L’oreal Paris Total Repair 5… it really works!

I’m in constant war with my hair for at least a few months every year, during that stage when the straightened parts grow out considerably and I have those things called unsightly roots.

L'oreal Total Repair 5 lineI was challenged by L’oreal Paris Total Repair 5 the moment I saw it on Facebook with Anne Curtis modelling her lush and lavish locks. I wonder how it would fare against my hair? I was fortunate to have gotten the whole set right after I had my hair straightened again this year.

Finished product of Shuji Kida Hair Salon's Japanese StraighteningThis is my hair immediately after my latest dose of Japanese Magnetic Hair Straightening at Shuji Kida Hair Salon. I had it done last Oct. 10, 2010. I was still at the salon when I took this photo.

L'oreal Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo

Step 1: L’oreal Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo (P99 for 180ml, pictured above).
I had a whiff of the fresh fruity scent right away after I opened the bottle. The shampoo is quite light in consistency and lathers easily as soon as it makes contact with your wet hair. I could tell right away that the Total Repair 5 line was going to work on my hair because even when wet under the shower it felt softer.

L'oreal Total Repair 5 Repairing Conditioner

Step 2: L’oreal Total Repair 5 Repairing Conditioner (P99 for 180ml, pictured above).
After shampoo, it is absolute LAW to condition right after, especially if you have chemical-treated hair like mine. L’oreal Total Repair 5 Repairing Conditioner is thicker and more opaque compared to the shampoo but still relatively light in consistency. Your hair actually feels okay in the shower after this second step but I was advised by Mikki Galang of L’oreal Philippines that the minimum number of steps that is recommended for the Total Repair 5 line is three — coming in the next step.

L'oreal Total Repair 5 Repairing Treatment

Step 3: L’oreal Total Repair 5 Repairing Daily Rinse Out Treatment (P240 for 240g, pictured above)
When I was told about the 3-step minimum, I was wide-eyed with disbelief. “You mean I have to condition my hair twice?” I remember asking Mikki. As you can see in the photo above, the treatment is a lot more dense in consistency compared to the first two products. It’s almost solid instead of liquid. Afte you rinse out the conditioner, you massage this all over your head concentrating on the ends of your hair. Then you leave it on for at least a minute before rinsing off. I’m now used to going through 3 steps daily when I am in the shower.

L'oreal Total Repair 5 Deep Repairing Mask

Step 4: L’oreal Total Repair 5 Deep Repairing Mask (P250 for 200ml, pictured above)
This step is actually optional and is recommended for use once a week for really deep conditioning. The longer you leave it on after shampooing and conditioning, the more it penetrates. I left it on for all of 5 minutes and it was all good.

L'oreal Total Repair 5 Night Essence Leave In

Step 5: L’oreal Total Repair 5 Night Essence Leave In (P355 for 150ml, pictured above)
I’m skeptical of leave-in conditioners because everything I’ve tried previously have all left my hair feeling and looking sticky. I was intrigued by the product promise: non-greasy and will not leave residue on your pillow. Oookay. It was more watery compared to the conditioner, treatment, and mask. Instructions state that you should put it on after towel-drying your hair which I did.
You must be wondering by now how my hair looks after all those steps…

Results of L'oreal Total Repair 5Well I’ve been using the L’oreal Total Repair 5 line for more than a week now, 4 steps religiously night after night plus mask once a week. Take note, I just had my hair rebonded. No sign of stiffness or dryness anywhere…

Results of L'oreal Total Repair 5

Check out that sheen. Since photos can’t be felt I can only tell you that yes, my hair is now very soft.

Results of L'oreal Total Repair 5

Doesn’t seem straightened right? It moves and sways and stuff…

Results of L'oreal Total Repair 5Comparing my right-after-straightening photo with my after-one-week-of-total-repair-5 photos, you will notice that my hair looks even more natural, soft, and shiny. 😀

I think this whole line is very reasonably priced too. Want more good news? L’oreal Total Repair 5 is now available in sachets — P4.50 per sachet for the shampoo and P5.00 per sachet for the conditioner. L’oreal Total Repair 5 is available at leading department stores and drugstores nationwide.
I love it! Thank you L’oreal Philippines! 😀
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