I’ve recently realised something: having good hair is a lifetimes mission. It’s not something going to the hairdressers can instantly fix, it takes maintaining and time, especially when you’re trying to recover it from extensive colouring and thinning.
My hairdresser, Amy Pearce, who has recently moved to Raw Hairdressers in Crayford, has spend months working with me to get my hair back to good health. I’ve had regular trims, without telling her how much I want off and instead telling her to “take off what it needs”. You can’t do this with every hairdresser, as often they get scissor happy, but when you find a stylist you trust there’s no reason not to – after all, they are the professionals.
Part of Amy’s job is to advise her customers on which type of hair products to use. I previously reviewed some Unite and Redken products, which she had suggested and today I’m here to share my first thoughts on another brand, L’Oréal.
L’Oréal is a huge haircare leader, both in the realm of the highstreet and behind the closed doors of professionals, though apparently the salons are more likely to use Keeastase (owned by L’Oréal). Upon quizzing Amy, I found out that the reason these two brands are heads and shoulders above the rest is because they contain less silicones. Silicones are bad because they can smother and suffocate the hair, making it prone to becoming static and flyaway.
She says, “L’Oréal contains purer ingreidents so they’re gentler and more nourishing. Plus they’re not ridiculously expensive, they’re priced so everyone can afford good haircare no matter your budget.”
Obviously, I was sold and headed straight to Boots with my close friend and salon partner Kathryn to pick some up. We went for Elvive Colour Protect Caring Hair Collection to help maintain our colour and I’ve been using it all week with great success, which is surprising in such a short amount of time!
The Caring Shampoo is really foamy and you only need to use a small 5 pence size of the product each time, though this may be different for those with super thick hair (so Kathryn please comment your opinion on this below)!
In terms of colour maintenance, I have noticed that the colour isn’t rinsing out in the shower like it normally does, and the shine on it is awesome thanks to the Caring Conditioner, which is really thick and creamy with a silky texture. Again you don’t need much of the product as a little goes a long way.
The After-Colour Intensive Treatment is something I’m only planning on using once a week, as it’s a rich formula. It’s designed to protect your coloured hair’s radiance and targets specific protective care where needed. The formula is enriched with UV filters to stop the fading process and also boots shine and softness at the same time. I personally LOVE what it does for my hair and find it comparable to in-salon treatments… it certainly smells the same…
Have you tried any of these products? Do you trust in L’Oréal? Use the comments section below to let me know! 🙂
Side Review: Kathryn Hole says, “After having super thick hair I can honestly say that L’Oreal make my hair a lot lighter in weight, smooth and shiny which is just what every girl needs for the summer 🙂 L’Oreal has been around for many years and after switching up my Shampoo’s and Conditioners, I always end up going back to L’Oreal – it is affordable in Boots, Superdrug and other beauty stores and without fail I always end up with the Salon look and lovely smell that comes with it. Try it Ladies, you won’t be disappointed.”
PS. What do you think of my new cut? Yay or nay?