The Good: Conditions hair well, Easy to use
The Bad: Expensive! No recognizable scent.
The Basics: L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme Restoring Reconstructing Conditioner works in an unremarkable way for its price.
Hair care products are one of those useful things that have so many permutations that it is somewhat amazing to me that with all of the competition, any new products ever break out. For those who love premium hair care products, L'Oreal is one of the most popular in the commercial marketplace and given that the company trades on function as opposed to style (scent) makes me even more surprised that they ever have a new breakout product. L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme Reconstructing Conditioner is one of those products that does what it is supposed to in a very unremarkable way.
L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme Reconstructing Conditioner is a conditioner that is intended to pair with L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo (reviewed here!) and it works well when so paired. Given how brittle my hair gets in the winter, the L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme Reconstructing Conditioner does an excellent job of protecting hair from new damage.
The L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme Reconstructing Conditioner conditions hair fairly well, but it does so in a very unremarkable way; without any impressive aroma to it. After my first use of the Reconstructing Conditioner, my hair was mildly more manageable, but the scent was pretty much unchanged. I am a big fan of scents that remind me of other, pleasant, things, but the L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme Restoring Reconstructing Conditioner does not leave a noticeable scent; it only leaves the hair conditioned after multiple uses.
On the plus side, the Total Repair Extreme Reconstructing Conditioner lived up on its promise to rebuild damaged and weak hair, when it is used every time one showers. Since starting to use it a month and a half ago, this Reconstructing Conditioner has adequately protected my hair from further breakage. My hair does not have split ends and similar damage again since I started using the L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme Restoring Reconstructing Conditioner.
With a cost of approximately $7.99 for a 12.6 fl. oz. bottle, L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme is comparatively expensive. The bottle is smooth and is more flat than round. When wet, it slips out of the hands easily. The cap has a flip-top that makes it very easy to get the Reconstructing Conditioner out with only one hand. As well, the large cap makes it even easier, though because the hole is comparatively small, there is no waste from the bottle.
The scent of L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme is very much a chemical smell. The Reconstructing Conditioner smells like an indistinct mix of cleansers without anything to recommend it for the aroma. The scent is strong in the bottle, but not in the shower. However, there is no scent left on the hair after the Reconstructing Conditioner is washed out. There is no scent outside Reconstructing Conditioner and it does not linger in the hair at all when one washes it out. As one who loves interesting smells – fruit or floral - one of my problems with L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme is that it leaves no scent.
L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme is a white, opaque Reconstructing Conditioner that is creamy and smooth. It has a nonwatery consistency and while it is not especially thick, it does not need to be watered down to get the most out of the product.
Like most Reconstructing Conditioners, there is nothing mysterious to using this product. After washing shampoo out of one's hair, simply apply the L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme Reconstructing Conditioner to the ends of the hair and leave it on the hair for about three minutes and then rinse it out. When used thus, the L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme Reconstructing Conditioner strengthens hair and reduces split ends.
This Reconstructing Conditioner rinses out incredibly easily, as well. L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme Reconstructing Conditioner rinses out very quickly and does not leave even a lingering scent in the hair. The L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme required almost no effort to rinse it out, making is a quick Reconstructing Conditioner to apply and rinse out.
The L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme Restoring Reconstructing Conditioner leaves hair healthy, but does so in an unimpressive way; the conditioner generally works without any real flair or any truly special qualities. That makes L'Oreal Total Repair Extreme Reconstructing Conditioner worth recommending, but it's a harder product to crow about than other, similar (and less expensive!) conditioners.
For other hair conditioners reviews, please check out my reviews of:
VO5 Blackberry Sage Conditioner
Shea Moisture Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Masque w/Baobab Protein & Apple Cider Vinegar
Suave Soothing Lavender Lilac Conditioner
For other health and beauty reviews, visit my Health And Beauty Index Page for an organized listing of the products I have reviewed!
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