Well, Optimum Care has done it again with an amazing heat protecting product in the Amla Legend Blow Out Elixir, which was sent to me for review purposes. Long time L4L readers probably remember how much I loved the “red” Optimum Care Salon Collection line, the no-lye relaxer was my staple! Another favorite was the heat polisher, which protected my hair and left it silky and shiny. So I knew Optimum Care makes some great products and lovely heat protectants.
However, I detested the Amla Legend relaxer (it was the worst relaxer I’ve ever used) and don’t care for many of the other products in the Amla Legend line. It seems Soft Sheen Carson is placing most of their emphasis and quality ingredients in their “natural” hair care lines by Dark & Lovely. Many Amla Legend items still have mineral oil, sulfates, lanolin and petroleum, which makes me give major side eye; I know what ingredients are healthy for hair and moreover how my hair responds to subpar ingredients. So….I wasn’t sure what to expect when trying the 10-in-1 Blow Out Elixir. But I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the ingredients and downright giddy about how it worked in my hair!
First, a quick demonstration so you can see how the product appears and works in my hair:
The product claims: Works 10 ways to help repair, strengthen and smooths hair for up to 72 hours. With 450 degrees heat defense, it’s all-in-one ritual for salon style blow-outs and legendary shine. 1. Repairs 2. Shines 3. Smoothes 4. Strengthens 5. Detangles 6. Softens 7. Moisturizes 8. Prevents split ends 9. Control Frizz 10. Protects up to 450 degrees.
Ingredients: Aqua / Water / Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol,Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Parfum/ Fragrance, Glycerin,Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Sodium Benzoate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, BHT, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Arginine, Glutamic Acid, Trideceth-6, Hexyl Cinnamal, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Serine, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Xylose, Limonene, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract.
This product is full of moisturizing ingredients, strengthening amino acids and protein and my favorite secret ingredient for hair protection and repair, ceramide complex.
My thoughts: This product definitely makes blow drying easier by smoothing hair, allowing the comb of my new favorite blow dryer to glide through my hair more easily as compared to sections where I didn’t apply the product. After blow drying, my strands still felt soft and strong, not fried or brittle which (to me) says the elixir does a great job of protecting my hair from heat. I also like the spray nozzle and the way the product distributes on the hair. All in all, for a retail price of $8.99, I highly recommend this product and will continue to use it before applying any heat to my hair.