Saturday, 19 October 2013

L'oreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm



This is another one of those products that I picked up when I was away on holiday this year. I can't believe I bought so much! I'm still ploughing through it all now. So yes, this is one for my American readers and indeed for anyone else who can get their hands on this mask - just not the UK unfortunately. I'm not sure when this is coming out in the UK or if indeed it ever is. America have had it for a while now so I would have thought that if it was going to launch over here, L'Oreal would have done so already. Anyway, rant over.

I picked up this mask because of Tati from Glamlifeguru. She raved about this enough before I went away that I knew it was a must have on my trip to CVS. It was so cheap for such a great amount of product and claimed to do wonders that, according to Tati, were completely true.

I do like to use a lot of heat on my hair - whether that's from blowdrying, straightening or even curling my hair on the odd occasion. Split ends are my nemesis, along with frizz and the fact that my hair likes to stick out at all different angles. I was hoping that this mask would smooth the hair follicle, help to repair the split ends before my next cut and generally make my hair silky soft and smelling great.



After reading the pot I realised that it said it would do pretty much just that. It claims to repair 1 years worth of damage after one use. I was skeptical about that but it sounds like everything I just reeled off to you on the tub. The perfect mask for me.

It felt like a deep treatment mask so I only used it once a week. However, after further inspection at the minuscule writing on the tub, I can see that you are meant to use it daily. Oh dear. So naturally I started using it more frequently - not quite every day as I don't like to wash my hair that frequently but at least 3 times a week. Unfortunately the effects were still the same as when I was using it just the one time a week.

I really don't see that much hydration from this mask which it claims it will help with along with 4 other benefits. My hair feels slightly stronger and is less likely to fall out, but it feels rougher than ever. It's far from the sleek and smooth style I had hoped for. The product is quite good at helping with my split ends but unless I use a shine spray, my hair can still look dull and lifeless. Overall it is a bit of a hit and miss product. Because it doesn't quite do what it says it will, I don't really like using it all that much. It's such a shame because I had such high hopes for this treatment and there is so much product left to use up.

I have really put off writing this review so that I could test this product over and over to make sure I'm  positive about what I'm saying. I always get really confused when I don't like a product that other people rave about because I feel like the odd one out. Regardless of this I would have to say that I don't really rate this product and I wouldn't buy it again.

L'oreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm - $6.99 from CVS

4 comments:

  1. What a shame, it sounded so promising :/. Xx

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    1. Clearly it works for some because Tati loved it so much. Don't know why it didn't do anything for me though. Maybe my hair is too thick? It's definitely a shame though :( xxo

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  2. Sounded so nice, such a pity it didn't live up to expectations.
    I always feel the same when I don't rate something, that so many other have raved about. I'm always sure that it must be something I'm doing wrong haha.

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    1. Exactly! It's almost a bit awkward if you don't like it. But I guess what works for one, might not always work for another :) xxo

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