VO5 Hairdressing Conditioning Cream Review

There are a lot of hair conditioning or hairdressing products on the market. Unfortunately, quite a lot of them make too many promises – promises they fail to fulfill. One brand that does stand out among the rest in terms of both quality and ability to deliver is VO5 Hairdressing.

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Who is VO5?

Alberto VO5 was the product of a chemist and hairdresser named Alberto. Working out of Culver City, California, Alberto saw firsthand the damage that Hollywood’s sets did to hair. To remedy this, Alberto fused 5 different vitamin oils into a range of hair care products, leading to the name “VO5”. Today, VO5 continues to deliver top-shelf hair care products.

One of V05’s most popular product is the V05 Hairdressing. In this review, we’ll let you know more about this product, show you how it works, and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about it.

What is the VO5 Hairdressing Conditioning Cream?

VO5’s Hairdressing Cream is a type of hairdressing that nourishes and strengthens your hair. It is made to heal dry, dull hair and bring back its luster and volume. VO5 Hairdressing Cream also soothes split ends, fly aways, and adds shine to your hair. They can also be used to tame frizzled, tough hairs.

So, how does V05 Hairdressing work? Below, I’ll discuss its main ingredients and show you how each of them help promote healthy and shiny hair!

V05 Hairdressing Ingredients

The five original vitamin oils used in V05 Hairdressing are sunflower seed oil, mango seed oil, sweet almond oil, rosemary leaf oil, and chamomile flower oil. VO5 also uses these oils in all of their products. While other ingredients have been added to the mix, the chemistry of VO5’s hair care products today is as excellent as when it was first founded.

Let’s take a look at the science behind VO5’s oils.

Sunflower Seed Oil

Sunflower Seed Oil is most commonly used for cooking, but it’s also got great skin and hair care properties. This oil is laden with vitamin E, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and sesamol. Vitamin E and sesamol are antioxidants and may also help with free radical removal and neutralization.

Sunflower Seed Oil

Oleic acid protects hair from breaking. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which help with itchy, irritated scalps.

Mango Oil

Mango oil is squeezed out of the mango’s large seed, or pit. Mango oil is still being researched, but has been found to be very rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are great for your hair since they maintain connective tissues in your follicles.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil is produced by squeezing almond nuts. This oil has been used in medicine since ancient times. Almond oil contains a high amount of protein, omega-9 fatty acids, and vitamin E. It’s also an emollient, which means it can squeeze into tiny gaps and work its magic even better. The proteins in almond oil strengthen and reinforce your hair, making it resilient against breakage.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary leaf oil is derived from the rosemary herb, which is normally used in cooking. By distilling rosemary herbs, you produce this oil that’s rich in antioxidants. Carnosic acid in rosemary leaf oil heals nerve damage. It’s been found to be just as effective as minoxidil in protecting against hair loss.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary leaf oil is has the ability to prevent hair loss by blocking DHT formation. DHT or dihydrotestosterone is a hormone byproduct of testosterone, and is one of the leading cause of male pattern baldness. That’s why Rosemary oil can be found in a lot of hair loss and hair growth product nowadays.

Chamomile Oil

Chamomile flower oil comes from the distillation of the chamomile flower. This useful substance moisturizes your hair and restores the chemical balance of oils on your scalp. It’s particularly potent when used on dry, brittle, and damaged hair.

Other Oils

Apart from these five oils, VO5 also uses mineral oil and lanolin. Mineral oil is a byproduct of gasoline production, and is a highly effective moisturizer. Mineral oil accomplishes this through its hydrophobic properties, reducing the amount of water your hair takes in. Mineral oil is approved for use by the FDA. Despite claims of it being harmful, there’s no documented evidence of mineral oil being unsafe.

Lanolin, on the other hand, keeps water already in your body from escaping. This oily substance comes from the wool of sheep. It’s waxy stuff that helps keep sheep dry, and has the same properties when used on human skin. Many medicinal properties use lanolin for its moisturizing properties.

Who Should Use the V05 Hairdressing Cream?

VO5’s hairdressing creams are made for general use. These conditioners are made for both men and women with dry or damaged hair. VO5 Hairdressing Creams tame wild hair, healing it and restoring it to its natural softness. These products leave your hair smooth, shiny, and happy.

While anyone can use these products, one caveat here is that there are two kinds of VO5 Hairdressing Cream available on the market. The brown box is for general use, while the white box is tailor-made for gray and white tones. Be sure you buy the kind that’s best for you.

How to use VO5 Hairdressing Creams?

  1. Squeeze a small amount of VO5 Hairdressing Cream into your palms.
  2. Massage the cream lightly between your palms.
  3. Apply the mixture where you need it.
  4. Work VO5 Hairdressing Cream gently into your hair to bring out shine.

VO5 Hairdressing Pros & Cons


  • Doesn’t leave your hair feeling greasy
  • Doesn’t feel stiff when it dries
  • You don’t need to use much
  • Great value for money


  • No unscented version of the product, for those with sensitive noses
  • Tube container needs to be tucked away securely
  • Cream is a bit heavy on the hair
  • Can be difficult to find

VO5 Hairdressing Side Effects:

There are no notable side effects that can come about due to using VO5 cream. On the other hand, if you are allergic to any of the active ingredients – particularly any of the oils – avoid using this product.

FAQs about VO5 Hairdressing

Can I use VO5 Hairdressing Cream for my beard?

Yes, you can! Many happy reviews are from men who have reported smoother, healthier facial hair after using VO5 Hairdressing Cream.

Can I use VO5 Hairdressing Cream just on my ends?

Yes, you can! In fact, it’s recommended to use as little as possible to prevent your hair from feeling greasy.

Does VO5 Hairdressing Cream blend highlights?

VO5 Hairdressing cream perfectly blends gray, white, and blonde highlights.

Is there an unscented version of this product?

As far as I’ve seen, there is no unscented version.

Does my hair have to be dry before using this product?

You can use VO5 Hairdressing Cream on both dry or wet hair. If you’re using it on dry hair, apply a smaller amount than you would normally use.

Does this cream lock hair into place, like gel?

VO5 Hairdressing Creams don’t act like gels. They won’t hold your hair in place.

My VO5 Hairdressing Cream is a weird color. Will it affect my hair?

One thing a lot of people ask about is the weird purple color that the silver cream has. Don’t worry about that – it won’t turn your hair purple. This color acts as a counterbalance to your hair’s different colors, canceling some of them to bring out a beautiful, shiny look. For gray hairs, VO5 creams wash out yellow hues for a gorgeous, lustrous apperance.

Will the silver cream affect non-gray parts of my hair/beard?

Not at all. The silver version’s chemicals only affect yellow hues, leaving hair of other colors intact.

Does this cream help with hair regrowth?

Unfortunately, it does not. VO5 Hairdressing Creams repair damage, split ends, and flyaways, but don’t encourage hair growth.

VO5 Hairdressing Reviews

VO5 is a company that’s been around for a long time. I remember seeing some of their products when I was a kid. That they’re still thriving to this day says quite a bit about their products. A lot of people swear by VO5’s products, and this hairdressing cream is no different. Normally, the first thing you’d hear about a product is its bad side. VO5 Hairdressing Cream is a rare exception.

To quote one of them, “this cream works like magic”. It’s a wonderful product that comes in an unassuming tube, but nothing even comes close to the wonders it can do for dry hair. Whether your hair  black, brown, red, gray, or white, VO5 creams work like a charm. These creams have made it to the top of the list of must have travel items for some people.

One thing I have to advise against is impatience. I’ve heard stories of people using too much of the cream, since they were eager to get results. The cream is pretty heavy, and if you use too much of it, it’ll weigh your hair down. It’ll also leave your hair feeling greasy and messy. There’s no benefit to this, and while there’s no harm either, it’s a waste of money and hair dressing cream.

Another thing that most people seem to dislike is the smell. Some claim that the cream is odorless, while others insist there’s a floral or cologne-like scent to it.

Final Verdict:

I can confidently say that VO5 Hairdressing Creams are a must-try product. The many good things I’ve heard about it match perfectly with what I’ve seen in its online reviews. Its simple yet effective composition of active ingredients makes for a hair care product that’s non-intrusive and light. The low price tag is great, too. On top of this is the fact that you don’t have to use a lot of it – just squeeze out a small amount and apply to your hair.

Mel R

Mel is a licensed Chemist in New Jersey who has worked in several cosmetics companies and has years of experience formulating hair care and beauty products. She uses her knowledge in cosmetics to distinguish and find the best products to recommend to Union Of Barber’s readers. When Mel’s not writing, you can find her walking her dogs or cooking and baking at home!

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