LOVE this stuff! I have long hair (about 2" past collarbones) and it is frizzy, poufy, wavy/curly and insanely thick. I normally blowdry it straight and then curl it with a large 1.5" barrel curing iron. My hair has been super frizzy and dry lately (like, those totally noticable artificially stick-straight looking crispy ends when I would dry my hair straight) and I've been trying lots of products but to no avail. One day I was cruising through the grocery store and saw this stuff on an endcap - it was cheap so I decided to give it a whirl (not before pulling up MUA on my phone and seeing that this had a few decent reviews already!). I normally only buy high-end/salon brand products, but this one works better than anything I've used lately!!!! The texture is between a cream and a lotion, and the scent is very soft but does not linger on me. Basic tube with flip-top cap which is hygienic and doesn't leak. Here's how I use it: I wash my hair twice weekly, and my hair-washing routine consists of shampooing well, applying a basic conditioner with biotin to detangle and strengthen, and then applying a hair mask that I leave on for ~10 min. After my shower, I towel dry my hair and apply a blob of the Xtreme Straight to my hair (size of the blob is between dime and nickel size). I rub it between my palms and then first apply it to the BOTTOM 2/3 of my hair, first the top layer and then the underside. After that, I smooth my hands coated with the remaining product on the top 1/3 of my head, near the roots (I have a pretty bad "frizz halo" at my roots - I'd imagine if you don't have this problem, you could skip the root area/top of head altogether). I then comb it through, and blowdry straight with a paddle brush. This has cut my blowdrying time down to about 7 minutes, while before it was taking about 15. That's half!!! This Xtreme Straight eliminates my "frizz halo" and leaves my hair much softer. The ends will still look slightly artificially straight, which is why I then curl it with my large curling iron. Keeping this routine has left me with SHINY, BOUNCY, FRIZZ-FREE hair and swings like normal hair....no one would ever know the horrible, bushy appearance that it is naturally! Love that it's a heat protectant as well since I use the dryer and curling iron. It also doesn't leave my hair greasy. As I stated above, I only wash my hair twice weekly and this does not make it any oilier or limper between washes. My hair looks great all the time now and I contribute it to this product! LOVE!
My hair is the crunchy and coarse type, when left untreated after shampooing. I'd always wait for the second day hair and my natural oils to finally cover the strands so that my 'do would at least have the semblance of shine and moisture. I don't straighten or blow dry my hair, for fear of making it even more dry, so I've been searching for straightening/smoothing serums as a leave-in conditioner to help my hair out - I've tried the FX argan oil, but I can't seem to spread it evenly enough, leaving my hair a bit more than greasy. I can spread this one so easily! It's like a light lotion for my hair, and not heavy at all (which is good for my coarse hair, might be heavy for thin hair). I use more than recommended, about 2 quarters worth. After a light drying, I spread one quarter in my fingers through my entire damp head of hair, and the second more on the edges and scalp. When I had first bought it, I only used one quarter, and was disappointed that my hair was still coarse, and I put it away for a couple months until just recently. I'm glad I gave it another shot to figure out what was best for my head - now my hair is just soft and touchable, although it will never be stick straight with just cream. I think its great for coarse hair, and for the price worth it for the smoothing effect.
I truly did not know how to correctly use this product until today. I purchased it after reading the positive reviews but it made my mostly medium wavy-curly pixie a greasy, gross mess. But then today I watched 2 separate YouTube tutorials. One was on the ToniGuy channel that made me feel really dumb about how I'd heretofore been using the Bedhead matte separation workable wax (I prefer a matte, rather than shiny, finish for my hair). Put as much as would cover a fingernail (how easy!), rub, rub, rub it in your palms to emulsify until it looks like it's gone and then start roughing it through the BACK and THEN move forward. Duuhhhh!! The other video was from Howcast about how to straighten short hair. I'm totally clumsy with hair styling tools and only own a blowdryer, not a flat iron. The curly redhead chick in the video showed this "wrapping" technique that is soooo easy and all you do is take your paddle brush and follow the shape of your head one way and then the other and then just back and forth until it's dry. And it worked SOOOOO well! I was stunned, as was my husband. So I used the L'oreal Advanced Smooth Intense Xtreme Straight in the manner suggested by the ToniGuy guy. Very pleased. I used a teensy bit (like half a fingernail size, I guess) of the Bedhead matte separation workable wax to smooth ends and make it a little piecey but still smooth. Very pleased!
I LOVE this product! I live in Hawaii and the humidity can make my long hair really frizzy. I use anywhere between a dime and nickel sized amount of this product on my damp ends and work my way up. I don't ever put much on my roots, I focus this on my ends. My hair is long, down to my waist but its on the fine side. I wouldn't recommend using a lot of this, as I have heard it can make your hair look greasy. I have not experienced this though because I am always using hair products sparingly because my fine hair. In the past, my shorter (natural) hair was wavy verging on curly and was fairly frizzy. However, the longer it gets the less texture it has. I think its heavier or something? lol But anyways I love this product for helping keep the frizz away. I put this on my damp hair at night and let my hair air dry while sleeping. I wake up to smooth, straight, beautiful hair! But I also use this before blow drying on mornings where I haven't showered the night before. I still like to run my straightener through to help smooth my hair even more. I really love that this doubles as a heat protectant up to 450 degrees. The price is low, I think I bought mine for around $6 here in Hawaii. The packaging is an average squeeze tube with LOTS of product. To me this smells exactly like Bath and Body Works plumeria lotion, which I don't mind :) I have been using this product every time I wash my hair for the last 2 months and I wash my hair every 2 (or rarely 3) days. I've barely put a dent in the bottle! It's a whopping 5.1 fl oz. I would definitely recommend trying this!
Maybe I just used too much, but this stuff made my hair a grease pit. I used less than quarter size amount on my short hair and after blow drying, hair still looked wet. I had to go to work looking like that. As soon as I got home I couldn't wait to wash it. I might try again and use a lot less. Be careful with quantity you use.
My hair is coarse, curly and very unruly I have used every smoothing/straightening styling product that is out there. My latest favorite was Kiehl's but it is so expensive. This cream is better then all. I was greatly surprised to find this wonderful, economic product. After I dried my hair and used the Chi iron, I was very pleased at the results. My hair looked just as nice if not better then when I have it done at the saloon.
Great product! In short: The first smoother that works and it offers heat protection up to 450 degrees. Usually, any products that claim to make hair smooth weigh my hair down or make it greasy, or they just plain don't work at all.
This cream leaves me with perfectly smooth, soft, shiny hair and keeps frizz at bay: I use a nickel size amount on my damp, shoulder length, medium thickness, slightly wavy hair, I first style it with a round brush and occasionally use my GHD flatiron. The scent is very soft and unobtrusive and does not linger. It comes in a convenient tube that stands on its top, dispenses product well without leaking and the price is reasonable at about $7. A winner!
I love everything about this product. I bought it on a whim at Target since I was at a loss of what smoothing cream to get. None of them worked well. Boy was I surprised with this product! It smells good. It comes in a tube, and is easy to dispense. The price is less than $7 and it's a cream. I have used tons of smoothing creams, and this is a great product! It also has a built in heat protectant of up to 450 degrees. And boy does it get rid of frizz and flyaways. I had gotten a blow out at the salon last week and after using this product this week, my hair came out as good, if not better than the salon results. It also got rid of my fly aways and I woke up in the morning and my hair looked even better. I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised with this product. It reminds me of the Redken smoothing lotions for a quarter of the price. I totally recommend this.
I'll just say this right out of the gate - I generally loath L'Oreal products. I've never tried one of the products that worked for me. If it did, I could generally find something better. So why do I have this product you ask? Well, sometimes I just get a hankering to try something new. That typically happens when I'm grocery shopping because my budget (ie broke as a joke) really doesn't allow me to fulfill that hankering at say Sephora. When I saw a shelf full of L'Oreal's new Advanced Hair Care line, I just had to get something. Most of the shelf was picked clean because the prices on these products are amazingly low. Luckily I was able to grab a bottle of the Dry Oil and this product. For once, I'm glad I bought something by L'Oreal.
I typically use Redken Align 12 balm on my hair before I blow dry and iron it with my trusty Chi. That's an awesome product that smells amazing but it's pricey. Since I'm running low and likely won't repurchase another bottle in the near future, I decided to use this product as a cheap alternative. Shockingly, this works just as well, if not better than Redken. It makes straightening my hair a breeze and, since it's a cream, there's no worries about over applying and getting that oily look like so many hair serums can give you. This leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth.
The smells of the cream is what I would describe as simply clean. By the time I get done baking/frying my hair, the smell is gone. If you're not into your hair smelling overly perfume-y, this is a plus. I also love that this has a built heat protectant in it (up to 450 degrees so says the bottle). Most heat protectant sprays leave my hair feeling extra dry so it's nice to skip that step. The price is also outstanding. I believe nearly everything from the Advanced Line is moderately priced (under $7 or so) which I love.
Overall, I am pleasantly surprised by this creme. It's just as good as a salon product but nearly as damaging to your wallet.
I Got this as a sample and bought it right away, used it with the flat iron and it worked great. I bought it right away. I took a star away because I used it and let my hair dry al natural and the results weren't great. But still a great product. I wasn't impressed with the shampoo or conditioner