Women over 40 beauty, Skincare, Fashion, Fitness and Lifestyle


I had this line of new Herbal Essences sent to me recently to try out.   It’s their new Tousle Me Softly line, which immediately brings to mind Gisele Bundchen hair – long, flowy, messy, just-got-out-of-bed hair.   How does someone like me with short hair get that?   Well,  I guess the closest thing for the short hair version is Meg Ryan hair – think “You’ve Got Mail”, that messy, piecy, just-got-out-of-bed hair.

The products are infused with Wild Violet and Pomegranate, which I initially worried would be too sweet or fruity, but it wasn’t at all.   It was just a nice, fresh scent overall.

The shampoo is a nice texture – being thick and creamy and gives a nice lather.   It’s not super-moisturizing, but not drying either.   Just a nice basic shampoo.  

The conditioner however, is very nice and thick and super moisturizing without weighing my super fine hair down.  I could also use it daily with my fine hair and I didn’t experience any long-term weigh down.

The spray gel is probably my least favorite in the line.   It just didn’t work well for my hair type.   It felt like it did absolutely nothing, and those of us with fine hair need oomph!

Now the mousse is WONDERFUL!   I love this mousse – it gives me great volume and body – it really brings out the body in my hair too, adding to that touseled look.

Another piece to the line that absolutely SHOCKED me at how fantastic it is, is the Finishing Touch Cream.   I can tell you that I have tried about a zillion finishing creams, many that hairstylists swear by that won’t weigh down fine hair etc. only to use the teensiest dab and about 1/2 an hour later my hair is either oily or flat as can be or both.    This cream is fantastic!   I have found only one other cream in my zillions I’ve tried  that work on my hair and I just went and re-stocked it a few weeks earlier at $25 for a small jar.  I wish I hadn’t because this is only $5.49 for a HUGE jar.   It doesn’t weigh down my hair, enhances the body I have in my fine hair and I can piece up the look as well.   LOVE IT!

Recently I’ve had a love/hate relationship with hairsprays.   I love them for a bit, but then after a few times I don’t, for whatever reason – sometimes irritating my scalp, sometimes not withstanding the weather, and sometimes both.    The Flexible Hold Hairspray is a pump spray that isn’t sticky, and it holds without being so stiff.   Seriously.   I used this all last week and part of the week before.   No irritating my scalp, and the best part – we had horribly hot and humid weather here – which always does a number on my hair.  It was 95 degrees and the dewpoint in the mid-70’s.   Let me tell you, that is tropical!   I used this at 6:30 a.m., did not re-touch my hairspray or any product and when I got home from work 12 hours later, my hair looked just as good as it did in the morning.   Not kidding.

I was pleasantly surprised by this line of Herbal Essences.   I would definitely buy the last 3 products again, hands down.   And the super-shocking part is the price of the products.  Except for the Finishing Touch Cream, everything is only $2.99!   WOW!    A definite “Beauty on a Budget”.