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My hair can get frizzy and out of control so I have to blow dry and straighten it after each time that I wash it. When on holidays and the air is humid, this can be even more of a task and my hard work can all be undone once I've stepped out into the warm air. I bought the L'oreal Elvive Smooth Silk Intense Anti Frizz shampoo and conditioner to try and help me with this issue. This is the review of the conditioner.
What does the product do?
The conditioner has been created for hair that is dry, course and out of control, just like mine! The product contains micro oils and a smoothing ingredient to deeply hydrate the hair removing frizz and leaving it sleek and smooth. It calms the hair and makes it 4 times smoother and shining with health.
Packaging and Price
The conditioner comes contained within a orange plastic bottle which is shaped in the same way as the other product in the Elvive collection. The bottle has a flip top lid on the other side to the shampoo bottle and it is easy to open and close even when your hands are wet and soapy. There are labels on the front and back of the bottle which give you some more information about the product. It will cost you about £3.99 for 400ml of the conditioner but you can also buy a smaller bottle. It can be bought from a range of online websites, stores such as Superdrug and Boots, as well as a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product is easy to dispense from the bottle and it has a good consistency which is not too thick and not too runny. It smells just as nice as the shampoo, having a fresh and fruity aroma. It is pleasant and refreshing, and shouldn't be strong enough to put anyone off using the product. You don't need to use too much of the product to get the desired results. The product is hydrating and you can feel that it is moisturising as you massage it into the hair. It feels gentle and doesn't irritate my scalp or cause me any discomfort. Once it is time, the conditioner is easy to rinse out of the hair.
I can brush my hair through easily using my wide toothed comb when my hair is still wet and it is still easy to brush through once it is dry so it stops my hair from being tangled. It is left looking and feeling in a good condition with a lovely shine and it feel really soft and smooth. The lovely aroma lingers on the hair after it is dry so you will smell nice all day. The frizziness of my hair is reduced and the appearance of my split ends is reduced too. My hair is much more manageable and it is much easier to control. It doesn't feel dry or brittle any longer so it much be very hydrating. Despite this, it doesn't weigh my hair down or make it look flat or greasy. My hair definitely needs washing by the usual 48 hours but it is fine before.
All in all, this is a really good conditioner for those who have frizzy hair that is out of control. It is hydrating and reduces the frizziness of my hair. It smells fresh and clean, and feels soft and smooth. I am really happy with this conditioner, and I would happily repurchase it.
For sleeker locks
I am generally a fan of L'Oreal Elvive hair care products and the Smooth Intense shampoo and conditioner are two of my favourite products by the company. This conditioner will cost you £3.99 in Boots for a 400ml bottle, but of course you need to keep your eyes peeled for special offers, as I don't think I ever pay full price for a shampoo or conditioner these days! The conditioner is designed to help tame curly or frizzy hair, and to make it look sleeker.
As with the matching shampoo, which I have always reviewed, this conditioner comes in an orange bottle - the difference being that this one isn't see-through, and the bottle stands on its flip-top lid.
Using the product
This product is very easy to dispense, and the conditioner has the perfect texture to me - not too thick but not at all runny either. Like the shampoo, it has a fresh and slightly fruity fragrance - it is quite subtle so is good if you don't like hair care products that smell too strong. I find I need just a small amount, and I concentrate the product on the ends of my hair as this is the area that needs the most attention! I tend to keep conditioner away from the roots of my hair in general.
I leave this on my hair for as long as possible - usually several minutes - before rinsing my hair clean. Instantly my hair feels lovely and soft. I always leave my hair to dry naturally, and I find that after I have used this product my hair definitely feels soft and smoother than usual. My hair is easier to manage and it certainly appears less frizzy than it can with other products.
Overall I would recommend this conditioner. It is of a high quality and, when used alongside the matching shampoo, definitely leaves my hair feeling smoother and less frizzy. I would say this is amongst my favourite hair care products and I will definitely be buying this again!
I bought this right before i went on holiday to Turkey. My hair always goes frizzy in sea water, pool water or just heat so i thought that this would be a good, cheap conditioner to tame the madness.
You can definetly find this in Superdrug as that is where i got mine from, i'm not sure about boots as i couldn't find the exact product on the website and i couldn't find it on superdrug's website either. I remember that i paid around £2.70 for 250ml of conditioner though.
The conditioner comes in a brown-orange bottle with gold and brown writing. The cap is on the bottom of the bottle so every drop of conditioner is always near the opening, this could prove useful for squeezing it out when it's almost finished but i can't comment on that as it's so long lasting that i've had it for 3 months and it's absolutely not done yet.
It smells very nice, it's hard to describe but it smells like the classic elvive smell but a little richer. It's not sweet, fresh, musky or any category in particular it's just a good smell. The conditioner comes out cream-yellow coloured, with a very creamy consistency so it feels very nourishing and smoothing while on the hair. It's not runny like others and feels quite luxurious and like it's actually doing something good for your locks.
The directions say to rinse out immediately but i like to leave it in for a few minutes as my hair is quite dry, it's easy to rinse out and doesn't leave residue or a heavy feeling. Once your hair is dry it will be much softer and smoother. This conditioner makes your hair shiny and whilst it does de-frizz your hair i'm not sure if the '48 hour anti frizz' claim is accurate as my hair becomes slightly frizzy during the day or the next morning.
Overall i do reccommend this conditioner as it's reasonably priced and makes your hair feel and smell fabulous. It makes it shinier, smoother and less frizzy, and i would consider repurchasing it in the future!
For quite a while now I've been on the lookout for the perfect conditioner as my hair is long and curly and often, after washing it can become a bit frizzy. I've tried a few different products for varying prices and varying results, nothing which has made me stop looking for an alternative though. L'Oreal Elvive Anti- Frizz Conditioner is something I picked up whilst in Boots, I had some advantage card points to spend as with no real need for any luxuries I decided to buy something I needed instead without it mattering if it was any good too much. The price was just under £4 for a 400ml bottle which isn't a bad price when compared to the other conditioners I've used. I can't say I've particularly noticed this in any other shops but I should imagine it's available in places like Superdrug and BodyCare.
The packaging certainly stands out on the shelves, and makes me wonder why I never noticed it before. The bottle is bright orange with the L'Oreal Elvive logo, the bottle sits upside down on the lid which is a simple hole through which the conditioner is squeezed out. The bottle would usually end up upside down in my shower anyway so L'Oreal giving it a flat bottom makes this a lot easier and is a really good idea, especially when it comes to the end of the bottle as it means all of the conditioner can easily be gotten out of the bottle.
On dispensing the conditioner I found it to be quite runny, this combined with the upside down bottle means that it's easy for the liquid to pour out and be wasted, washed down the plug. It's recommended that to use this conditioner you wash your hair with shampoo and towel dry it before massaging into your scalp then leaving it for 1 minute and rinsing it out thoroughly. I followed these instructions and found the conditioner was easy to massage into my scalp and I didn't really need to use that much making it even better value. I let my hair dry naturally and I was impressed with the results, my hair was still curly and had volume but no frizz and felt really smooth. Not only that, my hair looked really glossy, in great condition and just overall a lot better than it did before.
As you can probably tell from my review I couldn't recommend L'Oreal Elvive Anti- Frizz conditioner more. It really does the job and is great value. Okay it's a little bit thin coming out of the bottle but with a little care spillages can be avoided and as the product is well priced anyway I aren't going to be marking the conditioner down for this. My bottle has lasted me ages so far and for £4 I'm really happy, I usually pay much more for conditioner which only lasts me a few uses. I would recommend this to anyone trying to combat frizz.
I cannot say that I am particularly loyal to any brand of hair product and as stated in previous reviews I tend to purchase whatever is on offer. Many years ago I can recall reading that we should never continuously use the same products on our hair, as prolonged use can cause the product to become ineffective. Whether there is any truth in this I really do not know, but I like to alternate so that I can experience and witness different fragrances. I probably own around ten different brands of shampoo at this present moment in time, which is a bit daft really considering their general lifetime is approximately 12 months after opening and even though I wash my hair every other day there is no way whatsoever that I will use all of my bottles within the next year. The conditioning product I am using at this present moment in time belongs to L'Oreal and it is intended to anti-frizz and this review discusses my experience of using Elvive Smooth-Silk Intense Conditioner.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
What I favour with the majority of L'Oreal's hair products is that they stand on their flip top lid, which is a real positive, particularly as the conditioner is ready and waiting for you to dispense. There is nothing worse when nearing the end of a bottle when you have to frantically hit its' base to remove the remaining contents or you have to carefully balance a bottle upside down to enable them to steadily drip towards the opening.
We are provided with the familiar L'Oreal logo, which is presented in golden and rather superior looking lettering in the upper centre. I often find the information provided on L'Oreal products a little confusing and this one is no exception as we are advised that it contains 48H anti-frizz, which means absolutely nothing to me! It is only when I scrutinised the reverse of the shiny burnt orange coloured sturdy plastic bottle that I learned that this means that the conditioner provides a shielding effect so that the formula protects hair from dampness or humidity thus controlling and preventing frizz. If I am totally honest, I never believe any of these claims, as all my conditioners seem to provide similar if not identical results.
We are provided with 400ml of conditioner and my reasons behind choosing this particular product is that it is intended for use on dry, coarse or thick and frizzy hair. Whilst I do not believe in the various claims I always ensure that I purchase a product that is suited for my hair type and as my hair is long, thick and curly and often prone to frizziness on the ends I thought I'd give this one a try. The lid easily flips open with one hand, which is a huge benefit whilst showering, as the other hand is free for the dispensing of the conditioner onto my fingers. I was surprised at its' colour as it is pale yellow and of a fairly thick consistency. The added bonus is that the fragrance is absolutely stunning and it smells very similar to that of my Olay moisturiser with its' very subtle yet fresh aroma, so this product is well suited to both sexes.
It is impossible for me to omit using conditioner when washing my hair, as I recall an occasion a few months ago when I was in a rush and decided not to bother. As a result, my hair felt extremely coarse and was impossible to brush, so it's important that I always choose a good quality conditioner. I apply a good dollop (probably a £2 coin size) to my fingertips and massage into my damp hair paying particular attention to the ends and then continue to shower my body whilst the product works its' way into my hair. Something I find rather strange with L'Oreal conditioners is that they never provide directions on how long the product should remain in the hair, as they simply advise to apply to damp hair, massage then rinse.
The conditioner easily rinses away without leaving any sticky residue, which subsequently allows me to comb it with a wide-tooth comb. You should never drag a brush through wet hair, which is something I frequently did, as it can snap and damage your hair. Although in my experience there is no product in itself that can alleviate frizz, as regularly trimming of the hair is necessary, this most definitely conditions my hair and "tames" the ends. My hair is always left with a beautiful shine and feeling soft and silky smooth with a very delicate and extremely favourable aroma.
There is an extremely lengthy list of ingredients provided on the reverse of the bottle, but I never copy them into my review unless I feel there is something specific that could cause a problem and I can confirm that I suffered no adverse reaction when using this product. The conditioner should be used within 12 months of opening and the bottle can be recycled once empty.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
L'Oreal Elvive Smooth-Silk Intense Anti-Frizz Conditioner is widely available in most supermarkets, chemists and discount stores and I have checked online to provide you with an up-to-date price. At the time of writing (February 2011) you can purchase the 400 ml bottle at Tesco for £3.63, but until 23 February 2011 you can purchase two 250 ml bottles, which normally cost £2.55 for just £3.00. In my opinion this is an excellent high quality conditioner and it comes to you with my full recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Unless I love a particular brand, I'm not one to stick to one type of product and I'm a bit of an opportunist shopper, buying things on offer and making savings where I can so I can treat myself and the family elsewhere. The L'Oreal Elvive Smooth-Silk Intense Anti-Frizz Conditioner is a product I basically bought because it was on offer for £1.50 a bottle instead of usually costing around £2.40. As my hair was going through a frizzy period when I first tried this, thanks to lots of environmental changes and indoor Vs outdoor temperatures, I thought this conditioner, along with it's matching shampoo would help.
My 250ml bottle was dark orange and according to L'Oreal, it's designed for dry, thick or course, frizzy hair, and at the time, my hair was definitely feeling undernourished and frizzled. The conditioning formula is said to contain argan extract (apparently a naturally derived extract but I'd never heard of it) and silk protein to make your hair soft, manageable and smooth, whilst giving 48 hours worth of protection from moisture induced frizz.
After using the matching L'Oreal shampoo, I squeezed out a dollop of this creamy yellow conditioner into my hands, and bit by it applied it to my hair, particularly working along the lengths and the tips which were the frizziest areas. The conditioner had a nice texture, not too thick but still giving a rich feel. The smell of the conditioner was also very nice, having a slightly fruity floral scent to it to cover up the chemical smell.
After leaving the conditioner on for a few minutes, I rinsed my hair until the water had no conditioner residue in it. This didn't take long as the conditioner came out quite quickly. I found that after using this conditioner my hair was very easy to comb afterwards even when wet. Once dried, my hair looked shiny and the immediate frizziness was gone, leaving my hair looing much sleeker.
As for the claims that this conditioner protects against frizz for 48 hours, though, I can't say that was true for me. The next day was a bit damp outside and my hair went straight back to being frizzy, which considering the conditioner is meant to protect me from frizz cause by damp and humidity for 2 days, was a bit of a let down.
As a normal conditioner that's good at taming frizz for a day, this is a decent product which left my hair silky and smooth. For super protection against mega-frizz for 2 days though, this might not be the product for you.
Wow, this is AMAZING. I used to have pretty long hair, but got it cut to shoulder length and had layers added a couple of months ago. Since then, my hair tends to go a bit poofy when i'm drying it, and i'd have to straighten it every time which was a real hassle. Then last week, I bought this from my local co-op store along with the shampoo.
I was in a bit of a rush and knew that I wanted to try a new shampoo and conditioner, but couldn't decide which. Then these caught my eye, due to the words 'anti-frizz'. They were £2.59 each, which is quite expensive, but I figured I might as well give it a go.
The bottle is a deep amber kind of colour, with an even darker lid and an amber coloured ring around it at the bottom. It says its for dry, coarse, or thick, frizzy hair. My hair is actually quite thin, but I just needed to sort out the poofiness, and its done the job, so I'm happy!
After just three washes, my hair is so so silky after washing and blow drying, I can't believe it! All in all, really happy with this product, and will continue to use for the foreseeable future.
I've never really used conditioner because it's seems like a waste of time. Why bother. But I picked up some of this the other day with the shampoo that comes with it and I have to say that, wow, it really is different. I have mega thick hair and it's always really frizzy and stupid but I thought that it was inevitable, and that no shampoo/conditioner combo would change this. I was really, really wrong.
When you squeeze this out it's sort of like a paste. I've never seen conditioner before (haha) but I expect they all look like this. It's a yellowey bronze colour like the shampoo bottle itself. You just apply it to damp hair then wash it out. I use it after I've washed my hair with the partner shampoo which I think is probably the best combination to use. Prior to using this, as I say, my hair has been a mess. But after using this, even in the shower you could feel the difference because my hair actually felt really smooth. It was such a change.
When it dried it stayed much the same. It felt really soft. What surprised me most is that it really did put a stop to frizz. I didn't wash my hair again for two days but all that time it kept my hair really...neat. It didn't tangle up or anything. Even when I was too lazy to brush it as I wasn't going out, my hair actually looked...neat, I say!
I really recommend this for people with messy and/or thick hair like me. It makes your hair super manageable and just nice looking in my opinion. I'll definitely be sticking with this in the future. It is a bit expensive at around £2.50 but I think it's worth it because you don't have to use a lot and I don't think you would have to use it every time you wash your hair.
I bought this conditioner in Asda as part of a multi buy offer of 2 for £3 instead of £2.39 each which in my eyes is a bargain. My hair is naturally curly and thick and it is dry and damaged due to 12 years of colouring. I like to try different anti-frizz products but I find the ones that work the best tend to be very expensive.
This bottle of conditioner is 250ml in size and is dark metallic orange in colour. The writing is white with yellow and dark brown backgrounds to make the writing stand out. The conditioner is meant for dry, coarse or thick, frizzy hair. It contains silk protein and argan extract. The bottle says the conditioner will nourish, calm and smoothes your hair to make it silky, soft and manageable.
The science bit:
Argan is a naturally derived softening ingredient and combined with Silk Protein it gives an intensely smoothing formula with a dual action. It gives intense nourishment and calms frizz for even smoothing right to the ends. It also provides 48hr protection with a shielding effect to prevent dampness and humidity causing frizz.
Directions for use:
Apply to damp hair, massage and then rinse
The lid was a little bit hard to under the first time as it was a bit stiff but it was fine after that. The conditioner is a pale yellow colour and has a slightly fruity smell which always reminds me of the expensive products that are used in hairdressers. The conditioner was easy to apply to my hair and although it was a bit thinner in consistancy (not runny, just thinner) than my normal conditioner, it covered my hair well. I left it on for a couple of minutes before rinsing it off. It rinsed off easily and after I had towel dried my hair, it looked shiny. My hair was really soft and manageable afterwards and the brush went straight through it while my hair was still damp. My hair smelt lovely for ages afterwards and it was definitely less frizzy. I have to say that I am really impressed with this conditioner and will use it again.