When I heard about the L’oreal Clay range I got really excited – “A treatment, shampoo and conditioner range combats the excessive oil production at the roots but also any dehydration throughout the lengths and ends.”
I get so frustrated with all the shampoos and conditioners on the market as everything is made for dry and damaged hair, generally because in this day an age everyone is using excess heat on their hair or dying their various colours. Although I tend to use heat on my hair, I don’t colour my hair due to being allergic to most hair dyes so my hair is actually in a good condition but I do suffer from oily hair. I sometimes find myself so envious at those lucky people who could leave washing their hair only once or twice a week. It’s quite the opposite with me, I have to wash my hair 4-5 times a week and on those in-between days I will nearly always need to wear my hair up to avoid my hair looking dirty or lifeless. And what with needing to blow-dry my hair every time because it takes so long to air dry, washing my hair is a lengthy process and quite frankly a pain in the arse!
The main products in the range is the pre-shampoo clay mask, shampoo and conditioner –
L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Masque Pre Shampoo Treatment – this is a bit of a strange concept to get your head around. It’s a blue clay-like liquid (similar to a clay face mask) which you rub into your roots whilst your hair is dry, leave for 5 minutes and rinse well. For me, this sensation feels a little gross as your hair feels gungy, matted and I can’t wait to rinse it out and give my hair a proper wash. It also (unsurprisingly) smells very clay-like, just so you’re warned in case you don’t like the smell.
L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo & Conditioner – To be honest, not a great deal to write home about for these – they are just a normal shampoo and conditioner, however I was interested which products really made the difference?
I’ve used the products now about three times, twice using the clay mask treatment beforehand and once without and just using the shampoo and conditioner. My first impression is – the mask makes all the difference! When I used the shampoo and conditioner on their own, I still needed to wash my hair after a couple of days and I actually also felt it left a strange residue in my hair – nothing too drastic but my hair did feel like there was almost some product build up. Using the shampoo and conditioner with the mask however still left my hair feeling the same but my hair definitely lasted an extra day without washing, so the feeling of slightly residue is a feeling I can definitely live with if it means I can leave washing my hair for an extra day!
My next experiment will definitely be to try using the mask and maybe using another kind of shampoo and conditioner afterwards to avoid the residue feeling, although I am worried it won’t have the lasting effects of not needing to wash my hair as frequent. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Have you tried the L’oreal Clay Range yet? What are your thoughts?