I'm not too fussy when it comes to conditioner but because I have a sensitive scalp, I tend to opt for salon brands such as Philip Kingsley & La Biosthetique when choosing a shampoo. That said, one of my favourite affordable hair care brands is L'Oreal so I decided to try L'Oreal Elvive Smooth & Polish Shampoo which is specifically targeted towards wispy & unruly, fine to normal hair (which I'd described mine as).
The various claims on the packaging appealed to me. L'Oreal Elvive Smooth & Polish Shampoo is said to perfectly smooth hair strand by strand thanks to the Keratin-Polish enriched formula, calming static, flyaways & wisps for a flawlessly polished, weightlessly flowing result which is soft & silky to the touch.
From the packaging, it's clear that it's a drugstore brand but nonetheless, the slimline bottle is functional with a flip top lid which allows for relatively controlled dispensing. I like that L'Oreal differentiate between their shampoo & conditioner packaging by having the lid either on the top or base of the product so that it's easy to grab the correct bottle in the shower. As the plastic bottle is opaque, I couldn't tell how much product remained.
L'Oreal Elvive Smooth & Polish Shampoo has a creamy gel texture which produces a generous lather, meaning that a little goes a long way. The lather felt silky soft and had a pleasant scent which I felt was reminiscent of salon brands. As it's a shampoo, I found it inherently easy to rinse out.
Following use, I couldn't detect the scent in my hair but I was highly impressed with the results. I feel that it delivered on the claims, leaving my hair feeling soft and looking noticeably smoothed, with frizz & flyaways diminished. My fine hair wasn't weighed down but was manageable. I was both surprised and impressed that it didn't irritate my sensitive scalp.
I feel that the affordable price tag of just £3.99 for 400ml (bear in mind that L'Oreal is often on offer) represents excellent value for money and I'd highly recommend checking this out.