Shampooing your hair without conditioning it can be one of the worst things you do to your hair. While it is true that some types of hair require more conditioning than others, all hair needs to be conditioned.
Do not; however, reach for that two in one shampoo and conditioner. While it works somewhat for some women, it isn’t the best way to do the job. Instead look for a conditioner that is specifically made to go with your shampoo or one that is made especially for your type of hair (i.e., oily, dry, etc.).
Conditioners contain ingredients that help replenish what the hair has lost through day to day stress as well as the damage caused by the very act of shampooing. Most of them contain a certain amount of moisturizing or hydrating properties that also help smooth out the hair and create luster in the finished product.
A really good conditioner also has ingredients aimed at strengthening the hair shaft and improving the hair’s elasticity. Some even have temporary “fillers” that make damaged hair look better on the outside than it really is on the inside. Those will hold in place until the next shampoo.
Because I have excessively dry hair, I condition my hair each and every time I wash it. I also do a deep conditioning at least once a month. That helps to improve my hair’s overall texture and repairs any long-term damage I might have done.
While I had very little lucky with Pureology’s Antifade Pure Volume Shampoo or Thickening Mist, I did experience some minor success with its corresponding conditioner.
As I have stated in my other Pureology reviews, the fact that this brand has not helped my hair as I had hoped should not deter others from trying the brand. There is, after all, a reason that it is one of America’s most popular hair care systems. Just be aware that no hair care product will work for everyone.
There is also a benefit in that Pureology offers a money-back guarantee within the first four weeks after purchase. If the customer isn’t satisfied with the results, she can return the product, with proof of purchase, for a total refund.
As was the case with the shampoo, the Pureology Antifade Pure Volume Conditioner can be purchased in a trial size of 2 fluid ounces for around $7. That gives you the opportunity to try it out at a considerably lower cost since full-sized products retail for around $21.
Ingredients include, but are not necessarily limited to, basil extract, camellia leaf extract, fragrance, geranium oil, glycerin, helianthus annuus seed oil, hydrolyzed oat protein, hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, melanin, lentinus edodes extract, mucor miehei extract, mushroom extract, panthenol, rose extract, sandalwood, water and wheat amino acids. It also includes ascorbic acid, butylene glycol, cetearyl alcohol, citric acid, lactic acid, malic acid, methylparaben, propylene glycol, tocopheryl acetate, Remaining ingredients include amodimethicone, cetrimonium methosulfate, cinnamidopropyltrmonium chloride, CIT-15 pareth-7, cycopentalsilicoxane, dimenthoconol, hydroxpropyl guar, DMDM hydrantoin, dissodium EDTA, laureth 9, quaterum 91, glycereth 26, polyquaternum 37, polyquaternum 55, polysorbate 60, PPG-1, dicaprylate, propylsilanterol, stearmidolpropyl dimethylamine, superoxide dismutase and trideceth-6, trideceth 12.
Using Pureology’s Antifade Pure Volume Conditioner is simple. Apply a generous amount to the ends of freshly washed hair. Work the conditioner from tip to roots. Let the conditioner sit on the hair for at least one minute to a maximum of five minutes. Three to five minutes is recommended. Rinse thoroughly and dry or style as desired.
Here is my summary review:
Effectiveness: 2 stars. Pureology’s Antifade Pure Volume Conditioner did nothing to add volume to my hair but it did leave it feeling soft and silky and added a bit of shine.
Smell: 5 stars. The aroma of this conditioner is very light and delicate, with a hint of a floral smell. It is pleasant and not overpowering in any way.
Variety: 5 stars. If the antifade hair care system isn’t what you need, Pureology offers several other options. These include Super Smooth, Specialty Care, Nano Works, Hydrate, Essential Repair and Colourist’s Solutions.
Ease of use: 5 stars. Conditioning instructions are printed on the back of the bottle. They are easy to follow and mirror that of most other conditioners.
Packaging: 5 stars. Every Pureology hair care system is color-coded. The Antifade System for color-treated hair is purple and pink. A dusty purple cap tops the light pink bottle. The Pureology logo is shown on the front of the bottle in the company’s logo colors. Wording on the bottle is done in dusty purple. That unfortunately makes it hard to read. It is also tiny print that may require a magnifying glass for some.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. Each trial size bottle measures about 5″ in height by 2″ in width and three-quarters of an inch in depth. The full sized bottles are roughly 6″ in height and 3″ in diameter. The trial size bottles are small enough to fit almost anywhere, including a pocket. The larger sizes are rather standard in size and shape and will fit easily into a medicine cabinet or pantry.
Availability: 2 stars. Only select retailers carry Pureology products, but they can also be purchased online.
Price: 2 stars. I think the price is too expensive, especially for Pureology’s trial sizes.
Product purchase probability: 2 stars. Although I experienced some good things with Pureology Antifade Pure Volume Condition, I doubt I will be purchasing it again. Other conditioners work better for me.
Final rating: 3.8 stars. I still can’t recommend this Pureology product to anyone with baby fine, limp hair.
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor