Hey everyone! For days 14 & 15 of my 31 day review challenge shampoo and conditioner were listed. However, I have decided to review a shampoo and conditioner set that are supposed to be used together, so I am combining two days of reviews into one.
Earlier this year, Emilynoel83 on Youtube mentioned that she had been trying the L’Oreal Hair Expertise Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and Conditioner, and thought she had been liking it. The purpose of this set is to try to balance the hydration of your hair to prevent oily roots, while also hydrating the ends of your hair. I thought this sounded like a great idea since these are exactly my hair problems, so I went out and picked up this set, and have used it quite a few times to form a proper opinion.
Packaging and First Impressions
The packaging is similar to most other shampoos and conditioners, they each come in a light blue/teal squeezy bottle. The packaging looks nice, if not expensive. The texture of the shampoo was a little concerning to me at first. It is very thick and creamy, like wet glue, when you dispense it from the bottle. The conditioner is also thick, but most conditioners are. This shampoo and conditioner are also very smelly, and the smell lasts all day. I don’t mind the scent but it really does last so make sure you give it a smell before buying it if you can, to make sure it won’t bother you. I can’t really describe the scent, it just smells like a strong clean smell.
Price and Quantity
I bought both of these products at Walmart for $4.66 CAD each and both have 385 mL (~13 oz). This is a pretty comparable and reasonable price among shampoos and conditioners found in the drug store so I won’t be doing a price comparison.
Here are the claims from the L’Oreal Paris website:
“1ST RE-BALANCING ROUTINE FOR OILY ROOTS AND DRY ENDS. Made with a revolutionary blend of three mineral clays, our formula cleanses deeply at the scalp for beautiful hair that stays clean and fresh for three full days.
FORMULATED WITH 3 MINERAL CLAYS
- Kaolinite (White clay): Supremely light and smooth, this white clay is known for its oil-absorbing properties.
- Montmorillonite (Blue clay): A mineral that expertly hydrates dry, brittle strands, for soft, flowing locks.
- Argilane (Green clay): This green clay possesses remarkable cleansing and water-absorbing powers, revitalizing hair for glowing radiance.
Shampoo: Silicone-free formula absorbs impurities and removes build-up at the scalp for hair that stays clean and beautiful
Conditioner: Silicone-free conditioner moisturizes for soft, flowing lengths and ends for healthy revitalize hair.”
So far, I have only used this shampoo and conditioner together, so this review is for how they perform together.
I can’t say that I really like how these products feel in my hair afterwards. In the shower, they certainly lather up in your hair, and your hair feels soft after washing out the conditioner. However, even though you feel like you wash out all of the product, after your hair has dried it just feels heavy and like there is a bunch of junk left in your hair. If this is the clay that is supposed to absorb oils, that would maybe be okay if it was effective in preventing oily roots. However, my hair definitely does not “stay fresh for 3 days”. My roots are just as oily as they usually are after one day. Also, because this shampoo weighs my hair down, I thought that there might be one benefit from that: would it weigh down/prevent my frizz? Nope, that hope was dashed, my hair had just as many fly aways as normal.
I really do think that this heaviness is due to the glue-like shampoo. The conditioner seems like a normal texture and washes out easily. I would be interested in trying the conditioner with my regular shampoo (Paul Mitchell Shampoo One is my go to), to see what it is like on its own.
Overall I do not like this shampoo and conditioner set and I do not see myself finishing the products. I may try to use the conditioner on it’s own, however I have many conditioners that I genuinely like that do a good job of hydrating my hair. I will probably keep this set as emergency backup, for if I run out of shampoo and conditioner before I’ve had time to repurchase my regular go to’s.
Have you used this set before, or have you found a shampoo/conditioner that actually does help oily roots?