Update: I wish I had waited longer before reviewing. This shampoo definitely makes my scalp irritated and itchy - I tried replacing it with Nioxin and L'Oreal Everstrong and the itch would go away completely as soon as I stopped using Bain Volumactive. Also with continued use of this shampoo my hair became limp as if there was buildup. I am totally bummed that such an expensive shampoo would hurt my scalp and would advise anyone that has a history of having a sensitive scalp to try a travel-size of this before committing to a full-size bottle. (On the other hand I really like the new Everstrong and will post a review in a couple of weeks)
Original review below.
I have fine, thin hair that is a bit past my shoulders. I purchased this shampoo from my stylist as part of the Volumactiv trio (shampoo, conditioner and styling spray) and I use the system together. Overall I like this shampoo; it keeps my hair soft while I am washing it and leaves my hair with lots of body and bounce that lasts. You only need a little bit of shampoo to get your hair clean. The only problem is that I find it leaves my scalp a bit itchy which is a bummer because I really like the texture it gives my hair. The itch does not last very long and it may also have been from the haircolor I got at the same time as I started using the Volumactive system. I will update regarding the itchiness in a few weeks.
I purchased this as I have very fine limp hair. It is a good shampoo in the way that it keeps my hair shiny and in good condition, but I don't think it gives a whole lot of volume. It can make your hair feel slightly dry too. I wasn't overly impressed with this product and when it is finished I am going to repurchase Bain Satin.
I bought the wrong shampoo as my hair is very thick but I wanted a shampoo for damaged hair. My naturally black hair was lightened to a very light blonde but I have recently gone slightly darker as my hair was starting to have significant breakage. It is now so over processed and I can not bear to cut it off! I bought this and the treatment that comes in little 15ml tubes. I use the nutri-thermique mask as my conditioner. Well like I said I have thick, voluminous hair naturally so didn't need any help in that condition. It is hard to tell as I am using three new products, but I would say my hair had definitely improved in condition. It feels stronger and more resilient and it easier to brush, with less breakage, it has a nice shine too, I would buy again but will probably chose the one for normal/thick hair next time to try it out.
For the negative reviews: I totally get what you guys are saying about your results (flyaways, not cleaning properly) because I've had that with OTHER shampoos. But this one I actually really liked. Maybe for the price it's not an actual miracle, but it does a really nice job of lifting the roots. I've never had the guts to buy this in a store because I was scared I may not like it. But I went to a spa called Euphora Salon & Medi Spa in Astoria, NY and the hair stylist used it on me as a sample (because they sell Kerastase products there). After the blow out, I wanted to cry simply because I've ALWAYS tried to get my hair to look like that..full of volume and bounce, but nothing ever worked. Either it was the hair stylist or the shampoo. I'm willing to bet it's both since I've never been so happy with the results at any other hair salon. But either way, the next time I get paid I'm definitely going to invest in a bottle.
I so much wanted to love this shampoo. I tried it several times and with the same result. My hair was clean with some volume, but nothing to rave about. Furthermore it made my hair really dry and I had so many flyaways! My hairdresser told me it is because it contains alcohol. It is not sulphate free shampoo so big NO NO for me.
I have been experimenting with many Kerastase products and this one is my favorite so far. It did not dry my hair out, but I always make sure and use a conditioner. I have noticed a significant difference in the texture and volume of my hair and have even received a few compliments. My hair is naturally fine and limp, but with this shampoo you would never guess. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a little bit of lift from a shampoo. Just make sure and use a conditioner with it. I alternately use It's a 10 & Kerastase Lait Vital.
I have naturally curly hair, although ringlet curls. My hair is also blonde, and thus fine, but this really does make a difference. Because I sleep on the side, that part of hair is all matted and funny, but this makes both sides spring right back up. It doesn't weigh down my curls in the least, and it leaves them soft and silky. I wash my hair every 2-3 days, and that's perfect. I use both their conditioner and shampoo, and I love the result. Usually, shampoos and conditioners don't make a difference but this one does. It really helps bring out my natural curls. I'd buy this again.
I've been using this for almost a year and these are the results. please keep in mind that I have very thin hair but no other problems.
1. this product is perhaps too gentle on your hair and scalp, there is hardly any cleansing going on.
2. does not add any extra volume
3. when used from time to time rather then constantly adds a lovely and healthy shine to your hair.
4. you need to use something with a more cleansing effect at least one a week with this shampoo otherwise it causes build ups in the scalp (which I never had before with any other product!)
overall I would call this an occasions only shampoo and will not be re-purchasing. over here this costs around $40 and not really worth the money, the only reason I used it was because my cousin keeps bringing me some whenever she travels abroad =/
My hair type:
Very very very thin hair, lots of it, cut in an angled bob, flat and very easily weighed down by anything, hard to get volume out of it, but I try to get as much as I can!
I have been alternating this shampoo with L'Oreal Professionel volume extreme shampoo, to compare both. I don't use conditioner, and use K Masque thermique as a leave-in.
These are my findings:
L'Oreal gives more volume, but dries out the hair -slightly- more (this, for me, is a good thing, since my scalp is super oily)
L'Oreal is better for second day hair (again, because it is drier and my hair gets oily on the second day of K)
Kerastase leaves my hair -slightly- healthier and shinier, with less fly-aways
L'oreal gives a deeper clean (I feel like I don't need to use a cleansing shampoo as much with it than with K)
TBH, there wasn't really that much of a difference
I will continue using K until it runs out (because it is so damn expensive!) but I will go back to L'Oreal (cheaper, and I think I prefer it)
Ive strayed and always end up coming back to my volumactive shampoo! Although its considered a rich and prescriptive shampoo its somehow super light!
I dont have a problem with volume but i have a problem with GREASE!!!...like at the end of the day it looks like i have wet my hair...only i didnt! GAROAS!
because its meant for volume it keeps my greasies at bay for the most part so i have to rate this! My only issue is that its pricey but its concentrated and you really pay for the quality...i pair this with Unites Blonda conditoner (check for review) just on the ends and i love the smell combo!