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Schwarzkopf Osis Upload Volume

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Brand: Schwarzkopf / Type: Styling Products / What it does: volumizeses,

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      10.02.2010 16:02
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      For some unknown reason, when you look up this product online, the description tells you that it should be "sprayed over damp hair". This is odd, since it is not a spray. It's actually a pump dispenser and the product inside is more of a cream, bordering on a serum, than a spray, but still. The product also seems to come in two different bottles, but with the same name, and I believe it is identical inside. It costs approximately £10 - £11 for 200ml.

      What drew me to Osis+ Upload Volume Cream (see, I told you it was a cream), is the word "volume", and this is what I had my heart set on. Unfortunately, I ordered this item online and the first one that arrived had a faulty pump dispenser, so I had no option but to take the lid off and pour some out. This was not ideal, but luckily, the company I ordered it from were extremely quick to send out a replacement with no questions asked.

      The first thing I noticed when I started using Upload is that it feels a little heavy and slightly sticky. You also have to rub it in between your hands first in order to distribute it evenly through the hair. As this is a volumising product, I concentrated on the roots when I applied it. This was my second mistake (I'll explain my first one in a moment). As I dried my hair, I found that the product was weighing it down, and this was particularly noticeable at the roots. One plus point I will mention is that it did kill any static in the hair and prevented that fly-away look. However, this was not the aim of Osis+ Upload. When I'd finished blow-drying, my hair was completely flat and lifeless and looking rather dull.

      It was several days before I realised what had been my first mistake: rubbing the product between my hands before applying it. With quite sensitive skin, I am careful about which handwashes and washing-up liquids I use, but it hadn't occurred to me that hair products may be an issue as well as I usually use ones that you can spray on, or mousse, which tends to be water-based and wash off quite easily. This stuff is horrid for sensitive skin! My hands were really dry and starting to go flaky after just a few days of using it. By this point, I had completely given up on the chance of any volume from this "volume cream", but had found that a little on the ends would tame any static and had been using it to this end so as to persuade myself I had not completely wasted my money - again - on yet another hair product that doesn't live up to its claims. When I realised, however, that it was the Upload that was attacking my hands, I stopped using it immediately, and my skin quickly returned to normal - with the help of some heavy-duty hand cream!

      One thing that Osis+ Upload is recommended for - and which I suppose it does do quite well - is detangling. If you have very long hair or dry hair that tends to get knotted, a little of this product may be helpful. However, Schwarzkopf rates this 2 out of 3, which they call "medium hold", but I didn't find this cream had any kind of hold whatsoever. I was particularly disappointed by this product because I have had such good results with other Osis+ products, so don't let this put you off the whole range.

      Well, if you particularly like dull, heavy hair, or if static electricity is a problem for you (and you happen to have really robust skin), then, by all means, give this a go. On the other hand, if it's volume you're after, there are better products out there. Most of them, I suspect.

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    • Product Details

      Fingers and hands can be the most versatile styling tool / Dispense cream into hands using 2-3 pumps and rub hands together / Apply directly onto towel dried hair, starting at the roots / Style as desired / Get more volume and soft movement by using a big round brush /