A few weeks ago Harbinger sent me a PR package that included products from Tresemme’s newest line – the Beauty-Full Volume Collection. This line is described as a “…game-changing regime that gives your hair amazing body and bounce. For soft, touchable volume everyday.” It’s based on the concept that “…using conditioner after you shampoo can weigh hair down and leave it flat.”
So a bit about my hair: I have poker straight, colour-treated (highlights/lowlights every 8 weeks), fine hair, but lots of it. I struggle with a lack of volume and my hair falling flat with even a hint of humidity in the air. My hair gets oily VERY easily and so I’m very careful about the products I use, and dry shampoo is my best friend. I’m always searching for products that help me create and keep volume and my style intact. Recently I’ve found a good collection of products that are working with my hair which makes me want to throw a party to celebrate! Getting to where I am right now has been a long, expensive and painful road!
I’ll be honest, I was a little skeptical to give this a try. My experience with Tresemme products hasn’t been great – actually it’s been horrible. I’ve never tried anything from them that I’ve actually liked so I had pretty low expectations going into this. In addition, I’ve been using the condition first, shampoo second technique for about a year now and I’ve seen results with it, just by using my regular shampoo and conditioner. I didn’t really see the need to use a specially designed shampoo and conditioner.
If you’ve never heard of the condition first, shampoo second method (aka the reverse wash), Nouveau Cheap has a great post about how and why she uses this method and how it works for her. I’ll admit to never having tried her method of not rinsing the conditioner before shampoo – it’s an interesting concept that I’ll have to try out. The method I use to apply a generous amount of conditioner to my ends and length, and a small amount to my roots. I let it sit for about 1 minute, rinse with water and then shampoo twice. I shampoo twice because I only wash my hair every third day and once doesn’t rid my hair of the product buildup I accumulate over those couple of days. The end result is that my hair feels lighter, with more volume at my roots which is where I need it most.
So on to my review of the products:
TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner is designed to be used before you shampoo, to leave hair smooth and polished but still full of bounce.
- Apply 2-3 pumps evenly throughout wet hair.
- Leave on for one minute. Rinse.
- Follow with TRESemmé BEAUTY-FULL VOLUME SHAMPOO to wash away weight.
One of the first things I noticed about this was the bottle. Love, love, love that it has a pump! I wish all shampoos and conditioners had a pump – so much easier to measure how much you’re using and it’s just easier to get it out of the bottle in general! You can’t see it in the pictures but the bottle itself is really pretty – it’s got a teal and white duo-chrome thing going on.
I was happy to discover that this had a thin and lightweight yet slick texture – which for us fine haired people, is key. Anything too thick and creamy is going to wear (thin) hair down and make it greasier sooner. It had a really fresh and sweet scent too – I would best describe it as smelling like green apples.
The directions recommend using 2-3 full pumps throughout your hair, focusing on the ends. I did that the first time I used this and that didn’t work well for me. My hair was super slippery on Day 1 and pretty greasy on Days 2 and 3. After that, I used 1.5 pumps and I discovered that amount worked best for my hair. If you’re in need of deeper conditioning, the 2-3 pumps recommendation will may best for you.
TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo is designed to come after the Pre-Wash Conditioner to wash away weight. That way, your hair gets the conditioning it needs to feel smooth and silky, but maintains the bounce it needs to look fabulously full.
- Begin with TRESemmé BEAUTY-FULL VOLUME PRE-WASH CONDITIONER.
- Apply to wet hair from roots to tips.
- Work into a lather. Rinse.
- Style with the full TRESemmé BEAUTY-FULL VOLUME range.
This shampoo has the same green apple scent as the conditioner; it has a good texture – not too thick, not too thin, and lathers well, although there’s way more lather the second time I wash (but that’s true with any shampoo). After washing my wet hair felt basically the same as it did after using any other shampoo and conditioner, so I had no complaints there.
Some volumizing hair products leave hair feeling stiff and sticky. TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Volume & Softness Hair Maximizer lets you have hair that’s got bounce and body, but still feels soft.
- Use after the TRESemmé BEAUTY-FULL VOLUME REVERSE SYSTEM.
- Apply small amount to damp hair from roots to tips, focusing on the lengths.
- Blow dry your hair using a round brush to create volume.
So I always, always, always put product in my hair after washing it. Occasionally I will let my hair air dry and do nothing with it but I still put product in it because any style I do on Days 2 or 3 will not have a hope of sticking without it. I typically use a volumizing mousse at the roots and a heat protectant spray on the lengths and ends. When I saw they had included a cream product I knew right away that it wasn’t going to work for me – I need a product with some “stickiness” for the lack of a better word.
I gave it a try the first time I used this entire line and it worked fine but it’s not something I’d purchase on my own, nor use again. It did make my hair really soft and silky – but that’s part of the problem – if my hair is too soft and silky, it just falls flat. If you like really sleek hair, it might be worth a try though. Note that the instructions state to blow-dry your hair after using this so it’s more of a blow-dry cream.
So I’ve used the entire line once and followed all the directions, and then I’ve used the Conditioning Rinse and Shampoo a handful of times and made modifications to the directions to suit my hair type. My opinion after the first use was that these were good products – my hair felt super silky, soft and bouncy. In addition, it felt SUPER clean – almost to the point where it was squeaky clean, which was a little weird. Then on Day 2 and 3, my roots became pretty oily and my hair was pretty flat.
After that I lessened my use of the Conditioning Rinse to 1.5 pumps (as mentioned above) and swapped my normal styling products in for the Hair Maximizer. Huge difference! My hair still felt silky, soft and clean but to a lesser degree where I could still do things with it. The one thing I really like is the way the scent lingers in my hair – it’s nothing overpowering or strong, just a nice light scent in my hair that I get a whiff of every so often.
My two caveats with this are 1) I’m not sure it actually creates a ton of volume – at least no more than what I was currently getting with my regular shampoo anyway. I find I have a bit more bounce in my hair for the first day after washing, but that disappears after Days 2 and 3. Which is a bit disappointing given that this whole line is centered around creating volume in hair. But my experience has been that you’re not going to get volume solely from your shampoo and conditioner – you need to add product in to accomplish that.
Second, I think they need to market these products more towards fine hair. I can’t see those with coarse, thick hair liking this. Reverse washing is meant to work best for those with fine or thin hair.
So would I purchase this on my own? I would – excluding the Hair Maximizer of course. I think the bottles are going to last me a while but I’m going to incorporate these into my shampoo and conditioner rotation (I use a shampoo and conditioner for colour-treated hair every other day). I love the fact that they are from the drugstore and very affordable ($5.99 CAD/bottle) and I might actually give the mousse in the line a try as well.
Have you tried Tresemme’s new line yet? Let me know below!
As always, thanks for reading!