I bought into the hype and tried the Color WOW Dream Coat anti-frizz hair treatment to see if it really works. I have frizzy hair. Like, really frizzy. 90% humidity doesn’t help, and it’s still insanely humid in Nashville right now. Plus, rainy season is coming up for lots of us.
So when I saw some Instagram influencers saying they swear by this stuff, I was excited. I need help. I mean, if J. Lo uses Color WOWDream Coat for her own frizz then it must be worth it, right?
By now you must know we’re suckers for buying and trying viral beauty treatments that everyone is talking about, from Hairstory shampoo to at-home gel manicures to a pricey (but so worth it) neck cream, all let you know an honest assessment as to whether they live up to the hype.
Sometimes they’re awesome, and sometimes they’re not.
Here’s how Dream Coat worked for me.
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Color WOW Dream Coat review: What it is and how to use it
Dream Coat promises on the front of the bottle: “Magically transforms texture; amazing humidity-proofing powers.” Their Amazon page is filled with glorious before/after photos. Well, I let a Nashville summer test that out for myself.
The product directions state that you need to:
1) apply liberally to towel-dried hair
2) comb through to distribute evenly and ensure smooth, consistent results
3) blow dry to activate, using a brush to create tension while drying.
I typically let my hair air dry (the alternative is 30-45 minutes under a blowdryer to fully dry my thick, wavy hair) and I suppose if I had a Dyson hair dryer like my stylist uses on me, and some professional skills, this would take half the time…but I don’t.
So, right off the bat, I’m thinking that Color WOW Dream Coat is starting out as impractical for me to use regularly.
Then, this happened:After my first time using Color WOW Dream Coat for taming frizz
My first time using the Color WOW Dream Coat was a success! the frizz was seriously reduced and my hair was pretty smooth. I used a round brush to dry it and then a flat iron to straighten it.
I wouldn’t say this is the “iconic glass hair” look described on the Amazon page, but for a lovely, 79% humidity day, I think it came out nice and smooth.
Color WOW Dream Coat review: How it holds up over time
One day later….
Now, let’s look at my hair the following day, with an equal amount of humidity in the air:
Some curl has returned 24 hours later, and a bit of frizz with it, but nothing terrible.
Still, it’s even farther from the smooth, sleek mirror-shine quality promised. I imagine I would still need to style it with the straight iron every day to keep the look.
After the first shampoo…
Humidity proof? Mmmmkay.
The product promises to last through three washes, however, after one single shampoo, this is how my hair looked on a day with 87% humidity.
That said, this was just one application, and I did find my overall frizz has reduced the more I’ve used the treatment.
And, several days later…
I was hoping the keratin treatment effect that some influencers mentioned would mean I could just air dry and it would yield the same smooth texture. Maybe that was wishful thinking on my point, but it doesn’t work like that.
One other thing I noticed after using the Color WOW Dream Coat anti-frizz treatment was that my hair seemed more oily than normal. I typically use Green Ablutions bar shampoo, and I have always been super happy with how clean my hair looks day to day, even when I go 2-3 days between shampoos. There is no such result in my experience from the Color Wow Dream Coat.
In fact, I felt like I needed to add a clarifying shampoo to my routine every few uses, or at least wash my hair more frequently than normal to achieve more results.
Color WOW Dream Coat review: The bottom line
As for “magically transforming texture,” let me be clear: No.
I’ve seen no change in the texture of my hair.
As for “humidity proofing” benefits, I will say that the longer I’ve used it, the less frizz I have in general. However, it will not impart a gorgeously smooth “mirror shine” unless you’re styling it with heat and tension every day, the way their celebrity stylists do.
(There’s a reason that good stylists will tell you, “no of course you can’t achieve what I’m doing here when you get home. I do this for a living!”)
My recommendation is that if you are struggling with frizzy hair, and you’re someone who takes the time to style your hair each morning, buy it. It’s a helpful addition to your regular hair styling routine.
At just $28 bucks per bottle, it’s a little speedy, but not a break-the-bank splurge either — compare with $32 for Bumble & Bumble Bb Straight Blow Dry Cream, which our editor Liz loves for her own frizz; $37 for Kerastae’s popular Thermique Smoothing Taming Milk; or, if you have good luck with mass brands from your local drugstore, you can spend under $10 for the John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength Serum, which also has a lot of fans.
As for me, someone who definitely likes to wash-and-go, I’m disappointed that Color WOW Dream Coat isn’t a semi-permanent, keratin-equivalent solution like some influencers claim.
Still, it’s a nice product I’ve been using to zhuzh up my styling when I want to look extra nice for a night out. So I am happy to have it on hand.
I hope this helps you make a decision for your own needs. If you have similar or different experiences, please share in comments! And see some of our other “damn you, social media ads!” reviews in which we buy and try popular beauty products:
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