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I bought this shampoo because it seemed good value in a large format bottle, and also it seemed to suit my hair type - it can be weak, limp and lifeless. I didn't have sky-high expectations, I just expected a basic softening conditioner. What I got, however, was far worse...
The packaging is fine - standard conditioner fayre. On dispensing the product from the bottle, I found it came out a bit too quickly for me, but no more so than many products. It has quite a thick, creamy texture, so nothing wrong so far. On applying it to my hair, it smell fine - clean fragranced, and nothing out of the ordinary. However, I did feel it weighed a bit heavy on my hair even at this point. I rinsed it off, and found that it did rinse off okay but my hair didn't have the squeaky clean fresh washed feel, nor did it feel silky smooth. It was a bit harder to comb than normal, a but tangly but ok with a styling product.
When I blowdried my hair, I found that it had left a nasty coating on my whole hair. My dark blonde hair was a whole shade darker because of the residue, and it looked a bit greasy, despite just having been washed. Very disappointing. On second use, I was extra careful - I shampooed twice with my normal shampoo until super clean, then applied a smaller amount of this conditioner, mainly to the ends. I rinsed extra thoroughly, although I know I did the first time too. Unfortunately my hair had exactly the same problem - it was lank, lifeless and weighed down.
My hair type is normal to fine, weak from styling and prone to split ends. I do have to wash daily to prevent greasiness, but can usually use a conditioner aimed at dry hair and use intensive conditioning masks occasionally with no buildup. I can not bring myself to use this again, and having tried it on my kids and husband it will be going in the bin, as although the effect was lesser it still gave a dull, weighed down feel. Not recommended.
I really like the L'Oreal Elvive range of hair care products and recently reviewed the 60 second saviour in the restore range. I was really pleased with the product and so when I spotted a bottle of restore conditioner reduced to just 99p in my local Waitrose I was very happy! The conditioner had been reduced simply because the bar code had been damaged! The conditioner is currently on sale in Boots at £3.99 a 400 ml bottle.
Like all L'Oreal conditioners this one is designed to stand on its flip top lid. It comes in a white plastic bottle with red lid and is part of the restore range designed for damaged, weak, limp and lifeless hair. I regularly have highlights put into my hair and also blow dry it most days. It is also prone to be frizzy especially in all this recent wet weather we are enjoying!
L'Oreal say that using this conditioner is enriched with pro-keratin and ceramide both designed to help restore hair making it look fuller and revitalised with more shine. These are claims most women would love to be true! So does it deliver?
I wash my hair every day in the shower and after shampooing use a small amount of this conditioner. It smells like all the other products in the L'Oreal range; a sweet floral smell that I really like. The conditioner is a think and white with a slightly pearlised effect. It glides easily through my locks and rinses away with little effort. After use I towel dry my hair before blow drying.
I am really impressed with this conditioner. It leaves my hair feeling and looking smooth and shiny with no residue. I love the scent too. I am not sure it really delivers on the promises to make my hair *look fuller * and neither does it feel stronger! However overall I would award it 5 stars, especially at the bargain price I paid!
My hair is long and in pretty bad condition due to colouring it so much. Because of this, I always need to use a good shampoo and conditioner so that my hair is manageable. I tend to swap around with shampoos and conditioners depending on what is on offer and I never like to use the same one for too long. One that I have tried is L'Oreal Elvive Full Restore Repairing Conditioner (the one which Cheryl Cole advertises).
The conditioner comes in a mostly white bottle with red touches to it. The bottle has the L'Oreal logo and product information. On the front of the bottle, this product claims to give these qualities to hair after use: strength, density, vitality, shine and silkiness. The back of the bottle claims to reinforce and re-surface hair to make it stronger and in better condition. The bottle is quite nice due to the colours but it doesn't stand out as anything special on the shelf.
When it came to using this for the first time, I used a different brand shampoo as it's very rare that I ever use matching products. After shampooing my hair, I used the recommended amount of conditioner and left it on my hair for a few minutes. The conditioner is white and made of a thick consistency which initially gave me a good feeling about this product. The smell was lovely too. This conditioner has a nice, fresh fruity smell to it and I was looking forward to my hair smelling like this after I was finished with washing it. When rinsing the conditioner out of my hair, it didn't take any longer than normal although at this point, I noticed that my hair wasn't feeling as soft and smooth as I was hoping for.
I generally leave my hair up in a towel to dry a little while putting my make-up on. When I removed the towel, I could instantly see that my hair was incredibly tangled which never happens even after putting it in a towel. When I began to brush out my hair, I could barely get a brush through it so I tried a comb... again, I could barely get this through my hair. I have never used a conditioner which has left my hair in this kind of condition after only one use. For a conditioner which is supposed to make damaged hair better, this one fails miserably. As I was brushing through my hair, it was so tangled that I ended up ripping out hair as I went due to having to be so rough with it to get the knots out.
When I did finally get my hair brushed through and blow dried, it did look quite shiny and it felt ok but nowhere near as nice as it should have done. The lovely smell that I got from the conditioner in the shower had instantly disappeared after drying it so this was yet another disappointment.
This is a terrible conditioner that I would not recommend to anyone. Instead of having healthier, more manageable hair I ended up losing some in the process!!
I bought this product recently after running out of my fave Joico conditioner & being too broke to buy any more of that at the time, so it is fair to say that this was never going to be an amazing conditioner for me. However, it was ok.
It cost me about £1.90, though this was from a local cheap shop & I think it would probably cost a bit more at Boots, Superdrug etc.
The packaging is Loreal's usual science-y type design and has the handy feature of the lid being on the bottom so that you aren't struggling to get the conditioner out as you near the end of the bottle - why don't all bottles do this? The smell is pretty pleasant, quite fresh smelling and not overly perfumed. The texture is also just right really, just runny enough to be able to spread it easily through your hair whilst thick enough to coat your hair and be able to leave it on for a minute or so.
It doesn't actually say to leave it on your hair for a few minutes before rinsing, like many conditioners do, but I did this out of habit anyway. What I did find however was that it made my hair very flyaway and tricky to style, so the next few times I have used it I have not left it on my hair too long, which has worked better.
It left my hair quite shiny and did a good job of untangling it, which I guess are the main two things I needed it to do. It does promise to mend and restore your hair and to be honest on this count I didn't feel like it delivered anything spectacular. Maybe if used over a long period of time?
Anyway, I think for a standard, average price conditioner it is not a bad product.
The Fully Restore shampoo and conditioner seems to have very mixed reviews from users. I bought the matching shampoo and conditioner a couple of months ago as they were on special offer from our local Lidl. Designed for week and damaged hair, they worked out about 1.50pounds a bottle which is about half price for the 250ml conditioner, too good a deal to miss! Ihave given them a fair test and have to say I am quite unexcited about them and having recently reviewed the shampoo it is now the turn of the conditioner.
The bottle is quite smart looking, basically white plastic with a deep burgundy trim and gold detailing around the snazzy looking design on the front which looks a bit like a science diagram! The smooth cream conditioner claims to do quite a lot giving hair strength, density, vitality, shine and silkiness. It manages to do this by repairing your hair using pro-ceramide and keratin which are natural constituents of your hair. The keratin re-builds and the ceramide smooths. My hair is particularly rough, even my dog has smoother hair than I do so I was interested to see if it had any effect.
A Bit of Restoration.
Having washed my hair using the matching shampoo I unflip the top of the bottle and pour about a 50p blob of the thick white conditioner into my palm. It really is quite thick so no danger of getting too much. The bottle can be stood on its head to get at all the contents but does flow out without problem. It has a nice clean smell to it, just a little bit fruity and smooths over the hair well. I try and leave conditioner on for at least a couple of minutes and then wash out. It does not leave any reidue in the hair and I have noticed that this is stated on the larger bottle but not on my 250ml size.
Restored to Glory?
My hair didn't seem to notice that it had been restored, it was quite soft but I could not say that it was noticeably shinier or stronger. The pleasant perfume was still there the next day but it does not give you the wow factor of a really lovely smell that some other conditioners give you.
It's OK but if I had paid full price for it I would have been disappointed and I do not think I shall buy it again even on special offer. It does claim to do a lot and for me didn't really deliver.
3 stars from me.
Produced by L'Oreal Paris it has a 12month life after opening and the bottle is recyclable.
Readily available in supemarkets ans chemists.
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After bleaching and dyeing my hair quite a lot, it does tend to feel quite dry and I keep getting split ends. I've been looking for conditioning products to help bring it back to life. I thought I'd try this as I recently bought the loreal full restore leave-in conditioner which is fantastic. I bought the shampoo and conditioner from Boots as the loreal is on offer, 2 400ml bottles for £5. They're normally £3.79 each so I thought this was a really good offer.
I washed my hair as normal with the shampoo then applied the conditioner to my wet hair. The conditioner is a nice thick consistency and white in colour. It had a slight fragrance, but nothing overpowering. I rubbed it in well until it all lathered then pinned my hair up and left it for ten minutes while I showered as I find leaving the conditioner in for a while makes my hair softer. I washed it off and dried my hair as normal, using a little of my spray in conditioner too.
My hair did feel quite soft and smelt nice and clean, but I didn't notice any paticular difference in the quality of my hair. Still I had only used it once so you can't expect immediate effect.
I've since washed my hair with the shampoo and conditioner several times and although my hair feels soft and clean, it doesn't really repair anything. I still have split ends and my hair still feels fairly dry so I don't really think it does as it says on the bottle, it's like a normal conditioner.
This is fine for everyday use to get your hair clean and soft but if you have problem hair or expect results like a celebrity, you won't get it with this conditioner. For the money, it is definitely worth while using but don't expect great changes to your hair's quality.
I wrote in the past about the L'Oreal full restore shampoo, but although I was using it alongside the conditioner, I didn't review it at the time. As I'm now using the conditioner again, I decided now would be a good time to review it.
==About the product==
No doubt you all remember the advert (although I'm sure many of you will have tried to forget it), 'Five problems, one solution.' Yes, that's right, it's the conditioner that helps out weak, limp lifeless hair and will improve strength, density, vitality, shine and silkiness, giving you Cheryl Cole's luscious locks - or so L'Oreal claim. There is of course a matching shampoo and now a mask and a '60 second saviour' available too. As far as I can tell, that's just a mask that works quickly!
I actually noticed just yesterday that L'Oreal have changed the packaging of this product slightly. I have the older style bottle which is slightly rounded on the corners - the new one is much squarer, but the design on the front has remained the same. It's not the most special looking of bottles, but it's functional and the fact that it stands on the lid, means that it should be easier to get the last dregs out.
The conditioner is what I would describe as a medium consistency - neither thick nor runny. It is white in colour and has a pleasant aroma. The smell is quite subtle so I don't always notice it, but if I get up close to it, it does smell really nice - floral and creamy.
I have long, thick hair and find that I need to use quite a lot per use to fully coat my hair. I only ever apply to the lengths and tips of my hair as applying conditioner near to the roots of my hair leaves it looking greasy. The conditioner runs through smoothly. It does not specify any length of time to leave this on the hair, so sometimes I rinse it out pretty much straight away, other times I leave it on a couple of minutes. In all honesty I haven't noticed a difference in results either way.
As soon as I rinse this I can feel that my hair, which is prone to knots, is smooth and detangled. I have used it together with the matching shampoo and alongside other brands and again I haven't really noticed any difference in results depending on which shampoo it is used alongside.
Once my hair is dry the conditioner leaves it feeling smooth and looking shiny. The smell lingers gently in my hair too which is another plus point. In terms of the five problems, yes I would say this has helped shine and silkiness, but I haven't noticed a change in terms of density, strength or vitality.
==Price and Availability==
I bought this from Bodycare which is a discount store and I can't remember how much I paid, but I think it was around the £2 mark. The Boots price is £2.69 for the 250ml size and £3.79 for the 500ml size. I think this is fairly reasonable and the L'Oreal Elvive range is often on special offer, so it's easy to pick the product up for less than the RRP.
This isn't the most special of conditioners, but it is very effective. I also think for the price it's pretty decent quality. It smells nice, conditions well and leaves my hair soft and tangle free, so I would recommend it and I have no doubt I will buy it again at some point in the future.
I paid £2.60 for a 250ml bottle of this conditioner mainly as something to leave in my gym bag for use after a work out alongside the shampoo they also produce. I have been reasonably pleased with the results especially when my hair has become dried out after using a lot of products on it which is an occupational hazard for me.
The packaging is rather fussy with some nice copper bronze detail to it which includes the lid which is a flat flip top and on which it stands when not in use. It is a stable enough arrangement. One of the things I like about this conditioner and why it is ideal for after gym use is that you do not have to leave it in your hair, once it is massaged in you can rinse it straight out and still get the benefit of conditioned hair. Even with long hair like mine you do not need to use a lot of the conditioner and it is easy to work into your hair.
It has a light floral fragrance to it which is nice and pleasant and not over powering however it does hang around in my hair for a while after it has been rinsed out. My hair certainly benefits from using this conditioner, it has a soft silky feel to it however that feeling only lasts a couple of hours and not for the entire day but that is more to do with the weather and my work environment.
I would recommend this conditioner, it is good at refreshing dry hair and Elvive is certainly a range worth giving a try.
L'Oreal's Full Restore Conditioner is available from most supermarkets and high street beauty stores. It comes in two different sized bottles, with an RRP of £2.59 for 250mls and £3.79 for 400mls. I got mine as part of a special offer from Boots, and I picked this one after seeing the heavy advertising campaign featuring Cheryl Cole, which describes the many benefits of using this range of hair care products. I thought it could give my difficult hair a much needed boost, although all the claims did seem a bit too good to be true.
Product description: "Daily wear and tear can break up the hair's surface and weaken the fibre. Hair becomes weak, looking limp and lifeless, losing its shine and silky feel. 5 signs - 1 solution. Elvive Full Restore 5.
The L'Oreal laboratories have developed a Pro-Keratin and Ceramide enriched formula that helps restore 5 visible signs of replenished hair without weighing it down. Weak, limp, lifeless hair looks replenished, fullness restored.
Detangles instantly, without leaving residue.
Helps restore 5 visible signs of replenished hair:
The conditioner bottle is nicely designed so that the lid is actually at the bottom of the container. The bottle then sits "upside down" which means all the conditioner stays at the bottom of the bottle and this is much easier to get it out to use. There is a flip top lid on the base which allows you to dispense the conditioner through a small hole.
L'Oreal Full Restore Conditioner is lightweight and flows easily out of the bottle, but it is not too thin or runny. I find that this makes it easy to spread through my hair, and I don't need to use a large amount to get a good coverage. The conditioner itself is a pure white colour and has a lovely smooth consistency to it. I have not really noticed any scent when using this product, and it can seem a bit plain and boring as it lacks any interesting color or fragrance, but his can also be a good hing and means that there are not any unnecessary additives.
Recommended directions for use: Work through the lengths of your hair, right to the tips, and then rinse.
To use, I normally just apply conditioner to the lengths of my hair, from the nape of my neck down to the tips. This stops it from causing my roots to become greasy quickly, and ensures that my dry ends get the treatment they need without being overly weighed down. With this L'Oreal Full Restore Conditioner I have been able to apply it all over the full lengths of my hair from the roots down, and it has not weighed down my fine hair, or overloaded it and made it greasy. I leave this conditioner in for a few minutes to allow it to work, and then make sure it's fully rinsed out with cold water.
As well as having fine thin hair, I am also prone to breakage, split ends and dryness along with greasy roots...nice mix! I usually need a quite strong conditioner to stop my ends from drying out and going straw-like. It states on the bottle that this conditioner contains pro-keratin and ceramide, and is suitable for weak, limp, lifeless hair. I did not notice any improvement to begin with, but after a couple of weeks of frequent use the condition appears remarkably better. After using this conditioner my hair appears to be smoother and sleeker, and this is the only conditioner I have ever used that gives my hair a healthy, glossy shine. My hair usually looks quite dull or flat unless I have dyed it, which adds a temporary shine while the colour lasts, but this conditioner really has given my hair a lovely looking shine all over. When I run my fingers through my hair it feels incredibly soft and very touchable. This conditioner seems to give my hair everything it needs and it not only looks healthier but it feels it too.
This is another fabulous conditioner from L'Oreal that I could happily recommend. It has made my hair look and feel better, which is no mean feat considering the amount of damage it usually endures. I will definitely buy it again, and along with my other favourite L'Oreal Re-Nutrition Conditioner my hair should stay looking great from now on!
Well if you seen my review of L'Oreal full restore shampoo yesterday you will see how much it damaged and ruined my hair, its only fair I write a review on how the conditioner did!
I picked this up along with the matching shampoo as I have limp weak and lifeless hair which needs a good boost and since Cheryl herself claims to use this I couldn't resist!
The conditioner comes in a white bottle, looks nice and has a red flip top lid, stands on it bottom.
Its very busy like the shampoo bottle which I like once again, I love reading and looking at the shampoo and conditioner bottles while I shower, plus sometimes being loaded with words and pictures can really work for something, and this works for me.
The lovely L'Oreal logo is on the front, along with the name of the conditioner.
On the back of the bottle is a lot of information on the product, what it does, what it contains, ML ect..
So what does the conditioner promise? anything different to the shampoo?
not really, the exact same thing! just helps with the result I guess.
Onto the conditioner, it has a lovely smell, pretty much the same as the shampoo fruity and fresh and it also has the same consistency.
Well I didn't use this at the same time as I used the shampoo, if you read my other review I just opted for the closest thing to me which I know is good for my hair and used that conditioner, I used this a few days later, I thought since it was a conditioner there was no way it would be doing much harm to my hair, it would condition it not tangle and knot it up like the shampoo did.
I put the conditioner in my hair and it felt great, it did make my hair feel quite silky in the shower plus it smelled really nice too, but then as I tried to wash it out, it wouldn't budge from my hair! I used the shower head and the most powerful setting hoping it would blast all the conditioner, but it just would not work. My hair felt like a huge grease ball!
I gave up eventually after trying for so long and then dried my hair, but it wouldn't dry as there was so much build up in it, my hair looked greasy and stuck together and my hair took a whole day to dry! never usually does that! It took a few washes to get my greasy hair back to its usual normal self which annoyed the hell out of me.
Would never waste my money again.
Many years ago I can recall reading that we should not continuously use the same shampoos and conditioners on our hair, as they will become less effective over a period of time. I'm unsure if the claim is true, as I've not taken the time to carry out any research to obtain any supporting evidence. However, whilst I will continue to use Soap and Glory's Hair Supply on a weekly basis, which is an intense conditioner, I tend to alternate with my other hair products, as I'm always on the look out for something new.
Whilst browsing amongst the beauty aisles of Tesco a month or so before Christmas I picked up three L'Oreal hair products - their Elvive Colour Protect Protecting Masque and both the Full Restore Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner and this review discusses my experience with using the conditioner.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
I always find that L'Oreal create extremely busy bottles, which are generally very cluttered with various marketing information and the conditioner is no different from the shampoo, which I have previously reviewed. Its' appearance is almost identical other than the fact that the conditioner sits on a flip top lid as opposed to it being located on the top as with the shampoo. The white bottle is manufactured from a sturdy plastic where we are presented with 250ml of product and the familiar golden coloured logo of L'Oreal Paris can be found in the upper section. Identical to that of the shampoo are the words "Full Restore" followed by the number "5", which on the conditioner we are informed represent "strength", "density", "vitality", "shine" and "silkiness". Whilst I tend to chop and change my shampoos and conditioners I also like to ensure they match to enable me to layer the fragrance.
As with the shampoo the reverse of the bottle is extremely cluttered and to be honest, I very rarely read the information, as all manufacturers tend to make various claims and I would rather test the product out for myself. There is large section, which discusses the benefits of using the conditioner and for obvious reasons I do not intend copying the information into this review. However, the two main claims are that the conditioner will reinforce and resurface your hair due to the Pro-Keratin and Ceramide enriched formula.
MY EXPERIENCE OF USING THE CONDITIONER
Whilst the majority of manufacturers recommend we apply conditioner to our hair and wait several minutes, L'Oreal simply direct us to work the product through the lengths of our hair, right to the tips and rinse. I tend to shampoo my hair as soon as I step into the shower, then allow my conditioner to work whilst I wash my body, so I probably tend to leave it on for a few minutes. Dispensing the conditioner with wet and soapy hands is a relatively easy task, as the lid easily flips open and only a light squeeze is necessary to release a sufficient amount. However, a problem I seem to be experiencing is that each time I open the lid a large amount of the conditioner has leaked out whilst the bottle has been standing and has gathered in a messy pool on the inside on the lid.
The good consistency pearly white coloured conditioner perfectly mirrors that of the shampoo with its' delicate floral aroma, which I find extremely favourable. My hair is very thick and long, so I tend to use a fair amount to ensure that I evenly cover all of the ends, which become rather dry and often split. The conditioner easily rinses from the hair and leaves a gorgeous aroma, which lingers for a couple of hours after use. My only wish is that hairsprays were pleasantly fragranced as opposed to that horrible chemical type smell, as it seems rather pointless using gorgeous fragranced shampoos and conditioners only to mask their scents with a horrible smelling hairspray. My hair always feels soft and smooth after using and is fairly easy to brush. I say fairly easy, as in my opinion, there is no conditioning treatment that will prevent the odd knot in my long hair, particularly as its' quite curly as well as being very thick. As stated in my review for the shampoo this is more suited to women due to its' feminine fragrance, although my husband has "borrowed" both the shampoo and conditioner on a number of occasions!
The list of ingredients is fairly extensive and presented to us in the smallest of writing, so for obvious reasons I have not copied them into this review. As with all products of this nature you should take care not to get into the eyes and if contact occurs rinse immediately with water. The conditioner should be used within 12 months of opening and the bottle can be recycled once empty.
This is an absolutely beautifully fragranced conditioner, so it comes with my huge recommendation. However, due to the product leaking into the lid it loses one star from me. Consequently, L'Oreal Elvive Full Restore Replenishing Conditioner receives 4 stars.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
L'Oreal products are widely available and at the time of writing (17 January 2011) I would advise that you are able to purchase a 250ml bottle from Tesco for £2.55.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
A follow on from my last review -
As I reviewed the matching shampoo now it was the conditioners turn. Recapping on my last review I've never been a fan of celebrity indorsed products this one is advertised by Cheryl Cole, and during my weekly shop in my local Asda this conditioner along with the matching shampoo was on offer.
L'Oreal Elvive Full Restore Conditioner:
'Five problems one solution'
I was soon to put this conditioner to the test; I have long and very thick hair. Now as the weather has turned I needed a good shampoo and conditioner to keep my hair tamed and looking its best. My hair had become very lifeless and dull so I was putting a lot of faith into this brand.
L'Oreal - 'Daily wear and tear can damage the hair's surface and weaken the fibre. Help restore 5 visible signs of replenished hair without weighing it down. Discover L'Oreal Paris Elvive Full Restore 5 Conditioner.'
After I had use the matching shampoo which after the first wash left my hair very knotty and rough feeling, I was really hoping that the conditioner would straighten things out. Sadly it hardly made any improvement to how it felt after shampooing. I left the conditioner on for around three / four minutes and swilled it out my hair, it did however feel a little less rough but was still on the knotty side.
It smelt just like its matching shampoo a clean chemical smell with a hint of fruit, the aroma from the conditioner was quite nice and did last on my hair for the remainder of the day and next day. It's just a shame how crap it made my hair.
This conditioner claims to help on five properties:
1 - To strengthen hair, again just like the shampoo it made no difference for my hair.
2 - Density, my hair was still left feeling rather rough to it normally silky feel.
3 - Vitality, after I had used this conditioner my hair was less shiner and lacking its bounce.
4 - Shine, there was no extra shine to my hair what so ever.
5 - Silkiness, nothing!
Just as I stated in the shampoo review - I do like to give new products a fair test but after four washes I simply couldn't use this any longer it was getting to the stage where I couldn't get a brush through my hair it was knotting up all over the place. I had to book myself into the hairdresser where she also agreed that my hair felt rough so she had to use conditioning treatments to get my hair back to normal.
Again just like the shampoo bottle - I found the bottle boring, it has its oversized logo and what the conditioner has to offer on front of the bottle. The main colours being red, yellow and white as you can see from the above picture. The back of the bottle it has the normal information you would expect to see the ingredients, company address and further information on how to use the product (like we don't know) and more information on what this shampoo should do, well didn't do in my case.
Price and Availability:
If you really want to try this product which I would never recommend in a million years it can be purchased from most supermarkets like Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and places like Superdrug, Boots etc
Prices start from £3.59 and are on offer at 2 for £4.00 in boots, when I purchased mine it was the same offer at Asda around two weeks a go.
A complete nightmare conditioner just like the shampoo to match! I would not recommend this to anyone; the only good from this conditioner was the smell. I would never use this product again even if I was desperate it left my hair needing treatment to get it back to normal.
One out of five stars from me (one star as I liked the smell)
Thanks for reading :o)
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According to the adverts L'Oreal developed this formula to target and treat the top 5 hair care problems we struggle with, when used in conjunction with the matching shampoo.
1) Weak hair
2) Limp hair
3) Lifeless looking hair
4) Dull hair
5) Dry hair
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All of L'Oreal Elvive shampoos and conditioners use the same shape bottle. The different ranges share matching coloured bottles, to make it easier to spot the right combination on store shelves: The FULL RESTORE 5 range has the bottle coloured white with a red flip cap. The cap is on the base of the bottle, which is good for when the bottle is nearly empty and the texture of the recyclable plastic bottle is easy to grip in a slippy shower.
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The creamy-but-still-runny consistency and pearlessence of the conditioner is very similar to Elvive's Nutri-gloss and Re-Nutrition ranges - both of which I love - so I felt confident that this product would give similar results. However once applied to wet hair the comparison ends - This product feels so runny and slippy that I was reminded of the slime thingy in Noel Edmunds House Party. Not nice.
The floral fragrance is very fresh and clean smelling, but is quite strong. This doesn't bother me, but it could be strong enough to irritate some people. Once the hair has been dried the smell dissipates, though I still got the occasional whiff when my hair blew in my face.
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I'll start by stating that I gave this range a fair chance by completely using up two full bottles of the 400ml shampoo and conditioner (a buy-one-get-one-free mix up).
Did I see the promised results of hair that looked stronger, fuller, revitalised, shiny and silky?
Not really; The only things I noticed were that fact that my hair was easy to detangle [not unique; every L'Oreal conditioner is good at detangling] and the shine - and that shine was due to my hair becoming greasy on the SAME day I washed it. I would wash it in the morning and by the evening it would be heavy and shiny with grease. My scalp also seemed to itch. As mentioned above I didn't have the conditioner at first, so the heavyness, grease and itchiness wasn't caused by a conditioner build-up. Honestly it felt so grubby by the next day that I'd need to shampoo at least twice and I'd stay under the shower rinsing the slimy feeling conditioner out for up to 10 minutes.
So, is there anything positive to say?
Using the shampoo on it's own also left my hair knotty, full of frizz and I noticed that there was a increase in strands of broken hair in my combs [no matter how wide toothed] and brushes, and the conditioner did solve this problem - like I mentioned above FULL RESTORE 5 conditioner is good for detangling and it reduced the frizz. I finished the shampoo bottles before the conditioner, so I keep using the conditioner with the Elvive Re-Nutrition shampoo and it seemed like I didn't use a conditioner at all. The limited results I experienced with the conditioner are the same as using the Re-Nutrition shampoo alone.
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I've loved every other Elvive product I've ever used, so it pains me to say that their FULL RESTORE 5 range is pretty much useless.
Liking the fragrance means nothing when the results of a conditioner are no better then a shampoo. And being good for detangling wet hair is a no brainer - almost every conditioner on the market today does that. Reducing frizz? Yeah it did help with that - but the increased frizz was caused by the matching shampoo in the first place.
I also felt cheated by L'Oreal when I learnt that the range's spokes-model [Cheryl Cole] wore acrylic hair extensions in the ads (I'm well aware that she has used extensions for years, but L'Oreal lead everyone to believe she was using ones made from human hair by adding a disclaimer stating she was using 'natural' extensions).
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There is also conditioner available in matching sizes, as well as a 300ml hair mask and a 200ml conditioning replenishing spray.
I bought this conditioner a few months ago, before all the Cheryl Cole adverts came on TV even. It was ages ago but I still have half a bottle left, this is because I don't think it is very good and prefer not to use it. I only use this when I really have to, when it is the only thing left in the bathroom. And even then I try to avoid it as much as possible.
The reasons I decided to buy this in the first place was because my hair was feeling pretty dried out, and this promises to restore the:
Also it is from my favourite haircare brand, L'Oreal, so I wanted to see if it was as good as the rest of their shampoos and conditioners, which are usually really amazing and perfect for my hair. This cost me about £1.50 from Boots, and it can also be bought from Superdrug, Savers, Bodycare, Home Bargains and most supermarkets.
The bottle isn't anything special, in fact I think it is quite plain and boring. It is white with lots of red on it, and some yellow. If it wasn't from such a well known brand I would have never paid any attention to it.
To use this after washing your hair with the matching shampoo you work it through the full lengths of your hair, right to the tips, and then rinse.
The back of the bottle promises than the conditioner 'detangles instantly, without leaving residue' and 'helps restore 5 visible signs of replenished hair'. But does it do this?
When I first used this my hair was quite dry, it was limp and lifeless and it had lost its shine, most probably due to prolonged heat exposure. The bottle and advertising for this conditioner and the matching shampoo all promise that the shampoo and conditioner will fix your hair when it is like this. But I have to say that I didn't get the results I was expecting. I was disappointed with the results I did get - basically there was no change.
The substance itself is white in colour and compared to most conditioners I have used this one feels quite thin, and doesn't feel creamy enough. With most conditioners you don't have to use much and your hair feels soft as you rub the conditioner into it under the water, but with this one my hair feels no different and the quality of the conditioner isn't anything special at all.
My hair was still weak, limp and lifeless after using this and for that reason I cannot recommend it and would not buy it again. Unfortunately this conditioner did not give my hair its "mojo back".
As I reviewed the shampoo from this range earlier today I thought Id get cracking on writing this conditioner review while all the information is still fresh in my mind. I could really some up this conditioner in 3 words: It Is Terrible. But Im going to attempt a bit more than that LOL but those three words should tell you everything you need to know about this product.
Price: Around £3.50
Stockists: Boots, Chemists, Supermarkets ETC
For: The Top 5 Hair Problems & Is Said To Help Hair: Feel Stronger, Look Fuller, More Vevitalised, Look Silkier & Restore Shine. I can safely say after using this alongside the matching shampoo that it doesnt live up to any of those expectations.
When I first poured this onto my hands I was quite surprised as the conditioner is really runny. As I mentioned in my previous review the shampoo I found to be really thick so I started topanic I was using them the wrong way round as the bottles are really similar in design but no this runny substance was in fact the conditioner - they seem to have got the consistency of these two different products the wrong way round but in a way the runniness does work to your advantage. You only need a small amount to cover your whole hair and it glides through easily. Now at this point when Ive washed my hair normally I put the conditioner on and my hair feels instantly better but in this case it didnt. There didnt seem to be any obvious difference between this and the shampoo (except for the consistency) and my hair didnt feel as nourished as it usually does when I apply conditioner.
Again normally when I use conditioner it is super easy to brush through even when its wet but that is not the case with this one at all. I spent at least 5 minutes trying to untangle my mess of hair and even then it still felt proper knotty and tangled not what I expected at all. My hair looked and felt really grotty and horrible after I used this and although it does feel slighly better this morning there are SO many better conditioners out there ones that dont leave your hair looking like crap immediatley after you wash them out.
This morning my hair did feel and look much better with no knots or tangles in sight and it did feel much cleaner but as for those 5 things that this conditioner claims to do...its all lies. I dont think my hair felt any better after using this and if I was going on what it looked and felt like immediately after then I wouldnt even want to give it one star. I will be awarding this a measly 1 star as there are way better conditioners out there that dont even claim what this one does and work much better. If you have to use it over a period of time for it to work then I can safely say I will never know the true results of this as I will NEVER use this again and I dont recommend anyone else does either.
Sorry Cheryl but your conditioner is crap!
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