Sep 18, 2012

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Kerastase Chroma Thermique and Kerastase Elixir Ultime Review

My hair has been party to a bleach extravaganza in the last few weeks, as I moved from strawberry blonde to a creamy white shade, so keeping my tresses protected from heat has become even more of a priority. When Look Fantastic offered to let me try some of their stock I eagerly opted for two Kerastase products that I thought would solve my hair problems- the heat protecting Kerastase Chroma Thermique and the hair enriching Kerstase Elixir Ultime. I hoped that both products would combine to help put some moisture back into my hair- and to keep it soft and shiny after heat styling.

Did this plan work?

It’s hard to keep freshly bleached hair in good condition, and the Kerastase Elixir Ultime proved to be a godsend in dealing with my new hair colour. It’s really easy to use- either as a pre shampoo treatment to enrich the hair, or as a pre-styling treatment to help hair feel protected. I actually prefer using this before shampooing- smoothing it through and waiting a few minutes for it to coat the hair shaft. Initially I thought this would be strange- why put it on just to shower off, but something about this pre -protecting process really seems to help the hair retain moisture and creates a beautifully glossy finish.

I’ve also enjoyed using this as a serum alternative- a tiny drop just to pat down flyaways and keep my parting in shape. It is VERY oily, but manages to absorb well, and not leave my head feeling greasy, and it gives my bleached hair an enormous conditioning boost. The Elixir works by using four oil extracts to help boost the hair; Maize Oil for shine, Pracaxi oil for nourishment, Camellia Oil for smoothing and Argan Oil for strengthening.

Hair oils aren’t ‘absorbed’ into the hair, but they DO coat hair cuticles, which gives the finished look a sleek appearance as any flyaways or breakages have been covered and smoothed down together. I found this product really helped my new hair stay in shape and managed to stop it feeling too crispy (a side effect on over processed hair).

I was also keen to keep the hair protected when I straightened and curled it (on top of bleach, I know, bad beauty blogger) and the Kérastase Chroma Thermique is designed to do just that. It’s a hear protecting milk for coloured hair, so it fit my requirements perfectly. I haven’t used a hair milk in ages, as  I tend to go for sprays, so it was a little strange at first to get used to applying something to my hair before straightening- felt a little counter intuitive. the milk was light and non sticky and

Chroma Thermique is actually heat-activated, so it goes into work mode when you apply your styling tools. My hair felt soft after use with a lovely shine and I think the milk somehow made it easier to turn my waves into straight locks- like the milk made my hair more malleable and open to suggestions? The treatment includes a UV Filter and ceramides to strengthen colored hair which was a nice addition and it didn’t make my hair sticky or difficult to deal with.

I’m pretty impressed with both these products, and my hair is becoming more manageable by the day!

£14.15 for 150ml from Look Fantastic (approx $19 ) and the Kerastase Elixir Ultime is £25.85 ( approx $32)  from Look Fantastic

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