While I was in New York, I was able to get my hands on Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner, Weightless Moisture. I had been searching for a good leave-in conditioner. I had been using Infusium 23 Frizzology and I HATED it.
It didn’t do anything. I would spray and spray and spray and still – the hair didn’t feel any different. Not any softer, not any stronger, not any fuller. It’s a very watery consistency and my normally dry hair just laughed at it.
(One of my friends of Chinese descent loves Infusium 23, but even she – with her super straight, super thick hair – needs something heavier in the winter. If she needs something heavier, I should have never bought Infusium because, obviously, it won’t work in my hair in any season.)
So when I was away, I was on a mission to find a really good leave-in conditioner that would really do something significant to my hair. I wanted to see a difference before I used it and after I had been using it for a while. When I saw the Giovanni leave-in at Target, I scooped it up. Here are the ingredients:
Aqua (purified water) with *rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) oil, *nettle (Uritica dioica) oil, *thyme (Thymus vulagris) oil, birch leaf (Butela alba) oil, *chamomile (Anthemis nobilus flower) oil, *clary (Salvia sclarea), *lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), *coltsfoot leaf (Tussilago farfara), *yarrow (Achillea millefolium) oil, *mallow (Malva sylvestris), *horsetail (Equistetum arvense) oil, *soybean protein (Glycine soja), cetyl alcohol (plant derived), tocopherol (vitamin E), trace minerals, citric acid (corn), sodium hydroxymethyglycinate, grapefruit seed (citrus derived).
For past six weeks, I’ve been using the Giovanni leave-in and it’s great!
I know understand the purpose of a leave-in conditioner. If I were to leave the leave-in and not use anything else in my hair, it would still be moisturized and soft to the touch. The leave-in is creamy, a medium consistency and slippery. I use a palm full and comb it through my hair with a wide tooth comb. I do like that it plays well with other products. I used the leave-in under Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream, Carol’s Daughter’s Hair Milk and my super moisturizer and it’s been totally fine.
What sealed the deal for me? Last night, I co-washed my hair and I only enough leave-in for one more wash. I’m washing and styling on Saturday – last night was a desperation wash. Instead of using the last of my Giovanni leave-in, I decided to finish off my Kiss My Face Whenever Conditioner and used it as a leave it. I did that when I had my kinky twists put in in early December.
I used a palm full, slathered it through my hair and proceeded to comb yank the comb through my hair wondering, “where’s the slip?”
Slip isn’t slip until you know what real slip is. For real. My comb glide through with relative ease (I still tug every now and then because I lack enough patience to work through knots — I’m a work in progress) with Giovanni Direct Leave-in.
So, Infusium 23 out, Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner, Weightless Moisture in.
Now, if someone can tell me where I can buy this in Toronto, I’d be very happy or else, I’m ordering two from well.ca.