Ever since my beloved Always Moisturizing Leave In Hair Conditioner was discontinued, I have been searching for one that smells good but not overpowering, is easily absorbed, has ingredients my hair likes, is not greasy, and can be used daily. I have tried many, only to be disappointed. I came across Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil on Amazon.com, and after reading the many good reviews decided to give it a try.
I purchased a 2-bottle set of Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil for around $10.00. Each bottle is 150 mL or 5.07 ounces. I have included a picture of one of the bottles next to an average size bottle of conditioner (15 fluid ounces) so you can see how big (or small) it really is. See comparison below.
My hair was feeling very dry and tangled after a shampoo and press when I first used this product. Within one application the following morning my hair felt much softer and almost back to normal. It still felt tangled when I tried to run my fingers through it, but I think I got over zealous with the products I used as a heat protector, and these will need to be shampooed out for my hair to really feel normal again. I plan to use this on nights that I do not use my vitamin E oil mix that I mention here.
Ingredients of Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil:
Coconut oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil), Neem (Azadirachta Indica Leaf Extract), Brahmi (Centella Asiatica Plant Extract), Fruit Extracts of Amla, Bahera and Harar Extracts of Emblica officinalis, Terminalia belirica and Terminalia chebula, Kapur kachri (Hedychium spicatum rhizome extract), Henna (Lawsonia inermis leaf extract), Milk, Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis oil), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum oil), TBHQ (t-Butyl Hydroquinone), Fragrance.
This product contains lemon and coconut oils, and it may seem to have a strange smell to some, because lemon and coconut are not two things we usually mix. But the smell does not linger if you dislike it. I also believe there is another version of this product that does not have the same ingredients that was not as highly reviewed, so be sure you get the right one.
The only negative thing I have to say about this product is that it is hard to get out of the bottle, as was mentioned in the reviews on Amazon. Coconut oil solidifies at room temperature and the opening on the bottle is very small. I, like others, shot the top across the room trying to get the product out. There is a little plug under the cap, so I just removed this so I could squeeze out the amount I needed.
How I used this product
I applied this every other night or every third night before I twisted my hair. It only takes a small dab. I usually just apply it down the strands and not to the scalp. I try to work it in really well and the softness seems to come almost instantly. Sometimes I have dampened my hair first and sometimes not. It works equally well on dry hair. It works well on hair worn natural or straightened. This has become my go-to product when I need a lotion-type moisturizer to leave in my hair.
As stated, this product leaves my hair softer almost immediately. It has many beneficial herbs, so hopefully this is helping the actual condition of the hair also.
This product is definitely a thumbs up.
Cost of Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil:
About $10.00 for 2 bottles.
Update 03/30/2014: Since I have been completely natural, I have been using this oil to massage my scalp every night. I am doing this for hair growth. It contains neem and brahmi, which both are supposed to be excellent herbs for hair growth. This oil still makes my hair soft when used, and I do feel like I am getting more growth using this oil and massaging nightly, although I have not been keeping records of the growth.
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