L’Oréal Paris’ Elvive Low Shampoo Total Repair 5 comes in a bulky container of 400ml and a pump top. The container is white and has some red, gold, and black on it and the pump is red.
There are 3 different types of “Low Shampoos” which serve different hair types: the “Elvive Extraordinary Oil Low Shampoo” for dry and fragile hair, the “Elvive Colour Protect Low Shampoo” for dry coloured hair and the “Elvive Low Shampoo Total Repair 5” for damaged and sensitized hair.
Tested Shampoo and Hair Type Tested On:
We tested the “Elvive Low Shampoo Total Repair 5” for damaged and sensitized hair. The shampoo was tested on normal hair.
The shampoo smelled nice, but it does not overpower.
The texture of the shampoo is creamy, non-foaming, and spreads in a buttery way on the hair. The product does not lather up and it feels more like a conditioner than a shampoo.
The “Elvive Low Shampoo Total Repair 5” is a shampoo-conditioner hybrid that is sulfate-free. Sulfates are used in most beauty products to lather and clean both the hair and the skin, however, they have been found to be harsh and even aggressive on the skin and hair. The most important aspect of using “sulfate-free” products is that their cleaning efficiency has not been compromised. A component we examined closely while testing the “Elvive Low Shampoo Total Repair 5”.
Upon using the shampoo, we found it to be non-foaming just as advertised, it is also gentle on the hair because of its rich creamy-like texture.
We followed the instructions which recommend 10 to 15 pumps, but we found that the amount to use depends on hair length: If your hair is short you will need less quantity, same for fine hair. and we left the product on for a total of 3 minutes. The shampoo rinsed out easily, however, we found that it is essential to rinse multiple times so that no residue remains. If not, then the hair will appear greasy, like it is coated with some sort of oil, and clumped together. Rinsing with medium heat or even cool water is highly recommended to make sure that the product does not stick to the hair.
If done right, we found that it leaves the hair looking refreshing, clean, and with a nice smell that is distinct. The product is effective and does not compromise on care or cleanliness especially given that it is “sulfate-free.” We particularly noticed the ends of the hair feeling soft and smooth. We tried it without conditioner and found that there was no need for conditioning. If the hair being washed is fine, then we recommend you alternate between the “Elvive Low Shampoo Total Repair 5” and another shampoo of your choosing. This way, the “Low Shampoo” will work more as a treatment for hair repair than a regular every day shampoo.
“Elvive Low Shampoo Total Repair 5” is sold for $6/400ml. The price of the shampoo is comparable with similar formulas like the “Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Deep-Hydrating Co-Wash Shampoo” which sells at $10/450ml.