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I have dry, frizzy hair and the ends are frequently subjected to further damage thanks to my need to straighten and blow dry my hair every day. The drier my hair becomes, the frizzier it becomes but if I don't straighten my hair, it gets completely out of control. Another hair product that I received for my birthday was L'oreal Elvive Damage Care Repairing Conditioner and so I wondered if this little beauty would help get my locks looking healthy and under control.
What does the product do?
The conditioner has been specially created for those with damaged or brittle hair like mine. It promises to fill in the cracks in your strands, seal up your cuticles, repair your hair and leave it looking full of health and feeling silky and smooth. It claims that it will make your hair stronger and more resilient, leaving it replenished and protected from root to tip. It promises that you will see 95% less breakages when you are brushing your hair
How does it work?
Here comes the science bit... L'oreal have created some molecules which mimic those found naturally in the hair
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied generously to damp hair that has been shampooed and massaged into the hair from the root to the tips. It is then to be rinsed out thoroughly and then you can style your hair in the usual way.
Packaging and Price
The conditioner comes contained within a lovely sunshine yellow coloured bottle. It has some extra information on the packaging and it has a flip top lid on which it can stand. It is an eye catching design and it looks nice in my bathroom. The conditioner costs around £4 for 400ml of the product although a smaller 250ml bottle is also available which is obviously a bit cheaper. It can be bought from department stores, large supermarkets and also some online websites.
Aroma and Consistency
The conditioner has quite a strong but refreshing scent. It smells to me a little bit like citrus fruits and it is very awakening. I find the aroma quite summery and I don't think it's unusual enough to be to anyone's disliking. The colour of the shampoo is white in colour and it is of a medium consistency for a conditioner.
The product is simple to apply to the hair and it coats the length of my hair well without having to use a lot of the conditioner. It feels completely comfortable on the hair and you can tell straight away that it's going to make your hair look lovely once it's off. It feels silky and 'slimy' in a good way. The product is easily rinsed out within a few minutes.
I knew I would be happy with the results of this product from the way that it felt when it was on my hair. My hair was easy to brush and there were no tangles at all. I did notice there less of my hair snapped and fell out as I was styling but this could have been partly because I didn't have to pull it as I brushed it.
My hair smelt deliciously fresh after use and it had a lovely shine to it. It felt just as silky as smooth as the packaging had promised. My hair seemed much more hydrated so there was less frizziness on the ends and it was much more manageable and under control.
All in all, this conditioner is a lovely moisturising product for the hair which made my locks healthier, shinier and much more manageable. I feel like my hair is in a much condition and as I have fewer breakages, my hair is much fuller and voluptuous. I am really pleased with this product.
I'm a dude with long hair and until I bought L'Oreal Elvive Damage Care shampoo and conditioner I was using V05 "Give Me Moisture", which was okay but not brilliant. L'Oreal Damage Care however, left my hair noticeably smoother and fuller and I am really happy I bought both the shampoo and conditioner. It really feels like my hair has been repaired from heat damage and it's now silky smooth. Wow I sound like a big girl but it's true, this is a great product!
I do not condition my hair with every wash as having rather short hair I do not think it needs it, however, occasionally I will apply a conditioner after shampooing as sometimes my hair does need a little extra help. The problem I have with my hair is that I had fairly harsh highlights for many years in a bid to control the spreading grey; this has left me with numerous problems including very coarse hair which is generally in poor condition.
I have always used any old conditioner, but in recent months have been purchasing L'Oreal Elvive Damage Care Repairing Conditioner as it has proven to be perfect for my hair. I am also currently using the shampoo from the same range and together they form a set which really cares for my hair.
It is a reasonably thick formula with a creamy feeling that feels quite luxurious in my fingers. I avoid applying it near the roots of my hair as it is quite rich and I suspect it would quickly weigh my hair down if I were to allow it to get too close to my scalp. When applied to the ends of my hair I can instantly feel how smooth the conditioner is making my hair, you can usually get a good idea of how the product is going to work for you by how silky your hair feels before rinsing the conditioner off. This one makes my hair feel soft and smooth straightaway, so the fact that it leaves my hair in beautiful condition after rinsing is no surprise.
It doesn't take long to rinse out, I think it works better when left on my hair for a few minutes as this allows the conditioner to penetrate my hair fully. Once rinsed I can tell it has improved the general condition of my hair, I am able to pull a comb through my short hair without encountering a tangle even when it is still dripping wet and after drying my hair has a definite shine that has been lacking recently.
I do feel this conditioner lives up to the claim it makes of helping to repair my colour damaged hair, or at least partly. Whether its merely that it gives the impression of healthy hair or whether it really is making a difference is debatable, I simply have no way of telling. It makes my hair look and feel better, and that is all one can really ask of an external use and rinse away product such as a conditioner. I must admit my late husband thought conditioner a frivolous waste of money and his rather frugal way of thinking has rubbed off on me to a degree; the effects of this and any other hair conditioner is so short term that I doubt my life would be any poorer if the product didn't exist, yet the benefit of smooth hair that gives the impression of health is a definite boon.
One bad point about this conditioner is the fact that it leaves my hair very hard to style, something noticeable to me as I do not use it at every hair wash. On days when I have used the conditioner I struggle to part my hair in a straight line and the front of my hair will not sit as comfortably as I would like. This I find rather annoying as I do not like spending a lot of time on my hair in the morning, the arthritis I have in my shoulder has forced me to have a very short basic hairstyle for a few years now as reaching up to comb my hair can be painful at times. As the effects of the conditioner evaporate my hair does settle into some semblance of normality, now I have realised this I know not to use the conditioner on days when I know I want my hair to look smart straightaway - which is an unfortunate side effect really as it produces such lovely results that I'd like to use it more regularly than I do.
L'Oreal Elvive Damage Care Repairing Conditioner costs £3 a bottle, or marginally less in some stores. I think this is reasonable value for money as it does such a very good job and the fact that I only need to use such a small amount per application means a bottle lasts for far longer than the matching shampoo.
I bought this along with the matching shampoo as part of a 2 for 1 offer on Elvive at Boots a few months back. I was looking for something to help my slightly dry hair but that would also smell nice. So I picked this up in the hope that it would give a bit of life back to my hair. Here is my review for Elvive Damage Care Conditioner:
1. The Smell:
For me, the most important bit about buying a shampoo and conditioner. This smells gorgeous, really fresh and with a hint of citrus, my nose tells me. It really is lovely and gets 5 stars from me.
2. The Texture:
This is another important bit about conditioners for me. I like every strand of hair to be covered and this is quite a thick consistency and really does cover every strand. I usually leave my conditioner to soak in for a minute or two and then rinse. This is easy to rinse out and I can feel it's smoothed every strand. Texture gets 5 stars from me.
3. The Result:
This is of course an important factor. I have very thick, naturally curly hair that is very frizzy and can get quite dry at times. I always leave my hair to dry naturally and after a couple of hours when my hair is dry, it feels super soft, super smooth and has a natural bounce to it. I also don't feel any dry patches after I've used this and its matching shampoo and my hair generally looks and feels so much healthier. I always rotate my shampoos and conditioners and I have found that my hair is certainly in better condition when I use this range than most of my others. Result gets 5 stars from me!
Overall, this is a terrific conditioner that when used with the matching shampoo has given my hair a new lease of life. Price wise, a 400ml bottle can be found around the £3.50 - £3.75 mark, which I think is brilliant value.
L'Oreal Elvive Damage Care Repairing Conditioner
Eugene Scheuller developed in 1907 the first not synthetic hair colour, it was called L'Aureal. This was the beginning of a very innovative and entrepreneurial organization. Now we are one hundred years later and L'Oreal is leader in the cosmetics industry, with about 500 brands in over 130 countries. Some of our brands include L'Oreal Paris, Maybelle, Cacharel, Lancôme and Vichy.
The main purpose of using cream rinse or conditioner is to release different ingredients in your hair after washing it with a shampoo. This will restore sustained damage, and your hair will get stronger this way. By using a conditioner your hair is easier to comb, ideal for those with thick, curly hair. Conditioner is also a good base for styling. Your hair becomes smoother, softer and lighter.
This L'Oreal Elvive anti-breakage conditioner is a restorative cream rinse. It ensures, according to the manufacturer that damage hair because smooth, supple and soft again. With this hair conditioner it restores the hair back into the points. It is strengthened and has long-term protection. The result is smooth and soft hair, which again is easy to comb. The product is dermatological tested and tested on animals.
Always use a conditioner after you have washed your hair with shampoo. Be careful with the conditioner. A little gives you enough effect. Distribute the conditioner on your palm and rub well over your wet hair. Just leave it and then rinse well.
The conditioner comes in a yellow plastic bottle. On the front of the bottle you can see the brand name and the product name. On the back you will find information about the manufacturer, instructions and ingredients used in producing the hair conditioner.
The conditioner is white and it seems some pearl scent. The light floral scent, and you notice a subtle lemon scent through. The conditioner is quite thick in texture, it looks a bit like a cream.
Like most products from L'Oreal, it is also a great conditioner. After use my hair was easy to comb again and looked shiny. The end was not fluffy. With a bottle, I can do my hair about 20 times.
I was getting low on conditioner so I had a look around Asda and saw the L'Oreal Elvive conditioners on sale at 2 for £3 instead of £2.39 each. I thought that was a bit of a bargain so I bought this one and a different one which I have all ready reviewed.
The bottle is 250ml in size and is light metallic orange in colour. The writing is dark brown and white with red sections as borders. The damage care repairing conditioner is aimed at damaged or brittle hair. It says it will fill in cracks, seal the cuticle and helps to repair your hair. It also says it will leave your hair feeling silky.
The science bit:
Apparently damaged hair can lack natural cement which keeps the hair strong and resilient. L'Oreal has patented a combination of molecules called Ceramide-cement. These are a replica of the natural cement found in hair. It helps to fill in the cracks in your hair to strengthen it and seals the cuticle to make it look smoother and shinier. Tests has shown up to 95% less breaking from brushing after using a normal shampoo and this conditioner instead of just using the shampoo on its own
Directions for use:
After shampooing hair, rinse and work the conditioner through from root to tip before rinsing.
The conditioner is white in colour and the smell from the bottle reminds me of being at the hairdressers. It smells quite expensive and a bit fruity. As I have been colouring my hair for the last 12 years it is in quite bad condition even though I have regular trips to the hairdressers. It is naturally thick and curly too so it tends to look like a birds nest a lot. I found the scent of the conditioner a bit sickly when I put it on my hair. It is a good consistency though and doesn;t just fall straight off your hand on to the floor. I found the conditioner easy to apply to my hair and it is easy to get a decent thickness coating on your hair too. I left it on for a couple of minutes and it rinsed off easily.
After towel drying and brushing my hair, I did notice that less had broken off than usual. The damaged parts of my hair normally snap really easily. My hair was tangle free so it was easy to brush. It was more shiny than normal and softer too. I did find it a bit less frizzy too. The smell stays in your hair for ages but it doesn't smell too bad. I would recommend this conditioner.
My hair is a disaster, so curly and thick that it is a nightmare for every hairdresser. I have to wash it every day and accordingly blow dry it every single morning. My hair tends to get dry quite easily and unfortunately it is also in desperate need of a 'hair repair cure'.
The L'Oreal Elvive range was always one of my favourites and after experimenting with a cheaper product and failing I'll only buy the Elvive products from now on.
Normally I buy the 'Damage Care' range which sounds perfect with the promise that it 'fills in cracks and helps to repair hair'.
The conditioner is great and my hair just feels very soft and looks a lot healthier and smoother since I started using it again.
Look & Smell
The bottle is shiny yellow with red and silver writing. Don't ask me what 'Ceramide Cement' is but apparently it 'fills in cracks, seals the cuticle, helps repair hair and gives you a silky feel'. Sounds almost too good to be true!
Oh wait, the label on the back just informed me that 'Ceramide Cement' is a 'replica of the natural cement found in hair'. Well, as long as it works I'm happy even if it would be pure mud!
Furthermore the label promises 'up to 95% less breaking from brushing'. That's something I absolutely agree with, my hair is a lot easier to brush and is not so frizzy anymore; you can definitely see a positive difference.
The conditioner is shiny white and has a very creamy texture which makes it easy to apply it on your hair and work it through the whole length.
The smell is lovely; there's no label like 'smells of coconut' on it or anything but I try to describe it to you. It smells a bit of citrus fruits mixed with a low-key flowery scent. Overall it is lovely, quite refreshing and not 'heavy'.
The scent stays in your hair for several hours and gives you this lovely freshly showered feeling for the whole day.
I normally use quite a lot of conditioner but I have long hair so it depends how your hair is. A blob the size of a 2 pound coin should be sufficient and I don't think that you will need any more than that
Work the shampoo in your wet hair and your hair instantly feels a lot smoother. Wait a few seconds and rinse thoroughly. The conditioner doesn't leave you with a greasy feeling in your hair as others do.
Drying and combing is a lot easier as my hair is not interloped at all anymore. I do have to say that drying seems to take a bit longer compared to when I don't use conditioner - but that effect occurs with every conditioner and not just the Elvive one.
After styling my hair feels softer and my curls look more natural and smooth. I don't really need any intensive conditioner or hair cream anymore; the conditioner is enough hair care.
The effects are of course even stronger if you use it in combination with the 'damage care' shampoo but that is not a must.
Price & Value
L'Oreal products are not very cheap but definitely worth the price! A 400ml bottle of conditioner will normally set you back with 3.30, but at the moment Boots has a great offer 2 x 400ml for 4 pound! This is great given that I saved 2.60 on my shopping - thanks Boots!
The Elvive range is one of the best hair care ranges I've ever tried and I'm normally very loyal to this brand. However, I'm on a big saving money trip at the moment so I tried some cheaper alternatives with a disastrous ending, my hair was even drier than before and it took me over two weeks using tons of the Elvive shampoo and conditioner to repair the damage.
My hair just feels lovely now and I can highly recommend the 'Damage Care' range for everyone with dry or damaged hair. It is especially good for curly hair; the curls just look softer and more natural.