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When it comes to dandruff, I am lucky enough that I do not need to use an anti dandruff product constantly, just a flare up every 4/5 months. Recently I had one of those flare ups, and let it get quite bad until I could not even brush my hair slightly without having thick flakes loosen from my scalp. I had a look at the usual cure - Head and Shoulders - in a few different shops, and was really shocked that the lowest price I could find a bottle at was £4.99 (there are smaller bottles around but I have really long thick hair, so the bigger bottles are needed where its concerned!) and as I needed the shampoo and the conditioner, i drew the line at spending £10 out for non designer hair products! During a shopping trip with my sister in law, she had a Boots voucher to spend and only wanted one product, so asked if there was anything I needed, and together we came across this bottle of 2-in-1 anti dandruff shampoo by L'oreal Elvive for under £3. The bottle is an eye catching bright blue colour (lighter than the picture above) with a bright pink flip cap, and sliver and pink logo and writing. What I like about the bottle is it explains to us why we get dandruff - 'Dandruff can occur when the skin on the scalp looses its balance. To effectively combat dandruff, you need to act on visible flakes while caring for the scalp, helping to restore a natural balance.' The product also combines two ingredients, Actirox and Equaderm, which together apparently reduce the appearance of white flakes and calm the scalp. I was dubious about using a 2-in-1, my hair is naturally course, thick and not really easy to manage so I tend to go through a lot of conditioner, and previous experience of 2-1in-1's hasn't been great, but I was willing to give it a try. The first thing that struck me when I popped the cap was the smell, usually I find anti dandruff shampoo's do not smell particularly pleasant, almost chemically, but this one smells lovely, almost with a hint of a fruity smell, although I cannot find anything on the bottle that explains what the scent is! After soaking my hair, I squeezed a big blob out of the bottle into my hand, the shampoo is thick, which I liked as it usually means you use less, and a green colour. It lathered into my hair really well, and even though the bottle doesn't call for it, I massged it well into my scalp. As I started to wash it out, I began to worry this was where my experience would turn sour, waiting for my hair to get that straw like feel to it, but it still felt fairly soft as I rinsed it out. After towel drying my hair, I went to brush. It was pretty obvious to me that I had not used a separate conditioner, and it took me slightly longer than usual to get my hair brushed, but once I had it felt ok, and once dry it didn't really feel much different to any other time I have washed it. Of course, the feel of my hair was not what was important, whether or not I still had a head full of fake snow was. Going through my hair, I was amazed at how little dandruff there appeared to be on my scalp, and there were none of those telltale flakes to be seen. It was terrific! A few days later when my hair needed washing again, I thought I would test it. I tipped my head upside down, and rubbed my scalp, trying to set free any flakes that would be there. Upon inspection, i couldn't believe it when there were just a few flakes left. And now, after using the shampoo twice, I can honestly say there is no dandruff on my scalp at all. When I have dandruff my scalp tends to be rather itchy, too, and I haven't had any irritation at all. I did use some of own normal conditioner after washing the second time, just so it was easier to brush my hair after, and it didn't affect the way the shampoo worked for my scalp at all. I will now make sure I always use L'oreals anti dandruff shampoo, I found it worked amazingly well for me, it worked a lot quicker than Head and Shoulders, and for over £7 cheaper than what H&S would have cost me for a seperate shampoo and conitioner, it was so worth it!
I ended up picking this up by accident. I don't like to use 2 in 1 products and although my Hairdresser says they are ok to use now and again she doesn't recommend these for a long term use or use for every use. She is not the first hairdresser to advise me of this, so there must be some kind of truth in this (or some ongoing scare story). I didn't read the bottle correctly and thought this was just a Shampoo, but when I got home I realised. I thought I would just use this up as I didn't exactly have the heart to take this back for the price it costs. This comes in a 250ml bottle and I got this in my local branch of Savers for £1.39 which I thought was a bit of a bargain. The product is a medium thickness and is more of a Cream which every Loreal Shampoo has been. I guess if I left this in my palm for a little while then it would end up dribbling off, but I just apply this and slap it onto my Hair anyway so this part doesn't bother me how thick it is. The scent is alright. It is quite a Floral kind of scent and a little different than the scent that I am used to for my hair products. Normally my products smell quite clean and a kind of moisturising scent or perhaps a bit Fruity, so this didn't smell all too great, but it isn't bad though, just not what I am used to. This rinsed off easy enough and left my Hair feeling soft and managable. Once dried my hair had a nice sheen to it too. It was handy for quickness as well not having to apply Shampoo and Conditioner. I found that this worked alright with my Hair. I wouldn't say that I suffer much with the dreaded flakes, but I do get the odd speckle, and this seemed to keep it under control. I wouldn't buy this again just due to my not using 2 in 1's, but I would use the Shampoo version of this if it was at an alright price as well.
Ever since I got back from my honeymoon in July I have had a dry patch of scalp that periodically goes a bit flaky. I've tried a lot of different shampoos that all work for a while then seem to be ineffective. My Mum recently gave me L'Oreal Elvive anti dandruff 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner to try. I had nothing to lose so gave it a go. The 2 in 1 is sold in a blue plastic bottle with a simple flip top lid. The L'Oreal Paris logo is on the front of the bottle along with Elvive Anti Dandruff 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner. The front of the bottle claims that this product has a "unique formula" that will "eliminate visible flakes, cleanse and rebalance your scalp" It also promises to be "effective from the first use". The back of the bottle is quite busy giving ingredients, instructions for use and a little bit about the science behind the shampoo. To be honest I'm only interested in whether it works but its all there for those who are interested. The back of the bottle also informs the customer that this particular product can be used as often as you wish. The 2 in 1 itself is a creamy colour and is runnier than I was expecting. It does have a lovely smell though, very fresh and slightly floral. As per the instructions I applied the shampoo and conditioner to my wet hair and massaged into my scalp. I found a normal sized blob, about the size of a 50p, was ample to create a rich, thick creamy lather. I have mid length hair that is quite thick and as this particular product was a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner I brushed the lather through my hair to detangle. I found the brush went through reasonably well, not as good as if I had used a separate conditioner though but I never think 2in 1 products are as good as separate conditioners. I rinsed my hair and found the lather easily washed away. The shampoo didn't really leave any fragrance on my hair which suited me fine. It did feel nice and clean though, although not overly conditioned. I dried and straightened my hair as usual and was quite pleased with the results. My hair felt clean and was reasonably conditioned, there was no problem getting a brush through my hair but it lacked that really soft feel that conditioner gives. So, my hair was clean but I was very disappointed to see the flaky patch still in my hair, admittedly it was better than it had been but certainly not totally gone. I gave my hair a wash with this product every other night for a couple of weeks and I really didn't see any more improvement after the initial wash. I was disappointed as it had worked so well for my Mum, I also noticed that my hair was becoming increasingly greasy too. L'Oreal 2 in 1 anti dandruff costs £2.69 for a 250ml bottle in Boots. Over all I cannot say I recommend L'Oreal Elvive 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner. It cleaned my hair well enough and did a half decent job of conditioning it but as for clearing my flaky scalp, well it didn't!