Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Reverse your {wash} routine

This post is sponsored by TRESemmé, a product of Unilever, as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

As a former hairstylist turned stay-at-home mom and beauty blogger, I'm constantly trying to stay up on the latest trends in the beauty world. I've always loved hair products and I'm always intrigued by the latest must-haves for soft, beautiful, manageable hair, and I was just introduced to the latest and greatest revolutionary hair care system from TRESemmé- the Beauty-Full Volume Collection. This system goes against everything I thought I knew about washing and conditioning my hair. I soon found out (and you will too) that their new reverse wash and care process is where it's at for shiny, smooth, voluminous hair. 

Reverse wash and care? How does that even work?

You might be thinking something along those lines, and I was too, at first. I had my reservations about conditioning my hair before shampooing it. OK, I actually didn't think it would work at all, at least not on my hair. I have thick, naturally curly, color-treated and bleached hair that I blow smooth and straight every 3 days. By the time I'm ready for a shampoo, my hair is pretty dirty and in desperate need of some deep conditioning to keep it from getting frizzy and snarled. No way I thought a reverse wash method was a good idea to try on my hair, but for the sake of beauty, I opted to give it a go. What did I have to lose?


Step 1: TRESemmé Beauty-Full Pre-wash Conditioner

Yep, you read that correctly: step one is conditioning the hair first. This is going to reinforce the hair's natural protective layer using TRESemmé's Fiber Polishing technology to protect the hair during washing and leave it polished and smooth. This pre-washing conditioner comes in a really convenient pump bottle that I absolutely love and appreciate. The directions say to use 2-3 pumps of conditioner, leave on for 1 minute, and rinse, so that's what I did (except I may have left the conditioner on for more like 5 minutes while I washed up and shaved). I focused on mostly my midshafts and ends, since those are the parts of my hair that need the actual conditioning- not my roots. I loved the light scent of the conditioner and the fact that it's safe for color-treated hair. My hair felt really smooth after rinsing!

Step 2: TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo

Next, you're going to gently cleanse and remove excess weight from the hair with this shampoo. I put a good-sized amount in my palms and worked it into my scalp. Now, if you're like me, your shampoo might not lather very well the first time (because my hair hadn't been washed in a couple of days). That's OK...just rinse, and repeat. I like to focus on just my scalp and root area, since that's where the dirt and oil is, then rinse it through the ends of my hair. I was worried that my hair would feel stiff and dry from "washing out" the conditioner I had previously applied, but that totally was not the case. The specially formulated Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo is designed to be used after the conditioner- something you can't just do with your regular shampoo and conditioner. This one leaves an ultra-light conditioning layer on the surface of the hair, so my hair still felt soft and smooth after the last of the suds disappeared down the drain.

Step 3: Finish/Style with TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Mousse, Hair Maximizer, and Hairspray. 

I decided at this point to fully commit to the Beauty-Full Volume collection because I was feeling confident with how soft and clean my hair actually felt. After towel drying and gently brushing my hair, I used a golf ball-sized amount of the Beauty-Full Mousse to create some lift and volume at my roots. Then I used a quarter-sized amount of the Hair Maximizer, which is a pre-blow dry cream to help volumize and polish the hair to provide bounce, control frizz, smooth hair, and make it more manageable. After blowdrying and curling my hair with my curling wand, I used the Beauty-Full Volume Hairspray to finish off my style and help give a professional, flexible finish that still allowed for some bounce and movement. No one wants stiff curls! This ultra-fine spray has the perfect amount of flexible hold and kept my hair feeling soft and bouncy.

Overall, I have to admit I was blown away by how amazing my hair felt after using the entire TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume collection. As one who did not have high hopes for a reverse-washing system, I am now officially a believer. My hair has bounce, shine, and movement! Other people noticed too, because the first day that I used these products I got tons of compliments on my hair. I went to lunch with an old friend and her first words were "Your hair looks so good!" Later that day, I shared a selfie on Instagram and Facebook (without mentioning anything special about my hair) and I got numerous comments about how great my hair looked.


Check out the lovely Chrissy Teigen sharing her love for TRESemmé's Beauty-Full Volume Collection


I'm not saying I'll never go back to the traditional way of washing my hair, but for now, the reverse-wash system is definitely my new favorite.  I've used it 3 times since my initial use and I love the results I'm seeing! Learn more about the collection here and stay up on the latest from TRESemmé!

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