Warren Tricomi is more underrated than most fabulous A-list hair salons like Oscar Blandi, Ted Gibson and the like, but my vast experience in skimming through magazines tells me that a lot of celebrities get their hair colored there. Of course, when you're on a budget as I am, if you can't afford a trip to the posh salon, you get the next best thing--their products.
Normally, Warren Tricomi products are a bit pricey, but my Ricky's was going to stop carrying the line, so all of the brand's items were half off. I jumped at the opportunity, obviously, and left with the strengthening shampoo, fortifying conditioner, repair daily hair masque and leave-in conditioner. The first three items are each from a different branch of hair products (strength, protect and repair) so I could get a more varied sample of the brand.
First of all, I really like their packaging. They're slightly unusual for haircare products and it's quite clean and simple. That's rather useless if we're just talking about quality of product, but I still thought it was worth mentioning. This brand also doesn't have the best-smelling haircare items, as everything I've tried is either a really old-ladyish soapy scent or something not-quite minty but very definitely powdery. It's not quite on the same offensive level as Ojon products, but you probably won't find yourself happily sniffing your hair after using these.
*The prices listed are the regular ones, not what I paid*
Strengthening Shampoo: As far as haircare products go, shampoo is one that I don't particularly care about. It seems that every one I try does roughly the same job, and this one is no exception to that. It just feels like your standard shampoo, one that I could easily interchange with any other I have in my shower. This is one of the sort-of minty scented ones, and I like the idea of something as refreshing as mint going onto my scalp, but I haven't seen any difference in my hair's oiliness or degree of strength. Frankly, at $18, you're better off spending your money elsewhere.
Fortifying Conditoner: When I first poured this conditioner into my hand, about to run it through my hair, I hated it. Being someone with dry locks, I like a really thick, almost paste-like conditioner like my beloved Redken All Soft. This has a very runny consistency and is probably the thinnest conditioner I have ever used. I spilled a bit while trying to get it up to my head, but once my hair was styled and dry, I was impressed. My hair had a bit more bounce to it than usual, but my ends still felt moisturized and healthy--the perfect result of a lightweight moisturizing conditioner. I used this a few shampoos in a row, and my hair started feeling a bit dry, so this will be more of an occasional conditioner for me, or maybe even my regular one in the summertime. As much as I like it, I'm not sure you need to spend $18 on this bottle--the fact that I enjoy it stems from how little experience I have with this type of light conditioner. If you've found a similar product you love at the drugstore, (I think Pantene has a silicone-free lightweight nourishing line?) there's no need to go out and look for this one.
Repair Daily Hair Masque: Like I could buy a range of haircare items without getting a treatment! I find that masks have the most effect on my hair, so out of all the things I bought, I had the highest hopes for this one. It's not as thick as most treatments I like, but it still does a good job of restoring moisture to my hair and leaving it with an overall healthy look. However, just about every hair mask I've tried has also done the exact same thing, and most do it even better. Instead of paying $30 for this product, I'd instead suggest the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque, the Davines NouNou Nourishing Repairing Masque, or the Joico K-PAK Penetrating Reconstructor--all are roughly at that price point and function even better.
Leave-in Conditioner: This is probably my favorite product from everything I tried, starting with the packaging. It's a very sturdy, thick plastic with a pump-top that delivers a nice pea-sized amount of product (probably to deter people like me from using too much!). I use two pumps for my thickish hair, and the product is very lotion-like--creamy and moisturizing but with the slightest stiffness to it as well. Air-dried or blown out, it leaves my hair soft, a bit silky and very healthy-looking; everything I want in a leave-in conditioner. This particular cream seems to excel at bringing out the most of my natural hair texture. I really like running some of this through damp hair, twisting it up into a bun and letting it dry before taking it out to find soft, loose waves. While it is my favorite of the group, I still wouldn't repurchase, as again, a lot of other products out there do the same thing. Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream, for instance, is very similar and even more moisturizing--it's about twice as expensive as the Warren Tricomi, but you also get about three times more product.
Bottom line: This is another sad case of paying for the label as opposed to the quality of the product. I wouldn't repurchase anything I tried at full-price, and for every product I like, there are easily a few handfuls of highly comparable items at an equal or lower price--some, I think, are even better.
So excited for the next post, and I think all of you will be too!