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~ The Volume Mousse ~
The Volume Mousse is from the Umberto Giannini range which can be found in most boots stores. This particular product is part of the Incredible Body range. In this range all the products come in purple packaging with gold lids to the can's/bottles. The Mousse is suitable for all hair types that need some volume and lift to it, the results are big hair. The Mousse comes in a purple can which is bright in colour and it has a sketched style picture of a lady with very big hair. On the front of the can it states what the product is. The lid to the bottle is a metallic gold colour which comes off to reveal another purple plastic cap which covers the nozzle in which the mousse comes out. On the back of the can you will find information on how to use the product as well as a list of ingredients and warning information for the product. I have quite thin, flat hair and I love my hair to have some volume when I am going out. I have tried many different mousses and have had little success with some of them. I have tried some of the other products in this range and have been impressed with the results so I thought I would give the mousse a go as well.
~ Price/Availability ~
I purchased this from Boots and a 200ml can cost me £5.49, which is about the price I would expect to pay for a decent hair mousse that hopefully works.
~ Using the Product ~
According to the bottle - Shake can well and apply to roots and lengths of damp hair before styling. Dry hair upside down for maximum lift. I washed my hair as normal and ran a wide toothed comb through it to ensure there were no tangles in it. I shook the can very well before taking the lids off and pressing down the nozzle to dispense some of the mousse into the palm of my hand. The product had a light, slightly perfume like smell to it and the product was white in colour and expanded as soon as it was dispensed from the can. I put the product in my hair, ensuring I got the hair all thorough the lengths of the hair. I used a wide toothed comb to ensure the product was distributed evenly and then I dried my hair using a hairdryer. I dried my hair upside down as suggested on the back of the can to help create even more volume and lift in my hair. After drying my hair I ran a brush though it to neaten it up and looked at the results.
~ Results ~
My hair appeared a little bigger than it had done before and it had more lift and volume to it than it normally had. My hair had a slight perfumery smell form the actually mousse which was quite nice. My hair didn't feel sticky or hard and my hair didn't feel weighted down either. I sprayed a little of the Incredible Body hairspray in my hair to ensure the style held all night and then I went out on the town with my boyfriend. My hair did seem to drop a little throughout the night but I did have the hairspray with me in my bag so I applied a little of this, ruffled the roots and the volume came back to my hair again. My hair didn't look as though it had products in it as there wasn't any residue which was great. My hair stayed looked good all night with the help of ruffling my fingers at the roots from time to time to lift my hair back up again a little. If I hadn't of done this I think my hair would have fallen flat during the night. My hair was easy to brush the following the evening and there wasn't any residue left in my hair from the mousse. My hair did feel a little greasier than it normally would; how-ever I did just spray a bit of dry shampoo on my hair and tied it back anyway. The day after this my hair felt extremely greasy and it I was surprised at how greasy it did actually feel as I don't suffer from greasy hair for at least 3-4 days after washing it. I just had to wash my hair 2 days after using this product as my hair felt so greasy and looked greasy. The product washed out my hair easily and my hair smelt and looked fresh again.
~ Overall Opinion ~
Although I have been impressed with some of the other products in this range I wasn't hugely impressed with the mousse as it didn't give my hair as much volume as I would have hoped. Although there was some volume in my hair I did have to keep ruffling the roots of my hair in order for the volume to stay in my hair. I have used the product again without using the hairspray to see if this made a difference to the mousse, how-ever I had the same results and in fact my hair didn't even have as much volume without the help of the hairspray. In terms of value as this product doesn't work as well as I thought it would it is a little pricey and I don't think I would buy the product again. I was also surprised at how greasy my hair was after 2 days as I have used mousse in my hair before and my hair hasn't felt as greasy as this mousse made it. I will probably eventually finish the can of this mousse but I won't be buying it again and will be sticking to my previous hair mousse (Aussie). I can't really recommend this product to others and I can only give it 3 out of 5 stars.
~ Other Products ~
Other products in the Incredible Body range include:
* Incredible Body Shampoo
* Incredible Body Conditioner
* Incredible Body Mousse
* Incredible Body Blow Dry Spray
* Incredible Body Full Volume Hairspray
* Incredible Body Root Boost Volume Spray
* Incredible Body Old School Setting Lotion
All these products vary in price and can be purchased online from www.boots.com or they can be purchased in most Boots stores.
(review also on ciao)