If I could change one thing about my hair, it’d be its fine texture. It just completely lacks volume. So, when I come across a range that promises to give me some, I just have to try it. The latest one to raise my hopes was Montibello Treat Densi Volume, a haircare range that hails from sunny Spain.
There are 4 products in this line: shampoo, foaming conditioner, treatment mist, and instant power. So, how much volume do they really deliver?
Montibello Treat Densi Volume Shampoo
Let’s start with the shampoo. The Montibello Treat Densi Volume Shampoo has a slight yellowish tint to it and a gel-like texture that foams A LOT when it comes in contact with water. It takes a while to rinse it all off, but it takes all the dirt and most of the oil out of my hair.
That’s good. I don’t want the oil to be removed completely, cos that’s what keeps hair naturally moisturized. Yet, because it takes off so much crap that weights down hair and keeps it low, the shampoo is able to give my tresses their natural volume back. It’s hardly the shampoo’s fault if my hair naturally has barely any volume.
For the scientifically curious of you, its effective but gentle cleansing power is due to a mild blend of surfactants made up of sodium laureth sulfate, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, and cocamidopropyl betaine, all of which are derived from coconut oil. Yes, even sodium laureth sulfate. Don’t confuse it with sodium lauryl sulfate. They belong to the same family, but sodium laureth sulfate is a lot gentler.
After every wash, my hair is clean, soft, a little lifted, and it smells gorgeous. The shampoo has the same scent as all the other products in the Densi Volume Range, which is both soapy and floral. It’s one of those safe but lovely scents everyone likes.
Montibello Treat Densi Volume Foaming Conditioner
After shampoo, comes conditioner. Montibello Treat Densi Volume Foam Conditioner is different from all the other conditioners I’ve tried in the past. As the name says, it foams.That makes it feel more like a mousse than a rinse off conditioner.
You also have to apply it a bit differently. You can’t put it on just after shampoo. You have to towel-dry your hair first. Then, you spray the mousse on your hands and smooth it through your tresses. Wait 5 minutes. Now, you can finally rinse it off.
The mousse is pretty lightweight, which is both a good and a bad thing. Good because it means it doesn’t contain anything that can weight hair down and so helps hair retain the little volume it gained after shampoo. Bad because I don’t think it’ll do much for dry hair.
Having said that, it made my oily hair softer and shinier. My hair also has an annoying tendency to get all tangled up. The conditioner makes it easier to untangle and style it like I want to. But, does it add volume? Very little. This one is more about not weighting hair down more than adding much volume.
Montibello Treat Treatment Mist
The Montibello Treat Treatment Mist is a foaming, lightweight liquid you spray on your hair. It contains stuff like VP/VA Copolymer, which sounds scary, but isn’t. It simply coats the hair, giving it hold and rigidity. This is how it gives volume to fine, limp hair.
Again, the volume is not dramatic. But, when you have none, even a little is a lot. Of course, I still dream of a mousse that gives me the volume of Fran Drescher’s hair, but I’ve come to terms with what haircare products can do for fine, volume-hating hair.
There’s not much else to say about this. It’s just a simple product that adds a little volume without drying out hair.
Montibello Treat Densi Volume Instant Power
Last up, my favorite product of the range. It’s the Montibello Treat Densi Volume Instant Power. The big box contains 10 little tube of 12 ml each. They look small, but, because my hair is short, and this stuff goes only on mids and ends, I find each tube lasts me up to 3 times.
Each treatment has a lightweight texture enriched with the same volume-holding agents as the mist, so it does pretty much the same thing. But, it must be rinsed off after 5 minutes. And, because it contains less alcohol and more conditioning agents, it’s more moisturizing.
As my hair is so oily, I rarely use conditioner anymore. So, on some days, I’ll just use the shampoo and the Instant Powder, and I find I get both the little volume and the all the conditioning care my oily hair needs.
The duo lifts my hair a bit, and makes it feel so soft. It’s also easier to detangle and style. Most importantly for me, though, it allows me to skip washing my hair for one or two days. Since I’ve been in London, most conditioners have become too rich, so, when I use one, I have to wash my hair every day.
But, when I use the Instant Powder instead of conditioner, my hair looks amazing the second day, too. Sadly, by then, the volume is gone, though.
Should you try the Montibello Treat Densi Volume range?
If you only want to try one product from this range, definitely pick up the Instant Power. It’s amzing. The entire range is lovely, though. It doesn’t make miracles, but it helps give some life to limp and fine hair for a day. A nice change, isn’t it?