Adding volume to your hair can be quite the ordeal. From mousses and texturing sprays, to scalp gels and treatments, there are a range of products out there that claim to help you achieve thick, voluminous hair. My most recent experiment with hair volumizing products involved the Keranique Clean & Condition set. Being a minimalist, I figured if I could get the extra volume by using products I already use on a regular basis (shampoo and conditioner), it would be a huge plus! So here’s a little bit of background the products, followed by my results using this hair care set.
What is the Keranique Clean & Condition Set?
The Keranique Clean & Condition Set includes the Keranique Scalp Stimulating Shampoo and the Keranique Volumizing Keratin Conditioner, which together create the ‘foundation for thicker, fuller looking hair’. They are designed to work in together to “gently clean and stimulate the scalp to nourish and rejuvenate the hair follicles”. Both products contain the Keratin Amino Complex, which is supposed to strengthen and thicken each hair strand as well as repair your hair.
Here are some of the benefits of each of the products, according to the Keranique website:
Keranique Scalp Stimulating Shampoo:
- Retains shine
- Detangles & smooths without weighing the hair down
- Removes build-up
- Protects against cuticle damage
- Helps hair look fuller and thicker
Keranique Volumizing Keratin Conditioner:
- Conditions and volumizes hair
- Detangles & conditions without weighing the hair down
- Leaves no heavy or waxy feeling on the hair nor scalp
- Adds body and volume
- Improves hair strength and provides anti-breakage protection
How to Use
For both products, they recommend applying to your hair and scalp, then leaving them on for 1-2 minutes before rinsing. That’s not too much to ask for, especially when it means more time in a hot shower. 🙂
Keranique Scalp Stimulating Shampoo & Volumizing Keratin Conditioner Review
The Keranique Scalp Stimulating Shampoo has a sulfate-free formula, which is a huge for me – I have a very sensitive scalp so I always look for a sulfate, paraben, etc – free formulas. Despite being sulfate-free, the shampoo creates a nice lather and is easy to distribute as well as rinse out of the hair. It provides a nice thorough cleanse, though I noticed the formula can be a little harsh (it caused my scalp to get oily only a day and a half after washing). The shampoo itself is clear and has no scent.
The Keranique Volumizing Keratin Conditioner contains both peppermint and menthol, which are known to be great for stimulating your scalp, increasing blood flow, and promoting scalp health. Together they create a very cool, tingling feeling on the scalp. It’s actually quite refreshing and lasts for the duration of the treatment (i.e. however long you decide to keep it on your hair before rinsing out).
The first thing I noticed after using both products was that I was actually able to comb through my hair without having to use a detangler, which is a huge plus for me (I like a very minimal routine when possible – less is more!). I also noticed less breakage was going on, which is definitely another plus when you’re trying to grow out your hair! Once dry, my hair felt super soft and looked extra shiny.
Volume-wise, I was very happy with the results after just the first washing. I have thick hair density-wise, but fine strands when it comes to texture, plus my hair is very long – all of this makes for very heavy hair that easily gets weighed down. Amazingly enough, this shampoo and conditioner set actually seemed to ‘pick up’ my hair a bit and give it a boost, which tells me that it would likely work for all hair textures and thicknesses.
In the end, I will likely skip on the shampoo (it’s just a little too harsh for my sensitive scalp), but I would definitely repurchase the conditioner. Unfortunately, the price is one deterrent for me so I’ll definitely be on the look out for sales (both 8 fl oz. products retail for $34.95 each). Keranique currently offers the Clean & Condition Set for $49.95, but it’s still a lot to pay for what you get size-wise.
The good news is that you can often find the set (and the individual products) for slightly less on Amazon, where they average at about $22 each. And until 12/31/2015, you can get 25% with code THICKER25 if you purchase via Keranique’s website here.
Have you tried volumizing hair care products?
If so, what are your favorites?