Update 5 November 2016: The formula of this product has changed significantly and I can no longer recommend it.
Long ago, in late 2014, Memebox sent me a product called Lador Hydro LPP Treatment. It worked great and I intended to review it then until my internal plagiarism filter detected that the product description had been copied from the label of a similar Neutrogena product. Backstory: I started teaching college a decade ago (I “retired” from professing on anything other than kpop thighs a few years ago to take my current job), so it wasn’t hard for me to put the pieces together, just as it was hard for me to accept that this is the way things are. I felt like the only thing I could do in that situation was send word to my contact at Memebox that I wouldn’t be bringing attention to a product that belonged in the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ office until this label mess got cleared up. The label is now different and–while not exactly written in slick, flawless English–it’s clearly the work of someone at Lador and original text. Hell yes, considered my class passed. I feel proud and happy and ready to do my Lador Hydro LPP Treatment review at long last.
While I first encountered Hydro LPP as a press sample, I’ve since bought about 1000ml of it on my own because I’m so dependent on it, and I’ve gone on to try (and like) other Lador products. This brand seems to be priced very fairly for the quality and can easily be bought without doing kbeauty shopping Twister. I like Lador enough aside from their academic probation issues that back in October 2015 when I was on Memebox’s Kbeauty Innovation Board, I recommended that they stock the brand. Fast forward a few months and it seems like lots of people have discovered this budget-friendly, high-quality haircare line. EEE!
Lador Hydro LPP Treatment Review What It Is: It’s a conditioner. I know it says treatment. Just…ignore that, kbeauty haircare terminology is different. It’s a daily conditioner that can also be used a conditioning mask and as a pre- and post-chemical processing treatment.
How to Use Lador Hydro LPP Treatment Lador states that there are three ways to use Hydro LPP. I translated the following instructions from Lador’s product info. [My comments are in brackets.]
1. Daily use Massage a moderate amount into your hair then rinse thoroughly. [Honestly, this is how I use Hydro LPP 99.5% of the time. I leave it on for about 3 minutes or until my mental to-do list is read in an increasingly fast internal scream, whichever comes first.]
2. Special care use Apply a moderate amount after shampooing and wear for 10-15 minutes under a shower cap and then rinse. [Sure, if you have the time]
3. Pre-treatment/Post-treatment for chemical processing (perms, coloring, etc.) [I’ve never tried this version because of the way I bleach and tone my hair.] Pre-treatment: apply to hair for 10 minutes then rinse before perming or dyeing, mainly focusing on the areas that will be treated with chemicals. Post-treatment: shampoo then apply to hair for 10 minutes after a chemical hair treatment, rinse. How Often to Use It: I use this each time I wash my hair as a conditioner. I have chemical-treated, fairly damaged hair, so I’d use some sort of conditioner each time I wash my hair no matter what, in part so I can get a brush through it later.
Lador Hydro LPP Treatment Experience Scent: Hydro LPP is really fragrant, but in a nice way. It doesn’t smell like a natural scent to me, but more like a pleasant mid-grade perfume. It isn’t overwhelming to me in the shower and it makes my hair smell nice for at least a day after washing. Consistency/Texture: Hydro LPP feels like skincare–as if you could apply it to your face as a cream and leave it the whole day without causing anything horrible or bad to happen. It’s nicely thick straight out of the tube, but glides through my hair easily–it doesn’t take a lot to loosen tangles and condition my hair–and then it rinses clean with no residue. Color: The color of Hydro LPP is actually the color of egg yolks from the sort of chickens you read about in Michael Pollan books–you know, the ones that lay yellow-orange-yolked eggs for a few months out of the year due to their aspirational lifestyle. Despite the bright color, my blonde hair hasn’t been tinted or anything like that. Scalp Feel: This feels fine on my scalp–not heavy, oily, or causing itchiness. Hair Feel: Hydro LPP feels amazing on my hair from the moment I put it on. While it’s on my hair, it detangles it and makes the strands feel smooth. The smooth feeling stays even after I rinse it out. After my hair is dry, my hair still feels silky and I have less frizz and dryness than usual. My hair feels clean and not heavy or oily at least two days after washings as long as I’m using a shampoo my hair likes, too.
Lador Hydro LPP Treatment Technicals pH Level: Lador claims that Hydro LPP has a pH of 4.5. pH levels of orangey conditioners are tricky to test. Why care about the pH of hair products? Because hair strands are naturally acidic and hair tends to be less frizzy and in better condition overall when we use low-pH products. For more info on the science of haircare and Asian Beauty haircare philosophies, check out this awesome Asian Beauty subreddit post. Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Olive Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oleyl Alcohol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Lactic Acid, Benzophenone-9, Collagen, C12-18 Dialkyldimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Fragrance. CosDNA analysis. There are a few ingredients that could be possible acne or skin sensitivity triggers including Cetearyl Alcohol, Olive Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, and Oleyl Alcohol, so check out the list if your skin doesn’t typically like fatty alcohols or oils. Why pay attention to ingredients when looking at haircare? I think it’s important to think about what goes on our scalps, body skin, and comes in contact with our faces because all of that can contribute to things like acne. I also find that if I avoid certain surfactants in my shampoo, my scalp and back feel much smoother and less itchy.
Is Lador Hydro LPP Treatment Good? This product is freaking awesome for my hair. I’ve tried lots of other conditioners in my 33 years, including that conditioner my mom used to try to get the comb out of my hair when I decided it would make a great roller–hello 2nd grade bob cut!–and this one is the hands-down best.
Other Asian Beauty Haircare I Love Click to read my reviews: Scalp shampoo: Uka Scalp Cleansing Deep & Light Shampoo: Skylake Oriental Herb Cool Shampoo Conditioner/hair mask: Lador Perfect Hair Filler Scalp and hair spray: Aromatica Tea Tree Purifying Tonic I’ve tried Lador Damage Protector Acid Shampoo, but it contains some surfactants that make my scalp a bit angry, so I prefer Skylake shampoo.
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