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Timotei is a brand of shampoo that I have used several times throughout my hair washing days. I don't have an allegiance to any brand but when I can't find the one I think I am looking for I generally buy Timotei. I was surprised to see that their Dream Volume shampoo has been repackaged and doesn't look like the one above, the sturdy white bottle with a picture of fruit on the front. The one I bought last month is now a slim line bottle in clear plastic with a green flip lid that opens and closes easily. The bottle weighs less than the old type and can be recycled. It says on the front that the shampoo is infused with pink grapefruit and Jericho Rose and is for fine and delicate hair. There are no parabens or silicons present and the extracts are 100% natural. Actually, I am not keen on the new bottle design, I prefer the old one. This looks a bit cheap and nasty.
My hair is generally thick and quite long. I am not well at the moment and my hair seems to be going very thin at the sides. This is very worrying and I really sympathise and understand how guys feel when they start to lose their hair. This is not a good situation. This is the reason I bought this Dream Volume shampoo hoping that it might give my hair a boost and when dry, look thicker than it is. Does it work? Let's take a look at the properties of this shampoo and see if it does the job.
On their website Timotei state that their hair products are inspired by nature and contain 100% natural oils and plant extracts that are known for their effectiveness and exceptional properties for health and beauty. Pink Grapefruit, I know is full of Vitamin C. It refreshes and moisturises. As for Jericho Rose, I don't know too much about it except it is a kind of tumbleweed that grows in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East. I think it can also be found in the Canary Islands. It's a strange one, curls up into a ball when the ground dries out to conserve the small amounts of moisture inside. It is unable to store water like other desert plants. What its magical properties are I haven't a clue. Apparently, it is meant to promote a long and healthy life and if you carry it on you it absorbs negative energy. From what I can make out by reading snippets on the net it has exceptional cleaning and rejuvenating properties.
When washing my hair I usually put a small blob of shampoo in the palm of my hand, only a bit as I don't like too much lather. I like to be able to wash all the soap out properly so that there is no residue as this makes my hair greasy. With this shampoo I have to use a larger amount, a blob the size of a 50p. The consistency is like jelly that hasn't set properly. It wobbles but is still slightly runny. The smell is fresh, that must be the grapefruit although I think it smells more like cucumber with a slight chemical smell. The colour is a cross between pink and tangerine. I wouldn't say the smell is intense, it is quite delicate. I always do a repeat wash to make sure my hair is thoroughly clean and this shampoo does seem to clean very well. The shampoo is very easy on my eyes if accidently some runs into the corners. It doesn't sting and it feels okay when massaging it into my head.
I always slightly towel dry my hair just enough to soak up the excess water and then leave it to dry naturally. When my hair is dry I brush it out and there are no tangles at the back which is a good thing as knotty hair drives me crazy. I have noticed that after using this Timotei shampoo my hair really shines and does look good but as far as the volume issue goes there are no changes. It doesn't work so the title of Dream Volume isn't justified. I also noticed that the fresh, clean aroma doesn't last long; it fades after a couple of hours. I haven't had any sort of skin reaction to this shampoo, I think it is quite gentle and not at all astringent.
I paid the equivalent of £2.25 for a 250ml bottle which is a little more expensive than other ranges for this size. I am disappointed that the shampoo didn't work and my hair is still thin at the sides and flat. I think its okay to use if you just want clean, shiny hair but then you might as well by a bog standard shampoo not one that promises to give your hair volume. I also use more than I generally do when I use other brands like Pantene, as the consistency is too thin and doesn't lather up with a small amount. This bottle has lasted about 2.5 weeks and I wash my hair every other day. Sorry folks, I really can't recommend Timotei Dream Volume Shampoo with Jericho Rose and infused with pink grapefruit.
This shampoo is okay. I have the guarana scented one and the smell is sub par, I cannot smell it as I apply it and it certainly doesn't last after my hair has dried. I don't normally buy Timotei, but it was on offer at Tesco so I thought I'd pick up a bottle for a little change. I don't regret the £1.09 that I spent on it but I probably wouldn't do it again.
The shampoo offers 'dream volume' but I actually find the this shampoo has the opposite effect. It left my hair extremely soft and shiny but no volume whatsoever. After my second application I already knew that if I had applied conditioner as well it would have made my hair greasy, so I'm glad I noticed early or it would have ruined my day!
The best thing about this product, like I said, is that it left my hair incredibly soft and also helped to detangle it a little as well. The worst thing would be obviously that it doesn't do what it says, it does the opposite so most people buying this product would be pretty disappointed with the outcome. This is probably why it was on offer at Tesco.
I have always liked the Timotei hair products, and have particularly loved the variety of fragrances they offer, and for the most part have always found that they do what they claim to do. Although I regularly change my shampoo and go with whatever is on offer, I was happy to pick up this Timotei Dream Volume from Tesco a few weeks ago for £1 for a 300ml bottle. I have previously never noticed this particular volume shampoo on the shelf before.
My hair is very fine and can be very limp, and desperately needs volume if it is to look in anyway good. Given their track record, I was convinced that this shampoo would be one that was truthful when they claimed to give hair volume - but I was very wrong.
Timotei currently do a range using various combinations of products from around the world. This 'dream volume' shampoo is a mix of 'guarana see extract amd pink grapefruit'. The former of these is renowned for its 'tonifying properties' whereas the latter is 'rich in Vitamin C'. Even more appealing about this product when I first purchased it, was that it states that this shampoo is for 'fine and delicate hair' - in other words -my hair.
On the back of the bottle, it adds further claims that this shampoo will provide not only volume but leave your hair full of energy, adding extra body and fullnes. The mix of ingredients is also supposed to form a light texture which will not weigh down the hair.
I have now used this shampoo on several occasions, and I am so overwhelmingly disappointed with it, as it simply does not (in any way) live up to its claims to create volume. I washed my hair using head and shoulders today (as I like to rotate) and even though it was not aimed at volumising, my hair is far more volumised than on the morning I used this particular shampoo. Not only was my hair without volume, I actualy thought it made my hair look really dull and flat, and worst of all - limp. Yes, my hair did feel soft and clean, but that is not what this shampoo claims to be about. I was also very disappointed with the fragrance itself. Having tried different products from the around the world range, I have always found the scent of the shampoo to be very nice and wil generally linger on your hair - not so in this case. The shampoo just smells like any other shampoo with a little hint of fruitiness, and it certaily doesn't leave any lingering scent on my hair afterwards.
This product has been a real let down, and if it had been the first Timotei product I had tried, I would probably never use the brand again - only that I have had numerous good experiences with this brand would I continue to buy it. I certainly won't be buying this 'dream volume' shampoo in the range, but I would happily continue to purchase and try other shampoos from the Timotei range. This seems to be the thorn between the roses, and one to avoid, if you are looking for that 'dream volume' as you will still be looking after using it.