For the longest time I have seen nothing but extremely positive reviews about the Living Proof hair care products. It was a brand that caught my interested, however, I didn’t really know where to get it so it did take me a while to get a bottle for myself and give it a try. A couple of months ago I came across this little set on QVC. This set came with the Living Proof Restore Shampoo and Conditioner. It was more expensive than any other shampoo I have ever bought or considered buying, but well, I really wanted to give it a try. Anyway, I’ve been using it for months now (I’ve actually had it since February) and therefore I feel like today is a good day to review these products. So, if you’re interested in finding out whether or not these Living Proof products are as good as people claim them to be and whether or not they are worth the splurge, make sure you continue reading!
Let’s start off by talking about the basics. Like the packaging, the size and whatnot. There are a few different ranges within the Living Proof hair care range. So far I’ve heard the most about the range for thick and voluminous hair. But to be completely real with you guys, the colour and shape of the packagings from the Restore range spoke to me a little more, which is why I ended up buying the products from that range. I know it’s a completely ridiculous reason, but I’m just trying to be real here.
Anyway, the Living Proof Restore Shampoo and Conditioner come in a really pretty purple bottle. The bottle is rounded and has a very cool opening. You have to press on one side of the lid and the thingy will pop up, creating an opening through which the product comes out. I know it’s all very superficial, but I really like that kind of a packaging.
What annoys me about the packaging, is that it only comes with 236 ml of product. Why? Seriously why? Why didn’t you add another 14 ml and make it a proper 250 ml bottle. Why try to be this special? I know it’s only a little bit of product, but I just think it’s a little annoying.
Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Conditioner Set – £43
Having said that, let’s finally get into the actual products. Starting off with the shampoo, since that’s the first product you use when it comes to cleaning your hair. Anyway, the Living Proof Restore Shampoo looks like this. It’s a very fancy looking product with a rubberised plastic packaging, which I love as well. Aside from a very pretty packaging, the shampoo also has a very nice scent to it. The scent is girly. It’s a little pearly and a bit sweet. It’s not like a ant-catching-sweet scent, but it’s just the right amount of sweet. Overall this is by far the best smelling shampoo I have ever tried and that does mean a lot for me. I do care a lot about what my shampoo smells like, because I really enjoy it when I get out of the shower and my hair still smells that good.
That being said, let’s talk about the quality. Like I said these products from Living Proof are definitely very expensive. These are the most expensive hair products I have ever bought and honestly I would normally never do such things. However, if your hair really needs to be restored, I do think a product like this might be worth investing in.
Anyway, because of the big price tag I did have very high expectations of this product. Also because on the internet people are more than positive about it. So well, it should be amazing right?
Living Proof Restore Shampoo 236 ml – €28
So, let’s talk claims. According to Living Proof their Restore Shampoo is a gentle shampoo for dry, damaged hair that -when used as part of the Restore System- helps the hair behave like it was not damaged at all. This system is supposed to help dry, damaged hair appear visibly healthier. Thanks to their OFPMA ingredient this system will:
- Intstantly restore damaged hair cuticles so they act more like new
- Restores moisture levels to be more like that of healthier, undamaged hair
- Helps to repel dirt and oil so you can shampoo and style less often for a healthier hair care routine
- Protect from future damage and strengthens hair to become 20x more resistant to breakage
In addition to all that this shampoo is Sulfate and silicone-free and safely formulated for coloured and chemically treated hair.
Overall it sounds like this is going to be the best repairing and restoring hair product I have come across so far. It seems to be very well formulated and reading all of that information made me even more interested in giving this product a try.
In general I have to say that I don’t hate the shampoo, but I’m not as impressed with it as I hoped I would be. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it’s a bad product at all. But for me I’m just not sure if it’s really worth the price. The thing is, it does have a really nice consistency. It’s creamy but not very thick and applying it feels really nice. I do think that it makes my hair feel clean without stripping it and it definitely does nourish my hair. I do really like the way that feels and overall the total experience is really nice.
However, somehow, every time I use this shampoo I get a bad hair day. Or well, I have to put more effort into my hair in order for it to look good you know. It feels nice and hydrated, but it also feels a little odd. I don’t really know how to describe it, but it just isn’t my favourite way of hair-feeling (I hope this makes any sense at all haha).
In general I do think that this Living Proof Restore Shampoo is a pretty good product if you really need the restoring benefits from it. I wouldn’t recommend using it if your hair isn’t damaged or dry because it could be a bit too much in cases like that. I do think that it works very well, but it’s just not a product you’d use in order to get the most amazing hair day. In other words: mixed feelings. Depending on the situation it might be worth it or not.
Having said that, let’s move on to the conditioner part of the review. The conditioner comes in the exact same packaging as the shampoo does and it does smell pretty much the same. I read somewhere online that it’s supposed to have a light citrus scent but to be honest. This scent doesn’t strike me as a citrussy scent. Anyway, it is a little different than the shampoo.
The main different between the two products is obviously the aim of it but also the texture. The conditioner isn’t as clear as the shampoo is and it’s a bit more creamy. That is a very logical difference since a conditioner is aimed at really nourishing the hair, but I still thought that it was something worth mentioning.
What I like about the conditioner is that it isn’t very heavy or thick. It’s quite lightweight and it feels incredibly soft. It’s easy to disperse throughout the hair and only a little bit of it is enough to cover all of your hair. I do only apply it at the bottom part of my hair, but well, I guess most of us do right?
Living Proof Restore Conditioner 236 ml – €28
Moving on to the claims. The claims Living Proof has made regarding this product are pretty similar to the claims about the shampoo, but there are a couple of differences. For instance, they say that this is a moisture-balancing conditioner. The rest of the claims is pretty much the same thing. It’s for dry and damaged hair and it will help it to act like it has not been damaged at all.
Again, I do agree with this claim. And surprisingly enough I am a huge fan of the conditioner. Unlike the shampoo the conditioner doesn’t have an effect on my hair that causes it to look not as good as it should. It actually makes my hair feel incredibly soft, nourished and shiny. When it comes to restoring damaged hair it’s also incredible. I do use quite a lot of hot-tools on my hair and therefore my hair is pretty damaged. Thanks to this conditioner my hair is feeling like new again. It’s incredibly soft, supple and just overall really pretty.
Overall I’m really happy with this conditioner. I didn’t expect to love it after not being such a big fan of the shampoo, but I do love it. It is one of the best conditioners I have ever tried and definitely a product worth buying for me. Especially if you’re someone who uses a lot of heat on their hair, you should really use a product like this one. It does work wonders for me!
All together I’m a huge, huge, huge fan of the Living Proof Restore Conditioner. It smells amazing, it has a great formula and it has great effects on my hair. It makes my hair feel super soft, smooth and it really restores it. The shampoo however does work great in terms of restoring your hair, but it ain’t the best product if your hair isn’t really damaged and you just want it to look good. But in general, I do like both products and I would definitely repurchase the conditioner!
That will be it for today’s review. I hope you enjoyed reading it, and be sure to let me know if you would try these shampoo and conditioner and also let me know what you use to cleanse your hair with!