“ Brand: Trevor Sorbie / Texture: Fluid / Type: Hair Balm / What it does: regenerates, „
Trevor Sorbie Straightening Balm is a product I first tried some time ago and whilst I thought it was ok, it wasn't exactly a product I felt I couldn't be without. I had been given it as a gift and I hoped it would help straighten my naturally wavy long hair, without me having to resort to straighteners everytime. I found it worked reasonably well, but still had to rely on using my straighteners and also it was trial and error how much product to use, as all too often I would use slightly too much and this would result in the lengths of my hair looking lank and feeling greasy and clogged with product.
I had not bothered with this product for a while but a promotional 3 for 2 offer in Boots a few months back saw me trying this product again. Instead of being a blue pump dispenser, the range had changed to being pink in colour. Other than this, it seemed to be exactly the same product, but I did wonder if it would be 'new and improved' as many products claim to be when the packaging changes.
The instructions for use appeared to be exactly the same - Use on towel dried hair, pump out a generous amount of the balm into your hand and work through your hair using your fingertips.
Now this is where I went wrong last time, as I literally followed the 'generous amount' instruction and it was too much for my hair, leaving it looking lank and greasy. Therefore I would advise, as indeed my experience proved, to start off with a small amount and work up to whatever suits you best. Maybe use the balm a few times experimenting with different amounts until you find what looks and works best for you, but I would advise using a small amount and take it from there, or you could find yourself using too much as I first did and having to wash your hair again!
The balm is ideal for prepping and also protecting your hair before blow drying and styling. It is said to condition, tame and eliminate frizz to leave your hair feeling moisturised and silky smooth. This balm can also be applied before using heated stylers to create the ultimate smooth and sleek finish, whilst simultaneously helping to reduce heat damage to the hair.
Although they state this can be used before using straigteners etc, Trevor Sorbie also advise that you don't rely on straigteners, which is what I was hoping for when first using this balm.
Their tip is that you blow dry your hair with a paddle brush, drying the roots first, then section your hair and starting at the back, work your way around until all your hair is dry, using a nozzle on your hairdryer to help smoothen your hair cuticles.
Now I have done just this, but still have found that I really need to use my straighteners to achieve the look I want. I still find I cannot rely on this straightening balm alone, but if I use a small amount, it does seem to help protect my hair and keep it looking and feeling smooth. I feel it does offer protection from the heat, but again I have to be really careful I don't apply too much as then the results are terrible.
I never notice any immediate difference to my hair upon application, but after drying my hair I find it feels smooth but just not quite as straight as I personally would like. Therefore the straighteners still have to be used.
If I apply just the right amount for my hair, then my hair still feels light and soft, but if I applied a generous amount as directed, then my hair feels heavy and greasy.
This balm works well enough for me and my hair feels smooth enough all day although I do use straighteners too. I would say however, that using the balm helps keep my hair straight for longer too, as I find when I don't use it and only use my straighteners, my hair starts to become wavy again sooner than it does when I have used the balm too. Therefore I believe this is a good product to use to help keep your hair straight all day long and I also think it helps protect your hair from heat damage and breakage too, you just have to have a couple of trials with it first to find the right amount to use on your hair.
A 100ml pump dispenser of Trevor Sorbie Straightening Balm is priced at £5.59 from Boots stores, but is currently part of a 2 for £8 promotion on selected Trevor Sorbie products. I always tend to wait until a product I want is on offer before buying, as I find there are always haircare offers to be had, not just at Boots, but most other retailers soon such as Superdrug and at supermarkets.
As someone with naturally dry, wavy hair, I suffer from kinks and frizz when I regularly straighten it. This product helped with both of those things.
Trevor Sorbie Beautifully Straightened Smoothing Balm with Easy IronTM technology tames and smoothes when blow drying, leaving your hair more moisturised, silky and defrizzed. Trevor Sorbie Smoothing Balm with an increased heat protection system, the Beautifully Straightened regime protects your hair against the effects of heat damage caused by blow drying and straightening.
With shine enhancing technology.
Extra moisturising formula tailor-made for thick hair.
Apply a generous amount of Smoothing Balm and comb through from roots to tips.
Glycerin and Propylene Glycol - Humectants that help to prevent cuticle cracking during heat styling.
Polyquaternium 7 - A conditioning agent that contributes lustre and a soft silky feel, also provides excellent slip and lubricity without excessive build up.
Polyquaternium -10 - A film forming polymer that gives condition to the hair by smoothing the cuticles.
Quaternium 80 - A conditioning agent improves the feel and gloss of the hair.
Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate - A UV absorber to give protection against damaging UV rays which can make hair dry and brittle and fade hair colour.
PACKAGING: The packaging is different to the one shown on dooyoo. It's now a pretty pale pink colour.
PRICE: Around £5 for 100ml or you can also get it in a travel size for around £3.
I've tried quite a few hair products in my time and this one is a keeper. I use around a pea sized amount and it leaves my hair feeling silky, smooth and almost frizz free. As with all hair serums, you have to find the right amount for your hair. If you use too much then it can leave your hair a little greasy, but with the right amount it works well. It's light and non sticky like a lot of other products I have tried.
I straighten my hair regularly and with this I feel it's partly protected from the heat. The condition of my hair has definitely improved since using it. It also conveniently protects against UV rays so is good for a holiday and for the price it is a bit of a bargain. A 100ml tube usually lasts me about 5 months and I use it every day so it's well worth it.
I do however, usually pair this product with an oil based serum for extra moisture. My hair is very dry so not everyone would feel the need to do that, but I feel like the product alone may not be enough to smooth my hair completely.
Overall I would recommend it to a friend, especially someone who straightens their hair regularly.
Like so many women these days I subject my poor hair to a never ending ordeal with heated appliances. I am lucky to have quite strong, thick hair that withstands quite a lot of damage but I feel I should make some effort to protect it. Also because it is thick it does take quite a bit of effort to style as otherwise it has a freaky, sticky-out curly look!
On one of my trips to Boots I purchased the Trevor Sorbie straightening heat protection spray that I usually use. I noticed on the same shelf there were various other products in the range. The product I am now reviewing is called Trevor Sorbie Straightening Addict Smoothing Balm. This is not exactly the same as the pictured product (which I presume is an old one) but is as close as Dooyoo seem to get!
The product is presented in a clear plastic pump dispenser with a securely fitting lid. The majority of the writing and the design on the front is in red to match the rest of the Straightening Addict range. The pump contains 100ml and currently costs £4.88 in Boots (07/09).The clear plastic is useful as you can see exactly how much is left.
The balm claims to calm frizz-prone hair leaving it straight and smooth. It also says that it contains an anti-oxidant complex and a UV filter to protect hair from both heat and environmental damage.
The list of ingredients is frighteningly long and I will not copy it out but I notice that it does contain parabens, perfume and PEG-60 which I know cause allergic reactions in some people.
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The next time I washed my hair I towel dried it and then depressed the pump several times to prime it. The directions suggest using a "generous" amount but since I have reasonably short hair I just used one full squirt of the pump. I worked the clear gel through my hair with my hands and then a wide comb. It spread easily through the hair but it made my hands feel very sticky so I had to wash them before I could carry on. I then went on to blow-dry my hair as usual.
I was immediately impressed. Normally my hair takes a while to "tame" but I found that using this product seemed to make my hair instantly dry how I wanted it to. I used a large brush and it lay straight and flat with very little effort! Once my hair was completely dry it felt soft and silky, as if there was no product on it at all. There was very little fragrance on my hair which I like as I hate being over-powered by hair product smells. My hair held its style pretty well all day even without using any hairspray.
Although my hair was perfectly acceptable with just blow-drying I will use straighteners as well if I am going out. When I used the Trevor Sorbie Straightening Addict Spray in combination with the balm my hair reacted really well. It lay very straight and looked shiny and well conditoned and not at all stiff or sticky.
When I washed my hair again (I tend to wash it every other day) it felt lovely and soft, similar to when I have been to a salon and they have used the expensive products. It washed out easily and even though I have been using it regularly for a while now there seems to be no build-up residue.
As anyone who has read several of my reviews will know I am very partial to sunshine holidays. I spent Easter in the caribbean sunshine and used this product all the time. My highlighted hair stood up to the sea and sun well and I am sure this balm was a contributing factor.
I am definately converted to using this product every time I wash my hair, it seems to be lasting very well so I do not feel it is too uneconomical and it certainly does what it claims to do.
Having run out of my usual brazil nut anti-frizz cream I searched around the bathroom cupboards to find something similar and stumbled across an unopened travel size of Trevor Sorbie straightening balm. I read the instructions which were to massage a pea sized amount through my damp hair and then blow dry or leave to dry naturally to achieve straighter shinier hair.
After the first application I noticed that it had definitely taken away some of the waves and reduced the frizz from my dry, wild, bushy mane. Once the GHDs had been passed over it the results were pretty much as good as anything else I've tried.
Unusually this doesn't leave your hair feeling all sticky or hard and there is no residue left on you scalp or hands.
With each passing hair wash I have experimented with adding a little more of the clear gel substance to the hair while it was still damp. There has been a good improvement up until a few nights ago when I added probably around two pea-sized amounts to my now barely shoulder length hair and got amazing results.
Although my hair was left to dry naturally it did so almost completely straight with a few subtle unfrizzy waves even before transforming it to the poker straight non frizzy result which the ghds give. I could even have opened the front door before straightening without scaring the person ringing the bell as my hair normally expands further windthways than my hips.
After straightening my hair looked sleek, slim and shiny and I have noticed with regular use of this product that it doesn't make your hair look greasy and disgusting after a day or two if you over do it.
One of the best straightening balms I have used but I would only recommend it to those who wish to have the body flattened out of their clown like wide hair rather than those who would like to have body and volume.
Available from Boots the travel size costs £1.50 and it should last for enough washes to let you decide if it works for you before you buy a large size.
Will I buy it again - absolutely. Its going to be great for holidays when I'll be in the pool everyday and won't always have time to blow dry, straighten etc. before other people are frightened by the unruly mass on top of my head.
Before I start my review on this product, I will first describe my hair type, as different people's hair reacts differently to different hair products, so if your hair is the opposite to mine, you might have a very opposite result from this product!
My hair is past my shoulders, and I straighten it, otherwise it's a wavy frizzy mess. I have fine, thin hair which lacks good volume. I have to wash my hair everyday as every other day it becomes greasy, this is annoying! Because of this I generally don't use many hair products.
This Straightening Balm from Trevor Sorbie is part of their 'Long Hair' range. I've noticed products in this range for both straight and curly long hair, the straight hair products being in blue packaging, and curly hair products in dark pink packaging. They do the usual shampoo and conditioners for both, as well as as a hair mask, serum and this straightening balm.
The Long Hair range from Trevor Sorbie is a reletively new range. It supposedly helps strengthen your hair against breakages and split ends which people with longer hair tend to suffer with.
This hair care range isn't cheap, but not too expensive. Trevor Sorbie come amongst the ranges of Lee Stafford or Charles Worthington in Boots for example. The price for the shampoo's and conditioner's are about £4.79 a bottle, but there will often be special offers on. The Straightening Balm was slightly more expensive, about £5.49.
So, on with my experience of this product.
The directions on the bottle recommend dispensing a small quantity of the balm onto your palms. The bottle uses a pump so there was no trouble getting it out of the bottle. It then directs you to smooth the balm over towel dried hair, then style and dry as required. It says the usual 'for best results use with other products from the Long Hair regime' but all hair products say that!
I ran this product through my towel dried hair, it went on very easily and I couldn't notice any change to my hair immediately. Now I usually go to bed with slightly mp hair, as when I dry my hair before bed it will usually be starting to get greasy the next morning! This time however, I decided to blow dry my hair to see the results of this straightening balm.
I used the Babyliss hair dryer, followed by my GHD IV hair styler, and styled my hair straight.
I noticed my hair was more smoother and softer than usual. It felt great to the touch, and there wasn't any horrible chemical smells in my hair. My hair did feel ever so slightly heavier tha usual from the product, but not so much that it looked or felt greasy. I would defintely use this product again if I was about to go out on an evening or on a weekend, it kept my hair smooth and soft and I loved the results.
The only bad point was that my hair got greasy much quicker than usual, the next day my hair was horrible and I washed it straight away. I have tried using less of this product, but the result was still the same, great smooth soft hair but got greasy more quickly. Using any less of the product meant barely using it at all.
I would highly recommend this to people with long hair who love their hair being smooth and very soft to the touch. If your hair gets greasy quite quickly however, then I would avoid this straightening balm.
I work really, really hard on getting my hair looking as good as it can possibly be. It's naughty hair with lots of issues. It's currently resting just below my shoulder blades, is dyed jet black and loves to be curly. However getting it looking nice and curly and without frizz is near on impossible so I actually find it easier to whack on my hair straighteners on 220c and use lots of products and I get a reasonable result straight. It's just a bit easier and I'm a lazy bones to be honest lol
However I use alot and own alot of straightening products and I struggle to find anything really good that lives up to the claims that they usually have made about them, hence me parting with my money to own them. Doesn't matter how much or how little I spend it takes a lot of work to not only 'help' diminish frizz but I have an awful cows lick that loves to put in an appearance at any given moment. I can spend ages on getting my hair looking as perfect as possible for it only to turn into a nightmare half way through a lovely night and/or partying! My hair hates humidity, due to said frizz so you can see my problems. I know I'm not alone in my struggle! I'm sure your reading this identifying a lot of my issues! Don't get me started on split and straggly ends, greasy roots etc I could be here all day! My hair really can make me very miserable indeed!
Well the full 150ml size is a cylinder shape and is recyclable. It's pump action and tells you clearly on the front what it is and who it's by. Being totally honest with you I have never bought the full size £4.99 (in Boots) as I had the option to buy the sample size for £1.79 for 30ml so I could try it out and buy the larger size at a later date if it was any good so I wouldn't waste my money and/or product.
So my sample size is as I have said 30ml in size and is a clear plastic recyclable tube that opens at the bottom with a matching lid that screws on and off securely. On the front I'm told it is Trevor Sorbie and that it's Straightening addict, Smoothing Balm, (unique protection complex) and under that it says the word straight. Then there are some red and pink lines on the front. On the back I'm told a bit about the product, directions for use, ingredients, size is stated a bar-code is on there and finally contact details for Trevor Sorbie are given.
A bit about the product....
Moisturising balm calms & tames frizz prone hair, leaving it straight, silky smooth & frizz free.
Use on damp hair. Work a generous amount through hair in downward strokes from root to tip. Blow dry using a paddle brush. For even greater gloss, spritz with Straightening Addict Protect, Flatten & Shine Spray. Avoid contact with eyes.
Well I use mine after washing and conditioning and on towel dried and combed through hair. I use about the amount of a 50p. Personally having slightly greasy roots I miss them out as experience of this product has shown me this really doesn't help greasy hair at all. It turns my roots into an oil slick if I put any on. The rest of my hair, particularly the dry bits are fine with it however and I smooth it through the rest.
Now if I blow dry my hair without continuously brushing or combing it I get ringlets as I have, as I mentioned earlier curly hair. It defines my hair and banishes frizz and then I whack on my straighteners. However for best results I follow the products instructions to the letter. I gently smooth some down my hair and then blow dry on a medium heat gently brushing with my paddle brush as I go and helping to tease it straight.
The balm isn't what I expected at all. When I splodge some of the product onto my fingers to apply it is a clear but light gel. None sticky and of a quite runny consistency making it very easy to spread it through my hair. As I dry my hair I can feel a slight sticky effect at first but as you blow dry it it loses that feeling totally you just have to make sure you dry it to the maximum.
Hair just after drying this way is considerably straighter but not at all lifeless or dull. It feels extremely soft to the touch and not like you imagine it to feel after using a gel like product. Hair smells slightly fruity to my nasal passages but not very strong or offensive in any way and for this reason anyone can use it. It's just light and fresh and the smell vanishes completely after a few minutes.
Along with the lovely silky feel to the hair most of my frizz (just through blow drying) is eradicated. My hair feel feels bouncy but unfluffy and slightly controlled though as I said already not one bit sticky. If you shake you hair gently side to side no fly-aways are visible and hair kind of falls as a layer without being glued up and stays looking very natural indeed.
Of course for most of us blow drying isn't enough and for me I continue after recieving very pleasing results with my hair straighteners. It is alot easier to straighten my hair after using this product than normal. My straighteners glide through my hair and it takes less time to get a perfect look.
Straight hair of course! Poker straight and with no frizz at all! What's more is that it stays that way even if you have a habit (as I do of touching hair) it can take that. I get no curls or a cowlick putting in an appearance. Hair feels so silky and soft and just well... very comfortable really. Frizz is gone through styling and stays gone and humidity doesn't effect my hair after using this so my hair stays looking brilliant even in a hot, sweaty night club so no straggly ends or fly-aways. Hair not only feels natural and looks it, it shines in a satin smooth way. Not blinging and not fake this is perfect to give you results and to use any time you want to.
I'm a huge fan of this product as it is simple and unfussy to use. The only word of warning I give is if you have greasy hair I don't think this would be for you as it gives my roots problems but my dry frizzy hair that could do with a little drink and some hydration... perfect!The best thing to do in my view is to give the sample size a go first and although mine is a small tube I've had about 8 uses out of it so economical it is whether you buy it large or small! Brilliant find and will buy again!
As a total straightening adict I love using my hair irons (Remmington Wet - Dry) however I find that my hair gets damaged quite quickly in the process. I have very fine, fly-away, blond hair which takes alot of controlling!
In the past I have used Pantene ProV Smooth and Sleek but I find that it makes my hair very greasy. Then at Christmas a most excellent friend bought me the Trevor Sorbie Straightening Adict Shampoo, Conditioner and Protect, Flatter and shine spray. To my great delight I saw an instant improvement in my hair condition and even before blow drying it was straighter! So I decided to buy more, which lead me into Boots where I found that there was a whole range of products. I bought the balm because my hair still had a few stray hairs when styled, and this certainly worked. Its non greasy formula keeps my hair in place for two days without being retouched. Before I had to wash and style my hair each day! i certainly recommend the whole range of these products, and at the moment boots have them on 3 for 2, so you can try them cheaply! Most the products are 4.99 but you can also buy tester/travel size for about 1.70 (which are also on 3 for 2 from Boots).
I simply love straightening my hair and my GHDs are one of my most prized possessions; I take them everywhere. However constant straightening inevitably takes its toll eventually. No matter how much GHD try and convince me that the straighteners seal all the hairs natural oil into the hair cuticle therefore preventing damage, I don?t think they can deny that regularly heating your hair to 210°C will cause damage in the long term. The best way to keep hair in good condition is to have it cut regularly but I?m growing my hair longer at the moment so going for the chop wasn?t quite what I had in mind, instead I wanted something that would protect my hair from the heat of styling appliances and help prevent the dreaded split ends. In the past I?ve tried GHD Iron Oil and while that did seem effective for a while I wasn?t overly impressed with it so I wanted to try something else and preferably something cheaper. Enter Trevor Sorbie Straightening & Shine Balm. The only Trevor Sorbie product I?ve tried in the past was the Moisturising and Defrizzing conditioner and I loved it so when I saw this in Boots I thought it was bound to be good. At £4.99 for 150ml it wasn?t the cheapest straightening product but also not the most expensive. I thought this was a reasonable price as the conditioner was so good I thought this would be too. At first I thought it looked quite stylish on the shelf; a cylindrical-shaped container with a pump and a simple label on the front. However since then I?ve decided that it?s a bit too plasticky-looking for my liking and looking at it now it looks a bit cheap. Perhaps I?m being too pernickety now and to be honest I wouldn?t be particularly bothered if the product was good but it goes wrong there too I?m a
fraid. The packaging instructs you to use the product on damp hair pumping ?a generous amount? into your hands and then working it through the hair from root to tip before blow-drying. I wasn?t particularly keen on using a generous amount in fear of looking like someone had spilt oil on my hair so I went for a more sparing approach. As for working it from root to tip I never apply hair products to the root as my hair ends up looking greasy by the next day so I started applying it from about chin-level down. It has got quite a greasy consistency and it?s thicker than most products that I?ve tried before but I wasn?t put off. The smell is quite subtle, a light citrusey scent but nothing overpowering so you don?t have to worry about your hair smelling like a lemon detergent. However after I?d blow-dried my hair it just looked lank and greasy; not the look that I had in mind. After straightening it was even worse, the product is supposed to promote shine but I certainly did not achieve the look I had in mind, instead my hair really did look like it was verging on greasy and it felt quite heavy with product. My hair did smell nice but that?s not really an advantage given its appearance. I ended up just washing my hair again. I?ve tried various techniques of using the product but I don?t seem to have had any success no matter what I do. I dread to think what my hair would have looked like if I?d been generous with my application as instructed. Maybe I just don?t get on with this product but it after several attempts I?ve given up with it because I?m fed up of rewashing my hair each time it goes wrong. The best methods I discovered was actually applying the balm after blow-drying and before straightening but even then it still looks too greasy and seems to hang in sections making it look lank. The product is also ad
vertised as reducing static which it certainly does live up to. No hair has a chance of escaping northwards once it?s been slicked down with a nice bit of Trevor Sorbie greasy balm. Not even the thinnest hair would be able to escape the hold of this stuff, I?m sure of it, so at least it does live up to one of its claims. In fact it lives up to two of its claims; there?s definitely not a lack of shine, that?s for sure! I haven?t given up on Trevor Sorbie as the conditioner is excellent and I wouldn?t mind trying the shampoos either but I have given up with this particular product. I wanted the advertised instant control and sleek, shiny, frizz-free hair. Instead I got instant lankness and heavy, greasy, please-wash-me-now hair. I have no idea if this would protect hair from damage in the long-term because I won?t be using it for long enough to find out, judging by the texture of the product though I should imagine that it probably would protect from heat but that?s not the only thing we want is it? Surely it is possible to create a light-weight product to protect hair so that is what I?ll be looking out for in the future. I don?t recommend this product on any level and I won?t be buying it again. Overall very disappointing and I can?t deny I expected better from such a reputable brand. Thanks for reading!