Rated 5 out of 5 by AngelB2006 Love this stuff!
I picked up the small packet from Sally's by the register. I wanted something to try out before I bought more of.
I recently dyed my hair a bright Ariel red color and needed anything and everything to help keep my hair healthy and have the color last as long as possible.
I wash my hair every other day and use this stuff each and every time washing and rinsing with cold water. I have noticed a huge difference in the clarity in the water when rinsing my hair after using this stuff. I let it sit for the time specified 1-2 minutes, sometimes a bit longer. Makes my hair feel really soft! I used it especially after I bleached my hair and it immediately softened my hair! I highly recommend this product to anyone but if you are unsure about it (al hair types are different!) pick up the $1 pack by the register to try it yourself!
-After reading my review a couple times I do have to add I also use a red pigmented shampoo and conditioner before I use the Ion Color Defense conditioner so I can't really state if I see a difference in how much longer my hair stays an intense red. Red is a very hard color to maintain and I don't have any extra money to use to try out many different products besides getting my red dye to keep it red. :) But for moisture, it's AWESOME!
February 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JenniferRabbit Excellence in a tiny packet
I got the packet size of this in Sally's when I went in to get products to touch up my red hair. One of the Sally girls recommended this to me, saying it would keep my red vibrant. I was iffy, as my experience with other Ion products hadn't exactly been noteworthy or five star, but I figured, it's one dollar, what's to lose? So I let her ring me up for it and eyeballed it when I got home. Well, it turned out that every time I went to use it on my red hair, I had taken the packet into the shower and couldn't get it open. Eventually I dyed my hair brown and THEN remembered to cut the packet open before getting into the shower. It's decently thick. If you have thin hair, it may be a little weighty for you, but my hair is as course and thick as hair comes, so I didn't find this to be a problem. It says to leave it on for 1-2 minutes. I would definitely recommend that. I accidentally left it on a little longer (okay, more like 10 minutes) and it was hard to get completely out. Treat this like a mask. Leave it on for the recommended time.
This product smells amazing. One of my peeves with Ion is it never smells very pleasant to me. This is way on the other end of the spectrum in that regard. It smells like cherries/almond extract. It's pretty heavy when you sniff it in the packet and/or on your head, but it's not that powerful when you wash it out. Just enough to catch people's attention if they're close enough, but not enough to make them double over and choke from the fumes. Lastly, this is definitely moisturizing. My hair was very soft and had a nice sheen to it when I blow-dried it straight. Which is unusual for me, because my fluffy mass of hair doesn't ever have sheen. Ever. Also, I managed to squeegee about three uses from the packet, which I'd say gave me enough for a trial run.
Would I use this on a daily basis? Well, I don't wash my hair on a daily basis, but, you know, if I did, I'd have to say no. It's a little heavy (in a good way) for every day usage, but you could probably get away with it two times a week. Or, if you only wash your hair a couple days a week, then you should be able to use it every time. Just not daily. I'll definitely coming back for another pack! For a dollar, how could you pass that up?
February 11, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by TabbyyyKat Eh..
So, I colored my hair last night from a light brown to a vibrant red using Ion Color Brilliance in 6IR. After all the chemicals were rinsed out of my hair, I used a cuticle sealer to keep it from fading, etc. Then, I used the 1 oz. package of this Color Defense Intense Moisture conditioner to keep it soft and moisturized. That is NOT what happened. It started burning my scalp to the point where I had to rinse it with cold water for about 5 minutes. Plus, now my hair is really dry and frizzy-looking. I see other people have had the same issues as me, but others have great results. I guess it just depends on your skin sensitivity..
October 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by HLS44 Love it
Smells EXACTLY like the Vidal Sassoon from the 1970s/80s. Smells like almonds
June 1, 2014