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Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Hair Care Test Drive and Review

beautygeeks friend Karen Vaz puts the haircare regimen through its paces
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full loose curls_photo James

Karen Vaz is a longtime friend of Beautygeeks who put her hand up and yelled, pick me! pick ME! PICK ME! when she heard we had the Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser collection of hair care in-house. If we'd known she had the stones to treat just half her head and go. to. work. like. that, we'd have had her test hair care forever ago. And planted hidden cameras.

garnier fructis damage eraser test drive: karen vaz

I have a lot of long, wavy-with-curl hair and am way overdue for a haircut. That's two things that do not add up in a good way. Plus that eight-month winter happened. So I gave Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser hair care products a go to see if they could help. Nothing to lose, and better hair to gain, hopefully, right?

The Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser lineup includes: Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Shampoo ($7.49 at, Damage Eraser Conditioner ($7.49 at, Damage Eraser Strength Reconstructing Butter (aka the Scoop-Out Gunk; $7.49 at, and Damage Eraser Split Ends Bandage (aka the Squirt-Squirt Gunk; $7.49 at

Just to be sure the regimen was working (or not working) I used the line ten times on the left half of my melon. That’s what they do on commercials, right?

Using the complete Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser system for ten full treatments was quite a process for this one-step gal. (Yes, I often use 2-in-1 stuff. Don’t judge). The first thing that hit me was the scent -- which I love. It’s a huge reminder of the Pert-Plus shampoo I used post-swimming lessons as a kid. Clean, fresh, pleasing and stuffed with good memories.

Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser shampoo and conditioner

Steps one and two were Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Shampoo and Conditioner. They did exactly what you’d expect: one made my hair squeaky-clean, and the other smoothed it all out. Step three was the in-shower deep conditioning treatment, the Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Strength-Reconstructing Buttter. Scoop some out, apply from root-to-tip, and leave on for 3-5 minutes while you shave your legs or read a book. (If you get the Scoop-Out Gunk on your face, it leaves a waxy coating in its wake so if you wash your face in the shower, do it after the treatment.)

Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser_Reconstructing Butter_Split End Bandage

The final step after exiting the shower is the Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Split Ends Bandage, a leave-in split-end lotion you squirt on your hands and apply to the ends of towel-dried hair. After all those steps, I wrapped my hair in my microfiber turban until it was time to blowdry.

We’re talking about an extra ten minutes added to my usual shower ’n go routine. Ten minutes for me is a long time, so when I first used the whole system (on half my head) I thought I’ll just do the deep conditioner and split-ends thing once a week. But one day I put Garnier Fructis Curl Construct Mousse ($6.20 at in my hair like I always do if I'm going to blowdry, and I diffused my ’do ’cause I was going to a party. And something magical happened. Curls. Curls like I hadn’t seen in a really long time.

Oh, did I mention the beautiful curls?

I thought maybe my mirror was playing tricks on me but there was actually a wholly discernible difference between the left (Fructis treated) and right (untreated) side of my hair. I usually get waves when I use curl mousse and my diffuser, but this time, the untreated right side just looked like frizz and the Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser side was all soft curls. Wow. WOW.

full soft curls_photo by James

After that surprise result, I figured I should try this magic Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser potion lineup on my whole head of hair. So the next day, I pulled out all the squirt-squirt-scoop-squirt stops then hit my entire bucket of hair with my diffuser. After just one treatment, my whole head of hair was soft, beautiful curls that lasted two days. Yes, two.

This is what well-maintained, great smelling, moisturized hair is supposed to be. I had totally forgotten. Ten minutes for smashing results – curls instead of frizz. I’ll take it! I’ll take two! I’ll take all four! Thank you, Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser and all your parts.

Model images: photography by James Houston/ Product images courtesy of Garnier.