L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm

L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm


156 reviews

76% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$$


aqua / water / eau cetearyl alcohol behentrimonium chloride amodimethicone candelilla cera / candelilla wax / cire de candelilla cetyl esters glycerin isopropyl alcohol parfum / fragrance phenoxyethanol trideceth-6 hydroxypropyl guar arginine glutamic acid linalool hexyl cinnamal cetrimonium chloride serine chlorhexidine dihydrochloride benzyl salicylate hydroxypropyltrimonium hydrolyzed wheat protein benzyl alcohol limonene amyl cinnamal citronellol 2-oleamido-1,3-octadecanediol alpha-isomethyl ionone ci 19140 / yellow 5 ci 15985 / yellow 6

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Yep. This is a great conditioner. What makes it a standout for me (other than the fact that it does indeed leave my hair feeling and looking smooth, shiny and improved) is that everything about it is easy. I mean, yeah you have to unscrew the top and screw it back on, but unlike other jar conditioners I've had this one closes successfully and quickly - water never gets in there leaving it all nasty. Also I find the top serves as a great soap dish. Which means I don't have to clean my tub as much because let's face it I'm not getting a soap dish. The formula works very well, does what it claims (aside from actual repair because let's be realistic) and the results are good whether you use it once a week or four. No buildup, and no complaints! I love complaining so that's a rave review.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 9/27/2016 12:57:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

It's not as good as it's extreme counterpart. While my hair did feel clean it also felt strawlike. Noticed breakage, no shine, and didn't prevent new damage. I used the shampoo and the treatment mask, but noticed no real differences. Try the extreme version instead

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I picked this up because I wanted an affordable hair mask! For reference, my hair is thick and dry, especially at the ends.

This stuff is the bomb!!!! I wash my hair every other day or every two days and this makes my hair feel silky smooth after each use. It doesn't leave any gross residue and the scent is like and fresh. Consistency is like thick lotion but crry manageable.

Definitely would repurchase!!

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Green

What else can I say about this wonderful product that has not already been said by other reviewers. It is one fantastic conditioner. I had a color disaster with Natural Instincts and this is one of the things that really helped get my hair back in shape. I do not use the other shampoos and conditioners from the Advanced line from L'oreal, they just make my hair dry and tangled. Strange that this conditioner works so well when the other products don't, but it is really does the job. My hair is very dry, it's curly with frizz, and color treated. It just gets so dry and I have to deep condition about 3 times a month. One other thing that I do with this conditioner is to put it on wet hair, use a wet brush to distribute it evenly and then, I put some Dove Anti Frizz Oil Therapy regular conditioner on top of that. The reason being, the L'oreal deep conditioner has some wheat protein in it and my hair has to have extra moisture if I use anything with protein in it, to keep it from getting too stiff. (If your hair is sensitive to protein overload, it can start to break off with too much use of protein in your hair products. There's a lot of info on this issue on many hair websites). The L'oreal will work on its own, but it works even better for me with the extra moisture. That sounds like overdoing it, but it really does work for me. My hair is just so terribly dry, it needs all the help it can get. The results are full, thick, softer, shiner hair, and I am always happy with the results. And it is $6 per jar, and you can get many uses out of that, so it is a steal. A squeeze tube would be easier to use, so that is the only con. Give this a try if your hair is in need of some serious help.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

I'll start by saying that I don't believe any product can really *repair* hair. Hair is dead, after all.

Used once a week, this product actually does make my hair (which is so thick that the upper layer doesn't get much sebum and could always use some help) nice and smooth for a few washes. I have mid-back-length hair, and lots of it, yet the jar is good for 3 applications - very reasonable for ~US$5.

The extremely strong tropical floral scent is unfortunate (I'd really rather deal with whatever chemical odors it's covering up).

I said I'd buy it again, but I'm likely to try other deep conditioning treatments before making this a recurring purchase.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

HELLO ! Firstly, I am 22 years old and up until this years, I used to dye my hair a lot.
My hair is (thankfully) back to its natural shade of blonde now though!

Anywho, I wanted to share my story on thinning hair with you all.
I am only 22, and I recently have been diagnose with Lupus.
It hasn't been too hard on me, except my hair is thinning!
So I have tried the cheapest and most expensive stuff out there. You name it. All the way from Walmart to Sephora to specialty sites even.
My hair (from lupus) is dry and flaky, this is why I was told I must stop dying when I found out.
Though a year of organic oils, shampoos and conditioners just didn't do the trick for me, personally.

I bought this conditioner at my local store about 6 days ago.
And I am soooooooo soooooo in love with my hair.
I won't say it cures thinning hair or balding, I have no evidence of that sort.

However, I could not be happy. My hair feels so full, my thinning has ceased (have only shed a couple hairs, even when combing knots out!)

I would recommend though (let your hair dry naturally or use the hair dryer on cool)
I found blow drying does (obviously) reverse the conditioner's effects a bit. I mean, any intense heat is bound to do that anyway. It dries you out!

So on and so forth, ladies or gents, buy this!
It is worth the simple $6 dollars you pay, trust me.
Remember, this is coming from a girl who is experienced with thinning and damaged hair.
If it can help with a medical condition like mine, it will certainly help your hair as well <3

Stay happy loves.

oh one teeny con: packaging! It comes with a twist off to. Which is a bit messy if you are showering rather than bathing. I highly recommend once you get the desired amount of product into your hair, seal it back tightly. Because it isn't an easy close lid, water gets in and can ruin the texture of the creamy/thick product. I usually sit it outside of the shower once it is in my hair until the next use. <3 other than that, all is well.

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

on 6/7/2016 3:02:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Grey

This is the BEST conditioner in L'Oreal's "Advanced" haircare line, hands down. It's a bit more expensive than the conditioners in the 12oz bottles, but this one is one is labelled as a "weekly" treatment-type product. Ingredient-wise, it's almost identical to the "Total Repair Extreme Emergency Recovery Mask " in the tube (the ONLY difference: the other lists "lactic acid" in the ingredients while the "Damage Balm" does not). It's also very similar to Garnier's "Damage Eraser" (same company).

Like the other "Advanced" conditioners, this one is very well-formulated. It has good slip, and like the others, I have no trouble wet-combing this through my thick, curly, coarse hair. The consistency is VERY thick and rich (like cake icing). However, it does seem to have some extra conditioning/moisturizing benefits that the others don't, because my hair feels exceptionally soft after using it --even the next day. Someone with problem hair could very well use this as a daily conditioner.

Bottom line, it's an EXCELLENT product at a reasonable price. Recommended! :-)

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

on 5/27/2016 3:52:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

A truly amazing deep conditioner for beautiful hair! I requested sample sizes in the mail of the Total 5 shampoo, conditioner and this damage erasing balm. If I hadn't asked for it I would have missed out on a great product line. Love the shampoo and I do feel because of how unique the shampoo works it is important to use it along with this product. I honestly couldn't believe how soft, shiny and pretty my hair was after using this. I have color treated hair with highlights and it is long and very naturally curly. So this combo means dry hair. My hair was getting brittle and the breakage was getting really bad. Just from using the sample I went crazy over this product. I then purchased the products but I may leave out the regular conditioner next purchase and buy the balm only as my conditioner. Once in awhile I thought I didn't need to use a deep conditioner every time I shampooed but I also don't shampoo my hair daily anymore. Since I'm disabled I go longer between washes and have been deep conditioning which has helped with breakage big time. The price point fits right into my budget however this balm works better than some of the expensive deep conditioning treatments I have bought and used over the years. I have used plenty of deep conditioners that are popular and some costly before becoming disabled and could afford whatever I wanted to buy. If I was working still and not disabled this is still the product I would be buying. No doubt at all. This combo has helped with breakage and losing hair. The breakage is minimal now and likely losing only the amount of hair that everyone normally loses daily and all I need is this balm now.

But this product right here smells so good and is a light scent, really sinks into my hair and I am trying not to comb through my hair during shampoo & conditioning anymore. The balm doesn't weigh my hair down at all. I still even use a leave in after rinsing this off. With some deep conditioners I felt the only way my hair was absorbing the deep conditioner was by combing it through but with this product that isn't an issue for me. It just soaks in and grabs the hair and does it's miracle, no comb through. (I was at my stylist about 5 weeks ago and she brushed through my hair after coloring it and before highlighting and she said no hair came out at all and this is what I have been trying to achieve)

What is hard to understand about this line (I'm sharing ii case anyone has concerns), the Total 5 shampoo has sulfates yet makes my hair soft even prior to using the balm and works better than my sulfate free shampoo. Much better! Again I mention this because if I use any other shampoo the combo doesn't work as well. Then this balm does have alcohol in it and yet it is a true repair balm. If you're on the fence, for the price I say buy both and give it a try. Use it a few times and see how your hair responds. If you don't like it you can give it to someone else. (Like I also bought the regular conditioner and really prefer the balm so I think sometimes till I use up that conditioner I will try doing a cowash with it just to use it up) I now want to deep condition every time. This product is light enough yet deep conditions so well that I can do that.

I also find it easier now to leave my hair naturally curly and not use any heat at all if I don't want to. It just makes my curls look so good. The top of my head isn't ever greasy at all. Just wonderful. I can't say enough good about this balm.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 5/24/2016 6:42:00 AM

Age: Unknown

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I've been on MUA since the Stone Age but I've never been motivated to write even one review. But this stuff blows the competition away.
I've tried high end conditioners and CO washing but they just don't compare. This product gives great slip, unbelievable shine but even if I go three days between washing, my hair never gets that gunky feeling of buildup.
Next time I go to Walmart/Target, I'm stocking up!

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This stuff is a dream! It does everything I could ever want it to do: adds shine, gets rid of frizz, and makes my hair so incredibly soft. My hair is naturally pretty dry, so it feels like I've tried every product out there to make it look 1/4 as good as the commercials on TV. Well this hair mask certainly does that and more. I apply this at the beginning of my shower, after shampooing, get on with my business and rinse it out. I like to leave it on for about 10 minutes or so in the shower to let it really work into my ends. I never apply this above my ears as I feel like it could weigh the hair down. It's super thick, so you only really need a small amount. A little goes a long way with this product, even for someone with dry hair such as myself. Once my hair is dried it feels silky smooth. I love that my hair doesn't feel heavy or weighed down when I use this, which is a problem I find with many deep conditioners. I also enjoy the scent. It's a floral-y sort of scent, but nothing too overpowering. I wish the packaging could be improved; I hate the jar when I'm in the shower. It makes it slippery and difficult to close without getting water mixed in with the product. Other than that small gripe, this is perfection. For just a few dollars, you can't go wrong!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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