A few weeks ago I got the chance to try out the new L'Oreal Paris HairExpertise Fibralogy line thanks to Influenster Canada. Consisting of a shampoo, conditioner and thickening treatment, the Fibralogy line is designed to give limp hair body and thickness in just 5 shampoos! To create this effect, L'Oreal developed Filloxane, a special molecule that penetrates the hair strand and then expands when dry to simulate thicker hair for up to 10 shampoos! Whether you have fine, limp hair like myself, or you just need a temporary boost, this line can work for everyone.
Now onto the individual products!
L'Oreal Paris Fibralogy Shampoo
The Product: The L'Oreal Paris Fibralogy Shampoo is the workhorse of this line, promising to gently clean while depositing Filloxane evenly across hair for maximum volume.
- Aqua (water)
- Sodium laureth sulfate - a common cleansing agent in shampoos and other beauty products. It's commonly confused with sodium lauryl sulfate, but this is said to be a milder version of that chemical, although they have basically the same purpose.
- Coco-betaine - a gentle cleansing agent derived from coconut oil and which also provides smoothing effects on hair
- Sodium lauryl sulfate - as mentioned, this is a common cleansing agent found in shampoos; however it's known to be highly irritating to those with sensitive skin.
- Sodium chloride - aka salt! Usually used as a thickener.
Effectiveness: The downside to all this value is unfortunately that I do not like this shampoo at all. Just looking at the ingredients list, it's easy to understand why. The shampoo suds up great, which is to be expected with all the SLS' in this product, but it also leaves my scalp feeling parched. After just a couple of uses, my scalp felt super itchy and irritated. After a few more tries, my scalp settled down, but still felt moderately irritated. As well, I also found that this shampoo is too harsh for color-treated hair as it's so stripping that it noticeably lightened my hair color.
Final Verdict: Ditch
L'Oreal Paris Fibralogy Conditioner
The Product: The L'Oreal Paris Fibralogy Conditioner is a lightweight, creamy conditioner that douses your hair with moisture, while also amplifying its volume.
- Cetearyl alcohol - an emulsifier and cleanser
- Behentrimonium chloride - prevents static in hair, but can be an irritant to eyes
- Aminopropyl triethoxysilane - this appears to be the "money maker" ingredient that does the actual thickening of your hair. The Beauty Brains have a good analysis on this ingredient as information is scarce elsewhere online.
- Starch acetate - a conditioning and smoothing ingredient
Effectiveness: As a conditioner, this one worked fairly well, but was nothing to write home about. My hair felt soft, if a teeny bit drier than normal. What this conditioner lacks in well, conditioning power though, it makes up for in voluminizing. After just a couple of weeks, I did notice a difference in my hair in that it was significantly bouncier and fuller! Usually when I first wash and blowdry my hair, it looks bouncy, but when using the Fibralogy line, this effect lasted for over a day, which for me, is amazing results!
Final Verdict: Buy
L'Oreal Paris Fibralogy Thickening Booster
The Product: The Fibralogy Thickening Booster is a voluminizing treatment that you apply between your shampoo and your conditioner. With the highest concentration of Filloxane of any of the Fibralogy products, this product is meant to be used 1-2 times a week for an extra power boost of volume.
- Aminopropyl triethoxysilane
- PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil - an emollient
- Lactic acid - various purposes but likely used here as a humectant
Effectiveness: With Filloxane as its second ingredient, this treatment booster definitely infuses your hair with volume. It comes out as a clear, watery liquid that you apply to damp hair and it has no discernible scent, although that could just be because the shampoo and conditioner are so heavily scented that it drowns this one out. Since I'm always using this one with the Fibralogy conditioner, it's hard to separate out the benefits of this one product, but I think it's safe to say that more is more with this special L'Oreal ingredient so I'm sure it's been playing apart in my new-found volume.
Final Verdict: Buy
Overall, the L'Oreal Paris Fibralogy line is an affordable, easy to incorporate set of products that provides amplified volume to hair. I'll for sure keep the conditioner and the booster in my shower routine, but I will no longer be using the shampoo as it irritated my scalp a lot and was too stripping.