Happy Wednesday, today I want to talk about a section of the beauty world I find I don’t really talk about often, which is hair care. It’s a particular category (along with body care) I don’t find myself talking about much as I work through these products so slowly, and I’m also very low maintenance about my hair. However, I’m currently in a good spot with my hair and want to talk about the shampoo and conditioner I’ve been using throughout the summer.
So let’s jump in with my shampoo, which is the L’OREAL Elvive Dream Lengths Restoring Shampoo, designed for long damaged hair. You can pick this up from Boots and Superdrug, although I picked mine up from Tesco. It retails for £4.99 at full price, but keep an eye out for offers in-stores. I picked this one out earlier in the summer when my hair was having a nightmare situation where my hair was in a constant greasy state, and I was getting desperate to find a way to fix it. I picked this one out because from what I could just from tipping the bottle, the formula seemed like a light gel but not as thick and intense as the gel shampoo I was previously using.
So the claims:
“Our Restoring Shampoo, a creamy caring formula, cleanses the roots and scalp and helps to restore a healthy look and luscious feel to the hair.
The perfect cocktail to reinforce your hair’s lengths:
The formula is enriched with VEGETAL KERATIN, VITAMINS, and CASTOR OIL and helps reinforce the tips, strengthen the hair to help prevent breakages*, and nourishes to help keep hair looking shiny.
*Instrumental test after 10 applications.”
The formula itself is very light-weight and froths up really nicely. It’s so easy to move through my very thick and heavy hair, and instead of making my hair feel heavier and more difficult to work with, it washes out very easily and leaves my hair feeling clean, fresh and soft. My hair is a bit of a nuisance to keep happy, as it’s greasy very easily, but also frizzes just as easily as if it’s dry, so for me, finding a shampoo that makes my hair as happy as it is right now is a huge relief about several months of my hair just looking perma-greasy no matter what I did.
The only thing that leaves me with mixed feelings is the scent, which is intense when you’re using it in the shower. But it washes off and the scent is much more subtle after, and is one my husband comments on often for smelling quite yummy.
Moving on to my conditioner, I use the Garnier Ultimate Blends 1 Minute Treatment in the avocado oil and shea butter formula. I’m struggling to find links for this specific one, but the Ultimate Blends line can be found on Boots and Superdrug, as well as other supermarkets.
This is a hair treatment mask, but it’s a product I use as a conditioner because it’s designed to be a quick treatment, and that’s all I need for my hair. First of all, I only use conditioners on the ends of my hair, as my scalp is too oily and my roots too thick to apply a more creamy and thick formula to that area of my hair, so when I talk about this product, I’m discussing how it works with the ends.
The claims however:
“We have carefully crafted this potent blend with ultra-nourishing European Avocado Oil, and soothing Shea Butter gatehred from the African Karite tree, to reinforce the hair’s natural barrier.
Our rich, sumptuously-fragranced formula immerses parched, damaged hair in an intense moisture surge from root to tip. Hair looks shiny and healthy as if transformed.”
So the design is focused around dry or dehydrated hair, and that’s what the ends of my hair tend to need as it’s slowly growing out. It is a very potent formula, which is very creamy, but easy to apply through my ends, but it’s for this reason that I only condition my hair when my hair needs it, which is usually twice a week.
I get nervous with a creamy formula like this one because I’ve developed a paranoia about my hair still having product in it, but for the most part, I haven’t had issues washing it out of my hair. I’ve found that with time to get used to the product, that product build-up is no longer an issue for me, particularly using a plastic shower comb wash through every section of my hair.
One of the claims that I quoted above is the “sumptuously-fragranced” claim and I find this is a bit misleading. While there is a scent to the product, it’s not particularly potent but if you are sensitive to scents, I do exercise caution.
Overall, I love using both of these products and the thing that I love most about them is that they haven’t caused irritation for my skin. I’ve had issues with skin sensitivity from hair and body products for as long as I can remember, so for both of these products to not cause issues for me is extremely important to me, and worth mentioning.
Thank you so much for watching, I apologise for the sparse posts this week, but I will explain why this is the case very soon. In the mean time, I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.