The idea of one cleansing and conditioning step in the shower is always appealing to me. I like the time-saving element and also the super gentle approach to cleaning the hair. Here’s the low down on the new L’Oreal Elvive Low Shampoo range.
First off, I love the look of these products. They are big pump dispensers and it really reminds me of when you buy hair and body products in the US and everything is super-sized. The bottles of low shampoo are big because you’ll need between ten to fifteen pumps per wash.
L’Oreal Elvive Low Shampoo Features
- Developed to wash hair in one step
- Gentle cleansing creams have a no-foam and no-sulphate surfactant formula
- Conditions the hair and gently removes impurities
- Available in three varieties
I have two of the Low Shampoos, the Colour Protect one and the Extraordinary Oil one. I do colour my hair, but it hasn’t been done for a while so I decided to go for the one I really fancied, the Extraordinary Oil Low Shampoo. It is formulated for dry hair and my ends are pretty dry at the moment as the cold weather is taking its toll. Also I am obsessed with oils.
I have only tried it once but I have to say, I got on very well indeed. I love the cleansing conditioning concept but sometimes find the non-foaming quality so frustrating because the product can be so hard to move around the hair.
That’s not the case with the L’Oreal Elvive Low Shampoo Extraordinary Oil variety (I haven’t yet tried Colour Protect but I assume it’s similar). I used five pumps on the roots and top of my hair, five on the mid lengths and then five pumps on the end. I then worked it through my hair and it moved and spread really easily.
Once it was evenly distributed, I left it on for three minutes as instructed and then rinsed it out of my hair. As the product was rinsing away, I could feel that my hair was smooth and soft already. That’s always a good sign.
After towel-drying, it was really easy to brush through the hair without any product. I usually have to use an oil or leave in conditioner to make it easy to brush through. Once it was dry my hair felt really clean and light, yet thoroughly moisturised. After one use, I love it.
It says to use this one or twice a week in place of your usual regime but I only wash my hair once or twice a week, so maybe I’d just need to alternate. I might try using it a few times in a row to see how that goes. I’ll update with any changes in the results.
All in all, I am super please and want to continue using it. I’ll try the Colour Protect one too. I think the key is to use enough product – ten to fifteen pumps is a lot but it certainly does the trick to clean and condition hair at the same time. My hair is thick and coarse and this seems to suit it perfectly. I am unsure of how well it works on finer hair but I’d be interested to hear if anyone has tried it?