By now you’ve probably seen Dove’s “Love Your Curls” campaign curly haired little girls lament about how much they hate their curly hair. The campaign was a lead up for their new Quench Absolute line of products which also includes Dove Quench Absolute Cr?me Serum and their Dove Quench Absolute Restoration Mask. It’s Dove’s first oil-based line specifically targeting naturally curly and coarse hair and promises to be their “most nourishing range yet. Infused with buriti oil and Omega 9, it deeply nourishes for 4X more defined (vs. non-conditioning shampoo), natural curls from the inside out. Get more nourished, defined, and bouncy curls with every wash.”
Dove Quench Absolute Shampoo is an protein and buriti oil based sulfate shampoo that is rich and creamy. Though it’s a sulfate shampoo but it doesn’t leave your hair feeling straw-like. It may come as a surprise that Dove would even include sulfates in a curly hair line at all, but sulfates are not all that bad for your hair (it’s kinda like the whole Lush thing). There is a lot of lather in this shampoo even though it’s not a clarifying shampoo so you don’t need much to clean your hair. Which leads us to our next point, this is a great shampoo if you’re going to be blowing out your hair afterwards since it rinses clean and leaves your hair feeling light and airy. The Dove Quench Absolute Conditioner is lightweight, but for thicker, coarser hair, you’ll have to use a bit of conditioner to really get your hair saturated. Between the two, we prefer the shampoo because it gets the job done and since it’s somewhere between and oil shampoo and a clarifier and prefer the Absolute Restoration Mask since the outperforms the conditioner which does not have much slip and we felt works best on looser type 3 hair.