“ Brand: VO5 / Type: Conditioner „
I've been pretty cruel to my hair over the years, what with dyeing it and styling it, and my so my hair definitely appreciates a bit of TLC from time to time. I like to use an intensive conditioner or hair mask once or twice a week just to keep my hair shiny and in good condition. VO5 products are generally pretty good, so when I saw this intensive conditioner on sale I thought I would give it a go. This product is described as being an 'intensive mask' and a 'deep conditioning treatment', and includes an essential oil blend, which sounds like just what the hair doctor ordered.
VO5 Treat Me Right comes in a fairly hefty 300ml tub- it's a white tub with a pink lid that co-ordinates with the rest of the VO5 range. I paid £4.39 for this, which seems about right for this type of product- intensive conditioners are always a lot more expensive than ordinary ones.
The first thing I noticed about this product was that it smells really nice; perfumed, but clean and floral. The consistency is good too; it's pretty thick and has a much creamier texture than regular conditioner, so there is no need to use a lot. After shampooing, I applied this first to the ends of my hair (where it's needed most) then working through to the roots. I left it on for about three minutes then rinsed out. Despite the thickness of the product, it rinsed out really easily and my hair felt light and clean.
When my hair had dried, I noticed that the lovely scent was still in evidence- but best of all, my hair looked healthy and shiny. As the product was quite thick and creamy, I had been concerned that it might make my hair greasy, as my hair is rather fine- instead, my hair was light and glossy.
I would definitely recommend this product, especially to anyone with processed hair. I really noticed a difference in my hair after using it, and even though I don't use it every day I'm sure it has had an effect on the long term health of my hair. This product is also great to use for a day or two after colouring, just to help get your poor hair back to normal!
I inflict a fair amount of stress to my hair including daily washing and heat styling. Regular blow drying and straightening leaves my hair worse for wears as the ends become coarse and dry and prone to breakage and without care my hair simply looks lifeless and dull. Although I do my utmost to compensate mistreating my locks by means of regular trips to my hairdresser, conditioning after every wash and heat defence to protect whilst straightening, my hair still needs an intensive treatment in order to maintain a good condition.
I rarely remain loyal to any one haircare range and yet I've been so impressed with Gloss Me Smoothly shampoo and conditioner by VO5, a haircare brand that has seen a massive overhaul in both the packaging and contents of it's products that I decided to try Treat Me Right, an intensive twice weekly conditioner that's rich formula provides my hair with that extra nourishment a daily conditioner can't.
~~~ Hair Therapy ~~~
Treat Me Right is an intensive, deeply moisturising, rinse out conditioner designed to revive dry, damaged, coloured and heat styled hair by revitalising, strengthening and replenishing moisture, thus leaving hair feeling soft, conditioned and manageable whilst appearing healthy and shiny. Treat Me Right's key ingredients includes an infusion of pure essential oils all of which have proven benefits for both the skin and hair so naturally I assumed this product would be kind to my scalp where as some other intensive treatments I've used have left my head itchy due to the length of time I've needed to allow the product to stay on my hair or have used ingredients so potent the tingling sensation they created has been uncomfortable. This intensive treatment is gentle, only requiring to be left on the hair for between two and five minutes which for me isn't long enough to irritate and there's no strong ingredients such as mint that can create uncomfortable sensations on the scalp.
Treat Me Right uses Avocado and Grape-seed for nourishment and shine, Apricot for moisturising and Jojoba for scalp moisturising but it's also an excellent suppressant to my frizz, smoothing my hair without it feeling weighted or looking lacklustre. The ingredient that initially caught my attention however was Argan oil. Rich in antioxidants and Vitamin E, Argan oil has been used for centuries as a hair treatment, smoothing and restoring the hair and improving elasticity and although it can be used on it's own, in it's purest form it's expensive so I was surprised to see it was included in the first place considering this is an affordable high street brand and not an expensive salon treatment.
~~~ Dream Cream ~~~
Treat Me Right is a slightly off white, pearlescent cream with quite a thick, gloopy consistency that's actually an advantage as less product is needed to coat the hair, making it easier to apply but also helping to hold it in place meaning less products drips off my hair. The cream feels gorgeously silky with a luxurious velvet smooth texture, that can probably be attributed to the essential oils and yet despite this it doesn't feel sticky or greasy, just very soft and actually quite light. The cream also has an absolutely divine aroma as subtle hints of Apricot and Jasmine are combined with delicate floral undertones that leave the cream with an almost sweet smell reminiscent of sugar candy, a fragrance that is not pungent, sickly or insipid and despite being a treatment that anyone can use there's no escaping the aroma remains distinctly feminine.
Available from most supermarkets and chemists, a fully recyclable 300ml screw top tub, retails between £3.50 and £4.50 and although I've seen some VO5 shampoo and conditioner ranges in discount stores I've never noticed this particular one at a reduced price but that's not to say it can't be found cheaper else where. At full price, I personally feel this is still excellent value. My hair is now cut to shoulder length and I manage a good twenty to twenty five applications per tub. Based on an average three applications per week, one tub will last me approximately two months although admittedly I edge towards the generous side when applying so it's possible I could stretch the contents a little further.
~~~ Using Treat Me Right ~~~
I was advised by my hairdresser, intensive conditioners are most effective when used between a standard shampoo and conditioner so I simply wash my hair as normal and squeeze out excess water and apply Treat Me Right to my hair using an amount almost the size of a golf ball which is sufficient to fully coat my hair although this would easily be enough if your hairs several inches longer. I usually apply when I'm in the bath or I independently wash my hair as the tub isn't really conducive to being used in the shower as it's awkward to remove the contents without swamping the container with water, let alone trying to prevent the water from rinsing the hair and yet haircare manufactures always favour these tubs for intensive conditioners so although my preference would be a squeezy container at least with tubs you can retrieve every last drop of the product ensuring there's no wastage.
I find it easier to apply to my hair with my head upside down so I can reach all of my hair, even underneath. I smooth through the entire length of my hair from the roots, paying more attention to the ends which are more susceptible to becoming dry and brittle. The cream glides easily through my hair and as I lightly massage I can feel just how soft the cream is as immediately I can finger comb tangles with ease. I leave on my hair for five minutes before thoroughly rinsing where it washes out beautifully, without leaving any traces of product residue, I then apply my normal conditioner before towel drying and styling.
~~~ Hydration Elation....My results ~~~
From the first application, Treat Me Right provided my hair with fantastic results, although I confess I've been using in conjunction with VO5's Gloss Me Smoothly shampoo and conditioner which may have contributed to the positive results I've experienced. Directly after rinsing my hair, I always notice an amazing difference in the texture. Even damp my hair feels squeaky clean and incredibly soft and surprisingly for such a rich, oil based formula my hair neither feels greasy or sticky. The product successfully controls my frizz even preventing humidity from causing my hair to puff or kink and it manages to do it without weighing my hair down or leaving it limp which in turn makes my hair much easier and quicker to style. Because my hair is very soft my comb and straighteners glide through with ease which speeds up styling time whilst dramatically reducing the amount of heat stress I need to inflict on my hair to achieve my desired results. I now rarely use much more than a few spritzes of frizz relaxer to aid with styling and heat defence to provide some extra protection. My only criticism of the product would be that immediately after styling because my hair is so soft and full of movement it can become a little flyaway, however a little spritz with hairspray seems to prevent this and it could just be my hair type as opposed to the product, either way it certainly not a downside by any means.
I've noticed in the past five months I've used Treat Me Right on a regular basis that my hair not only feels in great condition but looks healthier too as it has a subtle sheen, not perhaps the glossy results I initially expected but definitely much shinier and the ends that are prone to becoming dry and split feel and look less coarse, so although not a cure for split ends as only cutting can fully remove them, I'm happy that they are at least protected and no longer so visibly prominent. My hair feels really conditioned and healthy and I'm certain this intensive conditioner has helped strengthen it as there's a reduction in the amount of hairs I shed, a problem that with very thick hair, I've always had only now it seems to happen less frequently.
I now consider Treat Me Right to be more a necessity than a luxury, as I rely on this intensive conditioner to replenish and protect my hair, which it always does without fail. The results of Treat Me Right are immediate and even though I wash and condition my hair on a daily basis the benefits of Treat Me Right still last a couple of days ensuring my hair is always manageable and tamed. My hair always feels nourished and hydrated, looks and feels gorgeously soft and the lingering scent remains for most of the day (at least it does when I don't apply additional products). Treat Me Right's formula is so rich and effective, I've no doubt it can visibly and physically improve the appearance and condition of even the most desperate of hair in the poorest of condition. It may take several applications to fully reap the benefits but it would definitely be a sound investment if you want to improve the overall condition of your hair. I love this product. It exceeded most of my expectations and it speaks volumes that I have continued to use it week on week for almost five months and so I have no hesitation in recommending!