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I have naturally dry hair. And by dry, I mean really dry. The weird thing is, my hair isn’t damaged by heat or anything like that because I never use heat on my hair! Nonetheless, my hair texture is one that is the opposite of sleek.
I was grocery shopping with my dad a while ago and as we were walking through the cosmetics aisle, I saw this product out of the corner of my eye. I saw the words “damage-erasing” on the tub, and automatically picked it up to purchase. I didn’t read anything else on the packaging about the product, which could have been a very bad decision, but I wanted to try it out. Anything to help my dry hair!
I have been testing this product out for about two month now, and I am ready to give my review to you all! This product is the L’Oreal Paris Total Repair Damage-Erasing Balm.
The L’Oreal Paris Total Repair Damage-Erasing Balm comes in a tub and consists of 8.5 fluid ounces (250 mL) with a lifetime of 12 months. The tub is a thick plastic material and feels sturdy. The only downside I would give to this packaging would be that in the shower, it is difficult for me to hold the tub, scoop the product out with my other hand, then screw the lid back on while having product in my palm and my hands wet. I know that sounds complicated, and maybe it’s just me, but I’ve learned to wait until I’m done applying the product to my hair to put the lid back on.
The back of the packaging has instructions on how to use the product as well as the ingredient list. The ingredient that they advertise largely on this product is ceramide. Ceramide are lipid molecules that replenish the natural lipids that are lost due to environmental exposures, heat, and during the aging process. It is a key ingredient in restoring moisture into the skin or hair.
The product inside is a thick yellow colored balm. There is a slight fragrance, but nothing too strong that would bother you if you are sensitive to scents.
When you rub the balm between your fingers, you can tell that the product is very moisturizing.
The directions on the packaging of the product are very vague – the only real directions is to apply the product on wet hair for 3-5 minutes. It doesn’t tell you how much you should apply which became difficult for me when I first started using this product. I have now realized that a grape-sized amount is perfect for my hair. I have medium-long length hair to give you an estimate of how much you should use for your own hair!
Since this product contains ceramide as a main ingredient, it’s important to not use this balm like traditional conditioner. With conditioner, we usually apply it to the ends of our hair. With this product, it’s important to apply to the scalp and then with leftovers, run the remainder of the product through your ends. This is so that the ceramide can work in repairing your scalp and the lipids underneath the skin.
After I massage the product into my skin, I take some hair clips to clip up my hair so I can do other things in the shower while the product sinks in. Make sure that you wait 3-5 minutes before rinsing. When I am finished with my shower, I let my hair air-dry and brush it with a Wet Brush. I find that this method gives me the best results.
My Final Thoughts:
Overall, I love this product. It has transformed my hair and I am extremely happy with my results. My hair feels sleeker and moisturized, without feeling greasy. Although, if you have normal or oily hair this product may not work for you. When I was in my trial and error period of figuring out how much product I should use, I once used too much. My hair felt moisturized but my scalp felt very oily and greasy. It fell flat and was too shiny. So be cautious if you have normal to oily hair!
BUT, for my dry scalp and hair, this products works beautifully. I am giving this product a 8/10! Taking off points for the cons that I have mentioned above.
Let me know: what type of hair have you tried? Do you know any other remedies for dry hair?