Putting on a Dream Coat with Color Wow

Have you ever stepped outside and had your good hair day turn into frizzy poof? 

Given that I live in a rather humid climate, this is not an uncommon event for me. This is one of the reasons I was so happy to try the Dream Coat from Color Wow when they sent it over to me.  I heard friends rave about it, but had not tried it before myself and so was happy to put it to the test.

I had pretty high hopes as I am currently loving the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner and adore the Dream Cocktail.  If Color Wow produced those items and still considered the Dream Coat to be one of their top products, you know I had to try it.

So first let’s look at what Dream Coat is.  According to the website…

This product is for: anybody who’s hair is affected by humidity. Ideal for frizzy, wavy, curly or coily hair. And coarse, dry or dehydrated hair. If you have color-treated or keratin-treated hair. Great for use on wigs, extensions and hair pieces. 

  • Acts like a mini Keratin treatment
  • Transforms all hair types, creating silky, glossy, frizz-free results
  • The key to Chris Appleton’s glass hair styles
  • No sulfates, no conditioning agents, no parabens, cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegan

Requires blow drying to activate. Shampoo, condition, towel dry. Divide hair into sections. Spray liberally and evenly on DAMP (not wet) hair. (Do not apply other styling products while the hair is wet, you can apply styling products after completing the Dream Coat blow dry.) For best results, use every 3-4 shampoos.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Dipropylene Glycol, Polysilicone-29, DMDM Hydantoin, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Silicone Quaternium-18, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, Trideceth-7, Trideceth-12, Phenoxyethanol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower, Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Potassium Benzoate, Citric Acid FORMULA #703-0

Color Wow website

Okay, I wanted to get the how to use in there as well because not all hair products require heat to activate and because of the warning that you need to forgo any other products prior to use. Which for me meant no Mane Club One Hit Wonder Spray to detangle after my shower.  I have to admit, it is getting hard for me to remember not to reach for it as it is now my standard after every hair wash.

But to test The Dream Coat I set it to the side.

So let’s look at the actual product, now that we know reasonably what to expect. First it comes in a bright silver pump container that I personally find aesthetically pleasing to have out on the counter. It is however very hard to photograph as it reflects everything around it.

with the cap on

I like the pump as it makes it very easy to dispense and I have to say, I really like the little plastic cuff that locks down around the spray nozzle.  It locks it into place so that it doesn’t spray when you put it away.  Right now I have the spray on my dressing table with my currently in use products, but periodically I have to clear the top of the dressing table off because I need more space for something that I am doing and it is good to know that if I do have to temporarily put it in a drawer I can lock down the spray and not waste product.

If there is one thing I despise it is wasted product.

the sturdy plastic cap

So I washed my hair and towel dried it so that it was damp and not wet.  Actually, I tied it up in the Glov Head Wrap while I got dressed after my shower.  The Glov Hair Wrap came in a Look Fantastic box a while ago.  I’m sure those fibers have had something unnatural done to them, but that hair wrap sucks excess water from my hair like a vacuum.

So hair damp, but not wet, I relocated to my dressing table where the Dream Coat and my hair dryer waited.  I don’t know why but I expected some sort of gel or stream to come out of the spray nozzle when I dispensed it. I think the spray top just has that look to it for some reason.  However what comes out is a fine mist. I split my hair into sections and applied the spray to my hair.  I then picked up the blow dryer and got started with the drying.

My hair is relatively thick and has some slight curl to it naturally.  The longer it gets, the less curl it has as the weight of my hair tends to pull it straight.  In high humidity, the underside of my hair tends to poof up a little as the shorter strands underneath get more curl. The top of the hair just sort of gets a lot of fly aways. If that makes sense.  The longer strands on top are pulled down by weight but propped up underneath by humidity induced curl underneath. 

In general getting my hair to lie flat when humidity is high involves a lot of product and it is usually so heavy that it makes my hair look greasy.  This is the reason I spend most of the summer time with my hair twisted up on the back of my head. Somedays fighting the poof is just not worth it.

The Dream Coat was extremely light weight.  In fact it was really hard to tell I sprayed it into my hair at all. I kept the first use light as I didn’t want to overdo it.  I figured I could always add more, but I can’t take product out unless I wash it all over again.

First day

I was very impressed with the way the Dream Coat worked.  As I blew it dry I straightened it with a comb and by the time I was done, my hair lay flat, the underside poof gone, the fly away’s tamed and my hair looking silky and smooth. As we have been sitting at 60% + humidity where I live lately, this was quite the feat.

Because of my hair I did notice that I needed the Dream Coat more on the underside of my hair than I did on the top. The top was mostly to keep the fly aways down. Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled it did that, but it did require less product to accomplish the task.

I was extremely pleased with the results. But it does not only promise one day results. Oh no my darlings, this is a product that is supposed to work for three to four shampoos. 

So I had to put it to the test. 

I wash my hair every other day.  Any more and no matter how fabulous the shampoo, my hair feels stripped and behaves badly. Because I am trying to lose weight and working out, I do rinse my hair and use dry shampoo on the days I don’t wash my hair. The dry shampoo I use is the Klorane Nettle infused shampoo for dark hair targeted for oily hair. I flirt with other dry shampoos but always end up coming back to Klorane. So it was the dry shampoo I tested with the Dream Coat as it is my standard.

I used the Klorane Dry Shampoo on the day I didn’t wash my hair.  I did my standard use:  Spray, wait two minutes and then brush out the dry shampoo. There was no issues with the two being used together.  The Klorane worked as it always did and the Dream Coat continued working as it did the first day I applied it.

On the day I first used the Dream Coat, I washed my hair shortly after lunch and then dried it. I then went through the rest of the day, had the second day where I used the dry Shampoo and then on the third day I waited to wash it until around nine o’clock at night. The fly aways were still tamed but I could tell that the underside of my hair was just starting to lose its sleek straight look.  The rise wasn’t much, but I could tell it wouldn’t take too long before it started to have the humidity curl.

And so I stepped into the shower, washed and conditioned my hair and then stepped out of the shower.  I again deployed the Glov Hair wrap.  This time however since the Dream Coat is supposed to work through 3-4 shampoos, I didn’t apply the Dream Coat when I blew my hair dry.

Do you know what, my darlings?  The heat from the dryer reactivated whatever product was still in my hair. It wasn’t as fantastic as the day I applied the Dream Coat, but it was clear the product was still holding its own against the humidity.  It again was working well the following day when I again deployed the Klorane but by the time I was ready for my next hair wash it was clear there was little product left. When I dried it after my shower, the sleek effect was gone and I needed to use my detangling spray.

The product listing says that the product will last through three to four washes.  While no details are given about that I am fairly certain that it was tested with people who wash their hair more than I do.  As it is the product kept my hair in excellent condition with one application for four, almost five days.  I’m guessing that in testing it, they washed the hair every day which would give you three to four days with one application of product.  As I managed nearly five, I can’t complain.  Applying this Dream Coat into my hair once a week is certainly no hardship.  It is a slight mist with no scent to it whatsoever and made my hair sleek, shiny and kept the humidity at bay. 

I weighed the bottle both before and after use, but only one application of the product used so little that the scale didn’t actually register any change.  I think after a month or two I would have used enough product to be able to see a change on the scale and divide the numbers up to see how much product each use actually used but my scale was not sensitive enough to register one use as having any product missing from the overall weight.  Given that I only need to use the product once a week, I’m betting this 200 ml bottle will last quite a while.  Specific math will have to wait on that.

I will definitely be keeping track of it though.  While I am certain this bottle will last me into the spring and probably well into the summer, I want to figure out how much I use now with each use so I will do the math sometime before summer humidity arises.  Then my area has long stretches where 80-90% humidity is the norm and my hair remains tied up at the back of my head.  I am hoping that with the Dream Coat I might actually be able to have a couple of days here and there where I can actually wear my hair down.  As it is, I am definitely going to continue enjoying my once a week application of the Dream Coat.

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