Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Review | Kérastase Elixir Ultime for Damaged Hair

The product I was most excited about in the goodie bag from last week's Hair Rehab London event was this Kérastase Elixir Ultime For Damaged Hair (£14.20/50ml)*

It's a non-greasy multi-use oil which can be applied prior to shampooing or as a finishing touch after blowdrying. I've got a lot of similar products to this oil amongst my hair stash, though I've never actually purchased anything by this brand before. I have a vague memory of being left with very soft hair after a stylist at Headmasters applied a few drops of the original Kérastase Elixir Ultime when I road tested the Steampod for Black Beauty & Hair magazine way back in 2012. Fortunately this version for dry hair has been having the same effect. I've recently been wearing my hair straight and this oil gives my naturally dull hair a beautiful shine whilst taming those pesky flyaways. My hair feels so smooth after applying this oil that I have to resist the urge to run my fingers through it. 

There are some great oils included in this product, namely Argan and Camellia Oil, in the concentration you'd expect from a quality salon brand like Kérastase. It's worth stating though I have products which match this oil in terms of quality which are half of the cost of this product. The first two (and main) ingredients in this product are silicones, which will be a disappointment to some. I'm pretty sure it's these ingredients which allow my hair to feel so soft and shiny after applying just a small amount though. This product has also helped keep my hair fairly tamed after such a wet and miserable week too!

I usually like quite heavily scented products, though the smell of this product is reminiscent of baby wipes, which I'm not a fan of. Thankfully the smell is quite faint and I don't notice the scent once it's on my hair.

A final note is this particular size (50ml) is so handy for carrying around in my handbag, should I need to add a bit of shine or softness to my hair on-the-go. It's cabin-friendly too as its small enough to be allowed through airport security which is always a plus. Overall, it's a lovely little product though the cost is perhaps a little too high for me.

*sample. You can read my disclaimer here

Have you tried any Kérastase products before?

Lesley x