Neuma Neusmooth Leave-on Conditioner - review


I haven't felt like writing much over the last two days, which is unlike me because I almost always feel like it, and I can only imagine that's because we've had a sick household for what feels like an eternity. My son and I especially have been keeping ourselves awake at night with godawful coughs, meaning we're both permanently foggy these days.

However, this morning is one of the only two mornings each week that I have free (both kids are in childcare) so it would be rude of me not to get on the computer - especially because if I don't do that, then I might have to turn my eye to the mountain of washing that needs folding. Ach.

Anyhoo. This decent-sized hair treatment came with an Adore Beauty order ages ago, back when you spent $79 AUD to get your free gift. Then a few weeks ago it went up to $89 and then $99 shortly thereafter. I understand the jump to $89, but how did it suddenly go up to $99?

I'm digressing. This hair treatment. I don't like it at all. That's a good thing because it's not cheap, but I'm rather baffled to be honest because, at this price point, I expected it to be good. More on that below.

Neuma claims/product details:
  • A moisture infused leave-on conditioner that soothes and protects hair
  • A proprietary blend of plant extracts and essential oils, Phyto Colour Complex™, maximises colour hue, vibrancy and longevity
  • Meanwhile Phyto UV Shield™, an exclusive blend of plant nutrients, protects colour from UVA & UVB oxidation
  • Helps restore condition and sheen while reducing frizz
  • To use: use on wet hair for tangle-free conditioning or on dry hair to restore shine, eliminate  frizz or define curls and waves
  • RRP $47.50 AUD for 250ml, but do shop around


First up, I have long, dry, wavy and frizzy hair. Worth noting also is that I often use hair treatments on both myself and my daughter, and her hair is normal and curly. 

I use products like this on my daughter to help with detangling because she hates having her hair brushed, and in many cases I've found that products that don't work for me still do work on her - but not this one. This one does nothing for either of us.

It's a clear product with a faint, soapy scent. It's reasonably light (if a little sticky) and you can't see it on the hair but you can feel it.

When I saw that you could use it on wet hair for tangle-free conditioning, I immediately started using it on both myself and my daughter because we definitely need something to help with knots. It doesn't help, not at all. Sometimes I even wonder if it makes matters worse. Disappointing.

Next, I used it on my own dry hair to 'restore shine' and 'eliminate frizz'. While it perhaps helps with shine a little bit, it doesn't help with frizz. When I first apply it, it does manage frizz a touch - but within twenty minutes, it has dried down and my frizz looks just as bad. And then my hair feels a tad coated. It's not awful and I've certainly used much worse products that leave an awful film, but it's not a product that vanishes into my hair with no trace.

After that, I tried it on my daughter's curly hair to 'define curls'. Again, it maybe does that a little bit for the first twenty minutes, but after it's dried down, any effect is gone.

All this product has really done for either of us is reduce the time between washes, because it does leave some build-up on the hair - something that only gets worse if you try to apply it more than once.

Now while my hair is temperamental so I have a lot of trouble finding hair treatments that suit me, most things work on my daughter's hair - meaning it's unusual to find something that does absolutely nothing.

Overall I can't recommend this product and I don't think it meets its claims. I also wouldn't buy this blind because it's not cheap, so do pick up a sample first if you're interested.

Not for me.

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