Product Type: VO5 hair care products
Newest Review: ... I had no idea what I needed, but I spotted the shampoo and conditioner of VO5 Give Me Moisture. Of course, there were also other produ... more
VO5 Give Me Moisture Shampoo
Member Name: missrarr
VO5 Give Me Moisture Shampoo
Advantages: Affordable, does it's job
Disadvantages: Doesn't out perform its pricetag, slightly poor packaging, scent isn't very special
I like to look after my hair but lately budgets have been very tight and I can't justify the investment in top-end products for my day-to-day hair care. Given that I own my own home but when working commute from my mother's nearby town due to the direct rail link, to save hauling all my worldly belongings from house to house I also have to double up on things and find that I come home and not realise that I've run out of products for looking after both my own appearance and that of my home!
That scenario struck not long ago when I returned to my house for a weekend off. Over the years I have accumulated what seems like every type of conditioner under the sun, so when I realised my shampoo bottle was empty I was pretty sure I'd find some leftovers of another shampoo in the collection. Wrong! Any conditioner you could ask for I could have given you, but could I find shampoo? Could I heck.
So, having nicked a sneaky helping of my then-lodger's product instead (I hope that's not why she moved out!), I conditioned, went about my day, and reminded myself to pick some shampoo of my own up when I did the shopping.
(I did of course forget, and nick the lodger's the next day as well, so maybe she did notice and pack her bags because of it after all...)
Eventually I did remember, however, as I saw this product, VO5 Give Me Moisture shampoo, on offer in Waitrose. As I'm trying to grow my hair, and spend quite a lot of time in varying temperatures and air conditioning as I commute and work, I'm very conscious of keeping my hair from getting too dry as I'm trying to stop the ends splitting (saving money on a hair cut here and there is no bad thing either!) so the name of this product caught my eye straight away.
***WHAT IS IT?***
VO5 Give Me Moisture shampoo comes in a bright pink bottle with a wide main body and thinner neck. There is a snap-up lid mechanism which you press up or down and you can squeeze the plastic of the bottle to encourage the shampoo out.
The packaging is bold and eyecatching but it is basic plastic so there is nothing to make you feel this is a high-end product.
On the front label we are told that this product is recommended by Grazia readers (the back label tells us 69% of their readers surveyed did so, 316 surveyed in total). It also boasts "adaptive hair care technology", contains 500ml of product, is for dry hair, and "quenches thirsty hair for a shimmering, shiny transformation".
The back label informs us that:
- The adaptive haircare technology is designed to try to target dry areas and give your hair moisture precisely where you need it.
- The product has white pearl extracts, and is enriched with a blend of 5 oils - Avocado Oil, Argan Oil (currently a rave product thanks to the increase in popularity of hair oils), Apricot Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Jojoba Oil.
- The shampoo is intended to strengthen dry hair, provide moisture, leave your hair balanced, with shine and enhanced suppleness.
***WHERE, AND HOW MUCH?***
This product is commonly available in supermarkets and high street pharmacies. It is available in 500ml (which I have) or a smaller 250ml version is available, which I have bought as it is a handy travel size.
At time of writing (late July 2012), the 250ml version will cost you £2, although it is on offer at £1 in Tesco. The standard price for the 500ml is £3.90 with Superdrug currently offering it for £1.69, which I have to say sounds like fantastic value.
***IS IT ANY GOOD?***
When you flip the lid open you dispatch a slightly shimmery, not overly thick white shampoo. It's not runny but I have known products that are "gloopier".
Of the oils included in this product, I think if I can smell anyone in particular it must be the grape seed, but none truly stands out. If anything I would have to describe this product's scent as a bit artificial and clinical, and certainly not my favourite shampoo scent ever!
A quick note on the bottle - when you've used this product and snapped the lid back down, I have noticed that virtually every time a small amount of the product in the neck of the bottle gets caught in the back of the lid mechanism and squirts out of the back of it. This can make the bottle a bit slippery although I have yet to see it ooze down the side as there's not that much of it that escapes, but it's a bit annoying and in the course of use of a 500ml bottle I'd say you're probably going to lose at least one wash's worth of product from this because of it being washed away in the shower.
So on to its performance. I find that you have to be a bit generous - as this is quite a loose consistency it will spread out in the palm of your hand and I estimate that enough to cover the surface area of two 50p coins is enough for my hair which is medium thickness and below my shoulders.
This lathers well and happily I do not find that the scent lingers too strongly.
I have yet to notice significant build up of this product but I do use other products now and then to avoid that anyway.
I have to say that I don't find this product lasts as long as a 500ml product should - I think this is down to the consistency and also that I feel you need quite a bit of it to work.
It effectively cleans my hair and prepares it for conditioner. I cannot bring myself to not condition my hair, even for our beloved Dooyoo, and there are two reasons for this. First, loyalty to my hair and the maintenance of it. But also, when I'm using a moisture-based shampoo product, and apply conditioner afterwards that obviously I will also have selected for my hair's requirements, and when I come to dry and style my hair I find no evidence to convince me that my hair care would not be compromised should I go sans conditioner, it doesn't really encourage me to do so!
No, not great. Not strictly speaking bad, but not great either.
What we have here is a fairly low-budget, widely available shampoo which does the job of a fairly low-budget shampoo. It is not unpleasant. It cleans my hair. I wouldn't say it delivers brilliantly in terms of giving moisture to my hair - I have to admit that my hair is dry at the moment because it is overdue a cut, it's been suffering in different temperatures and conditions all summer, and I can't afford to treat it as I would like to with intense conditioners and oils. However, whilst I have bought another small bottle of this because it is cheap, doesn't build up and is handy to have around, I have to say that if I could afford to I would invest in something better straight away.
Lately I have been thinking that in trying to save money on my appearance at my age (late twenties), I may be embarking on a mission of false economy. What I do to maintain my image now will impact on my future appearance. I am a little insecure so I like to look my best professionally and personally and now I've reached pay day I have promised myself a bit of a pampering session this week, with some new products as I try to improve my current appearance in time for my holiday at the end of the month. And, having considered it, whilst having a little bottle of this is handy when I go away for work, that aside, I doubt I'll be reinvesting in this product. It is perfectly capable of doing its job as a pleasant shampoo, and the fact that it doesn't deliver as much as I would like in terms of moisturising properties is probably down to my expectations being too high for the capabilities of a low-budget shampoo. I should stress it has never left my hair feeling overly dry, but nor does it outperform its pricetag to give me confidence that I could use this without a conditioner as well.
All in all, for its budget this is perfectly pleasant, but I personally will be trying to find the extra margin to invest in something better for my hair from now on. It's perfectly adequate but it's not one of those brilliant high street revelations that outperform their price range significantly.
Summary: It won't change your life but it will clean your hair