Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment Review

Last week I reviewed the Moisturizing Lather Shampoo in the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger line. I gave it a B.

At the same time that I was testing the shampoo, I was also testing a super-conditioner from the same line.

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment is actually the second part of a 2-step repair program. But I didn’t have step 1 (KeraTriplex Treatment).

Even so, I felt like this conditioner should be able to stand on it’s own.

How does it smell?

The Keratin Intensive Treatment smells just like the shampoo in the Wild Ginger line: like freshly cut ginger root.

Though I like the scent of ginger ale, I’m not a fan of the lemony/spicy scent of fresh ginger. But if you like it, you’ll like the smell of this.

It wasn’t cloying and the scent was super mellow on freshly rinsed hair.

Does it come in a small bottle like the shampoo?

Yep. Just like the Moisturizing Lather Shampoo, the Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment conditioner comes in a 3.4 fl oz bottle. That’s a bit smaller than you’d normally find.

Still, this stuff is thick, so I didn’t need as much as I normally would. In the end, though, I ran out of this before the shampoo. (Which always seems to happen to me, no matter the brand.)

At $24.95 per bottle, you may not want to pay that much for such little conditioner.

Does it live up to the promises?

One of the coolest things about the shampoo was that it did exactly what it promised.

The Keratin Intensive Treatment wasn’t as honest.

It promises to enrich and repair hair. Besides conditioning hair, it’s supposed to improve hair quality and texture for noticeable results.

But I just didn’t see it. At best it acted like the kind of really good conditioner that comes with home hair dye. It kept my locks moist, but it didn’t improve texture or repair my hair.

So, this is good for deep conditioning, but not for hair repair. This isn’t a miracle conditioner or anything.

The Final Verdict

While the scent is fresh and it has some good deep conditioning effects, Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment isn’t as restorative or reparative as they promise. And taking the small bottle and big price into account, this may not be an option for beauties on a budget. For these reasons, I give it a…


You can pick up this fancy conditioner Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, hair salons and Paul Mitchell schools for $24.95 suggested retail price.


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  1. Thanks for the review. That’s a poor performance considering the price.

    • Yeah, true. I don’t normally factor in price in reviews. Except in this case, where the price is out of the norm.

  2. Nice review 🙂 I’m always disappointed when pricey products don’t deliver visible results. Makes it kind of pointless.

  3. Your honesty is refreshing – too bad this conditioner wasn’t! It sounds like if it was a lot cheaper it might be a good buy, but not at the price they’re charging. Have you tried Ojon? It’s expensive, but I think you definitely get your money’s worth!

  4. The Keratin Intensive Treatment is not a conditioner. It is a treatment or “mask” for the hair. It is used at home once a week, and left on the hair for 3-5 minutes. It is also the 1st step of the 2-step salon only treatment. If used more than directed it could be too much protein for the hair which can cause breakage. The conditioner is called “Keratin Cream Rinse”. Here are a list of the prices according to size:

    Awapuhi WIld Ginger by Paul Mitchell

    Moisturizing Lather Shampoo
    3.4oz $10
    8.5oz $19.99
    33.8 oz (L) $39.99

    Keratin Cream Rinse
    3.4oz $10
    8.5oz $21.99
    33.8 oz (L) $40.99

    Keratin Intensive Treatment – Home & Salon Treatment
    3.4oz $15.00
    5.1oz $24.99
    16.9 oz Professional Use

    KeraTriplex Treatment – Salon Only Treatment
    0.33 oz Ampule

    • I was going to say all of this but you did it for me…this product works best if done following a in salon treatment. These products are beyond amazing but like with all products when done incorrectly the results aren’t the same.

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