TotalBeauty.com has a “sneak peek” program in which they send out a few new products once or twice a year to bloggers. After testing each product, we write our honest product review on our blog. My first sneak peek package included a whole slew of L’Oreal hair care products. The first of which I’m reviewing here today. L’Oreal’s Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner.
The Nutri Gloss line comes in several varities: for medium to long hair that’s damaged (this is the one I tested), for medium to long hair that’s curly and wavy, and for medium to long hair that’s normal to fine.
My hair is far from long… it’s actually chin length at the current time and it seemed a bit strange that this line “assumes” everyone has “medium to long” hair. Odd, right?
Anyhow, the shampoo and conditioner smelled nice. It’s a bit of a floral scent. It really reminded me of those little bath ball that we used as kids. The little pink rubbery ‘bubble’ balls that you dropped in the tub and the skin around them dissolved. Does anyone remember them? That’s what this line smells like.
The shampoo was very sudsy and cleaned pretty well. I didn’t have any extraneous buildup. However, the detergents are pretty strong, so if you color your hair- this may strip it faster than a more gentle (or sulfate-free) shampoo.
Conditioner– well, it worked nicely. It didn’t make my fine hair limp or greasy, but I still had to work through some tangles and the humidity seemed to affect it pretty strongly the next day. If you need moisture, this conditioner is probably too mild for you. It also contains quite a bit of alcohol which can dry and frizz hair.
As for the glossy effects that were promised… I didn’t notice any extra shine or pizazz from my hair, no more so than any other shampoo or conditioner that’s loaded with ‘cones (i.e. dimethicone and silicone sealants that can make your hair shiny). Again, if you have super fine or damaged hair (even though this one is billed for ‘damaged hair’) I wouldn’t recommend this product. Alcohol, silicones and dimethicones can really dry your hair out with repeated use. If you use them, I typically tell people to look for products where they are further down the ingredients list so there’s a bit less in the makeup of the product. (For the record, the shampoo lists dimethicone fourth, and the conditioner has a ‘cone in the third spot, with alcohol in the second spot.)
L’Oreal Nutri Gloss shampoos and conditioners are available at Drugstore.com or your local drugstore/Target/Walmart/etc. They are usually priced a little under 5 bucks.