Suave Professionals Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner
Ever on the hunt for a great shampoo and conditioner for my needs, I decided to try another inexpensive option when it was time to repurchase, recently. (Sometimes inexpensive products that don’t seem exciting can be, after all!) So, for science, I picked up the Suave Professionals Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner ($4-6). They are claimed to be as effective as Matrix Amplify (but I have not tried the Matrix product so I am unable to compare).
The clear shampoo lathers well (if you’re into that sort of thing…and if you aren’t, steer clear) and rinses cleanly without too much effort. I found the consistency of the conditioner to be thin – not terribly thin to the point of being useless, but not as thick, creamy, and moisturizing as I would generally like it to be. I apply it and leave it for 3 minutes before rinsing while I other things in the shower, but it does not penetrate the hair shaft as much as I’d like.
Both are noticeably fragranced, but neither are unpleasant, and neither of them tend to linger significantly.
After washing and conditioning, I blowdry my hair without any product other than my Tresemme Heat Protector (inexpensive, works great), my hair does look and feel more voluminous than with what I was using previously (Tresemme Moisture), but it isn’t substantial enough to forego mousse if you need some lift at the scalp. It’s more… fluffy, but not truly voluminous.
Unfortunately, this shampoo and conditioner does not allow me to go about handling it the way I prefer. Whereas I was able to wash one day, then use dry shampoo the next two days, and wash the following day (or use more dry shampoo and put it up if absolutely necessary), that is not an option now. The formula of this shampoo strips too much moisture from my scalp and my scalp is responding by overproducing oil. This results in not only a general need to wash more often but also results in my hair being less voluminous in-between washes.
The Bottom Line
That isn’t to say the product is bad and won’t work for some people, but it does not work for my hair or needs. It would be better-suited for other hair and scalp skin-types. I do not feel that it was a waste of money, but I will not repurchase as it is not great for me.