Change the Life of Your Hair: L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Review


Even on days with the clearest of skies, a variety of aggressors − both environmental and lifestyle-related – impact the immediate and long-term health of hair. My hair has felt the impact first hand. From the time I decided to add bleach to my hair when I was 13, through all of the perms I had in the 80s and early 90s, to highlights, dyes and heated styling tools, my hair has seen it all…and suffered the consequences. At times it’s been brittle, I’ve had breakage along my hair line after dying it, it’s been dry and frizzy to overly moisturized and oily. Saying I’ve put my hair through the ringer really doesn’t do it justice. Yet, my hair is one of the most important aspects of my beauty routine; it’s my favorite accessory, if you will. And that got me thinking…

We treat our skin to multiple steps (moisturizers, eye creams, serums, etc.), but our hair? We simply shampoo, condition and spritz on the hair spray. Why is that?

L’Oreal Paris has launched their new Advanced Haircare line that contains their proprietary Arginine-K Complex™ which contains amino acids + protein to penetrate hair from root to core to tip, delivering instant results and lasting transformation, something my hair desperately needs.

The Advanced Haircare Collection:

* Total Repair 5: For damage, overworked hair
* Smooth Intense: For unmanageable, frizzy hair
* Power Moisture: For normal to dry hair
* Color Vibrancy: For color-treated hair
*  Triple Resist: For fragile, breaking, falling out hair

I can definitely see where my hair fits into all of these categories at different points, but I decided to try Total Repair 5 because I know my hair needs some restoration. Total Repair 5 has the shampoo and conditioner, as well as 2 hair treatments: Damage-Erasing Balm and Multi-Restorative Dry Oil. What got my attention? Using the Restoring Shampoo with the Damage-Erasing Balm (a wash out mask) can repair up to one year of damage in one use.

The Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm is more of a thicker, creamy conditioner. It looks like lotion…and in a way it works like one too, by re-hydrating your hair and repairing dull, rough, weak hair and split ends. The scent is definitely pleasing to the senses, as well. Just leave the balm on for 3-5 minutes after you’ve used the Restoring Shampoo and then rinse. I also used the Multi-Restorative Dry Oil, which you spray throughout the lengths of your hair while it is still damp concentrating on your ends and then blow dry. It wasn’t greasy and it didn’t weigh my hair down. I also sprayed a small amount on my dry hair to add shine.

My hair felt incredible. It felt lightweight, soft, and the usual frizz was diminished significantly. But most importantly? My hair looked healthy again. I was so happy with the results and I really think that adding treatments into your hair care routine is vital. It literally changes the life of your hair.

Have a question style, products, regimen or hair health? You can tweet @LOrealParisUSA using the hashtag #AskHairGenius, to receive expert advice.

You can find L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare at mass drugstores nationwide. Shampoos and conditioners are $4.99 and hair care treatments are $6.99. Can you say affordable?

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Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Hair Care 13 Comments

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Shannon Smyth

Shannon began A Girl's Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. She has been featured in Glamour, VOGUE Australia, Woman's World, Nail Pro, SHAPE and on WBRE's PA Live. She is a go-to source for social media consulting when it comes to beauty brands.

13 Responses to Change the Life of Your Hair: L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Review

  1. Ashley Smith

    L’Oreal hair care is the best! Now I’m totally interested in trying the total repair 5 :)

  2. Jen M.

    Your hair looks great!

  3. Courtney

    Looks like something I need!!!

  4. Gloria

    Your hair looks fab!

  5. kelly

    I’ve tried the hair mask as well and really like it. I’m really, really picky about the conditioners I use and this one delivers really nicely. My hair is thick and coarse and this mask helped it feel smooth, light and really healthy. It’s a great treat for your hair!

  6. Jeanie

    Can’t wait to try the one for color treated hair.

  7. Nadine

    Your hair looks gorgeous, Shannon!

  8. Krystle(Baking Beauty)

    A years worth of damage in 1 use? Count me in! I really want to try this line!

  9. Phyrra

    It sounds like a great product if it can counter that much damage!

  10. Aprill

    I am going to go find some of this in the morning. Great review and your hair looks wonderful! <3

  11. Christina Farrell

    This looks great!! I was wanting to try it, and now I am gonna have to go grab some.

  12. Cheryl Hawley

    Love this and can’t wait to try it. Very well written and informative. Thanks!

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