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Review: L’Oreal Paris Elvive Dream Long Steam Mask

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Boy, has it been awhile since I’ve been on here or what?! I really am excited that I have had the time and opportunity to actually check out a new product AND write up a review. YAY! No really, you have no idea how happy I am!

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Let’s jump into this!

In Belgium, they call it Elseve instead of Elvive.

My Hair Type: Thin. Fine hair in the front half and normal thickness hair in the back half.

My Hair Length: 18 inches

First Impressions: I wasn’t planning on picking up this product when I did and that’s usually how my shopping goes when it comes to hair because I normally make my own hair masks. But the marketing strategy worked and I bought it because it looked pretty and it said steam on the package.

Packaging: The packaging is nice, durable and with bright inviting colors.

Balm: You get 40mL of balm and it is thick and creamy. The fragrance is a soft floral which matches the packaging. There was plenty in the package for my type of hair.

Cap: The cap is a sort of paper that is coated in an oil which acts as the activator to heat up. There is no fragrance.

Price: I paid 3.99€ in the Kruidvat but you can get this product in any type of drugstore or haircare store.

Animal Testing: L’Oreal does not test on animals.

Claims: Repairs long damaged hair. It’s enriched with protein and castor oil. It is L’Oreal’s first self heating hair treatment. It nourishes the lengths and tips with conditioning ingredients.

Pros: The fragrance is very nice. The thickness of the balm makes little to no mess, if not doing it in the shower. You only have to have the cap on for 10 minutes. So, you can also do this while in the shower.

Cons: The oil in the cap would occassionally run down my face or neck which resulted in the need to wash my face when finished.

Targetted Buyers: This is targeting all women with long hair regardless of age. However, the colors are very inviting for the younger group of women.

Ease of Use: The directions were very clean and simple. It was easy to read and understand. It is clearly labeled what pouch is step one and two. It was easy to open and dispense the product.

Potential Problems: It is possible that there is not enough product for someone with really thick long hair.

Alternatives: L’Oreal Paris Dream Lengths Savior Mask. This is about 3€ and it is the same product minus the cap. You get 300mL. You can use your own cap with castor oil in it, if you’d like.

Fulfilled Claims: My hair feels softer and is more manageable. As most hair peeps know, protein aids in the strengthening of your hair and castor oil will trap moisture in the hair shaft and add shine. My hair hasn’t really ever felt brittle and therefore, I can’t judge the protein. My hair does look a bit more shiney which stems from the castor oil. The lengths and tips of my hair look better overall.

Failed Claims: When wearing the cap, I never felt any heat from under the cap. I massaged my hair inside the cap as directed but I still felt nothing.

My Take-Home Thoughts: I am a self mask maker. In my opinion, this product is good but it needs to work on the “self heating.” I liked the idea of self heating because heat on your hair while treating has alot of benefits and opens the cuticles of your hair to allow the moisture in. But seeing that it didn’t heat, it worked like any other conditioning mask.

I am going to continue to make my own masks until I find another one that catches my eye in the store!

For people who don’t make their own masks, I suggest buying a pot of a hair mask and a cap, then using your hair dryer blow over the cap to slightly heat up your hair.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried this product before or do you have another one that works for you? Let me know! I’m curious.


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