I mentioned the Redken Beach Envy Volume shampoo in my January favorites and promised a review. You can obviously gather from the title that I am desperate for a volume shampoo! I am, I can’t even deny it! When I read good reviews on the Redken High Rise volume (some reviews even mentioned it made all other volume shampoos obsolete) it didn’t take much to convince me to swipe the Visa. I bought it at a hair salon in Germany and saw the Beach Envy Volume shampoo next to it and once again I was sold. Can you imagine a product that can give me beautiful, textured beach hair?! Ok, so I have tried both these shampoos for about three months and I feel I am ready to rule.
My Hair Type: Before I start the reviews I should clarify what type of hair I have. My hair is very fine, flat, straight and quite long. My hair type is normal i.e not particularly greasy or dry, not color-treated and I would say in a healthy condition.
Redken Beach Envy Volume Shampoo
I am that person that has ridiculous expectations of products. When I see ‘Beach Envy’ on a shampoo bottle I see gorgeous, textured waves in my mind. Of course I have super-straight hair so I had to be realistic in terms of what to expect. It took me a good few weeks to figure out what the best way is to use this particular shampoo. The Redken Beach Envy Volume shampoo definitely creates magnificent texture which I absolutely love and I would say mild volume. It definitely didn’t give me the 80’s-style volume I was hoping for but I because I really liked the texture I can overlook the lack of enormous volume. To be fair, my hair is very long and the weight of it might influence the amount of volume it can create at the roots. We might very well find it works a charm in the volume department for shorter hair.
What I most impressed with is that the Redken Beach Envy Volume shampoo gives me the very best results when using curling irons and wands. Due to the soft, straight nature of my hair I rarely have a curl left in the afternoon if I curled it in the morning. Who is with me on that frustration?! But wait! When I use the Beach Envy Volume shampoo before styling my hair with a curling device I still have loose curls three days later! To achieve this I had to play around a bit with the conditioners. I found a heavy, moisturizing conditioner doesn’t make for a good combination and I achieved better results with a light weight conditioner. The only complaint I have with the Redken Beach Envy Volume shampoo is that it does strip your hair properly of residue and build-up (although it is not technically marketed as a clarifying shampoo) which in my case makes it very difficult to brush my hair out. It does give me some major knots despite using conditioner and detangler. But, to be honest, I don’t care! It helps me to keep my curls for three days, so I will happily deal with the knots beforehand.
I am very happy with the Redken Beach Envy Volume shampoo and can highly recommend it. I think you should be cautious if you have dry, coarse hair due to the stripping nature of this shampoo. For this very reason I don’t use the Redken Beach Envy Volume shampoo with every wash – only when I want to use curling tools. If you have flat, straight hair like me and battles to keep a curl in your hair for longer than two hours, then this shampoo might just be what you have been looking for. There is a Beach Envy Volume Conditioner available as well, but I didn’t purchase it due to having an abundance of conditioners at home. €15
Redken High Rise Volume Shampoo
I am going to shoot straight here: I think if you have shorter to medium length hair you might find that this shampoo gives you amazing volume. As per the many rave reviews I read on this shampoo I naturally had high hopes. I did however came to the conclusion that perhaps longer length hair might be too problematic for this shampoo to deliver results. I really couldn’t see a noticeable difference in terms of volume, it gave me minimal texture and what I really disliked is that the shampoo made my roots very oily for some unknown reason. I have to wash my hair again within a day whereas with my usual shampoos I can go 3-4 days between washes. Redken has some amazing products and both my mother-and sister-in-law uses this particular shampoo (they have shorter, wavy, coarser hair than me) – both love it and feels it gives them great volume. So, I don’t think it is necessarily the shampoo, it is most likely to be me. This once again proves that we are all so different and there really is no product that will be great for everyone. Sadly this particular formula does not seem to be compatible with my hair type and length of my hair. So this is a ‘no’ from me for the Redken High Rise Volume shampoo and I will not repurchase. €15/R275
*If you have any amazing volume shampoo recommendations, please leave a comment below! I am desperate, please help a girl out