Price: The price has been fluctuating on Amazon, but I purchased it for $14.50. I checked right before posting this review and the price was $19.49.
Purchased At: Amazon.com. The conditioner was sealed when it arrived, which I appreciated since I hadn’t purchased from a salon.
Promises: I tried to find the product description on Kanechom’s main webpage, but no such luck. The product description on the package is in Portuguese. “As ceramidas são os principais lipidios da estrutura capilar, atuando como um alicerce entre a cutícula e o córtex, oferecendo aos fios resistência às agressões externas, incluindo as lavagens frequentes. O Renovador Capilar Condicionante Ceramidas Kanechom possui em sua formulação uma combinação especial de ingredientes, dando aos cabelos um completo tratamento restaurador dos fios danificados, oferecendo condicionamento, suavidade e força aos cabelos.”
Translation using Google Translator: “Ceramides are the main lipids of the hair structure, acting as a foundation between the cuticle and cortex, providing wire resistance to external aggressions including frequent washing. The Renovator Kanechom Ceramides Hair Conditioning Factor in its formulation has a special combination of ingredients, giving a complete hair restoration treatment of damaged hair, offering fitness, strength and softness to hair.”
Directions: These are the directions on the jar. I assume “cream bath” just means deep conditioning. “Apply to your hair after washing it, massaging gently. Allow it to act for 2 minutes. After that, rinse well and remove excess. In case of cream bath, cover with water towel during 30 minutes.”
Ingredients: Water, cetearyl alcohol, cetrimonium chloride, parfum, hexyl cinnamal, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, dimethicone, water, glycerin, PEG-8, PEG-8 SMDI copolymer, palmitotyl myristyl serinate, sodium polyacrylate, citric acid, CI 14720, CI 42090. If you aren’t familiar with ceramides, check out these helpful posts: Ceramides: Patching up Damaged Hair and Ceramides: Remedy for Dry, Damaged Hair?
The underlined ingredients make up a synthetic ceramide, Ceramide A2™ My post on that can be found here. Cetearyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol, a ‘good’ alcohol for hair. Fatty alcohols are emollients, moisturize and condition our hair, and provide slip. Glycerin is a humectant. Humectants help pull moisture into the hair shaft. Hexyl cinnamal is used for fragrance and is derived from chamomile oil.
Methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone are preservatives. Preservatives are added to hair products to prevent bacteria growth and extend product life. Preservatives in hair products can be hold natural and synthetic. Dimethicone is a silicone. The Natural Haven provides this great explanation on what dimethicone does to hair: “1. It adsorbs (sticks on) on to the outer cuticle of hair. 2. It forms a film on the hair which smoothes down the cuticle. 3. It lubricates the hair and is thought to contribute to easier wet combing (i.e less friction). 4.In hair serum, for thermal processing, dimethicone is a heat protectant.” And lastly, citric acid is a pH stabilizer.
Packaging: The wide-mouthed jar makes me happy camper.
- (1) Deep condition. As a deep conditioner, it leaves my hair soft and smooth. It doesn’t soften my hair to the same degree that Vanilla Silk Cream Moisture Dream does or Hairitage Hydration Pink Grapefruit Punch (more on this conditioner to come) – so if I’m experiencing a bout of dryness, I wouldn’t reach for this conditioner first – but it still adequately softens my hair.
- (2) I’ve mixed it another conditioner (VSCMD, and wrote about it in this wash day post). By mixing, I sort got the best of both worlds. VSCMD softened my hair and Kanechom Ceramides helped smooth my hair and loosen tangles.
- (3) I’ve applied it for a few minutes after rinsing out a deep conditioner to smooth my hair and loosen tangles (do a see pattern in what this conditioner does best? Haha).
- (4) After tea rinsing, but before deep conditioning, basically replacing Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment in that ‘before deep conditioning’ step.
Out of all the ways I’ve used this conditioner, where it shines the most is in its ability to leave my hair feeling smooth and silky , as well as provide lots of slip to help loosen tangles. This conditioner provides the most slip from any conditioner I’ve tried, to date. It has also helped make detangling an easier and a faster process. I’ve found that the longer I have it on my hair, the easier my detangling sessions go (e.g. when I deep conditioning with it detangling is easier than when I simply apply for a few minutes).
The weirdest thing about this conditioner is that after rinsing it out, my bone straight ends clump together quite a bit, as you can see from the picture in the top lefthand corner up above, while my texlaxed hair and new growth do not. But once I detangle and air dry my hair, the clumping is not an issue and my hair is light and feels silky.
What I don’t like about this conditioner is that when I first rinse out my hair, it kind of feels like I’ve just shampooed my hair because not one trace of conditioner is left behind. I don’t mean my hair feels stiff or rough, just really product-free, as if every drop of conditioner has been rinsed out. This definitely worried me the first time I used KC. However, after t-shirt drying my hair felt soft and silky. Apparently freshly rinsed out hair can be deceiving.
How does it compare to my long time staple smoothing conditioner Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Daily Treatment?
- Comparing how my feels after applying it for a few minutes: PMSSDT leaves my hair softer after leaving it in for a few minutes, but KC provides more slip while the product is in my hair. PMSSDT melts tangles a bit better if simultaneously using the flow of water to remove tangles because my hair doesn’t feel completely product-free while rinsing, so it’s as though it’s aftereffects work better with water, while KC rinses out much faster and completely.
- Comparing how my hair feels when I use either KC or PMSSDT as the last conditioner step (i.e. applying after I rinse out my deep conditioner): My hair feels better with KC because PMSSDT never feels like it’s completely rinsed out. So here, KC wins because my hair is left smooth but without any lingering feeling of products.
- Comparing KC and PMSSDT as a deep conditioner: I’ve never deep conditioning with PMSSDT (at least I really don’t think I have… after 4 years it’s hard to remember if I might’ve done something once), sorry!
- Comparing overall smoothness: KC wins. My hair is smoother and silkier when dry. Ceramides for the win.
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