Review: TRESemmé shampoo and conditioner

Product: Shampoo & Conditioner
Brand: TRESemmé
Price: $11.49aud for 900ml
Buy from: Selected major supermarkets, Big W, Priceline and Kmart

Pardon the picture. I haven’t been able to get nice pictures recently due to my very busy schedule (who would have thought producing a school musical was quite that much work!) but despite it, I’m still keen on getting reviews and blog posts out and hopefully get back into posting twice a day, seven days a week like I used to!

I debated long and hard whether or not to post this review because it isn’t exactly a stellar review. But I think much like how I would warn people of dodgy food and crappy service on the food blog, I should too share my experience of a shampoo and conditioner that didn’t work.

When I was moving up to the country from Melbourne, I decided that I wanted to buy everything in bulk or large bottles. It’s hard enough to buy anything here in the country and I wasn’t sure when the next time I’d be visiting a large city. TRESemmé shampoo and conditioner fit the bill. They were large and seem to have been receiving fairly good reviews thus far, so why not?

Well, here’s why not.

Before using the TRESemmé shampoo and conditioner, my hair was fine. It was glossy, healthy and beautiful. I loved my hair. But after using the TRESemmé shampoo and conditioner, it turned brittle, dry and split ends aplenty. What is this? Isn’t this shampoo and conditioner supposed to be moisture rich, good for damaged hair? How did it manage to turn my hair into the damaged hair it claimed to fix?

6 months later, I’m still trying to fix my hair. True story. I’ve stopped using it and I don’t know what in the world caused such a reaction from my hair, but the damage had been done. I’m still fighting it.

So in a nutshell,

  • The shampoo strips the hair of every drop of your moisture you have. After washing, hair feels unnatural and really uncomfortable.
  • The conditioner does next to nothing to return the moisture that the shampoo stripped. In fact, it didn’t condition my hair at all.
  • After 3 weeks of using, I started an increase in tangles and split ends. My hair became brittle and I couldn’t put a comb through without running into at least 4 knots.
  • I didn’t put two and two together – I kept using the shampoo and conditioner for at least another 3 weeks. Should have stopped when I was ahead.

  • And like I said, 6 months later, I’m still trying to fix it. Sigh.

    It sounds drastic, but one only need to look at my hair to see how dry it is. As it is, a mate saw me recently and commented on how dry my hair was. See, I’m not the one hallucinating!

    Would I repurchase? Hell no. I still have around half or more of the bottles but nothing would entice me to use them. What can I use them for? Not sure. I can’t give them away either, I feel uncomfortable giving them away to somebody knowing what they did to my hair!

    ***edited to say: when I was using this shampoo and conditioner, I had no colour damage in my hair. I don’t use heat treatment on my hair either and had no perms in at the time. It was virgin hair all the way!

    14 Responses to "Review: TRESemmé shampoo and conditioner"

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    1. Taylor

      August 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

      I don’t know, it does wonders for my hair.

      • Celeste

        August 2, 2011 at 10:13 am

        Lucky !! I think it all depends on hair type – definitely what works for others didn’t work for me (in this case) but it would be the same the other way around sometimes too.

    2. Meghan

      August 2, 2011 at 9:59 am

      I’ve been using this shampoo and conditioner for a while now and have recently switched to the low sulfate kind. It’s done amazing things to my hair but everyone’s different. How long do you condition for?

      • Celeste

        August 2, 2011 at 10:12 am

        Indeed this is true, everybody’s different! 5 minutes I believe is what the recommended period is and that’s what I go for anyways.

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    4. Angie

      August 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      I’m not much of a Tresemme fan either. Perhaps you can use the leftover conditioner as shaving gel? I find that works well when I’ve run out of shave gel!

      • Celeste

        August 9, 2011 at 9:19 am

        That’s an idea, shaving gel! I’ve never thought of that. Maybe I can use the shampoo for cleaning my brushes… lol. I’m not sure if my brushes will react like my hair did!

    5. Nessbow

      August 3, 2011 at 11:16 am

      I’ve tried this shampoo and conditioner, and I wasn’t a fan either. I didn’t have a reaction as bad as yours, I just thought that they didn’t live up to the reputation.

      • Celeste

        August 9, 2011 at 9:18 am

        Mmmm, glad to know I wasn’t the only one who was unimpressed!

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      November 6, 2011 at 8:34 am

      An all around amazingly written blog!!!

    7. Katrina

      November 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      You still managed to put up a nice review here. It really is bugging to have a hectic week. I understand the resourcefulness I too been bugged by busy schedules. Work then my love on making a review too. The important thing is the content itself, the pictures portrays.
      Katrina recently loss shampoo

      • Celeste

        November 23, 2011 at 8:55 am

        Thanks Katrina, you are completely right.

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      November 21, 2011 at 6:51 am

      First class writing.


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