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Product review: L’oreal Extraordinary Clay shampoo and conditioner

Diwali is bad news for anyone who has greasy hair like mine. Even on regular days, I struggle with my oily hair and even oilier scalp. On principle, I have to wash my hair every alternate day, failing which locks of my hair start sticking to each other and forming oily clumps.

When I first saw the ad for the product, I was curious but I wasn’t sure if I needed buy a new shampoo since I was more than satisfied with my Organix B5 shampoo[1] and eucalyptus conditioner[2]. I had vowed to stick to the brand come what may. However…the attractive sea blue bottle and its promises of a 72-hour oil protection made me buy a tiny bottle to just try it out.

Worst case scenario, it could possibly end up as a foot shampoo if I didn’t like it. The packaging The packaging is not a big departure from Loreal’s usual style, but the colour theme is really soothing to the eyes.

The bottle is a light sea blue with a transparent, light-blue flip top cap. The ingredients Shampoo: Aqua / Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Coco-Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Chloride, CI 42090 / Blue 1, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Argilla / Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Salicylic Acid, Fumaric Acid, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Montmorillonite, Kaolin, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Carbomer, Geraniol, Octyldodecanol, Citronellol, Citric Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Parfum / Fragrance, F.I.L.

C179833/1 Conditioner: Aqua / Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Cetyl Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Argilla / Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Salicylic Acid, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Montmorillonite, Isopropyl Alcohol, Kaolin, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, BHT, Citric Acid, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Glycerin, Parfum/ Fragrance, F.I.L. C180281/1

As you can see, no parabens. That was enough to convince me! The price

It is moderately priced at 175 ml for 185 rupees. The 250 ml conditioner is priced at Rs 256. The review

The shampoo addresses a common problem that most girls with oily scalps encounter — an oily scalp and dry, broom-like hair. It’s a cruel joke! Coming back to the product, it comes enriched with clay (no idea which clay) that claims to wash off excess oil from the scalp and the roots, eliminating impurities and pollution particles and (most importantly) moisturise the hair shafts.

The moment I started lathering the shampoo on my hair, I was convinced that it is truly something spectacular. The shampoo forms a rich lather, coating the hair shaft in a thick creamy froth. It helps you detangle your hair in a jiffy.

In fact, it does a better job than most detangling creams. Most importantly, it leaves your hair feeling clean without leaving behind that annoying rough, squeaky feeling. The condition is dense and thick, not one of those lotion-like consistencies.

So when you apply it to your hair, the cream stays in place and it’s easy to wash off. Both have a mild fruity mango-like fragrance with a tingling minty undertone. It renders an icy-cool feeling to your scalp.

As for the claim, the shampoo didn’t lie. Three days later, my hair still feels great. Earlier, my hair would beg for a wash at the end of the second day.

Verdict: So I am sold and absolutely in love with this shampoo! I’d recommend it to the whole world.

I was insanely happy with my OGX brand.

But given the price difference, I think Extraordinary Clay is more suited to my budget as well as my hair!

Extraordinary indeed!

Published: October 23, 2017 6:10 pm

References

  1. ^ Organix B5 shampoo (www.thehealthsite.com)
  2. ^ eucalyptus conditioner (www.thehealthsite.com)

The best way to freeze bacon for single servings

Mmm. Bacon.

Alina Bradford/CNET

If you’ve ever been alone, and really wanted bacon, but swore this time you wouldn’t eat the whole package, this tip is for you. This is also a particularly handy tip if you buy bacon in bulk.

The next time you buy bacon and a package actually makes it to the freezer, make a bacon dispensing system that will allow you to grab as many slices as you need, without defrosting the whole package.

  1. Grab a sheet of wax paper, around 2 feet (60 cm) long and 1 foot (30 cm) wide.
  2. Lay out a strip of bacon at the end of the paper, along its width.
  3. Roll the paper, once, around the strip.
  4. Add another strip to the paper and roll it once.
  5. Keep going until you run out of paper, or bacon.
  6. Seal your roll of bacon in a plastic freezer bag.

    Be sure to get as much air out of the bag as possible before popping the whole thing in the freezer.

The wax paper will prevent the bacon from sticking together.

The next time you want bacon, just unroll the paper enough to grab a few slices and stick the rest in the freezer.

15 new uses for your kitchen gadgets

The best way to freeze bacon for single servings

Mmm. Bacon.

Alina Bradford/CNET

If you’ve ever been alone, and really wanted bacon, but swore this time you wouldn’t eat the whole package, this tip is for you. This is also a particularly handy tip if you buy bacon in bulk.

The next time you buy bacon and a package actually makes it to the freezer, make a bacon dispensing system that will allow you to grab as many slices as you need, without defrosting the whole package.

  1. Grab a sheet of wax paper, around 2 feet (60 cm) long and 1 foot (30 cm) wide.
  2. Lay out a strip of bacon at the end of the paper, along its width.
  3. Roll the paper, once, around the strip.
  4. Add another strip to the paper and roll it once.
  5. Keep going until you run out of paper, or bacon.
  6. Seal your roll of bacon in a plastic freezer bag.

    Be sure to get as much air out of the bag as possible before popping the whole thing in the freezer.

The wax paper will prevent the bacon from sticking together.

The next time you want bacon, just unroll the paper enough to grab a few slices and stick the rest in the freezer.

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