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The product I am reviewing is by L'Oreal Elvive and is part of the Full Restore range. Daily wear and tear can break up the hair's surface which weakens the fibre meaning hair becomes weak, looking limp and lifeless, dull and straw-like. The full restore range is suitable for this type of hair that needs some TLC. The product I am actually reviewing is the 60 Second Saviour product in this range which helps to restore hair. The product contains Pro-Keratin and Ceramide which infuses onto the hair cuticle cell by cell which helps to reinforce and replenish the hair leaving it feel smoother, softer and shinier. This product works instantly which means you don't have to leave the product in for it to work and see the results. I was a little surprised at this, how-ever the product sounded fantastic so I was looking forwards to trying it and seeing the results. Although there are lots of different conditioning treatments for hair, I wanted something that was going to work well and helps to restore any damaged that had been done to my hair whilst colouring it. Although you get conditioning treatment with most hair kits to use after colouring your hair the one I received with the kit I purchased I didn't like as it leaves my hair feeling rather greasy, (have used this before) so I decided to purchase something else instead or using the one supplied. This sounded like the perfect product as after colouring my hair it can feel a little dry, especially at the ends of my hair. As this product is for damaged hair I thought this would be a good product to use after colouring to help protect my hair and replenish it from using chemicals on it.
The product comes in a light pink plastic tube which has a slight metallic look to it. On the front it states what the product is and what it contains to help restore damaged hair. The tube sits on its lid which is red in colour and simply flips open to reveal a hole in which the product comes out of. On the back of the tube is more information about the product, how it works and how to use it. This information is very easy to understand as it doesn't waffle on but explains how the products work very clearly. You can also find a list of ingredients on the back of the tube as well and contact information, should you have any queries or complaints about the product itself.
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I purchased this from my local Boots store for £3.49 as this product is currently on offer. The full price of this product when not on offer is £4.99 for a 200ml tube of the treatment. You can purchase other products in this range including:
* Leave in Conditioner Spray
Please note that prices may very in different shops and online prices may also vary.
Using the Product
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It states to apply the product after shampooing and then rinse out instantly to see results. I was expecting it to say to leave the product in for a good few minutes for the product to work; how-ever I decided I would follow the instructions as on the tube. After shampooing my hair I squeezed as much water out as I could and then got ready to apply the product. The tube was easy to open simply by flipping the lid open and squeezing the tube to dispense some of the product onto the palm of my hand. I didn't want to use too much of the product but at the same time I didn't want to use too little so I squeezed an amount out slightly bigger then a 2 pence coin and applied it to my hair. The product was white in colour and wasn't too thick but wasn't too runny either. It was slightly thicker than normal conditioner, so by this I could tell it was more a treatment rather than a conditioner. I ensured that the product was applied all over my hair from root to tip. As I applied the product and used a wide toothed comb to ensure all my hair had been covered I already noticed how soft my hair was feeling, even thought it was still reasonably wet. (I massaged the product in for a least 1 minute) The product has a nice light scent to it which isn't too strong but it help to give my hair a nice, clean feeling. After ensuring all my hair was coated in the conditioning treatment I rinsed the product out. Rinsing the product out was very easy and I used my hands a little to ensure that all of the product was being rinsed out and that none was going to be left in. After rinsing the product out of my hair, I wrapped my hair in a towel for at least 5-10 minutes before using the hairdryer to dry my hair.
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I managed to used a wide toothed comb in my wet hair with no problems, unlike after using my normal shampoo and conditioner I often find that I can still get tangles and knots on my hair when trying to comb it when wet. I was impressed by this, but would I be so impressed with the final results from this product. I blew dry my hair until it was almost dry and went to the mirror to look at the results. My hair already felt as though it was in better condition as it was extremely soft and smooth to touch. My hair also felt really clean as well, due to the light scent the product had left in my hair. My hair looked really healthy and shiny and the ends didn't look dry or feel like straw like they had previously done, especially when colouring my hair at home. The product left no residue in my hair and didn't leave it feeling greasy which means I was able to wash it in 3 days time as I always do.
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I was impressed that this product works on your hair so quickly as the majority or other conditioning treatments have to be left on for a good 2-5 minutes to enable it to work and show any kind of results. This was really simple and easy to use and obviously takes a lot less time than other products that are available. The smell to the product is nice and it stays in your hair to leave your hair smelling clean and feeling fresh. I was a bit weary about this product due to washing it out after just 1 minute but I was very impressed with the results and the fact that it lives up to it's claims. In terms of value I think the product is very reasonable and I would definitely purchase it again and highly recommend it to other to use. I now use this product once a week to give my hair a good conditioning treatment and to help any damage that may have occurred from pollution or using straighteners. The results from using this product were extremely quick and I can't think of any downsides to this product at all. I am also very tempted to try the leave in conditioner in this range as well.
(review also on ciao)
I love the Full-Restore 5 range from L'Oreal Elvive so when I noticed this last year, I knew it had to be worth a go. I wasn't disappointed! Here is my review for Elvive Full-Restore 5 60-Second Saviour:
1. The Smell
This is one of the most important things to me. The smell of this is hard to describe I have to say. It's a very clean, fresh smell. It is quite a strong smell so may not suit some people's taste but I love it so it gets 5 stars from me.
2. The Application:
Well this is to be applied to damp hair after shampooing and you are asked to leave it on for 60 seconds before rinsing clean. What I do is squeeze the excess water out of my hair after using the Full-Restore 5 shampoo, apply this from root to tip and count to 60 seconds. This is very easy to do and I can easily coat every strand of my long, thick hair evenly. Rinsing this out is very easy. The smell isn't as strong once you start applying it though, so that's a bit of a bummer for me but may suit others. Application gets 4 stars from me.
3. The Result:
I can honestly say the results after using this is just incredible! My dry ends are nourished, my greasy roots are no more, frizz is gone and overall my hair just looks and feels great. I love it and for me, it is one of the best treatment masks I have used in years and I will definitely continue to use for as long as it is on the market. Result gets 5 stars from me.
Overall I really recommend this 60-Second Saviour for silky soft hair. Price wise it is a little expensive at around £5 for a 200ml tube but L'Oreal Elvive products are often on offer so do keep a eye out.
I actively use the other products of the L'Oreal Elvive Full Restore range - the shampoo, the conditioner and the hair masks, and I've been using them for about 2 years. It was only recently that I saw this product sold in my neighbourhood store that I decided to give it a try - it sounded appealing -- results in 60 seconds, unlike the mask that you should ideally leave on for slightly longer. But this is no way a product that I will ever buy again, or continue to use.
APPEARANCE AND PACKAGING
Unlike the other products of this same range, it comes in a squeeze tube that has a shiny, silverish appearance. It is easily recognisable still for the familiar red packaging that is common to the Full Restore series. The packaging itself is quite good because it stands on the head, ie it's easy to get the conditioner out of the product.
THE PRODUCT ITSELF
The product itself is a whitish cream with a slight pinkish/peachish tinge. How you use it is to squeeze out some on your hand and apply it onto your hair from the root to the end (the ends are specially important because they tend to dry out much faster!). To be sure that your hair is not soaking wet (squeeze out the water) or the conditioner will not stay on your head. Then leave it on for 60 seconds.. and pray for the best.
Sadly, after having used this product, I have to say that it is HORRIBLE. I'm not sure if this is considered 'replenishing' the nutrients in your hair, but after using it, my hair feels a little sticky and probably a bit 'hard' and 'plasticky'. Sure, the conditioner does get washed out, but the remaining feeling on your hair is not nice at all. The feeling is so weird that I had to apply serum to get my hair to be smoothened out, which really just defeats the purpose of this product. Needless to say, I still have this bottle sitting in my bathroom pretty much unused, and I really am not sure when the next time I'll torture my hair again...
Characteritics of Weak, Limp, Lifeless Hair / Your hair is made up of layers of keratin enriched and protected by a intracellular cement / Daily wear and tear can break up the hair's surface and weaken the fibre / Hair becomes weak, looking limp and lifeless, dull and straw-like / 5 problems / 1 solution / Elvive Full Restore 5 / 1. Hair Surface Restoration; Form the 1st application the weighless formula, enriched with Pro-Keratin and Ceramide, infuses on to the hair cuticle cell by cell, reinforcing and replenishing the hair / 2. Instant Tansformation / Instantly, each strand feels smoother as if resurfaced and intensely nourished, allowing it to flow effortlessly, leaving it looking full of vitality and incredibly soft to touch.