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I find that once I have used a dandruff shampoo for a while it stops being as effective. Head and Shoulders is probably my favourite, but after a while I need a change so have tried Elvive Anti Dandruff shampoo a few times.
My hair is a bit dry, but I ended up buying the one for normal hair. I was not expecting it to work right away, but after using it a couple of times it did seem to have sorted out the problem - for a short time. There were still a few flakes but in just a week my hair was a lot better.
The big problem for me came when I used a non-dandruff one for a while. Within a couple of washes the dandruff was back so it seems that to get the best results you have to use this time and time again.
I have given up all hope of having shiny hair and this shampoo has not done anything to change that, but as well as working on the dandruff, it did make my hair feel clean so it is a worthwhile product.
The last time I bought this the 400ml bottle cost £3.99 and a 250ml bottle was £2.99 and while this is a bit more expensive than other products they are quite often on offer in Boots and cheaper stores tend to have them quite a bit cheaper than that. Tesco have them on offer at times at 2 for £5 but the August offer is due to finish.
With some shampoos there is no need to really leave them in the hair when washing, but I did find that with this there is the need to do this. I basically used it in the same way that I used the other shampoos I used but with a little extra time just to make sure.
The smell was quite faint and I was surprised at the thickness of the shampoo. It covers my hair very well and my hair is very thick even if it is quite short. When I rinsed it out it came off very easily and while I cannot be sure that there was a lot of difference to the amount of dandruff I had after the first wash, I do feel that it was slightly better than it had been. There are claims that it works to help improve the scalp but I am not really sure how this could not be the case when it is a dandruff shampoo.
The shampoo is made up of a couple of active ingredients that work to get rid of the dandruff and these are Actirox and Equaderm. One is meant to clean the hair and the other to help protect the scalp.
Another good thing about the product that is nothing to do with performance and this is the container which is recyclable.
Not the best product I have used but, but far from the worst and I will keep it in mind for future times when I have to have a change
I don't have dandruff, so it works.
The reason I use it is that I must have a sensitive scalp as so many other shampoos leave my head itchy from time to time in the day. Elvive doesn't.
I use this every day, as it is gentle enough to do this, and it really does leave my hair and scalp refreshed, clean, light (not heavy and dank) and certainly itch free.
I cannot find this shampoo is that many shops, and yet they often have deals in Asda, and Waitrose. 2 for £3.50.
I like the orange shampoo which was a bit strange to look at at the start, but it works and so orange shampoo is my preference.
T-Gel I feel is designed to leave your hair itchy if you stop using it, which I am sure that that is just paranoia, but I really believe it. Head and Shoulders does not get rid of the itch and I it leaves residue in my hair, it makes it feel heavier.
Try Elvive, man or woman, it is a great overlooked shampoo.
Regular readers may remember that I get the job of finishing off the bottles of shampoo that my wife buys and then decides that she doesn't like. It's a thankless task but I'd rather use it than let it go to waste.
So it was then that after taking absolutely ages to finish a huge bottle of Tresemme, I chanced upon this blue 400ml bottle of Anti Dandruff Intensive shampoo at the back of the cupboard, so I have been using this for the last month or so and here's what I think of it.
Firstly, let us agree that dandruff can affect both sexes equally and although I suspect that L'Oreal as a brand is targeted primarily at the fairer sex, this particular bottle is a nice manly dark blue shade so good marketing there, you guys.
The bottle has contrasting orange areas which accentuate the claim that the shampoo is intensive and is for persistent dandruff in normal hair. They also sell this for greasy hair with the accented colour being green rather than orange. Now I only get dandruff from time to time and it isn't particularly easy to spot since my hair has now gone more salt than pepper and it shows most on the lapel of my darker suits.
After three washes, what little dandruff I had was cleared up; yet with head and Shoulders and any other dandruff shampoo I have tried, it has never taken long to clear up, so this doesn't necessarily mean that L'Oreal Elvive is a better buy.
I was rather alarmed at two things to do with the colour of this shampoo. Firstly, when I flipped up the lid, there was a dark brown ring of shampoo left around the hole. It didn't look good, but I was more surprised when I turned the bottle upside down and waited an eternity for what turned out to be a bright orange viscous shampoo to emerge. It was pearlescent and had a chemical smell to it.
The product lathers well without having to use more than a tiny blob ( I have quite short hair) and feels good on the scalp. With agitation, the smell seems to get stronger. I washed and rinsed it twice. We all love that squeakiness when we run our hands through our hair after a good thorough rinse and on the squeakometer, this was certainly up there.
The product claims to be effective from the first use. I didn't find it so, but became aware after three washes over the space of 10 days or so hat it had worked. It's got active selenium in it (so much better than passive selenium. The marketing blurb on the back tells you all about it. This includes a rather pointless graph which I think is meant to highlight that this stuff fights recurrent dandruff for longer and the amount of flakes reduces with continuous use
What goes on in those L'Oreal Laboratories, eh? Is it full of Cheryl Cole look-alikes shaking their hair around and does she really use the stuff, do you think........? Nah - she's not worth it. Clearly her big hair didn't help her at the X Factor auditions, did it?.... Cheryl?....you're going home! I bet she used to get her shampoo from Netto - maybe she still does?
One minor annoyance for obsessive compulsives out there is that once squeezed, the bottle does not return easily to its natural shape; you have to squeeze the sides to expel the air and give it back its shelf appeal.
This stuff is OK to use and the colour is cool, but the smell isn't great for a woman, I wouldn't have thought. All in all, if I ever got to choose my own shampoo, I'd go for the Head and Shoulders, I think.
You can currently get the 400ml size in Tesco on a 2 for 1 offer at £3.63. Asda also have an offer on the 250ml size at 2 for £3.50 so the Tesco offer is hugely better value right now.
I would say that I suffer from Dandruff now and again. Well my hairdresser says it is more a Flaky Scalp, which I would have thought is the same as dandruff but she says there is a difference. I think mines is caused by Shampoo's irritating my Scalp, and that's why she has recommended that I use whatever Shampoo I want to for a few weeks and then have a break and use an Anti dandruff one for a week. Weird but it works.
If you have read my recent loreal reviews you will know that I am quite impressed with the brand. It has always been Head and Shoulders that I have used for Dandruff in the past, but I spotted a bottle of this in my local branch of Savers for £1.29, so thought it was worth a try. I would assume the right price for this would be the usual around £1.80.
Not so keen on the colour of the bottle. A dark blue colour and it looks like the Dooyoo picture. I think this looks like a mens Shampoo with the dark colouring. At least it stands out on a shelf alright though.
When you open the bottle you will see that the Cream is a medium Orange colour. Have never used an orange Shampoo before. The smell is a bit odd. There is a dash of Minty scent in here, but it also smells a bit like Oranges and a sort of Musky scent mixed through as well.
A little blob of this lathers up good in the Shower and rinses off easily enough.
After using this and following up with the matching Conditioner I was keen to see what this would be like when my Hair was dry. It seemes alright. My hair was gently scented, felt soft and looked shiny enough. This didn't irritate my Scalp, and I didn't seem to notice any nasty white flakes all over my shoulders after I brushed my hair.
This seems to work good for doing the job it's meant to do, and I will consider buying this again.
I have sometimes dandruff. This bottle I encountered was on sale so I didn't really hesitate in buying it since I trust the brand. This brand of L'Oreal already exists a number of years and has expanded the range. For every wish and every type of hair they have a solution. There's so much choice that you hardly know what to choose anymore.
This bottle has a sort of oval shape and is dark blue in color. On the front is clearly marked with white lettering that it is of L'Oreal Paris Elvive. It tells you that it's an anti-dandruff shampoo. On the back are the usual product information, instructions and ingredients. The cap is also dark blue and there's an orange border around it. The bottle is easy to open.
The color is very strange. It is orange. Very strange but it looks cheerful in the shower. About the smell I am less enthusiastic. It smells a little sweet sour and a bit fruity. Also, I notice a tiny bit of menthol.
L'Oreal promises with this shampoo that makes your hair dandruff free from the first time you wash your hair. Furthermore, they promise that it cleans and hydrated your hair. And importantly it ensures that your hair will shine.
After a couple of times using it you can notice that the dandruff is really gone but not straight away after the first time of use but it's less. The shampoo cleans my hair proper and my hair feels soft and well taken care off. Does my hair shine? I can't really tell any difference. I certainly do not notice any shine. My hair is less dull than when I use other anti-dandruff shampoos but really does not shine.
Using this shampoo is just like any other shampoos. Just put a bit on your hand and gently massage into your hair. Massage your scalp so that the shampoo can do its work everywhere. The packaging states that you have to wait one minute or two before rinsing.
The shampoo is good for getting rid of your dandruff. It really makes your hair dandruff free and ensures that your hair is not greasy and not dry. The scent might not be great but you don't really notice it anymore after showering. For me 4 stars because it doesn't give any shine to my hair.
I am a big fan of the loreal elvive brand, and have often been known to treat myself to their shampoo or conditioner. The fragrance of the shampoo makes you feel instantly as if you are in a salon, they leave your hair feeling silky smooth and looked after, and the conditioner if not too heavy, but still manages to leave the hair feeling moisturised and in really good condition. The packaging is smart so it looks good in your bathroom as well. When I had a bit of a dandruff issue then, where better to turn to than my familiar friend l'oreal elvive (that, and it happened to be on a two for one offer at Boots!).
I was certainly not disappointed - the shampoo had all the usual properties of the l'oreal brand, smelling delicious and leaving my hair feeling wonderful. It is also one of those lovely scents that hangs about all day, which is great. The shampoo contains a new chemical called selenium disulphide, and it claims to tackle dandruff from the first wash, and it really did. For the first couple of washes it seems to dislodge the remaining flakes, which is worth being aware of, but after three of four washes I was flake free, and I have been using the product ever since. When it isn't on offer, the shampoo costs just under four pounds, which is expensive, but I use it sparingly so that it lasts a long time (around a month for a large bottle), and I really do think that it is worth it. It is also on offer relatively frequently at stores like Boots and Superdrug, so keep your eyes peeled for a bargain and I promise you that you won't be disappointed.
I had to write a review on this shampoo as it has had a good impact on my life.
I have always had a few skin problems and dandruff is one that just keeps on apperaing for me. Certain shampoo made things worse so I thought I would try L'Oreal as advised by a friend that it works.
I gave the shampoo a trial and new that the impact would not be immediate on the dandruff but was pleasantly suprised after a couple of washes I reallt could notice the difference, I had been searching for a long time for this remedy and finally I had found it.
My advice is please don't expect it to work miracles after just one wash, it needs to be used as your main shampoo over a period of time to get the full benefits.
It is a very effective shampoo even against some of the worse cases of dandruff it does make an impact of sorts and gives the added bonus of a great shine to the hair.
You can buy the anti-dandruff shampoo in most supermarkets and local shops and 400ml bottle will set yo back about £3.50 whcih does fluctuate depending on the shop you buy it from, you will sometimes find the products on offer.
Th smell is your usual clean smell you get from a shampoo with no distinct smell attached to it. The shampoo is an orange colour and at first is worrying as I though it cntained hair dye but thankfully not.
To use the shampoo apply and massage gently into the scalp. Leave for a few moments. Rinse thoroughly, repeat if required.
A very good shampoo which works well, you will have to go a long way to try and find a better product than this one.
I have had a mild on off problem with dandruff most of my adult life, and have used any number of different shampoos that aim to tackle the problem. I guess I have probably used Head and Shoulders more than most, although I have often wondered why I was happy to pay so much more for a product which looked and smelled eerily similar to the own brand anti dandruff shampoos which I have also used sporadically over the years - did it really have a secret ingredient that made it better, and was I just being conned by advertising hype?
Anyway eventually a couple of months ago I felt like have a change, so I went for L'oreal instead. I bought the frequent use variety which has the picture above on it but orange lettering, and I have to say that I am extremely impressed. I feel that my hair is in much better condition than before, and its radioactive orange colour and mild smell is a pleasant change from the pungent blue liquid to which I have been used!
One other key factor for me has been that I have been able to go without using it for a few days, namely when I have been travelling with only hand luggage abroad and so haven't been able to take it with me, without my hair's condition deteriorating rapidly! The bottle I bought has lasted me a long time despite being used nearly every day, and perhaps the only disadvantage for me is that now it is nearing its end, I am going to have to travel a few miles to the nearest Boots, as even though I have quite a big Tescos in the small town where I live, it doesn't stock it. I think I would say that overall it seems to be far less readily available than its main competitor.
However if you can get hold of it, I would certainly be inclined to give it a try if you have a mild problem with dandruff (I don't know how it owuld fare against more sevre cases )- I certainly wish I had discovered it before now!
As a teenager I suffered from dandruff and because of a lack of other products had to use the dandruff sufferer's standard shampoo range, 'Head and Shoulders'. I hadn't had any problems for years until recently when I had that embarrassing moment of looking down at my black t-shirt, seeing it dusted with a fine snow and having to nonchalantly brush my shoulders down! Nowadays the choice of anti-dandruff products is much better though and what used to seem like medical shampoos now have a cosmetic appeal.
I was happy to discover that Loreal Paris Elvive had an anti-dandruff range of shampoos. I am a regular user of a couple of other shampoos and conditioners in their range and love the results they produce as well as the reasonable price. These particular shampoos comes in vivid blue bottles. There are several to choose from made especially for specific hair types. Included are shampoos for: Normal to Greasy Hair; Dry Hair; Greasy Hair; Intensive 2-in-1; Intensive Fresh Menthol; Active Selenium; Normal 2-in-1. I have the 400ml size for normal to greasy hair and scalp.
The bottle provides a lot of information about the shampoo. it is actually inspired by skincare research and is specifically aimed at treating the skin on the scalp. The brand have trademarked two special active ingredients. The first is Actirox which helps wash away flakes and stop them re-appearing. The second is Equaderm, which combined with a 'mild cleansing agent' is able to 'calm and soothe' the head of hair. These scientific blurbs never really impress me, I have to be honest. I think the proof is in the results.
The shampoo is an alien blue colour and has a glossy, gloopy appearance. I need a large two fifty pence pieces sized dollop for my long hair. When I rub any shampoo into my hair I begin at the roots and let the bubbles rub down the shafts. I find this shampoo does not lather up so well. It almost feels heavy and oily and the lack of bubbles means it is difficult to target all of my hair. Despite a good scrub and adding more shampoo the lather is just barely existent. It is not a luxurious experience using this shampoo!
The fragrance of the shampoo is very mild too. It has a soft, fruity smell which doesn't seem to last beyond the rinsing stage. The hair is easy to rinse because of the lack of lather. As for sensations on the scalp, the shampoo feels mild and cool.
When I towel dry my hair after using this shampoo I find the condition of the wet hair to be remarkably strong and tangle free. Normally I have to use a lot of serum or 'repair' gel to be able to comb through my damp hair. This shampoo seems to make my damp hair almost as manageable as my dry hair. That's one thing I'm very impressed by. When my hair is dry it looks good - shiny and strong and feels nice and easy to manage.
This shampoo is suitable for frequent use. I have used it once or twice a week for a few weeks and have found that it has quickly eliminated my dandruff.
I would say that this shampoo has good points and bad points. As an anti-dandruff agent it does the job. As a cosmetic shampoo it does not provide any luxury or lovely washing experience. It is infact like using some kind of treatment tonic rather than a shampoo. A richer lather, making it easier to use, and a more dramatic fragrance would improve this.
This review is also on Ciao!
I have used anti dandruff shampoos for years now, even though, as the television advertisement says with such incredulity "But you don't have dandruff!". But I would probably have to say thanks must go to the makers of the anti - danduff shampoos for leaving me flake free!
I started looking around for an alternative to Head and Shoulders when the pirce of it kept going up and up. It is about £3.50 for the largest bottle and although I wanted people to stop calling me snowy, I did not want to be bankrupt. So I tried this particular anti dandruff shampoo as it was on an introductory offer back when it was released. I think it was about 2 years ago anyway when I first noticed it and tried it. The introductory offer was a bottle of 500ml for £0.99, but I ususally pick it up for about £1.99, although it is often on offer.
I was also swung by the fact that I was apparently worth it, so I thought I would give L'Oreal a try. I wanted to use a brand that I had heard of, as I did once try a supermarket own brand of anti-dandruff shampoo and it was not very good at stopping dandruff, or even very good at cleaning hair!
Now the bottle is pretty easy to spot as it does stand out, it is dark blue with gold and white writing on it.
I have short hair, so the 500ml bottle lasts for ages, which is good obviously. I do wash my hair evey day, but again, I would say I get about 4- 5 months of washing out of the 500ml bottle.
The shampoo itself is a golden colour and has a different smell to Head and Shoulders, it is more chemically, or more like a shampoo that will actually do something. But after a few days I had got used to the smell of the champoo, although thankfully it does not leave your hair smelling strangely at all, rather it smells nice and clean.
It does claim to work from the first wash and I think it did. Also, as a shampoo it leaves hair soft and not greasy looking straight away. I really liked this shampoo.
So, if you no longer want to have those embarrasing moments when someone asks you if it is snowing outsiede, then my advice would be to get down to your local chemist/supermarket and pick up some of this good stuff quickly!
DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And the winner is, L'OREAL PARIS ELVIVE, ANTI DANDRUFF INTENSIVE SHAMPOO TREATMENT!
(How about that for a long name!)
So I have always had a problem with dandruff, someday worse then others. I have quite a sensitive scalp so I have to be careful about what I use. But sometimes worse then this I get greasy hair very quickly. Too quickly! I have tried the famous Head and shoulders wish worked for all of 2 days or so before my head was itching like I had lice! (Which I did not... just to confirm with you!) But I could not use it anymore. Plus if I'm honest.... Completely honest with you, I feel as a young fashionable female it cramps my bathrooms style just a little bit... a tiny bit.... A fraction! But then one day walking around boots, or somewhere along those lines I saw this advertised. Dark blue bottle, orange design and a pretty trendy name.... L'oreal. Now I bought it for around £3.00. So not purse pinching but if it did not work it would be quite a lot to throw down the sink.
This is what it claims to do:
* Stop persistent flakes
* Soothing action
* For frequent use
* Long lasting freshness
And I have to say it works.
The shampoo itself is an orange colour and I believe it does clean as well as stop persistent flakes. It did not irritate my head at all and I have been using it consistently for around 2 months now. It washes out easily without leaving a layer of sticky stuff behind, (some products leave my hair feeling limp because of its gloopy shampoo!)
They do a variety of options now but the one I believe to be best is the anti-dandruff intensive shampoo treatment for persistent dandruff and greasy hair!
It stops my hair from becoming greasy the next day and my hair now lasts for around two days before I need to wash it again. So far my dandruff has not shown only for some very fine flakes yesterday which were down to me not drying my hair properly.
They have a website which you can get a free sample from
They send you a few sachets so you can see if it suits your hair. I would say that for some reason this product is aimed at men. But I am female and it works for me, so ignore that and go for it boys AND girls.
So as far as I'm concerned it's a winner.
(Also published on ciao under myself izzoh)
I noticed a few days ago that I appear to be getting dandruff or possibly its because I have eczema on my scalp and when I scratch it, it flakes. Nice!
I had a few sample sachets of this L'Oreal Elvive Anti-Dandruff shampoo in my stash of products, and although I'd used one before, ages and ages ago and didn't like it, I decided I'd use the rest of these up, as they're the only product I had to treat dandruff.
Obviously I had a sachet, but normally the shampoo would come in a dark blue bottle with orange accents.
This shampoo contains active selenium, which they claim is an 'effective weapon against dandruff.' It states that it works very fast and will work from the first use. It also claims that it will have a long lasting effect on recurrent dandruff for up to 4 weeks.
The shampoo is orange in colour and very thick. The main scent is oranges, however, there is an underlying chemical-type smell which is hard describe, but let's just say it's not very nice.
I found that once on my hair, the shampoo just sat on my hair - possibly due to it's texture, and it was very difficult to get any lather out of it. I do have quite long hair, but I had to use all four of my sachets and it still didn't lather all that well.
It rinsed away easily, but I found that it left my hair feeling very tangled - possibly due to the fact I had to rub so hard to get any lather out of it! I had to use a lot more conditioner than I normally would to get it feeling smooth again.
When dry, that strange chemically smell stayed on my hair, and if it wasn't for the fact that I use a lot of products on my hair, which masked the smell a bit, I would have probably had to wash my hair again.
I must say, that the morning after using this, when brushing my hair, I still came across those tell tale white flakes, so the anti-dandruff power of this stuff is also not what it claims.
The look and feel of my hair was no different to normal. It was clean, but not particularly soft or shiny or anything like that.
A 250ml bottle of this will cost £2.19 from Boots.
Needless to say I wouldn't use this again. It didn't lather well, it didn't clear dandruff and the smell left on my hair was awful!
Unfortunately, many people can relate to quite an irritating and embarrassing problem. It's tough to get rid of and aside from that it's unsightly - I'm talking about dandruff. I tend to get it every now and then and whilst I will use an anti-dandruff shampoo, as soon as it seems to have disappeared I will stop and revert to something else.
For about 3 years I have used a shampoo which worked fantastically and heyho, about 6 weeks ago I thought I would go back to a regular shampoo. Oh dear... what a mistake that was....
Since it didn't seem like much dandruff, I thought instead of using the powerful shampoo I used to use made from natural ingredients, I would use a typical anti-dandruff shampoo in a bottle. So upon a trip to Boots I came across the L'Oreal Paris Elvive range of Intensive shampoos. They come in a selection for different hair types and I picked up the one for Normal hair. The bottles are easy to find on the shelves, they are a dark blue colour with the L'Oreal Paris logo and Elvive Anti Dandruff written in white. The picture shown above is slightly different to the bottle I bought as each hair type has a different colour on the bottle, and for this bottle for Normal hair it is orange. Complete with an orange rim around the flip top lid.
This shampoo promises a lot of things....
1. Effective from 1st use
2. Effective even against persistent flakes
3. Soothing action
4. Lasting anti-flake action
On the back of the bottle it's persistent in re-telling me exactly what is said on the front of the bottle and it also promises (I quote): 'With regular use, no more flakes and discomfort, just shiny, healthy looking hair.' Apparantly the active ingredient is Selenium Disulfide which is the active ingredient of getting rid of those nasty flakes... well I thought, we'll soon see.
I proceeded to the checkout with the smaller bottle of 250ml for £2.28. There is also a larger bottle available in 400ml for £3.48. At the moment Boots have an offer on the big bottles where you can buy 2 for £5.
So when I get home I proceeded to wash my hair with the shampoo. The directions tell me to apply and massage into the scalp, leave for a few moments and rinse out. So I flip the lid up and squeeze out a generous blob of shampoo which is very bright pearlescent orange, thick and smells somewhat of apples. Quite a pleasant frangrance really! Massaging into the hair was ok, nothing spectacular, it lathered up well and I left it for a few minutes. I rinsed out and my hair felt very soft and light. I proceeded with my conditioner.
After blow-drying I have to say I was extremely disappointed and somewhat horrified. For living up to its promises I can tell you now, no way was it effective from 1st use. In fact I think I had about 5 times more flakes which were even more visible, on the other hand, my hair was left looking and shiny and healthy.
However, I am always willing to give new products a 2nd chance (as long as I don't have some strange allergic reaction of course!) and I've kept on using this for the past 6 weeks now. I have to be honest, this has made my scalp a whole lot worse. I don't have an itchy scalp and this hasn't cause me an itchy scalp but it has increased my 'flaking' (disgusting I know) ten fold! I really think this is an awful product. Considering it is meant to prevent dandruff it does anything but that - the only good things about it are that it smells nice and it leaves hair clean and shiny. Even then I wouldn't buy it because it simply doesn't do what it promises, if anything it spurs on dandruff to make a hell of a snow shower! I am now going to go back to my old anti-dandruff shampoo and hope that it will undo the damage this shampoo has done!
Unless you couldn't tell already, I definitely do not recommend this product and I think L'Oreal Elvive need to really have a good look at this shampoo and either change it so it does work or take the words 'Anti-Dandruff' off the bottle!
I have suffered from a combination of dandruff and psoriasis for most of my adult life.
As a child I had little or no stress and it was only when reality kicked in with the pressures of life, so too did the unsightly flakiness on my scalp. I can go through short spells with few irritations but every so often it rears its ugly head and action is needed.
I have for more years than I care to remember relied upon T-Gel but found that my scalp became slightly 'immune' to the ingredients in this and it no longer had the 'miracle' working factor on my scalp problem so I opted for a few different varieties, Elvive Anti-Dandruff Shampoo being one of them.
~ Elvive Anti-Dandruff Shampoos ~
I have quite dry, coarse, frizzy hair so I opted for the Dry Hair option, however there are four shampoo variants designed to treat your specific hair type:
* Dry Hair
* Greasy Hair
* Normal to Greasy Hair
* 2 in 1 with a conditioner
There is also an SOS scalp leave-in treatment available to calm scalp irritations and fight dandruff between washes.
~ Packaging ~
Being brought up in a pre-PC age, I immediately presumed that this was a man's shampoo because of the blue bottle. Anyone born in the 60s or early 70s may appreciate where I am coming from. So I read the 'bumph' on the bottle and decided that it was infact a unisex shampoo, after all male dandruff and female dandruff can't be too disimilar, if at all!!
There is a lift up cap (attached) at the top and the shampoo comes out from a small hole at the top which makes it easier for the correct amount to be dispensed.
~ What do L'Oreal say and promise? ~
They say that they have combined 2 ultra-effective active ingredients in a unique formula to prolong the anti-dandruff action:
* Actirox ~ acts from the first use to eliminate dandruff and prevent if from re-appearing.
* Equaderm ~ a mild cleansing base that soothes and restores the scalp's natural balance and completes the anti-dandruff action.
Scalp itchiness is calmer and and hair is left healthy and looking shiny.
Effectively eliminates dandruff from the first use and prevents re-occurrence.
~ Smell ~
Being so used to the quite repugnant smell of T-Gel, I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely smell of this shampoo, with a hint of apple. Your hair really does smell great after using it.
~ How to use it ~
I know you may think that this is an odd sub-section but some 'treatment' shampoos have to be left on for a certain length of time for them to work. Not so with this............. just massage in to your scalp, rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary.
This shampoo works up a great lather. I am partial to lather and have always assumed, perhaps incorrectly, that a rich lather equals an effective shampoo.
This shampoo is no more difficult to rinse off than other shampoos I have used and it certainly left my hair feeling 'squeaky' clean.
~ What about my dry, itchy, flaky scalp and dandruff? ~
Very keen to see if this did infact clear up the dandruff (which I don't have huge amounts of!) after the first use, I was bitterly disappointed.
My scalp was still very itchy and when I brushed through my wet hair, I could still see the unsightly white flakes in it.
Not one to give up or accept defeat, I continued for another couple of weeks, washing my hair every second or third day, but if anything it made my scalp itchier and more irritable.
As stated earlier in the review, my hair is so dry that I can't put this down to the fact that I chose the wrong variant in Elvive's anti-dandruff shampoo range.
This really dried out, not only my scalp but my hair and I needed oodles of conditioner to combat the harshness of the shampoo on my hair.
Since then, I have found an extremely effective anti-dandruff product by KMS, a tad more expensive but it really works. I really won't be using this Elvive product again.
~ Why then the 2 stars and not 1? ~
I have afforded this two stars based on the smell which really is lovely and to the fact that perhaps my scalp just doesn't agree with the active ingredients in it, so I can't rule it out completely for everyone.
I would however, be interested to hear from anyone, via comments to this review if this product does in fact work for them.
Thanks for reading.
I have a FRIEND who thinks he might have D.A.N.D.R.U.F.F and I .errr .HE would like to know if there's anything he can do about it.
Ed N Sholdas, Hounslow"
OK, OK I admit it; it's easy to spot the subterfuge. After all, the mere concept of my having a friend is less than credible.
The most embarrassing and even annoying thing about my suffering from dandruff is the fact that I've damn-all hair.
Just when will it stop forming?
If I shaved my head would it go away? After all, it would then just become an extension of washing my face and THAT hasn't got dandruff.
I've had what I supposed to be flaky dandruff for ages. It drops onto clothing just when the latter is at its blackest or smartest.
Over the years I've tried all manner of proprietary remedies.
My hairdresser suggested Polytar and then T-Gel. These seemed to work, but my skin became reactive to their powerful action, culminating one day in my wife exclaiming 'My God, have you seen your scalp - it looks like someone's creosoted it?'
Judging by the smell of them that's not far from the truth. I had to agree that my head now felt itchy too.
Head & Shoulders worked for a while before transferring bits of my 'head' to my 'shoulders' yet again.
Oilatum sounded good, if a trifle pricey. Its balm-like properties worked on the itchiness, but after a while it became apparent that young Master Daniel Druff had never been away - just hiding.
E45 shampoo appealed if only because it was somewhat cheaper than Oilatum, and E45 products always seemed to be geared towards the treatment of sensitive 'parts'. It kept the itching at bay, but wasn't dreadfully good at preventing dandruff.
In a desperate moment I found that even our shower gel was better at that at clearing the dandruff, but my scalp couldn't endure the drying properties of this 'normal' soap for too long without swinging the other way towards dry flaky skin.
FINGERS CROSSED - BECAUSE I'M WORTH IT
Not normally one to be swayed by TV advertising, I'm surprised I'm writing this, especially as I don't look at all like George Eads from CSI, the latest 'squeeze' to be fronting L'Oréal men's products (no, I'm much better looking).
Before you worry that I'm about to work my way through the entire Body Shop or Lush range of toiletries, think again - this is ME talking!
L'Oréal Elvive Anti-Dandruff 'Intensive' Shampoo is the one elixir of which I write.
Before we go on is it me, or is dandruff a purely male problem? In the wonderful world of TV advertising, it's seemingly OK to show men with snowdrifts on their shoulders, but women's shampoos are all about nourishing your hair back to health (what cock, it's dead!) and being filmed in slow motion, and all because 'they're worth it'. Oh yes, and they all have some noncy secret ingedient - Feedyalocs 7 or Nutribarnet v3.0.
I suppose we're just lucky that the same principle doesn't apply to toilet paper; women holding soft rolls of it to their (face) cheeks whilst men have a really good scr ..no I can't go on. At least with Charmain Ultra, bears really do 'do it' in the woods!
Standing there in a lurid blue bottle with orange detail, it's easy to spot even with your glasses off in the shower. No more trying to lather-up with the tile cleaner, just because 'someone' has decanted all manner of things into standard urine-sample bottles and then written on them in ink that has long-since smudged!
The 250 ml bottle cost me around £2.80 at Boots and seems to be lasting me pretty well as I don't really need to wash my hair every day.
Despite being designed for 'frequent use', by which I take it they mean it's quite mild, its longer-lasting effect are said to be felt up to 4 weeks after you stop using it.
This is good, because one of the things I've read/been told about treatments is that it's best to change every now and then, so you should only regard an anti-dandruff shampoo as something you come back to when dandruff reappears.
The bottle makes all kinds of claims:-
'Effective from 1st use'
'Lasting Anti-Flake Action'
Well, I can't argue with any of those. Not only did I have only a mere trace of dandruff after first use, but my head stopped itching straightaway.
Further applications have lead to the disappearance of dandruff altogether. When I think of all the other stuff I've tried .
It claims to have an active ingredient of 'Active Selenium', which when you delve deeper, the reverse of the container tells us is selenium disulfide, adding that 'contact with the eyes and broken skin' is to be avoided. No really? You mustn't get soap in your eyes? Well, I never knew that!
I don't think selenium compounds are unique to this L'Oréal product, and I seem to recall in the movie Evolution - (Wipe That Smile Off Your Planet), that all the Head & Shoulders that could be garnered from around the USA was used to fight off the alien invaders as selenium was deadly to them!
Perhaps they were a dandruff-based life-form, I can't remember.
The shampoo itself has a slightly gelatinous feel to it, and a peach/orange colour. The fragrance appears to be an innocuous-enough peach kind of thing. The packaging makes some comment that the colouration and smell are facets of the chief ingredients. So there we have it; selenium disulfide smells of peaches - official.
I t lathers-up readily even in London's hard water and washes out easily, more or less first time.
Combing my hair afterwards shows it to be untangled nicely. Some of the preparations I've used somehow seem to cake the hair on the top of my head together, which then comes as an unpleasant shock on first combing. Maybe they just don't wash out quite so well.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the results. I've used it for about two weeks now, and then reverted to something that didn't previously work for me, Head & Shoulders to no ill effect so far.
The L'Oréal claim that it can remain effective for up to four weeks after you stop using it seems to have a ring of truth to it.