My first Influenster Vox Box came a week or so ago full of products promising the straightest of hair. Even as someone who considers her hair very straight, I still need to use a heat tool to achieve truly straight hair– a purposeful look, rather than my hair just looks like this. The Ultimate Straight collection from L’Oreal Paris was the answer!
I received the following:
- Full-size Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight straightening shampoo
- Full-size Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight straightening conditioner
- Full-size Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight straight boosting pre-conditioner
- Full-size Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight straight perfecting balm
- Sample-size shampoo, conditioner, and pre-conditioner
If you happen to catch my unboxing video, you may have noticed I was a bit confused about how I’m supposed to use this four part system. I’ve never used a pre-conditioner before, though it very obviously falls between shampoo and conditioner… I just wasn’t sure of the practicality of the whole thing. Luckily, there were instructions.
Basically, shampoo as normal. Apply the pre-conditioner and let sit for a couple of minutes, then apply conditioner without rinsing that. The bottle suggests you use the pre-conditioner twice a week, so it’s really not a burden of an extra step. After a towel dry, you can apply the balm, working from root to tip. Finish with a straightener for best results.
First off, my hair smells and feels amazing after using this system! I mean, salon-quality excellence here. I was worried about the volume– my hair typically has none and I depend on it’s unpredictable waves to create that. Thankfully, the straightening and smoothening didn’t result in zero volume! Like I said, it was like I’d visited a salon. The first day I tried it out, humidity was out (and, for some reason, in my office!) in full-force. Never has my hair held up this well to humidity before, even when straightened. I didn’t get any of the usual waves or frizz, and my ends kept their flipping up to a minimum.
The shampoo is obviously my most used product. It doesn’t work up the lather I expected, so I do have to use a touch more. The pre-conditioner is really nice and doesn’t leave my hair greasy at all. I’ve used the conditioner only slightly more than the pre-conditioner, as I don’t condition my hair every time I wash it. The balm might actually be my favorite piece of the system. I’ve been dying to try out something like this to see if it would make a difference in my hair– it does!
Does this collection make a difference? Yes! Would I purchase it for myself? Yes! If your looking to keep your hair straight this summer, I highly recommend Ultimate Straight from L’Oreal Paris!
Disclaimer: I received these products c/o Influenster Vox Box in exchange for review. All opinions are my own.