Cheap, Deep Conditioner


I am on the constant hunt for the holy grail of hair products:  provides ample moisture, won’t weigh down my super fine strands, affordable (read cheap),  and will completely transform my limp locks into the flowing tresses of Zooey Deschanel.  

3 out of 4, I’ll settle. (Providing that 1 of the 3 reads cheap.)

Let it go on the record I hate Aussie. Those gleaming purple bottles are the worst products wrapped in the best personality –it makes me sad. Their clever and sassy voice actually makes me laugh, but I think their styling products contain the secret ingredient to Spidey String. (Marvel? Anyone?) I always end up with dry hair glued to my scalp.

Thanks to an inexpensive price point, I’ve tried their hairsprays, mousse, ‘sprunch’ spray, shampoo –the gamut. They’ve had their fair chance. I was done. They’re the worst. Everything they make is the worst. Then…

One of my all-time favorite bloggers (Kate at The Small Things Blog) began a similar moisturizing hunt, asking for help through her Instagram. After several follower’s suggestions, she tried this stuff and was raving. I’ve discovered some of my all-time favorite styling products per her blog advice. If it was good enough for Kate, it seemed I would be ending my long-time standoff with Aussie to give it a shot.

Verdict: Boy, did they get this one right.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle (miracle is right)

Directions on the bottle:
“Work into clean, wet hair and leave on 3 minutes. Think deep thoughts during this time. Rinse with warm water and then cool water for some shine.”

So, that’s what I did. After a good shampoo, I massaged the conditioning product into all of my hair, thought deep thoughts, and clipped it up while I finished showering -using music as a rough time estimate to measure out 3 minutes. (Like, closer to 2-3 songs worth of time. I may or may not occasionally get carried away pretending to have Ingrid Michaelson’s voice.)

I have super fine hair, actually a bit on the longer side right now (6 months grossly overdue a healthy trim), and I did have some slight tangling issues once I went to comb through. At the same time though, it felt soft and light, and didn’t leave behind that “deep-condition-residue” products sometimes leave behind on a fine head of hair.

At $2.99 a pop from Target, I couldn’t ask for my hair to be more nice-smelling or style-able. I may be hooked.

Looks like you finally got me, Aussie.

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