I was sent both of these products to try out by BzzAgent. I was hesitant to try them out at first because my hair is not currently colored (nor has it ever been in the past), but I figured I would give them a go so I would be able to review on the actual shampoo and conditioner, rather than if it “revitalized” my color. I’ve never tried much from the TRESemme brand…they’re just usually not a brand I’ll go for (if I’m buying drugstore, I’d rather use Herbal Essences or John Freida). I do use a dry shampoo by TRESemme, and while it gets the job done okay its really nothing special. I’ve read on quite a few websites that there is no real difference between salon brand (or pricier shampoos/conditioners) and the cheaper stuff, so I thought this would be a pretty good experience to test that out. Both of the bottles were very large in size…so they’ll definitely last awhile! The smell of both products was also very nice and refreshing. I liked the consistency of the conditioner, which had a very creamy texture. After getting out of the shower, though, I noticed that it was not as easy to comb through my hair as it usually is…even with using some leave-in conditioning spray. The one thing that the products definitely did do was leave my hair very shiny (and soft as well) but unfortunately there was frizz after it was dried and flat-ironed. As for the color protection aspect, there are several reviews on Amazon (you can click the product link or picture above) that state that this shampoo and conditioner has really helped to preserve their hair color and brighten their highlights, so that’s a plus! I may hold on to these if I ever end up doing the Lush henna that I’ve been wanting to do forever (to cover up stupid grays…apparently I’m getting old! lol).
Overall, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is (if only a slight) difference between pricey shampoos/conditioners and cheaper ones, and that a lot of it may depend on what works for your particular hair. I feel like shampoo is pretty general in that any shampoo would clean your hair well, but a good quality conditioner is a must. You can still get good quality conditioners for pretty cheap…I’ve tried John Frieda’s Root Awakening (both the shampoo and conditioner) and I really loved that. However, this TRESemme conditioner just didn’t cut it for my dry hair.