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My hair is naturally frizzy and this problem is exacerbated when I am on holiday in the humid air. Even blow drying and straightening my hair can sometimes not be enough when I am outdoors in the evenings abroad and so I bought the L'oreal Elvive Smooth Silk Intense Anti Frizz shampoo and conditioner to try to deal with the problem. This is the review of the shampoo.
What does the product do?
The product promises to cleanse the hair and to remove impurities and hair product leaving it looking and feeling fresh and clean. It has been designed for use on hair that is dry and damaged. It promises to get your hair under control, smooth and frizz free. It contains a micro oil which nourishes, moisturises and smoothes the hair. It promises to have long lasting results and to leave with hair that is 4 times smoothes, shiny and soft. It claims to protect the hair from heat damage too.
Packaging and Price
The product is contained within a plastic bottle which is the same shape as the others in the collection. The bottle is honey coloured and it has a flip top lid which is easy to open and close even when you hands are slippery, wet and soapy. On the back and front of the bottle, there are labels given some more information about the shampoo. The shampoo will cost you around £3.99 for 400ml of the shampoo although a smaller bottle is available. 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 shampoo smells really nice and it has a lovely fresh and fruity aroma. It isn't strong or artificial smelling so it shouldn't be enough to put anyone off using the product. The shampoo has the consistency that you would expect from a product of this type and it is honey coloured which matches the smell nicely. It is easy to apply to the hair and it makes a creamy lather as you massage it into the hair which makes you feel like it's doing a good job of cleansing the hair. It is gentle on my scalp and it doesn't cause me to feel any discomfort or irritations. It is easy to rinse the shampoo out of my hair.
The product is hydrating on the hair and it is easy to brush through both when wet and after it has dried. I noticed that my hair was less frizzy after just blow drying and looked less wild and out of control. I still need to use my straighteners to get all of the frizz banished but it took less time and effort to do so. The aroma stays on the hair even after it has been dried and styled which is nice. My hair feels really soft and it has a healthy shine to it. Even when I went out in the humid nights on holiday, my hair didn't become frizzy or big and although it started to wave a bit, I was still happy with the results. I wondered if the oily ingredients would weigh my hair down or make my roots greasy but it did neither.
All in all, this is a great shampoo which cleansed my hair well and left it much less frizzy and easier to control. It smells lovely and made my hair soft and shiny. It didn't make my hair greasy or flat. I was more than happy with this shampoo and I would happily recommend it to my frizzy friends.
I really have no brand loyalty when it comes to my hair care products but one brand I do tend to keep going back to is L'Oreal Elvive. In the main I find their shampoos and conditioners to be of really good quality, and the variant I tend to buy the most is this - L'Oreal Elvive Smooth Intense shampoo - and the matching conditioner.
In Boots, this will cost you £3.99 for a 400ml bottle - although this is frequently on some sort of offer,including buy one get one free, which is perfect if you want to get the conditioner too!
I have naturally curly hair which has a tendency to get a bit frizzy at times. While I have had limited success with shampoos and conditioners designed specifically for curls, I find that I get on better with products that are designed to smooth and moisturise the hair. This shampoo promises to calm rebellious hair, leaving it smoother and sleeker.
Using the product
This shampoo comes in an orange bottle with a flip-top lid. Inside, the shampoo is also an orange colour, and has quite a thick gel-like consistency. It has a nice fresh, slightly fruity fragrance which I think is really pleasant and inoffensive!
I find I need very little of this shampoo. It lathers up really well with even a small amount and using too much makes it a bit tricky to wash out! It feels rich and quite creamy and it does feel like a good quality product. Rinsing this away, my hair instantly feels nice and smooth and squeaky clean.
I would say this shampoo definitely helps to tame and calm my hair. Although I never use this alone - and I always use the matching conditioner which I will also review - after letting my hair dry naturally it feels quite a bit smoother than usual, and easier to manage. I would say it definitely works to help keep my hair under control and feeling soft.
Overall I would recommend this shampoo. You don't need to use much at all so the bottle lasts a long time, and it is definitely a good quality product. When used alongside the matching conditioner it really makes a difference to the quality of my hair, leaving it smoother and softer than with some other products I've tried. Recommended.
I have very thick hair that tends to be frizzy, so I thought I would try the L'Oreal Elvive Smooth shampoo when I saw it on the shelves in the £ shop. The bottle is clear and comes with a flip top lid that is easy to use and does not leak when stood on end in the shower, it is also easy to dispense the right amount of product for use.
The shampoo is a golden, thick liquid that smells sweet, but not flowery. I use the shampoo in the normal way, wet my hair, apply shampoo, clean hair and then rinse. I find that I need about a 50p sized amount of product for my hair to get a good lather going. It lathers up well and makes my hair feel a bit fluffy, it is easy to rinse out and leaves my hair smelling lovely and sweet, without being over powering.
The shampoo is designed to give people with frizzy hair a smooth look as it contains a nutritive micro oil that contains a smoothing element that L'Oreal have named Nutrileum, which is supposed to absorb into your hair fibre taming the frizz and smoothing your hair.
I was disappointed in the overall result as though it did leave my hair smoother, it seemed to increase the volume of my hair, which is rubbish for me as my hair is already very thick, as I said when I was using the shampoo for the first time my hair felt fluffy, and so the overall result did not work for me, I have given it too my husband to use, so at least it will not go to waste.
Overall I would not recommend this product to others, though it did reduce my hairs overall frizzyness, the resultant volume did not impress, therefore I give the product 1 star.
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I've never really had a favourite shampoo before and am usually content to try any brand which is on offer. I selected this one as it claims to nourish and tame dry, frizzy rebellious hair and I quite liked the rebellious hair segmentation.
The ingredients are pretty straightforward and fairy typical of most shampoo formulations which are intended to clean the hair of dirt and grease without irritating the scalp and stinging the eyes, smooth the hair cuticle and condition it, all in the quick time it takes to wash your hair.
Argan Oil - this appears halfway down the ingredient list and I believe is the main ingredient responsible for making this shampoo so effective. Argan Oil is well known to revive and strengthen hair and tame frizz and is often used as a standalone product and I have friends who swear by using it as a hair treatment. So to have it incorporated into a shampoo formulation gives you the benefits on a daily basis whilst getting your hair clean.
48 Hour Thermal protection is also offered, usually polymers provide this, but I'm not sure what's giving the protection in this particular formulation
Natural vs. Performance Shampoos
I've been asked many times to recommend a good natural organic shampoo and I tend to ask if that persons hair is completely natural ie never been coloured, hi-lighted, blow dried, permed, heat styled etc. As most women do not leave their hair completely natural, our hair is going to need ingredients that make it manageable and looking its best, and it's very hard to achieve this with natural ingredients. I've sold a lot of hair care and hair styling ingredients and it's very hard to get a natural organic hair product with the performance of a more chemical based one.
Good Hair Ingredients
Silicones are excellent, they smooth down the cuticles to give a more glossy effect with less flyaway
Vegetable proteins are absorbed into the hair keratin to strengthen the hair - actually beer would be a good source of this!
Quarternium and guar gums for conditioning
Oils - petrochemical or vegetable oil based are always good for improving shine and conditioning
Hair Type Segmentation
The only difference between blondes and brunette (hair that is) is that brunette hair is thinner, so not much difference between shampoos, extracts with blonde or brunette references ie chamomile or horse chestnut could be used but this would be in minuscule quantities. Most designer hair ranges are made by contract manufacturers who also produce the supermarket ranges and would likely use very similar formulations, remember hairdressers are not cosmetic scientists, the biggest difference between a designer shampoo and supermarket shampoo is the profit margin, not the formulation or packaging costs!
Value for money - available from most stockists of shampoos and usually < £3.00 for 250 ml
Effectiveness - the foam is noticeably creamer than other shampoos and I now find after over a month of regular usage I occasionally need to use condition and serum instead of every time I washed my hair to make it look half decent
Pampering factor - nice creamy foam, fragrance, and hair is nicely cleansed without the aggressive squeaky feeling, and feels much softer and yes, is not so rebellious!
If you are like me and the mere mention of rain brings you out in a cold sweat and the thought of humidity can trigger a semi nervous breakdown then this is the shampoo for you.
I like my hair to be smooth and straight - I don't like frizz - some people can carry it off, but not me. Oh no. Shampoo gets carefully picked in the morning, decisions are based on the weather forecast, humidity and how often I have used the shampoo over the last few days. I don't know about you but I find using the same shampoo over the course of a week will result in lank, greasy horrible hair. Consequently I have a huge amount of shampoo bottles in my bathroom and L'Oreal Elvive Intense Anti-Frizz is one of my favourites.
My job means that I constantly have the fear of bumping into a celebrity I have a crush on. Oh it's happened... Imagine the trauma caused with a bad hair day and Hugh Grant's checking out your split ends... Well, this Anti-Frizz super shampoo makes days like that a rarity.
Like most shampoos I find sustained use leaves my hair in a bit of a rubbish condition so I don't tend to use it everyday. This one is my emergency "It's going to rain and I don't want Magic Roundabout hair" shampoo. I find that a standard bottle will last me a long time, I would imagine with everyday use the bottle would last about ten days.
The shampoo is a dark yellow, orangey colour and I find it just the right consistency for frothing all over my head! (The conditioner is not so great, I find I use a lot more than I probably should as it feels as if I haven't put enough on.) It doesn't smell of anything other than shampoo - to my nose there is no aroma like you would have with other shampoos.
My hair colour is dark blonde - unless I have been in the sun and then it turns a lighter shade of dark blonde. This shampoo seems to bring out the blonde in my hair and I've often been accused of having dyed it overnight as it seems much lighter than the day before. With that in mind, the shampoo is perfect for people wishing to keep their hair lighter or with colouring - when I have had highlights, my hair has kept its colour and condition.
I have pretty sensitive skin but I haven't found this shampoo or its accompanying conditioner to trigger (touch wood) any eczema flair ups or any form of sensitive skin problems. That said, as mentioned, I do alternate shampoos so any sustained use might trigger it with other people.
Overall I thoroughly recommend this shampoo, it is reasonable priced (around £2.50 for 250ml but frequently on special offers) and it leaves your hair in good condition which is easy to brush after washing as well as being frizz free.
I have been using more Loreal products lately. This is due to my Hairdresser saying how good they are and also they have been on offer in Asda quite recently as well. I had been using the Colour protect 1, but bought this about a month ago. I have quite long Hair which is thick and has a Frizz about it - Unfortunately. Although I do straighten it ever other day and it ends up looking sleek and smooth then I don't want to think of the Straightener making the Frizz worse.
This comes in a 200ml bottle and I think the right price in Asda is around £1.80. I got this on a 2 for £3 offer so picked up a Conditioner as well. This was the first time that I had tried this.
The bottle looks like the picture on there. A large enough bottle which is quite slim as well and easy enough to open even with wet hands. Not so easy to stand it it's end so you can get all the dregs out this though, but I can prop this up against my windowsil and seem to get the dregs out ok.
This is more of a Cream Shampoo which I sometimes found that Creams seemed to be more drying that Gel Shampoo's. This is a medium thickness and this works into your Hair alright. I sometimes work a tiny little blob of this through my Hair and rinse off straight away so that when I rub some more of this through my Hair then it seems to lather up quickly.
The scent of this is nice. I think this has a dash of Coconut scent to it, but it is just a lightly scented creamy scent which is nice and fresh. Once this has been washed out I can still smell the scent of this lightly on my Hair and it is really nice.
After washing and Drying my Hair I found that my Hair looks soft and shiny and feels soft as well. Frizz wise I don't feel that my Hair is quite so Frizzy looking, but this Shampoo is no miracule cure. The frizz is less but not away.
A good Shampoo and I will consider buying this again once my current bottle runs out.
There are some products that I am brand loyal to, but shampoo just isn't one of them. Unless it's a shampoo that I've tried before and disliked, I will usually buy whatever is on offer. A recent purchase was a couple of bottles of L'oreal Elvive which was on a 2 for £5 offer in Boots for the 400ml size. The usual price at the time writing is £3.63. I home colour my hair so I really wanted the 'colour protect' variant, but as there was only one bottle left, I had to also choose a different type. Eventually I decided on the Smooth Silk Intense Anti-Frizz, my hair is quite dry, I don't wash it every day because it strips out the natural oil and makes it frizzy. Also, since having my daughter five months earlier, the hair I had lost was now growing back - as it was so much shorter it was sticking up and looking fluffy through my parting, so I hoped this shampoo might help.
=== Looks ===
All Elvive shampoo bottles look the same. I can only describe it as fairly basic looking and maybe a little masculine. My bottle was a 400 ml, it looked fairly tall with wide shoulders and slightly tapered in towards the base. The cap is oval shaped and nearly impossible to stand up side down when wanting to use the last bits at the bottom! It is made of a bronzey / orange opaque plastic which is useful for seeing how much is left. The blurb on the front promises 48 hour anti frizz, tells us that it is for "dry, coarse or thick frizzy hair" and claims to "nourish, calm and smoothes", for "silky, soft, manageble hair". The usual directions, ingredients and contact details are printed on the back.
=== Shampoo ===
The shampoo is a clear, runny, gel like liquid with an orangey tinge. I'm used to creamy shampoos so poured quite a generous amount into my palm, quickly rubbed my hands together before it dripped away and started rubbing into my hair. At first I felt the shampoo wasn't being evenly distributed and it didn't seem to be lathering up much. My hair is about half an inch above my shoulders so I was a bit disappointed, but by just adding a bit of water, it started to soften and lather up wonderfully. I then realised I had used about twice the amount I needed and it took me quite a while to get all the bubbles out of my hair! From then on I used a blob roughly the size of a £2 coin, which to be honest, is probably still too much, but it means I only need to wash once.
I also love the smell. To me it smells a little soapy, but mainly fresh and fruity. I'm not known for my 'nose' but I pick up apples and maybe something a little citrusy! I can still smell it as I'm drying and styling, but I don't notice it much through out the rest of the day.
=== End Results ===
I almost always use a seperate conditioner, but find I don't need to with this shampoo. If I'm just washing through the week and not going out anywhere special I now just use the shampoo alone and my hair does feel soft and silky and looks fairly shiny. As for the claim that it provides 48 hour anti-frizz? For me yes, my hair was never majorly frizzy though, more dry which made it look frizzy towards the ends. This used to be more noticeable when it had just been washed, blow dried and straightened. I have noticed that there is a definite improvement which lasts until the next wash, which is usually two days, two and a half if I can get away with it! (one of the benfits of having a dryer type hair!) My new fluffy hair growth is also slightly more manageable. It isn't sticking up quite so much, but unfortunately is still noticeable, I suppose I will just have to wait for it to grow a bit more!
=== Recommended? ===
Yes, I have even paid full price for another bottle! It has definitely improved my hair. You don't need much, plus you don't really need a seperate conditioner, so it's quite cost effective, especially if you can get it on offer.
Whilst looking through a basket full of shampoos, creams and make up that was given to me at Christmas time, I came upon a bottle of this shampoo, it is made by L'oreals from Paris and says it is new Smooth silk intense shampoo for your hair. So I thought I would give it a try and see what results it made on my long hair, which has a tendency to be a bit on the frizzy side, especially after washing and drying it.
The bottle yellowy orange in colour with a cap that pulls open clips shut, looks rather elegent in design and apparently has silk protein included, my hair having to wash it every other day tends to need a change in one regular shampoo simply because I have found that my hair gets used to one particular shampoo, and that its performance doesnt quite work so well once my hair has got used to it.
Containing Silk, which is known for its smooth and luxury texture, I immediately noticed the lovely smell that this shampoo has, the smell reminded me a bit at first like hand cream.
It tells me on the bottle that this shampoo's formula lightly wraps hair with soothing ingredients for a smooth effect. It states that it also will protect hair with a shielding effect, the formula protects hair from dampness and humidity to control and protect against frizz or flyaways.
Any shampoo that can creat a sublime and smooth texture leaving hair silky and flowing is well worth a try, this would cost you £1.99pence a bottle if you were to purchase it, but luckily I didnt have to as this was given to me as part of as a present.
Directions for use :
Apply to wet hair, lather and then rinse.
It does advise for extra smooth silky hair that you use this as part of the complete elvive smooth range.
The bottle is recyclable.
In case of contact with eyes, rinse them immediately.
After shampooing with this I did notice a improvement with my hair, it was less frizzy and did have a real shine to it when dried and I also noticed an added softness, that I didnt have before.
I would say that in my opinion, it definetely does leave your hair with that silky feeling and I would recemmond this to you to try.
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If you are familiar with my reviews you will be aware that I am not particularly loyal to any brand of shampoo or conditioner other than my Soap and Glory Hair Supply, which I use as a more intensive conditioning treatment once every week. I always tend to stock up when I see products on special offer, so I always have a rather large choice each time I wash my hair. Whilst I try to use a matching shampoo and conditioner it always seems that the conditioner runs out long before my shampoo. The product I am discussing today belongs to L'Oreal and its' name is Elvive Smooth-Silk Intense Anti-Frizz Shampoo and this review discusses my experience with using it. I have to say that I was surprised it was necessary for me to make a product suggestion to Dooyoo, as I would have expected this product to be quite popular.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
What initially attracted me to this particular product is the large "buy one get one free" sign, which is always a good marketing ploy where I am concerned. As I purchased this quite a while ago, I cannot recall exactly how much I paid, but I think it was around £3.20 where I obtained a 400 ml bottle of shampoo together with a 400 ml bottle of the matching conditioner, which I have previously reviewed.
I am very rarely attracted to packaging on hair products, as in my opinion they all look quite similar. However, this product looks somewhat superior with its' orange coloured opaque plastic bottle, which allows us to see exactly how much of the shampoo is remaining. This is a real positive as far as I am concerned, as I have lost count of the number of times I have been stood in the shower with a dripping wet body and hair only to discover that my shampoo bottle is empty because I haven't been able to see the remaining contents. This is normally followed by me yelling down the stairs to my husband (who normally cannot hear me, as he has the television so loud!) to go into my wardrobe and grab a new bottle from one of the several carrier bags of toiletries that I have hoarded!
We are provided with the golden lettering of L'Oreal and we are informed that this anti-frizz shampoo contains "new 48H Anti-Frizz". If you read my conditioner review you will be aware that I didn't have a clue what this meant until I scrutinised the considerable and rather cluttered information on the reverse of the bottle. Apparently, it means that the formula will nourish and calm frizz with an added shielding effect. As far as I am concerned, all good brands of shampoo will provide a similar outcome, so this statement doesn't really work for me.
USING THE SHAMPOO
What I favour with this particular product is that the flip top lid is easy to open and close, as I have purchased many shampoos and conditioners where the hinged area of the lid has been so flimsy that it snaps off after only a few uses or it is sharp around the edges. I can easily push this up with one hand whilst the other awaits the product to be poured onto the palm where I use a blob approximately the size of a £2 coin. I have thick and very long hair and when I have previously used cheaper brands of shampoo I often find it somewhat difficult to obtain a good lather. As I wash my hair every other day I find that one shampoo is sufficient and I am pleased that this product lathers easily with minimal effort. Its' fragrance is extremely pleasing and mirrors that of the conditioner, which reminds me of Olay products. As the aroma is not of a floral nature it is well suited to both sexes.
The shampoo is quickly and easily rinsed out and leaves my hair feeling squeaky clean. I don't know why I do this and it's something I've done since my childhood, but I cannot complete my hair wash without the need to rub my fingertips firmly against my scalp and hear that squeak! There is no sticky residue left in my hair and whilst I would love to get away with just using a shampoo it is an absolute impossibility for me, particularly as my hair is always quite knotted if I fail to use a good conditioner. At this moment in time I have rather too many bottles of both shampoo and conditioner opened, so I tend to alternate. Fortunately, I still have some of the matching conditioner remaining so I am able to layer the gorgeous fragrance, which leaves a delicate and very favourable aroma in my hair. The ends of my hair are often prone to frizziness, particularly as my hair is so long, so in combination with regularly trimming at the hair salon, this shampoo effectively controls the problem.
As you are probably aware if you are familiar with my reviews, I do not believe in copying lengthy lists of ingredients unless I feel there is something specific that could cause an adverse reaction. I am pleased to advise that I suffered no problems with using this product as although extremely effective at removing grease, grime and hairspray, I felt it was very gentle. The bottle should be used within 12 months of opening and can be recycled once empty. As with all products of this nature if it makes contact with the eyes you should immediately rinse with warm water.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
L'Oreal Elvive Smooth-Silk Intense Anti-Frizz Shampoo is available from most supermarkets and chemists and at the time of writing (April 2011) Tesco are charging £3.63 for a 400 ml bottle. However, this product is frequently on offer where many supermarkets offer two bottles for the price of one, so I personally would wait until it is on offer, as I would never pay full price. This is a high quality shampoo and I will definitely purchase again when on offer. Consequently, it receives 5 stars from me.
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