Sunday, 22 May 2016

Kerastase Elixir Ultime - Hair Serum

Is it worth spending a bit more on a hair serum?

I used to have a simple “wash and go” routine with my hair. That was until last year but then I realised that my hair is often exposed to harsh environmental elements like sunlight, dust, smoke, haze, dirt and more. Hair fall has become a concern and it came to my attention that I haven’t been taking good care of my hair after washing. 

I used to shampoo my hair daily, I just can’t stand the feeling of sticky mane and the thought that it’s been outside. How to sleep and place my head on the pillow if my hair is dirty? Oh, man, I have to wash daily. The head of my digital marketing team, Rowena, who has this glorious hair, tells me that I shouldn’t. And, yeah, the internet says that, too. So I’ve started to alternate shampooing, every other day. But regular washing does dry my hair. During my visit to the salon a few months back, my stylist recommended that I use a serum: Kerastase Elixir Ultime. The first time she applied it on my hair, I felt the immediate difference. My hair was shinier, bouncy, smooth, less frizzy.

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This elixir comes in a transparent, plastic bottle with pump. I like transparent containers because I can easily see how much is left. The serum itself is a golden yellow color with oil texture. But don’t worry; the oil texture leaves a great, non-sticky feeling on the hair. The scent is beautiful, reminds me of coconut oil but added with mild fragrance. 

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Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oleo-Complexe
Suitable for all hair types
Size: 125mL (4.2 fl.oz.)
Life after opening: 18 months
Made in Spain
Price: RM130 (from salon)

Price is a bit higher than pharmacy products, even other L’Oreal Paris hair serums. But I don’t mind paying a bit more. The Kerastase Elixir Ultime works great on my hair, can be applied in various ways and I love the smell. The bottle comes in 125ml, which can last for more than 6 months, even with my hair length and daily use. I love this serum!

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WHAT IS THIS SERUM:
The Kerastase Elixir Ultime is a versatile beautifying oil that provides ultimate softness and nourishment.  

BENEFITS:
71% more shine than hair's natural state
Delivers deep conditioning and nourishment with 24 hours anti-humidity protection
Helps restore hair fiber
Reduces split ends and resists breakage
Four essential oils add softness and smoothness
Offers thermal resistance with faster drying time
A blend of precious scented oils that works for all hair types

HOW TO USE:
Apply 1-2 pumps (or more if you have longer hair) throughout lengths and ends of dry or towel-dried hair. Style as desired.

Elixir may be applied in different ways:
Pre-Cleanse: Apply to combed hair and rinse out before applying shampoo to remove impurities
Pre-Blow Dry: Apply to towel-dried hair and blow dry as normal for additional protection
Finishing: Work into the ends of the hair to control frizz, smooth and style
Touch-up: Apply a drop to ends throughout the day for a touch of shine as needed

WHAT’S INSIDE THIS SERUM:
Maize Oil: Delivers emollient and anti-oxidant active ingredients for ultimate shine
Pracaxi Oil: Brings shine, nourishment and deep conditioning to the hair
Camellia Oil: Helps smooth the hair fiber, resulting in incredible shine
Argan Oil: Helps restore strength to the hair and protects it from external aggressors