Clay For Oily Roots?

6/20/2017


Haircare is something I've been increasingly interested in although it hasn't been my forte in the past. Not that I don't like taking care of my hair - quite the contrary, I love investing time and effort in it. But I've never found my "hair identity" and this is fortified by the fact I don't have a particular hair salon I'm loyal to. Few years ago I've changed more shampoos than mascaras every month. Thankfully, alverde shampoos are now my safe harbor but apart from them - I still haven't formed a solid hair care routine I know I can stick by. But I'm open to trying new things in order to make my dream hair care routine happen.

That's why I was super excited to introduce something new and rustle things up a bit. The new L'Oreal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay range is very different from anything I've tried before and the concept of clay fixing the issue of oily roots really appealed to me. I'm someone who uses clay based face masks for years and I was mostly intrigued by the Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask. Incidentally, it's the product I ended up loving the most from this range. At first it seems like an unnecessary step and I certainly won't be using it few times a week - but I will use it once every ten days or so. I like the clay-ish fresh smell of this entire range and I like the feeling of my hair after I rinse this mask out.

I like to use it at night, before I wash my hair and sure, the concept of applying a clay mask on dry albeit dirty roots and scalp isn't the most pleasant. Despite the thickness, I have no issue spreading the mask through the scalp and I give it a nice massage in the process. I tend to focus on the top of my head and along the hair line (where I get oily the most), scrape my hair up with a wide tooth comb and leave the mask to work in a bun. After 10-15 minutes, I hop under the shower, turn my hair upside down and rinse the mask with lukewarm water. This way it rinses out well from the hair with no residue and no tangles. I proceed with the shampoo from the range or any shampoo and follow with conditioner on ends. This made my hair have volume, feel soft, look clean all day and the day after. 

Since I totally fall into the oily roots and dry ends camp, and I loved the mask - I was sure the experience will be completed with the Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and Extraordinary Clay Conditioner. The shampoo is actually really good at keeping scalp clean and oil-free for two to three days (on the third day I just need a spritz of dry shampoo and hair looks great). However, frequent and continuous use of this shampoo managed to dry out my ends. Similar thing happened with the conditioner which was great at beginning of use but turned out to be too light for my ends. I had a bit of frizz and even though the volume was there, I missed the softness and shine.

To be fair, it really is hard to strike that fine balance of keeping things clean without imparting any dehydration - this range was close to achieving that, it has a great concept but I feel it needs to be worked on a bit more. How do you feel about it and have you tried the Extraordinary Clay range?

  • Za njegu kose se sve više interesujem iako mi u prošlosti nije često polazilo za rukom da pronađem baš onaj idealni proizvod ili uopšte da posložim rutinu njegovanja kojom bi bila zadovoljna. Nisam za sve ove godine uspjela pronaći ni frizerski salon kojem bih ostala vjerna a do prije par godina sam češće mijenjala šampone od maskara. Sada sam se pronašla u alverde prirodnim šamponima ali ostatak njege mi je još uvijek nedorečen. Sreća je što volim da se brinem o kosi i volim lijepu kosu pa imam motivacije da nastavim potragu i otkrivam neke nove stvari. 
  • Upravo zato sam se obradovala testiranju nove L'Oreal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay linije za njegu kose koja je konceptualno drugačija od svega što sam ranije koristila. Ideja da se glinom borimo protiv viška masnoća na tjemenu i pri korijenu kose, jednako kao što to činimo za lice maskama na bazi gline (koje i sama koristim) mi je genijalna. Najviše me zanimala Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo maska (cca 10KM) koja se ispostavila kao moj favorit iz ove linije. Iz početka se čini kao nepotreban korak i svakako da je neću koristiti više puta sedmično - realistično je jedno korištenje u deset dana. Sviđa mi se svježi miris gline ovih proizvoda i osjećaj u kosi nakon njihovog korištenja.
  • Koristim je navečer, prije nego operem kosu. Naravno da je neobično stavljati masku na suhu i pri tome prljavu kosu ali uprkos gustoći maske, nemam problem da je ravnomjerno nanesem na tjeme. Fokusiram se na vrh glave i dijelove uz lice (gdje se kosa najviše masti) a usput tjeme i blago izmasiram. Češljem širokih zubaca pročešljam kosu i skupim je u punđu gdje masku ostavim da djeluje narednih 10-15 minuta. Nakon tog vremena uskačem pod tuš i, glavom okrenutom ka dole ispirem mlakom vodom masku iz kose. Na taj način je isperem u potpunosti, ne ostane proizvoda i nema petljanja kose. Njegu nastavljam šamponom (bilo iz ove linije ili nekim drugim) i regeneratorom na krajevima kose. Korištenjem maske kosa mi dobije na volumenu, bude mekana, čista i ostaje takva naredna dva dana. 
  • Pošto se u potpunosti uklapam u opis masnog tjemena i suhih krajeva kose plus, dopada mi se maska pred pranje - očekivala sam da će Extraordinary Clay šampon (cca 5KM) i Extraordinary Clay regenerator (cca 5KM) uspješno zaokružiti ovu priču. Šampon je zaista jako dobar i održava tjeme baš čistim i bez viška masnoća naredna dva do tri dana (trećeg dana se samo potpomognem suhim šamponom na par mjesta i kosa super izgleda). Ipak, često i kontinuirano korištenje ovog šampona mi je malo isušilo krajeve kose. Slično se desilo i sa regeneratorom koji mi je na početku odgovarao ali vremenom je postalo jasno da ne njeguje dovoljno krajeve kose. Pojavilo mi se malo naelektrisanja pa, iako sam imala volumen u kosi - nedostajali su mi mekoća i sjaj. 
  • Ruku na srce, zaista jeste teško postići fini balans kojim će kosa biti potpuno čista a da ne dođe do isušivanja ni u najmanjoj mjeri. Extraordinary Clay linija je skoro pa uspjela u tom naumu, koncept je odličan ali kao da je nedorečena. Uz male popravke, mislim da bi bila sjajna. Šta vi mislite i da li ste isprobale glinu na svojoj kosi?



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