"I have been looking for a great conditioner for a crazy long time now, and I can honestly say that Retread is my holy grail. I have lots of very fine, wavy, damaged hair that goes down to my waist. I don't use any heat on my hair, but I
"I have been looking for a great conditioner for a crazy long time now, and I can honestly say that Retread is my holy grail. I have lots of very fine, wavy, damaged hair that goes down to my waist. I don't use any heat on my hair, but I have a lot of breakage because my hair texture is so fine. This is the softest it has EVER been! My hair has never felt better! This conditioner doesn't weigh my hair down or make it feel greasy, but it is incredibly thick so I wouldn't recommend using it on your scalp (nor would I any conditioner. Just the ends!)
A lot of people have concerns about the smell of this product. The first time I opened the jar, I couldn't stand it. I thought it was terrible. But by the second time I used it, I couldn't get enough! Once I got passed the initial shock of it, it was much easier to appreciate the really lovely scent of this conditioner. It's light, slightly floral, and definitely has hints of grapefruit. I smell it every time I see it because I love it so much! This mixed with Rehab Shampoo leaves the most phenomenal scent in my hair all day long and I get compliments on the scent constantly! That being said, there are a lot of people that won't like the smell of this conditioner, so it's really up to you!
When it comes to using this conditioner, there are a few things you should know before you try it! It doesn't have silicone in it, so don't try to detangle in the shower; you'll be upset and so will your hair. Brush before you shower and get as many of the knots out as you can! This can be an absolute nightmare for me because my hair knots up SO BADLY that I look like I have little dreadlocks sometimes, but it's truly the best way to get all you can out of this conditioner. I separate my hair into a few smaller sections and apply in increments. There's a good chance that when you use this your hair won't feel soft or conditioned when you're in the shower. Wait until it's dry before you judge, and I also recommend waiting until it's dry before trying to detangle. Your hair will feel much softer than you might expect. Finally, because your hair might not feel like it does with regular conditioner, you will have the impulse to use A TON but there's no need! I went through my first pot so quickly, but once you try it a couple of times you can find out how much is right for you. I use my fingers to scoop a decent dollop out of the container.
I found that the best way to use this conditioner is as a PRE-SHOWER TREATMENT. This worked 100x better than H'suan Wen Hua for me! I brush out my hair before the shower, and then I put a decent amount on my hair from around my ears to my ends. After it is mostly dry, I hop in the shower and shampoo and condition as normal (I use this as my regular conditioner also). This makes my hair feel soft in the shower and also helps curb the want to use a ton of product. My hair has truly never felt softer or more healthy since I've been doing this, and I honestly didn't believe the other reviews that claimed that this conditioner worked so well!
I'm going to try using this as a pre-shower conditioner and American Cream during my shower because I'm curious to see how my hair likes it. If Retread is too heavy for your hair, try using it beforehand and a lighter conditioner in the shower!
It took a few weeks for my hair to get used to my new products. I'm SO thankful that I stayed with Retread because my hair feels better than it ever has, and It's great to know that it's not silicone I'm feeling, but my actual hair! The worst part about this product is that Lush doesn't sell it in bigger tubs - I can't get enough!!