Two Spa Week staffers tried different hair care lines from Rene Furterer to see if they could cure our biggest hair problems!

Rene Furterer is an all-natural care brand that touts the curative powers of plants and essential oils to treat both the hair and the scalp. We always get excited about nature-based products, so when we got the chance to try out Rene Furterer’s high-end shampoos, conditioners, and styling formulas, we almost did a victory dance.

Each member of the editorial staff tested out different a line of the brand’s products made specifically for their challenging hair types. Ani and Beth have completely opposite lifelong hair problems, so we were curious to see how their results would compare. Ani tested the Rene Furterer Volumea line to pump some life into her fine, straight locks, while Beth reached for the Rene Furterer Lissea line to see if it could tame and smooth her unruly mane. Find out what happened!

Ani Tried

Rene Furterer Volumea

Shampoo, Conditioner, Foam, & Volumizing Spray

I’ve always been envious of girls with thick voluminous hair who walk down the street looking like the stars of a Pantene commercial, their tresses swishing behind them almost in slow motion. I’ve wanted thicker hair for as long as I can remember. I even resorted to hair extensions during the phase in my life when I was obsessed with Paris Hilton (I know, trust me) in the mid-2000s. My highly over-priced extensions absolutely delivered on short-term results, but in the long run all I did was dig myself deeper into the lifeless hair hole. My extensions were thermally bonded to my own hair, so when they were removed my hair was so severely damaged it took over a year to restore it to health. Needless to say, I won’t be doing that again.

As you can imagine, I’ve been searching high and low for products that actually live up to their promise if making my hair thicker and more voluminous. Well, dear reader, I’m happy to tell you that I may have found what I’ve been looking for all these years. Rene Furterer Volumea AKA their line of volumizing haircare products is my new favorite haircare obsession. Here’s a rundown of the products I can’t live without.

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Volumea Volumizing Shampoo, $29 – This shampoo leaves my hair feeling super light and prevents my scalp from becoming oily even on super hot days. I could really feel a difference in the amount of bounce my hair had after using it just one time.

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Volumea Volumizing Conditioner, $31 – Conditioner tends to weigh down fine hair so I’ve gotten into the routine of barely using.  I knew this conditioner was different because it’s so lightweight the texture is similar to shampoo. I actually did a double take in the shower the first time I used it to make sure that I had picked up the correct bottle. Since adopting this into my haircare routine my hair has been much healthier and shinier!

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Volumea Volumizing Foam, $27 – One of the tricks I’ve learned when it comes to giving my hair some volume is that foam is key. There’s a fine line between too much and too little so finding the right amount that works for your length and texture can take some practice. You really don’t need to use a lot of this foam to get great volume and control. It works overtime lifting hair from the root, plumping each strand, and smoothing it for a refined and finished look.

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Volumea Volumizing Conditioning Spray, $27 – As mentioned above, I don’t use conditioner daily. This conditioning spray is perfect for the days I take off. It detangles my strands beautifully without weighing it down, and I can tell it’s doing wonders for the health and strength of my hair.

Other fine hair must-haves: My Tangle Teezer for detangling post-shower hair and my Sephora Gloss Dual Boar Paddle for blow drying and daily touch ups. Boar bristles do wonders for oily or fine hair because they evenly distribute hair’s natural oils, pulling it down to the ends of hair, which takes weight off the roots and enhances your hair’s overall health.

Beth Tried

Rene Furterer Lissea

Shampoo, Conditioner, & Leave-in Smoothing Fluid

Someone once diagnosed me with “Scottish hair.” I’ve never been able to confirm that this is a real term, but it seems like a good fit for my temperamental, free-spirited locks, which are part straight, part curly, part wavy, part smooth, and part frizzy. For most of my life I’ve handled my crazed tresses pretty well, aiming for the thick, wild waves of a barbarian princess.

But since I moved to New York three years ago, my hair has been a mess. The back is always a mass of frizz, the bottom layer is pin straight, the section on the left of my face falls in loose waves, and the section on the right curls into spirals. What the heck? It’s like hair purgatory. I’ve resorted to using a straightener daily, but not a day goes by when I don’t miss my old psycho-mermaid hair. That’s my signature look, man! I want it back!

I jumped at the chance to try the Rene Furterer Lissea line, which promises to smooth and nourish unruly, frizzy hair with moisturizing essences like avocado oil and natural alkekenge extract. The verdict? Angels singing, basically.

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Lissea Smoothing Shampoo, $29 – The directions on this sulfate-free shampoo say to “work into a lather,” but if there’s a lather in that bottle, I couldn’t find it. No big deal. The trick to unlathery shampoos is to rub it all over between your palms and fingers and then distribute it through very wet hair, moving your fingers in small, circular motions to cover your whole scalp. (Think of how you get your hair washed at a salon.) This shampoo left my hair squeaky clean with none of that slippery Pantene-esque conditioned feeling, which actually had me worried it hadn’t delivered enough moisture. I was wrong!

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Lissea Smoothing Conditioner, $31 – I love the gentle natural fragrance of this conditioner, which contains some of my very favorite essential oils: bergamot, ginger, cardamom, jasmine, tea, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, and musk. Like the shampoo, it feels a little skimpy on first use. But after rinsing it out and toweling my hair dry, I started to get excited. Even damp, my hair felt different. No frizz was forming, and I could feel my waves appearing with a healthier, smoother shape than before.

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Lissea Leave-In Smoothing Fluid, $31 – This is where the magic happens. I am in love with this product. The first time I used it, I worked it into my wet hair and let it air dry. Ten minutes later, I looked in the mirror and flipped! The frizzy problem area in the back had magically transformed into a mass of loose, spirally waves, and the rest of my hair was following suit. The effects were even better after blow drying, which is what it’s intended for.

The results are thanks to the cocktail mix of powerful active ingredients: natural alkekenge extract, which smoothes hair while controlling frizz and volume; avocado oil, which nourishes and moisturizes (obviously); a thermal protecting complex to protect from heat styling and humidity; a cationic complex for static control; and, cationic polymers for detangling.

While I don’t know if I’ll jump into springing for the entire Rene Furterer Lissea line, I definitely won’t be able to give up the Leave-In Smoothing Fluid. I’m definitely curious to find out how well it works on its own. Psycho mermaid is back in the game!

Bonus tips for unruly hair: There is one technique I rely on to keep my so-called Scottish hair in line without using a ton of products. If you have multi-textured hair like mine, try this: Squeeze your hair gently dry with a towel — no rubbing! — and wrap it up for a few minutes. Then apply your favorite heat protecting product and blow dry your hair while scrunching wherever you want to wake up your waves. Turn off your blow dryer when your hair is almost completely dry, then twist it into a loose, high bun to let it finish air-drying (a light spritz of hair spray will give you bolder waves). When you let down your hair, you should have a nice head of full and fairly even natural waves and curls.

Interested in other hair care products? Check out our review of Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo and our round-up of the five best shampoos for color-treated hair.

What’s your hair problem, and have you found a cure? Tell us in the comments!

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