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I regularly alternate my brands of shampoos and conditioners, particularly as I read in a magazine many years ago, that continued use of a product will not provide effective results, as the hair becomes accustomed to the ingredients. Consequently, I make my purchases from just a few ranges where over the past twelve months or so I have bought a large number of shampoos and conditioners from L'Oreal and Dove. I find the brands the best when it comes to my hair type, which is thick, curly and shoulder length, but unfortunately, due to years of continued abuse with home colouring kits and heated appliances, it tends to be dry, particularly on the ends. Several months ago I made a purchase of L'Oreal's Elvive Re-Nutrition Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner with this review discussing the conditioner.
I find that L'Oreal have a huge variety of hair products from which to choose and the deciding factor with this purchase was due to the Royal Jelly and Omega 6 content, which promises to provide lasting nourishment, softness and shine. Packaging is another deciding factor, as if I see a product cluttered with an overload of marketing information I tend to look away. The appearance of the cream coloured 400 ml bottle of conditioner, which is intended for use on dry hair is upmarket and gave me the distinct impression of high quality with its luxurious touches of gold. The large flip top lid is located on the underside of the bottle and despite my bottle now being empty it was effective at opening and closing during my entire use due to the sturdy plastic hinges.
The golden/yellow coloured conditioner was easily dispensed and perfectly mirrored both the appearance and aroma of the matching shampoo with its gorgeous creamy texture and a delightful and very favourable subtle Royal jelly aroma. However, L'Oreal claims that the scent is that of honey, but I would argue with their statement, particularly as I cannot bear the aroma of honey, as I find it cloying. The conditioner was easily dispensed and I sparsely massaged a small amount into both the roots and the length of my hair whilst paying particularly attention to the ends, which can often split and become rather brittle. Whilst L'Oreal provides a couple of lines of text in relation to the directions for use, they fail to mention how long the conditioner should be left on the hair and with all brands I tend to leave mine for a few minutes whilst I begin to shower my body.
The conditioner was easily rinsed away without leaving my hair feeling weighted or any traces of sticky residue, which can often be a problem with some brands, particularly budget ranges. Each time I used this product I was able to witness the smoothness of my hair directly after rinsing the conditioner away where I had the assurance that my hair was moisturised without being greasy or oily. I favoured the fact that the stunning aroma lingered after using, but unfortunately, this was soon masked with the scent of my hair spray and styling products.
It is impossible for me to omit using hair conditioners, particularly as my hair is naturally curly as I would end up with a mass of tangled knots. For best results, I will always use matching shampoos and conditioners, as I feel using an alternative product will prevent the ingredients from effectively working. Using conditioners enables easy blow drying and my hair feels wonderfully soft and smooth following use. However, there was no "fluffy" effect, which is sometimes delivered by conditioners, which result in the hair being totally unmanageable. I love to see a healthy natural shine on my hair and this conditioner most certainly does not disappoint.
The conditioner should be used within 12 months of opening with the bottle being recyclable once empty and it generally retails at around £3.79 for a 400 ml bottle, but I tend to make my purchases when I can obtain two for £5. If you register your details with L'Oreal's website, each month you can choose up to three printable money off coupons and quite often I am able to receive £1.50 off any Elvive hair products. I can highly recommend this conditioner as it is the perfect accompaniment for the shampoo and for the reasons discussed above it receives five stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I have hair that has suffered heat damage because I use so many styling appliances on it in order to get it under control. The ends are always so dry and so I recently purchased the Re-nutrition Nourishing Shampoo by L'oreal Elvive which I recently reviewed and also the Re-nutrition Nourishing conditioner which I am reviewing now.
What does the product do?
The main purpose of the product is to condition the hair, leaving it hydrated and moisturised. It promises to give long lasting nourishment to the hair and to leave it feeling soft and looking shiny. Using natural ingredients, the product promises to prevent the hair from becoming dry again. The conditioner has been designed for those with dry hair which is in need of nourishment.
How does the product work?
The product has two key natural ingredients. Omega 6 is included in the conditioner in order to nourish and strengthen the hair and it also contains Royal Jelly. This substance has healing properties and has been used for centuries to restore things back to their former glory.
Packaging and Price
The conditioner is contained in a white plastic bottle and splattered across the bottle are yellow decorations and also some shiny gold metallic detail. It has a flip top lid which I find easy to open and close even when my hands are wet and slippery. There is some extra information about the shampoo on the back of the bottle. The product costs around £2.50 for 400ml and it can be bought from department stores such as Boots and Superdrug, large supermarkets and also from a variety of online websites.
As with the shampoo, the conditioner smells just like honey. The aroma is natural and soothing and it makes you feel like its going to be good for your hair. The conditioner has the colour and consistency of custard being yellow and thick but you can tell straight away that it's going to coat your hair well. Because of the thickness you don't need to use much of the product in order to get the desired results. The aroma of the conditioner is evident when it is on my hair and I find it a very relaxing conditioner to use. As with the shampoo, I didn't expect great things from this product when it was on my hair. My hair felt tangled and it didn't feel very moisturising which made my hair feel quite dry. The conditioner was easily rinsed out of my hair when I had finished.
I needed have worried about the performance of this shampoo or the conditioner. The lovely aroma stays put in my locks for ages after I've styled my hair and it leaves me feeling very fresh and clean. My hair was easy to brush which meant I didn't have to tug at it and it definitely felt much thicker and stronger. My hair was quite shiny but not as shiny as with other conditioners and it was definitely softer and silkier than before. My hair appears to be well nourished and it looks to be in a better condition. This seems to be more and more the case as I continue to use the product.
All in all, this is a very good conditioner which leaves my hair feeling well conditioned and hydrated. It's easy to brush, smells delicious and it feels really soft and silky. It seems well nourished and it looks a lot healthier than before. This is a great conditioner.