One good thing about Birchbox is definitely their Birchbloggers program. I was lucky enough to win a full-sized OmniPotent Duosity Hair Treatment ($25), the second time I’ve been selected by them.
I may have played off of the, “I was unemployed for 5 months and my hair wasn’t cut for 6 months and I could use the hair treatment despite it finally being cut” angle, but hey, it worked! (No it didn’t. They must do these at random.)
And it’s true. Despite finally cutting my hair at the end of December, the very next day I was still seeing split ends. And I’m talking the kind of split ends that are so bad, you don’t realize the two strands you’re seeing are actually from one hair, because they go up so high. Most of these are on the ends of my hair that still have highlights in them, and I know the bleach damages hair, but I haven’t had it redone in over a year.
Anyway, I digress.
I was super intrigued when I got the email offering us the chance to win this conditioning treatment, because of the description.
The way OmniPotent Duosity Hair Treatment works is that there are two compartments inside the tube, separating the ingredients.
You then squeeze out an equal amount of product of each, rub your hands together until it blends/a chemical reaction occurs (the bottle calls it a “synthesis reaction”).
And you then have a nice frothy, whipped product in your hand, which you then apply to your hair and leave on for 3-5 minutes.
Why turn a hair conditioner into a science project? One side is said to contain an extremely nourishing team of silk amino acids, keratin, and other plant-derived proteins. The other contains a mix of natural humectants and antioxidants that attract and bind moisture deep into the hair shaft. Meanwhile, sodium bicarbonate helps to balance pH levels. Waiting to mix them together until you’re ready to apply the treatment to your hair is said to ensure that the formula stays pH-balanced and doesn’t lose its potency over time. It’s also gluten and paraben free.
It can be quite tricky to get equal amounts of the product out. One side is a lot thicker than the other (the yellow-ish side), and one side much more liquidy. Attempting to get the photos above, the white side actually kept streaming out as I struggled to get any of the yellow side out. I eventually had to go to the end of the tube and squeeze it out like toothpaste. It does say to squeeze the tube evenly from the bottom, but saying from the end would have been a little clearer.
To me, the product smells delicious. It’s an herbal-y smell, kind of reminiscent to me of Aveda products, but not nearly as strong or as lingering. (Something I have trouble with when it comes to Aveda products.) I know that kind of scent is often love it/hate it, but I do quite like it; it doesn’t bother me in the least.
It feels nice on the hair and it feels nice on the scalp. My hair comes out feeling very soft and nice. I don’t wash my hair every day, more like every other to every third day, and by the time I do wash it again, the ends are feeling dry again.
The truth is, your hair is dead, anyway, so the most any conditioner can do is smooth down and patch the cuticle. But you can’t actually repair hair. You will eventually have to cut off the damage. But it’s nice to have an arsenal of fake-its until my hair gets long enough that I’m comfortable cutting off 2-3 inches to get rid of the ends.
Would I have bought this on my own? Maybe? I’m not sure. Like I said, the premise was very intriguing and is quite fun to use—it’s like a science experiment for your hair! But I happen to have a lot of deep conditioning samples already gracing my shower, so it’s not like I need it. I may spend $25 to quell my curiosity in terms of makeup, but not so much haircare.
But it makes my hair feel and smell nice, so I’m glad that I was given the opportunity to try it.
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