Review: L’Oréal Elvive Hydra [Hyaluronic Acid] Range

Does your hair feel rough and break easily? If the answer is yes then keep reading…

L'oreal elvive hydra (hyaluronic) product range
L’Oréal Elvive hydra (hyaluronic) product range

The scientist at L’Oréal Paris have come up with a first of it’s kind diagnosis from what it identifies as dehydrated hair.

Introducing the new haircare range from L’Oréal Paris: Hydra Hyaluronic, formulated with Hyaluronic Acid. This game changing range is the first step for tackling dehydrated hair. Formulated by our world-leading haircare scientists with hyaluronic acid for fuller, bouncier and shiner hair with no weigh down.

L'oreal elvive hydra (hyaluronic) product range

Before the day these landed on my beauty desk, I had only known the magical benefits of hyaluronic acid to hydrate my skin and with some research L’Oréal have now managed to merge their number 1 selling serum L’Oréal Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid Serum and adapt it to treat hair. The formulas will help plump the fibre of the hair for hair that looks full, bouncy, shiny and feels weightlessly hydrated for up to 72 hour. L’Oréal says, “it’s not magic, it’s science”.

I have demonstrated in the photo below on the left my hair using my normal hair products and on the right I used the L’Oréal Elvive Hydra [Hyaluronic Acid] Range and you can see my hair on the right is much more shiny, volumised, less frizzy and softer. And this is just after the second time I have used it.

L'oreal elvive hydra (hyaluronic) before and after
L’Oréal elvive hydra (hyaluronic) before and after

The scent is also pretty amazing it is a fruit floral scent that lasts until your next wash. It’s a full range which includes a shampoo, conditioner, mask and serum. Definitely a must try and my favorite has to be the serum since it is a leave in type treatment so it is more concentrated and able to work it’s magic long after your last wash.

I’ve included a few images below of the amazing event I had the opportunity to attend. Thanks L’Oréal for having me.

Review: John Frieda Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo and Conditioner


This line is specialized specifically for brunettes with a selection of products to either brighten or deepen your brown hair. It claims to maximize your hair colour’s potential. It works with both natural and chemically processed hair.

I gave the brightening subtle lightening one as I want my hair lighter.

It’s called “visibly brighter” which mean it doesn’t directly state that they will make the hair any shades lighter. The bottle states:

*“Give your brunette hair a natural-looking, illuminating glow. Formulated with honey and marigold flower extract, our Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo  cleanses and gradually infuses golden tones to illuminate the spectrum of your brunette color.” Honey has great moisturizing benefits for dry and damaged hair, which is very helpful for those with colour treated hair. Marigold is also great for to help repair and nourish.

* “Hydrate your hair with a natural-looking, illuminating glow. Formulated with honey and marigold flower extract, our Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Conditioner moisturizes your hair and illuminates the spectrum of brunette tones”


And as you can see from the ingredients listed below it doesn’t contain harsh things like peroxide and ammonia which damage your hair so there aren’t really hair lightening ingredients to bleach the hair.

Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Shampoo

Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Conditioner

Overall hair did look brighter and glossier over time. The products do burn the scalp a bit but don’t be too alarmed when that actually happens.


Review: John Frieda Frizz ease forever smooth and I discuss the craze that is reverse hair washing


The secret to the John Frieda frizz ease forever smooth is the Contains Frizz-Mending complex and natural olive oil. The claims are: “It will help you achieve 3x smoother hair compared to non-conditioning shampoo in a single use, thanks to its revolutionary technology, the Frizz Immunity Complex. This unique formula binds the protein inside your hair strand to help regulate the moisture content of your hair, preventing it from absorbing moisture from the environment that can lead to swelling and misalignment of the hair fibers, causing frizz. It’s also formulated with pure coconut oil that works deep inside the hair to help eliminate frizz at the core. Your hair is left with overall added control, style, maintenance and manageability.” It does not contain any silicone so you don’t need to worry about buidup on your hair.

The Shampoo lathers well. After the first wash my hair feels silky, soft, manageable and frizz free. Totally kicks frizz in the butt. Doesn’t weigh down the hair or make it feel greasy or oily. Really cleans the hair well without stripping it. That being said I really do love this range I always battle with frizz if I use products other than Moroccan oil and no matter how much I straighten my semi wavy hair I still tend to see frizz but even without straightening my hair is much smoother. I highly recommend this.

Exclusively sold at Clicks for R109.95 and there is currently a 3 for 2 promotion.


Now let’s discuss reverse hair washing this concept was brought out by TRESemmé and basically entails Conditioning and then shampooing.

I have a confession I hate conditioners because they make me hair feel super greasy and heavy but the problem is solved with this amazing technique. I know I know it sounds a bit weird but it actually works, especially if you have fine hair (to add volume) or if conditioner is a bit too heavy for your locks (my situation). By using pre-shampoo conditioning, the harsh cleansers in shampoos like sulfates that strip your hair of its natural oils can’t penetrate as deep and damage the hair follicles. The barrier that the conditioner makes protects the hair for a more gentle and nourishing cleanse. With this method you will experience less hair breakage, softer and shinier locks.Reversing the order means your hair still gets all the moisturising benefits of using conditioner but you’re not left with that horrible, weighted, almost-greasy feeling that happens.My hair felt more smoother and softer, looked shiner and not frizzy. You can basically do it with any conditioner and shampoo duo. Now it is not recommended you alternate this method and sometimes still do shampoo first because your hair still needs a deep cleanse every now and then but this is an absolute life changer! You really need to try it


Review: Smooth your frizzy hair problems away with moroccanoil smoothing collection and benefits of argan oil.

Were you one of the unfortunate ones born with unmanageable hair disease? Have you fought a lifetime battle for sleekness, wasting countless styling hours in your struggle against hectic side eyes and frizz? Then this is your lucky day, because the new Moroccanoil Smooth Collection is here, and these new products can change your bad hair disease just like that. It’s enriched with Moroccanoil’s proprietary argan oil- infused blend, potent and ultra-nourishing argan butter along with coconut-derived fatty acids. “No woman should ever have to devote so much extra effort and time to achieve smooth, frizz- free results” and with this new collection, you won’t have to. The collection contains a mask and a lotion too but I was sent the shampoo and conditioner to play with.

moroccan oil smooth shampoo and conditioner moroccan oil moroccan oil smooth paris hilton

shamppo on the left and conditioner on the right
shamppo on the left and conditioner on the right


Moroccanoil Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner is an innovated cleansing and detangling duo that helps smooth from the inside out, for softer, silkier, more manageable hair that lasts up to 72 hours. Its advanced AminoRenew ingredient infuses the hair with vital amino acids to help align, repair and strengthen hair’s natural keratin structure.

Moroccanoil Smoothing Shampoo has a lightweight, gel-like formula that gently cleanses my hair with a decent amount of lather. The formula is really thick so you won’t need to use as much as you know it is then not highly diluted with water like most shampoos on the market. It does an excellent job at removing product buildup, dirt and excess oil (even though it is not mentioned as a clarifying shampoo), while still retaining moisture. It has that lovely, addicting, signature smell that instantly fills the bathroom with rich, argan oil scent I am really loving the musky scent and it lasts 2 days in the hair. After only the first wash, my hair was instantly softer, smoother and seemed to look healthier. I had no problem going 48 hours (probably could have gotten away with 72 hours) without it looking frizzy or oily. The amazing thing is even though it contains argan butter it didn’t weigh down my hair at all and still managed to keep my hairs natural wavy state. It retails for R350 for 250ml.

Moroccanoil Smoothing Conditioner has the same lightweight texture, but with a creamier formula. Since it is so rich, I’ve been only using it a few times a week. It quickly absorbs into the hair cuticles and instantly detangles my hair. I leave it on for a few minutes and even while it’s still wet, I can already notice that my hair is much more manageable. It too washes clean away and you’re left with the intoxication signature scent. Before taking a blow dryer or straightener to my hair, I can already see its velvety smooth with a lot less frizz. It never looks oily or greasy, just shiner, stronger and with a lot less knots. You only need quite a little of it and I usually leave it in while I shower so the steam helps to better absorb the product and act like a mini mask. Again after I wash it out it doesn’t leave my hair feeling oily or weighted down at all. It retails for R370 for 250ml.

And don’t worry Argan butter is not like applying the butter you are thinking of that you can eat, this actually ideal for frizzy, unruly hair as it has a higher concentration of essential fatty acids that help to provide extra softness and shine. It has the creaminess of a rich butter, yet feels virtually weightless in the hair so not the greasy heaviness you might be thinking of.

Here’s some facts about the Smooth Collection that I have taken out the press release:

*The Moroccanoil Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner when used as a duo will keep hair looking smooth and manageable for up to 72 hours.
*The Smoothing Collection is color-safe, free of parabens, phosphates, and sulfates
*While the Smooth Collection can make hair easier to straighten by increasing hair’s manageability and smoothess, it does NOT straighten the hair. The Smooth Collection doesn’t make any chemical changes to the hair—instead it helps improve hair over time by strengthening, nourishing, and conditioning with each use.

Now I always talk about how much I love Argan oil and officially dub it the miracle king of oils and this is why:

What Is Argan Oil?

Argan oil, sometimes known as moroccan oil is a product of the Moroccan argan tree. It is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree to be used as a moisturiser, conditioner and softener for skin and hair. Often dubbed ‘liquid gold’ for its amazing qualities, it contains large amounts of beneficial nutrients including vitamin E and fatty acids, which have many positive effects when applied correctly. Its proven results are the reason people are using argan oil for hair and all areas of the body.

Argan oil is often used as a hair treatment. It is extremely beneficial for hair and scalp, and is commonly used as a conditioner. Vitamin E is extremely beneficial for hair, and is found in argan oil in high quantities. Vitamin E promotes healthy hair growth as it contains antioxidants, which help boost cells and encourage them to produce healthy hair – it has even been used for hair regrowth.

Argan oil has a number of benefits when used on hair. It can act as a moisturiser for the scalp to fight dandruff and dry scalp. It can also promote the growth of healthy, strong hair as opposed to thin, brittle hair. It can even undo some of the damage done through chemical treatments and dyes, and can be used to treat split ends. Immediate benefits can also be seen in people who use argan oil on their hair. It is an excellent agent for taming frizz and promoting shine and gloss, as well as softer, more manageable hair. Argan oil is non-irritating and actually reverses much of the damage done by artificial chemicals and treatments on hair. It is often used in its pure form for healthy, soft and shiny hair.

Below are a few of the best ways to use argan oil on hair. Using Argan Oil as a Shampoo Argan oil is often used as a key ingredient in shampoos due to its ability to restore softness, strength and shine to hair. It is an ideal ingredient to search for in a shampoo for anyone suffering from dry, brittle hair or hair damaged by chemicals and coloring. The benefit of using argan oil as an ingredient in shampoo is that you can apply it just as a normal shampoo without adding an extra step in your routine or worrying about using the correct quantity of argan oil. It is the ideal method for ensuring strong, nourished hair with an improved appearance on a day-to- day basis.

Using Argan Oil as a Leave-In Conditioner Argan oil makes an excellent leave-in conditioner, which can also prolong and intensify its beneficial effects on hair. It makes an ideal conditioning agent since it makes hair soft and sleek and adds extra shine. Many leave-in conditioners are greasy or make hair stringy or clumpy. Argan oil is the exact opposite. It makes hair easier to style and, when used in the correct quantity, absorbs easily and does not leave any greasy residue.

Pure argan oil can be used as an amazingly effective, chemical-free leave-in conditioner. All you need is a few drops of pure argan oil. Rub the oil thoroughly between your palms and then comb your hands and fingers thoroughly through damp or towel-dried hair. Make sure to massage into the scalp and tips to promote healthy scalp, encourage hair growth and to treat split ends.

Using Argan Oil as a Styling Agent If you need to style your hair in a hurry, argan oil is an incredible solution. As well as offering long-term improvements in softness and strength, it gives hair an immediate gloss to it, and is a great way to tame frizzy hair into submission. Unlike many styling agents which can cause long term damage to hair due to the chemicals included in the ingredients, argan oil enriches hair with nutrients and repairs damage. It is also a great product to use before

straightening as it can help protect hair against heat damage. It is incredibly simple to use as a styling agent. Application is similar to use as a leave-in conditioner, but hair doesn’t have to be wet. Rub a few drops of argan oil between your palms and comb through dry hair, ensuring even distribution. Don’t use too much – you want it to absorb easily and a little goes a long way. It is a long-lasting styling agent which will make hair manageable and add great shine.

Using Argan Oil as a Hair Mask although a little goes a long way, an overnight treatment is a great way to maximize the effects of argan oil on hair. Using a larger quantity of argan oil as a hair mask means that as many of the nutrients as possible will be absorbed. This is a great treatment to use the night before a special event when you want your hair to be extra smooth, sleek and voluminous. This treatment is easy to do at home. Use a liberal amount of the oil for this treatment. Massage it into your scalp, hair and tips and then wrap your hair up in a towel to prevent it from staining your pillow. Leave the treatment in overnight (or for a few hours) and then wash the argan oil out the next morning with your regular shampoo. Your hair will look sensational – and best of all, you won’t have exposed your hair to any of the chemicals present in many regular conditioning hair masks.

The biggest consideration of pure argan oil it is a rare oil, so the price is high if you want the real deal.All you need to know is that it is the best way to get strong, silky and most of all healthy hair.