The Good: Inexpensive, Not terrible ingredients
The Bad: Does not condition in any sort of impressive or noticeable way, Not a strong/interesting scent, Not cone-free, Fairly heavy
The Basics: A surprisingly disappointing conditioner, Sleek from Suave Professionals leaves hair dry and unscented!
There are, actually, very few Suave hair care products that do not actually enjoy. I’m not hugely biased, it’s just that I like generally inexpensive, good-smelling products that work. The Suave Professionals hair care line tends to be a little more expensive and, I am finding, are less thrilling on many counts than they ought to be. Several of them lack a distinctive smell to thrill those with a strong olfactory memory or sense of enjoyment. Unfortunately, Suave Professionals Sleek lacks both a distinctive scent and the ability to condition well.
The Sleek conditioner is a little more expensive than the average Suave conditioner and it is not cone free (is that “fad” over yet?). The third ingredient in this conditioner ends in "-cone," so this product cannot be considered cone free. However, I tend not to listen to the naysayers and current trends in diet or fashion (seeing me would certainly prove the latter, at the very least!). The "Cone Threat" is a rather new fear in the haircare product market. However, given how Sleek did nothing for conditioning my hair, I suppose it makes a fairly decent argument that the “cones” actually do something bad to the hair.
The Suave Professionals Sleek conditioner is intended to be paired with the same brand's Sleek shampoo (reviewed here!), but it given that neither the shampoo nor the conditioner work terribly well in my experience, I see no reason to go out of one’s way to make the pairing.
Suave has been expanding its line of inexpensive shampoos and conditioners into the professional haircare market where they are trying to compete with shampoos and conditioners from the likes of Matrix. With Sleek Conditioner, the brand is on shaky footing. In virtually every market in the United States, Suave Professionals shampoos and conditioners may be found on sale for $1.50 - $1.99 for a 12.6 fl. oz. bottle. The Sleek conditioner has a completely subtle, almost vaguely vanilla (when it does not smell medicinal) aroma to it. The 12.6 fl. oz. bottle is a flat tube bottle with a flip-top lid that is easy enough to open with one hand. While it gets slippery when wet, it is easy enough to hold onto because of the flattened sides.
Inside the bottles is Sleek conditioner and it is a purely white colored cream, which resembles hand cream or body butter 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. It does not leave a scent on the hair.
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 Sleek 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 better 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 Sleek, as I've noticed often with conditioners lately, there is about a three-to-one ratio to the shampoo because conditioners do not dilute out from lathering. As a result, the 12.6 oz. bottle may last only three to four weeks with daily hair conditionings. I've been able to get away with using it only every-other hairwashing, largely because using it every day does nothing, much less using it every other day.
As a conditioner, it does nothing. My hair has been a bit dry due to the air and environment in my new home being exceptionally dry. The Sleek Conditioner did not make my hair any more manageable, moisturized, or solve problems like split ends.
Suave Professionals’ Sleek conditioner does not bother me for not being cone-free, but rather it is upsetting that it does not work at all.
For other Suave conditioners, please check out my reviews of:
Suave Professionals Humectant Moisture Conditioner
Suave Professionals Almond + Shea Butter Conditioner
Refreshing Waterfall Mist
Fresh Mountain Strawberry
Suave Professionals Rosemary Mint Conditioner
For more haircare reviews, please check out my index page!
© 2012 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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