L’Oreal Elvive versus Kerastase Resistance Shampoo and Conditioners………………. Are they the same?!!!!

Hi Everyone,

How’s are you all? I have a slightly controversial post for you. Well it depends on your view point really.

I use salon hair care products. My reason for this is because i dye my hair, its fine hair and prone to snapping very easily. Sadly, i do not have amazing hair and using high street shampoo and conditioners, often results in horrendous straw-like unhealthy looking hair. This has been the catalyst for me to use salon options.

Kerastase Resistance

When i visit my stylist now, i pick up hair care products and have done for many years (and online). I love Tigi, Matrix and Kérastase products because they leave my hair sleek without being lank.

This year though, i have decided that i want to make a few financial cut backs on my beauty products mainly because i want to save for other essential items. So, when one of my favourite reviewers on You Tube mentioned Kérastase were owned by L’Oreal and she had bought L’Oreal Elvive products, which had the same scent as Kérastase, i got quite excited. Here was the perfect opportunity to save a great deal of money and still get the same great results for my hair. Right! Wrong!!!

I purchased the ones the reviewer mentioned she believed to be the same as the salon alternative.

I have been using Elvive products for a couple of weeks now and my hair is lank/heavy feeling at the roots, flyaway throughout the centre and very dry at the ends. No smoothness at all, sadly. I am so disappointed but i should have known better really. I have never had this result from any Kérastase product yet, just smooth hair. Another point the reviewer made was about them smelling the same. The scent was similar but the Elvive had a much sweeter scent than the Kérastase products.

The problem here is that a number of people fall into the same trap of assuming that one company owns another therefore, same product. Well no! Not the case.

I have written in more detail on this subject in an up and coming post so i will not go into it too much here; basically, various price points afford cost effective or more expensive ingredients and even though some base ingredients may be the same, they use a number of chemicals to produce different results. Often, the higher priced shampoo will have more expensive chemicals which may improve hair cuticle smoothness, etc; whereas, the cheaper one will not. The proof is in the ingredient label and of course in the end result on your hair.

L'Oreal Elvive Full Restore 5

Just a little side note. L’ Oreal own approximately half of the beauty companies in operation worldwide. Does this mean all their products are the same? Of course not!

I did try out the shampoo and conditioner because as i mentioned, i wanted to save money and was willing to give it a go; unfortunately, there are no comparisons with Kérastase products and i will continue to use them for the great healthy hair i want. I will still live in hope of bagging that ever elusive bargain though!

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them? Have a great week everyone and i will see you all very soon   😉


  1. February 24, 2013 / 7:25 pm

    we try to save money by buying the gallon-sized shampoo! both my husband and I like the same shampoo, but don’t like shelling out $20 a bottle for it. we found it in gallon-size on eBay for $70 and it’s been a lifesaver!

  2. February 24, 2013 / 7:37 pm

    Which one? The Kerastase? That sounds like a good idea. Not sure if we can buy it that way in UK.

    • February 19, 2014 / 10:37 pm

      Hi, I use the same shampoo and conditioner in the 1000ml I couldn’t agree more with you about this! all of the high street brands I have tried make my hair sticky and dry. I bought a duo from hbhair.com for £83 including delivery. They took about 2 weeks to deliver which annoyed me but they are based in holland and I was sceptical at first because the conditioner smelt slightly different but It was the advanced formula ( hence slightly diff scent) after using it for a week I can confirm it is the real deal and much cheaper than paying £15-£20 a pop also qvc sometimes do ojon damage reverse duo in 500ml for around £50 and that’s really good as well. Xx

      • February 20, 2014 / 9:36 am

        Thanks for the heads up on the brands and your comments. I wish i could use the cheaper high street brands but they just makes my hair terrible, unfortunately.

  3. February 24, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    I am super picky about hair products. I switch between salon products and super cheap ones, myself. Somehow I find the really cheap ones better than the mid-ranged prices idek.

  4. February 24, 2013 / 7:51 pm

    I find that the supermarket ones seem to put a coating on my hair, which just makes it lank over a few days. Pantene are famous for that. I will stick to my Bed Head which i can buy in large bottles and makes my hair really nice. kerastase is a better shampoo but very expensive

  5. February 24, 2013 / 10:56 pm

    I hate my current shampoo! I need to change!

  6. February 26, 2013 / 3:29 pm

    Not all supermarket/mass-market hair care products are the same. It is really worth exploring different cheaper brands because some of them may give you similar results to salon brands. I mix and match between mass-market, mid-range and salon brands as and when needed.

    The main difference between salon versus supermarket is usually in two things: Perfume and type of silicones used. So in your Kerastase/Elvive example, the base formulas are quite similar but where Kerastase has used a more sophisticated blend of silicones, Elvive over-loads your hair with a cruder blend. Where Kerastase has used a more expensive or sophisticated scent, Elvive perfumes are cheaper and less refined.

    The biggest difference is purely marketing-based. The aforementioned differences will affect the base product cost somewhat, but mass-market brands have one giant advantage – economies of scale. The price of individual raw materials goes down significantly when bought in bulk.

    As with any luxury product, salon brands are priced primarily according to what the target customer is prepared to pay for them and not according to the cost of the raw materials.

    This is why you can sometimes find some real gems in both supermarket and salon brands, if you learn how to read ingredients lists and what to look out for.

  7. February 26, 2013 / 3:50 pm

    Yes true, as i mentioned, the cheaper ones made my hair really awful. I also use Bed Head products which are great. I have never really found a good supermarket brand yet but i will keep looking. I remember i used to use Aussie Moist and this was great and i loved the bubble gum smell on it. I might try this again too. It is more expensive than Elvive but i think its better quality. I think the cheaper varieties do put very strong silicons in their products which is why my hair ended up being lank and lifeless. It was worth a go though.

  8. February 26, 2013 / 10:59 pm

    I used Loreal Elvive anti dandruff for men- and that actually worked for me more then for my brother 😛 lol

  9. February 26, 2013 / 11:17 pm

    haha how funny. I guess some ingredients work better on some hair than others

  10. February 27, 2013 / 1:58 pm

    I love the whole Keratase range, which is just as well as I have most of it. ALL the hair masques are great but for holidays in the sun you need Soleil Masque UV Défense Active Anti-Damage Concentrate, comb it through and leave it on, the heat from the sun only intensifies the treatment.
    I’ve also used (pre Nano Keratin, I don’t use or need conditioners anymore just Mythic Oil) the ‘old hair’ range, the one in green. I can see how it volumises, hair feels ‘coated’ but not overly heavy after using the leave in sprays. Recommended.

  11. February 27, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    Yes i have that leave in spray. Its lovely. None of the Kerastase products leave my hair feeling coated. Its always the cheap ones that do though

  12. April 27, 2014 / 11:12 pm

    I haven’t tried either of these but I got really excited when I read the title of the post haha! It’s a shame that the Elvive don’t live up to the Kérastase products but at least that means you’re getting your money’s worth with the Kérastase. Thank you for sharing this with us xx

    • April 28, 2014 / 8:37 pm

      Ha ha so glad you got excited by the title. No sadly, they are not the same on my hair anyway. I love Kerastase products.

  13. April 30, 2014 / 9:16 am

    I have the same issue as you! About 5 years ago, I bought most of the cheap hair products in Safeway, but they made my hair worse! However, I’ve been using Kérastase products for 3 years now and they’re by far, the best hair products I’ve used. For a junior in high school, spending all my money on their hair products for 3 years is a pain..

    My hair has one of the weirdest textures: it’s wavy, but in a bumpy way (kinda looks crimp in some areas of my head)..I’m Asian, but I don’t have that silky kind of hair…my hair is more of an African American texture…I straighten my hair every other day, but my hair feels so damaged and brittle, even after applying heat protectant and the Kérastase elixir ultime. I had my last chemically-straightened hair about a year ago, but the hairstylist didn’t use the strong chemical, leaving my hair the way it is naturally..

    I’m still frustrated with my hair because its highly stubborn. I straighten sections over and over again, but it won’t be completely straight! I recently purchased the Sultra Seductress flatiron, but no matter which hair straightener I use, my hair will never be completely straight…I need help

    Do you have a YouTube account? I would love to hear your reviews concerning the Kérastase products you use!

    • April 30, 2014 / 2:25 pm

      I use the resistance range in the green bottles. It makes my hair very soft but i must admit i don’t have the same type of hair as you. Mine tends to dry out very easily though. I don’t yet have a You Tube account but i may do in the future when i buy a better camera and have some time. Thanks for your comments though. x

  14. July 29, 2014 / 8:37 am

    Sometimes i make myself the same question and I find big similarities between L’Oréal and Lancome for instance…by the way, although stuffed with lots of parabens and chemicals, the Kerastase products are among the best available on the market….have you ever tried Aveda and Bumble & Bumble? They’re also great!

    • July 29, 2014 / 8:59 am

      I haven’t tried Aveda but i have the B&B Shine Spray, which i really like.I want to try Ojon next too. I agree with you about L’Oreal and Lancome but they use cheaper ingredients like you say parabens etc. It’s not worth putting that rubbish on your skin is it?

  15. Tara lola cox
    August 7, 2015 / 7:45 pm

    Hey there –I havent used them as yet but today my order of the Kèrastase products came —-I’m excited to start it —my hair is totally not what i know it should be —tested many but still the same —i bought the dermo-care —volumrifique —resistance therapiste —chronologiste —densifique–initialiste —nutritive (oleo relax)—pellicules —cuir chevelu —–I’m doing a totally hair reformation but im abit unsure which one i should use first —i have–hair thinning —chutes on the sides —dry weak and dreaking hair —-i want my known hair back —-please please some help before i get stared

    • August 7, 2015 / 8:07 pm

      Hi Monica
      I do

      I like the densifique and the resistance therapist and love the nectar thermite for styling. These products are super light weight too. Let me know how you get on. I have dry and damaged hair

  16. Tara lola cox
    August 7, 2015 / 7:51 pm

    Plus its true not that if its not expensive its worthless but it is true sometimes if done by a truthfull company —we all use the same ingredients in cooking but still one pot will be better than the other and the answer is the blending of the ingredients makes all the difference —but i’ll let u’ll know —-and I’m still awaiting an answer –bye

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