Tester says: "My hair felt noticeably smoother and silkier when I blow-dried it after using this deep conditioner. The results last, but I found my hair returned to its natural texture if I discontinued use of the product. My hair is long and thick and is somewhat damaged from colouring. Consistent use definitely helped to smooth out the coarseness. And if, like me, you love fragrant fruity aromas, you'll love the scent – it smells so good, you may be tempted to take a taste!"
Available at select The Bay locations and at origins.com
2. Schwarzkopf BC Hairtherapy Repair Rescue Total Repair Treatment, $22
Tester says: "This product comes in a tub, which makes it easy to use and to get out every last bit. The smell is fresh and not overpowering. It's an intense treatment and takes a long time to use, but the results are worth it if your hair is damaged. My hair was softer and ironed out easier."
Available at select salons; 1-800-463-3081
3. Senscience Inner Restore Intensif Deep Repairing Masque, $13.80
Tester says: "I have fine hair but lots of it. The ends get dry easily but if I moisturize too much the rest of my hair gets weighed down. My hair responded really well to this product – it just soaked up the moisture for shine and body without being too heavy. It comes in a tub, which I like – it's easy to use and I really enjoyed the excuse to stay an extra five minutes in the shower. With regular once-per-week use I've been getting compliments on how healthy and nice my hair looks."
Available at select salons; 1-800-267-4676
4. Kérastase Nutritive MasqueIntense, $50
Tester says: "I have fine hair that sometimes gets frizzy. I am also trying to grow it out longer – so I have been using deep conditioners to keep my ends healthy between trims. I thought this product was great because it made my ends feel silky and soft. One problem I find with a lot of deep conditioners is that it can leave a buildup near the roots of my hair. This one didn't do that – even when I used it repeatedly throughout the week. It made my hair feel nice and soft without the buildup. My ends stayed strong and didn't split as much as they used to."
Available at Kérastase salons; 1-800-361-7837
5. Joico K-PAK Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor for damaged hair, $32.75
Tester says: "This deep conditioner is very easy to use. You just apply it to damp hair, leave it in for five minutes and rinse. If you apply the deep conditioner, then take time to shave your legs or exfoliate, you’ll hardly notice that five minutes have passed. My hair is fine but I have a lot of it so it’s thick and can get frizzy. I noticed immediate results. My hair is smoother, there’s less frizz, it’s easier to style and there’s a nice sheen to it."
Available at select salons; 1-800-267-4676
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Tester says: "I really like the smell of this deep conditioner; it's fresh and fruity but not overpowering. It only needs to stay in your hair for three to five minutes, so I used it most days. It made my hair soft and smell nice."
Available at Kiehl's stores and select Holt Renfrew stores across Canada; www.kiehls.com; 416.483.1335
7. The Body Shop Brazil Nut Moisture Mask, $14.50
Tester says: "This product was easy to open and close in the shower. I liked that it was in a jar – I could scoop out the exact amount I needed quickly. It does take a bit of effort to use, so it didn't become part of my daily routine, but when I did use it I noticed instant results – my hair was softer and much shinier."
Available at The Body Shop stores and online at thebodyshop.ca
8. Matrix Biolage Hydrathérapie Cera-Repair Intense Ceramide Hydra Treatment, $19.95
Tester says: "This conditioner smelled great – it was subtle and fresh. It was very easy to use, and I only need to use it every two weeks or so to see results. You leave the product on your hair for only a few minutes before rinsing, so it's not that time-consuming. My hair was noticeably shinier and glossier; the deep conditioner really saturated my hair and made it silky and soft. I felt like I just had a trip to the salon!"
Available at select salons; matrix.com or 1-888-935-1885
9. L'Oréal Paris Vive Pro Smooth-Intense Conditioning Treatment, $5.99
Tester says: "This product is really nice and easy to use. It's not too heavy and rinses out fairly quickly. I have very straight hair and suffer from static cling in the winter – this conditioner helps control the dryness and flyaways. My hair is not as dry as it usually is in midwinter. I would definitely buy this."
Available at drugstores and mass market retailers
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