Haircare Showdown

The haircare isle in Boots has recently welcomed a lot of new product releases. I noticed one on TV and then through the world of blogging and YouTube, I heard about another new line. I have accumulated a lot of new bits recently and have been trying them all out for a while now and it’s about time I share my thoughts and have a haircare showdown.

Two new lines available are the L’oréal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing line and Garnier Ultimate Blends Delicate Soother line. I have to say the packaging for both of these lines are very pleasing. I love the pretty pastel blue of the L’oréal and the white and pearlised pink of the Garnier line, top marks for prettiness.

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Garnier Ultimate Blends Delicate Soother Shampoo & Conditioner


The scent of this line is just wonderful, the main ingredient is oat milk which makes the smell just amazing. The formula is paraben free and suitable for sensitive scalps and fragile hair. Since it is called The Delicate Soother I took this to mean hydrating and have the hope that it would leave my hair soft and silky, and I was right.

From the first use these two products left my hair smelling amazing and feeling incredible. It’s so soft and smooth to touch but it doesn’t weigh down my hair leaving it flat and lifeless, it still has a good amount of body to it but feels in a lot better condition.

I would recommend this line to anyone who is looking for a moisturising shampoo and conditioner for dry and damaged hair, it works wonders. The smell alone will probably win you over.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Delicate Oat Heat Protection Milk


I’ve used this product the least but the formula really makes brushing wet hair so much easier. I’m in need of a haircut and when damaged hair is wet, my hair can resemble a birds nest that’s fallen from a great height but this makes things so much easier. It protects hair up to 230ºC heat but I barely do anything to my hair these days, I purely bought it for the detangling purposes. This too smells great and feels great in my hair without weighing it down.

Shampoo 400ml – £3.89
Conditioner 400ml – £4.49
Heat Protection Milk 150ml – £4.49

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L’oréal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo & Conditioner


I was so excited about this line when I first heard about it. I’ve seen a few YouTuber’s rave about it, and seen it all over the blogosphere, I just had to get my hands on it.

This line is aimed at oily roots and dry ends, I don’t think I have ever seen a brand tackle this hair type before which made it even more appealing and intriguing. The concept behind this product is that the clay cleans the roots thoroughly but also hydrates the ends of the hair all without weighing the hair down and still providing volume.

Sadly I just don’t agree with anything that it is supposed to achieve. My hair is just that, oily roots and dry ends so I thought this would be perfect but I was so wrong. It’s dried my hair out so much that I now have slight dandruff on my scalp which is hugely embarrassing, it also didn’t hydrate my hair in the slightest, it just made it limp and lifeless with zero volume. I got to the point during the “I must try this enough to review” stage that I was actually extremely hesitant to use it and honestly, that’s a clear indicator that it’s just not working for me.

The only good thing is the scent, it smells absolutely incredible and the scent really lingers in the hair leaving it smelling fresh for a while but the formula just doesn’t work for me unfortunately.

Clay-To-Spray Dry Shampoo


So the shampoo and conditioner was a let down but I still wanted to try the dry shampoo, the idea of the clay-to-spray sounded like a great concept and that it would really help with second day hair. It’s a dry shampoo, how can they get it wrong? Sadly, it’s so wrong. Not only does it not help second day, somewhat greasy hair it makes it worse. It comes out so wet, not the consistency of your usual dry shampoo, this just feels as though you’re spraying your hair with water, even with vigorous shaking and spraying 15cm away it does nothing but make my hair slimy, lifeless and looking greasier than before I used it. The only positive is that it does spray clear so you don’t have a white residue but I would rather that than even greasier hair than I started with, at least the white look can be worked into the roots.

Sadly this line just didn’t work for me at all which is such a shame as I had such high hopes for it. So many people had raved about it that I just instantly assumed it would work for me, but it just didn’t.

Shampoo 400ml – £3.99
Conditioner 400ml – £3.99
Dry Shampoo 150ml – £3.99

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Klorane Dy Shampoo With Oat Milk*


Since I started blogging and watching YouTube, I’ve heard and seen so much about this dry shampoo. Taylor Hill is a fan and if a Victoria’s Secret model loves it then it must be great right? Right! The scent isn’t anything special but it does smell fresh which is what you need when tackling second day hair. It says to clean the hair but without water and it also has a natural tint to it making it perfect for brown to dark brown hair. This product is everything the L’oréal product should be! It does spray a little lighter than my roots but with a touch of working in, it disappears leaving my hair looking fresher. It feels fresher as well, less greasy to touch and makes messy, textured ponytails a dream to achieve. If you don’t have hair that needs touching up just yet, it still works great for adding a little bit of texture to your just washed hair.

Klorane is now available from Boots and costs £8.00 for 150ml.

I think it’s pretty clear which products are a hit and which are a miss. I can’t recommend the Klorane Dry Shampoo* and Garnier Ultimate Blends Delicate Soother line enough, they are all brilliant and each product is amazing. However, I don’t recommend any of the L’oréal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing products but if you have tried them, I’d love to hear how you got on with them!

Have you tried any of these products? Which are your favourites?


*PR sample.