Beauty giant L’Oréal own Kérastase. L’Oréal’s Elvive is their affordable hair care range and it’s a given that anything from Kérastase is going to cost you an arm and a leg.
They’re probably produced in the same factory, but in my mind, I like to think that the Kérastase ‘side’ is a bit like the laboratory in CSI (although hopefully with better lighting). I can see glossy scientists in long white coats tapping away on glass panels next to heaps of crushed diamonds, bottles of rare exotic oils and vials of hummingbird breath.
The Elvive scientists are a couple of delivery drivers who got lost in the factory basement, and slop around in their tracksuit bottoms, giving the huge caldron of white gloop a quick stir every now and then.
I’m kidding L’Oréal, please don’t sue me.
The thing is, L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology shampoo and conditioner are really rather good!
Specially developed with Filloxane to help increase the hair’s diameter, the shampoo formula provides deep cleansing whilst giving you luxurious-looking body & bounce. The conditioner leaves it feeling nourished and weightless.
- A patented ingredient proven to penetrate the fibre and expand hair from within
- Penetrates deep within the fibre
- Expands & increases the diameter of each hair
- Remains in the fibre for a long-lasting, cumulative effect
I’m not a hair snob, admittedly, I do have a lot of Kérastase products, in fact, I’ve just taken out a second mortgage and purchased the Kérastase Thérapiste range of shampoo, conditioner, mask and serum, but I’ve also used much cheaper ranges with great success.
The proof is how the products work on your hair and I noticed a difference immediately after using Elvive Fibrology.
The shampoo smells much like any other mass-produced shampoo (with perhaps a light ‘fruity’ fragrance). It’s thick and white and far too much product comes out if you squeeze the bottle, just give it a little shake. It does lather quickly (Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate I’m afraid), but it rinses cleanly.
The conditioner feels the same and hair doesn’t feel particularly different after towel drying. That said, I have read a few negative reviews saying that hair felt heavy afterwards, I think this might be because hair does need a lot of rinsing after the conditioner, it’s quite rich and if you don’t rinse properly, leftover residue will weigh down your hair.
I found my wide toothed comb glided through my hair easily, which doesn’t always happen after thickening hair products.
The difference was felt and seen after my hair was blow dried. Hair wasn’t overly huge, but had a lovely fullness and ‘bounce’ to it and the texture was smooth.
What was really impressive is that my glamorous hairdresser Margaret, who’s very experienced, noticed a difference straightaway and that was a big thing for me, especially as it was ‘second day’ hair. It’s all very well thinking you see a difference but when someone else does (and I had a fair few compliments on my hair that first week) then something’s working.
L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology Shampoo & Conditioner – easily as effective as their more expensive Kérastase counterparts, the hype is real.
Currently (15/2/16) half price at Boots £1.99 for 400ml BARGAIN!