I can't believe in two days we'll be in September! This is just nonsense!! Where did summer go? Well, it seemed to have past so fast, but when I run my hand through my hair, the slightly "crsipy" feeling tells me I have quite enjoyed myself this summer. UV rays, swimming pool chemicals, salty water, sand and quite frequent washes due to the summer heat, have left my hair in less than optimal condition. That is why I was so enthusiastic to try the New Kérastase Nutritive range which promises to give my hair all its softness and silkiness back!
I've used this range for the past four weeks and I'd love to give you my insights here, just keep reading to find out.
Talking of hair, did you know dry hair is the first concern for 50% of women in the world? So If you are struggling with dry locks... girl, you're not alone! Your diet, the stress, hormonal changes, chemical treatments like bleaching, heat styling, and environment factors as UV rays and what I've mentioned, are among the main reasons why your hair is dry.
Kérastase, offers three specific solutions for three levels of hair dryness. For professional use in Salons there is the Kérastase Nutritive Protocole Immunité Sécherèsse, that can be custom taylored to your own hair needs. But you can also have the Kérastase Nutritive treatment at home. Basically there are two lines: The Nutritive Irisome line for dry and sensitized hair and the Nutritive Magistral line for severely dried-out hair, which is the new name of the "Nutri-Thermique" line (that used to be my favourite line).
I have received as PR samples 6 products and have tested them all, and now I'm ready to give you my feedback. I'll present the two products from the Irisome line first, then four products from the Magistral line. Finally, I'll add some general notes (to sumarize) that you might be interested in if you can't or don't want to read each detailed product.
Please, can we have a word on the fragrance of this range? Of course we can, because, boy, does this stuff smell good? I kid you not, this shampoo smells better than several high end prefumes I own! And, more importantly, it really lasts on the hair quite long. My hubby asked me if I was wearing a new perfume and what was it. He loved it!
If you are a perfume savy, or just curious, you may want to know the head notes are: Bergamote, violet leaves, green apple. The Heart notes are: peony, jasmin and lotus flower, while the base notes are cedarwood, santal wood and white musk.
Kérastase Nutritive Bain Satin 2
The claims. This shampoo claims to offer lasting nutrition for dry, sensitized hair. As for most shampoos you apply on wet hair, massage and rinse.
My experience. The shampoo lathers well, and only a small amount (less than a coffee spoon) will be enough to wash my medium length hair. It leaves my scalp and the fibers of my hair super clean but at the same time they don't feel dried-out as it can be with other shampoos that lather a lot. I can get four days of pretty decent hair between washes with it, but because August has been quite warm I found myself washing my hair frequently, and still not being dried by the shampoo. I have tried this shampoo on its own, without any rinse off or leave-in conditioners and my hair could be easily detangled and was still very soft. Please, note my hair is quite thick and does not tangle a lot by itself.
I have loved using this shampoo, my hair felt clean, shiny, soft and fluffy! I will certainly repurchase it when I'm through with this bottle.
Kérastase Nutritive Masqueintense
The claims. Exceptionally concentrated nourishing treatment. Lasting nutrition for dry, extremely sensitisez and thick hair.
My experience. First of all, the instructions on how to apply this treatment are NOWHERE to be found in the packaging. I'm not sure if the info is missing as it is a PR sample (sometimes the packaging is not final, or some leaflet is missing) or if this is a problem you will encounter with the product on the market. I did my research, and with a little common sense I concluded this hair mask is to be applied on clean, towel dried hair, left for a few minutes (I leave it 5 to 10 minutes, but I think it depends on how much your hair needs it) and then RINSE OFF.
The mask has a very rich texture, for my medium length hair the size of a hazelnut will be enough for applying to my lengths, so this jar will last for a very long time. The effects on me were instant. As I rinsed this off the first time, my hair, even wet, felt extremely soft and silky. The effect cumulates and with repeated applications the hair feels softer and softer, you can really tell that the dried fibers are healthier. I started using it with every wash (three times per week) and now once per week seems to be enough for me.
Kérastase Nutritive Bain Magistral
My experience. The shampoo lathers up nicely but less than the Shampoo Bain Satin 2. It cleans my hair and detangles my hair easily, which feels soft without any conditioner. The product is extremely gentle! One time, my hair was really dirty and I had to wash it twice to get the clean feeling I like (and I don't have a greasy scalp, on the contrary!). But despite the double washing my hair was still feeling super soft.
I started using the Kérastase Nutritive Bain Satin 2 with the Masquintense treatment for two weeks and then switched to this shampoo. My hair was already as soft as I could only have dreamed of (only in two weeks). So I could barely notice any improvement with the Bain Magistral. I felt this shampoo was too much for my hair needs, but it would be perfect for someone with extremely dry or damaged hair.
Kérastase Nutritive Masque Magistrale
My experience. Same problem, there is not enough instructions on how to apply the product. It is a rich and creamy hair mask which spreads easily and uniformly on my wet hair. I apply it to my ends and leave it for 5 minutes then rinse it off.
Again, the results I could see on my hair were a bit falsed by the fact that the two products I used at the begining were so effective, my hair was no longer "dry". Anyway, my impression with Masque Magistral was that it weighed down my hair a little. It felt soft and fluffy to the touch, but my roots weren't as uplifted as the usually are, so this weighs down my volume a bit. If you have very dried curly hair, you might want to give this a try, but I wouldn't recommend it for very thin, limp hair. I will save it as a S.O.S. treatment when my hair is feels very dry.
Kérastase Nutritive Fondant Magistral
The claims. Fundamental nutrition care for severely dried-out hair. Apply on washed and towel dried hair. Massage the lengths and the ends. Let pose for 2-3 minutes, then rinse-out thouroughly.
My experience.I have loved, loved, loved this conditioner to pieces. It is my new go to, together with Bain Satin 2. It has a lightweight creamy texture that spreads easily on the hair, and only a little amount is enough for my medium length. I used it once per week and my hair looks shiny, fluffy, it doesn't weighs down my volume and of course it feels super silky to the touch.
Kérastase Nutritive Crème Magistrale
The claims.Fundamental nutrition balm for severely dried-out hair. It contains xylose, an ingredient known for its thermo-protection properties. Apply generously to towel-dry or dry hair. Leave-in.
My experience. This should replace my old Nutri-thermique leave-in thermo protectant, but it feels much richer than that and it has a much thicker texture. It says to apply generously, but I apply only a hazelnut amount and it seems to be enough. Despite the texture being so rich, once it spreads on hair it feels lightweight and it doesn't weighs down the volume of my roots. I personally would not apply it to dry hair, but if you have really damaged and dried-out hair, then maybe you should (?). In total honesty, I don't like the packaging. I much prefer a tube or a pump for my termoprotectant. But as this is so thick, I suppose the jar is the only solution left. I can't really tell how much is this balm protecting my hair from heat, because, really, how do you even measure that? I guess the best evidence is that my hair looks and feels great, soft, silk to the touch, even when I don't apply any conditioner.
Phew! That was quite a bit of hair products from one brand! Now, I'd like to add a few margin notes and maybe summarize the important points.
- The products I've used have had very positive effect on my hair, and this is written from my own personal experience only, with my particular type of hair.
- Most probably, you don't need the whole range of products.
- If my hair was severely damaged I would go to the Salon and get the Kérastase Professional Protocole done for a quicker recovery, and then take the advice about what products to choose from their range.
- Bare in mind Kérastase uses SLS, fragrance and silicones in their products.
- My favourite products of the range are the Bain Satin 2 shampoo and either Masquintense or Fondant Magistral conditioner.
Voilà! I hope this review was helpfull for you and for your hair, and if you have tried or willing to try the Kérastase Nutritive range I'll be very please to read your opinions and questions!!
Have a lovely day and see you tomorrow with another review!