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Sometimes your hair needs a little pick me up, a little energy boost to make it glow again. A lot of my reviews focus on beauty products and this one is no different, I've tried a large variety of products and a lot of them have been serums! What I tend to look for in a serum is something that'll keep my frizzy, thick hair on it's best behaviour and protect from split ends, and also, if possible, make my hair look fantastic! I quite like Elvive as it feels like a spa treatment for my hair in my own shower and I found this serum in my local Savers for £3.00 and it went straight in my basket. Price: £3.00 from my local discount health & beauty store. Impression: The serum comes in a little cardboard box and the serum itself is in a compact little bottle with an easy to use pump that can be locked into position when not in use for a very effective anti-spilling action. The bottle is very cute and fits into the palm of your hand! The colouring is very girlie which I think would appeal to the younger generation and looks great amoungst my hairsprays and other lotions and potions. The smell of the product just smells like any other serum but doesn't heavily scent my hair which I like, and the consistency isn't too thick or thin. Results: My hair absorbs the serum very easily and certainly doesn't weigh it down. I only use this serum when I'm going on a night out and need something to add a little more shine when I'm wearing my hair curly and it certainly cuts the mustard. My hair looks so healthy whenever I use this serum and I get loads of compliments about how shiny my hair is. After plenty of uses the serum looks like it's barely been touched as a little goes a long way, although the serum I feel has effects that are very short lived. I haven't noticed a difference in split ends or long term effects on my hair, it's almost like it washes away with the shampoo no matter how often I apply it. I would recommend this product for an added extra for a night out or if your hair is looking dull, but if you're looking for something to really nourish your hair then maybe this product isn't for you. It is a good product for a little pick me up but not effective in the long run, I haven't seen any long term effects and will keep searching for the no1 serum!
I have quite thick, frizz prone hair, which if left to its own devices becomes bushy and unruly, and just generally not very attractive! Serum is my real saviour, the only thing that really tames my hair and I go through absolutely loads of the stuff! Although once upon a time I would go for the pricier brands, I have now decided that if I am ever to afford the house of my dreams, I will have to stop spending money on beauty products and other frivolities (frivolities is a good word, isn't it?!) and so have been going for cheaper brands of late. I bought this L'Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss serum simply because it was on special offer at the time, costing around £2.50 which I think is a good price for a serum as even the cheaper ones tend to be around the £5 mark. This particular product is a light reflecting serum, which they say will give 'mirror shine root to tip.' I think all girls want to have shiny hair, so this is a selling point for me. The product comes boxed and then the actual serum itself is in a bright pink plastic bottle. It has a pump dispenser, which is easy to press down, and also can be twisted to lock it into place, a great feature to help prevent spillages if you're carrying it around in your bag. Personally, I think the consistency of a hair serum is quite important. If a serum is either too thick or too runny it will tend to have the same effect on the hair, which is to make it look greasy and lank. I was a little disappointed when I first dispensed this product to find that it is one of the particularly runny ones. In fact, it's almost like water and I've found that I have to be very careful not to dispense too much at once as it will simply run off my hands. Like any serum, only a small amount is needed per use. As this one is so runny, I've found that applying it should be done very carefully, running only a little bit through the hair at one time. I must say, I was quite surprised by the results I got from this product. As long as you don't apply too much at once, it will smooth down any fly away hairs or frizz and leave a subtle sheen on the hair. It doesn't weigh the hair down though and it doesn't leave any stickiness either, which I was fairly pleased about. The greasiness I expected didn't really materialise either which was a huge bonus. The serum does have a scent to it, although it's very hard to put my finger on what it is, and whilst it's not awful, I don't particularly like it either, it's a little bit too chemical for my tastes. A mentioned I got this on special offer but the full price of this serum is around the £4-£5 mark from Superdrug (sorry I have been unable to find the exact price) which I think is reasonable, and about average for this sort of product. On the whole I'd say that I've been fairly pleased with the results I got from this product. It tames frizz well and leaves the hair with a shine without weighing it down or being greasy. The main downside for me is that it's so runny you need to be very careful not to apply too much and it's a little bit of a pain to use as it can easily run off your hands. Otherwise, a good product.