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Drugstore Week: L'Oreal EverStrong Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner

Most shampoos, hair conditioners, and toothpastes have sulfates (or listed as sodium laureth sulfate), which is a cleansing agent that gives such products a rich lather. It has gotten a bad rap in the past few years due to rumors of it causing cancer and other skin maladies, but according to my research, the worst it can do is irritate sensitive skin or give you diarrhea if you ingest it. There's not much difference between using products with and without sulfates - except for the slightly higher price tag since the alternative ingredients cost more. Oh and less suds!

"Sulfate-free" does not necessarily beget a better hair product, however, if you have sensitive skin like I do then it may be a safer choice. :) My current hair buddies are the L'Oreal EverStrong Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner (P449 each), and true enough they haven't given me any breakouts or dandruff. I finally decided to use them after I had my hair colored!

The EverStrong line is 100% sulfate-free, 100% vegan, has no harsh salts, and contains natural botanicals (whatever that means). Okay even if I sound cranky I swear I love them. :P They smell like rosemary, quite herby and aromatic! The shampoo has a rosemary and juniper fragrance, while the conditioner has mint. It even feels cool on the scalp.

L'Oreal EverStrong Hydrate Shampoo

L'Oreal EverStrong Hydrate Shampoo ingredients

EDIT: Forgot to add this! The shampoo is actually quite sudsy, even though it doesn't have any sulfates. :) So if you're worried about your hair still feeling unclean and greasy, you won't have that problem with the EverStrong shampoo! It rinses off cleanly, too, so there isn't any feeling of chemicals left over.


L'Oreal Ever Strong Hydrate Conditioner

L'Oreal EverStrong Hydrate Conditioner ingredients

Indeed, the shampoo and conditioner keep my hair soft and smooth. They also help reduce the hair fall, but let's just chalk that up to the fact that I have very short hair at the moment. :) In any case they do not give me pimples! I've been using them exclusively for two weeks and they haven't initiated anything untoward. That's really all I ask from my hair products.

I still get frizzy but at least my hair doesn't feel dry and beat up after the color treatment.

So yes, if you have dry, brittle hair and/or sensitive skin you might want to switch to the L'Oreal EverStrong  sulfate-free products. I'm very happy with them, and plan to purchase when I run out.

L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise products are available in Watsons, leading department stores, and supermarkets.

Reader Comments (30)

Wow medyo kamahalan din siya. I might try the shampoo though kasi currently ang hg combo ko ay snoe hairheroes invisible wonder and hair heroes amplify. Sls free din pero bumubula un shampoo.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

Ms. Liz, have you tried Ilog Maria before? Their products are all natural. They even encourage using kalamansi as a conditioner. The bad part about organic/natural shampoos are "hindi bumubula" and they feel rough on my hair.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

I didn't like the first time I use L'oreal hair products. Seems like it doesn't work for me. But this sounds promising considering that the formulation is different(harmful chemical free) and i trust vegan products.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterranne

Organic ones are not sudsy and it leaves buildups onto my hair. My hair felt thick and slightly sticky. Mind yiu, I rinse my hair very well ha hehe

@mizeloise Re: snoe beauty hairheroes : its that good ba talaga? I've read somewhere na it removes buildups daw e

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

I'm interested to try the Colour Care variant. I love my hair when it's newly dyed, and I hope it stays that way, but most of the time it doesnt, so the Colour Care variant might just be the solution to my problem. :)

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterValerie Basinillo

Oh those sulfates! They've caused me bacne and now I'm left with acne marks all over my back! Pero I didn't make a switch to sulfate-free shampoos because I want my shampoo to be sudsy. I feel kasi na the more sudsy the shampoo is, the greater its cleansing ability. I don't know, maybe it's just me. What I do is I make sure na lang that no suds touch my skin when shampooing. I do this by keeping my hair away from my back (I bow my head when shampooing instead of keeping my head upright). So far, I had no problems naman. :)

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

A bit expensive but they draw me because it didn't give you any breakouts and dandruff. One reason why I have back-acne is because of the hair products that I use plus even anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner gives me dandruff

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterarya

I am using L'oreal Fall Repair 3x shampoo and conditioner. It came from the L'oreal March bdj box. :) There are drugstore products pala na pricey but I guess if it works better than the regular ones, it may be worth it. :)

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheng

it's still a bit expensive for a shampoo and conditioner, considering i have long hair as well. perhaps there are other alternatives? i've heard Human Nature has a sulfate free shampoo. it would be nice to hear how you think of it.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkimii

I'm dandruff prone, so I use baby shampoo because i feel it's the mildest shampoo available. Baby shampoo does not have a lot of bubbles too. I already know about sulfate shampoos before from a lot of research because I was born with bruha hair (ha ha), as in afro na siya. Some natural shampoos do feel like it causes build up because they contain oils, and is not really great for women with very straight hair or fine hair because the build up will make the hair look greasy. Human Nature has a natural shampoo that is very light but I would not recommend it for curly hair. Good for straight hair though. I've tried other loreal shampoos, they give frizz and I'll pass on loreal everstrong cos it's expensive, and they don't have sample packets yet.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy Dee

I hear it's better to use sulfate-free products for chemically treated and colored hair. One of my friend's swears by Snoe's products! I've yet to try their shampoos and conditioners though. So far, organic and sulfate-free shampoos don't cut it for me. I tend to get oily skin and since the product doesn't foam up, it just leaves me with a greasy scalp :-/

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYsabelle

so true Liz, i've been using this for quite some time really fits my hair needs i guess. Since i've used it i've never had a problem regarding dandruff...though it's really quite expensive but i love how it manage the hair. ;)

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercheenee

It sounds promising! Other organic shampoos don't cut it for me I hope this one does. I want to try it! Well, after my derma give it a go. Haha. Thank you for the post! :)

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoie

That is kind of steep for regular shampoo/conditioner, but not for specialty ones. I think it's fair, especially if you compare it to another hair specialist, Snoe, which has stuff around that price range.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Yay! Thanks for posting the drug store finds! I've been looking for a moisturizer to use at night all the ones I have have SPF and it just seems wasteful to use them before bed. I've been following your blog forever. You're actually the one person who convinced me to go ukay shopping! It's nice to see u become successful at what you enjoy and stay humble while doing so!

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMish

I just died my hair brown a week ago. Is this product a color safe? thanks :)

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersammy

Hmm, while they seem expensive... it makes me think of the stuff sold at salons... these are much cheaper, but still a bit pricey.

And this reminded me of the Hair Heroes from Snoe :)

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMia

Hi Liz, which variant is good for rebonded and repermed hair? My locks are super damaged and I've used the Kerastase Masque Force Architecte but it seems like I can't treat chemically abused hair with more chemicals. My hair is even drier. I think I'll give this a shot. Been shifting to natural products too. :)

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbby S.

I've brittle hair that's why at one point I was forced to have it cut. Now that it's growing back, I'm might purchase this when I run out of my herbal shampoo.

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris

is this good just for dandruff only?how bout hair growing?if there is Loreal for hair regrowing like yun sa Snoes, I will, though pricey basta effective.:)

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOhms

I find these pretty pricey, because I'm not really finicky with my hair, but I'm interested in the conditioner. Cooling and a mint scent? Two things I really love! Maybe if I feel like splurging a litle, I can check it out and convince myself to try a bottle. Thanks for sharing, Miss Liz! :)

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenine

@abby try mo argan oil! Or Snoe hair heroes with argan oil ;)

May 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

What branch did you buy yours? I went to the Podium branch and didn't find it there. XD My shampoo/conditioner combo usually costs me 1500-2000 each so this is a great alternative for me for everyday use. Haha Need to tryyy

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

I take your raves (even mere positive reviews) to heart. With this review, I'm so affected because I do have dry and brittle hair but I don't think I'll be trying this out. I react very inconsistently with L'Oreal hair care products and I'd rather not risk having another hair-fall eposide.

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeauty by Tellie

I did not know that this was available locally! I went to puregold clark, which sells mostly imported prods not available locally so I thought this was included. Anyway, this was only around 7usd. Roughly around 300php. So the local srp is pretty steep compared to its dollar equivalent. Well, I am not that impresses with this prod, i have the conditioner in brown tube, it works just as well as any other conditioner, imho. If liz says there's not much negative effect with hair stuff with sulfates, then I'd go back to regular conditioners. :))

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergem

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