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Brand: L'Oréal / Type: Hair Shampoo / What it does: Restores,

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      16.07.2013 21:06
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      a nice shampoo from L'oreal I would recommend

      I am not always so gullible of the L'oreal adverts as most of the glamorous models in the posters and on tv are wearing hair extensions and have countless wads of money so they can afford to go to the salon every day and have their hair treated and maintained routinely! However, washing my hair is not top of my list of things to do so might as well do it with a decent shampoo I guess!

      The 400ml bottle of this shampoo costs £3.99 in Boots where I bought it some time ago, which I thought was reasonable and the bottle promises lots of good stuff as it is meant to restore 5 visible signs of replenished hair without weighing it down. I often wear hair extensions for long periods at a time which leaves my hair dry, unnourished and quite brittle so washing it with a good quality shampoo which promises to restore hair seemed ideal!

      The shampoo is easy to use, with a flip top lid and a small hole to squeeze the shampoo out. I usually use a dollop the size of a a 50p piece in the palm of my hand which I find creates a rich and generous lather which seeps in from root to end with ease. I like to comb my hair whilst it is wet, and using this shampoo my hair is smooth and easy to comb, and doesn't knot at all. All good things so far!

      In terms of cleansing, the shampoo really does get out all dirt in my hair effectively, and I usually do two rinses for peace of mind and afterwards my hair feels clean, doesn't feel greasy and it leaves my hair soft and manageable. The shampoo is very fresh and has a slightly fruity smell which lingers in my hair and lasts ages unless if I use a conditioner afterwards of a different brand. I'm into coconut oil at the moment (as well as the occasional moroccan argan oil) which I use at least as a leave in treatment to strengthen my hair and leave it looking shiny and glossy so combined together these two products do make a really good combo!

      Overall, this is a good shampoo, does the basic job in getting my hair clean and it's really affordable and leaves my hair manageable. On the downside I cannot claim this shampoo has helped restore my hair as I find the extra organic virgin coconut oil I have been using daily is more culpable for this good change. Needless to say this shampoo is good quality and I would recommend it still so will give it 4 stars!

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      20.05.2013 10:48

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      Still using it...

      As most women know, constant drying, styling and straightening damages your hair. Along with other damaging factors such as sun damage these things can really start ruin your hair.

      After my hairdresser commented on my split ends, I decided to go to Boots and try find a shampoo to help minamise the damage.

      The product comes in a white bottle with the well known L'Oreal logo on the front. It is easy to use, you only need a small amount. Once I rinsed the shampoo out, I felt like I didnt need to condition my hair after. My hair already felt smooth and untangled.

      Once I had dryed and styled my hair I could really tell the difference. My hair was so much softer and I felt like I had to brush it much less.

      I have been using the shampoo for a while now and I must say its the best I have found so far.

      I am still using this product now and my favourite part is, it smells great!

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      24.09.2012 20:42
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      Gave my hair its life back!

      I love the Elvive haircare range from L'Oreal so when I saw the Full-Restore 5 range on offer with all the other Elvive shampoos and conditioners in Boots a few months back, I thought I would give it a go. And it's become one of the best haircare ranges I've ever used! Here is my review for Elvive Full-Restore 5 Shampoo:

      1. The Smell

      For me, this is one of the most important things when it comes to shampoos and conditioners. The smell of this is quite hard to describe to tell you the truth. It's a fresh, clean smell that definitely you're either going to love or hate. I think it would suit both men and women but others may feel differently. I love it and it gets 5 stars from me.

      2. The Lather

      The lather of this, like a lot of the Elvive shampoos is very good indeed. It lathers really well and the wonderful smell feels the bathroom, and the wonderful creamy lather is rinsed out very very easily. Once rinsed out, my hair feels really soft, perfect for applying the matching 60-Second Saviour or conditioner. Lather gets 5 stars from me.

      3. The Result

      This along with the matching 60-Second Saviour has brought back the life into my hair. I have really long, thick, curly hair that I always leave to dry naturally and once my hair is dry, it feels totally weightless, silky silky soft, shiny and my curls seem more defined too. It feels like a whole new head of hair for me! The smell stays in my hair all day long as do the results! I can even get away with not washing my hair everyday with this, which is not something I can normally get away with with other shampoos and conditioners! Result gets 5 stars from me!

      Overall, this is a fabulous shampoo that gives my hair a whole new lease of life! Price-wise a 250ml bottle of this can be found for around the £2.50 - £3 mark and a 400ml bottle for around the £3.50 - £4 mark, which I feel is great value.

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        17.07.2012 17:27
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        Elvive are great shampoos overall!

        Me and my often share shampoos but do have particular ones that our each aimed at protecting our hair in different ways, I need to use a colour protecting one and she uses whatever is on offer usually! We are very loyal to Elvive shampoos as a whole as we like the large easy bottles, the smell and most importantly the price! So between us we have the colour protection, nutri- gloss and this full restore shampoo which is aimed at repairing damaged or fragile hair.

        I mostly use my colour protection shampoo but use the full restore quite often too as my hair is very damaged from dying it and using my hairdryer all the time (could be much improved if I would get a haircut!) and I find the colour protection doesn't offer as much conditioning and repairing qualities.

        The bottle is white with red, black and gold detailing which makes it look nice and not at all cheap, the bottle can easily be stored upside to make sure you use all the product up and none gets wasted. The actual shampoo is pearly white and quite runny, I don't need to use much (my hairs just past shoulder length) as it lathers up really well and covers all my hair, it is also really quick to rinse out.

        My hair feels really soft afterwards, not too much different to my elvive colour protect but I find it's easier to comb through when wet if I've skipped on conditioner and I think my hair feels softer after I have dried it too. What I love best about this shampoo is the smell, it smells really clean and fresh and lingers but not in an overpowering way.

        I'm one of those people who washes their hair almost everyday so I use a lot of shampoo, I use this shampoo about 2 or 3 times a week and my mum uses it about every other day but it lasts for a really long time. They are always on a buy one get one free or 2 for 1 offer somewhere so look around before you buy, we find superdrug, sainsburys or asda are the best places to go.

        Overall I'd really recommend Elvive in general!

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        09.01.2012 18:36
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        A boring shampoo from L'Oreal

        I spotted this shampoo and conditioner on offer in our local Lidl a few weeks ago and having never tried it I thought the half price offer was too good to miss. I tend not to buy hair care products that strengthen hair as I do have very thick strong hair and tend to go for products that de frizz and smooth. As I was in Spain the information was of course in Spanish so I had to do a bit of translating to find out what it claimed to do!

        The bottle is attractive with a bold mixture of colours, mainly pure white with almost a light red wine used on the lid and the name of the product and also the swish design on the front which also uses highlights of gold and silver The effect is quite classy but not as busy as the conditioner bottle which looks like it has a bit of The Starship Enterprises control board on the front!

        The bottle can stand up either on its top or bottom although the top is much broader which is great for getting the last drop out! The top flips open and shut with a good click and there is no danger of leakage.



        What it claims to do.

        This is a hard working shampoo for week, limp, damaged hair and will help in 5 ways by giving your hair strength, density,vitality, shine and silkiness.It performs these little miracles by using pro keratin and ceramide. My bottle translates that the keratin is the cement in your hair, and the shampoo rebuilds it (We have the technology, we can rebuild you!) and the ceramide replicates the cement. Possibly my translation is a bit hazy here!, sounds like a construction site.



        Using It.

        After wetting my hair I put a blob of about 50p of the thick, creamy liquid in my hand. it is pure white in colour and comes out of the bottle neither too fast or slow. Now I smooth it onto my hair and give it a good rub. It makes loads and loads of suds! In fact I have had to reduce the amount I use because it is so foamy. The smell is quite pleasant but nothing startling and reminds me of Comfort hand wash liquid, a bit soapy and comforting. It washes out quite easily but I would recommend an extra rinse as it is so foamy.


        My Opinion.

        Well I have given it a fair trial and although I am not as damning as some reviews I have read, I would say it is nothing special. My hair feels nice and clean but the scent fades quickly and even though I have used the matching conditioner it's all a bit of a let down. I definitely wouldn't buy it at full price which is around 3.50p for 300ml. I'm glad I got it on special offer but I'm not going to bother in the future, not even for all those suds.


        4 stars only for me, it does get my hair clean.


        Thanks for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao under splishsplash.


        Readily available from supermarkets, last 12months after opening and the bottle is recycable. Made by L'Oreal

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          22.12.2011 13:04
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          A brilliant shampoo that improves the appearance of your hair

          L'oreal Elvive Full Restore 5 Repairing Shampoo is a product that has been designed to solve five hair problems with one solution. It claims to strengthen hair, give it vitality, to coat it with shine, to leave it feeling silky to the touch and finally to increase its density. It has been specifically made for hair that is weak, limp or damaged which describes mine to a tee and so I purchased the product in a flash.

          How does it work?
          According the packaging, daily wear and tear weakens the fibres of the surface of hair strands. This means it is more likely to snap, become frizzy and less likely to shine.

          The shampoo contains proteins which strengthen the hair strands meaning that they can better resist styling and brushing. As hair is stronger, there will be less snapping and breaking of the strands so hair will become fuller and have more body.

          It also resurfaces the hair using a substance which mimics the make up of the strands called Ceramide and repairs the damage that has already been caused by daily wear and tear.

          How do you use the product?
          The product is to be used in the usual way on hair that is damp. A generous amount is to be massaged into the entire length of hair and into the scalp and then rinsed out thoroughly. It is to be followed up with a good conditioner and then dried and styled as usual.

          Packaging and Price
          The product comes contained within a white plastic bottle. It has some red detailing on the bottle and extra information about the product on the back. The product has a flip top lid which allows you to easily access the shampoo when in the shower and to close it without a problem when your hands are soapy and wet. It can stand on its lid so you will be able to use every last drop without having to waste any of it.

          You can buy the product from most supermarkets and stores such as Boots and Superdrug. It's also available from a variety of online websites. You can get a whopping great big 400ml bottle of the stuff for around £3.It is also frequently on offer.


          My thoughts
          The shampoo itself is a white colour and extremely thick. Its consistency seems to be more like that of an intensive conditioner rather than a shampoo and it is very luxurious. It has a delicious smell that is a bit like citrus fruits and it is very invigorating and refreshing.

          You don't need to use much of the product to get the desired results. The shampoo coats the hair very well and it feels very silky and smooth on the hair as it is massaged in. The lather is crazy and it creates very thick and silky bubbles. It creates the most foam that I've ever seen from a shampoo and there is no doubt that it makes you feel like it's doing a really good job.

          Despite taking a short stop in bubble city, the product is fairly easy to remove from the hair and it doesn't take any more rinsing than the average shampoo. Even after the product has been removed from the hair, the lovely fruity scent still lingers long after the hair has dried.

          Even from the very first use of the shampoo, I noticed a lovely improvement in my hair. It makes your hair seem much thicker, like you have twice as much of it. It is shiny and really healthy looking. I have found it easier to style, brush and control.

          It is really clean looking and I can easily manage with just washing my hair every other day after using the product. It also seems to be hydrating although I also use a conditioner afterwards so it may also be partly due to this.

          If you find that you like this product then also available in the Full Restore 5 collection is a matching conditioner, masque and a 60 second saviour.

          All in all, I can't fault this shampoo and I have rarely had such noticeable results from using a product of this type. My hair is definitely fuller and thicker, smells delicious and it is in a much better condition. Not bad for £3!

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            30.10.2011 13:32
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            Don't recommend.

            I've used this shampoo over the last week and I have to say that I really am not very impressed at all. I've seen Cheryl Cole (who like her or loathe her you have to admit has great hair!) advertising this brand and so I was hoping for just a semblence of resemblance to Cheryl Cole! Alas, no, I look a little bit more like Worzel Gummage that Cheryl Cole.

            This shampoo comes in a standard shampoo bottle and there is nothing about it that really stands out on the shelf. I really bought it because it was on offer in my local chemist as it just cost £2.15 and this seemed like a really good price. The bottle has a plastic flip top lid, which I prefer because I find screw top lids are harder to remove when your hands are wet....and the shampoo is easily squeezed out of the lid. I do find that I can get all of the shampoo out of the bottle when only the dregs are left by adding a little water and mixing it together and so you can get your full money's worth.

            The shampoo itself does have quite a strong smell to it, but it is not a very distinctive smell and it's hard to actually identify what the smell is. It's not really floral or particularly natural - and I have to say that although I like my hair to smell nice, I don't really like it when the shampoo is so heavily perfumed that the smell follows you everywhere. For me, the smell was just too strong and I'd rather have something that was a little more subtle and fresh.

            Using the shampoo was standard, although it didn't lather up as much as I would have liked. It's not that it didn't lather, but just that it didn't have that luxurious lathery silky feel that you have when you use some of the other brands. It does wash out easily, but it does feel like there is some residue left over at the end - another factor that I really don't like. I like my hair to be squeeky clean when I've washed it, but instead my hair felt coated. When my hair dries, it feels a little straw like and although this can be offset a little by using a conditioner, I don't like to use a conditioner every time I was my hair as it has a tendency to make my hair greasy.

            The worse thing about this shampoo was the fact that my scalp really reacted to it. I do have sensitive skin and my skin does react to heavily perfumed products - and my scalp reacted badly to this causing a big flare up of my psorosis. For this reason, it is something that I absolutely will not be using again.

            Overall, I cannot recommend this product because it is a shampoo that I just really didn't get on with at all.

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              21.10.2011 09:56
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              A Substandard shampoo with debatable results

              Having seen this shampoo advertised, it seemed like the dream shampoo, conditioning the hair whilst also giving it the added 'Mojo' that is so often lacking in many good quality shampoos. I purchased a bottle for £1.99 from my local pharmacy as part of an offer, and with all new shampoos was eager to get it home to try it out myself on my slightly limp hair.

              The Price

              This shampoo is currently priced at £3.79 in my local Boots, however it can be found in many supermarkets on offer for significantly less than this.

              The Packaging

              This shampoo is presented in a 400ml white bottle, the contents of which are illustrated in red and gold text which shine temptingly in the store lighting. This bottle has a flip top lid that clicks back into place, which aids in allowing the shampoo to be lifted and poured easily into the outstretched hand when in the shower.

              The Product

              The shampoo itself is white in colour and has a very thick consistency for a shampoo, perhaps I initially thought because it would be conditioning to the hair as well as cleansing. As there is 400ml of the product in a bottle you will find that a little goes a long way and so this bottle can easily last for a good couple of months if used every other day.

              This shampoo is unlike many others on the market as it contains pro-keratin and ceramide, the combination of which is said to replenish the hair without weighing it down. In fact L'Oreal claim that this shampoo helps with 5 problem areas in hair, those being strength, density, vitality, shine and silkiness the claims of which I will evaluate later.

              The Application

              This shampoo is no different to any others in application, in that it should be applied to a wet head of hair, gently massaged into the hair and roots and then rinsed. The shampoo lathers very well when exposed to water and smells very clean and fresh, a smell which lingers in the hair for a good day afterwards. L'Oreal recommends that the shampoo is followed by the conditioner in the same range for maximum results.

              My Experience

              Having hair that goes limp quite easily and having had a history of dying my hair which has been mentioned in previous reviews, I had hoped this shampoo would restore the natural shine and bounce back into my hair. The first day after using this shampoo I was pleasantly surprised by the results, my hair was very shiny and felt silky to the touch, however I can honestly report no bounce to the hair, in fact the heaviness of the shampoo seemed to weigh it down rather than not.

              I have therefore marked this shampoo on their 5 criteria which are as follows:

              1. Strength - My hair has always been quite strong, and therefore whilst I do not believe this shampoo retracted from the original strength it did not add to it either.
              2. Density - This shampoo simply made my hair quite limp and therefore it lacked density when blow dried.
              3. Vitality - My hair did look healthier after shampooing and therefore it did give it some life but again the hair was limp..
              4. Shine - My hair was shiner after use.
              5. Silkiness - I have always had very soft hair and therefore whilst this shampoo added shine it did not really add silkiness.

              In an effort to combat the weighing down effect, I did try to remove the conditioner from my regime to see if it would help over a period of a week, however the same results pervaded and my hair still felt limp and greasy the day after washing.

              Overall I would score this shampoo 2 stars out of 5, although it does give shine to the hair it has failed to give it any bounce without weighing it down and therefore fails to impress given the strength of its advertising.

              Thank-you for taking the time to read my review.

              This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.

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              17.10.2011 19:19
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              A nice shampoo that gives hair a little tlc

              I straighten and blow-dry my hair every day and this really takes its toll on my hair and leaves it feeling lank and dry. I go swimming on a regular basis and the chlorine dries out the ends and leaves my hair in terrible condition.

              I gave the L'oreal Elvive full restore shampoo a go as it seemed like a quick fix to my problem hair.

              *Price and availability*

              I paid £1.99 for a 400ml bottle. It was on offer in Tesco on a "less than half price" deal.

              *Description*

              The shampoo is thicker than some of the other Elvive range so I was immediately impressed when I dispensed some of this product. The shampoo has a delicate floral scent to it and gives the hair a lovely just washed fragrance.

              The shampoo is enriched with Pro-Keratin that helps to reinforce each hair fibre leaving it feeling strengthened and conditioned. It also contains ceramide, this helps restore a smoother feel to the hair fibre, leaving it soft to the touch with a healthy looking shine.
              The shampoo lathers up well and gives a lovely foam that really helps the hair to feel clean. Not much of the liquid is needed to clean the hair and I find the life span of a bottle is quite long.

              *My experiences*

              I really like this shampoo and find it extremely good quality. My hair feels soft and cared and seems to stay clean for a long time. When I bought this shampoo I bought it with the conditioner and used together, they make the perfect duo. My hair feels silkier and less dry.

              I think that some of the claims the shampoo makes are a little wild; such as that it can make the hair stronger. However, I do feel that aesthetically my hair looks fuller and healthier.

              Dry hair is not an attractive look and it can be really hard to style and manage. Using a good quality shampoo will set the foundations for good hair to work with. My hair feels light and soft with this shampoo and it does not sit heavily on the hair. I have had bad experiences with Shampoos such as Aussie Miracle that make my hair greasy and unmanageable. This shampoo really does make my hair look visibly conditioned and full of bounce.

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                17.10.2011 13:13
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                does what it says

                I like to lighten my hair every summer and now that autumn is upon us it's time for me to give my hair a good boost by treating it to some nice shampoo that helps put it in a good condition again memding the damage I have done by bleaching it and this L'Oreal Elvive Full Restore Shampoo is really good for giving my hair a good shine, a healthy look and feel.

                You can buy this from supermarkets, chemists and other saver shops at around £3.79 for a 400ml bottle. It's a plastic bottle with a flip up lid which I like as they don't spill and can be used easily in the shower.
                The shampoo inside the bottle is a thick white consistancy and you only need a little on your palm of your hand for it to lather up quickly in the shower and cover your hair to clean it.

                This has five properties so the bottle says, one to revitalize the hair, one is to strengthen the hair, one is to make the hair shine, one is to make the hair feel silkier and the last of the five is to give volume and make the hair look fuller.

                Does it work I hear you say well, actually it does. I have dry hair due to the bleaching agents in the hair lighteners I used and my hair can break when brushed if I don't try and put back what I have taken out of the hair.
                This shampoo helps give my hair a soft silky feeling instead of it being dry and brittle.

                It also helps to strengthen the hair as after using this for a week I notice adifference as my hair looks and feels better and doesn't break as much when brushed. this is a product I have used before and will buy again.
                Although this is a thick shampoo it cleans well and doesn't coat the hair leaving it greasy after washing with it.
                The shampoo rinses off well leaving the conditon of the hair looking and feeling better.

                I have also noticed that it doesn't leave the hair frizzy which some shampoo's can do if you have dyed your hair previously and I don't have fly away hair after using this shampoo.

                I do rate this as a product that does what it says, so I am happy to recommend it you you.

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                  Never again, one of the worst shampoos I've ever used

                  I didn't buy L'Oreal Elvive Full Restore Shampoo because that irritating Northern bint advertises it, I bought it because it was on special offer in Tesco and priced at just £1.69. I've always found L'Oreal shampoo to be a bit hit and miss but something about the bumph on the bottle appealed to me, and at that price even if it was rubbish I wouldn't have lost much.

                  L'Oreal claim this can do so much more for my hair than any other shampoo, in fact it promises to help 'restore 5 visible signs of replenished hair' (taken from the bottle) - I'll discuss these five signs a bit later, although I'll cut the suspense now and tell you it's all gubbins and this is actually a pretty naff shampoo despite its delusions of grandeur. A bit like Cheryl really.

                  The shampoo itself is nice enough to use, it lathers up into a good layer of foam and feels silky smooth as I massage away to rid my hair and scalp of all the nasties that have adhered to it since the morning before. I wash my hair daily so it rarely gets particularly dirty, although I do suffer with greasy roots sometimes which can make my long hair look limp quite early in the day. This cleanses my hair well, erasing all styling products I may (but probably not) have used and rinsing away very easily at the end of my hair-washing session.

                  So, let's look at these '5 visible signs' L'Oreal claim to be able to help me with.

                  ~x~x~ Feels Stronger ~x~x~

                  Well, I can't really comment on this one too much. My hair is quite strong, although prone to breakage at times, and I can't say I've noticed any difference having used just two bottles of this shampoo. There are still a zillion hairs in the bath, on the floor and dotted around various places throughout the house (it drives Mark crazy!) so I doubt it's adding much strength, if any. Actually the shampoo makes my hair extremely dry and straw-like so when I drag a brush through it while still wet I find hairs are literally breaking off halfway down (or is it up?) the length of my hair - not what I'd expect after using a shampoo that claims to help strengthen hair!

                  ~x~x~ Looks Fuller ~x~x~

                  Umm, only because my hair is all knotted up! After washing and pre-brushing my hair looks like a bird's nest after using this Elvive shampoo, unfortunately once I've tamed it using a combination of paddle brush, radial brush and comb there's no more fullness than I've experienced with any other shampoo. This was the claim which had initially appealled to me too, having very long hair means it often looks limp and just 'there' so I'd have appreciated the extra bit of oomph that L'Oreal promised me with this shampoo.

                  ~x~x~ Looks Revitalised ~x~x~

                  Not really, no. After washing with Full Restore shampoo my hair looks nice and clean with a subtle shine, but the dry looking appearance I'm left with completely ruins any chance of it looking more revitalised! I used a hair masque last night and *that* left my hair looking revitalised, unfortunately this is yet another false claim from L'Oreal.

                  ~x~x~ Leaves Hair With A Healthy Looking Shine ~x~x~

                  Miraculously this claim is, in part, true. After washing my hair does have a nice clean shine, although this is nothing worth getting excited about and in all honesty my hair after using this shampoo is no shinier (or even as shiny) as when I've used other brands. The 'healthy looking' part of this claim is not very accurate either, as my hair is so visibly dry after using it that any notion of health disappears (along with any notion of moisture).

                  ~x~x~ Looks Silkier ~x~x~

                  Nope. Change the word 'silkier' above to 'straw-ier' and you're getting closer. Even after copious amounts of conditioner my hair looked nothing like silk after using this shampoo, it took double the time to brush all the knots and tangles out and this on it's own left me with completely non-silky hair. Even Mark commented on the condition of my hair, and believe me this must mean it was in a bad state as sometimes I think I could shave my head completely and he wouldn't notice!

                  So overall, no, I didn't like this shampoo. My daughter, who has much shorter hair, tried it a couple of times then gave up and went back to her fabulous Poundland shampoo - which kinda says it all to me.

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                    11.10.2011 19:54
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                    I am convinced that cheaper shampoo's have given me similar results in the past.

                    Well, I am sure most people have seen the L'Oreal adverts by now, Cheryl Cole flicking hair extensions around trying to convince us that we should all use L'Oreal products 'Because you're worth it!'. Unfortunately I were drawn in by her sexy accent (and looks) and decided to give the L'Oreal Full Restore Shampoo a go as a bit of an impulse buy more than anything. I don't usually have any particular preference when it comes to shampoo and I normally pick something on offer or look for something new. The 400ml bottle is pretty hefty and costs around the £4 mark when not on a special deal. The wording on the bottle suggests that this Full Restore Shampoo has 1 solution to restore 5 visible signs of replenished hair. The new and improved formula claims to reinforce weak, limp and damaged hair as it is enriched with Pro-Keratin.

                    As far as I am concerned I have no idea what half of the text means on the back of the bottle, I can imagine not a lot of people do. I suppose it is all there to baffle and impress you at the same time, but the results are ultimately in ther testing. To get a good idea of how the L'Oreal Full Restore Shampoo (or any other product really) works you need to use it continually over a period of time. With a 400ml bottle to hand I knew I would get this opportunity, the results were acceptable. I do have short hair, but I found that my hair did feel stronger, both to the touch and when I were combing it after washing and through the day. I also noticed a healthier shine to my hair, in my opinion this is a positive sign of improvement. I didn't use the matching conditioner (as the bottle advises) but I don't always use conditioners each time I wash my hair anyway. I don't wish to get overly excited about the imporvements to my hair condition, but I feel some praise has to be given, as there have been visible improvements since the use of this shampoo.

                    Unfortunately although I were happy with the results of using the L'Oreal Full Restore Shampoo I think for £4 it is a little on the pricey side and similar results could be achieved with careful selection of one of the more affordable brands. Advertising is key for this product, and with such a huge Global Superstar backing the brand I am beginning to wonder whether the actual product is worth £4 for 400ml.

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                    13.09.2011 10:19
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                    Not worth the money

                    After seeing the advert for L'oreal elvive full restore 5 I thought I have to try that. I know chances are that Cheryl Cole does not actually use this shampoo but if there was a small chance that I could get hair like Cheryl I was going to at least try.

                    PACKAGING

                    The full restore 5 shampoo comes in the universal packaging that is used by all L'oreal products in this range apart from the fact that the colours used on this packaging are predominately red, yellow and white. I like these bottles as they are very sturdy and stand easily in the shower. I also find that it is very easy to grip the bottle and squeeze the shampoo out from the flip top lid. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to get your shampoo out!

                    USING THE SHAMPOO

                    As I squeeze the shampoo into my hand I instantly notice the sweet scent. The shampoo itself also looks very luxurious with its white and pearl like effect.

                    As I begin to massage the shampoo into my hair the shower fills with the sweet scent, it is one of the most nicest shampoos that I have smelt.

                    The shampoo builds into a creamy lather and covers my hair with ease. When it comes to washing the shampoo out I have found that it does wash out very easily and does not leave my hair tangled, I have quite fine hair so this is a major plus. After using the shampoo my hair feels quite soft, the conditioner in the range adds to this softness.

                    DOES IT DO WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN?

                    Well L'oreal say that this shampoo will help your hair in 5 main areas; strength, density, vitality, shine and silkiness. I have to say that when your first use the shampoo your hair certainly does feel soft and looks shiny. However, I do not wash my hair every day I wash it every other day and by the time the second day comes around the ends of my hair feel quite dry and coarse. This came as quite a disappointment as the shampoo seems to do such a good job when you feel your hair as soon as you come out of the shower.

                    After watching the adverts I was expecting luscious, bouncy locks but I have to say that I'm afraid my hair stayed weak, limp and lifeless. This is the exact opposite of what I was expecting.

                    CONCLUSION

                    Unless you haven't guessed already this shampoo did not give me locks like Cheryl that I so desperately crave and unless I could get this product really really cheap I do not think I would buy it again as although I like the initial effects it just did not do my hair any long term good.

                    --also on ciao--

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                      05.09.2011 23:19
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                      Would never use again

                      I cant believe what some company's get away with, Tresemme would have to be the worst for it, L'Oreal is also in my shampoo and conditioner list of hates.

                      My hair is awful, dry, limp, lifeless, DULL, this shampoo sounded perfect and with the lovely Cheryl Cole advertising it, telling me how great it is, as soon as I hit the shops the shampoo and conditioner went into my basket!

                      The shampoo comes in a white bottle, looks nice and has a red flip top lid, stands on it bottom.
                      Its very busy which I like, I love reading and looking at the shampoo 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 shampoo.
                      On the back of the bottle is a lot of information on the product, what it does, what it contains, ML ect..

                      I loved the bottle and it really stood out to me!

                      The prices range depending on what size you go for, I think the cheapest is like £2.30 and thats for the 200ml.

                      The shampoo makes some claims, and promises to help restore 5 things to your hair.

                      1. Feels stronger
                      2. Looks fuller
                      3. Looks revitalised
                      4. With a healthy looking shine
                      5. Looks silkier

                      Sounded good to me, and how lovely is Cheryls hair? its gorgeous and one of the most lusted after hair in the whole world. And since she was advertising this of course she uses it.

                      I remember opening it and the smell was lovely, kind of fruity but very fresh and it was the nicest thing about the product.

                      I found the shampoo didn't lather up well at all in my hair, it made my hair feel quite dry the more I tried to massage it in, I actually felt my hair snap a few times when I was using this, not good at all..
                      I then tried to wash it out but my hair started to snap even more, and then it started to dry up more and my hairs quite weak as it is so I was getting kind of worried! My hair was all knotty so I had to use a lot of my Nice N Easy conditioner on it to make it feel softer, loosen up the knots and help get the shampoo out, I was lucky this worked!

                      I did not even risk using the shampoo again to see if it was just a unlucky hair wash, I wasn't risking doing any more damage to my hair ( my bloody hair straighteners dont do as much as damage and they are extremely hot! )

                      I cant believe Cheryl Cole advertises this, I highly doubt she uses this.

                      Overall, waste of money and made my hair feel like utter crap.

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                        It'll take more than this to achieve Cheryl Cole's hair

                        I'm not usually influenced by advertising because I am far too tight with money to pay premium price for a product. I much prefer to shop around and get the best value for money. When I saw L'Oreal Elvive Full Restore Shampoo was on offer, however, I decided to give it a try. After all, like most women in the country, my hair fell under one of the problem categories and what was the worst that could happen....I might end up with gorgeous hair like Cheryl Cole!

                        Not so. The shampoo isn't bad, but didn't do anything for my hair at all. I suffer from quite frizzy hair, and hoped that this shampoo might calm it down a bit and make me look a bit less like Spuggy from Biker Grove (I'm not ginger, but you get the idea of hair texture!).

                        I washed my hair with this shampoo with high hopes, and even used the matching conditioner (I think they must have been part of the same offer otherwise I'd have had no issues using a different brand conditioner, skinflint that I am). The washing process was pleasant enough, it smells quite nice and lathers up quite well so you feel like your hair is getting a good clean at least, and you feel really fresh and clean after using the shampoo.

                        When I dried my hair, however, I was disappointed that it didn't appear any shinier or less frizzy than before I washed it, so I was very happy that I hadn't paid full price for the product (not that it's overly expensive but I'm not a huge Cheryl Cole fan and don't particularly feel happy lining her super slim pockets with my hard earned cash). My hair is also quite dry and it didn't feel like it had added any moisture to my hair or improved its condition in any way.

                        Generally I find most shampoos don't make a huge difference to my hair in the way they claim to on their adverts, and unless you're willing to fork out a small fortune I think this is the case for most shelf-bought products. I would say that this shampoo is no different, and if you're just looking for something to clean your hair, this would suffice. If you want to improve its condition, however, I would recommend investing in a treatment product to use once a week to make a visible difference.

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