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Review: Klorane Shampoo with Flax Fiber, Conditioning Balm with Flax Fiber & Strengthening Serum with Quinine-Caffeine Complex

I have a few Klorane hair goodies to review for you today beauties! Klorane is a French brand, which bases it’s products on botanical extracts. The product we al recognise from the brand, is their award winning Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (my favourite dry shampoo!). They have quite a large hair care range and some interesting products worth checking out! The ingredient lists of the products are usually quite simple, which means that a lot of thought goes into what to include and what to leave out. I also like that Klorane search and cultivate their botanical extracts and ingredients from around the globe, but in respect to ecosystems and natural cycles (so sustainable harvesting is very important to the brand, as it protecting endangered plant species). Generally speaking, I’m not that into ‘volumising formulas’, so the shampoo and conditioner from the Flax Fiber range had their work cut out for them! So how did a eco-friendly, volumising shampoo, conditioner and strengthening serum (aka treatment spray) fair? Let’s find out! 😀

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The Flax Fibre range is best suited for fine and flat hair (me, me, me!). There is a shampoo, conditioner and leave in spray within this line. I have the shampoo and conditioner.

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Flax is a plant that currently offers a variety of applications. Textile flax is used for its long fibers, which, after various processing steps, produce the linen thread used for making fabrics. Linseed is grown for its edible seeds that are rich in oïl and protein. They are widely used in the field of dietetics as they are very rich in essential fatty acids. In the food industry, the mucilage of its seeds can be used to replace gum arabic. In herbal médicine, flax seeds are used for internal and external purposes due to their emollient and soothing properties. In cosmetics, flax is mainly used for its anti-aging and softening properties. Recently, its use in hair care has been established thanks to the volumizing properties of its mucilage. 

Klorane Laboratories, derive mucilage from flaxseeds: soluble fibers composed of polysaccharides, which offer film-forming properties, act as powerful natural protectors to support and volumize hair from the root.

The shampoo in particular contains these benefits and characteristics –

A light and airy plant, flax is traditionally recognized for the quality of its supple and resistant fibers. We selected Linum usitatissimum L for its rich mucilage: true natural reinforcement that strengthens and volumizes hair from the root. Thanks to its exclusive ultra-light formula, this silicone-free shampoo washes and detangles without weighing down fine, flat hair. Perfectly textured and protected, hair has full volume that is supple and light. Directions for use: Only one wash needed. In case of contact with eyes, rinse thoroughly.

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I really like this shampoo. It foams up nicely (thanks to SLS – Sodium Laureth Sulfate), which I quite like because it cleans the hair well. I don’t find it to be to harsh though – your hair feels clean, but not like straw (very important). Your hair feels a little ‘plumped’ or slightly textured, but light – as the description notes. It smells nice and fresh, without any overpowering artificial fragrance. I don’t find it to be quite as nourishing or emollient as say, the Kevin Murphy Plumping Wash, but as it comes in at $14 Aus dollars, I think this is a great find for fine hair! One wash with the shampoo, does get rid of all oiliness/dirt plus styling products, so you definitely don’t need to wash your hair twice.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Ceteareth-60 Myristyl Glycol, Sodium Laureth-8 Sulfate, Blue 1 (CI42090), Citric Acid, Ext. Violet 2 (CI 60730), Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract (Linum Usitatissimum Seed Extract), Magnesium Laureth Sulfate, Magnesium Laureth-8 Sulfate, Magnesium Oleth Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Oleth Sulfate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate.

The conditioner – or ‘conditioning balm’ as Klorane likes to call it, contains these benefits –

A light and airy plant, flax is traditionally recognized for its supple and resistant fibers. We selected Linum usitatissimum L. for its rich mucilage, true natural reinforcement that strengthens and volumizes hair from the root. The light, silicone-free conditioner instantly detangles hair while adding body and volume to hair from the roots to the ends. Perfectly protected and textured hair will have long-lasting volume that is light and supple. Directions for use: Use the Klorane Shampoo with flax fiber. Rinse and remove excess water then apply the Conditioning balm with flax fiber. Leave in for 2 to 3 minutes then rinse. In case of contact with eyes, rinse thoroughly.

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The texture of this conditioner is nothing like I’ve seen or tried before. It is totally clear and a little runny. It looks like shampoo, so when I first went to use it, I thought it was shampoo in the bottle not conditioner and re-read the description on the tube about 5 times over. Because the texture isn’t actually ‘balm’ like, it feels a little odd smothering your hair in it. It plays with your mind, more than you think it would! It is very light, so I feel like I need to use a little more than I usually would (conditioner I mean) to make sure all my hair is coated well (as it’s supposed to be applied roots to tips). It feels like the fibres do coat the hair and thus it leaves it feeling a little ‘textured’. Because there’s no silicone in the formula, it doesn’t leave your hair feeling especially silky and ‘smooth’. While your hair is 80% detangled after use, I find I do need to spend a little more time brushing my hair after a shower and as I have fine yet coloured/chemically treated hair, you could potentially damage it a little (since hair is at it’s weakest when wet). If it contained silicone, I think this problem would be averted (but perhaps it would then be heavier – so it’s a catch 22). I don’t find it nourishing enough for my hair, so I wouldn’t use it everyday or as my regular conditioner. Perhaps if you have fine but oily hair, which does not need much moisture, this will be the bomb for you. Or – if you have healthy, natural hair which isn’t coloured or chemically treated. I’m a little on the fence about this conditioner, but I appreciate that it does leave hair feeling a little lifted and textured (albeit not very moisturising). It retails for $14 Aus dollars (like the shampoo) but you get 50ml less, than the shampoo.

So far, the shampoo gets the thumbs up, the conditioner is a bit meh, but now the diamond out of the three is revealed! It is of course the Strengthening Serum with Quinine-Caffeine Complex <3 I picked this root treatment spray over the Flax Fiber Leave-in Spray because my hair can be quite weak and break easily. I wanted to help it be stronger and what this serum also does on top of strengthening, is help hair appear thicker (as the Flax Fiber Leave-in Spray does, but it’s more potent!). The serum utilises a special ingredient called Quinquina, which is derived from the Cinchona pubescens Vahl tree and more specifically, it’s bark. Why? Here’s why! 🙂

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We cultivate our cinchona in Ecuador using techniques that respect the surrounding ecosystem. The quality of each plant harvested is controlled in accordance with KLORANE Phytofiliere® specifications. The bark is collected by hand, and its active agent is concentrated in the form of a patented extract, which is scientifically proven to act as a stimulant for the hair bulb. This extract is incorporated into the KLORANE line of anti-hair loss care with cinchona.

The cinchona is a tree of the Rubiaceae family native to South America, traditionally used as a tonic and astringent. We have chosen the Cinchona pubescens Valh. species because its bark is naturally rich in quinine, a molecule with powerful and fortifying properties, the efficacy of which has been scientifically proven.

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The bark is only collected from trees which are 6 years old or older, so the growth of the tree isn’t effected.

Klorane Strengthening Serum with Quinine-Caffeine Complex gives tired, weak and thin hair an all-round boost thanks to its patented and innovative quinine-caffeine complex. Quinine, known for its powerful strengthening properties, has been concentrated in a patented extract and combined with caffeine to re-energise and strengthen weak, tired and thin hair. Your hair appears thicker, stronger and more capable of withstanding periods of tiredness and stress. Tested under dermatological control. Paraben- free, silicone-free, sulphate-free. Directions for use: Apply to dry or towel-dried  clean hair- 10 sprays over the entire scalp, working in sections- 5 sprays onto hair lengths- Massage to help with absorption, then comb. Do not rinse off. Style as usual- 2-3 applications per week, for 6 weeks minimum. Best results after 12 weeks of use- With the suggested directions of use, one bottle can last for an estimated 12 weeks application.

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This treatment spray is the bomb! It’s very easy to use thanks to the nozzle applicator, which dispenses just the right amount of product onto your roots. What I love so much about it, is that it lifts the roots, giving them volume (bingo!) without any tackiness or stickiness. Your hair doesn’t feel like it has product in it and it doesn’t make my hair greasier faster (for the lazy girl in all of us – this is very important). I can’t say it alone has made my hair stronger (because I use quite a few strengthening products and supplements) but I won’t say no to the caffeine and vitamin B5 it contains, to nourish my scalp. As it also contains glycerin, it leaves your hair feeling soft (not ‘slippery’ or toooo smooth like from silicone based products) and it feels manageable. I probably use it after every second wash. I love spraying it throughout my hair and through my roots when my hair is slightly damp and pinning it up into a bun. It gives me waves (which makes hair appear thicker) and gives it bounce! If you feel like your hair needs a boost and you have been stressed or tired lately, I would highly recommend it. If your are expecting to be quite stressed (perhaps going into a busy period or starting a new job etc.) it never hurts to have this serum/treatment spray on hand, to prevent hair loss (so to work as a preventative treatment). It smells a little herbally, but nothing to OTT and it fades after about an hour or two from your hair (it would only bother those exceptionally sensitive to scents). It’s a little more expensive than other Klorane products, coming in at $33 Aus dollars (for 125ml), but it lasts quite a while. Plus, the effects are worth the pennies. I have a deluxe sample of the Quinine Shampoo and Conditioner, but I haven’t tried these just yet. I’m hoping that they are as fab as the treatment serum/spray.

Ingredients: SD alcohol, 39-c (alcohol denat), water (aqua),propylene glycol, hexylene glycol, niacinamide,panthenol, alpha-isomethylionone,alpha-piene (alphapinene), caffeine, caramel,cinchona, succirubra bark extract, fragrance(parfum), glycerin, tocopherol.

Klorane products are available at Priceline and most chemists. They are also made in France 🙂

Are you are fan of Klorane hair products? Have you tried any? Let me know in the comments below!

Catch ya next time beauties!

Beauty Bee~

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