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Review of nuNAAT Karite Special Intensive Mask

A Deep Conditioner Worth Using

About.com Rating 4.5 Star Rating


How does healthy hair stay that way? Or how can you revive dry hair into a healthier state? Regular conditioning is key. When it comes to black hair, having more than one type of conditioner helps to keep your moisture levels at an optimal level. This means you need a rinse-out conditioner to use immediately after shampooing, a leave-in conditioner to apply right before styling, and a deep conditioner to use throughout the month. This offering from nuNAAT is an affordable option that really delivers in the conditioning department.

How to Use It

Use this product as you would most deep conditioning treatments. It's best to apply right after shampooing with a moisturizing cleanser to damp hair. The complementary Creamy Shampoo is a good start. As the phrase "hair mask" suggests, this conditioner is very thick and designed to fully coat each hair strand. It has a light, pleasant scent; nothing overpowering.

After coating your hair and combing through, cover with a plastic cap or hot towel and let sit for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly. If your hair is in good shape already, use it once or twice a month, but if your tresses are "dry, damaged and broken," (the targeted user) use it once or twice a week until your hair gets healthier. Then you can taper off usage to about twice per month.

How Well Does It Work?

This conditioner works extremely well. As I normally do, I used a paddle brush to work this product throughout my hair. It makes it very easy to comb through tangled tresses, but always begin at the bottom and detangle as you go up the hair shaft. I let it sit in my hair for 15 to 20 minutes and after rinsing, my hair was super soft. It rinsed clean and left behind a pleasant scent.

When I get lazy about deep conditioning and my hair begins to feel dry, I need a product to get my hair back into shape in a hurry, and this is one treatment that will do that. Don't get lazy about conditioning, however -- the more consistent you are with a routine, the less likely it is you'll need emergency care to repair damage or breakage. When working it through your hair, make sure your ends are completely covered, as this will protect against the dryness that so often affects this part of the hair.

Should You Try It?

I say yes, particularly if you don't currently have a deep conditioner you love. You'll also want to give it a try if you color, chemically straighten or regularly thermal style your locks. Whether your hair is already healthy or in need of extra pampering due to overprocessing, excessive dryness or breakage, the rich, emollient formula of this mask is designed to provide extra moisture. I find it comparable to some salon brands I've used, and at a fraction of the price, I consider it a good buy. At the very least, you can try this product without busting your budget if you find it doesn't work for you, but chances are, you'll be pleased with the results.

Where to Find

There's a store locator on the company website to help you find this hair mask, as well as many other products from the line. Beauty supply stores will be your best bet in finding it; at the time of this review, I couldn't locate any in my local area, but hopefully, nuNAAT will become more widely available.
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