L'Oreal's Elvive Extraordinary Oil Range is Essential for Relaxed Hair

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Shout-out to anyone who's ditched their beloved weave or braids this year in hopes of embracing and appreciating their natural or relaxed hair a little more. This is a move I've also made this summer, after growing tired of the endless hours and money spent on protective hairstyles. However, one thing I've learnt since doing so is that my relaxed hair is as equally demanding as weaves when it comes to maintenance.

What's the primary purpose of extensions?

Besides making you look like Nicki or Queen Bey, weaves and braids mainly act as protective hairdos, shielding your hair from the elements during seasonal transitions. Remove these and your locks and curls are completely exposed to the sun's rays, humidity and dry air on a day-to-day basis; and when this happens, the condition of your hair is affected: you'll most likely experience dryness, breakage and dullness if your hair isn't treated sufficiently.

Oil-based hair products are amazing to use when your locks require a serious moisture boost and some much-needed nourishment. Two products I've been testing out these past two weeks are L'Oreal's Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Mask Balm as well as their Elvive Extraordinary Oil Oil-in-Cream. 

The verdict? If I could compile a list of essential hair-care buys for girls with relaxed hair, these two gems would definitely be in the top five. In-between my relaxer appointments, these products have been great in sustaining my hair's sleekness and suppleness.


Just a little side note, on windy days I often put a lot of gel product on my hair. It's literally the only way I can smoothen my hair down and keep flyaways in place. The downside of this though is that my hair is often left feeling dry afterwards. This is when L'OREAL's Nourishing Mask Balm comes in handy, when I want to restore my hair's moisture and softness.

What you'll love about it?

Its non-greasy texture. At first glance it looks like a jar of thick peanut butter, but rub it over a patch of your skin and you'll notice how incredibly light, absorbent and silky it is in its texture and feel.

How to use it?

I prefer applying it to wet hair; letting it sit on my roots and lengths for a little less than 5 minutes then rinsing it out while I'm in the shower.

The result?

The first time I used this mask I noticed a huge improvement in the condition of my hair; it no longer looked dull and it felt a lot lighter and softer afterwards. I even told my older sister to give it a try, and she loved the outcome.

FUN FACT: This mask can also be used revive dry human hair weaves.

The OIL-IN-CREAM Rich Nourishing Leave-In Cream

A great daily moisturizing hair cream made for dry and/or coarse hair.

What you'll love about it?

It's really rich, consisting of six flower oils  but for us black girls this is not a problem cause dryness is a huge issue in regards to our hair; so any product that's heavily concentrated in oils is heavenly. However, most people tend to associate oiliness with heaviness, but surprisingly this formula doesn't weigh my hair down. Also, its non-greasy and silky feel must be noted  you'll honestly enjoy it.

How to use it?

There really isn't a "favored" way to utilise this cream, it just comes down to preference.
Either apply it to wet or dry hair, using it as an everyday or weekly treatment, or use it as a heat protectant, adding it to your hair before you blow-dry or flat-iron.

1 L'OREAL Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Mask Balm is R79.95 at major retailers.
2 L'OREAL Elvive Extraordinary Oil Oil-in-Cream Rich Nourishing Leave-In Cream is R84.95 at major retailers.

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