L’Oreal surfaced a few years ago with the first drugstore sulfate-free set of shampoos and conditioner to cater not only to people of the dyed-hair persuasion, but has recently expanded the line to include volumizing and fortifying options.
Now we can add frizz control to the list of sulfate-free products with the advent of their new EverSleek line that comes in two versions: the Reparative and the Intense Smoothing lines. Besides lacking sulfates, silicone also pulls a no-show, to keep from weighing hair down with frizz molecules. I’d almost rather my hair be frizzy with good body than sleekified but flat, but by substituting natural oils (argan, sunflower, and olive) the EverSleek line ensures that smooth hair and voluminous hair don’t mutually exclude each other.
And now, the before and afters:
#1. Before – Rumpled, frizzed, un-made-up and unrepentant.
#2. After – Wavy. I used the EverSleek Reparative Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner to start. This set works best on damaged hair resulting from dying, retexturizing, and heat-styling. Not only am I late for my next haircut, but I’ve recently had a love affair with my curling iron, so I hoped this formula would help tame my waves. Before blow drying with a diffuser, I prepped my d amp hair with EverSleek Humidity Defying Crème. I got waves that behaved somewhat better than normal, and the richness of the leave-in cream prevented that crunchy, slightly fried ‘blow-dry’ texture that sometimes happens. FYI, this set of shampoo and conditioner are both safe for chemically straightened hair, but the ones mentioned below are not.
#After-Straight. The EverSleek Intense Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner target the subset of people whose hair misbehaves naturally, without the damage of chemical processes. This conditioner’s formula is a little lighter than its reparative counterpart. For giggles, I blew my hair out straight after coating my damp hair with EverSleek Frizz Taming Crème Serum. To keep flyaways to a minimum, I applied a little of the serum after the blowout as well. It worked just as well as John Frieda’s silicone stand by, and I found it easier to avoid the greasiness that sometimes happens with I accidentally apply too much of a serum. The margin for error here was much larger, perhaps because the product itself is lighter.
Every product in this line retails at drugstore around the country from $6.99-$8.99, which makes them a bargain. Not only are they inexpensive, but they perform as they say they will. That shouldn’t be such a rare thing, but it makes finding reliable products all the sweeter.
Have you tried the Eversleek line? Did you find they worked for you?
– Katharine McKenzie
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