Disclosure: I was sent these products for free and review by L’Oreal Paris via Influenster. All opinions expressed are MINE and based on my experience, my hair type and as seen through my eyes.
Let’s start at the beginning.
I am a member of the Influenster community. I’ve only been active for a couple months, but I enjoy sharing about the products I use. I also REALLY enjoy shopping and having access to REAL customer reviews via the internet or the mobile ap.
One of the fun things Influenster does is offer opportunities for you to receive products for review. These are called Campaigns, and new ones pop-up all the time. As a member, if you would like to be considered for one of the campaigns there are some questions for you to answer to see if you are a good fit for that particular campaign. I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the L’Oreal Paris #ExtraordinaryHair campaign. Once chosen I agree to give a review of the product and follow some additional steps (confirming receipt of the package, posting a review, etc…)
Like I said, I was excited to be included and review products for curly hair. As a curly girl, I am constantly looking for a product that will help my curls obey. 🙂
Background on my hair
My cousins used to call me Wild Women-partly because I used to run around like a crazy person and partially because of my curls.
I have struggled one way or another with my curls all my life. My mom has stick straight hair and her solution for my hair was to either:
- put it in a bun (yes, I was a 3-5 year old librarian)
- or to cut it short
The latter was the state of my hair for many years.
I get my corkscrew, 3A/3B hair from my father. Who was not helpful to my mother in trying to figure out what to do with my hair. Both of my fathers sisters also have the curls but lived 5-7 hours away. Another dead end in help for what to do with the curls.
Once I hit my teen years I started to experiment with my hair. Let it grow, learned how to straighten it (big round brush and a hair dryer), even a couple times getting it professionally straightened. In high school: only my ends went straight. Tried again once in college and it did nothing.
But I still couldn’t found peace with my curls. I don’t think I got ‘OK’ with my curls until my 30’s-that’s an awful long time to be fighting with ones hair.
But in my 30’s I found some great resources:
- My BFF Nichole-who I have know since high school, but we kinda hated each other (that is a long story…for another time). Nichole is a trained hairstylist, fellow curly girl, and my style guru-she would say I am the most frustrating person to try to do her magic on…but I think she still loves me. PS Nichole has starting sharing her wisdom and gifts over on her own blog-Whimsnichole.com. She even did a make-over on me.
- I found a book called Curly Girl: The Handbook It was really the first time I had really felt like I had a good written resource for curly hair. I learned what things to look for (and avoid) in the products I use on my hair.
- And although Nichole was my hairstylist for years, she has since left her full-time post as a stylist for other things. And I was lucky to find a new stylist who seems to understand curly hair and has been a good help to me in recent years.
Now that you know a little about my hair and some of my curly girl journey, let’s jump into the review.
My review: Shampoo
Curls need moisture. Curls get frizzy when they are dehydrated. So, even though I wet my hair and condition it everyday, I only shampoo it about once a week.
To protect my curls I use a gentle shampoo that doesn’t contain any damaging detergents: no sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate.
The #2 ingredient in L’Oreal’s Extraordinary Oil Curls Nourishing Shampoo is sodium laureth sulfate. Despite the fact that the sodium laureth sulfate is the least harsh of the detergents, I was skeptical of what it might do to my curls. That, on top of the fact that several other ingredients have the word acid and alcohol in them did not bode well for me.
But I did try the shampoo on day one of my test of my #Extraordinaryhair test.
It smells lovely. And I felt like the smell lingered. Not something that I necessarily wanted, but was nice. However…that is where my like of the shampoo ends.
My hair felt squeaky clean—which is great for some hair types, but not for mine. Because in my hair, squeaky clean is synonymous with dry and brittle.
I’d have to say, the shampoo was a fail for for MY hair. Like I said, everyone’s hair and curl is different. But this product was not for me. I will pass it onto my sister.
My review: Conditioner
I used the L’Oreal’s Extraordinary Oil Curls Nourishing Conditioner everyday for about 5 days-my goal was one week, but…I found my curls to be frizzy everyday.
And since conditioner is my primary way of cleaning and adding moisture to my hair I found it quite hard to continue on with my test of the product. My concerns were two fold.
- My hair didn’t look good and I hated that
- I worried how long it would take my hair to get back to ‘normal’ if I continues use.
Again, the smell was lovely and it lingered, which is very nice.
But, again this item gets a fail for my hair.
I was also sent the conditioning mask…I opted not to use it considering my thoughts toward the other two products.
Final Thoughts and process as a whole
Like I said, I am very thankful for the opportunity and I would welcome another product(s) for review.
I also had a hard time with the number of times they have begged for my review…even just a day after I had logged that I received my box. And I understand that they just email blast everyone in the campaign, however data-based email blasting can be segmented and if someone spent 10 minutes filtering the email list…this could be avoided and they could save on the number of emails they send out, cut down on annoying
people me. 🙂
Lastly, my biggest gripe…Twitter
Within the Influenster ap, they ask you to share that you received your box.
Great! I was excited to have received my box and wanted to let people know.
They offer a pop-up with a pre-written (but editable) Tweet that they want you to share.
So I tweaked the tweet…hehe that’s funny…adding my curl type 3B and that I was excited to give the products a try. However, when I hit Tweet, the original canned Tweet is what was sent out.
And that annoyed me. That canned Tweet means nothing to anyone and certainly doesn’t make anyone who read my tweet want to follow the hashtag or follow me to see what I might say about that product.
So that sums everything up. If you are a fellow curly girl…let me know what products you like/what you use. I’m always on the hunt for new products. 🙂
Ever wonder why hair is curly or straight? Mental Floss answers that question for me.
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