I’m sure I can’t be the only one who has ever been excited to try out a new product only to find that it doesn’t do much for my hair. It’s not particularly bad, it’s just not particularly good either.
Currently I have two such products in my collection. The first is Palmer’s Coconut Oil Repairing Conditioner. I was looking forward to use this product for the first time as it does not contain any sulphates or parabens, you know, all the bad stuff. Unfortunately I found that it didn’t provide much moisture or any slip for effective detangling.
The second product is Aussie Mega Instant Conditioner. After having heard this product raved about so much, I was extremely disappointed when it didn’t do anything for me. My hair didn’t really feel moisturised after I left it in for a few minutes and again it didn’t provide any slip for detangling. What an anti-climax.
So instead of throwing these conditioners away (because that would be wasteful), I have come up with a few ways that I can still get some use out of them.
1. Use it as part of your pre-poo
Since a pre-poo treatment gets washed out anyway, you can easily mix up some of the ‘dud’ conditioner with a dash of oil and a bit of water, and use this mixture as a pre-poo treatment. Not only will you have found a use for the product, but you won’t have to use your more effective, and often pricier, conditioners for the pre-poo.
2. Use it as a ‘quick conditioner’ before you apply your deep conditioner
As I wash my hair in 4 sections, I sometimes add a bit of the ‘dud’ conditioner to the just-shampooed section before I move on to wash the next section. This ensures that my hair isn’t left with the often dryish effect that shampoo can have, for any period of time. Once I’ve shampooed and conditioned each section, I’ll rinse out all the ‘dud’ conditioner after which I proceed to apply my deep conditioner.
3. Use the conditioner as a base for a deep conditioner
You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can turn your ‘dud’ conditioner purchase into a happy mistake, simply by adding some of your favourite oils, honey and aloe vera juice. To turn up the slip factor, add a lot of extra oil to ensure a veritable spa session for your strands.
Has this ever happened to you? Comment below and let me know what you do with your not-so-great conditioners.
Love your hair!