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It's fair to say that I spend (waste) a lot of money buying haircare products that will do what I really should visit a hairdresser for - looking after the ends. My hair is fine and the ends very quickly look awful if they aren't taken care of or trimmed regularly. I really, really hate going to the hairdresser (I have no patience for inane chit chat and being asked if I'm going anywhere nice on holiday when it's snowing outside is just jaw-grindingly irritating). Therefore, the more logical solution is to slap on a good conditioner. Which is not as easy as it sounds, because my fine hair gets weighted down easily by products that are too heavy and then my barnet looks lank and lacklustre. This is one of the many, many products I've tried over the years.
It's fair to say this is one L'Oreal product that looks a bit cheap and nasty. It's a very plain white bottle, topped with an orangey pump dispenser and capped by a clear lid. The pump has an odd little bung, presumably to stop the serum from going all gungey. Unfortunately, this bung is about the same dimensions as my little fingernail and, therefore, just the right size to get lost, eaten by a curious and stupid cat and then pooed out the next day.
~*~What is it?~*~
This one, unusually, is a 'night serum'. Essentially, it's a fancy leave-in conditioner. L'Oreal claim that the non-greasy serum absorbs into your hair overnight and works its magic without marking pillows or bedding. In the morning, as if by magic, you leap from your bed with luscious locks.
I used this on both damp and dry hair and this didn't seem to affect its efficiency. The serum is about the same texture as slightly thick yoghurt and it melts slightly on contact with warm hands, which makes it very easy to apply. The product is enriched with royal jelly and there is a very strong smell of honey with a hint of floral undertone from it. This scent lasts for a long time - well into the next day - so if you don't like the smell of honey this won't be one for you. I love it, though, and the fragrance in my hair was one of the major plus points.
I wasn't expecting much from this serum as I'd tried the shampoo and conditioner in the range and wasn't impressed at all, but I was pleasantly surprised (although not blown away) by this. I found that my hair did feel noticeably softer and smoother the next day, and straightening it was definitely easier. There seemed to be fewer tangles and the ones that I did find weren't those awful stubborn ones that resolutely refuse to come out no matter how sternly you threaten them with the comb. Best of all, the scent stayed in my hair for ages and I had lots of people commenting on how lovely it was.
I can't say that I noticed a reduction in split ends and nor did it increase the shine. If I used this for too many nights in a row I found that it began to overload my hair and make it look listless, so I used this only on every second or third wash and used a clarifying shampoo inbetween times.
L'Oreal Elvive Re-Nutrition Night Serum
This product is one of the products from the L'Oreal Elvive Re-nutrition-line. This is specially formulated for dry hair. This is just a product a bit different than an ordinary conditioner.
L'Oreal Elvive Re-nutrition comes in a white plastic bottle. The bottle is pretty simple. He's about 8 inches high. The cap is transparent. The pressure button which leads the liquid is yellow. There is much information on the bottle where you read about the ingredients.
This product is a special care for the night. You can compare it with a night cream on your face. That also works all night and you stand in the morning with a fresh feeling skin. It is a liquid substance. It does not feel greasy. It looks a bit like a cream for your face.
Loreal indicates that this is a unique product because their labs have managed to incorporate Royal jelly. Royal Jelly would nourish the hair fibers. Royal Jelly is a milky substance and are quite a few vitamins.
During the day I love perfume and delicious smells of lotions and creams, but when I go to sleep I can't stand strong-smelling creams and perfumes. When I first smelled the product, I found him too strong. But once it was in my hair the smell was greatly reduced and it does not irritate you while going to sleep. The smell is rather like a sweet beeswax, so with a light floral scent.
You press the button on the top of the bottle. You take just a tiny bit of the elixir. You apply this up the full length of your hair. Your hair may be wet, but it works also on dry hair.
I was a little sceptical but in the morning you notice nothing of the product, except that your hair really feels noticeably softer. It feels good and the hair feels and looks healthy. You can then style your hair as you used to.
I have been using L'Oreal products on my hair for a few years now, as I have always been really impressed with the results they give to my coloured hair, which over the years has taken a beating from all the bleaching and colouring I've had done!
As well as using the re-nutrition conditioner, I also was intrigued by the Night Serum so I decided to purchase it and see if it had any effect on my hair, which is always crying out for more condition and gloss!
At nearly £8 for 150ml, it certainly isn't something I could afford to buy regularly, but as I'm still on the same bottle and only use it now and again, so far it has lasted me well.
It says to apply overnight and leave in your hair, which is great because it does melt in quite quickly providing you don't use too much of it and the best part of this aside from it nourishing your hair, means your hair does smell really great in the morning! My preferred method however, is actually to apply it a couple of hours before you wash your hair that way it gives it an extra little condition as I wouldn't want to go out with it still in my hair, despite it melting in quite well.
My favourite part of this product is infact the smell. Imagine a summery mix of honey, evening primrose oil and general nice smelling conditioners all mixed into one. It is G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S! This is quite a helpful aspect considering you're supposed to leave it in overnight!
So, does it work? Well I would say it definitely does help to recondition my hair, and I would definitely recommend applying it to your ends more than the root as this is generally the most damaged part of your hair. It definitely does help to make my hair feel smoother when I washed it off, and of course it smells great... I just wouldn't pay £8 for it! For about a quarter of the price you can buy a L'Oreal hair masque, which you can also get in the Nutrive variety, and I think this actually works better in repairing my hair than this serum does. It's definitely a helpful touch and of course leaves my hair smelling really great too, but I don't think you could rely on it to do as thorough a job as the L'Oreal conditions and Masques themselves.
My hair is rather long, slightly dry and is prone to dullness. This is probably because I tend to ill treat my locks, I wash and blowdry my hair daily, straighten it often and use all sorts of styling products on my poor mane. I dye it quite often too (pesky grey).
Therefore I was on the lookout for something that would bring back bounce, restore lustre and re-nourish my hair. I didn't want the usual conditioning treatments that you leave on for a few minutes then rinse out. I wanted something that worked a bit harder.
I came across L'Oreal Elvive Re-Nutrition Night Serum in Morrisons, and if I recall correctly I paid £4.99 for a 150ml bottle. It is available at most chemists and supermarkets though.
The blurb on the reverse of the bottle is what sold it to me it read:
"An overnight blend of nourishing ingredients for hair that feels silky and replenished when you wake up"
It had me sold. At that point I think I would have paid twice the price!
This serum contains extract of royal jelly, which contains amazing sounding ingredients such as glucids, lipids, proteins, amino acids, vitamins and other such exotic sounding substances.
This is really easy to use, basically before you go to bed, depending upon hair length, dispense 1 or 2 pumps in to your hands and distribute through to the ends of your hair. Hair must be dry or damp, not wet.
The serum in non greasy and does not weigh hair down. Rather than being a proper serum, which I find a little greasy, this is more like a cream. It is an off white colour and is quite runny which makes distribution easy. After running through hair, wait a few minutes and you will find that it has disappeared without a trace. Leave in overnight, and there is no need to rinse out in the morning. Don't worry about it making a mark on your pillow as it melts away leaving no trace.
With my hair being rather long and having quite dry ends, I use a little more than the recommended 2 pumps, I find 3 is adequate. Once I've ran it through my hair, I like to let it dry, then give my hair a gently brush.
If you have ever used any products containing royal jelly then you will be familiar with the scent, a bit like honey. This has a typical royal jelly smell, not unpleasant, but not something I particularly like. However this disappears quite quickly and I didn't find it too off putting.
In terms of results, I didn't notice anything different the following morning. It didn't feel any bouncier or softer, or even less dry. I do wash my hair every day (I have very oily roots), so perhaps if I didn't wash daily, I may have noticed something more.
I bought this a few months ago, but I'm unable to get into the habit of using it daily, so perhaps if I did I may notice a difference with continued use. Unfortunatley the few times I have used it (approximately 3 times per week) I have not noticed a decent enough result to encourage a repeat purchase.
I have long, naturally wavy hair that has been a little dry lately and I recently shopped around for a miracle product that would help to give me locks like Jane Seymour! In the past I've always found that serums or gel moulding creams helped to reduce the parched and frizzy look and create more of a structured curl. I saw this alternative product in Boots, though, and thought it was worth a try.
I do use L'oreal Elvive products quite regularly and really rate their range of shampoos and conditioners. This product is part of the Elvive 'Re-Nutrition' range - a set of products made especially for dry hair which contain a very special ingredient: royal jelly. In the world of cosmetics, this honey bee food is a like a pinch of magic stardust and is considered to be a rich and valued component. It contains a multitude of B-complex vitamins. If you've ever scanned the ingredients of hair tonics or 'hair and nail' pills claiming to give you a lush head of hair, the imporatne B-vitamin group are always at the top of the ingredients list. Royal jelly also contains a complex structure of acids and proteins - more details about this are on the back of the tube. I have seen royal jelly used in moisturisers and bath washes before but never hair products.
The product is described as a 'night serum' and is a serum that is meant to be applied to the hair at bedtime. When you wake up, the brand claims, your hair will be "replenished" and "silky".
The product comes as a 150ml upright standing tube with a pump action dispenser. It actually looks a lot larger than 150ml and tends to run out before I realise it! There is some information about the ingredients on the back and a lot of hype about the L'oreal laboratories who invented the stuff! Full ingredients and directions for use are also on there. The product will stay fresh for 12 months after opening.
It is very easy to control the pump dispenser and eject as much of the liquid as you need. The serum has a gel like texture - it is pearly grey in colour and has a shiny, glycerin look to it. It is easy to work through the hair and goes on like a very light moulding gel. I find it is good to target specific strands of hair or problem areas like dry ends. On the hair it feels quite light and seems to dry quite quickly - almost like it evaporates. When it does this, however, it leaves behind a kind of silky covering on the shaft of the hairs. The serum has a beautiful, rich fragrance that is a lot like sunflowers and honey. It is a natural, summery smell that makes my hair smell gorgeous.
It only takes one or two pumps of serum to use on a head of hair. It is not uncomfortable to apply or to sleep with the product in the hair as it drys so quickly on dry hair. The serum can also be applied to damp hair. It seems to give the same result regardless. The serum does not rub off or stain pillows.
I find that the serum makes my hair feel very soft and a little bit fluffy after one application! As someone who washes her hair every few days I'd have to say that I can't use this product more than once between washes. It does tend to leave a build-up in my hair which makes it unmanageable and feeling too thick. I should point out that I have naturally thick, wavy hair anyway and at the best of times it's hard to brush - so depending on your hair this may or may not be a problem. I personally, though, could feel the texture of my hair change and become more heavy and more greasy after two or more applications.
I wouldn't say that the serum improved the shine factor of my hair. Its main benefit seems to be that it softens the hair to a huge degree. The aroma is also quite lovely and can freshen up hair between washes. The fragrance lasts through the day after applying.
I have bought my second bottle of this now and feel that because so little effort is required to use this and the result quite reasonable, that it is definately worth using as an occasional replenshing booster. My only complaint would be the build-up problem that ensues from regular use.
The product is available at major chemists and supermarkets and is priced as a special conditioning treatment so expect around £5.
This review is also on Ciao!
Nourish and revive dry hair /