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===The shampoo is now called Advance Techniques Volume Shampoo===
===Why I Bought This===
As we all get older our hair tends to lack a little something. Having always had thin and fine hair anyway it is now showing that it needs some care and attention, so seeing this in the Avon catalogue along with the corresponding conditioner and styling foam I thought i would try them all together to see what boost I could give my hair.
Avon is a long established direct selling network which used to sell just door-to-door but you can order directly from their website these days if you do not have a local representative handy.
Avon has 18 different brochures issued throughout the year - or their stock can be viewed online.
'Advance Techniques is a range of high-quality shampoos, conditioners and styling products designed to bring the salon experience into your home.'
Advance Techniques Shampoo - Volume - for fine hair.
Grey plastic bottle and purple markings.250 mls.
The bottle has a flip up top.
Use within 12 months and it is made in Poland.
The back label has to be peeled back to reveal ingredients etc.
'Formulated with body building technology. This advanced shampoo helps to maximise volume and add body. Increases 2 x the volume when used with Body Building technology hair care system.'
To use - wet hair, lather and rinse, repeat if necessary.
Ingredients contain among many other things wheat protein and wheat starch.
£2 full price but currently £1.65.
Well I was expecting quite good results with this product as I had also got the conditioner and styling foam from the same range as well - as I thought using them all together would have better results -and it does state on the packaging you will get 2 x the volume - a brave claim.
The shampoo itself is quite thick and is a clear transparent gel with not much aroma at all.
The good thing was it lathered well and rinsed out no problem.
The bad thing being I noticed no visible improvement to my hair at all - no more bounce or volume.
People who have left reviews on the Avon website are all singing its praises so I am not sure where I am going wrong.
Not a lot more to say about it really - some rave over the Advance Techniques range but apart from the odd product such as their Leave In conditioner I have not been very impressed at all.
As you have a money-back guarantee with Avon try it if you wish - you may be one of the lucky ones it works for - but personally I saw no difference at all.
===Promises a lot but does not deliver ===
3 - OK as a shampoo but not much volume
===Would I Recommend?===
Avon cosmetics have a range of hair care products all of which claim to do different things. My favourite shampoo from the range is Daily Results Normal Hair (green lid) and a second favourite is this, Volume & Texture Shampoo. Price at £2.80 for 250ml this is a great deal, but more often than not Avon have special offers on such as 3 for £5 or half price. At the moment this is just £1.40 for 250ml which I think is a great price.
So only four stars from me for this shampoo...why? Well, as a shampoo it is one of my favourites, it does a good job, washes hair well, rinses and gives a nice shine. As a volume & texture shampoo, it falls down significantly. I can't often tell the difference between this and daily results shampoo except I'd say that daily results gives a better shine when it is rinsed through. This unfortunately does not add volume nor texture to my hair so in that respect is very disappointing. If you consider it's performance as a bog standard shampoo, it is pretty good.
The smell of the shampoo isn't scented other than to smell like shampoo so some people might not like that. I think the 250ml bottle lasts me about 6 weeks. I wash my hair twice a week, sometimes three times and use a fair bit of shampoo as my hair is long and needs washing twice sometimes. For the price, I think it is excellent value. It lathers nicely in our hard water area and rinses really well too, I never get a residue in my hair.
For the price and the performance, I think this is a great shampoo. In terms of volume and texture adding - not so great so don't buy it just for what it says on the tin. If I had to recommend one, the daily results is better for my hair type but I still like this shampoo.
I don't personally have 'thin and lifeless' hair, it's actually quite thick, but sometimes can lack a lot of volume. My main reason for purchasing this shampoo was to add more volume and increase the general appearance, giving it more style, that stays longer than a couple of hours after blow-drying. I've been able to get this result from using this shampoo, so I can more than recommend it for that purpose.
Thought the nicest thing I've found about this shampoo is actually the softness it creates and how smooth my hair is as a result. I can put this down to purely the shampoo alone as I don't personally use conditioner, and yet get an excellent result in terms of the general condition of my hair and softness.
As a teenager, the most frustrating thing for my hair is for it to look greasy, or easily get greasy, and I've found using the right shampoo incredibly important in this. This shampoo manages to give my hair a glossy look and for it to stay that way for at least 24 hours.
I paid a £1 for this product, and for any decent brand name shampoo it's a good deal alone, but given how good of an effect its had on my hair, it's more than worth the money, and I've been since 'bulk' buying it from Avon. This is a great product which has had a great effect on my hair, I'd definitely recommend it.
Avon Advanced Techniques Volume & Texture Body Building Shampoo
Why Did I Buy the Product?
As I am an Avon representative I have a discount catalogue for Avon products which means I can buy them at a cheaper price. As Advance Techniques Clarifying Shampoo is at a low price anyway, I was able to buy the shampoo for a very small amount of money.
So, the main reason I bought the product was because of a low price.
Also I liked the sound of having volumous hair with lots of body. I already have quick thick hair naturally but it can thin out due to heat damage, and I wanted to make the most of it and give it even more volume.
The Shampoo Itself
The shampoo itself when squeezed out of the bottle is creamy and white in colour. It is a thick formula, and far too creamy for me. The shampoos I find best for my hair are a lot less creamy than this one and I think the fact that is too creamy is probably the main reason why it is no good for my hair. Also, when I wash my hair the shampoo itself always feels quite sticky when I rinse my hair with water.
How Does the Shampoo Smell?
I always think the smell is a very important factor with any beauty product. Some people have said that the way this shampoo smells is similar to sun cream. I would have to say I can't agree - the sun cream I use smells much nicer. I don't think the smell is awful but it's not the nicest smell in the world either. The smell is nothing special.
All the shampoos from this range smell exactly the same to me - in fact I've tried a few of them and they all work the same too, which is not well.
The bottle the shampoo comes in is white in colour and is very plain. The lids on all Advance Techniques Shampoos are quite unique as they clip into the top of the bottle and you have to pull it out through a small groove in the side of the bottle. Each bottle contains 250ml. The plastic the bottles are made out of must be quite strong as I always think they are quite hard to squeeze the shampoo out of.
My Experiences of Using the Shampoo
The first time I used the shampoo, it was nothing special but there were no really noticeable bad side effects.
The second time I used it, my hair started to feel really dry and weak. I noticed that when I brushed my hair a lot more came out into the hairbrush, and also as I was washing my hair the shampoo itself was really sticky and when I rinsed my hair some of it came out into my fingers. Being someone who cares a lot about their hair I was really horrified by the fact my hair was coming out at such a young age. I had to stop using the shampoo and buy loads of hair restoration products - I would never use Advance Techniques Clarifying Shampoo again!
What Have Others Said About the Shampoo
I asked around my family who have also tried the shampoo so I could add in their opinions and experiences of using this product. Here is what they have said:
My auntie said, 'When I used the shampoo I seemed to get loads of dandruff. The reason I used it was because of the low price. I think the low price is well suited to this product as I wouldn't buy it again'.
My Nan said, 'I was given this shampoo by my daughter (*my auntie*) to try because she didn't like it, so instead of wasting it I said I'd see if it worked any better on me. I didn't experience any dandruff from the shampoo but it made my hair feel really dry and weak. I threw it away after that.'
My mum said, 'I don't like this shampoo as it is just a cheap product, its not awful but I would only personally buy it if I was on a low budget.'
My sister said, 'I like the shampoo as I use it to get my hair staying straight and it really works to keep my hair deadly straight and stop it from frizzing. I also like the smell, I think it smells like sun cream but I like it'.
Value For Money
I think some of you might be wondering why I have put the shampoo as Satisfactory in Specific Criteria for Value for money. This is because even though my opinion is clearly that I don't agree with the product, the price of the product is very low which is why I think it is satisfactory for the little money you spend on it.
Where Can You Buy the Product?
Although I wouldn't recommend it, you can buy the product from any Avon representative, or online via the Avon website (www.avon.uk.com).
Although I cannot find the Clarifying Shampoo in the current Avon catalogue (Brochure 14), similar shampoos from the Advance Techniques range are priced at £2.65 each or you can take advantage of their offer which is any 2 for £2 saving you £3.30.
My opinion on the shampoo is that I do not like it, and would not recommend this to a friend. I think it is far too creamy, the smell is nothing special, and my experience of using the product is that my hair was dry and weak after using it.
I have asked around other people to find out what they personally think of the product and there are many people who don't like it, but there are also lots of people who do like it. I think it probably depends on how suitable it is for your particular hair type.
The shampoos I currently use are Herbal Essences, L'Oreal Elvive and Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple.
Hope my review has been helpful to you, if you have any questions leave a comment and I will try and get back to you as soon as I read it.
Thanks, Ruby xx
A week or so ago I was sat in front of the mirror, staring at my hair in despair. I had washed, conditioned, blow-dried it and straightened out the silly kinks as usual so why was it hanging limply and slightly greasily from my head? Then I remembered, that morning I had used a bottle of Avon Advance Techniques Volume & Texture Body Building Shampoo after running out of the Pantene I had been using previously.
Now, a little background on my hair. It is very fine although there is quite a lot of it. It is short and has a determined and rather crazy kink to it which has to be eliminated through the use of hair straighteners otherwise I end up with schizophrenic hair which is poker-straight on top and curling crazily everywhere else.
I tend to use volumising shampoo to give my hair a little more volume and stop the straight bit at the top from clinging to my head. Usually I stick to Pantene Enhanced Layers as this seems to make my hair look its best but feeling brave, I decided to try Avon. Actually, the main reason I bought this Avon shampoo was because I was feeling guilty for not having bought anything from our nice Avon lady for a while. Plus it was cheap; I bought the shampoo and conditioner together for just £2.
The shampoo comes in a 250ml bottle with a flip top cap. The shampoo itself has a pleasant fragrance which reminds me of the smell of my hairdressers. It is clear in colour but it does not foam up as well as other shampoos I have used so is fairly hard to distribute throughout your hair.
As mentioned above, when I first used this shampoo I found that it made my hair very limp, lifeless and hard to style. My hair is not generally greasy but this shampoo made it look greasy at the roots in particular. I have used it for a week now and have to say that it does not get any better. I will definitely be buying some more Pantene the next time I go shopping and will put this shampoo away for emergency use only!
For those of you interested in the ingredients of the toiletries you buy, the shampoo is apparently "formulated with Creatine plus Amino Peptides to help thicken and strengthen hair, add body and increase volume." As well as these ingredients, the shampoo contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLE) amongst other things. There has been quite a bit of debate recently about whether these chemicals are safe for use in shampoo and other toiletries. While it has not been proven whether these are carcinogenic, it seems SLS can cause irritation in some individuals and may be worth avoiding. However, there no parabens in this product which is something I suppose.
Avon Advance Techniques Volume & Texture Body Building Shampoo and the matching conditioner are currently available for £1.35 each from avonshop.co.uk although I certainly would not recommend that you buy them.
This was my favourite purchase from Avon. Didn't cost much, it's an essential item anyway, and it's now a must have in my bathroom.
As of late I've been experiencing problems with my hair getting greasy just 12-24 hours after I'd originally washed it and there was no reason for it and I could only really correlation it with my use of the new herbal essences range. Using this shampoo has taken that entire problem away. My hair really looks healthier for longer and certainly not greasy straight away, which is a God send because I'm quite nurotic about the way my hair looks.
The shampoo has a claim that it builds texture and body and volume to your hair and if I'm assuming correctly what all three of those are in relation to my hair it definitely gives results! Especially when I blow dry my hair I find volume in it which really manages to last. In terms of texture and body the shampoo seems to have given my hair more texture and doesn't look limp or anything, which really adds to the look of volume produced.
The shampoo cost me £1.30 from Avon. A really decent price for great shampoo and given the size of the bottle great value for money. And the great results I've experienced add to the great value for money I've had with this product. £1.30 well spent.
Obviously I've had great results with this shampoo so I have to give the purchase five stars and definitely recommend buying it to others.