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I have very fine hair and often try out different brands and products to try and give it more volume. As it is so fine I also need to wash it every day so it is important that the products I use do not damage it and are gentle with no harsh chemicals. I decided to try out the Sebastian Volupt range after reading positive reviews about it on the internet.
The shampoo is specifically developed to boost your hair's volume without weighing it down and it is advertised as leaving hair feeling up to 45% softer without compromising on body.
The shampoo comes in a black rectangular bottle with the Sebastian Volupt logo on it. There is a flip lid which is great as it means you can easily squeeze the shampoo out while in the shower without having to fiddle with taking a lid off. You can buy the shampoo in 250ml or 1000 ml bottles and I bought the 250ml version.
On squeezing out the shampoo it has quite a thick consistency and I only need a blob about the size of a 10p piece. It has a fresh and floral smell which is also used in other Sebastian products and which is quite pleasant. It lathers up well and when using it I do really feel like it is gentle on my hair but cleaning it well.
After styling my hair for the first few weeks I did notice a difference and my hair seemed to have a bit more volume than normal. It does also leave my hair feeling soft and clean. However I found that the increased body and volume effect has not really lasted for that long and now when I use the shampoo I cannot really tell the difference than any other shampoos that I have used. This may be fault of my hair which I think quickly gets used to products and then reverts back to being a problem! However I am happy to keep using the shampoo as I do believe it is gentle on my hair when I wash it every day.
My mum shares my addiction to buying hair care products and I would actually describe her to be worse than me for her spending sprees. However my mum is always very generous and in her latest spree she decided to treat me too. My mum visits the same hairdresser as I do and after hearing me rave about the Sebastian Professional range she decided to try the products for herself and asked my hairdresser about the range. Remembering that I had criticised the lack of volume when styling my hair after using the Sebastian Penetraitt she decided to treat me to a bottle of Sebastian Volupt Shampoo (and conditioner!).
***Sebastian Volupt Shampoo***
The description on the bottle of this shampoo is "Achieve great hair heights with revolutionary cushion particle technology that constructs your harmony of soft volumes, shielding-in the lightness colour safe."
My colour treated and highlighted dark blonde hair tends to be quite dry however I tend to use products that protects and improves the condition of my hair but boosts and protects my colour in between visits to the salon. My hair is by no means flat volume wise but I do like to create styles with lots of volume especially for more special occasions. Because of the length of my hair this can be difficult as weight of my long hair sometimes means I need to use lots of styling products or need a product that gives my hair more volume. This is why my mum thought that the Sebastian Volupt Shampoo would be suitable for my hair.
My hairdresser sells the Sebastian Volupt Shampoo in the 250ml size. However you can also purchase a large 1000ml "salon" size bottle from online retailers. In the salon I go to a 250ml bottle of Sebastian Volupt Shampoo costs £12 however if you purchase two bottles or alongside a 250ml bottle of Sebastian conditioner it works out as £10 a bottle. This is still very expensive even for salon quality shampoo considering the bottle is so small.
You can purchase the Sebastian Volupt Shampoo from online retailers including www.feelunique.com, www.hairsupplies.com and www.hairsupermarket.co.uk . From feelunique.com a 250ml bottle costs £10.95. You can also purchase the larger 1000ml bottle from these online retailers. The price varies however costs between £19-£32 so is still not a "cheap" shampoo.
The directions for use on the bottle are "Apply Volupt shampoo to wet hair. Massage to activate a rich lather. Rinse thoroughly. Remove excess water. Follow with volupt conditioner"
The Sebastian Volupt Shampoo comes in a narrow black tube type bottle. The bottle is a cylinder however the front of the bottle is flat so the shape is quite unusual. The top of the bottle has a flip top where you flip a section on the cap, the dispenser hole is revealed and product can be dispensed and then when you are finished using the product you can flip the dispenser shut again. The overall bottle design is very functional and plain but the black bottle with the plain silver simple font on the front with the brand name and the word VOLUPT makes it look very much like a salon product. The Sebastian Volupt Shampoo bottle looks almost identical to other bottles of shampoo from the Sebastian range with both the colour and shape of the bottle. The only distinction between the shampoo products is the name of the product is written on the front of the bottle (i.e. VOLUPT).
The Sebastian Volupt Shampoo also smells and looks identical to other shampoos and conditioners from the Sebastian range. Prior to using the VOLUPT shampoo I had used the Penetraitt shampoo and I would not be able to tell the difference between the two products based upon the scent and the look of the shampoos. As soon as you open the flip lid with the Sebastian Volupt Shampoo you smell a very sweet fresh fruity scent. I find this quite a pleasant but artificial scent which is a mixture of berries and perfume.
The Volupt shampoo is thick in consistency meaning you need to give the bottle quite a hard squeeze to get the product out even when the tube is reasonably full. The shampoo is a pearl white colour and I find the thick consistency of the shampoo and the need to squeeze the tube quite hard is a real advantage as it means you use the product quite economically. I tend to find when I squeeze the tube only a small amount comes out therefore this minimises wastage.
On my thick long hair (it is midway down my back) I only need to use a blob about the size of a 50p piece as the shampoo spreads through hair very easily and creates a lot of lather and foam from such a small amount. In all honesty because the small bottle costs over £10 a bottle I find I am a lot more careful with how much product I am using whereas if I'm using a bottle of shampoo that costs £2 a bottle I am definitely less careful. Nevertheless I do think that a small amount of this product goes a long way. The 250ml bottle of shampoo has been used about 8-10 times now and feels around half full.
The scent when lathering into hair is gorgeous and this is a very fresh and fruity scent and very much like what you would expect from a salon quality product because of the very perfumed type scent. Once lather has been created I find that the shampoo is very easy to rinse out of hair.
After shampooing with the Sebastian Volupt Shampoo I tend to use the matching conditioner from the Volupt range. There have been occasions when I have used a different conditioner however when using the two Volupt products together I feel that the results are slightly better and this creates styles with more volume.
The smell of the Volupt shampoo is apparent when blowdrying my hair and once blowdryed my hair is left with a lovely fresh sweet smell which is quite noticeable however not sickly or overpowering.
I had previously been using the Penetraitt products from the Sebastian range. I had been really impressed with the results of these products in terms of leaving my hair soft, silky and in an excellent condition and the colour protection that they offered but I had noticed that in terms of volume I was finding it quite difficult to create a lot of volume or volume that lasted when I had used these products.
With the Volupt shampoo I felt after the first use my hair was left in as good of a condition as it had been when using the Penetraitt shampoo (and conditioner) but it also felt a lot bouncier and at the roots after blow-drying had noticeable volume. This volume lasted all day and I felt I did not have to use as many styling products on my hair to hold this volume on my long hair as my hair had a real natural bounce to it as well as looking very soft, silky and healthy.
My hair had a real brightness to it and after using the Volupt Shampoo I thought my highlights looked vibrant and reflected light meaning there was definition between the different colours in my hair (various light to mid blonde highlights). My hair also looked very healthy and shiny and felt very soft. After the first use I felt the ends of my hair looked and felt very smooth.
My main problem with being blonde is definitely the condition of my hair. I find my hair is a lot drier and the texture is quite coarse and straw like when at its worst therefore most products do not offer enough moisture and I tend to find I need to use "deep repair" type products. After 1 or 2 uses I did seem to think the Volupt shampoo had enough moisturising properties to keep my demanding hair from feeling straw like. However after using around 3-4 times in a row I did find that the ends of my hair felt slightly dry again. This was only very slight and I still feel the Volupt shampoo had more smoothing properties than 80% of shampoos I have used, however it does not offer the same level of protection as the Pentraitt products from the Sebastian range, and for my very dry hair the Volupt range probably isn't suitable for everyday use.
From my experience of products from the Sebastian hair care range this is a great product but for my dry colour treated hair it is not a product that I feel is suitable to use daily in the same way I can use some of the other shampoos and conditioners. The Sebastian Volupt Shampoo leaves hair very soft and silky feeling with lots of volume and allows me to create big bouncy styles but I do not feel it offers the same level of moisture and protection for my very dry colour treated hair for prolonged use.
Because of this I tend to find that I use this shampoo on my hair prior to a special occasion or when I am going out rather than for everyday use. That way I benefit from bouncy styles and soft shiny hair but use shampoo and conditioner that gives my hair greater moisture for everyday use.
My main criticism of this product as with all of the other hair care products from the Sebastian range is without doubt the price. It is a fantastic shampoo however buying from a salon costs around £12 for a small 250ml bottle which will last between 4-6 weeks. Even shopping around and making the most of multi-buy deals I haven't been able to get the product for less than £10 a bottle.
Big hair just at a big price!
Volume Boosting ShampooHow it works:Achieve great hair heights with revolutionary cushion particle technology that constructs your harmony of softvolumes, shielding-in the lightness color safe / How to use:Apply volupt shampoo to wet hair / Massage to activate a rich lather / Rinse thoroughly / Remove excess water / Follow with volupt conditioner /