The Good: Generally excellent ingredients, It works to condition hair all right, Good scent!
The Bad: Not cone-free, Very heavy
The Basics: A mediocre conditioner, Black Raspberry + White Tea from Suave Professionals has a great scent, but it makes hair heavy and greasy-looking!
Sometimes, it is tough for me to review a conditioner. When a conditioner is paired with a shampoo that is heavier and leaves a bit of a residue, it is tough to figure out if the conditioner is equally problematic. Not long ago, I reviewed the somewhat problematic Suave Professionals Black Raspberry + White Tea shampoo (reviewed here!) and now I take on the Black Raspberry + White Tea conditioner. Unfortunately, the conditioner does a decent job of sealing in the heavy residue left by the Black Raspberry + White Tea shampoo.
Other than that the only real problems with Black Raspberry + White Tea conditioner is the fact that it is not cone free. 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. The "Cone Threat" is a rather new fear in the haircare product market and I've yet to see any real effect from it. In fact, when a conditioner works as well as this one has for me, it is hard to take the rumors about coned products being terrible for hair seriously. My hair has not been more brittle, breakable or anything negative (save heavy from build-up) since I started using the Black Raspberry + White Tea conditioner. With this conditioner, I have had fewer split ends.
The Suave Professionals Black Raspberry + White Tea conditioner is intended to be paired with the same brand's Black Raspberry + White Tea shampoo and I have since discovered that the combination does not do justice to the conditioner. The shampoo is very heavy; the conditioner seals in the residue it leaves. When I used this conditioner with shampoos from another brand, the conditioner did a good job of keeping hair manageable and not heavy. The heavy residue does not seem to come from the conditioner itself, but it seals in any heavy residue left by a shampoo!
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 Aveda. With Black Raspberry + White Tea Conditioner, the brand gets on shaky footing. In virtually every market in the United States, Suave Professionals shampoos and conditioners may be found on sale for $3.49 for a 25 fl. oz. bottle. The Black Raspberry + White Tea conditioner has a strong scent which is nice. The 25 fl. oz. bottle is a flat tube bottle with a pump that is easy enough to use to dispense the conditioner from with one hand. While the bottle gets slippery when wet, it is easy enough use without actually holding the bottle.
Inside the bottles is Black Raspberry + White Tea conditioner and it is a buttery 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 as a result. The scent of raspberries from this conditioner is decently strong and keeps the scent on the hair for hours after use.
When it comes to use, this is a simple conditioner and one need only pump out a few dollops to dispense a reasonable amount into the palm of the hand before applying it to the hair. The Black Raspberry + White Tea 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 Black Raspberry + White Tea, 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 25 oz. bottle may last almost two months with daily hair conditionings. That said, this does seem to be a thicker conditioner that takes a lot to spread through the hair and with that type coating, I've been able to get away with using it only every-other hairwashing and still had manageable hair as a result.
As a conditioner, it works well for all one could want from a conditioner. Hair is protected, even in harsh environments. Hair that is conditioned with Black Raspberry + White Tea conditioner daily is less brittle and less susceptible to split ends. As long as I did not use it with the shampoo of the same name, the Black Raspberry + White Tea conditioner worked well as a revitalizing and nourishing conditioner. In fact, it does everything one would hope from a conditioner, except leave hair light and more manageable when paired with its corresponding shampoo.
Suave Professionals’ Black Raspberry + White Tea conditioner does not bother me for not being cone-free. Unfortunately, the fact that I can only use it with shampoos other than the one it is supposed to go to makes it much more problematic and is the reason I am unable to recommend it.
For other Suave conditioners, please check out my reviews of:
Refreshing Waterfall Mist
Suave Professionals Rosemary Mint Conditioner
For more haircare reviews, please check out my Hair Care & Beauty Review Index Page!
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