DevaCurl Matcha Conditioning Mask

In my latest Sephora play box, I got a generous sample tube of the Devacurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask. “Odd,” I thought. “I DEFINITELY specified that I have straight hair in my profile.” So I hopped onto Sephora’s website to check out the product; lo and behold, it says it’s good for straight, wavy, curly, coiled, and tightly coiled hair. Granted, the rest of the product description focuses pretty heavily on curls, but I didn’t mind — it’s supposed to be for hair “prone to extreme dryness,” with a “buttery texture that won’t weigh hair down, but melts onto every strand,” leaving hair “shiny, silky-soft, and completely transformed.” My hair is quite dry and brittle right now, and the description sounded pretty awesome, so I gave it a go.

You can use this in three ways:  apply after cleansing and let sit for three minutes for a “quick moisture boost;” cover with a plastic cap for 15-20 minutes for “more intense hydration,” or leave on overnight for “maximum moisture.” Maximum moisture sounded pretty good to me, and I’m already used to having thick gunk in my hair overnight thanks to Olaplex, so I washed my hair, spread this liberally throughout ends and mid, twisted my hair up into a gentle hair clip, and went to bed.

This mask has a texture akin to a really nice hand cream — it’s definitely on the “not-too-thick body butter” side of things, lacks that tell-tale silicone conditioner feel, and does feel like it *melts* into hair. It has an impressive assortment of hydrating oils (soybean, coconut, sunflower, sweet almond, olive). It also has fragrance, and BOY DOES IT — this stuff smells sweet af. “Wait,” you might ask, “but aren’t you the one who doesn’t mind sweet scents?” Usually, nah, it’s fine — I have, after all, been working my way through every variety of OGX shampoo/conditioner for the past year, and I don’t mind that vaguely-unsettling drugstore fake-sweet shampoo scent. This is NASTY though. It’s sweeter than Olaplex; sweeter even than the OGX bottles littering my shower. And I had it in my hair overnight, invading my dreams, making me feel like I was drowning in cheap conditioner. Ugh. To be fair, the Sephora comment section seems to like the scent. So … ymmv, I guess.

Anyway, fragrance preferences aside, how did it perform?

Not well.

Not at ALL well.

I rinsed thoroughly the next morning and proceeded to do my hair as usual — some spritzes of Davines Oi Milk, comb through with wide-toothed detangling comb, air dry.

Y’all, my hair was so dry and frazzled and dull and tangled. SO tangled. I’d endured an evening of olfactory misery for NOTHING (except an unusually bad hair day).

Maybe if you have curls, this will work for you. Maybe the same ingredients that cause dryness and frizz and dullness and tangles in my straight hair would cause the opposite in curly hair. Who knows? Not me! But if this super-sweet drying moisture mask sounds like a product that you want to try, it can be yours for a mere $36/8 oz. Or you could spend $71 for the Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask and get an Actual Hair Miracle, or $4 for the also-sweet-smelling Pantene 3-Minute Miracle mask, which is Pretty Darn Good (albeit very silicone-y).

THE VERDICT : NAH. The remainder of this tube is going straight in the trash — I care too much about my friends and family to inflict this on any of them.

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Panthenol, Melissa Officinalis Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Peg-40 Castor Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Aminomethyl Propanol, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Dipheptyl Succinate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Polyquaternium-7, Polysorbate-60, Polyquaternium-37, Cetrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Green 5 (CI 61570), Yellow 6 (CI 15985).

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