Product Claims: "Deeply repairs and reconstructs dry, chemically treated hair. Specially formulated for damaged, over processed and chemically treated hair. This intense luxurious reconstructing balm instantly repairs the 5 signs of damage: 1. Split Ends, 2. Weak, 3. Rough, 4. Dull, 5. Dehydrated. Repairs 1 Year of Damage in 1 Use*
Advanced Formula with Ceramide: Our system helps mend broken hair fibers
*Reverses damage to hair's smoothness with daily use, when using the system of shampoo & balm." - from back of jar
Directions: After using Total Repair 5 Shampoo, apply to wet hair and massage through to ends. Leave in for 3-5 minutes. Rinse.
My Experience: I have had nothing but great experiences with this conditioner. The first time I used it was after my last relaxer back in August. I bought it on my continued quest for a great protein treatment/conditioner especially for use as a mid-step between relaxing and neutralizing. I believe it was the "ceramide" on the label that made it jump out at me. Combine that with the price and it was a win. My hair loves ceramide containing products and this is just an addition to the list.
So, I've used it several different ways over the past six months. Initially, as a protein treatment after a relaxer, it worked wonderfully. But I used it with another product that time so I wasn't sold yet. Next, I deep conditioned with it and our love affair began. The main thing I love about this conditioner is that it is a protein conditioner, but it treats my hair like it's moisturizing it. My hair is always so soft, yet still feels strengthened after I use this, which I think is amazing. Protein products are good for drying out and hardening hair and this doesn't. Lastly, I've used it as a pre-poo and loved it some more. We've got a winner, here. It's great in my deep conditioning concoctions, too. For me, it doesn't have to be followed up with a moisturizing conditioner to get good results, but I do most of the time anyway. Mostly because I love products haha.
As far as the nature of it goes, I think it smells really good. It has a strong scent, yet the scent doesn't linger. It's almost fruity & perfume like. It smells like it would taste good lol! It's a thick, creamy texture. It's easy to apply though. It doesn't sink into my hair, like disappear. I can still see it, but I can feel it working at the same time. I never take claims like "repairs 1 year of damage with one use" seriously because that's just a joke. Nothing does that. But as far as smoothing hair and repairing "weak, rough, dull, and dehydrated" hair, yes yes yes! It does.
Moral of the Story: I love this conditioner. I would say to give it a try if you are looking for a protein conditioner that is going to strengthen your hair, yet not going to give your hair the normal negative protein effects. With that plus its price and availability, it's definitely worth a try.
Has anyone else tried this conditioner? Like it, love it, never want to use it again??