Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Kerastase Nutritive: Science and Luxury for Dry Hair!

Hi, everyone! Despite being a lover of all things beauty, hair care is a realm where I rarely treat myself to advanced, higher-end options. I guess I have to be frugal in some areas, right?! That said, there are fewer things more satisfying than a luxurious treat that leaves my locks looking fabulous. So when I was given a chance to test out a variety of products from the Kerastase Nutritive range, I was more than eager!

A bit about my hair- it's super fine but I have lots of it, so it can look thicker and more coarse than it really is. It has a natural wave that can range from lumpy and flat to near-curly and more voluminous, depending on the day. I've always seen it as "combination" in that my roots can be oily (they start looking greasy the day after washing my hair), while the ends can get quite dry. 


The Nutritive range was designed to provide nutrition and nourishment to all levels of dry hair, with products for slightly dry, dry, and very dry hair of both fine and thick textures. It aims to address both the cause of nutrition loss- oxidation due to environmental stress, as well as the impact of nutrition loss- hair dryness. It's a scientific approach with the technology to back it up! And the icing on the cake (almost literally) is that the scientific approach of this line leads to product textures that feel ultra luxurious. Evidence-based formulas that are also a pleasure to use? That's what I look for in skin care, so why not in hair care too?

Here are the products I received:


Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin 1 Exceptional Nutrition Shampoo** ($42 CAD)
This shampoo is designed for normal to slightly dry hair and promises to provide deeply penetrating nutrition to the full length of the hair. It also claims to detangle and add smoothness and shine. The formula includes lipids to increase production of the hair's natural oils, glucids to boost the production energy and nutritious elements, proteins to nourish and soften the hair fibre, and iris rhizome extract to protect the hair from oxidation and prolong the effect of the delivered nutrition.

I have to say this is one of my favourite products from the collection! My hair tends to be combination (oily-ish roots, with dry ends), so I do not need a shampoo for super dry hair. The texture of this shampoo is perfect for me! It is creamy and foams luxuriously, but never leaves my hair feeling stripped, nor does it deposit any heavy moisture. One of the loveliest shampoos I've tried! 


Kerastase Nutritive Lait Vital Irisome- Incredibly Light Exceptional Nutrition Care** ($47 CAD)
This conditioner is also designed for normal to slightly dry hair and promises to nourish and soften without adding weight. It also touts benefits of brightening, protection, and prolonged nourishing effects. It also contains the lipids, glucids, proteins, and iris rhizome extract possessed by its shampoo companion. 

This conditioner has a formula that mimics some of my favourite facial hydrators- it feels quite moisturizing, but is wonderfully light-weight. I am able to use this condition on the roots of my hair (which I have not done in ages) without any oily after-feel, and yet it provides enough moisture to leave my hair soft and tangle-free afterwards. I'm not sure if the effects of the formula warrant the intense pricetag, but cost aside, this is a lovely light, effective conditioner!


Kerastase Nutritive Fondant Magistral Fundamental Nutrition Care** ($47 CAD)
This conditioner is designed for dry to extremly dry fine hair and promises to replenish, soften, and imbue the hair with nutrition from the inside out. It also touts adding smoothness, radiant shine, and increased manageability and styling ease. It features Irisome 4600ppm, which claims to be the most potent nutrition complex on the market, as well as gluco-actives to provide balance and protection to the hair fibre, iris rhizome to prevent hair dryness from returning, benjoin resin to allow the hair to stimulate nutrition from within, and ceramide and xylose to protect the hair fibre from heat.

The name of this product is what tempted me first- Fondant made me think of thick, rich cake toppings, which sounded quite luxurious! I have to say this formula didn't disappoint! This is a wonderfully rich conditioner that my dry ends just eat up. It really does leave my hair feeling super nourished and it's a pleasure to use! It never weighs down my hair and a little goes a long way! 


Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense Irisome for Fine Hair** ($64 CAD)
This is a concentrated treatment mask that nourishes hair that is dry, fine, or sensitized. It touts the line's highest concentration of Irisome and promises to nourish deeply, add nutrients that impart radiance, maintain the nutrition it delivers over time, protects the hair against oxidation, and keeps hair bright, soft, smooth, and easier to detangle. Like the shampoo and conditioner from the line, it includes lipids, glucids, proteins, and iris rhizome extract.

I am a huuuge sucker for a good hair mask, so I was so excited to try this! As expected, it is super rich and creamy and sinks into hair beautifully. It really hydrates deeply- not in the instantly tangible way that silicone-laden formulas might work, but in a more subtle, actually moisturizing manner- again, as a quality, non-superficial face cream will do. It leaves my hair smooth and nourished, doesn't weigh things down (it really is great for my fine hair!) and is also a pleasure to use. Is it worth the steep price tag? Perhaps not, but it does everything it promises! 


Kerastasse Nutritive Nectar Thermique Polishing Nourishing Milk** ($48 CAD)
This post-shower product is designed for dry hair and promises to protect the hair against heat. It also aims to improve the ease of hair styling, polish the hair surface to improve softness and shine, and deeply nourish the hair. It includes royal jelly extract, which is rich in nutrients that add softness and shine, iris rhizome extract to protect hair from oxidation and prolong nutritive effects, xylose to protect the hair from heat, and siccative linseed oil to add intense shine and softness.

I've been blow-drying my hair a bit more often of late, so it was perfect timing to give this a go! This smooths into hair nicely without a heavy, greasy, or artificial feel. I can't say that it's been producing any mind-blowing results, but my hair has been looking happy post-blow dry. This probably isn't the product from the line that I'd splurge on (as I don't always blow-dry and there's nothing unique about the texture), but it seems to do the job!

I started using these products at a time when I had not had a haircut for about 10 months. Definitely a recipe for long, dry, unhappy hair. I have to say that using the Nutritive range in unison really kept my long, dry, mildly damaged hair looking quite good! 


What I like most about this range is that it doesn't provide superficial benefits (e.g., the temporary shine and smoothness that tons of silicones create), but rather seems to actually be moisturizing the hair from the inside out. When I first started using the range, I wasn't sure if they were helping because they weren't giving me the quick-fix effects of other products I'd used in the past. But with continued use, my hair just slowly, but surely felt healthier. More hydrated, shinier, and stronger. As I did earlier in this post, I really liken this range to quality skin care that may not give your skin an instant glow, but over time improves skin health and quality. I'll take that over temporary, superficial benefits any day!

So while Kerastase is not a brand I would have gravitated to on my own (due to the price and because I do my best to stick with hair care that's cruelty-free- Kerastase is a L'Oreal brand), I'm very happy that I was able to give this brand a try. My hair has been thanking me! 

You can find the Nutritive range on the Kerastase website, here!

What are your favourite hair care products at the moment? Favourite hair products worth the splurge?

Thanks for stopping by! xo

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**These products were sent to me as PR samples for consideration and review. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% authentic and my own!

19 comments:

  1. I would love to try something from this range, this is just the sort of thing my hair needs!

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    1. It's a really great option for dry hair if you're up for a splurge! :)

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  2. I absolutely love Kerastase products & have used them for years! I tend to use the Resistance range because my hair is damaged. Your hair looks so swishy and healthy in the photo! Have you decided on a hairstyle for your wedding? xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Ah, glad you're a fan too! I'll have to check out other ranges from the brand! Yes- I'm going to wear my hair in a side bun-style updo with curls and braids. I'll be sure to picture it on the blog :)

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  3. This range sounds promising! I have thin, fine hair which is normal and my biggest problem is volume, do you think this will weigh my hair down?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I don't think so! Some of the products in the range are especially made for fine hair, so you might love them!

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  4. I tried Kerastase before! I don't think it was as widely available as it is now. I had to go to a special boutique. The products are very expensive! They worked well, but at the time I felt they were overrated. You could get the same results from other brands. That was about 15 years ago, so they've probably changed. Your hair is gorgeous! Thanks for this review and weighing the pros and cons.
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    1. It can be hard to find- mostly in salons for sure! They are super expensive though! Quite effective, but I agree that there are more affordable options that can work just as well :)

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  5. I've never tried this range before but it sounds really nice. My go to hair product is and has been for years Moroccan Oil. I just love it!

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    1. Ah, I've heard so many things about Moroccan oil!

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  6. I have never tried Kerastase before but the range sounds promising! I have fine curly hair which is frizzy so I am always looking for hydrating products that won't weigh my hair down while giving me shine at the same time.

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    1. Ah, you might really love this range! I think they also make products for curly hair :)

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  7. I received these, but I gave 'em away. My hair has different needs. I do like Kérastase though.

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    1. Yeah, it isn't a range for everyone! Definitely too much if your hair isn't dry!

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  8. I've never tried Kerastase before, but their products sound lovely! Your hair is so beautiful!!

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    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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    1. Aww, thank you! It's definitely a brand worth checking out if you want to splurge :)

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  9. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Great find. seems great range. thanks for sharing.
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