L’Oréal Smooth Intense Smoothing Conditioner Review

This is one conditioner which is silicone free among the various L’Oréal conditioners easily available at all shops in India. And so I was requested a review of this conditioner by some of my readers. Here goes!

Description by L’Oréal: L’Oréal laboratories have succeeded in combining Argan Oil and Silk protein, which is naturally rich in essential fatty nutrients:

• 48* Hour Protection: The crème formula nourishes and smoothes your hair from root to tip making it look more smooth & manageable.
• It shields your hair from the effect of humid or dry weather.

Price: INR 170 for 175 ml. You can buy it here(India).

Ingredient Analysis:

L’Oréal Smooth Intense Smoothing Conditioner has some great oils like palm oil and argan oil which should ideally have made it very moisturizing. It is completely silicone free. Hydroxyethylcellulose is a gelling and thickening agent which can cause a matte-y stringy effect in some curls. Hydrolysed silk is a protein, so protein sensitive hair types should use this with caution. Isopropyl Alcohol is very drying to hair but it is towards the end of the ingredient list and so not high in concentration.

Texture: The conditioner is a thick, dense, almost waxy product with average slip and detangling ability.

Smell: The smell is very strong. It is not a tropical fruity smell.

Packaging: The usual plastic bottle with flip cap of L’Oréal conditioners.


Here’s how I apply conditioners – How to wash & condition curly hair and here is a post with my full curly hair care routine – My curly hair routine.

+ Can be used as a cheap protein treatment for those curls that need a protein dose once in a while – Difference between dry and damaged hair – Moisture v/s Protein

+ Provides decent hydration and definition to curls

+ The slip is good(not great) and detangling is quite easy

–  Because of the oils in the ingredients, it is not so great as a co-washing conditioner as it is not light. Enliven Natural Fruit Extracts Conditioner wins here.

– May not suit protein sensitive hair

In short: For its cheap cost and good oils, L’Oréal Smooth Intense Smoothing Conditioner is a good hydrating silicone free conditioner in India. Here’s a List of curly hair products in India.




  1. I was looking for a leave-in conditioner to use for my 4 year old daughter. is this a leave-in conditioner. Some leave-in conditioners online cost above 2k. Not fits my pocket at all.
    My daughter has curly hair, it is curly but not heavy type. I don’t know the exact terms.
    What products can I use for her? Any recommendations please.

  2. Hi Anjana, just stumbled upon your awesome blog. I have a question. We have been hearing all the time that leaving hair open frequently eventually leads to frizz and damage. I have experienced it myself. Also, there’s a lot of dust and pollution where I live, which adds to the damage already. But then if I dont let my curls be, they’ll naturally undefine themselves and lose their curly nature. What should I do?

    1. How can leaving hair open cause damage? On the other hand, hair ties and clips cause mechanical damage on hair. While traveling, cover your hair with a silk scarf to protect it from external factors like wind and pollution.

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