Rated 4.14 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Yes, Wow! Excellent
Yes. Wow. So effective it required an attitude adjustment
The Restore system worked so well that it required an Attitude Adjustment on my part.
I had forgotten how wavy, bouncy and spring my hair actually was when it was young and healthy!
Since hitting perimenopause, getting some gray which changes the texture of the hair somewhat, coloring, highlighting and heat styling, my hair had become more and more dry, damaged, fragile, unmanageable and like straw.
And that was using natural hair color and avoiding silicones and sulfates! I tried home remedies, natural treatments, other brands for deep conditioning, etc. but a lot of them relied on silicones or oils.
The ones that helped the dryness and damage a little also weighed my hair down, making it flat and lifeless. I started to think that with age and abuse my hair had just become full, thin and lifeless.
When my hair stylist suggested cutting off 4 or 5 inches and "starting over" I did more research and decided to try this.
All I can say is WOW!!!
After one use of the shampoo and conditioned, about 85% of my damage was gone. GONE. My hair was no longer dry lifeless or like straw. Instead it was amazingly shiny, bouncy, springy, light on my head and full of life. Even the tippity ends were healthier and in a few more uses my hair's condition was nothing short of terrific.
It was so bouncy, springy and full of life that my old styling methods and even my cut were not quite right anymore - because my hair had changed back to its youthful healthy self. I had new hair so I had to make an adjustment. It was totally easy to straighten it out, curl it up, etc. and my stylist was amazed. She was so amazed she is thinking of bringing the line into the salon. Anyway, after seeing my hair bouncy and wavy instead of fine, full and lifeless, she styled me a little bit differently and it looks great.
Now I have been trying some of the other products for styling and so far, they're terrific too, and I will review them separately. I will say however these products work differently from others and they don't work too well mixing with other products... when I did, they weighed it down and it started to go dull and lifeless again. For now I am sticking with this line and just enjoying all the compliments!!!
A comment on the shampoo. Most sulfate free shampoo does not lather too well. This one lathers beautifully so if you enjoy a nice lathered shampoo you will like this.
important Tip - If you use silicone products on your hair REMOVE them first by clarifying BEFORE you try this line. If you don't, the sulfate free Restore shampoo does not do a super job at getting rid of heavy products because it is intended to be used with Living Proof products which don't build up. So if you have build up the Restore can't get to the hair to help it, and you will end up with even drier hair because it won't be getting conditioned.
Most Helpful Critical Review Why the suds?
So I was wondering why a Sulfate-free shampoo would suds as much as this and I saw Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate an instantly jumped to conclusions. Nope, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate is a water-soluble, coconut derived, surfactant that also happens to be sulfate-free. It still is not great whether it is sulfate-free or not, no other sulfate-free product I have used suds even close to as much as this one. It also destroys your hair color. My shiny, chocolate brown was a dull, murky color after 3-5 washes with this. Since switching back to my normal shampoo after this last color session I am 10 washes - it still looks great. I wanted to love this but no, it is not good for those who color their hair.
Reviewed by 383 customers DRY & DAMAGING
Grace from St. Petersburg
Purchased with hopes to hydrate hair while keeping my color safe. WORST product I've ever purchased. Not only has it taken my color out, but it has severely dried out and damaged my (once) healthy hair. I've never had so much hair fall out or break off in my life. Please save yourself the money and spare yourself a heartbreak.
Not for hydrating hair
Shia from Chattanooga, TN
This product seems to be a great product. For my hair I need a product that compares more to Pureology Hydrate.
Dried out my hair more than it already was
angie_k from College Station
I bought this to repair damage from coloring and instead my hair only got worse. After 2 weeks of use, my hair felt like straw. I have never been so disappointed in a high dollar hair product before. And I usually love products from Living Proof.
Would buy again
Addie from Texas
My hair is breaking and dry! This has helped restore my hair! It looks better already!
Major hair loss
Natalie from Aurora, CO
I wanted to love Living Proof but instead I got massive amounts of hair falling out and the driest most brittle hair I have ever had. I have had two children and the hair loss was worse than when I lost hair after having both of them. My hair was dry, brittle, had no bounce and was just gross after day two of washing.
Not worth the price
Elaine from Chicago, IL
I don't think this shampoo is worth the money. I had to use SO MUCH to get any type of suds. I honestly have had this on my shower shelf and each time I go to grab another shampoo instead.
Caroline from South Florida
I would not recommend this product. I used it for months and it made my hair fall out. It made my hair so dry and brittle, it would just constantly snap and break. Now I'm trying to repair the damage this shampoo/conditioner has caused.
i would not buy this again and do not recommend
Marisol from florida
This was overpriced for nothing it does not work as decribed it leaves hair hard and dry
Greasy, greasy Hair!
Ang from Missouri
Save your money! I purchased this and the PHD Living Proof shampoos, and wish I would have saved my money. I have long, color treated hair that is normal, not greasy. After using a few times, I just thought I hadn't rinsed my hair well, as I still felt product in my hair, but that was not the case. My hair became incredibly greasy and I had to wash every day, and it never felt clean, only clumpy (like thick product left behind), oily, and like I had not washed in in two weeks. I have went back to Wella shampoo and conditioner.
Liv from Connecticut
I was hesitant to buy this and the conditioner because of the price but I am so glad I did. I have heavily color treated hair and it did wonders for me. My hair has never felt so soft and looked so good until now. I highly recommend this product especially if you hair has been bleached or color treated.
Jessica from Fort Myers, FL
I bought this because the cheap stuff was not working. Now I understand why people pay the price for this shampoo! It's amazing, my hair is smooth, frizz free and my co workers and friends thought I got a hair cut after using it because my hair looks visibly healthier and my ends look way better!! Major results after using it just two times (I shampoo twice a week) and this stuff keeps my hair grease free for 4 days!
My hair fall out
Cata from Florida
For the first weeks, my hair was so pretty and shiny and after 3 weeks my hair starts falling getting worse and worse to the point that my scalp was itching too much, I did not change my diet or did anything different in my lifestyle to attribute this to it, I was not even sick or anything I did a lot of research trying to figure it out and my doctor told me it was my shampoo. I went and returned it to the store and they were so supportive and helpful.
Like it so far!
Nata from Ohio
I just bought this product along with the conditioner.I wanted to try it since I'm using my curling iron more and also blow drying my hair more now. I have a lot of hair and is thick. I normally was never one to style or blow dry, I would just let it go naturally. I'm only on my second use but I definitely notice a difference in my hair. It's softer and more manageable. It looks a bit healthier compared to before. I have been a dove girl for a long time and it served its purpose but didn't really add anything to my hair. The smell is light so it's not overpowering which I like. It lathers pretty well and I have a lot of hair so I don't have to use that much. As of now, I really like this product and plan to continue to use it!
so much hair loss
bryanna from Oklahoma
makes your hair feel like straw when you shampoo it, major hair loss my hair feels so thin and disgusting I've never had this issue before until I started using living proof
Didn't love it
Nurse Alexis from Plattsburgh, NY
You really have to use a lot of this product in order to get a good lather. For the price point it should last longer then it does. It also made my hair dryer and more tangled. Wasn't impressed and I had high hopes
jmarie from montana
after using a certain brand my hair became so brittle, dry and dull. after two uses of living proof, I use the shampoo; conditioner and leave-in treatment, my hair is once again soft and shiny. I use the leave-in treatment on my ends and they seem to be slowly getting healthier. the scent is very fresh and subtle. I love it and the shampoo lathers nicely. I will most definitely be purchasing this again. I'm sad because it is so darn expensive, but if it works that's what matters.
Made my hair drier, tangly, dull, and hard to brush
suzye_b from Colorado
I got the restore shampoo and conditioner as a free sample with another purchase. I'm so glad that it was only a sample and didn't pay for it. I tried it twice with the same results. It seemed normal when I was shampooing and it smelled good. When I tried to comb through my hair after I got out of the shower it was nearly impossible and it sounded like I was tearing straw. After drying, my hair was poofy, dull, and feels absolutely awful to touch...actually feels dry/stiff. I definitely would not recommend this.
Not Restoring AT ALL
Jay from Upland
Very disappointed that this product didn't li up to the expectations, left my hair extremely dry and will be returning ASAP ... Thank You NEXT ....
I would not buy this again
Meme' from Jackson TN
The store rep talked me into this - said it was the best. I'm not sold on it and going back to Pureology.
Anything but Restoration
usoknow from Alexandria, VA
I only wash my hair 1 or 2 times a week but after a few weeks of using this product, my hair has become extremely dry and damaged. It becomes a tangly mess while in the shower and once I towel dry my hair you can visibly see that this product is super drying. This product does not live up to expectations and shouldn't be considered a restore shampoo. It says that it will help hair behave like it was never damaged before, but in fact it has damaged my hair. I used it hand-in-hand with the conditioner.
Made hair dryer
Lex from Alabama
This shampoo and conditioner set did anything but restore my hair. I have long, medium thickness hair, that is very prone to damage. I was hoping to splurge and perhaps find a solution to my dry and damaged hair. However, I feel like this has made my hair even dryer, and in turn has increased the amount of breakage I've seen in my hair.
Worth the price
Lauren from Massachusetts
After using this product my hair feels amazing and I will continue to use. I have very damaged, dry hair and in just a couple of month my hair is stronger and growing faster. To address the cons listed in other reviews: no, this shampoo does not lather well, most higher-end shampoos don't. If your hair is very wet (seems silly) you will have no problem distributing the shampoo throughout your hair. Next, the smell: I have not met a person who dislikes it. It smells clean and fresh
Hair from Iowa
I tried this product for my dry hair and split ends
I got a free gift which was the restore shampoo so
I mixed a little with the regular shampoo and I just
Great products from Kentucky
Causes a lot dandruff
Eeeeeeden from California
It's my second bottle and I feel so disappointed, my first bottle was really good and I can feel the difference immediately, it will keep my hair dry and fluffy which I really like, I even recommend a lot friends to try it. But for the second bottle, it caused me a lot dandruff right after I washed my hair and I'm like kind of people never have any dandruff, it also super dry and itches sometimes.