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Although I have one or two favourite shampoo and conditioners and generally tend to stick with them, I am always keen to try out new shampoo and conditioners or those which I haven't tried before when they are available on offer at promotional prices.
This is what led me to buying a bottle of Dove damage therapy volume boost shampoo recently, as I spotted it on offer at Asda, priced at only £1 for a 250ml bottle.
I really like Dove products and swear by their soap and deodorants as well as shower gels, body wash and moisturisers, however I must admit I bought a bottle of Dove shampoo some time ago and wasn't very impressed, which quite surprised me at the time given my love of their other products. I did expect it to be really nice!
As it was a long time ago when I last tried Dove shampoo I decided to give it another go, swayed by the price and also my curiosity, seeing how Dove have changed their shampoo products since the last time I bought some, so maybe I would have a better experience this time around.
I decided to try the volume boost shampoo, as although I don't have particularly fine hair, I still like it to have volume and a little extra wouldn't go amiss. Also as I have long hair, I do get some split ends despite having it trimmed every couple of months, so I thought this 'damage therapy' could maybe help, as Dove state this shampoo helps repair your hair and restore volume. With micro moisture serum and fibre actives which strengthens the structure of your hair, using this shampoo should also help restore the volume lost when your hair becomes damaged.
On opening the handy flip-top bottle I could smell the fragrance of this shampoo immediately and it was really lovely. It has quite a strong scent with citrus tones and on squeezing some out of the bottle onto the palm of my hand, I was also impressed with its creamy white thick consistency, which makes it feel like a luxurious quality shampoo.
I found the shampoo lathered up really well. It felt as if it was moisturising my hair and I didn't have to use a lot to cover my hair and wash it thoroughly. As I rinsed out the shampoo, my hair felt soft, which was a big improvement on the last Dove shampoo I bought and therefore up until this point I was fairly impressed.
Unfortunately, my first impressions didn't last and after drying my hair I felt disappointed. My hair felt heavier than usual, as if I had a build up of product on my hair. It didn't look as shiny as usual and the ends of my hair felt dry. The only good thing really was the smell of the shampoo which lingered on my hair.
I can't say I noticed if my hair had more volume, but it did feel heavier.
I didn't want to write it off after just one use and so I persevered with this shampoo, using slightly less the next time I washed my hair. However, although my hair felt slightly better when I used less shampoo, it still felt as if I had product on my hair despite rinsing thoroughly and the ends were not as soft and shiny as I usually achieve when using other shampoo products.
I tried this shampoo a few more times, but found it does not suit my hair at all and the overall condition of my hair worsens when I use it. Of course other people may have a better experience with this shampoo than I did, but this isn't one I will buy again as there are better products out there for my hair which give me better results. My hair wasn't left feeling strong and volumised after using this one.
It is quite a shame as once again I have been disappointed by Dove shampoo, despite loving most of their other products.
When it comes to shampoo's I tend to buy what is on offer, although I have had some bad experiences and will aoid certain products when I know that they really don't do anything for my hair, but I do like to try new things. Tesco recently had some of their Dove shampoo's and conditioners on offer, and when I saw a Dvoe shampoo devoted to 'volume boost' I was interested, as I have always had positive experiences with Dove products in the past.
This 250ml botle currently retails at just over £2.30 in Tesco when at full price. The shape and design of the bottles has changed slightly since the last time I purchased a Dove shampoo, and its new taller sleeker shape is attractive. On the front of this creamy white bottle, it states that this is a volume boost shampoo giving up to '2X more volume'. Since I have very fine and often limp hair, I desperately need volume in my hair. Many have claimed before to offer this in a shampoo without truth. It also states on the front that this shampoo contains 'micro mositure serum and fibre actives' as well as helping to 'repair hair to restore volume' In rather small writing (for what reason I am not sure) it also highlights this shampoo is for 'fine hair'
On the reverse of the bottle, it gives some extra detail about its particular properties. It claims that fine hair is more prone to damage and thus in need of special care to restore the volume, by nourishing rather than weighing down. All sounds good in theory. THese fibre actives which are part of the shampoo are supposed to help strengthen and structure of fine hair, building' root thickness'.
I wrote a previous review on the Timotei volume shampoo which I did not find had any effect on volumising my hair, however I am near the end of the this bootle trying to use it up. I have a rotational system of shampoos, and this Dove volume boost has now been a part of it for a couple of weeks. After using it, I found that I was able to easily brush through my hair without any tangles, which was a good start in my eyes. After drying my hair, I did think that my hair was looking a lot thicker than usual, and it certainly stayed full looking all of the day. WHat highlighted its effectiveness even more for me, was that on the day after I first used this shampoo I used the Timotei volume, and I noticed such a difference on my hair. With the timotei my hair was flat and just hung there, whereas the day before when using the dove shampoo, the difference was very obvious.
There is no real scent to this shampoo, and I suppose it isn't really necessary as long as it does the job. Of all the volume shampoo's that I have ever tried however I am not convinced that this offers just the same amount of volumising, although I would definitely purchase it again when on offer, as there is a noticeable difference to my hair for the entire duration of the day.
So all in all, a very good volume boosting shampoo that does do what is says it will do. I don't think it is the best volume shampoo around, but it certainly is somewhat effective on fine hair like mine.
Dove Daily Care 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner.
I decided about a month ago to bleach my hair, not a great idea. I ended up with a burnt scalp and very dry and damaged hair. Since then I have been trying as many shampoos and conditioners as I can to try and restore and help my much damaged hair.
So when at Asda I saw that the new Dove damage therapy range was on offer 2 for £3.00 I couldn't help myself. Dove is a brand that I have used before and trust. I decided that because my hair is in such a state I would buy the 2 in 1 and the conditioner. I am only going to review the 2 in1 here.
The bottle is white and the type I brought was for Daily Care. The writing is all in blue and it has the typical Dove logo on the front. It states that it is "100% soft and radiant". It has a flip cap making it easy to open and use especially when in the shower and it contains 250ml. The bottle has no recycling logo on it so I can only guess that it is not recyclable.
Technical bit on the bottle:
"Dove advanced damage care and repair technology: Micro Moisture Serum creates a shield around the hair fibre to gently protect it from the damaging effect of daily aggressions ad maintain hair's natural balance without weighing it down. Convenient 2 in 1 technology to cleanse and care for normal hair at the same time."
This all sounds very good, and as I am washing my hair nearly every day it sounds like it is the right one. I am not a fan of washing hair everyday as I believe that you should let the natural oils in your hair build up. At the end of the day they are there to protect your hair. But after the damage I have caused to my hair I needed something that I could use every day along with other products. At the moment I am using 4 different products to try and repair my hair.
There is also a little table on the bottle that highlights what type of product you're using with what the problem is. Mine is highlighted as Light damage / for dull limp and slightly damaged. Because I am also using a conditioner and serum and leave in sprays I think that this is the right product for me. There are no instructions on how to use the product on the bottle but I think we all know how to use shampoo and conditioner now days.
There is a massive list of ingredients and I know that some people find it annoying to see lists and lists of ingredients so if you are interested in the ingredients go to www.dove.co.uk.
The actual product:
I have short hair and it is very thick (currently trying to grow it) so I only use a small amount in the palm of my hand. I found that once applied you had to rub at it to get lather, but not too much. When it did lather up it wasn't over the top but was enough that you knew the shampoo was working. I have a habit of combing my hair when I wash it and this is when I felt the conditioner working, my hair feels soft and light to touch. When I eventually come to wash out the product it doesn't take too long. I've noticed that with some products you get a good lather and then spend about 30 minutes trying to wash it all out. This 2 in 1 though did not take long at all and I did wonder if I had got all the product out. My hair didn't feel slimy and the water was running clear so I knew it was out.
After towel drying my hair it didn't feel dry and the comb went through my hair easily. I dried my hair as normal and styled it the usual way. I got an instant hit of the fragrance when I first went to use the product and it had a slight undertone of the dove fragrance but this was not overpowering It also has a citrus overtone which is subtle and nice. I could not smell the product later on in the day and after styling but I think this is due to the amount of other products that I am also using.
I found this product easy to use and it fits in with my routine that I have at the moment. My hair is starting to feel normal again and I have noticed the damage I have done starting to repair itself. This may not be down to just the Dove alone but I believe that it is defiantly helping. I am very pleased with the product and would recommend it to anyone that washes their hair every day, or has a short amount of time to wash their hair. Being a 2 in 1 makes the whole process a lot quicker and being Dove makes the whole process a lot more enjoyable.
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I love the brand that is Dove so if I spot a product that is fairly or new and that I haven't tried before of theirs, then I will buy it and with pure excitement!
This really appealed to me though. Anyone that has read any of my hair product reviews on a regular basis will be aware that one of the pains of my life is that I have flat and hair that lacks volume as well as frizz and dry split ends and greasy roots. I have tried numerous products over the years to put a bit of omph and body into my hair and to be honest nothing I have really tried sticks out to me as I'm writing this review as working really.
However I have found that shampoos and conditioners are a good place to start at trying to get some volume into my hair and with this being a favoured brand of mine I really did believe it would work where others had usually failed!
Sleek white plastic bottle that has a flip-top lid concealing a small hole to the top of it. On the front of the bottle this has purple sections of colour on it and we are told that it is Dove 'Damage Therapy', Volume Boost 'With micro moisture serum and fibre actives' and that it 'Helps repair hair to restore volume' and that it is for fine hair (which I have) and that it is a lightweight formula 'Advanced care & repair for beautiful hair' and that it gives up to 2x more volume. On the back of the bottle we are told a bit about the product, ingredients are listed the size is stated (which is 250ml and the only size I have seen this product available to purchase in) and contact details for Unilever (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Nice looking high quality unisex bottle this is and one that is informative enough too.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Listed On The Back Of The bottle:
Did you know? Fine hair is more prone to damage. When hair is damaged, it loses volume quickly. So fine hair needs special care that can nourish without weighing it down.
Dove advanced damage care and repair technology: This unique lightweight formulation contains fibre actives and strengthens the structure of fine hair from the roots building thickness and volume for your hair.
Well all you need of this this white rather thick glossy liquid is a very small amount indeed. It lathers up on damp/wet hair with ease and gives off a small amount of lather and a nice smell of undistinctive blended fruits which is sweet and unisex and nice and fresh.
To me though when applying it, it feels really moisturising/hydrating. My hair though is greasy at the roots as well as fine and I find this formula on my hair to weigh it down too much and give a dense feel. Yes it cleanses the hair well and I can't complain about the shine it gives and the fragrance that lingers on my hair for a good few hours after using it but I don't think this volumises it at all in any way shape or form.
I always lather, rinse and repeat with a shampoo but with this cos of the above problem I had with it I started just washing my hair once and then making sure it was really rinsed out and not repeating the process but sadly, nope I can't say my hair appears or looks any thicker for using this at all.
My hair is left soft, the ends which are normally rather dry are moisturised and it isn't a bad shampoo it simply doesn't live up to its claims on my hair at all sadly!
I paid £1 a bottle for this whilst it was on offer in Asda recently but this if not available on offer will cost you about £2.37 a bottle in all good chemists and supermarkets etc.