Today we’re reviewing Dream Waves, Marc Anthony’s summery sulfate-free entry into the market. Doesn’t it seem like EVERYTHING is going sulfate free? And when that happens how will we tell these products apart? They’ll have to develop some kind of retronym to differentiate between the “old” sulfate free shampoo and the future shampoos that will be something else. You know, we’re already calling “cell phones” just “phones” and we’re calling the old phones “land lines.” We saw the same thing happen with watches. The first watches were worn on a chain and kept in your pocket. When wrist watches first came out they were called wrist watches but as they became more common and they took over the main name of “watch.” So, the old type of watch became known as a “pocket watch.” Therefore, in the future sulfate-free shampoos will be just “shampoos.” But enough already with the grammatical rant.
Dream Waves Shampoo and Conditioner
While the shampoo was very thick the lather was not as rich and luxurious as I would’ve expected. Unlike a lot of sulfate free shampoos, this one left my hair feeling very clean after rinsing. This is a good thing for an amplifying product. The only thing troubling about the composition of the product is that it uses an olefin sulfonate as the primary surfactant. This is one of the harshest non-sulfate alternatives and I’m curious why they chose it.
Likewise the conditioner was very clean rinsing which was a bit surprising considering that it contains a couple of different silicones. Once again this is a good attribute for a volumizing hair product. However, if you have damaged hair you may find that it does not provide enough conditioning. This is a typical dilemma of volumizing hair products: if they provide too much conditioning then they leave the hair weighed down; if they don’t have enough conditioning then you get good volume but hair is left feeling rough, raspy and looking dull.
I expect that one of the big selling points of these two products will be their scent. The luxurious coconut-pineapple fragrance is one of the most scrumptious I’ve ever smelled. This is particularly impressive when you consider that sulfate free shampoos are more difficult to fragrance due to the waxy smell of the non-sulfate surfactants. Overall I would recommend these products because they deliver their promise of volume from a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner.
Dream Waves Ingredients
Water, Sodium C14 – 16 olefin sulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine, glycerin, Cocamide MEA, sodium chloride, Polyquaternium-55, Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-10, Glycol distearate, Benzophenone-4, Magnesium sulfate, Sunflower seed oil, Soybean oil, Shea butter, Aloe extract, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed silk, Fragrance, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Citric acid.
Water, Cetyl alcohol, Cetrimonium chloride, Behenyltrimonium chloride, Stearyl alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Polyquaternium-55, Benzophenone-4, Magnesium sulfate, Soybean oil, Shea butter, Sunflower seed oil, Aloe extract, Hydrolyzed silk, Panthenol, DMDM hydantoin, Fragrance, Citric acid, Phenoxyethanol
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