Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Product Yay: L'Oreal EverStrong Reconstruct Shampoo

It's product review time! When I first moved to Houston in September, I discovered I was almost out of shampoo. After I ran out, I started to use my husbands Head & Shoulders...That didn't last long. H & S always dries my hair out. Thankfully, I ran across L'Oreal EverStrong Sulfate-Free Fortify System Reconstruct Shampoo at one of my trips to Walmart. I bought it and I've been using it ever since.
Price: About $6 Ingredients: Aqua / Water / Eau, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycol Distearate, Glycereth-26, Decyl Glucoside, Parfum / Fragrance, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Ppg-5-Ceteth-20, Amodimethicone, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-10, Peg-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Carbomer, C11-15 Pareth-7, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Glycerin, Trideceth-12, Laureth-9, Linalool, Tocopherol, Limonene, C12-13 Pareth-23, C12-13 Pareth-3, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Benzyl Alcohol, Juniperus Communis Oil / Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil / Rosemary Leaf Oil, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid Product Description: Introducing formulas so gentle, yet so strengthening. Free of harsh sulfates, the EverStrong Sulfate-Free Fortify System contains our patented Bio-Ceramide Complex, which strengthens the hair fiber after just one use, helping it resist breakage. Rich lather and natural aromatic properties from rosemary and juniper help energize and invigorate the senses. My opinion: This shampoo says sulfate-free, but that's not entirely true. If you look at the ingredients, you'll see Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate. According to Naturally Curly, these are sulfates. They are just more gentle and not harsh. From Naturally Curly: Sulfate-free "This designation refers specifically to the anionic surfactants sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, and ammonium lauryl ether sulfate. These cleansers are very strong and can be quite harsh for delicate, curly hair. This is especially true for those with chemically processed or dry, damaged hair. (This does not apply to any of the sulfosuccinate cleansers, which are much more gentle detergents, and which are not sulfates, strictly speaking)." So when you see sulfate-free it just means that the more harsher sulfates are not in the product. I really like this shampoo. It's very gentle on my hair and it doesn't dry it out. One thing I don't understand is why there's sodium hydroxide in it. Yep, it's right there next to the last ingredient. I notice that some hair products have sodium hydroxide in it, but I don't understand why it's needed-even a small drop of it. The hair can be cleaned without it. (I may do some research on this) I would recommend this shampoo to anyone because it is indeed gentle and I've had no problems with it. I really like it.
Have you ladies used this shampoo?
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LaQT said...

I haven't tried the everpure or everstrong lines but I really want to. Thanks for the review. I am running low on shampoos and can't afford my splurge chi infra shampoo, this and/or NTM Cream Lather Shampoo are on my wishlist.
P.S. I know I haven't been on for awhile, are you still transistioning and if so, have you posted pics yet?

Tola said...

Sodium hydroxide is usually added as a PH adjuster along with Citric Acid. We're also talking minute quantities.

K.D. said...

@LaQT Hey girl! Nope. Transitioning is over! I bc'ed last month. :D There are pics posted on the blog.

@Tola Thanks for that info! I've always wondered about the need for sh in shampoo.