When I straightened my hair the first time, the salon lady suggested I buy the L’Oreal Professional Liss Ultime series, i.e. their shampoo, smoothening masque and the serum. This is what I have been using for 2 years now. And I absolutely love it. I’ve suggested it to a few of my friends and they swear by it.
So here goes.
What they say:
Liss Ultime ShampooSmoothing shampoo for unmanageable hair
It is the ultimate shampoo for frizzy, rebellious hair. Formulated with Oil Incell technology, which cleverly mimics the hair’s lost ceramides. This combined with the addition of highly nourishing argan and olive oils means that this shampoo leaves hair smoothed, conditioned and gleaming with health.
This incredible shampoo for dry hair will restore the softness to frizzy, difficult hair. It will add moisture and nourishment leaving your hair smooth and shiny.
For super smooth, luscious locks bursting with vitality and luster.
Directions/ How to use :
Wet hair completely. Apply a small amount of Liss Ultime shampoo to your wet hair. Massage into your hair and scalp. Rinse thoroughly.
Price: Rs. 425/- for 250 ml.
Liss Ultime MasqueSmoothing masque for unmanageable hair
For difficult to manage, frizzy hair. This hair treatment has been designed to detangle, deeply moisturise and add volume and control.
This pampering treat works in minutes leaving you with super smooth, luscious locks.
Directions/ How to use :
Apply evenly to clean, towel-dried hair. Leave for 2-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly
Price: Rs. 850/- for 490 g. This is the in-salon one. The smaller one sold retail costs about Rs. 500/-
Liss Ultime SerumShine Perfecting Serum
Contains Reflexium technology – a mixture of active shine ingredients and taming agents designed to coat the hair surface with a light protective film.
Designed to nourish, smooth and add shine to curly, frizzy or unmanageable hair. It’s a non-greasy, lightweight formula which will promote softness and control without weighing hair down.
Featherweight conditioning leave-in serum that works on the most difficult frizz-prone hair, leaving a perfectly polished finish.
Directions/ How to use :
Apply 1-2 drops to clean, towel dried hair. Do not rinse. Style as usual.
Price: Rs. 525/- for 125 ml. You get a smaller version of this too.
I’ve been using these 3 products for 2 years now and I’m in love with these. I’ll start with the shampoo.
The shampoo is not very runny nor is it very thick. The shampoo doesn’t lather much on the first wash. So, I normally use my anti-dandruff shampoo first. The shampoo is not exactly mild. So I take a little and mix it with water. It lathers more than necessary on the second wash. It is also not meant for an everyday wash. I wash my hair only twice a week and it suits me just fine.
It does meet up to its promise of smoothening. My hair has a tendency to dry up and I never use oil on my hair. I have rebonded hair. During the later months, when the new hair starts growing, it sometimes can be dry and frizzy. This shampoo definitely helps me smooth that hair.
If I’m in a hurry, I just shampoo my hair and apply serum. I don’t even need to use a conditioner.
The smoothening masque is of the ‘less is more’ category. Its looks like body cream. After shampoo, I squeeze out the water, take a little on my fingers and run it through my hair, leave it for about 2 minutes and wash it off. I just barely touch it on the scalp area. Its more important to apply it on the ends. I know a lot of people have the problem that conditioners and smoothening masques weigh down their hair and make it limp. In my case, my hair feels weightless and quite bouncy. I use very little of the product and it does its job. Applying too much of it can make your hair feel a little sticky. And since it is soooo expensive, I try to use as little as possible.
The serum can be used on wet as well as dry hair. I have really long and thick hair, so I require about 2 pumps of it. But after shampooing and conditioning, you require very little of it. It adds a really nice shine to my hair without making it look oily. And it also helps to settle fly-away hair. It is a little oily to touch, so when applying on dry hair, take a little into your hand, then transfer it on to your hair brush and comb it through your hair. Makes your hair look shiny just like in those hair commercials.
These products last me quite long. The shampoo, with my twice a week wash, will last me for 3-4 months. The masque will easily last me for about 5-6 months. And I’ve been using the serum for a year now and it’s still got one-third left. This is the only reason that the price doesn’t pinch me as much. I’m quite middle class and normally avoid spending so much money. But my hair products are the only expensive things i buy and they definitely are worth it.
What suits me may not suit you. It may work for you or it may not. But if you have really frizzy hair that tends to get dry, I think this is a great set.
My hair is normally straighter than this, but I tied up my hair and went to sleep last night when it was still a little damp. Hence the bend.
This was a review of my previous smoothening masque. When I went to buy a new tub 2 weeks back, the stylist recommended the recently launched x-tenso Moisturist masque.
It claims to improve the straightening effect and is meant exclusively for straightened hair. It’s too soon to comment on that. I’ll have to use it for a few more weeks before I can say if it’s effective or not. But it does have the benefits of my previous masque. I’ve had no complaints yet.