I love good hair care! Having fine hair that is damaged so easily, means I need nourishing ingredients that keep hair strong (protected) and soft. I was automatically drawn to the Kerastase Elixer Ultime line of products, because the gold packaging makes the products and formulas look super luxe and beautiful (and I am a magpie!). Clearly this ‘subliminal’ messaging means that after using the products, I will have the shiniest, strong, healthy hair, so I needed get my hands on the products to see if the line would be suitable for my fine and chemically treated hair! Centred around the use of oils, I wasn’t sure that I was a good candidate, with my first thought being that oils are heavy (the arch nemesis of fine and flat hair), however, products have come a long way – MoroccanOil’s Treatment Oil is a great example of this – I much prefer the Original Treatment Oil compared with the ‘Light’ version of the Treatment Oil, because it isn’t overly heavy at all and provides more hydration. Because oils can be encapsulated in silicone and in other ways, the oils can be delivered in surprisingly light formulations. At the same time, they need to be deeply hydrating, otherwise what’s the point. Another point of difference with this line is that it is meant to also be volumising. That point of different is super intriguing and exciting for me! The line was first released in 2010, but was reformulated in 2015, with this new ‘promise’ and concept in mind. So let’s see how this haircare line stacks up!
In 2010, Kérastase unveiled a must-have for hair, with the secret of precious oils at the heart of its formula and combining high performance with an incredible sensorial experience. Oléo-Complexe, a miracle of technology infused with four legendary oils, is at the heart of Elixir Ultime. A nourishing, protecting and beautifying power of oils for a magical and tailor made ritual. In 2015, a new wind is driving Elixir Ultime to the height of hair luxury with a new crystal glass bottle and technological revolutions.
THE 1ST VOLUMIZING BIPHASE OIL FOR FINE HAIR BY KÉRASTASE
L’Oréal Advanced Research created a beautiful encounter between Intra-Cylane™, L’Oréal’s star molecule, and a biphase ultra-light formula. The Intra-Cylane™ seeps into the core of the fiber to create a strong, supple molecular network which will expand thickness and volume of the hair. The spray releases infused micro-droplets for optimal volume, glowy finish and bouncy hair without heavy feeling or oiliness sensation.
Sublime Cleansing Oil Shampoo with the oleo-complex for all hair types. Our unique combination of corn germ, camellia, argan and pracaxi oils. Apply to wet hair, massage and rinse.
Beautifying oil conditioner with the oleo-complex for all hair types. An exceptional blend of corn-germ, camellia, argan and amla extracts. Apply to shampooed an towel dried hair. Leave on for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. A sensorial, lightweight creamy texture coats the hair fibre to deeply nourish without weighing hair down. • Instant fluidity
• Lasting softness
• Hair feels nourished and silky
• Hair endowed with amazing shine
I was surprised at how thin and runny the texture of this conditioner was. That worried me at first, because I thought it would be vey hydrating. Wrong! Surprisingly, this conditioner is super hydrating and softening. I love that it doesn’t leave my hair flat and despite my roots being prone to becoming oily, this conditioner doesn’t exacerbate this tendency. I use the conditioner on the lengths of hair only (taking it quite high up near the roots, but not on the roots or scalp themselves) and leave it on for as long as possible before rinsing. My hair is easy to detangle afterwards and feels nourished as promised. The only down side is that because of the runny thin texture, product easily spills out of the tube. I am always generous with my conditioners (when applying) but I think I’m using this one up especially quickly. If the product was slightly thicker, I think it would ‘grab’ the hair better, and you would use less product. I’ve come to learn that I love Kerastase hair conditioners (including the Aura Botanica Conditioner) and love that they don’t ‘scrimp’ on the hydrating conditioners, even when the products are designed for fine hair.
In case you were wondering, amla extracts are from the ‘Indian Gooseberry’ plant. The oils and juice from fruit contain essential fatty acids and loads of vitamin C, iron and carotene, which strengthen fair follicles and give shine to hair. It is also said to be anti-fungal and great for treating dandruff.
Above: Ingredient list of Huile Sublime conditioner
Above: The texture of the Huile Sublime Conditioner (it very thin and runny).
I was probably most excited about trying the Elixir Ultime beautifying hair oil if I am honest, because the promo pics just look so luxe and beautiful!
Always in the spotlight this icon relies on a dream formula: Oléo-Complexe. Hair feels beautifully nourished with a high heat protection. Frizz appears controlled with visibly boosted shine. The Oléo-Complexe technology is the combination of 4 legendary oils: Argan, Corn germ, Camellia and Pracaxi. A nourishing, protecting and beautifying ritual. Nourished and enhanced the hair is protected from external aggressions.
▪ Corn germ oil: This ingredient is playing the role of powerful nutrition.
▪ Argan oil: It protects your hair and also leaves the hair supple and light.
▪ Pracaxi oil: Pracaxi oil enhances the hair making it more solid and resistant.
▪ Camellia oil: Brings incredible shine to hair.
- Before blow-drying: applied on the towel-dried hair before the blow-drying Elixir Ultime facilitates the styling, optimizes the hold. Apply 1 or 2 pumps and distribute it throughout the lengths till the ends of the hair.
- Finishing touch: Elixir Ultime gives the hair radiance, shine and luminosity. Apply 1 pump working through the lengths till the ends.
- As a daily Essential: perfect as a daily beauty essential Elixir Ultime protects the hair from daily aggressions, nourishes the fibre with incredible shine. Apply 1 or 2 pumps working through the lengths to ends of hair.
All the products work wonderfully together of course, and I wonder if the shampoo on it’s own doesn’t feel hydrating, but really, added to all the other products in the line, it helps ‘build’ that hydration and strength. All the products also have the same scent – it’s not a ‘perfumed’ synthetic scent, but it smells like a mixture of oils (like 100% argan oil, amplified a bit). I don’t mind it at all and actually prefer it to other synthetic scents.The shampoo is 250ml and costs $40, the conditioner 200ml (I wish it were 250ml!) and costs $50, and finally the oil comes in at $59 for 100ml at Adore Beauty. The oil will definitely last you along time, so it’s ‘economical’ in that sense.
I can give the line a big thumbs up for fine, thin and damaged hair. I would love to try the hair mask from this line and it looks like they also recently released another version of the conditioner – ‘Beautifying Oil Cream‘ 🙂
Do you spend big on hair care beauties? I mix it up these days. I think you can get good, gentle shampoos for less (that cleanse hair well) but spend more on conditioners and treatments. I’m more open minded these days, which is a good thing for sure! Let me know if this line ‘speaks to you’! 🙂
Catch ya next time Beauties,