Thursday 8 April 2021

L'Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths Wonder Water Review

This little bottle has been all over Instagram! L'Oreal kindly gifted me their Elvive Dream Lengths Wonder Water 8 Second Hair Treatment to try.

The concept of 'hair water' was completely new to me, so before trialing it, I did a little research. It claims to resurface hair fibres for hair that is 10x smoother with glassy shine and a silky touch- in just 8 seconds. Beauty guru Nadine Baggott had a wonderful IGTV video that explains the technology behind the product. In a nutshell, Wonder Water contains Lamellar technology, which is made up of moisturising agents and amino acids that are 10x smaller than regular conditioners and masks. These ingredients target dry and damaged areas of the hair and create a lightweight barrier called Lamella. These molecules create a super glossy, silky finish that doesn't weigh down your hair.

L'Oreal Wonder Water Product photographed in a flatlay style

The Wonder water fits into your hair care routine after your shampoo and you can follow with conditioner if needed. On the side of the bottle, there are lines to indicate the number of doses in a bottle. It states 1 dose for medium-textured hair and 2-3 doses for thick to curly textured hair. The consistency is slightly thicker than water, almost like a very watered-down serum.

The bottle has a handy nozzle tip to help you to apply it. I shampoo my hair and ring out some of the moisture and then squeeze the bottle to dispense the product starting at the ends upwards. With the formula being water-like, it feels like half of it will end up running down the hair into the drain and it's difficult to see where you have applied it as it's clear, so you do need to take care with the application.

There is a slight warming sensation as you apply it, then you massage it into the hair for 8 seconds. The first time I used it I didn't apply conditioner afterward to give it a good test. I have naturally curly and coarse hair so the thought of not conditioning usually terrifies me! However, I was pleasantly surprised, as you rinse it out, you instantly notice a slight smoothed feel. 

I did my usual hair styling routine after hopping out of the shower, I used my Dyson Airwrap (review here), to blow dry and then my Cloud Nine Hair Straightener to finish off. My hair felt more manageable and tamed and I noticed the shine too. My hair stays straight for longer and looks more glossy. I really do enjoy using this product. I have also tried the Wonder Water with a conditioner used afterwards and it just enhances the conditioners properties when used in conjunction with each other.

I tend to use this 1-2 week switching between my normal conditioners and masks and the Wonder Water, as there are only 5-6 doses in each bottle.

It's around £10 but I have seen it on offer for £5 at Superdrug, Boots and Amazon, so check out if there are any offers before you purchase.

Have you tried the L'Oreal Wonder Water?

Sunday 4 April 2021

Dyson Airwrap Review - On Curly Hair, Using It To Straighten

I've lusted after Dyson hair products for a while now, after using my aunty's Dyson hairdryer a few years ago (very lightweight and dries the hair quicker than a standard dryer by the way). When they came out with the Dyson Airwrap, I thought it was a hair tool I'd never own, due to the price, but then I saw it on offer on QVC's website. At the time it was £390 down from £450, plus I had a £10 off refer a friend code too! I chose to purchase the Airwrap on QVC because they give you the opportunity to try a product out for 30 days and return it with no issues if you don't like it. With this hair tool being so expensive, I thought this was the ideal way for me to try it out.

Dyson Airwrap with attatchmets on display

Dyson Airwrap with tools on display

Dyson Airwrap box in tan

I purchased the Complete Styling versions which has:
  • 1 x Airwrap base
  • 1 x pre-styling dryer attachment
  • 1 x clockwise 30mm Airwrap barrel attachment
  • 1 x anti-clockwise 30mm Airwrap barrel attachment
  • 1 x clockwise 40mm Airwrap barrel attachment
  • 1 x anti-clockwise 40mm Airwrap barrel attachment
  • 1 x firm smoothing brush attachment
  • 1 x soft smoothing brush attachment
  • 1 x round volumising brush attachment
  • 1 x Non-slip mat
  • 1 x Filter cleaning brush
  • Storage case
You can purchase the Airwrap in smaller sets, with fewer attachments, so shop around and see if they have a set that matches your hair requirements.

The attachments simply click into place onto the base, then there is a button for the release. The base and attachments are very lightweight compared to a standard hairdryer.

The base has two controls, on one side is the heat setting, which has three settings, two hot and one as a 'cold shot' to set curls. The other control is the speed of the air. These are in a good position so you can change the settings while still styling the hair.

Before buying the Airwrap, I would have to blow dry my hair for 20 minutes with a normal hairdryer, it would usually leave my hair frizzy and bushy. I would then have to spend a further 20 mins using my hair straighteners to tame the frizz down. My hair routine was an ordeal! 

My two most used attachments are the pre-styling dryer and the firm smoothing brush (the paddle-shaped brush with the silver bristles). which is intended to smooth frizz-prone hair. After showering I usually wrap my hair in a turban for half an hour to let it dry. Then I use the dryer to roughly dry the hair until it's about 70% dry. The dryer is very powerful without being overly noisy. I swap out the dryer attachment for the firm smoothing brush to straighten the hair. I section the hair and then put the section into the smoothing brush and then go in slow downward motions like you were brushing your hair in slow-mo. It doesn't pull or create tension on the scalp, it just glides down smoothly. I usually do 2-3 passes over the section of hair but after that, it's completely dry and straight. It takes me roughly 10-15 mins to do my hair in total.

The first time I used it I was amazed! My hair was so smooth, free from any frizz and it was so quick to do. I have noticed that my hair stays straighter for longer too and doesn't curl up at the first sign of any moisture. It's also been in better condition so I have been able to keep growing it with less damage to the hair. 

If my Dyson Airwrap broke tomorrow, I would not hesitate to buy another one. It has been life-changing and time-saving, I couldn't be without it! 

Have you ever tried the Dyson Airwrap?
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