I am on a forever quest to find out the ultimate hair product that can tame down my frizzy and unruly hair. I have medium-length wavy hair and no one can have more bad hair days than me on the entire planet. Since, I am not allowed to cut, iron, or chemically treat my hair in any way (my mom is strictly against me and my sister experimenting with our hair), I have to find solace in leave-in hair conditioners and hair serum to manage my hair. It is during this pursuit of mine that the pink bottle of L’Oreal Paris Elvive Light Reflecting Creme Nutri-Gloss with “Pearl Protein” (Mid to Long Length Dull Hair) caught my fancy. One look at it and a quick read of the description was enough for me to coax my sister into buying it for me. I thought I had found the right product for my hair.
WHAT THE PRODUCT CLAIMS:
The description on the bottle says, “a daily non-rinse treatment with shine enhancing technology. New Elvive Light Reflecting Crème is the ultimate care to nourish, smooth, and illuminate your hair.” It further states, “the combination of Pearl Protein and micro-shine reflectors in a light, conditioning formula evens the hair cuticle; smoother, the surface of the hair captures and better reflects light. The result…..”mirror shine, cashmere touch.”
Price : Rs 225 (Indian Rupees) for 200 ml bottle
MODE OF APPLICATION:
- Apply 1 to 2 walnut-sized amounts to towel dried hair paying particular attention to the ends. Dry and style as normal.
- Do not rinse.
- For a more glossy result, apply a small amount as a final touch to your dry hair.
COMPLETE LIST OF INGREDIENTS:
Aqua/water, cetearyl alcohol, CI 77891, titanium dioxide, MICA, hydrolyzed conchiolin protein, phenoxyethanol, PEG-150, stearyl alcohol, SMDI copolymer, PPG-1-Trideceth-6, ethylparaben, polyquarternium-37, Simmondsia chinensis, jojoba seed oil, limonene, linalool, propylene glycol dicaprylate, dicaparate, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, alpha-isomethyl ionone, methylparaben, citric acid, butylphenyl methylpropional, butylparaben, citronellol, hexyl cinnamal, parfum, fragrance.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT:
To begin with, the pink 200 ml bottle contains a white sparkling viscous fluid, which smells kind of fruity, but not quite there. The fragrance is reminiscent of some “fruit that is in a molding state,” it is kind of musty, but I thought what the heck, the infinitesimal sparklers were enough to keep my interest in the crème going. So, I quickly washed and towel dried my hair to try on the product.
There is a small lid at the top of the bottle through which the product was supposed to flow. My tugging at it was of no use and I thought I was stupid enough to do so. Next, I pulled out the lid and after a few attempts, it did open and after much squeezing of the bottle, the product did come out with a sudden plop and there was much more of the crème splattered on my hand than I had expected. Happily, I applied it on to my hair and waited. There was only a just-washed-my-hair kind of wetness to my hair, but smoothness and cashmere touch……not in sight.
I waited thinking that maybe the product needed time to work on, but after 10 to 15 minutes, there were millions of tiny sparklers in my hair, but again, neither could I feel the cashmere touch nor did I see any conditioning.
With a heavy heart, I came to the conclusion that my hair was beyond repair and that I should gift it to somebody with good hair so that the micro-shine reflectors could make someone else’s day. So, I gave the product to my neighbor with lovely long poker straight hair, but after seeing the same results on her hair too, I felt bad for my tresses for what they had been put through.
But, the miniscule sparklers kept on happily glinting in my hair for quite a few hours, but you may just sprinkle a pinch of cheap glitter powder on your hair and that would serve the purpose. This light reflecting crème with nutri-gloss does nothing to condition or smooth the hair. The sparklers also do not twinkle outside in the sun.
I should also point out that my scalp started smelling very musty and stale after a few hours and I had to rinse the crème completely off my hair to feel fresh. Well, on a second thought, having a bottle of this crème can come handy on a day when you have planned a dream date with your boyfriend/husband and to your horror a pearly zit has taken birth bang in the middle of your nose. In such a crisis, you could apply this crème generously on to your hair to distract your date’s attention away from the bump on your nose. He will spend the entire evening trying to figure out what’s wrong with your hair and where the frowsty smell is coming from.
Well, what to say, except that I lost a cool Rs. 225 on this “pearl protein” fiasco.