Dessange Paris California Blonde Review

by Alli

I have extremely dry hair.  When you add in lowlights, highlights and sunlight, well, my hair can be a hot mess.  I’m sure you guessed by now that I’m not a natural blonde, but I play one in real life.  And, it’s true, blondes do have more fun! 🙂

I’ve tried expensive specialty salon shampoos and not-so-expensive brands from my local big box stores and I’ve never found one that’s made me completely happy.

When I recently received a VoxBox in the mail, I assumed it would be a small one-use-only sample packet of shampoo. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the gift and saw what was inside.  Here’s a photo I snapped with my iPhone.  I was too lazy to grab the Nikon.

Dessenge Product Review

I researched the Dessange brand and found out that it was established by Jacques Dessange in 1954 when he opened his first salon in Paris by the prestigious Champs-Elysées, attracting glamorous celebrities and later becoming the Official Hairstylist at the Cannes Film Festival.

Today, Dessange, a symbol of French luxury, provides its unique and sophisticated hairdressing expertise through a network of over 400 salons in 45 countries. They’ve expanded with the launch of a new, premium brand, offering exclusive salon techniques at home.

Here’s what I received:

Dessange Paris California Blonde Illuminating Shampoo

We all know that blonde is a shade that can lose luster and fade with time.  The California Blonde collection is designed to moisturize and protect color treated blonde hair.  This special formula is enriched with passion flower extract.

I was impressed the first time I used it.  To me, it’s all about the lather and the rinse.  The lather felt creamy and when I rinsed, I was completely sold!  My hair didn’t feel stiff and stripped like it has with a lot of shampoos I’ve tried.  It felt soft before I ever used the conditioner.

Dessange Paris California Blonde Illuminating Conditioner

The ultra nourishing shampoo is supposed to tame and smooth dry, unruly hair.  And it did just that.  My hair felt nourished, but not oily.

Dessange Paris California Blonde Brass Color Correcting Creme


I’m so not all about that brass!  The correcting creme is a weekly, in-shower treatment formulated with linseed oil and blue pigments to neutralize brassiness and nourish the hair.

I’ve tried many color correcting cremes that promise amazing results, but I was stunned (in a good way) at the results from just one use of this creme.  Don’t be shocked when you open the tube and see the dark blue creme.  Yes, it’s a darker blue than any correcting creme I’ve ever tried, but it works beautifully.  Bye, bye brass!

I definitely recommend all 3 products!  The best news?  You can find Dessange products at your local Target.

What’s your favorite shampoo for  dry, colored treated hair?

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  My opinions, as always, are my own. #JadoreDessange


Robin (Masshole Mommy) March 23, 2015 - 6:40 am

I haven’t colored my own hair in a very long time. I had an oops many years ago and have been only letting professionals do my hair since then 😉

Alli March 23, 2015 - 11:58 am

I go to the salon, too. But I do like the Dessange shampoo, conditioner and color corrector to keep it looking good between visits. As a matter of fact, it’s about time for highlights. 🙂

Ashley March 23, 2015 - 7:24 am

I stopped coloring my hair about 2 years ago, and it was so weird! I’d had the same exact low and highlights for 15 years and it feels so strange to be just one color. I’m contemplating going back for my wedding in November, and this post definitely just gave me the itch to do it 🙂 These sound like awesome products!

Alli March 23, 2015 - 11:48 am

Congrats on your upcoming wedding! I do hope you share your wedding pics on your blog. I love wedding photos!

Madaline March 23, 2015 - 7:43 am

My very blonde sister will love this! Going to pass this post along Alli!

Alli March 23, 2015 - 11:47 am

Thanks, Madaline!

Shirley Wood March 23, 2015 - 7:49 am

It sounds like a good product. It’s great that you can get these at Target for sure!

Alli March 23, 2015 - 11:46 am

I was pleasantly surprised that it works better than any salon products I’ve tried.

Logan Can March 23, 2015 - 9:35 am

Believe it or not, I used to be a blonde. I loved it, but it became too expensive for me to keep up with. I wish I had known about this at that time. It sounds like it works great and isn’t too expensive.

Alli March 23, 2015 - 11:44 am

I didn’t know you were blonde at one time. It can be expensive to keep up, especially when I would buy all those salon products. I don’t have to do that any more. Yes!

Terry March 23, 2015 - 10:03 am

I have dry hair also and it seems the older I get the dryer it gets. I wonder if this would work for dry old hair old being the keyword

Alli March 23, 2015 - 11:42 am

My hair gets drier the older I get, too. It works great for me.

Lisa @bitesforbabies March 23, 2015 - 10:18 am

I dye my hair often…I just find it looks just as good and lasts just as long as when I get it done at the salon. I’m not biased to any specific brand so I think I’ll try this!

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle March 23, 2015 - 10:40 am

This actually looks like it might BE my favorite. I have yet to find a shampoo for my colored hair that I like.

Alli March 23, 2015 - 11:40 am

I was really impressed, because I was in the same boat, had never found anything that really worked. Give it a try and let me know if it works well for you.

Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) March 23, 2015 - 11:30 am

I am always looking for new shampoo to try. I do not color my hair but it does get dried out especially during the summer from all the time spent in the pool.

Alli March 23, 2015 - 11:39 am

My hair seems to get drier every year. I was really impressed with how well this product works.

Anna @ NorthernHomestead March 23, 2015 - 11:48 am

I had a big colored hair oops many years ago, since then I stay to my natural color. Our winter air tends to be so dry, that any hair dries. Natural shampoos are my solution.

Mary March 23, 2015 - 1:46 pm

What? At Target? I am too a blonde and always looking for the product to take that brassiness away. Thanks for the tip!

K. Elizabeth (YUMMommy) March 23, 2015 - 2:59 pm

I’ve been using the Neutrogena Triple Repair system and love it. It’s helped a lot with my split ends and works well natural hair as well as chemically treated hair. I actually discovered it through Influenster as well.

Nancy March 23, 2015 - 4:01 pm

I’d be so afraid to dye my hair lighter at home. I currently use Wella dye + developer to do mine a bit darker 🙂

Joseph March 23, 2015 - 4:07 pm

My wife is always talking about dying her hair. Dessange Paris looks like it would be appealing to her.

Treats by Tanya March 23, 2015 - 4:44 pm

Looks great! I’ve been trying to stick with organic products for hair care. So far it’s been working for the past couple years, and I no longer suffer from the over processed flat look – thank goodness!

Olivia Schwab March 23, 2015 - 6:07 pm

I’m not blonde so I wouldn’t be able to use this product. However I will for sure pass it along to my friends who are blonde! Great review!

Grace Hodgin March 23, 2015 - 6:23 pm

I do not have dry hair but I do remember when I use to dye my hair how bad some products were for it. It is always great to find a product you feel you can trust.

lisa March 23, 2015 - 6:30 pm

I recently had my hair highlighted very light and was looking for a good shampoo/conditioner to soften it and I saw this product. Now I’m definitely going back for it!

Cara (@StylishGeek) March 23, 2015 - 7:13 pm

I have come to rely on a certain brand when dyeing my hair, but now I am open to trying Dessange base on your review. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Chubskulit Rose March 23, 2015 - 7:15 pm

I am no=t very active in with INfluenster so I am missing on these stuff. Sounds like great products!

Rosey March 23, 2015 - 7:30 pm

I like that you got full-sized. I love that it doesn’t leave your hair feeling stripped!

Bonnie @ wemake7 March 23, 2015 - 8:30 pm

That sounds like a fun VoxBox. It’s always exciting to get full sized products versus samples. =)

Kristen from The Road to Domestication March 23, 2015 - 10:16 pm

Looks like a great product! I actually use the “high-end” Suave stuff – my hair is colored off and on, but VERY THICK is my main “issue” LOL

Nina Say March 23, 2015 - 10:22 pm

Ooooh this looks like some fancy stuff! I am always trying these new products. This one has been added to my list!

Mhie Lee March 23, 2015 - 10:25 pm

I haven’t colored my hair yet, but I have a problem of hair like dry. I would love to try this product.

Liz Mays March 23, 2015 - 10:28 pm

I haven’t tried this but color correcting creme sounds really nice. It would be nice to have that around the house so I wouldn’t have to see a professional every time my hair loses its oomph.

Terri Ramsey March 24, 2015 - 12:00 am

I really love dying my hair especially the color is blonde, I’m looking into this soon if I could change my new hair color from ash to blonde, I love it!

Elizabeth O. March 24, 2015 - 12:47 am

I’ve never tried this brand before. I hope it’ll solve my hair problems too! 🙂

Roselynn March 24, 2015 - 1:01 am

I have never heard of this brand before, so I really appreciate the effort you put into the research. I have such bad hair problems and it’s definitely very unruly so I’ll try finding this to give it a try. Anything to save me hair from so many knots.

HilLesha March 24, 2015 - 1:38 am

I honestly never heard of this brand, but I’ll have to tell my mom about it. She would love it!

Pauline C. March 24, 2015 - 2:20 am

I have to check this out. I’m actually looking for a good product for my hair since it always turns dry when I color it.

Lauren March 24, 2015 - 2:45 am

I’ve used a lot of these type of products to keep the brassy-ness out of my hair! I havne’t tried this product, but I totally want to!

R U S S March 24, 2015 - 6:45 am

It must have been a pleasant surprise to see big bottles instead of the usual samplers when you opened the box. I haven’t seen Dessange here in my country, but it seems like a good hair product that I myself would love to try. I’m big on hair products and I think this one will work for me because I blow dry my hair everyday.

michele d March 24, 2015 - 8:29 am

I love using shampoo and conditioner that leaves my hair clean and healthy. Those ones that leave your hair oily and dry is something that I know about as well. They are not worth using in my opinion. Would love to check this brand out. Thanks!

Kori Tomelden March 24, 2015 - 10:12 am

Going to have to look for this brand. I switched over to one that has Argan oil and I’ve noticed a huge difference in my hair.

Erin March 24, 2015 - 10:13 am

I have really dry hair so this is definitely interesting to me! I may have to head to target to see their selection!

Lynndee March 24, 2015 - 10:23 am

Luckily, my hair has always been shiny and soft even though I dye it every 3 to 6 months. And I’ve always used the same shampoo for years. 🙂

ricci March 24, 2015 - 11:21 am

This looks like a great new shampoo/conditioner. I have to admit that I have used Herbal Essences for years now and hate to try new stuff but I may give this a shot!!

Ann Bacciaglia March 24, 2015 - 12:31 pm

I will have to see if i can find Dessange in my store. I would love to try it.

Yona Williams March 24, 2015 - 3:06 pm

I have never colored my hair before, and dread the day when I’m going to have to figure something out for gray hair because I am rebelling against that with color. I use Garnier Fructis products because I have found them to work best with my hair.

Jeanine March 24, 2015 - 4:09 pm

I need to dye my hair again. I’m getting long scraggly white hairs. ugh lol. This looks great I haven’t ever seen this stuff before. What a great voxbox!

CourtneyLynne March 24, 2015 - 4:54 pm

this sounds pretty fabulous. I’m a blonde and yes I do my own hair, so I’m going to have to check this out! Nothing better than finding out about new blonde products!!

christina aliperti March 24, 2015 - 5:20 pm

I pretty much stopped using shampoo altogether. I started using only conditioner because my hair was so dry and damaged. It has definitely made a difference and my hair is still clean.

Sara-Jayne March 24, 2015 - 5:46 pm

I’ve always wanted to go blonde but never have – I’ve been every other colour I think!

Life as a Convert March 25, 2015 - 1:43 am

I’ve been a die hard herbal essences fan. I like the results it gives my hair as well as the scent.

Cherri Megasko March 25, 2015 - 2:06 am

I’ve heard a lot about the Dressange brand and it has all been good. I only color my hair about once a year (or less), so luckily I don’t have a big problem with dryness or damage.

Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies March 25, 2015 - 8:46 pm

A few years back I went through a blonde phase – I love the color but it would look really off any time I did it myself. If I go back to blonde I’ll keep this in mind!

Krysta March 26, 2015 - 12:00 am

It’s so funny because I have always been a SHADE of my natural brunette until living in in Costa Rica and now my hair only wants to be blondish. So now I am having to learn how to keep the blonde streaks that happen with the brown roots that grow. WOOF! Good to know theres a solid product out there.

Beth March 26, 2015 - 10:38 am

Haven’t heard of this, but I used to really want blonde hair. Now I finally love my brunette hair 😀

Tonya C March 26, 2015 - 3:55 pm

I too have super dry hair which is why I won’t go lighter. Good to know there are these products to help with it.

Danielle @ We Have It All March 28, 2015 - 12:07 am

I used to be blonde. Now i do highlights.

Alli March 30, 2015 - 8:14 am

I was a blonde when I was a little child. That counts, right? 🙂 I’m just back to my “natural” color.

Shannon Gurnee March 28, 2015 - 1:21 am

I hadn’t heard of this product before. I’m just not brave enough to do my own hair – lol

Alli March 30, 2015 - 8:11 am

This is a shampoo and conditioner, not a color. 🙂 I’ve always gone to a salon for color – hightlights, lowlights, etc, but a few weeks ago I colored my hair for a sponsored post. I was so nervous, but it came out pretty good.

Danielle March 28, 2015 - 9:41 am

Oh I LOVE this color! I am DYING to do my own hair but I am so so nervous that I will screw it up.

Alli March 30, 2015 - 8:13 am

This is actually shampoo, conditioner and a color correcting creme to use after coloring your hair. I’m in love with that correcting creme. It’s the best I’ve ever used and keeps my blonde highlights (from the salon) looking blonde and not brassy. I’m sold!

Christina December 12, 2016 - 12:36 pm

Congrats on finding 3 products that work well for your hair. It’s even better that you can re-purchase them in such a convenient location as Target.


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