It’s actually labelled a hair conditioner but I treat it as a mask – potayto potahto. First, storytime: I was collecting my PR post some time back and I kid you not – I received enough shampoo and conditioner to serve all of Sydney and possibly the outskirts of Melbourne. This is highly unusual, what on EARTH is going on here?
Derp. I had totally forgotten that I’d agreed to judge the shampoo & conditioner categories for the Australian Hair Fashion Awards. I began furiously washing my hair (deadlines yo) and between the suds, one product rose above the rest. I bring to you… the hair mask to end all hair masks.
Oribe Gold Lust Conditoner and corresponding Gold Lust Shampoo – so pretty, I feel they don’t quite belong in my shower. Admittedly, I was most excited about this duo as Oribe makes my favourite texturising spray and it’s near impossible to find in Australia (just TAKE my moneys dammit!).
As I lathered and slathered, I caught whiffs of Oribe’s signature scent – crisp, modern and created by French perfumeries (naturally). It’s very pleasant to my nose but as you know, I’m all about the performance. I let the Repair & Restore Conditioner (or quasi-mask) do its magic for about 3 minutes, Oribe suggests a minimum of 1 minute, before rinsing. My hair air-dried and I went about my business.
The next morning, Adrian was off to work and ran his fingers through my hair; WOW, your hair feels soft! So I jumped out of bed and ran to the mirror, DAMN my hair is soft! Whose hair is this? I haven’t had locks so soft and silky since I was 11 years of age (I started bleaching early, let this be a warning). I couldn’t stop touching it: no frizz or tangles, my hair shined like those cheesy hair commercials and I felt no need to heat style at all. Another thing I noticed and this isn’t often the case, the conditioner performed best when paired with Gold Lust Shampoo (which I liked alone, but the conditioner is the star).
My mop is very fine in texture, often rich products give me pancake hair but not this time, it was all bounce and volume. I won’t pretend I understand all the extracts and
sorcery science, but if you speak that language, you can find the lowdown here. Terms I do recognise: paraben-free, sulphate-free, vegan and cruelty-free.
Wonderful. Awesome. I’ll take 20. What was that? The conditioner costs 46pound?
That’s the thing about PR product, it’s all fun and games till you fall in love and find yourself paying 90AUD on a hair conditioner. If you’re in the United States, it’s practically a steal at ~50USD (I’m being facetious, btw). C’est la vie! Redken All Soft has been trumped, I will be faithful to the Oribe Conditioner (kindof-a-mask-thingy) from now on.
I can’t say with certainty that you will love this product as much as I do, but if your hair is dry/bleached/processed/crazy long, we have a lot in common.
Have you tried anything from Oribe? I will add your recommendations to my wishlist 🙂
NB: Both products mentioned in this post were provided for consideration. I only feature products I love 🙂