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I really believe in this product after using it quite a few times as my hair is naturally wavy and is also frizzy which needs product is especially if i want to wear it down.
The L'oreal Elvive smooth silk intense anti frizz serum states that it instantly absorbs, protects against frizz even in humid conditions, it will make your hair softer and smoother and i have actually found all this to be completely true which is great.
If i wear my hair wavy i can use this product by putting a small amount in my hair and combing all the way through root to tip and then scrunching and leaving to dry or i can use it if i want straight hair by using a small amount and blow drying.
I purchased the serum for around £4.50 which i thought was a good price as you dont need to use alot of product, i tend to use it every other day and i have really noticed a difference in my hair by it becoming alot smoother than what it was.
Certain hair products perform better on certain types of hair than others, so I guess I should begin by telling you about my hair. I have fine, thin hair, with a natural kink to it, that is neither curly enough to be wavy, yet is definitely not straight! It is sadly very frizzy- we're not talking a little bit flyaway, we're talking full on gravity defying rebellious frizz. Unsurprisingly, I'm not a big fan of my hair, and so over the years I've spent a small fortune on products that claim to rid me of my frizz. This is one such product. I don't care if my hair is wavy or straight, I just want to get rid of the frizz!
It is priced at around £6, although it is currently on offer at Superdrug for £4.49, or £4.99 on 3 for 2 mix and match on selected hair products at Tesco. The bottle only contains 50ml of product, so although this seems a lot to pay for a diddy bottle, a little goes a long way so the product does actually offer reasonable value for money. The bottle has a little pump, and you only need one pump action to release a sufficient amount of serum. I apply the serum to my hands, rub my hands together and then run my hands through my hair. The serum is a clear, thick liquid, and is easy to apply. Some serums are very runny and cause wasteage as they drip through my fingers before I can apply them to my hair- no such problems with this L'Oreal serum, as the texture is much thicker than I'm used to. The scent is inoffensive and quite mild, and I could no longer smell it after around 30 minutes of applying it.
I have tried using this product in several ways. As I said before, I don't mind if my hair is left curly or straight, and the packaging suggests blow-drying to achieve straight hair, and leaving to dry naturally to achieve curls. I have tried using it on wet hair and leaving to dry naturally, on wet hair and blow drying, on wet hair annd then leaving to dry naturally before straightening, on dry hair and straightening, and lastly just on dry hair. As I said, different products work in different ways on different hair types, so I was eager to find the way in which this product worked best for me.
Sadly none of these methods produced good results for me. Applying it to dry hair and leaving it was a complete no-no. I like the idea of this method to tidying up my hair before I leave the house. I wash my hair every two or three days, so I wanted to keep my hair smooth and sleek between washes. However when I applied the serum to my dry hair, my hair was left looking lank and greasy, even though I just applied the smallest amount. This was not a good look and I ended up being late for work as I had to wash my hair before I could leave the house!
When I used it before straightening, both on dry and wet hair, my hair was again left looking lank, shapeless, clumpy, and sticky to the touch. Worst of all my precious straighteners were left with a yucky brown sticky coating on the plates. As the serum itself is clear, I suspect this turned brown as my GHD's reach a very high temperature and probably burnt the serum. The brown bits peeled off with no damage to the straighteners once they were cooled, but given the disappointing results on my hair, this is not an experience I wish to repeat.
When I applied the serum to wet hair and then left it dry naturally, I probably achieved the best result from a bad bunch. I scrunched up my hair with my fingers as it was drying to encourage some defined curls to take shape. While the serum definitely did reduce the frizz, as soon as I went to comb or brush my hair, the frizz instantly returned with a vengence. I couldn't leave it uncombed, as it was not nicely defined waves or curls, and also definitely not straight. It looked straggley, unkempt and simply a mess.
Looking through the other reviews, I am even more disappointed now as others seem to have had a great experience with this product. Their hair seems to be thicker than mine though, so perhaps this product is best suited to thick, slightly fly away hair rather than my thin nightmare hair! I can't recommend this on the basis that this product simply did not work well at all for me. However if you have thicker hair then it may be worth taking a punt. Definitely not a product I will be buying again!
Thanks for reading :)
This comes in a rather fancy orange box with a see through window on the right side of the box which you can see the bottle through. The appearance was what first drew my attention to it and made my want to buy it, then as i read what it claimed to do that was my final decider in weather to buy it or not. The box shows before and after pictures of someone with rather frizzy hair then it shows the results after they have used this and they are very impressive, there's a dramatic change and the persons hair in the photo after she had used this product, looks nice smooth shiny and frizz free.
The bottle is quite small but never the less quite full and it has a dispenser lid at the top you just spin the lid around then push it down and a small amount of this will drip onto your hand that is providing you don't push it down to hard, if you do any wall or unsuspecting victim in the way might just get a shot of this. At first i was worried when i realized it had a tube inside for the stuff to come out off because i have had bottles like this before and the tube clogged up with product and ceased to work, however this never has and i have had it quite a while since the day it caught my eye in the hair products aisle in tesco.
Its a comes in a nice bottle with the previously mentioned dispenser lid and the bottom of the bottle is a very light almost yellowish orange and the top is the sort of orange a pumpkin is colored. The name of the product and details are wrote in small but clear writing and there's a nice logo in the middle of the bottle.
DOES IT WORK?
My hair when just dried is very thick and frizzy, i am lost without my straighteners because they are the only thing that keeps it in control. I remember my ghds blew up as have a few of my other pairs of straighteners, one even had sparks traveling up from the bottom of the wire and my mum noticed and told me to let them go and thankfully i did lol.
Well anywho when they have got wrecked in the past, i have been rather distressed because i cant be without them. Well at least i couldn't until i found this. This makes a great difference to my hair so much so infact that i can be quite content with my hair after applying this and thats minus any straighteners.
This stuff really does work. It is a leave in product so you don't have to wash it out. My first use of this was as good as the one after and the one after that each time it worked very well. On the box It claims it will give intense nourishment and that it will get rid of frizz and it certainly does. I even found it left my hair shiny and healthier looking.
HOW DOES IT SMELL?
The smell is very pleasant i cant explain the smell cos i just cant relate it to anything i have smelt before. All i can say is its not too strong and it doesn't stink like some of the hair products do.
This costs between 5 and 6 pounds expensive? yes worth it? definitely.
My hair is bleached and naturally wavy meaning that it tends to be wispy, fuzzy and 'flyaway'. I have been using serums for many years as they are the easiest way to control my style and calm my hair down. I used to swear by Boots' own make until they changed the formula. Since then I've tried a few brands. I tend to go for the cheaper brands but after too many bad hair days I decided to try this Elvive Anti-frizz serum which at nearly six pound is on the upper scale of my beauty budget!
The product comes boxed with all information on the outer packaging. As well as full ingredients there are directions for use and a science blurb about the benefits of the serum. This serum is said to give "intense nourishment" and is said to eliminate frizz so that hair is evenly smoothed from root to shaft. This serum also offers a long lasting effect and protects against dampness and humidity.
The bottle is a 50ml sized and fits snugly in the palm of the hand. It has an easy to use pump action dispenser. The top can be twisted round to open or secure, a handy feature if you need to travel with this. The serum inside is translucent and is very runny - almost like a water consistency. I'm used to seeing serums that have a more gel-like texture so this is unusual.
You can apply the serum to damp or dry hair. The shine and smoothing effects are supposed to be more dramatic if applied straight onto dry hair. After application hair can be styled or left to dry naturally. The brand say the serum is ideal to use when blowdrying hair.
When I first used this I pushed down hard on the pump and a great shoot of serum blasted out. It was far more than I needed. The amount dispensed can actually be controlled by carefully pushing down on the pump. A little goes a long way with this. The serum has a glossy look and has a mildly fruity fragrance. When applying I find it is necessary to rub into the hands first as it is to runny to apply straight to hair as a 'blob'.
I have used this on both towel dry hair and on dry hair. I tend to use serums as a de-tangler after washing and this does the trick nicely, seperating strands so my hair is easy to comb. I have never blow dried my hair using this but when left to dry naturally the serum helps my hair feel strong and sleek.
I most often use the serum on dry hair. On humid or sunny days my hair just looses it! It can't seem to decide whether it wants to be curly or straight and I end up with bits sticking up everywhere. Serum is my only help! I use it anywhere that's needed - this is usually the ends and the shorter strands around my face. Performance wise the serum is very good. Most of my hair tends to stay smooth and controlled for the whole day. The strands around my face usually begin to wisp up slightly after a few hours although I must admit that I tend to tuck my hair behind my ears a lot and this may alter the result of how the serum peforms.
I'm very impressed by the serum and like the fact that I can use this multiple times between washes without my hair becoming too greasy. The fragrance is lovely and remains in the hair. I would like the serum to be a bit thicker in consistency since as liquid it tends to feel a bit messy. It's a real hair saver on hot days and great for using to calm dry hair after washing. I'd recommend this to anyone with frizzy, dry or hard to control hair.
I am not one for beauty products and therefore dont know a great deal about them so this review wont be the best but I feel I need to let people know how great this product is.
I have always used Avons serum up until recently when I had run out and was desperate to get a new one. I had a look around boots and the orange bottle attracted to the L'oreal serum. This serum is used through squrting the pump, it comes without a lid but you can twist the nozzle and it will lock avoiding any spillage.
This product keeps my hair frizz free for atleast 3/4s of the day normally and gets rid of the dull dry end feel...leaving your hair looking shiny and smooth. It is not at all greasy or sticky like many other serums. I have sampled and leaves your hair feel so soft and smooth. My sister has very thick hair and finds that this tames her hair and makes it alot more manageable.
The smell is gorgeous which is always something you always want out of a hair product. Many people have asked me what I have used on my hair as it smells so nice? If you have ever used the shampoo version of this then you will know how attractive the scent is. It is a very long lasting smell.
I cannot find this product anywhere but on ebay lately. I purchased it for £5.99 from boots though.
My favourite Charles Worthington hair serum was discontinued a while ago, but I have still been able to get hold of it from a discount shop. The only problem is that the shop is quite a long way from me, and so it's not practical to go there very often. I decided that I needed to find a new serum that was easy to get hold of, especially as I go through so much of the stuff! I headed to Boots to have a look at the different options available and noticed that the L'Oreal Elvive Smooth-Intense serum was on special offer. I have used many of the L'Oreal Elvive shampoos and conditioners and had mixed results, which did make me slightly hesitant, but I decided there was no harm in trying and purchased a bottle.
A serum - in case you're not familiar - is a product, which is applied to the hair to smooth it and tame frizz. This one states it is for 'dry, frizzy, rebellious hair' which unfortunately, describes my hair type perfectly!
It comes packaged in an orange metallic box, which has instructions for use on the front. The serum inside comes in an orange plastic bottle with a pump action dispenser. It doesn't have a lid, but the pump nozzle twists to lock into place, which is great as it means I can carry it around in my handbag without worrying that it may leak.
To use, you simply put a few pumps of the serum into your hand and smooth through the hair.
When I first dispensed the serum into my hand, my first thought was that it was very runny compared to the one I usually use. Most serums are slightly thicker than this, but as this one is so watery, you need to apply it quickly to stop it from running off your hand.
It has a sweet floral smell, which is pleasant but not overpowering at all. Like most serums, I find less is more. If you apply too much it will make your hair look greasy, so I try not to use too much.
My hair is quite frizzy and damaged, and I find that this gave great results in terms of smoothing. It really did smooth down any frizz and flyaway hairs, and added a nice shine without looking too greasy. Another thing I liked was that it made my hair feel incredibly silky and smooth. A lot of serums can weigh my hair down, but this one felt very lightweight.
On the downside, I have found that this is running out a lot more quickly than my normal serum. I think this might be because of the runny consistency, meaning that I am using more of it than I normally would.
The serum costs £5.99 for a 50ml bottle and can be purchased from Boots.
Considering my reservations about this product, I have been pleasantly surprised. It made my hair smooth and shiny without weighing it down, and smelled nice too. I have bought a couple of other serums to try but if they're no good, I will certainly come back to this one.