Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Dove Oxygen Moisture Haircare Range

When we think Dove, we think soap, bath foam, shower gel, you catch the drift? I love Dove as a brand, they have an excellent ethos and they're products are affordable and good quality. Lately I've been dabbling in their hair care ranges, more recently the Oxygen Moisture range which is part of their recently rebranded premium hair care.

The range consists of a shampoo, conditioner, deep treatment and a root lift spray. It prices between £5.99-£6.99 although I managed to pick up the whole range half price in Tesco.

First let's start with the shampoo, out of it's bottle it's a blue gel consistency. It smells pleasant enough, very fresh and ocean like (if that's a correct term to use). I used an average amount in my palm, lathered it up and worked it through my long locks. I found it slightly difficult to get it to lather up but managed to crack it eventually. When rinsing I found it left my hair feeling squeaky clean, almost the same results as using a clarifying shampoo. Although I have fine, weightless hair, it tends to get very dry and this isn't the kind of shampoo I lean towards using in case I dry my hair out and cause excess damage. However, it's a great product to use once or twice a week if like me you use a lot of products in your hair to get rid of excess residue and give it a thorough cleanse. I've also read claims that it causes dyed hair to run colour badly so I wouldn't recommend this for those of you with dyed or dry brittle hair.
After shampooing, I went on to use the conditioner. It carried the same scent as the shampoo, very refreshing. The consistency was slightly unusual compared to other conditioners I've used. It was much lighter and less dense, more runny. I personally like to use quite thick heavy conditioners on the ends of my hair so found myself having to use quite a lot of this to build up the desired amount of product in my hair to nourish it enough. Because the shampoo is so light, I didn't have a problem using this even on my roots and experienced no change in how greasy my hair became from after washing it. I left it on for a few minutes whilst I washed the rest of my body and then rinsed out.

Once a week a more intense treatment is highly preferable. After shampooing the slathered on the soufflé formula treatment onto my hair and left it on for 5 minutes to do it's thing. Unlike any other hair masque I've used, it is light and spongy. My hair didn't feel slightly coated and highly hydrated like it would with other hair masques, in fact I didn't see much difference using this to the regular conditioner. The amount of product in the jar is a small 200ml and will probably only last you around 4 uses for those of you with longer hair like mine. The only positive thing I have to pick up on is how lovely it smells (but s does the rest of the range).

 Finally the cherry on the icing, the root lift spray. I used the lightweight formula by spraying it onto the roots on damp freshly washed hair. I used around 15 sprays although you can use more or less depending on the level of volume you want to achieve. However, I wouldn't recommend going too overboard as it will leave your hair feeling crispy and sticky. I then massage the formula into my scalp using my fingertips and the proceed to blow-dry my hair using a round barrel brush, concentrating on lifting the roots. It smells gorgeous and helps create a great amount of volume to my hair. I also found that my hair was less greasy the next day as opposed to not using the product. I have nothing but good things to say about this and it has become a staple part of my hair care routine.

I have very mixed feelings towards the range, I hated the shampoo and treatment, found the conditioner very mediocre but loved the root lift spray and have used it everyday since trying it. I have found many positive reviews on the range but believe it is targeted to a very specific hair type. I have fine flat hair myself, however, it is quite damaged due to the amount of heat I use on it daily and the long length too. I feel the range would suit those with short to shoulder length, limp hair that becomes greasy quickly.

Have you tried the Dove Oxygen Moisture range, what were your results?
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