September 7, 2011
Total hair repair
L'Oréal Total Repair 5
Shampoo and conditioner
Php99 each for a 180 ml bottle
supermarkets, department stores, drugstores
Gianna, production assistant
When I was given the bottles of L'Oréal Total Repair 5 shampoo and conditioner to try, I initially thought they were bottles of lotion. Both come in these creamy white bottles with deep cherry red caps and bold lettering spelling out the brand's name, making the packaging simple yet elegant. The two bottles look almost exactly alike. However, with the caps facing up, the shampoo's sticker is right side up while the conditioner's sticker is upside down. At first I thought that it was just an anomaly but then I checked pictures of the other bottles and saw it was really like that. Maybe that was how the packaging was really designed in order for consumers to be able to tell the two apart.
Ever since my high school days, I have been a fan of L'Oréal for their foundation, lipstick and other makeup, but this was the first time for me to sample their hair care products. From social media I had heard of the endorsements of it-girl Anne Curtis for this hair care line, but I had not paid their ads much attention.
As it blatantly informs consumers on the bottles, L'Oréal Total Repair 5 seeks to address the following hair problems—breakage, dryness, roughness, dullness and split ends. In addition, the L'Oréal Total Repair 5 products boast of containing a so-called cement ceramide, which is an ingredient designed to keep hair healthy and strong. My hair is long, thin, naturally black and very straight. Once every now and then, because of the outrageous heat in this country my hair feels dry and even a bit rough. Hence out of the aforementioned hair problems that L'Oréal Total Repair 5 aims to combat, those two apply to me.
Popping open the bottle of shampoo and placing a coin-sized amount of it into my hand, I discovered that its color was an understated white and that it had a fresh, faint scent which I really liked. It actually smelled like a perfume I would readily agree to wear. Most of the shampoos I have used in the past smell a bit too strong and overpowering, so this product offered a pleasant change.
Rinsing off the shampoo, I would next lather the conditioner onto my hair. The conditioner is stark white, thick and smooth. What I like about it is that compared to my old conditioner, when you place it on your hand it does not feel as oily or greasy. It smells just as heavenly as its shampoo counterpart. After application of this product my hair does feel silkier and softer.
I have been using L'Oréal Total Repair 5 shampoo and conditioner every morning for two weeks now. So far, I admit that my locks have been kept soft, straight, smooth and manageable. The two products have not really made my hair look shinier but perhaps with further usage there could be changes in that. I have not gotten dandruff or anything bad from these L'Oréal hair care products. Thus, I guess I can say that the two great-smelling items have passed my standards.
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