As someone with very dry and curly hair, I often find myself on the receiving end of deep conditioning product recommendations. Curly-haired women freaking love to talk about their favorite hair care products, and I am no exception. I welcome the recommendations and make a point of trying as many as I can. Over the past couple of months, I’ve been told by four different women that I need to give Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle deep conditioner a try. All four women said that this product is basically the shit. A quick Google search confirmed that the Internet agrees–we’ve got a full-blown drugstore holy grail product on our hands here.
For the uninitiated, Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle is this: “A deep conditioner treatment with 3X the moisturizing power. [It transforms] dry hair into silky, shiny waves in 3 short minutes with a nourishing and intensely hydrating formula, made with a touch of Australian aloe, jojoba, and sea kelp.” The thought of deep conditioning my hair in three minutes is absolutely thrilling to me because there’s nothing that annoys me more than a product that requires 10 minutes to soak in. I’m a busy woman with a full Netflix queue to watch and a lot of banana chocolate chip muffins to eat–I can’t be spending my entire morning standing in the shower with conditioner on my head.
I picked up a bottle of the 3 Minute Miracle at Amazon for $3.99, which seemed like a super fair price for a product that reportedly turns straw into spun gold.
Here’s a picture of me standing in my bathroom and holding up the 3 Minute Miracle like I’m auditioning for a modeling job on The Price Is Right:
And a picture of what the conditioner actually looks like, to give you an idea about its consistency:
I don’t trust a thin or runny deep conditioner, so I was pleased to discover that the 3 Minute Miracle is super thick. Its strong fruity and floral scent was another pleasant surprise. I’m not happy with a hair care product unless it makes my hair smells like the rainforest in full bloom, and I could tell right away that the 3 Minute Miracle was up to the task.
So now for the fun part: trying it out. The directions are simple: shampoo, rinse, wring your hair out a bit, and then apply the deep conditioner. Leave on for three minutes and rinse out.
I washed my hair with my usual purifying shampoo, Live Clean Apple Cider, and then applied the 3 Minute Miracle. After 3 minutes and a good rinsing, I stepped out of the shower and followed my usual hair care routine: I gently brushed the tangles out of my hair and then wrapped it up in a towel for a minute or two. Then I spritzed on a bit of Lush’s Sea Spray Hair Mist and let my hair air dry.
I could tell within about 15 minutes that my curls were looking more defined and less frizzy than normal, which was super encouraging. After about an hour, when my hair was fully dry, it was obvious that my curls looked significantly better than normal. There was hardly any frizz insight, and my hair felt super soft. It even looked a little shiny, which was a big bonus–my hair is usually pretty dull. Here are the before and after photos so you can see for yourself:
See? There’s still a bit of frizz, but it’s definitely a big improvement, don’t you think? I’m totally kicking myself for all of the times I bought deep conditioners that have cost triple (or quadruple!) the price of the 3 Minute Miracle. I can hear my mother’s voice now: “You might as well just light your money on fire, Kristyn!”
If you’ve got four bucks and three minutes, you should definitely, definitely try this product out. I don’t really have any complaints about it at all, except maybe the fact that I couldn’t find it in Canada and had to pick it up during an afternoon shopping trip in Michigan. (Canadian Gloss readers, have you guys ever seen the 3 Minute Miracle on the shelves of Canadian drugstores? Is my local Shopper’s Drug Mart just not stocking it or something?) But as far as the actual product is concerned, I have no complaints! The 3 Minute Miracle is super affordable, smells really good, and hydrates hair quickly. I’m definitely on board the Aussie train now.
Have you ever used Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle? What did you think of it? Or do you swear by a different drugstore deep conditioner? Let me know in the comments below!
Beauty Expert & Hairstylist, Contributing Editor
Dorothy has been a beauty fanatic since she was a preteen growing up in a small Idaho town. She honed her makeup and hair skills on her willing mother and she’s a pro with a pair of tweezers, having fixed many a friend’s unibrow in college. Susan believes the true secret to beauty comes from within, but the right application of mascara and lipstick can help.