REVIEW: TRESemme Beauty Full Volume Range

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As you might of guessed already, I’m a sucker for a new shampoo & conditioner! All the big brands always seem to be releasing the new found hair treatment to cure your hair troubles whether it be for; dry ends, protecting coloured hair, less fizz, more volume – there is something for everyone down the hair aisles of Boots or Superdrug. And yes I know 9x out of 10 it’s all the same stuff in pretty bottles and it’s all in the marketing (trust me, I work in advertising!) but I’m an adman’s dream when it comes to hair. I’m that girl that will always think, what if it actually does change my hair and give me amazing volume like Beyoncé? And when they offer a new shampoo and conditioner for an introductory rate in Boots, I might as well give it a try – right?!

This time I picked up the TRESemme Beauty Full Volume combo. This is a ‘new’ concept brought to the hair market by TRESemme, the idea being that you use the pre-wash conditioner as the first step, then follow in with the shampoo. But is this really a new-found idea? I’m sure I remember reading this tip years ago in one of the female glossy magazines as it’s known that conditioners always tend to weight down your hair, therefore they suggested that if you want to keep the volume in your hair – swap the order you use shampoo and conditioner around. Did I try it, and stick to that method…no! Anyway nevertheless TRESemme was clever enough to come to the market first with this ‘marketing genius’ idea – for all I know it could be their usual volume shampoo & conditioner is new packaging! But speculating aside, what did I think?

I actually really like it! I’ve always been a fan of the TRESemme ranges, and I’m always eager to get more volume in my hair. When I first used this in the shower, I’ll admit it felt a little strange and I did have to think twice on which I needed to use first. As I mentioned before in a previous hair review (see it here), I suffer with greasy hair and after getting my hair wet, then applying conditioner it didn’t feel quite right. After brush the conditioner through my hair and rinsing, my hair still felt heavy and almost like I hadn’t quite managed to get all the conditioner out. I then followed with the shampoo and rinsed, and my hair was left feeling clean.

Moment of truth came however when it came to blow drying my hair – I think we’ve all been there and tried out a dodgy hair treatment in the shower, gone to dry your hair and it still feels as dirty as it did before you got in shower…I was however really surprised! My hair felt super soft and light-weight. I can’t say I noticed a difference in volume (but I do have to caveat that my hair is in desperate need of a cut and layers putting back in) but it was definitely a lot my lighter than usual and I was able to style my hair a lot better to gain a bit more volume. So all in all, I would give it top marks! 
I do wonder however if I would get the same effect with any type of shampoo & conditioner if I swapped them around though…here’s to the next experiment!

Have you tried the TRESemme Beauty Full Volume shampoo & conditioner yet? What are your thoughts? 

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First Impression: L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Range

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When I heard about the L’oreal Clay range I got really excited – “A treatment, shampoo and conditioner range combats the excessive oil production at the roots but also any dehydration throughout the lengths and ends.”

I get so frustrated with all the shampoos and conditioners on the market as everything is made for dry and damaged hair, generally because in this day an age everyone is using excess heat on their hair or dying their various colours. Although I tend to use heat on my hair, I don’t colour my hair due to being allergic to most hair dyes so my hair is actually in a good condition but I do suffer from oily hair. I sometimes find myself so envious at those lucky people who could leave washing their hair only once or twice a week. It’s quite the opposite with me, I have to wash my hair 4-5 times a week and on those in-between days I will nearly always need to wear my hair up to avoid my hair looking dirty or lifeless. And what with needing to blow-dry my hair every time because it takes so long to air dry, washing my hair is a lengthy process and quite frankly a pain in the arse!

The main products in the range is the pre-shampoo clay mask, shampoo and conditioner –

L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Masque Pre Shampoo Treatment – this is a bit of a strange concept to get your head around. It’s a blue clay-like liquid (similar to a clay face mask) which you rub into your roots whilst your hair is dry, leave for 5 minutes and rinse well. For me, this sensation feels a little gross as your hair feels gungy, matted and I can’t wait to rinse it out and give my hair a proper wash. It also (unsurprisingly) smells very clay-like, just so you’re warned in case you don’t like the smell.

L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo & Conditioner – To be honest, not a great deal to write home about for these – they are just a normal shampoo and conditioner, however I was interested which products really made the difference?

I’ve used the products now about three times, twice using the clay mask treatment beforehand and once without and just using the shampoo and conditioner. My first impression is – the mask makes all the difference! When I used the shampoo and conditioner on their own, I still needed to wash my hair after a couple of days and I actually also felt it left a strange residue in my hair – nothing too drastic but my hair did feel like there was almost some product build up. Using the shampoo and conditioner with the mask however still left my hair feeling the same but my hair definitely lasted an extra day without washing, so the feeling of slightly residue is a feeling I can definitely live with if it means I can leave washing my hair for an extra day!

My next experiment will definitely be to try using the mask and maybe using another kind of shampoo and conditioner afterwards to avoid the residue feeling, although I am worried it won’t have the lasting effects of not needing to wash my hair as frequent.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

Have you tried the L’oreal Clay Range yet? What are your thoughts?