Aaaah… Rebonded hair maintenance. It makes me feel like a poodle that constantly needs to be pampered. These days, I can’t go anywhere without first applying either hair oil or leave-on conditioner. It means the difference between explosive frizz and semi-decent strands, and I’d take decent hair any day of the week. In addition to my ever-faithful bottle of Dove Nourishing Oil Care Serum, I’ve picked up a bottle of L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil (PHP 550) to test just how “extraordinary” it could be.
Let’s get to the elephant in the room right away: The bottle is made of glass. Thick, heavy glass, for that matter. Though it wouldn’t look amiss on a hotel amenity tray, all that glass is a no-go for travel. Ditto on the pump that doesn’t have a lid, but just twists to lock and unlock. It’s only too easy to get an oil spill in your bag, so please leave it in the safety of your dresser table.
The ingredients that make this oil extraordinary include chamomile extract, coconut oil, lotus extract, flax flower extract, tiare flower (Tahitian gardenia) extract, and dog rose extract. All this sounds like a mouthful, but the usage itself is simple: dispense a few pumps, warm in your hands, and spread on the hair. Much like my Dove oil, it doesn’t end up looking greasy. The only difference is the scent that reminds me of flowers and overripe fruit in its sweetness. Not my favorite smell in the world, but I can manage. Oh, and the consistency of extraordinary oil is more serum-like, but you can’t really tell once it’s been warmed up in the palms and applied to the strands.
Rating: 4/5 I didn’t like the sticky-sweet smell or the inconvenient packaging, but my hair did come out looking tamed and feeling moisturized. Plus, the huge bottle will last for a long time.