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Let me start off by saying that I have half a head of light blonde highlights. My hair is naturally dark brown and the process of lightening it made it dry and brittle. After years of using shamppo's from the likes of boots and superdrug, I decided to invest in my haircare by purchasing something high end, since my hair would require more care.
This shampoo retails at around £15 but i bought mine for £13 from lookfantastic.com. The bottle is a pink colour with the name 'Kerastase' written along the top and a brief description of the shampoo, and a screw on top. The packaging is simple and looks quite expensive. You get 250ml in a bottle and this usually lasts me around 5 months if i use it once a week or every two weeks. I don't use it too often because of the price and I want it to last me as long as possible. The 'Bain Chroma Riche' smells very nice, a fruity, fresh, clean smell which lingers in your hair.
It says that it will soften and luminise your highlighted or colour treated hair and I do think this is true. This would be great to use if you're in a rush as you don't necessarily need to use a conditioner, but obviously one is still recommended for the wellbeing of your hair. This shampoo makes my hair soft and really makes my highlights stand out, it is the only shampoo that has made my hair look less brittle and i would repurchase it again.
I think the price is quite steep but it's worth it for the effect you get. What works for me may not work for you but this is worth trying out if your hair is in need of some TLC. It boasts that it has UV filters and vitamin E so it's also suitable if your hair is dyed, as these will prevent the colour fading. The shampoo lathers well so not much is needed, that's why it lasts so long for me.
The reason i gave this 4 stars is that, like the other reviewer said, this shampoo did not get rid of or help my frizz. But this can be helped with other products, and it's not what i bought the shampoo for so i guess it's fine, but if you wanted to specifically treat frizz then this may not be for you. Another 4 star reason is the price, it may not be practical for everyone to spend £15 on a shampoo but that is a personal choice.
Overall i do recommend it but it's not completely flawless.
Kerastase Bain Chroma Riche Shampoo.
I paid a fraction over £9 for this on wantthelook.com when they had an extra 10% off day but it can be picked up for around £10 at the moment on many other websites. In salons it's around £13.50 for 200mls.
I bought this to use as a product to help retain the colour in my hair after colouring it a deep claret red (its naturally dark blonde). And also to use with other Kerastase products-also reviewed on the site.
The shampoo, like all the other Kerastase shampoos, comes in an upright bottle, screw top lid and this cylinder type bottle is a nice styled transparent dark pink/purple. It's designed to retain colour whilst caring for coloured hair. I can say it smells nice, floral, sort of slightly rose scented. It's a gel type thickened liquid which would be nicer thicker, but is really just as thin as any other shampoo.
It lathers really well, only takes what looks like 2x 50p coin sizes (-though it's hard to say as its too liquid to remain still once in the palm of my hand). It rinses well too and does leave my hair feeling cleaned without feeling overly dry or brittle. I liked this shampoo.
After using this (one wash), I followed with either a conditioner, or a hair masque and a conditioner and sometimes leave in products- so were talking a lot of product here! And I don't think they would have worked without me having a clean head of hair in the first place. I can vouch for the product getting rid of both the build-up of products and also the sweat, grease and grime you naturally pick up whilst sweating it out at the gym, on public transport or day to day fiddling with your hair.
It also did a great job of not washing out the colour in my hair, its only been a week I have to say, but the colour is still going strong when normally by now there would be some tell tell signs. I wouldn't say it's a miracle product at all, but I would recommend this for a good hair cleaner whilst trying to retain the colour of your hair. It certainly did help with my colour, just can't help thinking, is that it?!
A Smoothing Shampoo for dry, frizzy, unmanageable hair / Immediate smoothness and optimum nutrition / Your hair is left soft, silky and the Anti-Frizz Protection guarantees long-lasting volume and control / K+rastase Nutritive Gluco-Active: The first Gluco-Active haircare programme to boost nutrition from root to tip / Personalised dosages of glucose, lipids and proteins, for dry, sensitised hair / Hair is replenished with softness and left light and supple with an incredible shine /