As someone with very fine hair, volume can be quite difficult to attain. Naturally my hair feels quite thin and silky which is great for shininess but not so great for texture. I regularly use texturising products such as my beloved Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce texturising spray however, I thought it would be good to try a volumising shampoo and conditioner. I’ve heard great things about the Fibrology range so decided to give it a try.
The L’oreal packaging has quickly become iconic, from the shape of the bottle to the shiny image on the front. The Fibrology range is identifiable by the teal and fuchsia bottles which I quite like. L’Oreal shampoos and conditioners are not the cheapest on the market for 250ml you’re looking at £2.99 (but if you apply liberally like I do then these won’t last), the larger 400ml sizes retail for £4.49 – almost a tenner just for a shampoo and conditioner.
L’oreal describe the Fibrology shampoo and conditioner as the following:
“A breakthrough in the science of hair, L’Oréal Laboratories have created L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Conditioner, proven to give long-lasting thickness wash after wash.Hair looks & feels thicker, with visible body & bounce. REVOLUTION: FILLOXANE. A patented ingredient proven to penetrate the fibre and expand hair from within. Penetrates deep within the fibre. Expands & increases the diameter of each hair. Remains in the fibre for a long-lasting, cumulative effect.”
The product smells nice and when I applied it to my hair in the bath I had no issues with it lathering up or with it irritating my scalp which is great. After I got out of the bath and towel dried and blow dried my hair I did closely inspect my hair to see if it looked any fuller, in honesty it didn’t and my scalp did feel a tad sensitive – like when you’re ill and your skin is sore.
The secret for the Fibrology range claims to be the patented ingredient Filloxane which apparently penetrates the fibre of the hair and expand from within. This to me, sounds similar to how the hair frizzes out in moisture. The hair is porous which means in humid weather it absorbs moisture from the hair, expands and then ends up appearing frizzy.
A lot of people said online that the Fibrology shampoo and conditioner made their hair feel coarse. I was fully prepared for this and it’s a side effect I wouldn’t have minded too much. Unfortunately, this didn’t work for me, my hair didn’t look fuller or thicker instead it just looked frizzier.
Since blogging, I’ve complained about the flyaway hairs I get. I know that everyone gets them to some degree but since my hair is fine and wavy it can very easily frizz out and the flyaway hairs are the bane of my existence. Sadly all this seemed to do was make those much more obvious but the base of my hair didn’t feel any fuller.
I’ve also had issues with L’oreal shampoos before, they do seem to dry my scalp out a little bit but my biggest bug bear is how they make my hair turn greasier much quicker than other shampoos. I think it’s to do with the ingredients that make my hair feel slick and itchy unlike other brands.
Ultimately, these products were a big disappointment to me, I really had hoped they’d work well for me but unfortunately they just don’t. I have also tried the Fibrology Dry Shampoo which doesn’t do much for absorbing grease and can leave the hair feeling sticky and coarse. Personally, I wouldn’t purchase or recommend the Fibrology range and I’ll most likely steer clear from L’oreal hair products in future.
The L’oreal Fibrology range is available from Boots, prices start at £2.99.
I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button. If you have any recommendations for hair thickening or volumising products please let me know in the comments as I’m always up for trying something that will make my hair look fuller.