You may have seen in my recent beauty haul post here, that I purchased all the products from the new L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay collection, today I am sharing my thoughts on those products.
I suffer from really oily hair so am always on the lookout for products to both combat the oiliness and because of my health problems, products that mean my hair can be washed less. Over the years I have tried an abundance of different shampoos to combat oily hair and have become a bit of a connoisseur of such products, so when placing an online Boots order I saw the new Extraordinary Clay range and thought I'd give it a try, I picked up all 4 products in the range and have been using them since purchasing them around 4 weeks ago.
What L'Oreal Say About The Range
The Science of Oily Roots and Dry Ends
Oil produced from the scalp can build up causing the roots to become visibly greasy, weighing down the hair. Over-washing to combat this problem can strip the fibre leaving it dry. This results in a vicious cycle of washing. What if you could have hair that was cared for at both ends?
The Secret of Clay for 72 Hours of Pure Roots and Hydrated Ends.
For the first time, L'Oréal Paris Laboratories have combined 3 Refined Clays to create its first re-balancing range revealing perfectly balanced, beautiful hair.
- Scalp feels deeply purified for 72 hours with freshness and light, lifted root.
- Dry hair feels hydrated right to the ends for fluid, free-flowing lengths.
- Revitalises the hair with softness, shine and bounce.
A delicate Clay texture for hair purity, hydration and beauty.
L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Masque Pre Shampoo Treatment
The pre shampoo treatment mask contains 30% pure clay which helps to absorb oil and impurities and cleanse the scalp. I was surprised the mask was blue, I thought it would be grey to coincide with the clay ingredients, not that that's important but I was a little surprised, the mask scoops out of the tub with ease and applied well, Simon applied it for me and looked like a smurf afterwards, his hands were so blue, it did wash off easily with soap and water though so all is good. Simon applied the mask to my scalp and the roots of my dry hair, ensuring he covered my whole head. I left the mask on for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinsed it off, the mask didn't irritate my sensitive scalp, it felt quite refreshing and smells lovely.
L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo & Conditioner
The shampoo and conditioner have the same lovely scent as the mask, if you have used other L'Oreal Elvive products you will be familiar with the scent, it's lovely and not over powering. The shampoo lathers up well and rinses out with ease, it doesn't contain any silicones which is great, I like to use shampoo without silicones as they better for my hair. The conditioner was applied to the ends of my hair only, having oily hair I never use conditioner on the roots and only ever on the ends of my hair as I find it helps with the oil control. The conditioner applied well and rinsed out with ease, my hair was left feeling lovely and soft and silky and was shiny too which is a rare thing for me with having blonde hair.
L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo
The dry shampoo has a lovely scent and is clear in colour when applied to my hair, it doesn't have any kind of powdery or chalky colour to it like most dry shampoos I've used, it is completely clear and can't be seen in the hair at all. The dry shampoo was sprayed onto my hair and left for a couple of minutes before brushing it out.
I liked all 3 products in the Extraordinary Clay range, they smell lovely and apply well and the mask, shampoo and conditioner all rinsed out well too, I like that the shampoo doesn't contain silicones and it lathered up nicely. My hair feels lovely and soft and silky when I use the products and is nice and shiny too but unfortunately I am unable able to go 72 hours without washing my hair after using the products, if I use the products in a morning, the morning after I have to use the dry shampoo and then have my hair washed the day after, so I can go every other day without washing my hair which for me is good. I think because my hair is so oily the products didn't work for me as well and if you are someone who only has slightly oily hair and dry ends the range should be perfect for you. All 4 products are lovely and I was able to skip a day without washing my hair and I do put that down purely to my hair being extremely oily, my hair really is terribly oily and if I wash my hair with a shampoo for normal hair it in the morning, my hair would be oily the morning after and maybe even that night, it really is very oily and that is why I think I couldn't go 72 hours without washing my hair, the products are lovely and I think if you are someone who doesn't suffer massively with oily hair the products will be great for you but for me they didn't give me those extra couple of days without washing unfortunately.
I do really like the products and have continued to use them because they are great products, I use the mask once a week but have been using the shampoo and conditioner every time my hair is washed and I use the dry shampoo in-between, I have also been having the dry shampoo sprayed into my hair at night and then having my hair tied up and going to bed and then having it brushed out in the morning and I find it works really well, I saw the tip on the lovely Laura's blog, so thank you Laura. I was disappointed that I couldn't go 72 hours without having my hair washed but I could skip a day which is good for me and for me to go 72 hours without washing my hair is unheard of so I really wouldn't let my experience put you off trying the products.
If you would like to give the L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay range a try, you can find the full range on the Boots website HERE or on the Superdrug website HERE, products are currently half price on the Superdrug website.
Thank you for reading, much love as always,