Herbal Essences Wants You to Have Softly Tousled Hair

Herbal Essences has a lot of products out there to choose from. The last time I was in the drug store, I meandered down the aisle to see if this line had hit the shelves yet, and I was surprised at all the different formulas they have. This is my first introduction to Herbal Essences, thanks to Total Beauty.

This line was actually a really good match for me. I usually style my hair in soft waves these days, sometimes using rollers, sometimes using a curling iron, and sometimes hot rollers. I don't go for a hard set, but a more natural wave look, so I was eager to see if this fit well with how I usually styled my hair. I received the shampoo, conditioner, spray gel, mousse, hair spray and finishing cream.

The shampoo and conditioner smelled pleasantly of violet. I didn't find the shampoo to be overly drying, which is always my main concern with new shampoos, regardless of their price point. However, this one didn't seem to affect my color at all, and the conditioner (which you are supposed to rinse from the hair quickly) smoothed my curly mess and added softness. It's a light conditioner, and won't add a lot of heaviness to your tresses, but if you have dry, damaged, or overprocessed hair, you might be left wanting more. Herbal Essences says that it also helps protect against heat styling, which is an absolute must in this day and age.

For styling, you have a few options in this line: a mousse, which works well if you are going for a controlled curly look, and a spray gel which works better for heat styling, straightening, and roller sets. Regardless of the style you're going for, the finishing cream adds softness. I ended up using the spray gel the most, and was happy with the results I got.

The finishing cream is really the standout product in this line. As I mentioned, you can use it on damp hair to add some softness, or on dry hair to smooth frizz. I used it a lot both ways, and it really helped with my constant frizz problem. It's also a great touchup/restyling product for a second day style. Be careful not to use too much - it's in a large jar, and it's easy to just dip your fingers in there and pull out a huge mess of it. A little goes a long way.

Herbal Essences recommends following a few steps for a softly tousled look:
  • Prep hair by washing with Tousle Me Softly Shampoo and
    Conditioner to provide a lightly moisturized base to set the style.
  • Depending on your hair type, apply either Tousle Me Softly Mousse or Spray Gel on damp hair. For fine hair, apply Tousle Me Softly Mousse to the roots, working it throughout your hair. For medium to thick hair, mist Tousle Me Softly Spray Gel through your hair. For frizzy hair or for just a little extra conditioning, apply the Tousle Me Softly Cream
  • Comb product through your hair with a wide-tooth comb. Lean your head to the side and blow-dry with a basket diffuser to create more volume in the middle and bottom sections of your hair. Squeeze a flat iron closed around a 2” section of hair and wrap it
    around the outside, like you’d do with a curling iron. Hold for five
    seconds and release.
  • Gently brush out curls with your fingers. This look is all about creating variation from curl to curl—it’s not supposed to be perfect. Lightly mist hair with Tousle Me Softly Hair Spray to provide a light, flexible hold. Polish off the look with Tousle Me Softly Cream, applied to the ends or to control flyaways.


Find out more about Tousle Me Softly at HerbalEssences.com.

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