L'Oreal's condish formulations are getting on my nerves!

I can't believe how many brands L'Oreal owns and how they are copying the same condish formulas across them all! Why would anyone pay for a Matrix, L'Oreal Textureline, or L'Oreal Serie Expert rather than Garnier Fructis or L'Oreal VIVE?

I was recently looking at the ingreds for the newer L'Oreal Professional Textureline Fresh Conditioner, and I was so disappointed for another carbon copy formulation. The Series Expert Shine Blonde Conditioner and Absolut Repair Conditioner formulations are nearly identical to the GF ones too? Matrix Color.smart Conditioner is right there too.

Don't they have any original thoughts over there at L'Oreal?!? I read somewhere that they own Kerastase, Redken, and recently acquired the Body Shop. I don't have a lot of respect for Redken overall (many of their formulas are similar to drugstore brands in a general way), but gosh, it's getting so that P&G (Pantene, HE, Aussie, Head & Shoulders, Physique), Unilever (Suave, Dove, Sunsilk, Thermasilk, Salon Selectives), Alberto (VO5, Tresemme, , Nexxus, Nexxus Phyto Organics, St Ives), L'Oreal (see above), .... This is unreal! No wonder all this stuff looks so similar. I still say that L'Oreal making their conditioners almost identical is the most extreme I've seen it. Sigh....
Wow! I never knew they owned so much. It's unbelievable and I can see how annoying it is.

CoN green, HE hello hydration, burt's bees super shiny condish, & KCCC.

mostly 3b, mod CG


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Wow! I never knew they owned so much. It's unbelievable and I can see how annoying it is.
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I never knew that either. Seeing that I've rarely been happy with their quality, I'd hate to see them become the Microsoft of the haircare world.

On an aside, their commercials annoy me. No one has hair that shiny, and they almost always show straight hair.
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I totally agree. I am so sick of all this straight hair fab. I mean when I was a young girl I had stick straight hair, really shiny. Then I hit puberty and my hair got wavier and dryer. Now it's curly, and frizzy at times, not much though.

But yes, right now I have a vision of some woman on tv flipping her BSL to waist length hair at the camera and having it shine so bright you think you need sunglasses Then she touches it, something we all no better than to do.

Everytime I see makeovers in magazines, they always cut the womans hair and then blow dry it straight. How rude!
I really miss the days of just the choices being normal, dry/damaged and color treated. With all the different products out nowadays, even if you don't care about ingredients, it's way too easy to be overwhelmed with all the choices.
I knew L'Oreal owned those companies. They have quite a few companies, all aimed and marketed at different segments, supposedly to keep other big corporations from getting in on the market.

A list of everything the own


Professional Products Division
Kérastase
L'Oréal Professionnel
L'Oréal Technique
Matrix
Mizani
Redken

Consumer Products Division
L'Oréal Paris
Garnier
Maybelline New York
SoftSheen-Carson

Luxury Products Division
Biotherm
The Body Shop
Cacharel
Diesel Perfumes
Giorgio Armani Parfums and Cosmetics
Guy Laroche
Helena Rubinstein
Kiehl's
Lancôme
Paloma Picasso
Ralph Lauren
Shu Uemura
Victor et Rolf parfums

Active Cosmetics Division
Dermablend
La Roche-Posay
SkinCeuticals
Vichy Laboratoires
Innéov
Ombrelle
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I knew L'Oreal owned those companies. They have quite a few companies, all aimed and marketed at different segments, supposedly to keep other big corporations from getting in on the market.

A list of everything the own


Professional Products Division
Kérastase
L'Oréal Professionnel
L'Oréal Technique
Matrix
Mizani
Redken

Consumer Products Division
L'Oréal Paris
Garnier
Maybelline New York
SoftSheen-Carson

Luxury Products Division
Biotherm
The Body Shop
Cacharel
Diesel Perfumes
Giorgio Armani Parfums and Cosmetics
Guy Laroche
Helena Rubinstein
Kiehl's
Lancôme
Paloma Picasso
Ralph Lauren
Shu Uemura
Victor et Rolf parfums

Active Cosmetics Division
Dermablend
La Roche-Posay
SkinCeuticals
Vichy Laboratoires
Innéov
Ombrelle
Originally Posted by TEOG


CoN green, HE hello hydration, burt's bees super shiny condish, & KCCC.

mostly 3b, mod CG


Smiles are free, so give them away.

Celebrate we will, 'cause life is short but sweet, for certain.
I knew that L'Oreal owned a lot of brands. I've never really looked at the ingredients of their conditioners. Ever since I severely damaged my hair two years ago, I've mainly used Jessicurl. However, I do use L'Oreal Professionel's (formerly Artec) Smoothing Serum. It has one cone in it, but it's really far on the list. Long time ago, I also used to use Matrix Biolage Gelee and the Vital Nutrients Oil (this was discontinued years ago ) I find that L'Oreal's styling products tend to not all be the same, but most conditioners tend to have unhealthy ingredients in them -- even the higher-end salon ones.
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HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
Oh, yeah! I forgot about Kiehl's! You know, their formulas always look suspiciously like CO Bigelow's. I don't know who came first, but I'd be thinking lawsuit if I were the original source of their formulas.

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