Almost two months ago I had a L’Oreal Pro Fiber in-salon treatment and I was sent off with the home care. I’ll walk you through the process and give you feedback on how exactly everything worked for me.
The L’Oreal Pro Fiber treamtents come in three variants for different levels of hair damage. I was prescribed the Level 1 Revive range, which is for ‘normal’ hair with minimal signs of damage. After shampooing, a concentrate is massaged into your hair, followed by a masque. I should mention that these (as well as the home care products) smell absolutely amazing. The concentrate smells like the purest vanilla extract (not a horrible artificial vanilla scent at all) and the shampoo and masque smells like tropical flowers – tiare if I’m not mistaken.
The exact technology was difficult for me to understand. It’s not proteins or lipids – I was quickly informed that those are both old technology now. The Pro Fiber treatment makes use of a patented molecular complex that is able to penetrate the hair fibre and reinforce and rebuild the cortex.
There is also a polymer that acts as a sheath, coating the hair fiber to create strength and shine – don’t confuse this with buildup though, my hair felt and looked light and clean throughout. If you’re into the science-y side, the polymer has a highly cationic charge, which attracts itself to negatively charged damaged areas of hair.
For me the result was super soft hair that felt more resilient than usual, with no compromise on manageability. The picture below was taken five weeks after the treatment – note the shine!
My home care system consisted of a shampoo, treatment masque (used as conditioner) and the Recharge concentrate. The shampoo isn’t very foamy so that took some getting used to, and I had to shampoo twice on days when my hair was greasy, but the smell and my super soft and shiny hair made it worth sticking with. The Recharge concentrate is made up of six single-use tubes that are to be used with every fourth wash to reactivate the initial treatment. I found the 20ml tubes to be very generous for my fine, shoulder-length hair, and I quickly realised I could get two uses out of each one. The idea is that you maintain the results of your treatment for six full weeks instead of just having great hair for a week or two after your salon visit.
The verdict? My hair looked, felt and smelled great for six weeks and (dare I say) beyond. It’s definitely more of an investment than a hair treatment on its own, but it’s one I’d like to repeat a few times a year. And while it’s only an added bonus, this stuff smells absolutely amazing – I had numerous comments and compliments on it.
I had my treatment at Tanaz, but you’ll be able to have it at L’Oreal Professional stockists all over. You can expect to pay between R250 – R450 for the treatment depending on the salon and your hair length, and R240 for the shampoo, R330 for the masque and R600 for the Recharge tubes.