L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay
Earthly clay is an ingredient that would have weirded me out, originally. But after using facial masks loaded with clay, I’ve begun to change my stance on clay as an ingredient in beauty products. If women in other countries with incredibly luscious hair use clay on it, I’m pretty sure we can too. L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay hair care cemented my opinion: I love clay products. Why? Because clay can be loaded with nutrients from the earth itself. It helps to introduce the nutrients to your hair, providing the hair follicles with everything they need to produce beautiful, shiny hair. It’s also a way to help reduce oiliness.
The L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay products contain three kinds of clay. Kaolin, montmorillonite, and argilla. These types of clay work together. Argilla is very absorbent, thanks to the decomposed plant matter in it. Benonite clay, also known as montmorillonite, has detoxifying properties, and it’s amazing for the absorption of oil. Leaving best for last, kaolin is a mastermind of absorption.
Let me tell you, if you’ve got oily roots but dry ends, this product line is for you.
Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask
You grab a glob of this pre-shampoo mask before you lather up your hair to get rid of oils right off the scalp so the actual wash can work its magic. As a (fake) blonde, I’ve bleached the tar out of my hair, leaving the ends angry and dry. My roots, on the other hand, somehow get oily after a few hours. Blame my fine hair, but this mask helped my scalp feel clean and the ends of my hair hydrated. I’m pretty convinced there’s some mint in it (eucalyptus?) so it feels incredibly fresh. Now, I try not to wash my hair every day or every other day, but this mask made it so I could skip several days of washing.
Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and Conditioner
I’m usually pretty skeptical about the abilities of a shampoo to work magic on my hair. But this one? It lathered really well, but I could feel the product wash out completely. The conditioner pairs really well, hydrating the length of your hair but it won’t weigh it down. For a fine haired girl like me, that’s perfect. Exactly what I need. Besides, it smells super clean and earthy which I fell in love with when I used the mask.
Afterwards, I didn’t feel like I needed a leave-in conditioner, but I absolutely used a heat protectant before blow drying my hair. And after? I wanted to flip my hair around like I was in a Pantene Pro-V commercial.
Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo
The blow out lasted a day longer than I thought it would, leaving me with the need for dry shampoo on day three. Unfortunately, there was residue, unlike the product claims. For my hair, it didn’t freshen it up the way I’d hoped. However, I tried using this dry shampoo on a friend with thicker hair. For her? It was a perfect match.
Overall, I loved the clay line. I’ve swapped out my regular shampoo and conditioner for these guys, alternating with my Celeb Luxury Gem Lites in “Diamond”. For my over processed hair, this was a dream come true.