Friday, 4 January 2013

Avon Advance Techniques Volume Root-Boosting Tonic (review)

Avon Advance Tech. Volume Boost. Tonic
Avon has a vast range of haircare products under the Advance Techniques branding, and the Volume collection has been specifically created with Body Building Technology for fine or thin hair that needs a boost. There's shampoo, conditioner, gel and this, a treatment which Avon promises will give you twice the volume when used with the rest of the range. The dull grey packaging isn't 'premium' in the slightest, so you might want to hide it at the back of your washroom cupboard if you worry that visitors might judge you. But then again, if it works, you might not care so much.

This easy to use spray can be used on wet or dry hair, at the roots or “wherever volume is needed”. It smells quite nice once the overwhelming alcohol has dissipated a bit but it's probably because of the high alcohol content that some reviewers on Avon's own website have complained that it's drying. I didn't find this to be the case, but I hardly ever using heat styling and I'm quite adept at using serums and hair masks to avoid this problem. I can imagine that dry hair combined with heat styling could well leave your locks looking distressed.

I tried this first on clean, dry hair. I concentrated on the roots, using it sparingly so as not to make my naturally oily hair any oilier. After a quick tszuj (yes, that's a real word! It means to preen to make more fabulous.) my hair looked... the same. I applied a bit more, extending to the mid-lengths, combed through and after a bit more tszujing I was good to go. It feels a bit 'tacky' when it's on and do be careful not to apply too much, because as it dries, it can make hair feel a bit lumpy and straw-like.

A few hours later I caught sight of myself in a mirror and to my disappointment my hair was looking completely flat and pretty greasy. I couldn't wait 'til the end of the day, I needed to use some dry shampoo right then and there to make me look presentable again! Not good.

Using it on wet hair before blow-drying gives you different, if equally disappointing results. Even on a gentle, cool setting my hair looked a bit frayed. Unlike some styling sprays, this doesn't seem to have any protective properties. On the bright side, however, my hair found new volume, but it didn't last long. By the end of the day it was flat and needed reviving.

Next time around I used it on dry hair that already had styling powder in it, but needed a bit of a lift for the evening. This time I applied less and gave my hair a quick blast with a hair dryer. This was the most successful application, but even here my hair got greasy too quickly for my liking. What I like most is the thickening properties this spray possesses – on soft, clean hair it can make it feel clumpy, but on hair with some substance to it from styling powder or dry shampoo the clumpiness never materialises and you're just left with more control and more thickness.

So in summary I'm not going to throw Avon's Root-Boosting Tonic away, but instead will use it for short-term touch-ups on hair that's styled, but needs a bit of a boost. I can't use this on clean, dry hair first thing in the morning as it makes it feel too straw-like and it gets greasy too quickly. It's also not nearly protective enough to work with damp hair and heat styling – it leaves hair looking too frizzy.  A bit of a limited use product, then...

Works quite well for evening touch-ups
Looks cheaper than it is
Smell is OK, once the alcohol has evaporated!
Can make air-dried hair look greasy and flat

Hair gets frizzy if you use tonic and heat styling together


Brand: Avon


Size: 150 ml
Price: £4.50 (£3.00/100 ml)

Manufactured: Poland

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), VP/VA Copolymer, Parfum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Panthenol, Sorbic Acid, Polyquaternium-4, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Wheat Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Laurtrimonium Chloride, Amyl Cinnamal, Courmarin, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Alpha-Isiomethyl Ionone

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