Hair Care With Garnier and L'Oréal - Review

Who can resist a little impulse splurge in Boots? Not me, that's for sure. It reached a point last month where my hair was just driving me crazy, with the maintenance, and I thought I'd invest in hair products that would cure my crazy, untameable, mess... that is my hair. All in all Boots gained £23.32 from me that day. A lot of the L'Oréal and Garnier hair products had up to half price on savings, so I'd say I did pretty well there. Now question is, did these work for me and my hair type? Keep on reading...

When buying the products I didn't want to mix up the ranges too much so I kept with the same brand for shampoo and conditioner, then the Garnier Ultimate Blends collection for styling. Let's get back to my hair type shall we? If I had to sum up my natural hair in three words it would be dry, damaged (heat) and tangled. Props to the girls that tame their natural curls. Jasmine Brown and Lana Summer are a couple of girls I've watched on Youtube who have gorgeous, natural, thick curls and care for them so well. 

Moving on, did the products WORK for ME? Kind of. These brands were never made to target afro type hair but brands like Shea Moisture, Cantu and Palmers do cater to our type of hair. I did a post earlier this year on the Palmer's Manuka Honey hair products so give that a read too if you'd like!

Why did you buy long hair shampoo and conditioner Rochelle when you don't have long hair (naturally)? Okay one. A shampoo/conditioner doesn't know if your hair is long or short it just made to work on hair so I'm still a tad baffled by this branding, but hey ho. I got a sample of the shampoo in a magazine a couple of months ago, which is what led me to trying the range together. 

L'Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths Long Hair Shampoo
Let's start with the main thing. A lot of shampoo's leave my hair feeling pretty dry - this one doesn't. Obviously you condition after this which is where a lot of the hydration and moisture comes from for your hair but a few shampoo's have really dried my hair out in the past. However, the two together (L'Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths Long Hair Conditioner) just don't work for me. My hair needs something else for moisture whether that's a ton of hair cream,  leave in conditioner or an intensive hair mask. Recently I started using Aunt Jackie's Oh So Clean Shampoo with the L'Oreal Conditioner together which just seems to be a better combo all round.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconute Hair Oil for Frizzy Hair
I've got to be honest or what's the point in this post. This oil does nothing for my hair, only if I've straightened it I'll really notice a difference (I'll put this primarily on the ends of my hair.) My hair can absorb a lot of water and oil without it looking greasy. Guaranteed I could pour the entire contents of the bottle on my hair after it's been washed and my hair would still be dry! It's bizarre. I've been adding it after each wash but it doesn't make my hair any easier to detangle an it adds no shine to my hair either. The point of this oil is to smooth and moisturise frizzy, dull, dry hair - not for me apparently.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut Oil Frizzy Hair Treatment Mask
Oh boy, this. Can I just say that I stood in Boots for a good twenty minutes reading reviews online about all the products I brought and not a single one of them fell below 4* on the Boots website. This was the biggest flop of everything I brought. So, let's read what's on the tub shall we? 'Smoothes & nourishes dry, frizzy hair.' It completely dried my hair out, no exaggeration my hair felt like straw. I had to apply conditioner again just so I could comb my 'fro without ripping half of it out. Huge let down for me!

Garnier Ultime Blends Delicate Soothing Heat Protection Spray
I'd really rejected my hair for a long time. I didn't take care of it, I'll put my hands up, no now I'm trying to fix ten years of damage essentially which yeah, I get you can't fix this over night - but step by step eh. I used to straighten my hair everyday in secondary school, I don't think I left my hair natural once, not even in a bun. I hated not having straight hair when I was younger. The thing is, I never used a heat protection spray and if I did it was probably no more than once a month, if that. Oops. So for the past few months I've been religiously using TRESemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Spray, then I thought I'd give this spray by Garnier a go to see if it made any difference (softened my hair etc.) Does it? No. There's no difference to my hair whether this is in my hair or not. I'll stick with my TRESemme brand since it does a good job of detangling too. It's a shame because I love Garnier skincare but they really let me down for their hair products.

I'm not saying either of these brands are awful for hair care products at all. Everyones hair is so different and like I said these aren't targeting afro-textured hair. There are plenty of reviews online where you'll read something different to mine, a lot of positivity most likely, this is just my honest review.

Have you tried these products at all? If so, how did you get on with them - I'd love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below or pop over to my social channels and get in touch! x

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