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My mum brought me this and the matching shampoo back from the shops instead of my regular shampoo and conditioner because they were on special offer.
My hair is damaged because it I bleach and colour it a lot. I always look for conditioners that nourish my hair but don't strip it of any colour. This claims to do so.
The bottle is cherry red and the same as the matching shampoo bottle, except it is meant to be stood with the lid facing the bottom instead of the top. The labels on the front read the L'oreal Elvive logo in bold white and gold font, and there is a detailed picture of a piece of hair, with information about how the specific ingredients in the conditioner treat it.
Normally with conditioner i use about a quarter of a bottle. I know this seems like quite a lot, but I do have quite thick hair and it is the amount I generally need to use.
The conditioner once squeezed out is a creamy thickness and white. It smells fruity and floral, pretty much the same scent as the shampoo and quite a girly one.
I avoid putting conditioner on my roots and fringe/bangs as it makes them greasy, but i massage it in liberally on my mid lengths and ends. I normally wait around 5 minutes for it to saturate my hair, then I rinse it out.
I find after rinsing fully, my hair does feel soft, however not as soft, had I used my normal tresemme conditioner. It thankfully does not get rid of any of the colour in my hair.
After blow drying as normal, my hair does look more glossy, but it still doesn't feel as soft or smooth as I hoped.
The price for conditioner is the same as the shampoo, about £4 a bottle, but it can regularly be found on BOGOF or half price offers.
Overall I think this conditioner would work better on thinner hair rather than thick. It doesn't get rid of any colour and left my hair reasonably soft. As I said before my regular conditioner performs better overall, and costs less for a bigger bottle, so I will be sticking to that for the time being.
My hair has taken some battering over the years! Numerous perms in the eighties, monthly colouring for the last ten years and I've recently spent a lot of time in the swimming pool with chlorine drying it out.
I have been using dove hair products but whilst I love the smell and feel of the product, my hair doesn't feel totally conditioned so it was time for a change. The Elvive colour protect red bottle with its classy gold and white lettering on the front, caught my eye in the supermarket so in the trolley it went.
***What do you get?***
You get 400ml of conditioner in an oval shaped red bottle. It has an easily opened flip topped lid at the base of the bottle which means the product is easy to get out and the bottle stands on its lid when not in use.
***What are the products claims?***
It claims to give concentrated nourishment and contain UVA and UVB filters to protect hair from the sun. The blurb on the back states that the product will give you 'Just coloured intensity for up to 7 weeks.'
***How to use.***
Same as most conditioners. Smooth it onto washed hair right to the very ends of the hair and rinse out.
***What did I think?***
I decided to take this to the gym with me to use after my aqua aerobics class. After washing hair and rinsing well I liberally applied conditioner all over my shoulder length hair. It didn't particularly smell of anything but wasn't unpleasant and was white in colour. I probably used enough to fill the palm of my hand. At this point, it didn't feel like my normal conditioner. My hair didn't feel smooth as I was smoothing it in. I then went and sat in the sauna for five to ten minutes for it to hopefully really penetrate my stressed hair.
Back to the shower and I thoroughly rinsed out the product. Now it felt really smooth and rinsed out easily. I allowed myself to think that mayybe the product was going to be a good one!
After getting dressed and blotting hair with towel I brushed it through. The brush glided through with ease which in my view is always a good sign. I then dried it with the gyms hair dryer and was quite amazed with results! Hair was smooth and so silky to touch!
My hair is often fluffy after drying but not this time.
I have since been using the product with just as good results after using a dryer but last night I left it to dry naturally and results were not so good. Back to lots of fluff.
£2.89 in Tesco at the moment and they have offer of 2 for £4.00 (July 2013)
I think that is really good value for a decent conditioner and notice they do a masque too which I am going to try.
A good value conditioner offering great results when blow dried but not when left to dry naturally so I will knock off one point for that. Definitely will be buying again!
I am very careful about what products I put on my hair as I have an intermittent scalp problem. When my scalp is clear and healthy I will use various beauty shampoo's, but when it is itchy and flakey I need to be careful, so then I tend to use a medicated shampoo, but then I use a nice quality conditioner, to make my hair feel softer.
I like to shop around, I am quite a "savvy shopper" so only buy the particularly nice products when they are on special offer.
A couple times this week I have used Elvive Colour Protect Caring Conditioner, this - in theory - is the right conditioner for my hair, as my hair is highlighted and has been many times, therefore the condition of my hair can be rather rough and dry with all the old bleach left on there.
This conditioner is on special offer in Superdrug at the moment £1.95 - February 2013) but I believe that I paid less than the Superdrug price for it a couple months ago in a special offer at Tesco.
At first when I poured a blob onto the palm of my hand, I thought that I lliked the smell, the conditioner also had a glossy shine to it, like many of the other products these days, the shine in it reminds me of silicone!
Massaging the conditioner into my hair it certainly did feel really lovely, a little bit of the product went a long way. I have long hair and as I am careful of my scalp, I massage the conditioner into the hair but try to avoid actually rubbing it into my scalp, after all it is the bleached hair that this conditioner is trying to help improve and there is none of that on my roots.
The conditioner rinsed out well and after I rubbed my hair dry with the towel I was pleased to find that the comb went through my hair with ease.
I blew dry my hair and left the house that morning feeling that my hair was in good condition, it smelt nice, looked nice and had a nice shine to it.
Well done me! I have found the right product!
Unfortunately though, this was not to be. Within a couple hours I noticed that my hair looked quite lank, over-conditioned and greasy. Now I cannot possibly blame the shampoo for this, as it was a day that I used a medicated one, the same brand that I have been using for some time. he conditioner was obviously at fault.
I gave the product the benefit of the doubt and have used it again since, and made sure I used less - I made doubly sure that none of the conditioner went onto my roots, but I had the same problem.
Everyones hair is different, my hair is prone to being a bit greasy when it needs a wash, not everyone's does.
This conditioner may suit others, but I will not be using it again - which is a shame, as I liked it a great deal in the first place. I can see that there is another conditioner in the same range by L'Oreal, which is a "light" version - making me think that I am not the only person to have had this issue?
Current cost £1.95 at Superdrug for a 400ml bottle, it is on special offer there at the moment - from £3.99 - I think that this price can be bettered by shopping around though.
I am not that picky when it comes to what shampoo and conditioner I use. I like to chop and change depending on what my hair needs that particular week or month or what is on offer in the shops when I go to buy it. One thing I am quite particular about though is that my shampoo and conditioner match. I'm not sure exactly how much difference it makes but I always get scared when they say on the shampoo bottle, "For best results use in conjunction with our conditioner too." So, with that being said when I bought some L'oreal Elvive colour protect shampoo I also bought the accompanying conditioner too. They were on half price special in Boots which is what initially attracted me to them and also I bought them because I have highlighted hair and so want to keep it looking as good as I can.
I need to use conditioner every time I shampoo otherwise my hair is very tangly after I have washed it and does not brush easily when it is wet or does not style well after I have dried it.
L'oreal say that this colour protect conditioner, "smoothes the hair fibres and detangles leaving coloured or highlighted hair looking radiant. Enriched with UV filters your hair is better protected against daily aggressions and colour stays truer for longer. This is exactly what I was looking for a conditioner to do so I was excited to try it in conjunction with the shampoo. The conditioner has the same gorgeous smell as the shampoo, a sort of sweet cherry smell and it makes my hair smell wonderful afterwards. The conditioner is fairly thick and creamy and an off white colour, I apply it just past my roots in the shower and then work it through my hair with my fingertips. Then I actually let it sit on my hair for five minutes or so to really let it work and then simply wash it out. It never makes my hair sticky or greasy or unmanageable. I also think this conditioner has been good for my colour. Used in conjunction with the shampoo it's kept my hair brighter for about 5 or 6 weeks rather than my usual 3 so this is great for me.
Apparently, "L'Oréal Paris has developed Elvive Colour Protect for the care of coloured or highlighted hair.
The Colour Protect formulas contain a Light Reflecting System. They visibly enhance colour radiance and help protect hair- up to 80% more colour radiance protection!"
I think it works for me and I would definitely recommend it to you too. A 400ml bottle costs £3.99.
I have never been one to spend too much on hair and beauty products, but when I colour my hair I want to try and ensure it lasts as long as possible. I have used the L'Oreal Shampoo and conditioner for several years now. This is mainly because of the price, there does not seem to be many mid-range shampoo and conditioners designed for coloured hair. I started using this one as L'Oreal are a well established trusted brand.
I wash and condition my hair every day so I needed a product suitable for this. I use this conditioner in conjunction with the Elvive colour protect shampoo. I have found some conditioners can be quite thick and if used everyday can actually leave my hair feeling more greasy than it was before washing, but this conditioner is quite light and perfect for everyday use.
It has a lovely subtle but fresh scent and when used with the colour protect shampoo has helped my dyed hair stay fresh looking as well as shiny and smooth. My dye does tend to fade fairly quickly but I notice the difference when I use these products on it, and it does stop it fading so quickly.
I would definately recommend using this conditioner if you dye your hair and when used with the shampoo you will notice your hair dye lasting longer.
It comes in two different sizes so there is a product to match every budget. It is well priced as well as being widely available at most stores like Boots as well as supermarkets and chemists so this makes it one of my favourite hair care products as I can always find it.
I usually do all my shopping Tesco and I try and stock up on these products when they are on offer. They can often be found at 2 for £4 for the larger size bottles. Even with washing everyday they last several weeks so are well worth the money.
~Colour Protect Conditioner~
This conditioner is part of the Colour Protect range that L'Oreal offer and as you can guess, is aimed at those with coloured or highlighted hair. L'Oreal claim that this conditioner has 'concentrated nourisment' and is also enriched with UVA/UVB filters.
This conditioner should be used alongside the matching shampoo to prolong and keep your hair colour looking fresh and shiny. The conditioner should also help keep your hair soft and full of life.
This conditioner is presented in a tall, slim plastic bottle which is red in colour. The essential product information and claims are present. The conditioner is always ready to go due to the flip top lid being at the base of the bottle. Once empty, the bottle can be recycled and this conditioner has a 12month shelf life.
400ml is priced at around £3.99 from stores such as Boots and Tesco.
I bought this conditioner alongside the shampoo as a buy one get one free deal in my local Tesco store a few months ago. I have sinced moved on to using different products but still have a small amount of this conditioner left in my bathroom. I chose this range based on the offer at the time mainly but also because I colour my hair every 4-6 weeks and like to keep it looking vibrant for longer.
My review of this conditioner is a little more positive than the matching shampoo but I because i favour using products together, my dislike of the shampoo has lead me to not wishing to purchase the conditioner in the near future. It is expensive compared to other brands and personally, I find I have similar results from cheaper conditioners.
The conditioner itself is fairly thick and is white in colour. It is very easy to work with and I am able to coat my past-shoulder length hair in an even layer by dispensing a small blob of this product. A little goes a long way and the conditioner spreads well without being too runny. My hair is thick and is very dry so a good conditioner is a must for me.
Scent-wise, I don't like the products in this range. The scent of this conditioner matches the shampoo - chlorine like and not particularly pleasant considering it lingers on the hair for quite a while. Any time I used this conditioner, I found that leaving it on my freshly washed for 2 minutes or so offered apt results (and I could only handle the scent for this long too!). The conditioner rinsed well from my hair and left no sticky residue after I had rinsed it for a sufficient length of time.
This conditioner isn't intensive but it is fine as an everyday, basic conditioner. My hair felt soft and smooth and I was able to run a brush through it without any tangles getting in my way. The shampoo made my scalp feel a little itchy but on the occasions where I used this conditioner with another shampoo, I didn't have this issue so I can only conclude that the conditioner is gentler on the scalp. Once dried, my hair kept its softness for a day or so and felt nicely hydrated by this conditioner but not anymore so than with other conditioners I have used. I didn't notice much in the way of bounce but my hair wasn't lifeless and was manageable. My colour remained fresh and my hair had a good shine about it for a few weeks.
The smell and price put me off repurchasing this product but otherwise it is a good conditioner but nothing particularly special. One tube lasts well. If you can stick the scent and can find this on offer then definitely buy it.
Thanks for reading :)
Regulars to my reviews might have noticed that I recently took the plunge and went and dyed my hair using at-home products on a semi-permanent (up to 28 washes) formula.
I always try to keep my hair in the top condition possible - various conditioners, oil treatment, different shampoos and vitamin supplements all contribute to both this policy and also my dooyoo back catalogue of reviews! - but this sudden colour change meant I also wanted to try to prolong the colour and make sure that this new part of my look didn't have a negative effect on my hair condition, as I'm trying to grow it long.
So, just after Christmas when everyone was putting on sales and offers, I saw that Boots were offering L'Oreal Elvive's Colour Protect range at half-price - so I invested in both the shampoo and conditioner at 400ml size, costing £3.79 each.
This conditioner comes in the same shaped container as all L'oreal 400ml products - they sit on their lid, which snaps open. This product bottle is red, with gold and white writing. The claims on the front are that this is a caring conditioner with "concentrated nourishment" and UVA / UVB Filters. The main selling point? This claims to protect hair and prolong colour.
£3.79 seems to be the standard RRP but I frequently see this range in discount stores and on offer.
To give a little more product history...the range also includes the shampoo, a masque and a leave-in serum. On the back of the packaging there is a little more information on the claims; that this has an active nourishing ingredient which enriches the formula and leaves the hair surface feeling "voluptuous" to the touch. It also protects colour with UVA and UVB filters as advertised on the front; this was important to me as I'd learnt that red dyes can fade quicker than other colours. This is meant to negate the issues of sun damage and pollution.
Anyone who read my L'Oreal review about their Nutri-Gloss conditioner would see that I wasn't entirely enamoured by the product, so I only bought this on the basis that it was if nothing else likely to be a reliable basic shampoo and conditioner and if it overperformed to both cost and my expectations regarding the colour protection then, bonus. I wasn't expecting miracles.
The conditioner is a fairly thick white product and I do think that you can get away with using quite a lot - I have layers throughout my hair so I do so on the mentality that it will protect from split ends developing further up the style of my hair. You are advised to work this right through the lengths of the hair to the tips.
Whilst the amount I use is probably meaning that I am getting through this a bit more quickly than I did other L'Oreal products, I have to say I am impressed with it. It reducers fly-aways nearer the roots of my hair but does not leave them limp and heavy with product, nor does it cause them to become greasy faster than other products (I wash my hair every day).
Using this, my hair feels soft throughout - and normally if there is any dryness in the ends at all it becomes very blowsy and the layers become bulked up and obvious, which I hate.
This conditioner leaves my hair feeling very nourished, washes out well, and leaves it feeling and looking shiny, healthy and strong. As for the colour, mine is as I said only temporary but I think that it has settled into a nice, almost natural-looking colour with no dry parts of my hair starting to show the old colour through the additional dye particles as I noticed with other products.
For a high-street product I was very impressed by this product. I think it is a strong conditioner on it's own before you take into account that it has helped prolong and balance my colour, which for a home-dye is looking really nice and still gets frequent compliments.
I do think it is worth using quite a bit so you can expect to get through it a bit faster than you might the shampoo if you have longer hair, but I can't knock a star of for that because at the end of the day, if you have longer hair you have to condition it properly.
Will definitely be buying this again and recommend it highly to anyone who wants to prolong their colour and nourish their hair.
I have never been fussy when it comes to my hair and generally buy whichever products are on offer in the supermarket! My hair is quite long, a good 5 inches below my shoulders, very straight with a few layers in it. I'm naturally a dark dull blonde but after years of expensive highlights I dyed it brown in 2009 and have never gone back! I always considered buying hair products to protect my hair colour but never knew which to buy and I also didn't want to pay lots of money for shampoo and conditioner! I stumbled across L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect when a friend came to stay last year and accidentally left her shampoo and conditioner behind. There was no point in sending them through the post so I used the rest of both bottles and have used the product regularly since!
L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect conditioner comes in a big red bottle with the signature L'Oreal logo across the front. It might not be the most attractive packaging I've seen on hair products but it certainly stands out and is the first thing I notice on the hair care aisle! The packaging has changed in the last few months and now has a more solid base to stand on which is better as it isn't as likely to topple over.
According to the bottle, the condition has two secrets to colour protection:
When I squeeze the bottle the conditioner comes out easily and I find that this is the case right up until the end of the bottle. It's an opaque liquid which feels very thick and creamy on my hand and on my hair as I apply it. I tend to use about a tablespoon of the conditioner which I run through the length of my hair. I don't apply it too close to the roots as my hair can get greasy easily but I apply it from just above my ears right down to the tips. It is easy to smooth through my hair and immediately makes it feel more manageable, especially the very ends which is where all the knots are! With my hair being long I normally use a wide toothed shower comb to run the conditioner through evenly which makes it easier to brush once I've rinsed it and dried it with a towel. In comparison with other conditioners it rinses quite easily and while it feels much silkier it doesn't leave a layer of what feels like plastic over my hair which some conditioners do. When my hair is dry it is more manageable, easier to brush and looks much sleeker than when I haven't used it. I find that it still looks neat throughout the day and that unless I've been outside in windy conditions it will not get tangled and will remain soft and smooth.
LASTING COLOUR PROTECTION
So it's a good conditioner, but there are many products on the market which are just as good at making hair feel soft. What makes this one special? That would be its claim that it has proved results of over 80% colour radiance protection and 7 weeks of 'just coloured' intensity. I have my hair coloured at the hairdresser's every six months but in between visits dye my hair myself twice on average. Colouring it at home often means that the colour doesn't last as well and for me, this conditioner has not helped. I have noticed no difference in the rate at which my colour fades or becomes duller since using this and it doesn't seem to vary depending on which conditioner I use. If you read the small print on the bottle the +80% colour radiance protection was in a test of Elvive Colour Protect shampoo and masque (not this conditioner!) against a classic shampoo. To me that's not even a statistic worth noting. Saying that, I do feel more comfortable using this conditioner knowing that it is for coloured hair even though I don't notice a considerable difference.
According to L'Oreal the conditioner works best when used with L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Shampoo. It makes sense but I've used it with all of the shampoos in my bathroom and again I haven't noticed a difference.
The shampoo and conditioner are both available in 250ml and 400ml sizes and can be purchased from all major supermarkets and chemists. I often buy them from my local Boots where it the regular size costs £2.69 and the larger 400ml version is £3.79. Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets regularly have L'Oreal Elvive products on offer at 2 for 1, 3 for 2 or 50% off so it is worth looking out for these deals and stocking up.
Overall, this is a good conditioner and has become a regular in my bathroom. However, this is probably down to my laziness and lack of knowledge about conditioners rather than how great it is. I am happy to buy whatever is on offer in the supermarkets and chemists as long as my hair feels silky and soft after using a conditioner and this one definitely does the job. It is also supposed to protect coloured hair and stop it fading. For me it has made no significant difference although I do feel more comfortable knowing the product is for coloured hair and that it won't damage my hair further! I would rate L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect 3 stars out of five and will continue to buy it when it is on offer!
I regularly have frequent trips to a local hairdressers' salon to have a colouring treatment and a cut. I usually do this around every four to six weeks or so, and so I feel I spend a fair few pounds on my hair and want the after-effects to stay looking good for as long as possible. For this reason, I tend to invest quite a lot of money into products which claim to help prolong the life of my colouring treatment or hair dye. Personally, I don't see the point in spending a fair bit of cash on getting my hair coloured and then using a cheap shampoo and conditioner product on my hair, as I find the results usually end up being highly disappointing and have even had several incidents of products 'stripping' down the colour in my hair... Highly annoying!
One range of colour-protecting hair products that I have used time and time again is the "L'Oreal Paris Colour Protect" range. I often use the 'Colour Protect Shampoo' from this range, and more often than not will purchase the matching 'Colour Protecting Conditioner' from the same range, mainly because I am so happy with the results achieved from using the shampoo! I generally pay around £2 for the 250ml bottle of the conditioner from a local pharmacy store, but it is widely available in supermarkets such as Tesco, and drugstores such as Boots. The bottle is made of bright red plastic which I believe is widely recycled. I think that the L'Oreal Paris Colour Protecting Conditioner offers great value for money and is not nearly as expensive as some of the other colour protection products that I buy on a regular basis.
The smell of the L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protecting Conditioner is ok, but that's probably about as good as it gets for me personally. I am not the type of person to buy products such as hair care products based purely on how they smell anyway, so the scent of the product is pretty irrelevant to me. For the benefit of other consumers however, I would describe the smell as being quite chemical and clinical, with a sort of 'soapy' undertone to it.
The conditioner itself is a sort of off-white colour and it has a slightly pearly look to its appearance. The consistency is quite thick as you would expect with a conditioner product, although it is not so thick that I struggle to squeeze it from the plastic bottle, which is an annoying trait of many other conditioner products that I use on a regular basis.
I tend to use a small handful of the L'Oreal Protecting Conditioner each time, and of course I only ever use it after I have shampooed my hair. I find that this amount is more than sufficient for my shoulder-length hair, and I would suggest using less than this amount if your hair is a bit shorter. The conditioner coats my hair easily and quickly, without much fuss or effort being required on my part. I usually leave it on my hair for a minute or two and then rinse it off.
I find that the L'Oreal Conditioner is not overly difficult to rinse from my hair, nor does it leave any sort of 'heavy' feeling on my hair. Not only that, but it doesn't leave any greasy, soapy residue behind after I have rinsed it from my hair and I am truly left with squeaky-clean tresses once it has all been rinsed off.
To be quite fair and honest however, I feel that most other 'mainstream' conditioning products that I would normally buy would achieve pretty much all of the same results that I have reported in this review thus far; for me, the big difference with the L'Oreal Elvive Protecting Conditioner is the after-effects.
What I have noticed in terms of the 'Colour Protect' element of this product is that it really protects my colouring treatment as efficiently as any other such product I have ever used. I have never had any issue with any product from the L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect range stripping colour from my hair, nor have I found any of the products are overly harsh to use on my newly-dyed tresses which is a significant problem I have experienced from other products I have used in the past. Some 'colour protecting' type shampoos and conditioners can be quite harsh to use on delicate, treated hair and seem to dry it out, making it brittle and unmanageable. I have had no such ill-effects from using the L'Oreal Elvive Protecting Conditioner however, and I find that my hair is left feeling in good condition.
In addition, my hair is often full of shine, feels soft to the touch and it is certainly full of body, but that is probably down to the thickness and good condition of my hair overall, rather than being as a direct result of this product. I'm sure it helps, but my hair has always had a healthy-looking shine to it if I'm being honest.
However, the overall effects from using this product on my hair are really good and I'm pleased with all aspects of the conditioner. I think though that the winning point for me will always be how it protects my colour and stops it from fading too quickly and this is the reason that I have recommended this conditioner to my friends.
I will continue to buy the L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protecting Conditioner as I do not feel the need to find an alternative at the moment; this product lives up to its claims and I feel it is reasonable value and easy to use.... What more could I ask for?
There is a whole range of hair care products available from the "L'Oreal Paris" range which includes the Protecting Conditioner I am reviewing here (available in two sizes). The range - or parts of it - can be found in all good supermarkets and drugstores as the products are very widely available. I am not aware of the L'Oreal brand's policy when it comes to testing on animals and there is nothing on the product's packaging to inform me about this.
When I visited Boots they had a buy one get one free offer on L'oreal Elvive. I regularly choose the Colour perfect range because I have been dying my hair for a number of years and want a shampoo and conditioner that work together and help look after my hair and protect it. Dying hair does take a lot out of it and I need to keep my hair in good condition otherwise it looks lifeless and dull.
*Price and availability*
I paid £3.75 for a 400ml bottle of shampoo and conditioner. I bought them from Boots and was really surprised at this great offer.
I prefer the bottle of the conditioner to the design of the shampoo bottle because it is sat on the lid to dispense it. This means that it is always ready to pour and when the bottle is nearly empty you do not have to spend ages tipping the bottle up on its end in order to get the product out; gravity has already forced it to the bottom.
The conditioner smells clean and fresh with a hint of floral notes. When my hair is blow dried it smells very pleasant. It is quite a subtle scent and is not overpowering but I do quite like it.
The conditioner is not as thick as others and I would describe it as quite runny in consistency. I do not mind this, however I feel like I need a good squirt in order to condition my whole head. I tend to massage the conditioner into the ends and try and avoid too much concentration on the roots. Although, I have never had greasy hair from using this conditioner and as long as it is washed out properly, then my hair stays clean looking for a long time.
I think that the conditioner does help protect the longevity of my hair colour as it remains dark and full of colour for ages. I only need to re dye it really to cover up my roots.
It keeps my hair really soft and cared for. If I had any complaints, it would be that the conditioner made my hair too soft and a bit fly away. It is quite thin and does need some taming, styling it is easy as the conditoner makes it easy to comb through and dissolves any knots, however it probably does not give it as much body as I would hope for.
I like the conditioner, mainly for the price. I probably would not say that I love it as there are plenty of others that I prefer, however I do like it and would buy it again. It looks after my coloured hair and has added UV filters that help protect it from the elements. I just wish it added a bit more body to it.
I like to have the matching Shampoo/conditioner because if I am happy with the shampoo, why should the conditioner be crap? Plus, it usually smells the same, so it avoids mixing smells that wouldn't go together (yes, I like my hair to look nice, feel nice and smell nice). Plus, you're more likely to get an offer like buy one get one free (in Boots at the moment) or a 1/3 off across the brand, so it's a good financial investment!
The conditioner smells divine, just like the shampoo, and leaves my hair silky smooth, a real pleasure!
I don't usually need a lot as I try to use it on the ends rather than on the roots (even though I end up spreading it across my hair so that each of them can feel the love).
I don't need to leave it on for as long as other conditioners, usually just the time to wash my face and my body, and I can already feel that my hair is moisturised. It is very easy to rinse as well, no need to spend hours trying to get rid of it.
As for the colour protecting part, I shall think that moisturised hair is less likely to lose the colour, just like moisturised skin looks better and more radiant than dry skin (I know that can seem obvious, but it's worth mentioning!).
I found that since I've been using this brand, my colour lasts a bit longer even though it still fades away gradually, but my hair looks visibly healthier, so is there a link between both? I like to think so!
L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Conditioner
When possible I prefer to use both the same shampoo and conditioner from a set. Last time I came out of the hairdressers with a lovely new haircut and a fabulous colour I wanted to keep it looking as bright and bold as possible for as long as possible. The first thing that drew my eye to both the L'Oreal colour protect shampoo and conditioner was the bright red bottles, having previously tried and been pleased with other L'Oreal shampoo and conditioner products in the past I thought that these might also be good.
The conditioner is a nice consistency not too runny but runny enough that this is easily applied and spread all over my hair. Personally, I like to coat my hair in this conditioner from root to tip. I tend to put this on directly after shampooing and then I leave it to sit on my hair for a couple of moments before completely rinsing off. As with the shampoo this doesn't have an impressive fragrance and really is a bit bland smelling, pleasant but nothing special. After I have used this and washed it off, I can immediately tell that my hair feels smoother and all the little tugs from shampooing just fall away through my fingers.
L'Oreal describe this conditioner as helping to keep your colour for longer because "It helps protect the hair fibre from external aggressions and accentuates your colour's radiance". I find it difficult to conclude with any definitive certainty that these colour protect shampoos and conditioners do actually work and deliver on all the promises that they make. I do think that this has in the past made a slight difference and helped to extend the life of my colour but not drastically or definitively. However, using this has never done my hair any damage, quite the contrary in fact so even if this doesn't work miracles on my colour it does leave my hair looking and feeling smoother and in better condition.
Whenever I buy a colour protect conditioner I worry that it might be too moisturising because I have pretty normal hair that is in good condition, even after it has been coloured. However, although this is a rich conditioner it doesn't leave my hair feeling or looking in the least bit heavy or greasy. It really leaves it looking shiny, healthy but completely manageable.
Even with being a bit heavy handed with the application of this conditioner a bottle of this lasts me at least a few weeks, especially if I alternate between different products. This is probably price wise one of the middle of the range supermarket brand products, typically retailing for around £2.50. For your money you do get a nice conditioner.
This gets a four out of five stars from me. Even thou I really like this colour protect conditioner and I have used it a few times in the past, I would hesitate to recommend this as I have stopped buying so many L'Oreal products instead preferring to buy from brands that are more ethically sound and no longer use any current animal testing in either their ingredients or finished products. L'Oreal will be animal testing free as of 2013.
Conditioner strange stuff don't you think, the very concept feels alien to a macho man like myself but after washing your locks in shampoo is there any need to put on your hair something with the consistency of hand cream?
Well yes and no, clearly your hair will survive without application of conditioner, but it does make your hair feel very smooth and silky. So a true double edged sword, stay in the shower another minute and have lovely flowing locks for the rest of the day or spend the day thinking your hair lacks sparkle verve and panache. Hmm a big decision for any man in the shower in the morning, but the decision is easy with the Elvive colour protect conditioner, first it's easy to apply coming in a large red bottle with conditioner proudly proclaimed. Then the squeezing out the conditioner means that you get a squirt of white creamy stuff which works very quickly into the hair and more importantly I always feel the excess is washed away quickly also.
The ultimate test for any conditioner is the fingers through hair test a couple of hours later into the day, if the fingers go through the hair and you feel as though it's smooth, silky has bounce and a bit of life then you feel as though the hair is also clean and fragrant. The association of having clean, well balanced hair and feeling a little better about yourself is I think a well established one.
The product itself is a good one, the bottles flip cap is flat so the bottle sits upside down meaning that the conditioner is always pushed down to the bottom of the bottle meaning gentle pressure will release the gel from the bottle. The conditioner can then be applied to the hair and worked in vigorously before residual conditioner is washed away.
The final positive about this product is that though it's normally for sale at around £3, it and the shampoo are nearly always on some kind of deal as a 2:1 or 2 for £4 etc so really it's not that expensive and does give a nice feeling to your hair once applied.
I have recently reviewed the Shampoo of this product and since I like to use things i the correct pairs then I try to always use the same Shampoo and Conditioner. I ended up getting quite a few free samples of the Shampoo but I hadn't tried the Conditioner before I bought the bottle.
This comes in the same bright red coloured bottle as the Shampoo and looks alright. I wouldn't exactly say it s a critisism, but there is lots of writing and stuff going on on the bottle, but as long as I can see what this does then I don't mind. The shape of the bottle is alright, and although it is a bit flat which makes it a bit wider it's still easy to hold. The flip top lid is easy enough to open even with wet hands as well.
This smells nice when you open the bottle. The Conditioner is a Cream and it is a medium consistency so although it is that bit runny in a way, it won't run off your palm or that.
Just apply a little blob of this to your Hair. I know they normally say that only to apply a blob the size of a 10p to your Hair and I would say that I normally use more than that, but with this Conditioner I feel you only do need a little bit of this. It's a good Conditioner and feels a good quality.
Even when I applied this to my wet hair it felt quite smooth even when wet and once this was rinsed off and I towel dried it a bit it felt nice and soft and tangle free. I have long thick Hair which can feel a bit weighty.
Once my Hair was dried and Straightened my Hair felt soft, smooth and had a nice shine to it. It also felt that bit lighter and a bit more swishy than I get with other haircare products.
I can't comment if this helps with keeping your Colour in as although I have Highlighted Hair I don't tend to use Colour Protect products, so perhas if I used this from when I got my Hair coloured then I may be able to comment on if it keeps the colour in.
A really nice Conditioner that makes my Hair look nice and I will continue to use this.
Looking after my hair is very important to me although I refuse to spend a ridiculous amount of money on shampoo and conditioner. I consider quality whilst making my purchase whilst also factoring in price. When in Tesco, Boots or any shops which sell hair products, I'll always take a look to see if they have any buy one get one free offers or three for two deals. I was in luck when I came across offers on the entire L'Oreal range. As I am currently seconded to Belgium I decided to buy the shampoo conditioner for 4 of the different ranges: colour protect, nutria-gloss, full restore 5 and multi-vitamins.
L'Oreal, the worldwide No.1 in hair colour, introduces Elvive Colour Protect Conditioner. L'Oreal's first conditioner with a Light Reflecting System. It nourishes hair from root to tip and wraps it with protective care.
*About the Product (according to L'Oreal)*
The Colour Protect Light Reflecting System formula is enriched with a nourishing ingredient and filters and works on 2 levels:
1. It nourishes the hair and transforms its surface. Hair feels silky to the touch.
2. It helps protect the hair fibre from external aggressions and accentuates your colour's radiance.
The results will be prolonged intense shine as well as your hair being protected, nourished, softer and more shiny. The use of this conditioner will mean that colour radiance is visibly prolonged: accentuated, your hair colour remains shiny and radiant
Only a very small amount is required. Just the size of a two pence coin. When applying the conditioner, you should work it through the length of your hair, all the way down to the tips. When using conditioner, I tend to leave it in my hair for at least two or three minutes before rinsing it thoroughly as I like to make sure that the conditioner is given enough time to do its job. For me personally, I only use conditioner on the ends of my hair as it tends to make my hair greasy if used on my scalp but this will differ depending on your hair type. I have greasy hair which means that I also find that I can never get any volume when blow-drying my hair if I have used too much conditioner so be careful when dispensing it.
If the conditioner makes contact with your eyes, make sure that you rinse them with cold water immediately.
*Price and Availability*
L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Conditioner is fairly widely available to buy. You can find it on the shelves of Boots, Savers, Wilkinsons and Superdrug as well as being available to buy in the majority of supermarkets like Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury. If you prefer to buy your shampoo and conditioner via the internet then you can visit www.boots.com.
You can buy this conditioner for £2.55 for a 250ml bottle or £3.59 for a 400ml bottle which is quite expensive although you can often buy it as part of Buy One Get One Free offer. That way you'll be left feeling like you have actually saved yourself money.
The packaging: L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Conditioner is a bright red coloured 250ml plastic bottle. The bottle is fairly tall narrows slightly as it goes up rather than at the base. The lid of the conditioner is the base of this bottle and therefore at the bottom. The lid simply flips open and you can gently squeeze it in order to dispense the conditioner. It is a large sized lid and relatively easy to use. I am a fan of the bright red bottle because its for Arsenal... of course!
Colour, texture and smell: This conditioner is white with the very slightest pink tinge in colour. The texture is the right combination between thick and creamy in texture without being overly runny. I think that is feels rather luxurious to the touch.
The smell of this conditioner is fresh although I can't quite put my finger on its exact scent. The smell isn't particularly strong however it does remain on your hair for a little while after use which suits me as I'm a fan of the scent.
Does this conditioner nourish hair from root to tip and wrap it with protective care? I definitely think that it gives my hair additional protection that everyday conditioners don't provide me with however it isn't as fantastic as I perhaps expected.
Does it nourish the hair and transform its surface making hair feel silky to the touch? Yes, yes, yes. My hair instantly felt nourished and it went from feeling a tad dry (on the ends) to feeling amazingly silky and smooth to the touch.
Does your hair colour remain shiny and radiant? My hair looks shinier although without a greasy sheen and I really like that about this product. You would be surprised at how many conditioners make this promise and fail to deliver.
Longevity of the product: A 250ml bottle of L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Conditioner usually lasts me about 2 months plus or minus a week or two when used every day. For most people, a bottle will last a fair bit longer as they won't need to wash their hair every day like I have to with my greasy locks.
*Would I Recommend This Conditioner?*
L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Conditioner is definitely one of the better conditioners that I have used. This product fulfils each of its claims and leaves your hair feeling soft and smooth as well as protected and shiny. I certainly recommend using this product on coloured hair as you'll undoubtedly notice the difference.
L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Conditioner is a reasonably priced product that will protect the colour in your hair (if dyed) looking brighter and better than those that aren't specific to do so. After I have applied this conditioner, my hair is always soft and tangle free. And if, like I did, you buy this whilst it is on offer, you'll feel like you have got your moneys worth.
Smoothes the hair fibre and perfectly detangles without weighing hair down / Result: Detangled hair, visible radiance / For long-lasting colour shine, follow the Elvive Colour Protect 3 step programme / Cleanse with Elvive Colour Protect Shampoo / Massage gently into wet hair for 1 minute, lather, rinse, repeat if required / For added protection and easy detangling follow with Elvive Colour Protect Conditioner / Once a week for an extra protective boost use Elvive Colour Protect Intensive masque.