Fairy Tales for the grown up – Sachajuan Leave-in Conditioner

Have you been reading Fairy Tales as a child?
The „real“ ones by „Gebrüder Grimm“ or „Hans-Christian Andersson“, not the watered down Disney versions?

I have, and I loved them.
Granted, they are full of violence, questionable behavior and scary creatures, but somehow they paint a picture about how life truly is.
And that you shouldn’t believe every word you read.

Doesn’t hurt to remind myself that the same goes for product claims.

My hair has been highlighted way to much during the last 16 years of my life.
Being a natural blonde, I tried to keep the sun-kissed, beachy look achieved through summer holidays spend at french beaches all year round, in the end using as much as three different shades of blond (read bleach) for a natural looking effect.

Sachajuan Leave In Conditioner

The color was on point, but my hairs condition wasn’t.
From my ears down, it was dry, frizzy and impossible to style, and when the post-pregnancy hair-loss kicked in, I turned to the World Wide Web for help.

Cult Beauty, known and trusted deliverer of skincare greatness, recommended the Sachajuan Leave in Conditioner with the following words:
„A genius oil-free leave-in conditioner that turns straw into gold.“
Rumpelstiltskin anyone?

What Sachajuan claims:
A genius oil-free leave in conditioner that turns straw into gold. This incredibly light conditioner uses the „best in class“ grouping of marine algae & mineral extracts to moisturize, soften and strengthen your hair throughout the day. Designed for thinner hair types (…) Bottle lasts at least 4 months.

Distributing a fine mist

One bottle contains 250 ml and retails at Cult Beauty for around 30 €.
It comes in a spray bottle delivering a fine mist and has a sweet, powdery smell that lingers in your hair for the rest of the day.

Favorable ingredients:
– Hydrolyzed Rhodophycea Extract: From an algae, protecting and smoothing

Unfavorable Ingredients:
– Silicones in various forms
– Parabens

Silicones and Parabens are controversial. I put them to the unfavorable list because some people are sensitive to parabens or try to avoid silicones all together.
And while I use both without hesitation, they are not beneficial for your hair´s structure. The silicones will just make it appear healthier.

Does it live up to its claims?
For the most part, no.
It is light weight and suitable for fine hair, but it has almost no nourishing potential, thus not turning „straw to gold“.
After using it, my hair feels soft and is easy to comb through for the first 24 hours, but after hat it is back to it´s frizzy normal. There is also no long-term benefit after using it for two months straight.
But I agree that the bottle will at least last for four months. After two months of exclusive use, I am only a third down.

Will I rebuy?
In my opinion it is way to pricey for way to little „good“ ingredients.

Who do I recommend it to?
If you have very fine hair that is easily weight down and just in need of a little care, this one might be for you.
Everyone looking for more nourishment, look elsewhere.

As far as my hair goes, I went for the most final and fool-prove way of getting rid of the frizz:
I chopped it off at about shoulders length.

How has your hair been behaving lately?
Have you tried anything from Sachajuan before?

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  • I have heard great things about Sachajuan products, too bad it didn't quite live up to your expectations. I am always looking for a good leave-in conditioner myself but I haven't really found anything that would blow me away.

  • I don't mind parabens and silicons and my hair can't handle heavy products so I might actually like it.

  • Cliona

    This is sad it didn't live up to your needs! I'm currently suffering from hair loss and I am on the lookout for different products so thanks for being honest! How did you deal with hair loss? xo


  • this might be perfect for my fine hair then!

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  • Me neither. They are either too heavy or just don't do anything for my hair, like this one. I guess there are no quick fixes.

  • There you go. I got mine from Cult Beauty.

  • Besides panicking and complaining?

    No, jokes aside, what kind of hair loss do you experience? Is it postpartum? Then check out my blogpost here: http://www.lindalibraloca.com/2015/02/a-nightmare-come-true.html

    Or is it something else causing the hair loss?

  • If your hair is very fine, you might like it.
    Thanks for sharing the giveaway.

  • Thank you for stopping by.

  • idu

    Oh no, I hope you find a product that restores your lovely hair to its perfect state. You are right, we really shouldn't believe everything we read. And pricey doesn't always translate to quality. http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

  • Looks great! My hair has been behaving very badly lately so i need something like this



  • Cliona

    Thank you! Lack of iron caused my hair loss but still definitely looking for tips to deal with making it look not so thin and dealing with the long process xx

  • So do you take iron supplements now? Sorry if I am too nosey…

  • Cliona

    No worries, i love talking about it because usually people are a bit scared to mention it to me. Yes I take iron and it's started to grow but it just sticks up everywhere!!

  • Let me know if it works for you.

  • I think my hair was beyond saving. I am really happy with the way it looks after the chop and I have gotten a lot of compliments on my "new" hair color.
    i still assume that if something is pricey, it is worth the money.nHave to learn that the hard way, I guess.

  • I fear there is nothing you can do to make it grow faster, just improve your health in general to keep it strong.
    Funny that people are so scared to talk about this, it is the same with postpartum hair loss. EVERY woman experiences it, but rarely anyone talks about it. It would be much easier if we mentioned it and shared our tips.
    I may have to edit my article and include iron deficiency. Don't think I have mentioned it there.

  • Cliona

    That's what I thought, we have to remain patient!
    Exactly! Then I wouldn't feel the need to explain to everyone I experienced hair loss when they are staring at my growth
    Thanks! Yes I think I will do a post on it too, because before it happened to me I had no idea it could cause hair loss

  • That's a shame! I've never used Sachajuan before and will think twice now. I tend to stick to L'Oreal or a little Moroccan Oil. If I need a little more TLC, I love Kerastase hair masks. They're worth the cash x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  • Nothing beats grim books for Grimm fairytales!

  • Definitely an important topic.

  • This is a great review.

    You really well said the truth, it's pricey.


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  • Анна-Алина Гевелюк

    Your reviews are really good!!!


  • It's a shame when expensive products don't work 🙁

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  • I've always wanted to colour my hair but the fear of destroying it kept me away. I do hate spending money on products that make big claim but do not deliver, it's frustrating. Great review, Linda and I love how you connect it to a fairy tale!

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  • Swati Sharma

    oops…this products is not how I expected it to be,……I would not spend my money on this…


  • I wouldn't do it again.

  • Yes, especially if the promise is so bold.

  • Maireem Maneje

    Great review. Too bad this didn't work out… the concept sounded interesting. <3


  • Jaa

    Too bad it only works for a day. 🙁 Frizz is something I struggle with from time to time but lately my hair seems to be behaving probably due to high humidity in the air so let's hope it stays that way!

  • I will keep looking for the perfect Leave-In-Conditioner.

  • Fingers crossed!

  • I love using oil on my hair to tame the frizz, but braiding doesn't help a lot. Usually I just let it air-dry and put it up.

  • I don't love silicone in hair products because I find that it eventually weighs down my hair.. Sorrt that this wasn't up to snuff! What a shame. I'm sure your shorter hair looks lovely.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • Oh no! I started reading your post thinking "I need this – sounds amazing", then it all went downhill! What a pity it didn't live up to it's claims. Hope you are enjoying your new haircut 🙂 x

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  • WhatWouldVWear

    Happy Monday, lovely! This is incredible! Seriously love
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    Sending you much love!!!

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  • Ah it's such a shame this didn't work out, at the beginning it sounded like it would be amazing!
    I'm so glad I read your post! I've been browsing Cult Beauty looking for a good conditioner as I've just had my first ever highlights put in and I'm paranoid about my hair becoming damaged and frizzy. Thank god I didn't splurge on this!

    Becki | http://www.beautyandthebrunette.co.uk

  • Dressed With Soul

    Oh, ich habe Märchen geliebt! Ich weiß nicht, wie oft ich die Märchen der Gebrüder Grimm gelesen habe – allerdings auf jeden Fall noch gut, wie sehr mich die meisten der Märchen beschäftigt haben! Was meine Haare anbelangt, würde ich sagen, es verhält sich normal, worüber ich beruhigt bin, denn meiner Beobachtung nach reagieren meine Haare auf meinen Gemütszustand 🙂

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  • It is not worth it after all!

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  • Erin MacNeil

    Ah, that's disappointing, especially since you used it for a substantial amount of time. But I agree with what you ended up doing. For some damage the best thing to do is cut off the difficult areas and try to start fresh. Especially hair, it usually always grows back! 🙂

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  • Your reviews are always my favorites, I know I'll get a clear explanation and you'll always be honest. I have never tried anything from this brand yet, but I don't seem like trying it now

    xx -n
    Naomi in Wonderland

  • It isnt too short, still more than shoulder length, but I want to grow it at least to mid-back and it grows so slowly.
    Are you happy with your length?

  • Glad you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by.

  • I use Coconut Oil as leave-in treatment and it works like a charm. Have you tried it?

  • Ehrlich? Das ist ja spannend. Ich merke natürlich lange Phasen von Stress and Haaren und Haut, aber den Gemütszustand konnte ich bislang nicht ablesen. Wie zeigt sich das bei Dir?

  • No, not

  • I am so happy for this honest review! I do have very fine hair so this product may work for me but as you say it is a little pricey for what you get. I appreciate your review!


  • Aww, how disappointing but I think it's great that you're honest about a crappy product. Not many bloggers are willing to do that <3

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  • Straw into gold … sounds so great! Bad that it's not doing what it claims to 🙁
    I use natural oils on my hair (my hair is dark blonde and I lighten it, so it's really damaged when I don't take care of it). Argan oil is great!
    Nati xx

  • valeriesdays

    I've never heard of this brand but I like to try a lot of products for hair, always looking for the perfect shampoo and conditioner 😉 xox http://valeriesdays.blogspot.fr/

  • I recently got my hair bleached and colored. Ever since my hair has this 'fried' look. I've been using this bamboo dry oil mist which totally changes the texture. It feels so much smoother now. I don't think I'll be bleaching my hair again any time soon. The straw into gold line is a pretty good one. Too bad it didn't live up to the hype.

  • I'm so low-maintenance when it comes to hair that I hardly ever heat-style it – it's just wash and air dry for me! The one thing I'm adamant about is using a hot oil treatment for my hair at least twice a week – I heat up some coconut oil and massage it into my hair at night, then wrap it up in a towel and go to bed. When I wash it in the morning it is really soft! Maybe that would work for you? You could always use olive oil instead, it works great with it too.

  • Definitely! I'm only not happy with my bangs at the moment because I'm growing out my fringe 🙂

  • This is actually perfect for me because any kind of product post washing seems to weigh my hair down. This is the only leave in conditioner that doesn't! I also like that comes with the spray, it's easier to distribute and really keeps things light. 🙂

  • Ah, been there. And after it was grown out I decided to cut it again… Vicious cycle.

  • I sometimes fumbled with the spray, because right out of the shower it got slippery in my hands. Good thing it isn't a glass bottle is all I can say…

  • Is the oil more efficient when used warm? I use coconut oil once a month, but I just warm it in the palms of my hand before I apply it and like the results a lot.

  • I love hair oil, but staying away from the bleach is the one thing that really helps. Too bad, I like the beach look…
    What is our "original" hair color?

  • Thank you.

  • My hair routine is always changing, I try so much new stuff that I hardly ever rebuy anything. What are you loving at the moment?

  • Which brand Argan Oil do you use? Your hair looks so lovely in your pictures!

  • valeriesdays

    At the moment I love Moroccanoil 😉

  • I know, but I don't understand why? It is not that I am bashing a company, I just want you to be able to choose where to spend your money on.
    And there are so many different styles and tastes out there, you just can't love everything.

  • You are welcome. What do you use to keep your hair frizz-free?

  • Aw, thank you. That was very kind of you to say.

  • Yes, but my hair grows sooo slowly, I sometimes feel it doesn't grow at all. Alas, it had to be done, and I love the way it looks right now health wise.
    What do you use to keep your hair in shape?

  • I had this one a while back, too, but it was too siliconey for my liking.

  • I find that warm oil tends to "sink in" better into my roots and hair than when it's cold. It does make a difference – you should give it a shot!

  • Erin MacNeil

    I do nothing for my hair. I only shampoo and condition (probably too often). But, I don't use heat often, and I haven't put any colour in it in years. I like to think it evens out that way.

  • Lucky you. But I guess not damaging is worth more than buying expensive lotions.

  • I will!

  • Thank you <3
    Haha, I use it from my kitchen. It's nothing special. 100% natural and really affordable! The brand is called Vitaquell or something like that. If you don't want to use oil that you usually use for cooking I can recommend the Oil magique hair oil by L'oréal (it makes my hair really soft & smells much better than the argan oil ^^)

  • I have used Olive Oil straight from my kitchen, so I dont mind. But you really cook with Argan Oil? I dont think I have seen it around here for cooking.

  • Dressed With Soul

    Danke für Deine Rückfrage: also z. B. wenn meine Haare widerspenstig sind, dann läuft bei mir auch nicht alles rund. Wenn es mir gut geht, dann liegen meine Haare gut, lassen sich ordentlich kämmen usw. Und wenn ich grundsätzlich nicht zufrieden mit mir bin, dann sind in der Regel auch meine Haare meiner Meinung nach nicht so wie ich mir das vorstelle 🙂 xx

  • Ah I;m really gutted about this! I've wanted to try this product for a while, glad you let me know all about the silicones in there!


  • I've really grown to love hair oils too! The right one can do wonders! My original color is more of a dark brown with some old lady gray thrown in for good measure lol.

  • I'm always skeptical when a brand makes fantastic claims… Especially when it comes to repairing damaged because, well, that's just not possible. Products can make it look better but nothing will fuse split ends back together!
    I have fine, wavy hair very prone to frizz and damaged tips. I have yet to find a leave-in conditioner that does anything for me.


  • Salt and Pepper hair? I love that, especially in men.

  • Den letzten Punkt kenne ochs, ansonsten machen meine Haare aber was sie wollen, ganz unabhängig von meiner Stimmung. Zumindest denke ich das. Aber ich werde verstärkt darauf achten ab jetzt!

  • I haven't but I've heard so much about it! I'm going to have to try it 🙂 xxx

  • If you do, try heating it up before. A reader left this tip in the comments and she swears it takes the experience to the next level!

  • You have to see whether the silicones bother you or not. The ones used here don't seem to weigh your hair down, but I just try to stay away from silicone-heavy products.

  • Totally with you on that. The one thing you can do is infuse moisture to the strands to prevent further breakage, but there is no way to mend split ends or nourish the hair at its ends. Hair is dead cells, all the nourishment is done at the roots. But the results will come after weeks and weeks, not within hours or days.

  • Ahh thank you! I've just bought some so I'll try it tonight 🙂 xxx

  • Keep me posted how it works.