Review: Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Oil Elixir range for overstressed, straw-like hair

The latest launch from Schwarzkopf Gliss is the Ultimate Oil Elixir range. It’s decribed as being best suited for hair that’s desperately in need of fixing, basically – strawy, overstressed, damaged locks in other words.

The launch was held at the swanky Saxon, where we were treated to a delicious 3 course lunch. After learning about the history of Schwarzkopf (they’ve been around since 1898, and the first product they developed was powder shampoo in 1903. They developed their first liquid sham in 1927), we moved on to Ultimate Oil Elixir.

Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Oil Elixir is enriched with two types of liquid keratin that are able to penetrate the actual hair cells, as well as improve surface damage. I also saw on the ingredient lists that there’s a good amount of Argan oil in everything – it’s about halfway down the list in the sham & con, and pretty high up in the treatments. While Schwarzkopf is by no means a natural product (it has sulphates, silicones, alcohols and everything else required in a mass produced commercial product), I do find the decent amount of Argan oil impressive for the price range of this product. My day job involves oils, and Argan doesn’t come cheap.

I’ve tried just about everything in the range now, and I was really surprised by the textures. I expected the shampoo, conditioner and mask to be slippery-rich, but turns out they’re not that heavy. The conditioner is the most surprising – it’s diffcult to explain, but I can’t even immediately comb my fingers through my hair after application. It seems to be more about a formula that penetrates the hair (to an extent, at least) than coating it with a shiny layer of plastic ingredients.

Note the thick, creamy texture of the Ultimate Oil Elixir Structure Build-up Mask - I despise it when tub masks are runny
Note the thick, creamy texture of the Ultimate Oil Elixir Structure Build-up Mask – I despise it when tub masks are runny
Here's the Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Oil Elixir lineup. FLTR is shampoo, conditioner, and the two leave-in treatments. Not pictured is the treatment mask
Here’s the Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Oil Elixir lineup. FLTR is shampoo, conditioner, and the two leave-in treatments. Not pictured is the treatment mask

 

See how shiny the serum looks here? It's the same one pictured above, just after vigorous shaking.
See how shiny the serum looks here? It’s the same one pictured above, just after vigorous shaking. They call it liquid gold particles, but the sheen is due to Mica, mostly.

To my surprise, I’m going to continue using it even though my hair is reasonably fine in texture. It’s not making it oily, although I’ll alternate with a clarifying shampoo every couple of washes just to be safe. My processed ends are loving the conditioner and treatments – having strawy, lifeless hair is not something I see in my near future.

Shwarzkopf Gliss products are available from major retailers, and the Ultimate Oil Elixir will be available towards late May. The prices range from just over R50 for 250ml shampoo & conditioner to just under R70 for the 400ml bottles, and up to R99 for the priciest of the treatments.

C xx

PS – While chatting around the lunch table, the age old question arose – how does Gliss compare to Schwarzkopf professional hair products? Turns out the pro side has exclusivity on certain new technologies for the first 18-24 months, after which they become available for Gliss, and new technology is utilised for the professional products again. This is why Schwarzkopf products are overhauled every couple of years.

PPS – Schwarzkopf has a haircare consultant called Elaine, who you can call if you’re not sure about things like which range of haircare to use, what hair colour would suit you, etc – all while keeping your lifestyle, preferences, and hair type in mind. I think that’s awesome, and if you can call her on 082 770 9809.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Pamela Anne Rowlinson
    Jan 7, 2017 / 7:40 PM

    I have just purchased Gliss Hair Repair Oil Elixir here in Spain. The instructions are all in Spanish and are so small that I am unable to transfer them for translation – I don’t know how to use the oil. Help please. Do I use it before or after shampooing?

    • Chantelle Bester
      Author
      Jan 28, 2017 / 8:33 PM

      It’s a finishing product so after shampoo and conditioner, either on damp or dry hair.

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