Dove Shampoo Volumizing Color

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Dove volumizing shampoo - gives us hat head without a hat

Mar 23, 2004
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Pros:It's OK with dryer hair and a new perm.

Cons:Too heavy. Pulls a perm out.

The Bottom Line: I can use it, but I will not buy another bottle.


I’ve never been a Dove girl. Though it is cool that the soap floats, it doesn’t do anything else to make me want to go “pure.” In fact, when I worked in a group home, the only soap that ever made one of the girls break out was Dove. I thought she must be kidding me, since I know that Dove always advertises as being so natural and pure. But, she got red hives every time she got ahold of a bar of Dove.

Though I was not really sold on Dove, I didn’t have any problems with the soap, so I was game when they came out with a new shampoo and conditioner line. They’ve tossed out some really nice incentive gifts with some of the purchases, and I can say that the blue Dove blanket with a purchase some time back is one of the favorites of all times here at our house. They really ought to go into the blanket business. That little blue throw is so soft and warm that we always fight over who gets that one in the TV room.

The shampoo I bought was Dove Volumizing Color Shampoo. Since my hair is thin and colored, that seemed like a good pick. I hoped that my “red” would stay pretty for a little longer with the shampoo, and it’s always nice to have full looking hair when you’re one of those girls who has a lot of hair but it lays down on your head and looks skimpy.

While I’m confessing, I might as well say that I have a perm too. So, I have a lot of harsh stuff going on with my hair. Though this shampoo did not say anything about permed hair, I really don’t see any that say for “fine, colored, permed” hair on a person who really hates to spend a lot of time fixing up.

As far as color, I would say that the shampoo did not help or hurt. I really did not notice any difference in the performance of Dove versus others I’ve used. Even after a couple of months, my red is still fine. Though this shampoo does have some pretty harsh stuff in the ingredients list, it did not pull my color out.

On the volume thing, I must say that I was very disappointed. Instead of pumping up my hair, this one goes on heavy and actually makes my hair look less full. My kid used this one too, and he has my fine, straight hair, and it made his hair look dirty. It was limp and just stuck to his head. He won’t touch this shampoo at all now. With some perm in my hair, this one was not awful, but as the perm settled out, it also made me have chronic hat head even when I did not wear a hat. It’s just too thick and heavy for those with fine hair.

This shampoo does not advertise for perms, and it is hard on them. My hair takes a perm like crazy, and this shampoo pulls it out faster than other shampoos. This is actually good when I first get the perm and want a little relaxing on it, but I don’t want to pay for a perm and then have a shampoo pull it out in a few weeks.

The main complaint I have on this shampoo is not really the way it does my hair, since it is OK (but not great) with a new perm and color. I avoid it other than when I first get curls. The big problem for me is that this stuff comes in a bottle with white color on the outside. You can’t tell how much has been used. I really hate that in a shampoo. Give me a clear bottle, so I know when I’m running low.

Dove is new to shampoo and lotion lines. If they lightened up a little on both (both are too rich for those with any oil in their bodies), they might be OK. They also need to work on the bottles. That lotion came in a bottle that sits upside down and is irritating to use and splats out too much at once, and the shampoo comes in a bottle where you don’t know if you have a little or a lot left. They are trying to reinvent the wheel. There are reasons that bottles sit with the pour out hole up and reasons to have clear bottles. It might look cool to try something new, but new gets old real fast when it’s a nuisance.


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