Drugstore Curly Girl Hits: L'Oreal EverSleek Reparative Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner Review

L'Oreal EverSleek Reparative Shampoo and Conditioner
L'Oreal EverSleek Reparative Shampoo and Conditioner

Low-poo fans, no-poo die hards, and all other shampoo rebels are buzzing over L'Oreal's new sulfate and silicone-free hair care line!

Curl experts consider sulfates, a main component of traditional shampoos, to be the enemy of frizz-free spirals. Sulfates are foam-creating detergents that strip your hair's natural oils. Without that moisture, hair can end up frizzy and brittle, particularly if it is curly.

Silicones are extremely common ingredients in shampoo, conditioner, and styling products. They feel great because they form a protective film that leaves hair shiny, smooth and manageable, but many of them are not water-soluble. This creates build-up that can only be removed with harsh sulfates, leading to a cycle of:
  1. Clean with frizz-creating sulfates 
  2. Smooth stripped hair with silicones 
  3. Remove silicone build up with sulfates
To avoid this damaging process, many have switched to "low-poo" and "no-poo" methods that are sulfate and silicone-free. Unfortunately, products without these ingredients are often hard to find and typically cost more than drugstore offerings. 

L'Oreal's new line is the first foray into sulfate and silicone-free products by a major brand. I was thrilled when I heard about the new line and couldn't wait for CVS to get it in stock.  The line is broken into four subcategories that focus on different hair care needs: EverCreme for moisture, EverPure to preserve color, EverSleek for frizz control, and EverStrong to prevent breakage. L'Oreal has also released EverStyle, a subcategory of alcohol-free styling products.  I recently permed my naturally wavy hair, so I decided to try the EverSleek Reparative Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner ($6.99 each) first because they are designed to soothe damaged hair and control frizz.  Instead of silicones, the active ingredients are argan, sunflower, and olive oils. I also picked up the EverStyle Curl Defining Gel ($6.99).

L'Oreal EverSleek Reparative Smoothing Shampoo has a great, fruity scent.  Although it has no foam-forming sulfates, the shampoo still has some lather. The lather doesn't actually do anything, but it helps you distribute the shampoo evenly and just makes you feel like your hair is more clean than lather-free shampoos.

The Reparative Smoothing Conditioner has the same yummy scent, although it is perhaps a bit more mild. It has a very creamy texture that coats your hair quickly and thoroughly. I left it in for a couple minutes, and I could immediately feel how the conditioner had made my hair more supple when I rinsed it out.

These products have fabulous results. To style my hair, I add a curl creme & gel, let it air dry for awhile, and finish off with the diffuser.  Blow drying with the diffuser usually creates quite a bit of frizz no matter how careful I am, but not with EverSleek.  Although not 100% frizz-free, my curls are much more defined and bouncy.  My hair even stays somewhat smooth when I brush it out at the end of the night, which is a rare experience for curly girls!

I am so happy to be using affordable products that will promote my hair health. I expect to see improvements over time the longer I am sulfate and silicone-free.

Bottom line: If you are currently using traditional shampoo and conditioner, L'Oreal's new products are an excellent choice for you to experiment with sulfate and silicone-free hair care. And if you are already sulfate and silicone-free, L'Oreal's line is an affordable alternative to pricey specialty hair care that makes no compromises on quality.



  1. I have fine hair that I dye golden blonde so it tends to be a little stressed. I used to use L'Oreal shampoo & conditioners religiously until I realized that I would lose a lot of hair in the shower. I changed shampoos/conditioner and the fallout has reduced drastically. Of course, it could just be seasonal, but I'm taking a break from L'Oreal for a while... When I go back to trying it, this one sounds good!

    1. I have really fine hair too! What shampoo/conditioner do you currently use? L'Oreal developed a new formula for these products so they might work for you now. I would be cautious though; losing hair is no fun so it is probably best to be on the safe side :)

  2. Can you tell me what curl creme you use, Nicole? I'm on a budget, but def would like to find a good one to use.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Erin! Since the writing of this post, I've switched to using L'Oreal Everstyle Curl Activating Mousse instead of a creme. I lovee it and use it everyday, plus you can buy it at the drugstore :)