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Product Review: Drybar Blonde Ale Brightening Conditioner

Updated on May 21, 2019
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Jessica loves all things creative in the world of entertainment, crafting, & cosmetics.

I am not affiliated with Drybar. I am just a consumer of their products.

As a "bottle blonde" my hair tends to get brassy, damaged, and dry, I am always on the hunt for good products formulated for blonde hair. This product has pretty good reviews online but what really made me want to try it is its claim to, not only tone, but brighten your hair as well. I have used my fair share of purple/violet shampoos and conditioners and I tend to find that my hair gets dull and grayish after just one use. I have also tried blonde shampoos that are yellowish in color and, although I felt they brightened my hair, I didnt feel like they toned my brassiness at all. This conditioner seemed like the best of both worlds and, if it works, I can trade two products for one. This product is no doubt pricey and I was a little apprehensive to shell out a good chunk of change for such a small bottle. However, I was more excited than nervous so I ran to my nearest Ulta to buy it when I ran out of my last bottle of conditioner. I wanted to share my experience with you.

Purchasing

I bought this 8 ounce bottle at the Ulta store for $27.00. I was fortunate that I had a 20 percent off coupon that I could use for prestige products which helped a lot because this is very pricey. It dropped the price down to about $21.00-$22.00 before taxes. On the website, there is a 33.8 ounce bottle available for $59.00. That is the best deal and, if I like it, I may buy that in the future.

This is available at Ulta and Sephora stores, as well as online. You can even find it on Amazon for about the same price as well.

Packaging

The bottle itself is nothing special, just a typical, simple bottle. There is a silver cover over a white push cap. The silver part slips off the bottle that I purchased, but it's not supposed to. You can see in the picture where it was glued on, but really, it's not a big deal. The silver part is just for aesthetics and doesn't serve a purpose, so it can probably just be removed if you find it annoying. That's what I did with mine.

The silver part of the cap came off. You can see the glue inside. Not a big deal at all.
The silver part of the cap came off. You can see the glue inside. Not a big deal at all.
This is a purple, tinted conditioner.
This is a purple, tinted conditioner.

Ingredients

-Sunflower Seed Oil: Nourishes and hydrates hair, increasing softness and manageability.
-Lemon Extract: Brightens, highlights, and preserves the integrity of the hair color.
-Chamomile Extract: Gently boosts blonde tones while increasing shine.

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Quaternium-91, Parfum (Fragrance), Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Behentrimonium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetrimonium Chloride, Myristyl Myristate, Amodimethicone, C11-15 Pareth-7, Laureth-9, Trideceth-12, Dimethiconol, Polyquaternium-37, Octyldodecanol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polyquaternium-70, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, DMDM Hydantoin, Potassium Sorbate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Limonene, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, CI 60730 (Ext. Violet 2).

Claim

It claims to enhance blonde tones, add shine, and create smoother, more manageable hair. It can be used for straight, wavy, curly, and tightly coiled hair. It also claims to deeply hydrate and strengthen hair without weighing it down. It claims to tone the hair and brighten blonde color and highlights with lemon, chamomile extracts, and sunflower seed oil. It is also free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates.


Application

They descirbe the scent as a "Noir scent with notes of ginger, mint, and sandalwood". I didn't care for the scent just smelling it from the bottle, but I loved it when I applied it to my hair.

It is a purple shampoo and it has good consistency. It's thick, but not too thick.

It says to apply a generous amount to hair and leave on for 1 to 5 minutes. I leave it on for about 2 or 3 minutes and rinse it out. It seems to rinse really clean.


The Verdict

I love it! My hair was really soft, smelled great, and was nicely toned. It didn't deposit too much color like some purple conditioners (and shampoos) can and it really did have a brightening effect. I will definitely buy this again and I really want to try the Drybar Blonde Ale Brightening Shampoo now as well.

***UPDATE***

I have now been using this conditioner for a couple weeks now and the result has gotten better! My hair is brighter and perfectly toned. I even feel like I can wait a while longer to touch-up my highlights. I am still excited to purchase the shampoo but for now it working super well with my Redken Blonde Glam shampoo for right now.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jess B

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