Herbal Essence Tousle Me Softly Finishing Cream


Tousle Me Softly Finishing Cream- 7.6oz/$6.00

Product Description:
It takes two to tousle—so i tousle two ways! i give damp hair a smooth start for a soft, messy-hair look. then put me to work on dry, styled hair to calm anxious fly-aways and touch up tousles throughout the day. and if you really want to tousle it up, first get a good base with my mousse or spray gel.

Ingredients:WATER/EAU, DIMETHICONE, SORBITOL, AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL, CARBOMER, VA/CROTONATES COPOLYMER, FRAGRANCE/PARFUM, BENZYL ALCOHOL, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, DMDM HYDANTOIN.

My Experience: Ummmm....yeahhhh.....not feeling it. I honestly can't even give it a fair review because it never dried, lol! I had a moment of PJism while grocery shopping the other day, and wandered over to the beauty section. I've never seen this line in stores so I was naturally curious ;~) After reading the description, I concluded that it was a worth a shot. I wasn't impressed by the ingredient list, but HE products usually treat me nicely.
After co-washing, detangling, rinsing, and applying DevaCare One as a leave-in, I stepped out of the shower and divided my hair into four. I applied a dime sized amount of the finishing cream to the back left section and it immediately curdled...ewwww! It did not play nice with the DevaCare. I carefully rinsed that section out, which took forever (it was ridiculously gritty and sticky), and applied Matrix Biolage Balm to the section before trying the finishing cream for a second time. It curdled again! I rinsed another time, and tried the finishing cream alone. It defined my wavy curls nicely, but felt gunky and sticky. I gave up, and rinsed the mess out for good.
It smelled great like all HE products, and the consistency was thick like a conditioner but somewhat sticky like a gel. I could actually dig the consistency, but the curdling...not a good look.

Bottom Line: Not for me. If I was a betting woman, I'd guess that my hair would've dried stiff and dull. This is another product that will sit under my sink collecting dust.

Anyone tried it and liked it?!

15 Weigh in!:
NappySince10/01/08 said...

aw that sucks! sorry. i had hope for this particular line. maybe you can swap/sell it with/to someone who does just so happen to like it or wants to try it for themselves. OR... you do know the bad product joke right? "... another toilet bowel cleanser" hehehe :)

CurlyKye said...

Hilarious! I was just in Walmart on Sunday and ran across this and picked it up, looked at it, put it in the cart, took it out the cart, sat it on a shelf in a random aisle, went back and looked at it again and finally talked myself out of it. Good thing I did.

Anonymous said...

The same thing happened to me and i had to wash it out at once.

Libra08 said...

I just bought the conditioner version of this. I was excited to try it as a leave-in, but after this review not so much anymore...

katherinelovescurls said...

when you say it "curdled" what do you mean exactly?

Anonymous said...

Hey Nikki, I partially tried this product...I had a coupon for buy any HE product and get a styling product free so I got my a large bottle of my favorite condish "Totally Twisted" I love that stuff:) and the cream for free. After getting home and trying a small amount on my hair I knew I wouldnt like it bc it was very sticky! I stopped right there, shelved it and was just happy I got it for free...probably wont ever use it again, im like you, this product is definatley not for me

Tommi (naturally happy)

CURLYNIKKI said...

Curdled means it turned into white chunks on my hair when mixed with my leave-in. Fantasia Gel was notorious for doing the same (not playing nicely with leave-ins) which is why I stopped using it. It's highly annoying and totally gross!

I'm happy I'm not the only one with this experience. I was very disappointed :(

Anonymous said...

Nikki, this is just a suggestion but if there are hair products you know you will never use again, you can always pack them up and take them to a womens shelter.

fate1499 said...

Nikki, I love your product reviews, but I'm not a big fan of putting multiple products in my hair (I'm extremely time limited). Have you ever tried to use these products solo instead of with your usual line up?

Unknown said...

I've recently tried Herbal Essence Tousle Me Softly Finishing Touch Cream. Loved the smell but I can't say the same for the product. I tried it a couple of times both by itself & with other products. With this stuff, I believe lots of water is the key because you're not supposed to use alot but you still have to get it distributed through your hair.

I used my water, glycerin and oil mix as my leave-in. I then rubbed a bit of the Finishing Cream between my hands and smoothed it in all over. It made my curls instantly defined. It was very sticky while applying but using more water eliminated that. It was crunchy when it dried. Scrunching out the crunch usually creates frizz and this time was no exception. I loved the smell but I wasn't thrilled with the results here. Crunchy hair is a real turn-off for me.

I tried it again and I really liked the results. This time I used the homemade leave-in I mentioned before and then applied some diluted Eco Styler Gel (1 part gel with 4 parts water)because it's easier to distribute the Eco gel through my hair without using too much. I put a dime sized amount of Finishing Touch Cream on after the gel by rubbing it between my hands and then smoothing a bit of it all over my hair. I liked the results of this. My hair was a little sticky while wet but it dried nicely and I did notice better curl definition than I normally get.

I also tried using this to "tame frizz" in my hair after my hair was dry. It made those parts of my hair hard. Remember that scene in "Something About Mary" when Mary used "gel" & her hair stuck straight up? Maybe if I was using it to slick my hair down in a bun I'd have liked it better for that purpose.

Overall, I liked the smell and it's pretty good when used with gel and a simple leave-in but that was basically it. I don't see myself using this very much except occasionally over my gel or maybe to slick back fly away hairs for a pony puff. Oh and this stuff has to washed out with a sulfate shampoo because of the Dimethicone in it. So, if you like to co-wash alot, be aware of the very real potential for product build up.

Anonymous said...

Darn, I wish I saw this product review - BEFORE I bought this stuff. have to agree with all of the above comments.

Notthecoolmom said...

I tried it and it was just too "perfumey" for me...if I ran out of my other stuff I would use it, but I would also give it away if someone wanted it.

Mikey said...

i like this product. i discussed it here in my video and even showed how it worked for my hair.
http://youtu.be/tpYV35mxX6c

Anonymous said...

it is really bad it didnt work at all just made my hair go frizzy

Unknown said...

ditto to the above statements- I tries and thought that maybe I was just using it incorrectly- glad I'm not alone!

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