Because I seem to be constantly drowning in a metric ton of beauty stuff as a result of my product junkie ways, I’m always really excited and honestly kind of relieved when I have a new empty, because it’s one less thing to include in my rotation and it frees up space in my product graveyard. Today, I finished up my bottle of Redken’s Diamond Oil conditioner, which I had purchased in September of 2013 to use once a week after clarifying with Redken’s Hair Cleansing Cream.
When I bought this last September, Redken had literally just come out with the Diamond Oil line in its entirety, so I knew upon purchasing that buying the conditioner in the line would be a leap of faith because there were virtually no reviews to be found on it (even now reviews are hard to find). Nevertheless, I bought this with the specific intention of using it once a week after using a clarifying shampoo to try and restore some of my hair’s natural oils that tend to get stripped after clarifying.
Redken claims the DO line is meant for dry and damaged hair, and utilizes an exclusive formula of silicone-free hair oils that include camelina oil, coriander oil, apricot oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and others to strengthen hair from the inside-out. The combination of the fact that the line is supposedly cone free and contains a bunch of different beneficial oils for the hair was what initially peaked my interest and convinced me enough to buy the conditioner.
Believe it or not, I actually had no interest in the rest of this line; my relationship with shampoo is starting to become strained thanks to Wen, I have enough deep conditioners to last for a millennia, and I currently have no need or desire to switch from my current hair styling oil. That left only the conditioner to spark my interest, and quite frankly, it did not disappoint.
First of all, let me just say that the DO conditioner is most definitely NOT silicone-free (that means CurlyGirls should stay away), as dimethicone is one of the top ingredients. My hair tends to like cones, though, so I was willing to forgive that fault. Anyways, the conditioner in itself is of a medium consistency and actually kind of hard to get out of the bottle – it either comes out in tiny amounts or huge spurts, there is no in between. The scent, my goodness; this stuff smells like a combination of all the world’s best oils, fine fragrance, and the freshness of a salon product. It is heavenly. The conditioner, when you finally do manage to get it out of the bottle, spreads easily throughout the hair, though it isn’t quite as concentrated as other Redken conditioners so you do have to use a bit more than you normally would. After rinsing, hair is left feeling bouncy, moisturized, and has a ridiculous amount of shine. I used this product both on my damaged hair last year and my healthy hair this year, and I honestly think it is a must-have for damaged/dry hair but might be overkill for healthy hair.
I must say that the DO conditioner builds up like crazy, so I would recommend only using it after a strong shampoo (preferably a clarifying one) to offset the possibility of buildup.
You can buy this stuff at Ulta in an 8.5oz size for like $15 or a travel size for $4, but unfortunately Redken has recently barred its products from coupons. I suspect it will be a part of the liter sale in June where you can get 33.8oz for $12, so if you try it before then and like it, then that sale is definitely the time to restock.
Basically, despite the fact that this conditioner is not in fact silicone-free, I did find that it delivered on its claims of restoring hair from damage, so I would highly recommend it for those of you who struggle with damaged and dry hair, or for those of you who are looking for a decent conditioner to follow up your clarifying shampoo.