Shopping with my mum in Boots last week I was hunting down a shampoo/conditioner/setting lotion that would tame her flyaway hair. On my hands and knees, bent double, on tip toes, I scanned every shelf while my mum stood leaning on her walking stick and trying not to laugh. Then Bingo! I came across a hair range that declared itself tailor made for the “first signs of aging hair” : Youth Boost by Tresemme. I love their normal conditioner so I bought some Youth Boost for myself, my mum bought some and I gave it a go… Here are the results according to me!
“Why use Youth Boost?”
“Now treat the first signs of aging hair, lack of body, dryness and dullness…This specialist solution system weightlessly …recharges your hair with youthful fullness (hair has more body – System use) softness and shine.”
This is a product that I presume is targeting …40 plus? Looks like no-one has done their homework. Most of my friends over 40 are getting arm extensions to read text and all of my friends over 50 wear glasses to read ANYTHING.
But we don’t wear them when we’re washing our hair.
That’s the first problem. The text on the bottles is too small. Sorry Youth Boost, this is pretty sloppy design: we would like the text larger so that when our hair and faces are wet, we can squint and make out SHAMPOO or CONDITIONER. Larger text and nicely designed, thank you.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Colour coding, nice idea: shampoo white, conditioner black – or is it the other way round?
The plastic tube is nice and soft so easy to grip and the flip top lid had a precise open and close – and not too hard to open.
Fullness Emulsion Spray
The Fullness Emulsion Spray comes in a dinky bottle with a fancy nozzle. A nozzle that fell off in my shopping basket as I walked to the till and with which I battled when I got home. I felt that the pump action button is too small – it’s ok for an index finger, but as you ‘age’ you would probably use your thumb to pump this up. A bigger, shallower button would have been great.
The Youth Boost Products at Home
Shampoo Road Test
I have medium length hair and I had to use a lot of this shampoo to get everything covered, at least a third of a tube. It needs a lot of shampoo for a good wash, it rinses off nicely, but hair left tangled and straw like – with the texture that any girl who owned a Sindy would recognise.
Lovely, creamy, didn’t need to use much product and once on, helped me detangle my hair as I worked it through. I’ve already forgotten the smell but I just checked it again and its very ‘grown up’ like a salon smell.
Fullness Emulsion Spray
I know I have a lot of hair on my head but I bought this as its part of the ‘system’ that it claims to fullness, softness and shine. I colour my hair and it’s always been fine, it’s prone to dryness, fluffiness, it’s always been prone the morning bird’s nest at the back of my head and now that I am having hot flushes – FRIZZ. But it looks great, shiny and is soft with the right products and especially after a trip to my hairdressers, Andrew Jose.
At home, day to day, I always use an emulsion product before blowdrying so I tried the Youth Boost Fullness Emulsion Spray. I’ve already had my moan about the nozzle so here’s the verdict. Once dry and styled, yes my hair was fuller and bouncy that bit definitely works, but it feels so wrong. There is no softness, each hair feels like it has a lacquer, a product, on top of it, so it’s very dry in texture. After a day, that stuff seems to brush out and leaving my hair much softer. However, I had woken up with a dry bird’s nest at the back of my head and my hair was very tangly. This next comment and this is a biggie, it stopped my hair doing the Hot Flush Frizz. I don’t like the feel of the product residue on my hair but I can see myself using this on some work days for hair volume and protection from Hot Flush Frizz. Long term, I would be concerned about it drying out my hair and breakages.
The Buildmumahouse Carer Verdict
I chose this product for myself and paid for it, so I can be totally honest:
Packaging 2 / 10
Fullness Emulsion Spray 5/10
Banish Hot Flush Frizz 9/10
The Buildmumahouse Mum 80+ Verdict
Packaging 6 / 10 my mum loves the flip top it was much better than screw tops for her athritic hands. Would prefer the labeling to be clearer.
Shampoo 9/10 Loved it
Conditioner 10/10 My mum is absolutely delighted her flyaway hair is smooth and soft and has become very manageable – it’s a hit!
I bought the Tresseme Youth Boost in Boots, there was a deal on which made it cheaper so worth trying out.
If any of you have tried Tresemme Youth Boost, let me know if it was good for you? Am I being too harsh?
Can you recommend anything that’s better at controlling Hot Flush Frizz?
Does this list of ingredients make sense to anyone? Maybe you understand what’s going on?
List of Ingredients for the Youth Boost Fullness Emulsion Spray
Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil
PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
PPG-1 -PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether