It’s been a while since my last hair care update, so you might like to know what I’ve been using. And the answer is gold. Okay not really, but the packaging sure makes it look that way! Check out the new Kérastase Elixir K Ultime shampoo and Hair mask that have been added to the Oleo Complexe range. Yes, Oleo not Oreo, even though that would’ve been good too (because of ,you know.. yum!). Even though I love Kérastase, as a person with oily hair I’m still a bit skeptical about using oil-based hair products. Piling oil on top of oil just doesn’t make that much sense to me. But for the greater good I just had to give this a try.
The shampoo and conditioner are based on the Elixir Ultime, which consists of 4 oils: argan oil from the Mid-East to nourish and protect, maize germ oil from Central America for shine and softness, camelia oil from Central & Eastern Europe for added shine and Pracaxi oil from the Amazone to improve cell renewal. Both products are free of silicones which without doubt, will please many.
Step 1 of the goldie locks treatment is the Sublime Cleansing OIl Shampoo that does a great job at cleansing the hair and scalp, without making it feel heavy and oily. In just a couple of minutes my hair feels nourished and after washing it out, my hair is left soft and glossy. It’s still a bit frizzy though, but it doesn’t weigh the hair down. Just make sure not to use too much product and you’ll be fine. On top of the gorgeous packaging (like who doesn’t want this one in the bathroom?), the scent is absolutely divine.
After the shampoo I also apply a bit of the Beautifying Oil Mask. This soft and rich texture works well on my dry ends. Despite the buttery texture it doesn’t feel heavy on the hair. It has glitters, but you don’t see any of that once you’ve rinsed it out. It has the same pleasant scent of the shampoo. The result is a healthy looking hairdo with a nice gloss. I like! Since there’s no conditioner, I use this more than the recommended once a week. You could say I’m a little addicted. But hey, as long as the split ends stay away, it’s all that matters!
Last but not least is the hair oil, which can be used in 3 ways: as a regular oil for oil massage before you start cleansing, before blow drying as a heat protectant and as the last step to add shine and control the frizz. Like all hair oils, this comes in a pump bottle with a cap that can be twisted. Only two pumps is needed for shoulder length hair. It doesn’t make your hair oily, but don’t use it on the scalp after washing your hair. I prefer this over the Mythic Oil, but I don’t think I’d pay € 36 for a hair oil unless I was really desperate because of my dry and split ends.
Overall I’m pleased with this product range. It’s a bit pricy if you want the entire range but if your hair could use a nourishing treatment, this range is definitely something you should consider. If you’re not sure you could always ask for the 24 Carat Ritual treatment at the Kérastase hair dresser (€ 15) to see if you like it.
Kérastase Elixir K Ultime Bain Huile Lavante (250 ml) € 22, Masque Cataplasme
(200 ml) € 39,30, Elixir Ultime (125 ml) € 35,80
You can get these at your Kérastase hairdresser.