Shoppers love this $6 balm on Amazon that treats damaged hair

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For those with dry and damaged hair, a hair mask is a total must-have in your beauty routine. Whether you have countless split ends or massive breakage along your hairline, deep conditioning can go a long way to get your hair back on track.

And if you’re trying to come out of quarantine with smoother hair, then you might consider the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm. It’s a repair mask that has over 300 five-star reviews and over 700 ratings on Amazon.

Infused with almond and protein, this L’Oreal Damage-Erasing Balm is designed to significantly and quickly repair the “five signs” of hair damage including: split ends, weakness, roughness, dullness, and dehydration. So, if you’ve suffered from over-processing and too much heat styling, this may be the product for you. 

Shop: L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm, $5.99

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While the balm may work some magic on its own, the brand recommends using it with the L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Shampoo to achieve the best results. In fact, the balm’s biggest claim is that it can “erase up to one year of damage to hair’s smoothness in just one use.” That is, when paired with the shampoo, according to the product description.

Additionally, it contains ceramides — an important lipid that provides moisture to your skin and hair. These are commonly found in shampoos and conditioners because they lock in nutrients and strengthen your hair shaft, according to Healthline

As a bonus, the balm has a brief application time. It’s recommended that you leave it in for three to five minutes, rinse and you’re ready to go.

Overall, reviewers gave the balm high marks, with some shoppers pointing out how effective the product is on textured hair. One reviewer mentioned how it helped smooth the knots in their hair.

“My hair is thick and I used to have a hard time getting the knots out,” they wrote. “This makes it easy to comb through it in the shower.”

Another reviewer said that the balm had worked “wonders” to help curb the damage to their bleached hair.

“It’s not feeling brittle and it has my hair feeling smooth and normal/undamaged again,” they wrote. “I’ve been using this a little more than a month and I’m thrilled with the long term effects it’s had on my hair.”

Although many raved about the balm’s ability to improve their hair’s softness, not all reviewers experienced such drastic results. In fact, one reviewer summed up their experience saying the balm “works well” but wasn’t “the miracle product” they had read about.

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