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Review | L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Buttery Balm

Recently my hair has been in dire need of a litle TLC. I don't really have much of a hair routine other than washing it every other day and giving it a quick brush whilst wet before blasting with a hairdyer. My hair is very thick but very flat and lifeless. I would love to have thick, curly or wavy hair that looks as if I have just walked straight out of an Instagram photo but alas not. My hair is so straight and uncooperative that as as soon as I have curled it and sprayed it with hairspray to within an inch of its life, before I even have a chance to leave the room it is flat and straight again.

The last hair products I purchased were the L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner and I was a bit, well, underwhelmed. Because both products have oil in, they have the tendency to make greasy-prone hair even greasier. After one use of the shampoo my hair looked even greasier than it did before I washed it, which isn't really what you want from a shampoo. Fortunately the conditioner didn't give me same problem, although I think that was down to the fact that the conditioner was only applied to the ends of my hair and not at the roots, where the hair is most greasy.

At the same time when I was purchasing the shampoo and conditioner, I also bought the L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Buttery Balm, which is to be used just like a mask. After trying the shampoo and having to re-wash it due to the appearance of it being greasy when freshly washed, I didn't have the highest of hopes!

About the L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Buttery Balm:
"The “extraordinary oil” mask has a technology in conjunction with the shampoo for the driest hair. The selection of luxurious flower oily extracts conditions. The mask helps bring more conditioning and shine to the dry tips. For best results, use after Extraordinary Oil Shampoo. Squeeze out excess moisture and apply, concentrating on the lengths and ends. Leave in for 2-3 minutes. Rinses out easily."

The L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Buttery Balm comes housed in a 300 ml pot which has the same gold packaging which is stretched across the whole of the L'oreal Extraordinary Oil range. The first thing to hit you when you open up the tub is the smell, which I find quite fresh and pleasant. I have been reading a few reviews on this product and a lot of people have said that they don't like the smell but for once, I don't actually mind it! The product itself is an off-gold shade, just like the shampoo and conditioner. It is very thick in consistency, think conditioner but even thicker.

The first time I tried this hair mask, I applied it on dry hair and concentrated on the lengths and ends of the hair only. I left it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing off like L'oreal suggests and whilst my hair felt softer, it felt so weighted down by the product. I felt like I should have shampooed it off rather than just rinsing with warm water as it felt like it was still in there, which gave the greasy, un-washed feel to it. I then did the same again but this time I washed it off with shampoo (not L'oreal Extraordinary Oil!) and I felt that this product worked so much better. My hair felt much more enriched, softer and overall in better condition than before.

I think the best way to use this product is by rinsing it off with shampoo as otherwise you still feel as if the hair mask is still in there. I can't stand the weighed down, greasy feeling this product gives when it is only rinsed off with water as it makes me want to wash my hair all over again.

Whilst I really like the soft, enriched results this product gives you when washed off with shampoo, I feel like it is nothing spectacular and I would actually rather buy a hair mask which I didn't have to wash off with shampoo after use as I think it defies the whole point of it. I wouldn't buy this hair mask again, although if you had hair which wasn't so prone to go greasy as quickly as mine, maybe this product would be better suited towards you.



  1. Thanks for the honest review! Perhaps the conditioner on its own would be nice, paired with a non-greasy shampoo. The shampoo and mask sound like a lot of work!


  2. I bought these to use on the tips of my hair extensions because they can go bone dry from all of the straightening and curling and this even made them look greasy!
    Thanks for the honest review!

    Danielle xx

  3. Thanks for the honest review, very informative.


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  5. Hey. I've done some reviews of hair masks that you don't need to rinse off with shampoo but only with water (if you use it towards the ends of the hair)
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