Product Review: L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner

Price and Purchased From

$5.99 for 24.5 fl. oz at Target

Promises

“Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner instantly and over time helps repair the five visible signs of damaged hair – split ends, weakness, roughness, dullness and dehydration – without weighing hair down. Clinically tested* *System of shampoo and conditioner tested for instant results + lasting transformation.”

Directions

Apply after using Total Repair 5 Shampoo. Leave on for 1-3 minutes. Rinse.

Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Parfum/ Fragrance, Dipropylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Trideceth-6, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Potassium Hydroxide, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Arginine, Glutamic Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Serine, Cetrimonium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Amyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, 2-Oleamido- 1, 3-Octadecanediol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

My Assessment

I’ve been using this conditioner since July (picked up for  the 30 Days with
Ceramides challenge) and it’s been a gem so far. It contains synthetic ceramides. Synthetic ceramides are more concentrated than ceramides that naturally occur in oils (e.g. wheat germ and rice brain oils).

This conditioner has a creamy consistency that spreads easily and sinks into my hair on application, and even more so after using heat (usually from my steamer). It also provides slip and detangles well — which y’all know I love and pretty much require my from my conditioners.I’ve been reaching for this conditioner as a pre-poo (pre-poo treatment) when my hair feels a bit dry because using this gem has helped give my hair an extra boost of moisture + it leaves my hair smooth, even after deep conditioning and t-shirt drying. The happy little hair cuticles on my head shout out in joy.

This conditioner rinses out well and doesn’t cling to my hair or scalp. My ends respond well to ceramides and I’ve also noticed a decrease in split ends so that’s been an added plus.

I’ve only used this conditioner as a pre-poo and have no plans to use it as a deep conditioner. As a rule of thumb, conditioners that indicate they should be left of for short periods of time—like this conditioner which instructs it should be applied for 1-3 minutes—are not deep conditioners, while conditioners that direct you to leave on for 15 minutes or longer (I’ve seen directions for up to an hour) are deep conditioners. This conditioner does soften and moisturize my hair but I doubt it would provide long-lasting moisture that deep conditioners provide.

My new growth and relaxed hair both respond well to this conditioner. I especially love how it defines my natural texture; just makes it fun to play in my hair. This conditioner has joined my gang of staples. Its detangling properties and how smooth it leaves my hair are why I’ve kept repurchasing. Easy detangling and smooth hair are two things I need every wash day during this long transition.

The only ‘con’ I have for this conditioner is the fragrance… y’all know I can get a little picky when it comes to product scents. To me, it has a strong perfume-y scent that I could do without. Thankfully it does not linger and it does not trigger a migraine (some strong fragrances do which is why I can be critical about fragrances).

Left: with conditioner • Right: after towel drying for 20 minutes
Left: with conditioner • Right: after towel drying for 20 minutes

Have you used this conditioner? Liked it? Loved it? Left it?

Disclosure of Material Connection: Items in this post were purchased with my own funds. I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

12 Comments




  1. I have been sleeping on Loreal. So I guess I may give this a try. Do you prefer this over HV Red Tea as a pre-poo? I love Red Tea but I'd gladly use something I can find on the ground.

    1. Author

      For moisture, HV Red Tea comes out on top but I've been grabbing this conditioner more because it's available on the ground. HV Red Tea is great but it comes with shipping costs. For pre-poos I'm trying to switch to products I can easily find in-store so this one fits that goal perfectly.

  2. Love, love the whole system. This system was my first purchase when I began my hair journey and I still use it and have repurchased it several times in the last year.

    1. Same here! Added to my wish list! Thanks for the reivew Jeni!

  3. Is this conditioner good enough to use on its own? I mean, do you deep condition before or use leave ins after? If you compare it with tressommes naturals?

    1. Author

      I deep condition after using it and I use leave-ins–I use this conditioner as a pre-poo treatment, keeping the rest of my routine the same. I've never used Tressemme Naturals so I can't provide a comparison between the two.

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