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Review: L'Oreal Paris Total Repair 5

Posted Oct 03 2010 12:00am
With the endless possibilities of hair styles, we expose our hair to external aggressors such as chemicals, heat and even excessive brushing or combing. Isn't it ironic that the efforts we put into making our hair look good are actually damaging it?

L'Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 hair care range targets the five major problems of Asian hair
  1. Breakage
  2. Dryness
  3. Dullness
  4. Coarseness
  5. Split ends
Read on for the review. There's an important poll I need you to take at the end of this post so, even if f you're not interested in this review, please read on anyway!

According to L'Oreal, the strength of the hair diminishes as external aggressors contribute to the loss of cement-ceramide, which is responsible for holding the hair scales (outermost layer of the hair) together.

L'Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 hair care range contains Cement-Ceramide
that embeds itself in the spaces between the hair scales to strengthen the hair structure, repairing damage.

Er, that sort of makes sense, right? Though, what matters is if they really work, despite what the claims are.

Repairing Shampoo
(RM11.90/180ml and RM22.90/375ml)
Especially for damaged, devitalized hair. Repairs the hair without weighing it down.

Lots of foam. Hair feels tangle free after washing.

Repairing Conditioner
(RM21.90/180ml and RM24.90/375ml)
Completes the shampooing process by adding body to each hair shaft and untangling the hair.

Kinda creamy but still lightweight. Hair feels silky after conditioning.

Repairing Night Essence
Takes advantage of the nighttime resting period to intensely transform the substance of the hair.

Non-sticky. Hair feels bouncy in the morning.

The range has that classic fruity-floral shampoo scent that I do not particularly crave.

Wow. That has got to be the dullest review ever.

To be honest, my hair isn't suffering from much damage in the first place. My hair hasn't been dyed or processed in any way for quite a long time. I rarely use heating appliances on my hair (just the occasional straightening iron). Heck, I don't even brush my hair all that often!

Out of five, I only have two problems with my hair; dryness and coarseness. But the biggest problems with my locks are frizziness and stubbornness.

I was using the range for two weeks or so and thought that it was pretty good until I noticed certain changes to my hair. Yes, they appear more tamed but the fact that I was feeling the need to wash my hair more often was getting frustrating. I don't like washing my hair everyday because I like how it looks on the 1st or 2nd unwashed day when my natural oils start to smooth out my hair. In the weeks that I was using the Total Repair 5 range, my hair seemed to have become unbearably greasy at the end of the 1st unwashed day. My scalp would start to itch and I'd get greasy scalp matter under my nails. Ugh. I stopped using the range for awhile and my hair was back to normal.

I decided that this was not a range that I feel comfortable using long term and I refuse to wash my hair everyday. I'm still using the products but only one at a time. For instance, if I'm using the Total Repair 5 shampoo, I'd use a different brand of conditioner.

The only product in the range that I can single out would be the Repairing Night Essence. It's not spectacular but I like the texture and how it makes my hair look the next day.

L'Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 hair care range is available in most leading pharmacies, health care stores and supermarkets. Also available in the range is the Deep Repairing Mask (RM27.90/200ml).

The beautiful Aishwarya Rai is the face of L'Oreal Paris Total Repair 5. This should explain my pose in the first picture, eh?


L: With long hair in 2008. R: With short hair in 2010

I'm at a very frustrating crossroad. Long hair or short hair?
Without a doubt, I prefer myself with short hair but I miss having long hair! The flipping and the twirling...
Now I have mid-length hair (which I hate!) and I can't decide if I should persevere and keep growing it or chop it off.

Vote below!

Long Hair

  • Low maintenance
  • Versatile
  • The Boy likes it
  • Heavy
  • I look old
Short Hair

  • I look young
  • Light
  • I like it
  • High maintenance
  • The boy doesn't like as much

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