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).
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.
+ 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
– 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.