In my ever-lasting quest to nourish my dry, fine, colored hair I have had the misfortune of trying out the L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Souffle d’Or Shampoo and Conditioner along with the Mythic Oil Seve Protectrice heat-protecting cream. L’Oréal Professionnel is a premium-generalist haircare brand by the L’Oréal family, with prices in the $20-30 range for products. It’s not as luxurious as Kerastase or Shu Uemura Art of Hair, but it is getting in the range of high-end hair products so my expectations were adjusted to go along with the higher price tag.
It is important to mention that I am very much a bargain-hunter, and not at all someone accustomed to breaking the bank for hair products, but this line (specifically the shampoo and conditioner) were both so disappointing that I felt like I would have had better luck with literally any drugstore equivalent.
The L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Souffle d’Or Shampoo (C$22) promises to “[offer] beautiful shine and lightweight nourishment for all hair types”, and while I realize that this product probably isn’t designed to be the mega-thirst-quencher that my hair needs, it’s still advertised as being suitable for all hair types.
Pretty much the only positive aspect of this line is its scent. All of the products have a rich aroma reminiscent of spice – vanilla, cumin and perhaps even cinnamon. I am quite impressed by the subtle, unique undertones that don’t overwhelm the senses, all the while steering clear of the tired old floral smells of most shampoos and conditioners.
Unfortunately, this is where the positives end. The shampoo formula has a mixture of fine shimmer suspended throughout the bottle, which in my opinion, cheapens the look of the product. While the bottle advertises that the “Golden Shimmering Sparkles” will leave your hair “sparkling with an airy touch”, the back (in fine print) reassures that the sparkles will rinse off with the rest of the product, therefore making them completely superfluous. I’m not entirely certain who the sparkles are meant to appeal to (young children come to mind), but for a professional line I find them to be overly gimmicky.
The worst part about the product is that it left my hair incredibly dry and tangled. My hair was essentially a solid, knotted mass by the time I rinsed off the lather. I had hoped that perhaps the conditioner was meant to remedy this, but as I soon discovered, my hopes were too optimistic.
The L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Souffle d’Or Conditioner (C$22) is a gel formula. Once again, I understand that a gel conditioner is not meant for sad, dry hair like mine, but I’ve used gel conditioners before with decent results. If you are wondering, there are indeed fine sparkles suspended in the conditioner as well, although there are decidedly fewer of them than in the shampoo.
When I applied the conditioner, using many, many liberal pumps I was faced with the horrifying reality that it was only further tangling my hair. I tried to coat my strands as much as possible, and left it on for the recommended 2-3 minutes before I realized that I needed to intervene with another product because I would later be unable to comb through my hair without major damage. So, I tried to get as much of the Mythic Oil Suffle d’Or Conditioner off as I could, and followed up with a thick, rich leave-in masque in an attempt to apologize to my hair for the horrors inflicted upon it.
Even after an additional ten minutes of deep-conditioning with a different product, my hair felt drier and more brittle until the next wash (where I opted to use a different shampoo and conditioner altogether). Additionally, I would certainly advise against these two products if you wear permanent extensions of any kind. As hair extensions are typically drier than your natural hair, there is a good chance this duo would irrevocably wreck hundreds of dollars worth of extensions.
Lastly, an honorable mention goes out to the Mythic Oil Seve Protectrice (C$26) heat-protecting cream which, by contrast, a fairly good product. It smells pleasantly of cumin in a sultry, spicy kind of way, and I have found that when used entirely on its own without the Mythic Oil shampoo and conditioner, it did a good job of taming frizz and protecting my hair from heat-styling. I would likely repurchase this product in the future.
In summary, if my terrible experience was not jarring enough, I would not recommend the L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Suffle d’Or Shampoo and Conditioner to anyone. However, I would recommend the Mythic Oil Seve Protectrice to someone looking for an inexpensive heat-protecting product with a unique scent.
This review was written by Liza