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Kératase are a French salon-only brand owned by L'Oreal. They are well known as one of the big players in the haircare market, and their products are used in high end salons throughout the world.
--What this is--
This is a "masque" (or mask) that is meant to be applied in the conventional way; after shampooing to towel dried hair and then left in for a while. The range is designed for coloured hair, and is meant to enhance shine and flexibility, which colour treated hair can lack, whilst keeping the colour bright and pretty.
--What they say it will do--
This product has some big claims. It says it will "transform the texture hair leaving it silky soft and the colour brilliant and luminous". That's big boy talk. How does it say it'll do this?
Fibronic system: to boost reflection (or more simply, shine)
Ceramide: protects the hair at cuticle level
Catonic Polymer: Hair is left supple and soft
Canelilla wax: Protects hair from external agressions
UV filters: to protect hair from the sun's UV filters (DUH)
--Other products in the range--
Kérarase usually have a three step system in their ranges, these are bathe, treat, and texturise. Bathe and treat are shampoo and condition basically. Here's a list of the products in this range and what they actually do/are:
Shampoo: Bain Chroma Riche
Cleansing Balm: Chroma Sensitive
Conditioner: Lait Chroma Reflect
Serum: Fluide Chroma Riche
Protective leave in: Chroma Thermique
Shine Mist: Chroma Crystal
Hairspray: Chroma Sensetive Laque Fixante
This comes in a fairly large (200ml) pink tub, which makes it clear in my opinion that it's a mask, the lid is a clearer plastic than the base, and the shapes kind of go against eachother, making it look a bit like UFO. Just look at the picture! I've thrown mine away because it's broken and the product is currently in a Tresemme tub so I can't tell you what it says on it...
--Where did I get this?--
I have a friend who owns a salon, which means I get to at least test out a fair few bits. I got this because she dropped it whilst cleaning the shelves and the lid cracked, which is why I've thrown it away. The RRP is just over £26 but you can find it for slightly less if you shop around.
Kératase recommend that you use a hair bath from themselves, which is basically a posh shampoo that you leave in for a couple of minutes, but you can just shampoo as normal, which is what I do. You then towl dry your hair (just enough to get the excess moisture out, and dab, don't rub or you'll break your hair and make it worse) and apply the product. Leave for 5-10 minutes (I always leave it for longer whilst I sit in the bath), and then add a small amount of water, massage as you would if you were shampooing, rinse and style as normal.
I don't actually have colour treated hair per-se, but I dyed it back to brown from being blonde around a year ago. My own roots have grown out and I've not dyed over them, but the lengths of my hair are a lighter brown from fading (giving me a dip-dyed look), and in quite bad condition.
This product makes my hair very shiny and seems to enhance the different colours in my hair, so the lengths look lighter and my natural reddish highlights in my actual hair colour seem more prominent, but it's not like looking at glass or anything. It does make it very soft, but slightly too soft for me. I have very coarse, thick, naturally curly hair, and when it's too soft it just goes fluffy and won't hold a style, whether I straighten it or not.
I do like the shine this gives, but I don't think the price is worth it in my opinion, as the effects seem to have worn off by the next wash, although I understand that nothing can actually repair damaged hair. It smells beautiful though, I can't pinpoint a specific smell but it just smells like an expensive hair salon. The smell seems to linger for a few hours after use.
I've used this 3 times and have about half left, my hair is just below my shoulders and very thick.
The Kerastase hair range is good stuff, but the prices leave many customers out of pocket or prospective customers toying with whether to part with so much money for a pot of hair product. I have used a few of their products and been pleased with the results, though the price is the main factor which keeps me off repeat purchasing.
This has the most ridiculously long title for a product: Kérastase Reflection Chroma Reflect Rich Radiance-Enhancing Masque! I can't imagine that being easy to push on marketing campaigns! The masque comes in a very sexy looking pink pot, that screams style and fashion at you from the word go. It is designed to smooth damaged hair, which has been through the colour mill and restore a velvet like feel.
Inside the tub is the gooey masque. A little will go a long way and the best results are obtained by gathering a bit of the masque between fingers and working gently into damp hair. Make sure you have shampooed first and lightly towel dried hair. It goes on effortlessly and feels delicate and creamy and nourishing.
You can leave it on for as long as you desire, but optimum time would be about ten minutes. This allows the ingredients to work into the hair shaft and replenish the hair fibres. To quote Kerastase, the masque 'optimises the smoothness of the hair fibre with Système Fibrionic technology.; All very scientific, but often they make up words which make it sound posh!
You can leave it on for longer, maybe fifteen minutes, if you want to have a really intensive treatment. Wash it off with warm water, taking care to do it slowly, as it can leave a residue.
After a blow dry, the results are pleasing. Hair does feel nice and soft and if used once a week, the masque will gradually help repair damaged fibres. First impressions are commendable though and your hair will take on a decent sheen and feel healthier quickly. Price wise though, too steep still. If it wants to challenge high street brands it needs to shave a few pounds off, just to come into line. This is for those who can afford to splash the cash...it will cost about twenty quid!
Kérastase is defiantly a very expensive hair product brand, its so ridiculous but I must have to say I lover it. It saved my hair when it was in the most damaged state! I used to dye my hair lots and lots because I have really dark hair I always dyed it to a lighter brown shade and my hair ends would get extremely damaged, not mentioning I also permed my hair and straightened it in the past.
From experience Kérastase was recommended by one of my friends to me, I used it for almost two years because I loved it so much and now I have stopped because I think my hair is in great condition. But I would defiantly recommend to people-who needs intensive treatment!
It is advertised to have high performance hair products transform you hair. I think this statement is very strong it really does do what it says its one of the most unique products ive used and ii did think its worth the money during the period that I needed a very intensive saver.
Kérastase has many different lines aimed at different hair textures and I actually think that this line Reflection is particularly weaker then the others, because its aimed at coloured hairings, but the point is, its not as strong and concerntrated as the other lines..my favourite is the orange one: Nutritive
Nutritive which is aimed at all types of hair leaving it smooth and shiny. This is the line I used during my damaged hair period. I don't know if its physcological but I felt that it gave my hair extra nutrition, but I certainly can see the difference!
The Maque is a great treatment, I loved it. When I have time I would apply the paste and try to keep it in for atleast 20mins or even 40mins if its really damaged, I know it says on packaging leave in for 10mins but it doesn't harm to leave it in for longer right if it only benefits your hair more? and on days when I cant I use this instead of a conditioner and keep it in for 5mins whilst im in the shower, and then rinse off..
If your in need of this product I don't recommend you buying it from salons its very expensive- try HQhair this is where I use to get mine from and you can also find discount codes.
I know some people say this is a very expensive brand especially because its by l'oreal but I have to say im 100% by it its worth all the pennys better then our drugstore l'oreal by far.
But if this is too out of budget maybe consider Redken-althought its probs about £4-8 cheaper depending where you get it, the tube is by far much bigger. This is what im using now.
Kerastase, by L'Oreal are a very high priced hair care brand. Normally available only in Salons, you can buy over the net with up to 30% off in some places. Having won a competition for another Kerastase product (to be reviewed elsewhere on here) I found myself sucked in and wanted to try the rest- if one product could transform my hair that much, I wanted to know what the whole set would do!
I bought this as I had read that "you do not mix Kerastase with anything" rule, apparently it even means across different lines of Kerastase items. So being that I already owned the Chroma Bain (meaning "purple coloured bottle of shampoo") I decided to E-bay the masque.
I have coloured, damaged frizzy out of control hair. If I don't look after it to a point, it looks like I have decided to don a Halloween wig.
Now here is my confession. I hate drying my hair. I hate it because it's boring, and irritating, and just never seems to dry. To speed this up, I use two hair driers, on high power, high heat, and blast my hair within inches of the drier. And as a result, my hair is frizzy and now damaged. It's also damaged as I have had it dyed, lightened, and dyed again. Its yellowy red, and not in a good way. I do dye and have been dyeing it for over 10 years now, and the colour is a very bright red, so fades very fast. I wanted to retain this colour for as long as I could.
I had just recently had it dyed when I bought this masque. I wanted to retain the colour and this masque seemed to promise to help that- plus to help keep the colour by ridding all the dirt and build up to make my colour seem dull. And then to add reflective particles.
Sounded like a dream! And for the grand price of £11 including delivery (its normally £25 in stores!!)
I have to say, the pot looks very big- it's only 200mls, but it's a shape that really oozes a luxury feel. It has a screw lid and is purple/pink all over. It is a shame it does look good as I end up putting it into a smaller pot so I can take it to the gym with me anyway, but nice to have on my bathroom shelf anyway, even if I don't use it at home.
The masque is thick enough to hold its shape when in your hand, but still on the thin side. It smells really nice; like roses, and glosses on to hair very easily.
I have tried applying this and leaving it on anywhere from 1 minute, to 15 minutes, I have known people to leave it on for 30 minutes and they rate the results. To me, I just don't have the time or patients!
Washing out is also easy- you get a really silky feeling as your rinsing, and it's easy to know when it's been rinsed out as your hair feels more like hair again. It's almost a shame to rinse!
Now you are supposed to follow with a conditioner and I had done for each time I used it. (And yes, it was a Kerastase conditioner for coloured hair). But here's where the story ends.
I have to say, that I have been using the masque twice a week for 3 weeks now. My colour has faded. Not terribly, and not as bad as it has done, but it has faded noticeably. I would still rate this as I can still notice a big difference in the fading (it's not as bad as it has been) but it's not perfect. And for a price tag of £25 (even though I paid £11) I would expect more from a masque then this.
It did help my hair to feel softer and certainly on the days I didn't use the masque, I did feel it was slightly grittier. But nothing major. I guess the masque works a little, but not really enough- not for me with my bright red hair anyway!
Maybe this works better with blonde hair as I know bright red is easy to fade. I also think the promises of reflective hair and getting rid of build-up dirt would apply more to someone with blonde hair over someone with dyed red hair, be good to hear how others get on in comparison.
This mask is good if you have very dry and damaged hair. If your hair isnt excessivley dry or damaged this product may be too rich for your hair and make it too limp and lifeless. The smell of the conditioner is very nice and fruity, this consistency is a normal conditioner cream, because of this it is easy to apply. The rest of the Chroma Reflect range is good, the shampooo, rinse out conditioner, and the leave in conditioner but this was a little too heavy for my fine but damaged hair. If your hair is very dry and damaged and the texture is thick this would be a good conditioner for you to use. The product isnt that cheap, but if you can treat yourself. This conditioner does improve the gloss and make hair more shiney, i use the whole range, so im not sure if it would make your hair as shiney if you used this alone.