I heard about one of the latest releases from loreal back at the start of the year when I heard Fleur de Force mention their new ‘Low Shampoos’. The bottle has sat neglected in my shower until a few weeks ago when I heard the marvelous Zoe London talk about these, and with my recent blue hair drama, it couldn’t have been a better time to test this new concept.
So what is low shampooing?
The idea between this product is that it skips over both your shampooing and conditioning step on one. Similar to what a trusty bottle of head and shoulders would do, but instead the products are formulated with very low sulphates. For a shampoo this basically doesn’t foam at all, a few suds are created from massaging around the scalp but this feels more like a thin conditioner than any type of shampoo I’ve tried.
L’Oréal have launched this concept with two different versions, A colour care one in the red bottle for dry coloured hair, and an extraordinary oil versions for the driest of hairs. At the time of buying I had no colour to protect other than bleach, and my hair felt dryer than the Sahara, so I picked the Extraordinary Oil Low Shampoo, in addition to that I’m a massive fan of that conditioner from that range which you’ll know if you saw my empties last year – it featured heavily.
In addition to its low sulphate properties, meaning it’s a gentle cleanser – this comes with claims of being anti breakage, making hair soft as well as aiding in detangling. All great in theory, right? Yet sadly, I don’t like this. The application is absolutely fine, and I like this comes with a pump top, however you need a lot of product per use. The bottle advises around 10-15 pumps, which for £6.99 product feels like a lot in one go – I also don’t know how that’s easy to measure, if you have a short bob, or long waist length hair, that measurement isn’t helpful – for reference, my nipple length hair takes 15 pumps. The product feels nice on the hair, I’ve noticed when I’ve used this compared to other shampoos with sulphates far less of the blue has been noticeable in the shower, so it does help protect colour well.
When my hair dries however it just doesn’t look clean, my roots look like day 3 hair, and feel just as bad to touch too. No amount of excessive rinsing and attempts to massage the product away has cured this feeling. When I’ve been washing my hair with this it has had to be styled into a top bun straight away to mask just how bad my hair looks, as down it looks like I’ve been camping in the woods for days, with no access to hygiene facilities. The mid lengths to ends of my hair don’t feel as bad and actually feel soft and smooth – however it does still feel coated in something, a bit like I’ve gone overboard with an argan oil prior to it drying.
Whilst the ends don’t feel to bad to the touch it feels heavy and weighed down, with any volume I have eradicated. I couldn’t contemplate trying to curl my hair after using these products, I just know it would stand no chance of holding any style.
Maybe the red version is better, that’s the version both Fleur and Zoe reviewed, I just don’t know that I’m likely to spend another £7 on trying to find out.
Have you tried the low shampoos from L’oreal yet?