While my review of the Surya Brasil Henna Powder was less than positive, their conditioners are actually pretty ace, especially the Surya Brasil Colour Fixation Leave-In Cream Conditioner.
As part of the Surya Brasil Colour Fixation Range, this leave in conditioner is a really lovely product. Natural and vegan (cruelty free) this leave in conditioner is well within my price range coming in at just €10.99 for a massive 300ml bottle. Completely affordable, if you ask me, because you only use about a teaspoon's worth of product meaning the 300ml bottle should give you around 60 applications.
This leave in-conditioner is designed for hair in need of additional support. It hydrates, detangles and protects and the rich formula is balanced to provide smoothness to the strand and control volume, which is great news for me as volume is the last thing I need...
Amazonian buriti oil and cupuaçu butter provide carotenoids which absorb UV rays, Surya Brasil Leave In Condioner is also designed to extend the life of your hair color as it is enriched with rice proteins that strengthen the keratin in the cuticle of the hair as well as 15 extracts of herbs and exotic fruits from India and the Amazon forest which add to the conditioning effect leaving your hair shiny and healthy tangle-free.
I don't use it every time I wash my hair, as it is quite rich, so I use it every 2nd of 3rd wash instead of using conditioner. After shampooing and rough drying with a towel, a teaspoon smooshed though my hands spreads far enough to do my whole head (I have lots of long hair, and its quite thick) and it doesn't leave a heavy coating on my hair, my hair just drinks it in and the comb goes though it with ease. Drying time is shortened too, if I decide to actually properly blow-dry my hair, it takes about 30 minutes as opposed to the usual 40 - 50 minutes to get completely dry and smooth. But usually I just blast it to about 80% dry with the hair dryer on a medium heat setting and curl it up into a bun and sleep in it. When I take the bun out the next morning I have soft waves and soft hair. Nice.
The leave in conditioner has a vague herbal scent, but once your hair is dry the scent is gone and hair just smells clean. I like it. I also like that the bottle comes with a nozzle. This allows you to dispense just enough of the cream, so if you want to section off your hair you don't have to worry about dolloping out too much all at once.
I am also finding this very useful in the gym. Before I get into the pool I spread a teaspoon of this through the ends of my hair, plait it up and pull on my swim cap. Then I swim my 20 minutes and squeeze out the excess water and go sit in the sauna for a few minutes. I do my normal shower & shampoo and run a bit more through the lengths, shove it up in a twist and go about the rest of my day.
My hair is still looking pretty darn good considering I haven't had a trim in about 6 months. The ends are starting to feel a bit dry, but I haven't seen any split ends yet and so I recon I'm still ok for another few weeks. Normally the chlorine would do a real number on my hair and I would be needing to go for a trim every 6 or so weeks. I could probably do with a trim just to get the shape sorted again, but its not anything major that has to be done immediately and the ends don't look ratty.
If you are keen to try a natural conditioner without having to commit to a whole bottle, you can try the Surya Brasil Single Application Intensive Hair Treatment (€3.45). It isn't a leave in conditioner, this is a proper mask.
Lash it onto clean, damp hair, put on a shower cap, wrap head in a towel warmed over the radiator (in winter) and relax for 20 minutes. Rinse it out, dry+style and enjoy your gorgeously soft, manage-able hair. It smells pleasantly herbal, but the scent doesn't linger. There is actually enough for 2 applications in the bottle, if you have short to medium hair, so its a great little treat to take away with you on holiday.
I must be honest and say I prefer the leave in conditioner. Purely because you get the same results without having to rinse out the mask. The full sized tub of mask also costs €10.99 but you only get 230mls, and generally I use less of the leave in conditioner than I did of the mask. I suppose you would use a mask less frequently, but I still prefer the conditioner. I just do.
Your Tonic is the only Irish stockist of all things Surya Brasil, they offer super quick delivery great service via the website or instore. I highly recommend the Surya Brasil Henna Cream Colour, its the only way I will colour my hair now, not just because the colour is really lovely, its the condition that my hair is left in after I rinse the colour out that I really love.
*Samples provided for review, Opinions my own.