Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Conditioner – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

Hair products are overrated in regards to ingredients, as hair outside the follicle is dead. What hair products can be great for however, is conditioning the hair, calming it down, giving it a more manageable appearance and structure.

I have thick, long, unruly hair that does what it wants. Although I am grateful, I’ve always struggled to stop my hair from frizzing, becoming harsh, wilder and puffing up. Sure, it’s all essentially first world problems, but hair can change your appearance and can contribute heavily to how you feel about yourself, so it’s worth experimenting and finding out what works for you.

I’ve finally found some products but also “how to handle” tricks that work for me and in this post, we will be looking at the shampoo & conditioner that I’ve been loving recently. The Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Conditioner.

Let’s have a detailed look.

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Packaging

The Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Conditioner don’t come with outer packaging but that’s absolutely fine, it’s a waste anyways!

The products themselves come in pastel plum plastic bottles of high quality. They are minimally designed and not particularly large (236mL for full size product!) but there is something about them, perhaps the minimalism or the shape of the bottles that I personally like.

 

Colour and Texture

The shampoo has a white creamy texture whereas the conditioner, although still white, is a thicker cream.

 

Smell

Both products (and the rest of the products from the Living Proof Restore range) smell similarly. The scent is very pleasant and it’s somewhere between a creamy hair product with floral accents. The conditioner smells slightly more intensely.

The scent comes from added fragrance in the products.

 

Price

Both shampoo & conditioner retail for £24 for a full size 236mL bottle each. They are definitely not the cheapest hair products but neither the most expensive.

The size to price ratio though leaves a bad feeling behind but if they work for you as well as they do for me, the results make it, almost, worth it.

 

Hair and skin compatibility

These products are specifically for dry, damaged hair but also safe for colour treated hair.

You can use these products no matter what skin type you have but do not use cosmetics on broken or irritated skin.

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Other

Both shampoo and conditioner last for 12M which is much longer than the time needed to use them up. These products are made in USA.

Here’s what the brand says about the Shampoo:

A gentle shampoo for dry, damaged hair that when used as part of the Restore System* helps hair behave like it was not damaged at all. The Restore System is designed to work together to help dry, damaged hair appear visibly healthier. Powered by our patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA), the Restore System:

  • instantly restores 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
  • protects from future damage and strengthens hair to become 20x more resistant to breakage 

Restore Shampoo is ideal for dry, damaged hair. It is sulfate-free and  silicone-free. Safe and formulated for colour and chemically treated hair.

*The Restore System consists of the Restore Shampoo, Conditioner and Mask.

 

Here’s what the brand says about the Conditioner:

A moisture-balancing conditioner for dry, damaged hair that when used as part of the Restore System* helps hair behave like it was not damaged at all. The Restore System is designed to work together to help dry, damaged hair appear visibly healthier. Powered by our patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA), the Restore System:

  • instantly restores 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
  • protects from future damage and strengthens hair to become 20x more resistant to breakage. 

Restore Conditioner is ideal for dry, damaged hair. It is silicone-free. Safe and formulated for colour and chemically treated hair.

*The Restore System consists of the Restore Shampoo, Conditioner and Mask.

 

Practicality of use – user experience

These two products were very easy to use, and the experience is very positive. Not just in the shower but also after the hair is dry.

The shampoo foams nicely and although the conditioner doesn’t foam it spreads easily.

The most annoying thing about these products, which tends to be quite common with hair products, is that they are not quickly identifiable in the shower. The shampoo and conditioner look identical and you have to literally read that one word “shampoo” or “conditioner” to be able to tell them apart when using. That can be annoying when you are in the shower and you just want to quickly grab a bottle.

 

Results

The Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Conditioner work wonders for my hair. They calm it down, make it less frizzy and puffy, all while looking naturally healthy. These two products, in combination with another Living Proof Restore product (Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate) that I also use, condition my hair and make it look manageable while still looking natural.

 

Ethics

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No brand specific information.

 

Ingredients

The Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Conditioner are a great example of two products that do not look particularly nourishing but actually deliver results. Remember that since our hair outside the follicle (so once it’s out of skin) is dead, it’s not about nourishing ingredients but rather those that will condition and smooth the hair.

To keep this article short, I am only listing the ingredients that are skin or hair nourishing or positive/negative, while ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.

 

Ingredient positives:

Shampoo:

  1. Water (Aqua) based formulation.
  2. Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate– A cleanser.
  3. Cocamidopropyl Betaine– A hair and skin conditioner.
  4. Glycol Distearate – A skin conditioner.
  5. Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate A mild, non-drying cleanser.
  6. Dihydroxypropyl PEF-5 Linoleammonium Chloride – Antistatic and hair conditioner.
  7. Polyquaternium-47Film former and humectant.
  8. Polyquaternium-22 – An anti-static and hair fixative.
  9. IPDI/PEG-15 Soyamine Copolymer Dimer DilinoleateHair and skin conditioner as well as a film forming agent.
  10. PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides – Skin conditioner.
  11. Steareth-100Cleanser.

 

Conditioner:

  1. Water (Aqua) based formulation.
  2. Behentrimonium chloride – An anti-static and conditioning agent.
  3. Hydrolysed Wheat Protein– Hair and skin conditioner.
  4. Quaternium-87Cleanser and hair conditioner.
  5. Hydrogenated Castor Oil/Sebacic Acid CopolymerHair and skin conditioner.
  6. Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride – A hair conditioner and anti-static agent.
  7. Citric Acid – A natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.

 

Ingredient negatives:

Shampoo:

  1. Parfum (Fragrance) – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.

 

Conditioner:

  1. Parfum (Fragrance) – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.

 

Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough, I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned. Never use cosmetics on irritated or broken skin.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

The following compounds present in the shampoo have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Laureth-23, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance/Parfum, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol.

The following compounds present in the conditioner have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Behentrimonium Chloride, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Citric Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional.

 

Full list of ingredients for the shampoo:

Water/Eau/Aqua, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, PCA Glyceryl Oleate, Octafluoropentyl Methacrylate (OFPMA), Dihydroxypropyl PEF-5 Linoleammonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-47, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-22, Laureth-4, Laureth-23, IPDI/PEG-15 Soyamine Copolymer Dimer Dilinoleate, Disteareth-100 IPDI, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Steareth-100, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance/Parfum, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Magnesium Nitrate, Magnesium Chloride.

Full list of ingredients for the conditioner:

Water/Eau/Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Octafluoropentyl Methacrylate (OFPMA), Behentrimonium Chloride, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Ceteareth-25, Quaternium-87, Hydrogenated Castor Oil/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Magnesium Nitrate, Magnesium Chloride.

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Verdict

The Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Conditioner work really well for my thick, unruly hair. They are a great example of hair products that are not packed with nourishing ingredients and yet work really well.

 

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I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

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