Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Perfect Conditioner For The Perfect Shampoo: Suave's Ocean Breeze Conditioner Makes Hair Manageable!

The Good: Protects hair adequately, Smells great, Affordable, Renews dry, damaged hair
The Bad: None that I can find!
The Basics: A great hair conditioner that restores hair to manageable conditions and smells great, Ocean Breeze is available inexpensively.

It is a rare thing that I actually encounter a shampoo or conditioner I would deem perfect. Often, hair care products are too expensive, have a limited (or not great) scent or do not do what they promise as far as caring for hair. So, when I do find a conditioner that works with a shampoo to renew dry hair and/or prevent split ends, I do my best to let people know about it. As such, I find myself happily recommending Suave's Ocean Breeze conditioner.

I have recently started using the Ocean Breeze conditioner in conjunction with Suave's Ocean Breeze shampoo (click here for that review!) and found it to be quite a bit more than merely "average." Instead, Ocean Breeze has a wonderful scent, protects hair and nourishes dry and damaged hair such that it comes out looking glossy, strong and healthy after only a few uses. Suave's Ocean Breeze conditioner protects hair, leaves it smelling wonderful - for hours on end - and even leaves hair cleaned with the accompanying shampoo feeling stronger and healthier.

Suave has been expanding its line of inexpensive shampoos and conditioners. In virtually every market in the United States, Suave - like VO5 - shampoos and conditioners may be found on sale for $1.00 for a 15 fl. oz. bottle. Ocean Breeze conditioner seems to be a unique scent for conditioner and may be used on all hair types. This conditioner does not seem to rely on gimmicks and is ideal for a staple conditioner or for anyone who wants a surprisingly wonderful scent for their hair. The 15 fl. oz. bottle is a cylindrical tube bottle with a flip-top lid that is easy enough to open with one hand. The bottle is now flattened on the sides and while it gets slippery when wet, it is easy enough to hold onto because of the flattened sides. The flip-top lid is held on using a pressure ring, but I've never once flipped it open with just my thumb.

Inside the bottles is Ocean Breeze conditioner and it is a light blue opaque gel, which resembles hand cream in its consistency. This conditioner is one of the thicker ones I have encountered and I have managed to make it stretch a little further than usual as a result.

"Ocean Breeze" has a surprisingly good scent that is far more than just the scent of air and water, much like the accompanying shampoo. Ocean Breeze is a fair title for the conditioner as it smells not floral, but the memory of it. There is a hint of the salty sea in the scent, but it is the last whiff of the sea scent as it is blowing away. As a result, Ocean Breeze smells fresh and watery, but more clean than briny. The scent is one that it is easy to cop out and suggest simply smells "clean" and it does, but there is a faintly floral afterscent and on the skin and hair Ocean Breeze smells clean and subtly floral.

When in the shower and one's nostrils are opened by the steam (I tend to like very hot showers) this conditioner diffuses reasonably well. Thus, in the shower, one has showers that smell of the oceanside (minus the rotting sea creatures and kelp that might have washed ashore), which is absolutely delightful. The point is to make one feel clean and Ocean Breeze works on that level.

When it comes to use, this is a simple conditioner and one need only flip the lid and dispense a small amount into the palm of the hand before applying it to the hair. The Ocean Breeze conditioner requires a decent-sized dollop to condition a full head of hair. After one has cleaned their hair with a shampoo and rinsed it out, this may be applied to the hair. I have longer than shoulder-length hair and it takes approximately a heaping half-dollar-sized blob of conditioner to make it stretch through my mane. Like most conditioners, this does not lather and instead it is applied to the hair and scalp almost like a butter.

In the case of the Ocean Breeze, as I've noticed often with conditioners lately, there is about a two-to-one ratio to the shampoo because conditioners do not dilute out from lathering. As a result, the 15 oz. bottle may last only two to three weeks with daily hair conditionings.

As a conditioner, it works exceptionally well for the all of what one wants from a conditioner. Hair is protected, even in harsh environments. Hair that is conditioned daily using this conditioner is less brittle and less susceptible to split ends. In addition, the Ocean Breeze conditioner adds more bounce and body to hair. This is a fairly standard protecting conditioner, but it also works as a styling and nourishing conditioner. This helps make it pretty much the ultimate conditioner in my book.

I tend to like shampoos and conditioners that leave my hair smelling delightful, like whatever scent they have lured me in with. Given that the Ocean Breeze scent in the bottle was not the strongest in the world, it is quite surprising that this scent endured incredibly on the hair and scalp. Over sixteen hours later, my partner and I could still detect the faint scent of the seabreeze on my hair and scalp, so that was pretty wonderful.

One of the current health and beauty issues, I am told, with shampoos and conditioners is "cones." This conditioner appears to be cone free as the primary ingredients are: water, cetyl alcohol, and cetrimonium chloride. None of the ingredients end with -cone.

As it stands, Ocean Breeze works as a wonderful day to day conditioner that will protect your hair, as well as leave it with a pleasant, subtle scent and restore dry hair to normal, manageable hair. This is one of only two amazing, inexpensive conditioners I have yet found and can eagerly recommend as a perfect conditioner.

For other Suave conditioner reviews, please check out my takes on:
Juicy Apple
Orchid Petal
Rosemary Mint (Suave Professionals line)


For other hair care product reviews, be sure to visit my index page!

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