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I'm a sucker for hair products, I could literally spent a fortune on conditioners, serums, mouses and cremes to keep my locks healthy, shiny and smelling good! I've got long red hair which is quite thick so it's essential for me to keep on top of keeping my hair in good condition especially since I use my hairdryer and straighteners on a regular basis like a lot of girls & boys all over the nation! To me, using conditioning oil makes sense. When my skin is dry I use oil to treat it so why not do use the same idea for my hair?
"VO5 Moisture Soak Hot Oil Treatment reconstructs damaged hair by bonding to the weak sites of every strand to smooth and restore shine. VO5 Moisture Soak Hot Oil Treatment uses the power of heat and penetrates deep within the hair to counteract the damage caused by heated appliances and colouring"
I picked up VO5 Moisture Soak Hot Oil pack (4 x 15ml little tubes) at my local boots for £4.29. I thought this was quite expensive for essentially only 4 treatments, as I've bought bigger tubs of intensive hair conditioner from other popular brands for the same price or cheaper. The packaging is eye catching enough, but as it's in a cardboard box I have to store it outside of my shower and on my bathroom shelf where it can easily be forgotten about.
The directions stated that the hot oil's recommended usage is once/twice a week, and in order for it to work hair has to be wet and the oil has to be hot. Rather than hold the tubes under the shower (as recommended in a few reviews I'd read) I put the tube in a cup of hot water for a minute or two until the oil was hot enough to have effect. I then applied the hot oil to my hair which was quite difficult trying to negotiate the oil from the fiddly tube to cover my hair. I couldn't sit the tube down to make sure the oil was applied properly so I just ended up trying to do it all at once making nearly half of it drip down my back. So I left the oil on for 10 minutes just to try and really reap the benefits and it seemed to wash out well as I couldn't feel any residue after washing it out.
The results weren't mind blowing in the very slightest. A lot of reviews I'd read previously had complained about the product leaving a greasy residue but for me it made absolutely no effect on my hair whatsoever, even after using the remaining 3 tubes. My hair only felt greasy after one use because I hadn't washed the product out properly but other than that it was almost asif the product just didn't absorb into my hair at all leaving me £4.29 short with dry hair.
I wouldn't recommend this product. The little tubes are difficult to use and apply to the hair and I felt cheated after 4 uses over a week and a half without a single difference to my hair. I won't be buying this product again and I think I'll just stick to my cheaper and more effective hair cremes.
I try and keep my hair in good conditioning as it goes through a lot of stress with styling and blow drying it all the time. I usually wash and condition it every couple of days and I try and use some sort of conditioning treatment on it at least once a week or more depending on the severity of the damage to it.
V05 hot oil treatments are something that I have been using on and off since I was a teenager. Although there are loads of conditioning treatments available that I like to use this will always be something which I end up going back to as it is still just as good as it has always been.
The hot oil costs £4.29 a packet in boots and in it you get four individual treatments. The oil comes in little plastic containers and you have to soak the plastic containers in hot water for a few minutes to heat the oil up and make it easier to apply to your entire hair. One container is enough for my medium/long hair and when I am doing it I always make sure to pay attention to my roots to ensure that they are getting plenty of the oil in them as this is always where I get the most damage.
You then leave the oil on your hair for a minute or so and then just rinse off. I use them after shampooing and conditioning and they leave my hair looking super shiny and much healthier. Any dryness that I have is gone and my hair looks so much sleeker and less frizzy when it is dried. You can actually see the moisture that has been put back in to my hair with these.
It might sound like a recipe for greasy hair putting oil in it but surprisingly these just don't make my hair greasy at all. Once it is washed out my hair it doesn't leave it heavy and when dried there is no hint of grease only shine and vitality. When you put it on your wet hair you might think it's going to leave your hair like a chip pan but trust me it really doesn't.
The goodness that these put in your hair isn't just a fleeting thing either and you can actually still see the shine and healthiness even days later. You do need to keep up the treatments to see the benefits but one a week should do unless you have particularly badly damaged hair in which case you should really try and do it at least twice a week instead.
I have bought these for years and will always probably continue to still buy them. They work great and when I haven't used them in a long time it is always nice to go back to them and rediscover just how good they are.
I do think they are expensive considering that you only get four in a packet but this is probably because I remember when they were only about £1 a packet.
I have quite long, thick hair and as such it needs looking after. Every couple of weeks I like to do an intensive conditioning treatment just to perk it up and make it feel loved.
A while back a brought a couple of tubes of VO5 moisture soak from a local discount shop, they cost a pound each. When you compare them to the cost of a large tub of intensive conditioner I think it is quite pricey so I was expecting good things
I peeled the tubes out of the packaging and dropped them in a cup of hot water while I wet my hair and got ready for a shower; I had decided to use two tubes as I have lots of hair. I left the tubes in the cup for around a minute and then broke the seal and proceeded to apply the hot oil to my hair. I found this quite a difficult task; the design of the small tube makes it hard to direct the oil precisely, in the end I bunched my hair up and squeezed both tubes onto my hair and then massaged it in. I then used a wide tooth comb to try and evenly distribute the oil to through my hair.
The packaging states not to leave the oil on your hair for longer than a minute. The oil smells very much like the smell in the hairdressers (does that make sense?) and is a lovely golden colour, like honey. The consistency of the oil is like olive oil.
I left the oil on my hair on my head for the allotted 1 minute and then dived into the shower to rinse off, my hair felt like I had not washed it in ages, so I was desperate to get it shampooed out.
I washed my hair like normal, my shampoo foamed up like usual and did not seem to be fighting the super greasiness of the hot oil, I then conditioned my hair as usual and then rinsed.
Once out of the shower I brushed my hair through and left it to dry naturally as usual, when dry my hair appeared no different to before I had treated it with hot oil. It was not shinier and did not feel nourished or stronger.
In conclusion I feel this was a waste of my time and money, I will stick to my usual pot of intensive conditioner every few weeks.
Thank you for reading.
My hair gets put through alot of drying, straightening or curling on an almost daily basis, so I try to do a lot to keep it healthy and shiny. My mum suggested these to me a while ago and it wasnt something I'd heard of, but I trust her opinions so I decided to give it a go.
They come in a small blue box in which you get 4 small 15ml tubes of the oil. The tube is clear with the orangy oil inside, and to open you simply twist the top which then snaps off to reveal a small hole in the top. Be careful not to squeeze the tube as you twist otherwise you'll end up with it everywhere like I did the first time I used it. The oil is very easy to use and apply, simply place the tube in a glass or mug of hot (but not boiling) water for around 5 minutes for the oil to heat through, then snap off the cap and apply to your hair, making sure you distribute it evenly. Leave it on for 1-2 minutes and then rinse out.
The hot oil really does make a difference to you hair, which is noticable even after the first use. It seems to restore some of its natural bounce and volume, and makes it really silky and soft without weighing it down like some conditioners do. It also makes my split ends less noticable and my hair is less likely to snap when im brushing and styling it. I tend to use these a couple of times a month and I dont really feel the need to use them more often than this, which is great as it means one packet lasts me around 2 months, and a pack usually costs around £5 or less so it seems like a bargain to me.
You can buy these in most Boots stores and superdrug too, I havent seen them available anywhere else but then again I havent gone looking anywhere else for them
I would definitely recommend these to anyone whose hair is feeling a bit dry, damaged and neglected!
I regularly get my shoulder-length hair dyed at a local salon and I try to use good-quality hair care products to keep my locks from getting dried out or going frizzy or brittle as a result of frequent colouring, which can occur from time to time as a result of the harsh chemicals contained in hair dyes and colours.
With a recent colouring treatment being carried out on my tresses, combined with a week-long holiday in a hotter-than-usual climate, I felt that my hair deserved a little bit of a treat and thought it looked slightly duller than it usually does as a result of its recent 'traumas.'
When I happened to mention this to a friend of mine recently during a visit to her house, she produced a little tube of amber-coloured liquid for me to try out. She informed me that the product worked well on her extremely dry, brittle hair and suggested that I gave it a try out myself. Never one to refuse a free gift, I happily accepted and this review is based on my own experiences.
The product in question is the "V05 Hot Oil Treatment" which I believe has recently been re-branded and renamed as "V05 Moisture Soak Hot Oil Treatment" although my friend assures me the products are the same. The version of the product I used is identical to the one shown at the top of the Dooyoo page, and I believe it is purely the name of the product that has been given a bit of an update in recent times.
The V05 Hot Oil Treatment consists of a little tube made of clear plastic, through which I can see the amber-coloured hair oil. I believe that you can only buy the little tubes in packs of four, which are available from drugstores such as Superdrug and Boots, costing in the range of £3 - £4 for the pack.
Preparing the V05 Hot Oil prior to my using it was easy and simple to do, and I liked the fact that full instructions for the product were printed clearly on the reverse of the tube, instead of having to fiddle with bulky packaging or boxes when trying to treat and shampoo my hair in the shower! To prepare the oil, all I had to do was drop the tube into a cup of warm water to allow the oil contained within to heat up before I used it on my hair. The instructions inform me that the tube should sit in the water for a minute, but I left it slightly longer than that and it was absolutely fine. The water in the cup should not be boiling or even hot as this will obviously make the oil contained within the tube become very hot, and possibly make it dangerous to use, so warm water is just fine.
The V05 Hot Oil is to be applied to UNWASHED hair only. So, I wet my hair under the shower and then snapped off the cap on top of the little tube by turning it. This was easy to do and even with wet hands I had no difficulty in removing it. Then all I had to do was to squeeze the contents of the little tube over my hair and massage it in completely, for one minute. There is a warning on the reverse of the little tube regarding leaving the product on the hair for too long and indeed I do believe (from speaking to my friend) that if the product is left on the hair for an extended period of time it tends to 'stick' to the hair shaft, making it difficult to remove, even after several shampoos. As the product is obviously very oily, I can quite imagine that this would result in greasy-looking locks, so I will admit to being slightly paranoid about leaving the product on my hair for too long. Needless to say, I hurriedly started to rinse the oil from my hair after the minute was up, just in case!
Whilst I was rinsing the product from my hair, I felt that it was really 'clinging' onto the lengths of my wet hair, although I didn't find it was sticky to the touch or anything, and as suspected, my hair felt quite greasy to the touch. I found that merely rinsing my hair under the shower head didn't feel as if it was actually 'shifting' the product from my hair but I persevered for a minute or so then applied my usual colour-care shampoo and when that was completely rinsed from my hair, I applied my usual conditioner and rinsed it again. There was little or no actual scent or aroma evident from the product whilst I was using it on my hair, and I didn't detect any fragrance from the oil on my hair after I had finished using the treatment.
The results were difficult to notice whilst my hair was still wet, but I did think that it felt quite soft and smooth. This led me to worry that my hair would feel greasy to the touch, or worse still, LOOK greasy in its appearance once it had been dried, but I decided to persevere and set about drying my hair in the usual fashion.
The end result was fairly unspectacular I must admit. It is true to say that my hair felt soft to the touch and it had a sort of 'silky' feeling to it, without being uncontrollable or having a 'flyaway' sort of appearance. It is also true to say that the dull, rather 'lifeless' look that my hair had taken on had been diminished somewhat as a result of using the V05 treatment, but I really felt that the end results were slightly unnoticeable and were not any different to what I would have managed to achieve from a mid-range everyday hair conditioner product.
I think because the product is oil-based, I had expecting it to deliver a huge amount of impressive shine to my tired tresses, leaving them looking completely revitalised and nourished, but this wasn't really the case and I thought that there was very little in the way of 'noticeable' results.
On the plus side, my hair was left tangle free and it felt lovely and soft, and I really liked the convenience of using the product. I didn't feel that there was too much effort required on my part to prepare and use the product effectively, and I thought that the Hot Oil treatment was available at a fairly affordable price.
In conclusion, I would maybe buy the V05 Hot Oil Treatments again if I felt my hair was needing a little 'oomph' but to be honest I wouldn't rave about it or go out of my way to search for it. I've achieved similar results from a good-quality "Colour Care" conditioner that costs around £1 for a bottle.
VO5 Moisture Soak Hot Oil Treatment leaves hair looking and feeling vitally alive with Active Shine Boosters and a blend of 5 Vitamins to moisturise and protect dry or damaged hair.
-- Reasons for buying --
After constant use of heat appliances and colouring my hair became very dry and damaged. As I didn't want to cut my hair to get rid of the split ends I wanted something that would make my hair appear and look much healthier. So when I was in Boots I picked up these Alberto V05 Hot Oil Treatments.
-- Packaging --
You receive 4 x 15ml transparent tubes which contain the hot oil. They come in a blue cardboard box with the name of the product and the V05 logo on the front. On the back you are presented with some simple directions of use and the ingredients in the hot oil. The dispenser is fairly simple, they is a tab at the top which you twist and then pull off, this protect the hot oil from leakages.
-- Applying the product --
The hot oil is very easy to use. I place the tube in a glass of hot water and leave in there for a few minutes. You use this product on wet hair before continuing to shampoo and condition. Once hair is wet I remove the tab and evenly distribute the oil all over my hair, making sure to cover the ends which need the most moisture. It says to leave on for a minute which you can either count in your head or have a stop watch handy. After I thoroughly rinse from my hair and continue to shampoo and condition.
I like to do this and leave a hair mask on after rinsing out the shampoo to achieve better results. I tend to do this from once a week to every other week.
-- Positives --
I found this product very good, it really added moisture to my hair and made my split ends much less noticeable. My hair was soft, silky and shiny which is exactly what I wanted. I have been using these for the past 6 months and my its made such a big difference to how healthy my hair is and is really good especially if you dye or use hot appliances regularly. The tubes contain just the right amount of hot oil to cover my entire hair and I have fairly long hair so I was very pleased that I could make these last me a month and not have to use two at a time. I noticed results with these just after the first use and it has given me long lasting results.
-- Negatives --
I suppose the only negative I would have about these is the price, even though it may seem a small price to pay and is definitely worth the price I would like there to be either more tubes in a pack or to be a little less pricey!
-- Price and Availability --
You can find these in most drugstores and supermarkets and a lot of online websites. They average at about £3- £4 doesn't seem like a lot but for me it is quite expensive, especially if someone had very long hair you would have to use more of the product to cover it.
-- Conclusion --
I absolutely love this hot oils and would definitely recommend them. My hair appears much healthier and feels so much nicer! Use these to keep your hair in tip top condition! May be a little bit pricey but there are always offers on such as half price, which is the time when I stock up on them!
Reasons and details of the purchase:
Ever since I was young, I have gone through spells of having dry hair and every few months or so I try different deep conditioning treatments in order to improve the condition of my hair. I purchased the product from superdrug for £4.29. This bought 4 15ml tubes of oil.
www.superdrug.com's product description:
"This once a week hot oil uses our years of experience in helping your hair get some TLC. To counteract the damage caused by your every day routine, our give me moisture hot oil will use the power of heat to penetrate your hair, restoring moisture in just 1 minute, doubling hair's strength to reduce breakage caused by brushing and styling."
Instructions and application:
The directions given in the hot oil are very clear and easy to follow, which from experience cannot be said for other deep conditioning treatments. It is simple to heat up the oil, to extract the oil from the contained and then apply it to the hair (it's as easy as using normal shampoo and conditioner!). The oil itself is easy to apply and quite a pleasant experience! The feeling of the hot oil was very relaxing. I was surprised at how foamy the oil became when massaging it in but this wasn't a problem. The procedure is also very quick which is useful as sometimes conditioning treatments literally take hours.
I was very pleased with the outcome of this product. The effects were short lived in comparison to salon treatments for example, however this is only to be expected as the product is meant to be used every week. In actual fact I think it could probably be used every other week and still be effective. My hair now is much shinier and silkier than before I applied the oil which is exactly the outcome I was after!
Price vs effectiveness:
A price of £4.29 might seem expensive initially but really that is just over a pound per treatment which for me would probably last 2 months, so it's not bad at all. Actually I think it is very cheap. Especially considering when the results are not that far away from salon treatments which are extortionately priced!
Vo5 Moisture elixir hot oil pre-shampoo treatment
I have not tried a hot oil treatment before so I was unsure of what the possible results could be. I have dry hair and it is also damaged due to the various colours I have put on it over the past five years - from black, bright red and every shade of brown, so this product seemed like a great idea.
*About the product*
The product set that I bought contains four 15ml tubes of product. It is designed for dry/damaged hair and it is infused with five vital oil which are supposed to moisturise and repair your hair. Claims made by the manufacturers on the box include: restore moisture for dramatic results, double the strength of hair, removes 75% more chlorine than shampooing alone.
*What Vo5 say about the product*
"Transformation in a flash! An intensive pre-shampoo treatment, infused with 5 vital oils and extracts of White Pearl, to repair & hydrate hair. No need to leave on for longer than 60 seconds... this is long enough for the magic to happen! Using the power of heat the Hot Oil penetrates deeply into your hair to help rebuild damaged hair." Vo5 site
"Aqua (Water), Cocotrimonium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid, Phytantriol, Niacinamide, Biotin, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Vegetable Amino Acids, Lysine Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Acetamide MEA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEI-1750 , Oleth-20, Polyquaternium-10, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrochloric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Eugenol, Hydroxycitronellol, Limonene, Linalool
Parfum (Fragrance), CI 15985 (Yellow 6)." boots site
The treatment contains some natural ingredients such as aloe leaf juice, soy protein, vegetable amino acids but it also contains a lot of chemicals, such as hydrochloric acid - which surprised me when I just read in on the ingredients list, as I used to use hydrochloric acid in chemistry at A level.
Also some of the ingredients are known to irritate the skin, for example, It's been known to irritate the skin and trigger allergic reactions for some people. Isomethyl Ionone: "After evaluating the potential side effects of Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) banned the ingredient from being mixed into fragrance products" - http://truthinaging.com/ingredients/alpha-isomethyl-ionone - which may be the ingredient that caused my slight irritation when using this product.
It comes in a metallic blue box with all of the four tubes inside, it is cardboard so it can be recycled and it contains quite a lot of information printed on the box, such as how to use, the product claims, ingredients and warnings too. I like the packaging, it is simple and tells me everything I need to know about the product and how to use it before I start.
*Scent and appearance*
The hot oil treatment has a kind of clean shampoo scent, like their shampoos, which is quite nice and the scent also stays in my hair for a while after I have rinsed the product out. In the tube the product is yellow/orange in colour and in the tube it has the consistency of olive oil.
*How to use*
Firstly I brushed my hair to get rid of any tangles and then with this product you apply it before you shampoo, so you wet your hair and apply this - lathering it up like a shampoo and leave it for 1 minute. It is quite specific with the timing of this product, as it states that you "do not exceed application time as this may lead to irritation".
*Preparation before application*
Before you can use the product it says that you have to leave one of the unopened tubes in a mug of warm water - so it can heat up or "alternatively drop into a bath or run under shower". I put the tube into a mug of warm water and one point on the instructions that it does not mention is how long you are supposed to leave it in the warm water for. I left mine in for a couple of minutes, until the tube was quite warm and the contents of the tube had become less viscous. In the tube the product does have a oil like consistency, but when I had taken it out of the warm water it is a runnier consistency, therefore I assumed that it was ready to use and it was warm enough.
I then brushed my hair, and wet my hair throughly before applying the hot oil - well warm oil to my hair. To open the tubes you just twist the small plastic tab at the top of the tube. I dispensed the product into my hair first and then I applied it to my hair. I concentrated on the ends and mid lengths of my hair as they are the areas that are most dry - but I did put it all over my hair and my scalp too. In the instructions it says to massage the contents of the tube into your hair and I found that the application was really easy and straight forward.
Each tube contains 15ml of the hot oil and I have really long hair so I was not sure whether one tube would be enough to cover all of my hair but it just covered it all - so for people with short hair/medium length hair you may waste a bit of the product.
The consistency of the product is that of an oil and it has a smooth texture and that makes it really easy to apply to my hair and it distributed really easily through the mid length - ends of my hair. I did not use that much on my scalp - as while I was applying the product my scalp started to feel a little bit like I had a hair colourant on, as it felt a bit tingly and a tiny but itchy. This effect was while I was applying the product so I did not wait the 1 minute allocated as it had been about a minute or more just applying the product and my scalp was tingly slightly.
I then rinsed it out, as stated on the box - "rinse hair, scalp and skin throughly". I rinsed my hair for about 2 minutes to make sure that all of the product was rinsed away and then I shampooed my hair as normal and then applied my conditioner - I did not need to use as much conditioner as I usually would as my hair felt incredibly smooth and conditioned already.
I then towel dried my hair slightly and I did notice that my hair was a lot smoother than before and it also felt a lot stronger - I don't know if it is because my hair felt thicker or if the product strengthened my hair, but it did feel a lot stronger than before using this product. So going back to the claims made by the product as for the claim that it will strengthen your hair - I would definitely say that it lives up to that claim. It also says that the product will bind to the weak sites of the hair, I obviously don't know if it did that but my hair does feel stronger and a bit thicker after using this treatment.
I found that when my hair was wet, after using this product, that it felt incredibly smooth and soft and it also had less tangles in it after using this treatment, so my hair was a lot easier to brush through. This smooth effect was also noticed when my hair had dried, it was a lot smoother than before and it was softer too. Although my hair was a bit fizzy in the mid lengths mainly and also at the ends (where I concentrated most of the product), which is a bit disappointing.
As for the claim that the treatment will "restore moisture for dramatic results in just 1 minute" - I am not so sure that it really mositurised my hair that well. I followed the instructions and when my hair had dried it did not feel very different compared to before the treatment in terms of how moisturised my hair felt.
The overall results for using this product twice are satisfactory. I find that when I use this product it makes my hair look and feel a lot smoother compared to my hair before using the treatment and my hair also feels softer and more manageable after using it. But it did make my hair a bit fizzy in the mid lengths/ends where I don't usually get fizz. Also from using this product my hair does not feel more moisturised (the main claim/selling point of the product), which was a bit disappointing. I have really dry hair and this product did not make my hair look or feel more moisturised in my opinion.
*Price and availability*
I bought this product from boots as there was a 3 for 2 offer on hair care, so I got this for free due to that offer. It can be bought from boots for £3, Superdrug for £3, Chemist direct £1 - but this is just for one tube of the product. It can also be bought from various sellers on amazon and ebay too.
*Easy to use
*Enough product in each tube for long hair
*Smells nice - a clean shampoo scent
*Makes my hair look a feel smoother, softer and it is also more manageable after using this treatment
*Did not make my hair feel like it was moisturised at all really
*Made my hair a bit fizzy and where I do not usually get fizzy/fly aways
*irritated my scalp slightly - I found that while applying the product my scalp felt a bit tingly and slightly itchy - like I had a hair colourant on
Overall, I would not buy this product again, as it did not make my hair feel more moisturised (the main claim of the product) and it irritated my scalp slightly.
Thank you for reading my review - this review is also posted on ciao under my username labellavita1992 x