As a beauty journalist I often get overwhelmed with new product launches, especially when it comes to hair. Whether it's a mask, leave-in conditioner, or styling product, I often just end up sticking to my trusty old faithfuls to save a dreaded extra hair wash if it all goes Pete Tong.
So when L'Oréal's new Wonder Water arrived at my door, I'm ashamed to admit it went straight in my giveaway box.
You see, I'm the kind of person that hates reading instructions and if a quick glance doesn't tell me everything, I quickly lose interest.
Yeah, not the best person to play a new board game with...
As I wasn't sure what this "Wonder Water" was, mistaking it for a styling product that I'd use once and forget about, off to the giveaway box it went.
Then, I started seeing all my beauty journalist friends raving about this new product and how it had transformed their hair overnight. That's when the intrigue sent in.
However, it was only when my friend and Harper's Bazaar digital beauty director, Bridget March, posted a video explaining how to use it - it's an 8 second in-shower treatment - that I went on a mission to dig it out.
So, what is Wonder Water? Well it's essentially a liquid conditioner that you apply to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair post shampoo and rinse out after 8 seconds.
Yes, just 8 seconds. Not 8 minutes, 8 SECONDS.
Instead of using silicones to cheat that smooth feeling like other conditioners and masks might do, Wonder Water uses something called Lamellar technology, which you might have heard of before if you're a Kérastase fan.
Kérastase (which is owned by L'Oréal) first introduced lamellar technology in their salons with their 'K Water treatment' in 2019.
In the most basic of terms, this technology deposits ultra lightweight molecules onto the hair which are 10x smaller than regular conditioners/masks. These molecules form a super glossy, silky, light reflective top coat on your hair, which makes your strands not only look but feel incredible as well.
It's also suitable for all hair types. You just may need to use slightly more product depending on your hair texture. L'Oréal also say that Wonder Water replaces your regular conditioner, and for optimum results you should follow with a blow dry.
After watching Bridget's video I hopped off to the shower, shampooed my hair like normal and replaced my regular conditioner with it. I did still follow up with my leave-in conditioner once out the shower, mainly due to pure muscle memory.
After blow-drying my hair I literally could not stop touching it. I have fine hair but a lot of it, so it's not particularly coarse, but like most of you, has definitely been on the drier side due to the lack of haircuts this year and one hell of a growth spurt.
It felt softer than it ever has, was super shiny and just felt really lightweight. You know that feeling when you get a salon blow dry and your hair is no longer weighing you down? It literally felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.
Also worth noting that my mum also used it, loved it and received a compliment on how good her hair looked on her daily allotted walk.
From a product that I had no interest in, this has become a staple for me and I know it will forever have a permanent slot in my shower routine. It's way quicker and more effective than any hair mask I've every used before.
However, I do want to point out that when I did use it again and skipped my leave-in conditioner, my hair was not as soft. So, for me personally, I would still follow up with my leave-in, just for that extra silkiness.
Basically what I'm saying this is a run, don't walk situation and don't there's a single one of you that wouldn't benefit from adding this to your basket immediately.
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