Dove's Quench Absolute Line Product Review
My hair and I have a love/hate relationship. When I try to assert my dominance, my hair doesn’t obey. So I have learned that my hair is my hair and I have to listen and abide by whatever it wants when it wants it. I guess you can say my hair is like a baby, it needs love and nurture and Dove has been nurturing me for a while. So you could imagine my excitement to try Dove’s Quench Absolute Line. Dove and I have been in a committed relationship for about twenty years, it is the only bar that I allowed in my shower. My mother , my boyfriend , and friends are all huge fane of Dove’s beauty bars.
When Dove released it’s Quench Absolute Line, I was hesitant at first because of the fickleness of my hair , so here is the scoop:
My initial experience did not yield the results that I wanted. However, when we contacted Dove ( yes , we were able to contact someone and get a better insight in how to use their products) , they offered alternate ways to use their products. But we will discuss that soon….
In my review, I listed the first five ingredients of all the products that I used . This is usual practice whenever I use new products, I like to see what works or doesn’t.
The Shampoo The Ingredients : Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Glycol Distearate
The Smell. Whatever I put on my hair has to smell great. I’m not a huge fan of fruity or sweet fragrances on my hair, but I usually make an exception if my hair loves it. The shampoo had a perfume scent, it smelled like Sandlewood or Musk. I was impressed because it had a really nice scent. As I was cleansing my hair, the scent became a little over-powering. However, I think Morrocan oil can be a little much some times. When a product has a ”perfumy” smell it makes me question the level of alcohol in the product. So, while I was shampooing and it started to lather like crazy, I checked the ingredient list and *gasp* it has sulfates, silicone, and glycerin in it. It had that squeaky clean feel.
• Sulfates When you shampoo your hair and it starts to lather and foam , it’s most likely from sulfates. Some sulfates are harsher than others. The sulfate labeled in this shampoo is Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Sulfates are attributed to hair feeling dry and loosing the elasticity. I try to stay away from them as much as possible because I have extremely dry hair that loves all things moisturizing.
Silicone Just like sulfates , there are good and bad silicones. However , this product contains Dimethiconol , which could be considered one of the bad ones. Silicones provide slip and prevent frizz. However, I’m apprehensive of this being added in my shampoo.
Glycerin Glycerin acts as a humectant and provides moisture to your hair , however it may cause your hair to feel sticky when too much is applied. It defines curls and is curly girl method approved. Depending on the weather, glycerin may make your hair frizz.
*I do not follow the curly girl method ( I’m not a fan of my wash –and – go hair due to the many textures and shrinkage in my hair) Sulfates and silicones are not necessarily my natural born enemy but I do like using natural ingredients as much as I possibly can.
The Conditioner The ingredients : Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Behentrimonium Chloride.
The Cetearyl Alcohol in the product concerned me but after looking it up, I learned that this alcohol is a fatty one that is used to make the hair feel soft by helping the cuticle lay flat.
Just like the shampoo, the conditioner had a lot of fragrance. It was really thick and my hair absorbed it like a sponge. My hair is pretty dry. Lol . I usually like slippery conditioners so I can detangle, so I added more product. I was freaking out with the lack of slip but surprisingly, detangling my hair wasn’t difficult at all the conditioner in it.
The ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol.
The deep conditioning mask was thinner than the conditioner which I thought that was weird. Usually, I leave deep conditioners on my hair for about twenty minutes, apply heat, and then I rinse. Now, something told me to read the label in the back and this product called for a five minute leave in and then an immediate rinse. I adhered to the label, especially since I’ve left a five minute deep conditioning mask on for longer and my hair was tangled and dry. Unlike both the shampoo and conditioner , the deep conditioning mask wasn’t as strong fragrance wise . Once I rinsed, I had soft and conditioned hair. Not bad Dove, not bad.
Leave in Cream
The ingredients: Water (Aqua), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethiconol
I’m use to layering product to get the most optimized moisture which for me is a leave in, oil, and a cream. For the purpose of the review, I used it as a leave in and applied an oil to it. If I were to use a cream from a different brand, I wouldn’t know what product worked or didn’t. The cream made my fingers tips feel dry and when I rubbed my thumb and pointer finger together, it made the squeaky noise of “clean” stripped hair of my past. I split my hair into two sections and applied the curling cream to each side and added almond oil for extra moisture. I installed about sixteen twists in my hair and applied more cream to the ends and twirled them. I usually add perm rods to the end but I wanted to get a feel for the product with out all the extras. I tied my hair up and went to sleep.
The next night I added more curling cream and twisted it up in 8 twists and put perm rods at the end.
Each time yielding the same results: my hair looked nice but it felt dry. It was full and the product smell eventually wore off. All in all, I didn’t mind the results but I don’t think I’ll be running out to by this line any time soon. I honestly don’t think that this product would work for my natural hair routine without heat. However, these products may work when I install curl-formers or if I do a stretched blow-out because certain products work better with different styling techniques. Also, I have to change my hair products when the weather changes, I may revisit as Chicago heats up.
Stretched hair... washed and detangled and then twisted
******Dove’s hair care specialist has been more than helpful with my “concerns” with their products. She suggested mixing the shampoo and conditioner for a pre-poo and then apply the other products as normal. I think it’s kind of dope that Dove offered an alternative styling technique. It reiterates why our consumer relationship is withstanded over the years. Kudos Dove. Kudos.
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Rachel DuBose is Chicago-based playwright returning to the area by way of Atlanta, GA. After finishing her undergraduate career at Spelman College, Rachel went on to work with NinaHoliday Productions and BET. Some of her work, Eve Within and Alkie's Anonymous have received stage readings at Spelman with the latter being showcased at The Alliance Theatre during Spelman Salon. Most recently, Lonely Hearts participated in The Fade 2 Black Festival in Houston, TX. Rachel holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University. Rachel is also a resident playwright at Mercy Street Theatre Company and a regular contributor for Black Girl Fly Magazine.