eliminates the need for my Zoloft prescription, don't worry, you will be the first to know. That would be life changing. I get it, sometimes I like to use hyperbole. I'm a very dramatic person. Finding a conditioner that delivers similar results at a fraction of the price, that is not life changing. It is, however, awesome.
I really like my curly hair. I never blow dry it, which is annoying, since it takes hours to dry. And it never dries the same way. Such is life. I will shell out the big bucks for a conditioner if it promises to detangle, reduce frizz, moisturize and improve curl definition. That is why I spend $22.00 for DevaCurl One Condition. If you don't think that is a lot of money for conditioner, I don't know what to tell you, except that I am incredibly impressed and please be my friend.
I stand by all DevaCurl's styling products, too. Especially their light hair gel and curl cream. I constantly recommend them. Here's where I would say "Incorporating DevaCurl products into my routine changed my life." Instead, I will say, the amount of time I spent worrying about my hair decreased drastically once I started using their conditioner and curl cream. It gets rid of your tangles immediately, without having to comb through aggressively. It smells good. You can leave a little bit in there to increase curl definition and moisture when you style. Your hair will feel silky smooth. I would recommend this product to anyone with thick hair, not just those with curls.
Here's how I tried to justify the price for myself:
I don't shower everyday, so it will last longer. (Julia, you should be showering more. Maybe not everyday, but sometimes you really stretchhhhhh it out. Lets work on that, no shade.)
It doubles as a leave-in conditioner. (I stand by this.)
However, when I use this product, I use A LOT of it. So, it probably isn't cost effective, even with my lack of showers. I probably wash my hair 1-2 times a week. I like to take body showers & exfoliate like a mother fucker, though. Now I'm trying to prove that I'm not a dirty person. Please believe me.
Anyways, let me take you back to last summer. I was swimming in a pool in Jersey, as one does. I was at my boyfriends mothers apartment complex, and they have a pool. It is very important you understand the details that led me to swimming in a private pool, rather than the public pool in Astoria Park. I don't like reading articles where the writer clearly has more money than me or better access to free beauty products. Please know that I go all the way to Jersey to use a somewhat private pool. So, after my dip, I took a shower. In my head I was thinking "Ugh. fuck. I wish I had my conditioner. My hair is all fucked up from this chlorine and I need my bougie product to look like my normal self." My boyfriends mother had a bottle of L'Oréal Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner in the shower. I was like "okay, lets give it a go." I used it, and I felt my hair become silky smooth. My hair air dried beautifully. There was virtually no difference. What an idiot I was for thinking I was too good, that my hair was TOO special for a drug store conditioner. Granted, my boyfriends mother is a hairdresser, so I trust whatever I find in her bathroom.
When I ran out of my trusted DevaCurl, I bought the L'Oréal one instead. It gives my curls tons of moisture (thanks to Ceramides and a special Arginine-K Complex) smells great, and is super affordable. It is literally $5.99. I gave one to my roommate for her birthday, that’s how much I like this. You should just have it in your life, and if you don’t, I’ll get it for you on your birthday. It really is nice to not feel like you “settled” when buying a less expensive, more practical product. Since this conditioner is so much cheaper than the DevaCurl, I don't feel like I'm wasting money when I slather my hair in conditioner, which I love to do. You need more product to get all the tangles out when using this, and you have to brush out the knots as well. Compared to the way my knots untangle itself once I apply DevaCurl One Condition, this is the most noticeable difference. It's to be expected, you sacrifice certain results when using a cheaper product. For a price difference of 16 bucks, this is something I can live with. This is a sold, affordable conditioner. Give it a try.