Early this year, L’Oreal brought the Total Repair 5 hair care collection to us ladies with damaged ‘dos. Rite Aid was having a 2/$7 deal on these so I picked up the Restoring shampoo and conditioner and have been using them consistently for the past couple months.
I started coloring my hair when I was in fifth grade, and started heat styling almost every day in middle school. Needless to say I have years of damage under my belt (or headband, rather). Was I expecting the Total Repair 5 shampoo and conditioner to repair all of that damage? No. Was I wrong? Ehh…
The claims for the Total Repair 5 line are:
- Rebuilt Fibers
After just one use, I immediately noticed how silky soft my hair was. It had that just-got-back-from-the-salon feel and the shine was pretty impressive. My ends still looked dry; a quick fix with some argan oil. It was much easier to style, as well. Overall, my hair looked a lot healthier.
However, I didn’t notice any true repairing happening. The shine dulled down after a few days unless I used my Suave styling oil. I still have split ends, and they’re getting worse because of the cold and dry weather. I stopped using my usual conditioning treatment to gauge the effectiveness of these products, and my hair breakage increased back to what it was before I started weekly deep conditionings. The breakage is so out of control and I’ve got so many fly-aways to show for it. I was really hoping this product could tame that but unfortunately I was let down. L’Oreal has a repair hair mask and oil from this line for intense repairing, but I honestly don’t think it would have made much of a difference, nor do I think that I should have to buy extra products to get all of the benefits claimed on the bottles.
I would probably repurchase these if they were on sale again, because I think it was still a great value and I still like how my hair is feeling softer (they also smell nice). If I used the shampoo and conditioner alongside my weekly deep conditioning, I think I could achieve some impressive results.
Have you tried any of the Total Repair 5 products? What do you use to breath life back into damaged hair?