Last month saw the release of the new L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay Collection – a fantastic new hair care range formulated for people just like me who suffer with oily roots but super dry ends. The products in the collection are designed to combat that exact problem when used together by absorbing excess oils from the roots, while leaving the ends nice and smooth at the same time. And this, in turn, eliminates the need to wash your hair as often. How awesome does that sound?!
The collection is made up of 4 products – a pre-shampoo masque, shampoo, conditioner and a dry shampoo. Each of the products contain 3 different types of clay, which work together in harmony to help solve the oily roots/dry ends problem that over 26% of us women seem to have!
First up they have white clay, to purify the roots, then there’s blue clay, to hydrate the ends, and lastly green clay, to revitalise the fibres of the hair. Now, I have to admit that I’ve tried products that work in a similar way to these before, but I’ve never had any luck with them (despite their hefty price tags) so I wasn’t overly hopeful that these 4 products would work for me. However, I wanted to give them a try anyway. I guess you just never know whether or not a product will work for you until you’ve tried it for yourself!
The L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay Collection has the most gorgeous packaging – it looks just the same as the other products in their Elvive range (which this is a part of), but it’s in the most gorgeous bright turquoise shade. I actually bought a new bath mat last week and it matches it perfectly! The scent is really lovely too, and despite the masque being heavily fragrance I found that the products were all really kind to my (sometimes) sensitive scalp.
Now, I’m sure you’re wanting to hear how I got on while using the products, so I’ll stop rabbiting on now and get down to business. Here’s a little rundown of how I used each product, along with my thoughts on them too …
L’OREAL EXTRAORDINARY CLAY COLLECTION CLAY MASQUE
The first step is the clay masque, which comes in a round tub with a screw-on lid. I really like the design of this because I can scoop out the exact amount of product that I need without any going to waste. The masque is designed to be applied onto dry roots using your fingertips, and then massaged in sections into the scalp. I thought this might be a tad messy to do, but as the mask is really thick and clay-like it actually clings to the hair really well and doesn’t budge.
You then leave the masque in place for 5 minutes to give it time to soak up all the excess oils and impurities from the hair, before washing it out. The first time I used this product I washed it out with shampoo, but I’ve actually found it’s better to rinse with just water until it runs clear, and then follow with the Extraordinary Clay shampoo and conditioner …
L’OREAL EXTRAORDINARY CLAY COLLECTION SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
Both the shampoo and the conditioner from the collection come in nice tall squeezy bottles, which are super easy for using when I’m in the shower. I lather up the shampoo from the roots to the tips, wash it out, and then follow with the conditioner, which I just use in the lengths.
The reason I do this is that it can be tricky to wash conditioner out of the hair, and I’ve found that if I use it on the roots and then miss some when I’ve washed it out, my hair just looks horrible. Think flat, dull and lifeless and you’ll get the picture! I hate it when that happens so I avoid using conditioner on the top of my head now. And it works for me doing it that way.
L’OREAL EXTRAORDINARY CLAY COLLECTION CLAY TO SPRAY DRY SHAMPOO
And last but not least we have the dry shampoo, which comes in a standard aerosol can like most of the others on the market do. I have to admit that this was the product I was most skeptical about. I think the words ‘clay-to-spray’ put me off a little bit if I’m honest. I don’t know what I was expecting – maybe for it to shoot out in clay form and then turn into a spray mid-air? Who knows!?
It doesn’t do that (obviously), and I just use this between washes when I feel my hair doesn’t need a full treatment but could definitely do with freshening up a little. I just shake the can before use, spritz onto the roots in short, sharp bursts and then leave it to settle for a couple of minutes before brushing my hair. The spray has a lovely, lightweight feel to it, and I like that it doesn’t leave any nasty residue in my hair once it’s settled either. It has a truly invisible finish, just like it claims to have on the can.
Overall, I’m really impressed with the whole collection. After using the three main products together I’m pleased to say that my hair looks and feels great! The thing that stood out for me the most the first time I used these products was that the hair on top of my head felt a lot drier than usual, and the ends felt lovely, silky and smooth. It was as if they’d switched places! And another thing I’ve noticed since I started using them is that I can go 3 days without washing my hair now rather than just 2. It’s amazing!
The thing I was most worried about when I first started using the L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay Collection was that it might strip away the colour that I have put in my hair – but in all honesty I needn’t have worried as it still looks lovely and vibrant, and I’ve been using these products for quite a while now.
So, if you’re like me and find that you have oily roots and dry ends then I most definitely recommend giving the L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay Collection a try. I absolutely love it!
You can also buy the clay masque, shampoo and conditioner as a bundle from Boots, which saves £3.79
L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay Haircare Bundle – £10.00 ||link||
Have you ever tried any of the products from this collection before?
I’d love to hear what you thought of them if you have.
*Products purchased with my own money