Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Marc Anthony Dream Waves Collection Review Featuring Shampoo, Conditioner, Amplifying Lotion and Beach Waves Spray

Have you ever tried to have that tousled wavy hair that comes so naturally from a day at the beach? I know I have but I've never succeeded until I met the Marc Anthony Dream Waves Collection. I have hair that is half curly and half wavy. It normally mangles itself in a manner that doesn't make sense to me. I've tried everything I could think of to get the natural look I've had when I go to the beach in Hawaii and have always come up with a frizzy knotted mop, so I straighten it. Straight is just easier once it's done, but it sure is a hassle getting there. With the Marc Anthony Dream Waves Collection of products, I can go natural without the frizz and knotting that literally makes me pull my hair out.

The first product to use in the system is the Dream Waves Amplifying Shampoo.  I was delighted to see that it's free of the harmful sulfates that can strip your hair.  If you color your hair or have had a keratin straightening process,  the sulfates in most shampoos will take that out faster.  You can safely use these products without harm to your other hair processes.

Marc Anthony Dream Waves Shampoo Conditioner

The shampoo smells great!! Just like a beachy coconut smell, much like Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen used to smell before they changed the scent. (Why, oh, why did they do that? Best scent ever!!) I found that the shampoo really does give me a little more volume, as advertised. It cleanses while protecting your hair. Two of the included ingredients are hydrolized silk and provitamin B5 which add shine and fullness. AND, the shampoo has UV protectors. I've never been able to go curly before and have so much shine and such little frizz. It's a win all around for me.

The next product in the system is the Dream Waves Amplifying Conditioner. It is also free of the stripping sulfates in most hair systems. It does have magnesium sulfate, which is a salt that helps to prepare the hair for curling. I don't find it to be drying to my already dry hair at all. And, for me, these products felt more moisturizing than any other curling hair products that I've used. This ultra-light conditioner has the same hydrolized silk, provitamin B5 and UV protectors as the shampoo. The conditioner also smells like coconut, but it's different than the shampoo. It smells more like a fake coconut, whereas the shampoo smells like coconut oil. I could bathe in the shampoo and be happy. :)

The shampoo and conditioner are both in 8.4 fl oz squeeze tubes, which make them really easy to use. No tipping the bottles upside down and smacking them into your palm like a faulty ketchup bottle. They are $6.99 on drugstore.com, (link provided), and $7.99 on Ulta. If you visit the Marc Anthony website, there are videos and more information about how to use the products.

There are two options with the finishing products and you can use one or both, depending on the look, wave, and curl that you're going for. I'll discuss them and show you what I have done. First I want to tell you about the Marc Anthony Dream Waves Amplifying Lotion.

Marc Anthony Dream Waves

The squeeze tube of this product contains 4.7 fl oz and retails for $7.99 on drugstore.com. The prices seem to vary at the different stores but remain under $10 each. To use this lotion, you work it evenly thru your damp hair from roots to end. Scrunch as desired, which amplifies the wavey texture and will help hold the waves longer. If you want, you can use a diffuser to pump up the volume.

Using this three piece system and air drying, I get some nice waves, some curly curls, lots of shine and volume and about 1000% reduction in frizz. Frizz reduction alone is HUGE to me. HUGE. I couldn't ever achieve that with the much more expensive Deva Curl system. This is how I look on day one.

Marc Anthony Dream Waves Day 1

I should take a picture of my hair the way I've previously tried to let the curls flow to show you the difference. However, the impact of that kind of picture might stun you in a way that you might not recover. I just can't do that to you. Trust me when I say it's normally a frizzy puffy mangled mess.

I naturally have dry hair and just about zero oil in my scalp. I need all the oil I can get so I don't wash every day. On the second day, I like to revive my hair using the Dream Waves Beach Spray.  I scrunch it about and it revives the curls.  You can use this product in wet or dry hair.  It has the same protecting ingredients as the other three products and comes in a 4.2 fl oz squirt bottle.  This is created for straight or wavy hair.  I love how it helps me retain the curl until washing in a soft, natural way.

This is second day hair using the Beach Spray.

Marc Anthony Dream Waves Day 2

It's the best my hair has looked curly. You can find these products at most drugstores as well as online at Ulta, Drugstore.com and Amazon. This system has encouraged me to wear my hair curly a little more often. Thank you to the good folks at Marc Anthony for providing the products for me to test. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion. You can find these products at most drugstores as well as online at Ulta, Drugstore.com and Amazon. This post contains affiliate links.

Have you tried this or any other curly or wavy hair systems? How did they work for you?


  1. I've heard about this but was waiting to read a few trusted reviews. I pretty much have the same hair issues you described. I love my natural air dried, wavy hair but finding the right product to keep it from getting frizzy in this FL heat is key. Def going to give this a try soon!

    1. You'll have to let me know how you like it. It's the best I've been able to work with yet, that's for sure.

  2. wow! I have read about this before, but your looks amazing after using these products!

    1. I was truly amazed. It's never looked this good curly before. Thank you!

  3. WOW!!! Your hair looks GORGEOUS! I don't know how my daughter got your hair. I am SO glad you have found a product that will make you love your hair like she does hers, now, after discovering DEVA products.


  4. I read your blog sporadically and found this review in the images search. I was looking for reviews on Marc Anthony products and your review didn't come up in the initial search. I'm so glad I checked images!
    This is a great review. I have straight hair but the points you mention will be helpful more me too, I think, since I am going to try this. :)

    1. I hope it works for you. I love the products and they're a fabulous price for the quality!!


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