The L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Haircare Range is the newest addition to the L’Oreal Elvive collection which has ‘combined 3 refined clays into a hair care range to break the vicious cycle of oily roots & dry ends’. I have pretty long hair which is very fine but I have a lot of it and my hair and scalp are generally quite dry so I wasn’t sure if the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay would work for my hair but I was excited to give the products I try as I absolutely love the L’Oreal Elvive products, especially the L’Oreal Elvive Triple Resist range which really helps to strengthen my hair. The L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay collection launched with four products which I’ve been lucky enough to try all the way from France, but products bought within the UK will obviously feature English labels but it’s been fun utilising my french A-Level to decipher the directions.
Kicking off the collection is the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Pre Shampoo Treatment 150ml £5.99 which I was particularly looking forward to trying as you rarely see pre-shampoo treatments within the drugstore. L’Oreal describe the treatment as having a sumptuous texture which you apply directly to the roots using your fingertips prior to shampooing your hair, and leave it for upto five minutes to work its magic before massaging and rinsing. The treatment is quite thick and the consistency definitely reminds me of a clay-based face mask, but the blue tint does stain your hands so I’d recommend working quickly to apply it to your roots and rinsing otherwise you’ll be left with Smurf skin for a good few hours.
It did feel strange to apply a product prior to my shampoo but I soon got used to the new routine after a few uses. Now I don’t have oily roots so I know I’m not the best candidate to try this treatment but I still noticed an improvement to my roots since introducing it within my routine. I feel that my roots don’t feel as flat on second day hair, and my scalp feels more intensively clean for using the treatment so I’d perhaps recommend giving it a go even if you don’t suffer with oily roots.
After rinsing the blue mask from my hair, I follow up with the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and Conditioner 250ml £2.89 which I feel are pretty standard as far as the L’Oreal Elvive range goes; they thoroughly clean my clean my hair without leaving it feeling stripped and in need of moisture, and makes my hair so incredibly soft and shiny. For me I feel like the Pre-Shampoo Treatment and the Dry Shampoo are the stars of the collection but the shampoo and conditioner are still very good but I’d perhaps choose my Elvive Triple Resist shampoo and conditioner instead just because it has strengthening properties which is something I need whereas I don’t need oil control.
The last product within the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay collection is the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo 150ml £3.99 which I expected to hate as I hate dry shampoo as rule, and I’ve only ever found two dry shampoos I like and they’re over £10 each from TIGI and Paul Mitchell. I expected to hate the dry shampoo within the range even more after I’d read a lot of negative reviews but I honestly really like this dry shampoo; it really has surprised me. Firstly I really love the scent, as its the typical, lovely and fresh Elvive scent which smells genuinely clean rather than a musky, powdery ‘dry shampoo’ smell.
The dry shampoo is very lightweight and easy to work into the roots, and it leaves my hair feeling clean rather than horribly starchy and dry as it doesn’t contain any rice starch which I personally dislike in standard dry shampoos. I wouldn’t describe it as being a volumising dry shampoo which will help give texture and grit to the hair which might be why some people have been disappointed but for me it does a great job at refreshing my roots and leaving my hair feeling considerably fresher and cleaner, as well as smelling nicer too. The reviews really are divided on this dry shampoo, but I really recommend it if you don’t normally like dry shampoo as I’ve been left pleasantly surprised and I would definitely repurchase once I run out which I’ve never done with a drugstore dry shampoo – and not because I’m being snobby, it’s just I haven’t found a budget dry shampoo that I like until now.
So those are my thoughts on the relatively new L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Haircare Range. I’d love to know if you’ve tried anything from the range, and if like me you struggle to find dry shampoo that you like?