Tuesday, 3 September 2013
L'Oreal Professionel Liss Unlimited: Frizz-Ease on Speed
Heads up: there's a new range of smoothing haircare for frizzy hair, and it's a good one. L'Oréal's Professionel range of products had never really piqued my interest until my hairdresser told me a while back that she prefers the shampoos and conditioners from this (cheaper) line to products from Redken and Kérastase. Since then, they have been on my mental radar, and I was more than happy to give this line a go when it was sent to me.
I am probably the perfect candidate for the range - my hair is extremely thick, unruly and frizzy. Because of frizz, I am high-maintenance to the max when it comes to hair. I am never able to just wash and go and it takes anything up to over an hour to blow-dry and straighten my hair properly, meaning that I usually shower at night and let my hair air dry when possible. Even then, a certain amount of heat styling is almost always required to make my hair look acceptable down - so I am also quite a fan of the "Peru" top-knot if I'm in a rush!
My scalp is quite sensitive, and sometimes silicone-packed shampoos like this one tend to irritate it, but I got on really well with this. Despite the fact that this is a smoothing shampoo, I found that it did still manage to clean my hair really well and didn't give build-up with continued use. It left my hair incredibly soft - to the point where I could have got away with not using any conditioner, which is a total rarity for me. Really great stuff, and I love the bottle, so I feel that the price (€12.05) is fair.
The conditioner (€16.80) in this range is billed as a smoothing masque, but it isn't very heavy at all, so you could definitely get away with using a small amount on a regular basis, which I did. I also used a bit more and left it on for a while, and couldn't get over the softness of my hair afterwards.
Now, on to what I feel is the jewel in the crown of this range - the SOS Smoothing Double Serum. It has a duo pump with two different phases - one enriched with silicone, and one with starch.
The last couple of years have been all about oils (and serums masquerading as oils) in the hair product, and it had been quite a while since I'd used a normal serum on my hair. Well, consider me converted again - this is fantastic. I got a brilliant blow dry with it, even after having used different shampoos and condtitioners - so if you are looking to pick just one thing from this line, I would try this. I feel like it really did keep my hair frizz free until the next wash, just like John Frieda's 3 Day straight but a whole lot nicer.
So, obviously I am giving the Liss Unlimited range a big thumbs up. I feel like it is just as good as higher-end hair products in terms of texture, scent, packaging and efficacy so, definitely give this a shot if you have a similar hair type to me!
L'Oréal Professionel products are available in many hairdressers - I know that Style Club stocks them - and online at FeelUnique.