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Kerastase Ciment Thermique.
Regular readers of my reviews will know that I spend a lot of time in windy places and in particular on the Western Isles of Scotland where gusty days are very common. In fact I was recently storm bound there over the New Year, and there were times when just getting into the car was a challenge! Hair is a major issue on these islands especially if like myself you have naturally coarse and frizzy locks. Over the years I have collected several products that really work in these conditions, but the beauty is that if they work there then you can be sure they will work in less extreme environments. I thought I would devote the early part of this year on Dooyoo to talking about some of my favourites so here is the first- Kerastase Ciment Thermique.
About The Product
This product is a leave in cream that you apply to towel dried hair, and it is designed to work in conjunction with heat to protect hair and to seal in moisture facilitating smooth locks that are easy to manage. It is a reconstructing milk that strengthens the hair so is especially suitable for heat treated and coloured or bleached hair that is damaged. It is designed to be applied to mid lengths and the ends of the hair, but you want to avoid the roots as this would promote greasiness which you don't want.
The product is part of the "Resistance" line of products that include shampoos and masks, and all are designed to work together to really improve hair structure so although the product can be used alone with any shampoos and conditioners, I really find that by using the products alongside the other products in the line better results are obtained. However this is not a cheap option and one that I save for my time away and for when my hair is lacking that sleek cared for appearance, rather than opting for everyday use as this would be a substantial cost.
Where To Purchase.
The Ciment Thermique can be purchased online and I would advise you to shop around to make sure that you get the best deal for the product. The places that I advise to look are as follows. Also don't forget all these offer cash-back from sites such as Topcashback.
www.lookfantastic.com currently £15.12 ( free delivery)
www.hqhair.com currently £15.12 ( free delivery)
www.activebeauty.co.uk £14.95 ( free delivery)
This price is for 125ml and as you only need a walnut size amount for long hair, and less for short styles, even with daily use this will last a couple of months at least.The product is supplied in a plastic wide tube and is easy to carry when travelling and a gentle squeeze releases the required amount of product needed to achieve the required results. I think the real expense comes in if you opt to also use the shampoo and masks in the range, as the masks especially are around the £20 mark with the shampoos being just over £10. However they are absolutely fantastic especially the Bain Force Architecte shampoo and Kerastase Masque Force Achitecte combo, which when used together with the Ciment Thermique leave in cream impart a smooth and sleek finish that I haven't been able to obtain to this high degree with any other products.
If you are new to Kerastase it may be helpful to know that they have a numbering system on their products from one to four that can be seen on the front of their products. The higher numbers represent products designed for hair that is more damaged, and the Ciment Thermique is designed to be used for all hair types whereas the shampoo and masque that I like to use with it are both designed for levels 3 and 4 - that is hair that is more damaged. However you can match The Ciment Thermique up with any combo you like as it is not hair type specific, but it does tend to appeal to those who have more damaged hair and those who rely on hair tools on a daily basis as it relies on heat to active it.
My Opinion and Experience.
My hair is shoulder length and coloured and highlighted and is a naturally coarse texture. I think the beauty of this leave in cream is that it coats the hair with a protective layer and after I use my hair dryer and straighteners I am left with smooth and shiny hair. The most amazing thing about this product is that since I discovered it a couple of years ago it has had one amazing benefit. This is that normally after a night's sleep I would wake up to a mop that looked like a witch owned it, but now if I use this product with the others from the range I can actually go two days without washing and styling my hair which is brilliant for me as I suffer from ME and hair care is very tiring. This is because my arms have very little strength in them and it can be a chore to use styling tools for more than a few minutes. This can be a real asset to me on bad days, or on days when I have an early appointment to keep and haven't got enough time to wash and dry my hair beforehand.
I am not keen on leave in products in general because I am so fond of that freshly washed look and feel of newly cleaned hair, but the beauty of this product is that it leaves no greasy residue at all and there is no build up of the product over several washes either. The product has a fresh scent with is very pleasant but not overpowering and does not linger on the hair either.
I think if you are a fan of GHD straighteners, which I am, then this product is going to appeal because it counteracts the damage that may result from daily use with these high temperatures straighteners rely on to achieve sleek straightened hair. I love the finish it gives as not only is it sleek and straight but shiny too, and I have no frizz even when I go out in humid or windy weather. It imparts moisture and is ideal if you have a special occasion to attend - maybe a wedding during inclement weather when you don't want your hair to look untidy if the wind is blowing.
Most of the time I use cheap products on my hair as I think supermarket shampoos and conditioners are of a high quality and I rarely steer towards high end products unless I can see a noticeable difference. I have used this product in conjunction with some of my high street favourites and it still gives excellent results though not quite as good as those achieved with the 3 step method I mentioned. I think that it is an absolutely fantastic asset for holidays in windy or humid places, and also to help in keeping hair in very good condition when daily shampooing and styling is not possible. It's one of my holy grail "special" products that I highly recommend.
This review will also be published on Ciao under my user name Violet1278.
I regularly bleach and dye my hair blonde, so I am always on the lookout for products that will help me keep it strong and healthy. I decided to try Kerastase as it is claimed to be one of the leading brands in hair care. Ciment Thermique is a heat-activated cream treatment that is supposed to seal the hair cuticles, smooth the hair, and help manage and style it. I used it on towel dried hair, massaging a walnut-sized amount starting from the ends through to the lengths and applying a bit on the roots too. You only need a small amount as if you use more than required the hair can look greasy. After applying the cream I used a blow dryer and styled my hair.
Well, what can I say... My hair is slightly damaged from all the bleaching and dying, but not extremely so. I really expected miracles from this product, hearing all the buzz about Kerastase (hmm.. this rhymes... :) ). Unfortunately, I did not see much of the effects that were claimed. My hair with Ciment had less flyaways compared to "naked" hair with no products in, and the ends were less dry (again, compared to hair with no product). However, I did not experience a wow factor- I can see similar results with cheaper products. Also, I felt that my hair with Ciment was coarser than usual. I suppose this product might work better for those who straighten or curl their hair, as it may hold the style in place, but as I just rough dry mine, I felt the hair was too coarse and felt unnatural. I didn't like the smell either- it felt too chemical. Overall, I guess this product might not work for all, and I think it's possible to achieve similar effect with a cheaper product.
My housemate used to use this when she straightened her rather crispy over-bleached dry hair. One day I asked if I could try it with my heated rollers and since then I have never looked back. I'm on my 3rd bottle and just love it!
I wash my hair and let it dry naturally. Then I smooth some of this product into the lengths and comb through. Once my heated rollers are nice and hot, I put them in and leave them for half an hour.
The Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique (bit of a mouthful!) leaves my hair shiny and smooth and healthier looking.
The texture of the product is really nice and smoothes on easily. The smell is good; quite subtle.
One bottle lasts me ages. You only need a small amount to spread into your palms and apply to your hair.
I've also used this for straightening too and it leaves my hair really silky to the touch.
It comes in a lovely expensive-looking bottle which is in a nice box.
i would definitely recommend this product. It's a tad expensive but well worth it as it lasts ages.
I have tried many heat resistant products over the past few years. I blow-dry and straighten my hair on a regular basis, usually every other day, sometimes more. I cannot stress the importance of using the right product to protect your hair. I learnt the hard way and it took a long time to heal.
I have been using Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique for the past three weeks and I have already noticed an improvement. I use a small, roughly five pence piece, sized blob in the palm of my hand after washing, conditioning and rough towel drying and then spread it through my hair. I then blow-dry and straighten as normal.
This treatment leaves my hair super soft and what is most important is that my hair is strengthening and repairing from the heat damage.
If you were to buy the ultimate heat protection product - this should be it. It is pricey but it is appearing to last a long time and it is 100% worth it.
I was advised to purchase this by a good hairdresser friend who was aghast at the state of my split ends and dry, heat damaged hair.
Ciment Thermique is a Heat activated milk which helps to reconstruct weakened hair. So you are still able to blow dry, straighten and curl your hair to smitherines as this product actually likes the heat and it helps it to work better! Also, the milk actually works to protect the hair for at least 5 shampoos!
So, for around £20 you get yourself 125ml tube.
It is not a milk as such, it is a little bit thicker than that, so you are easily able to control the amount that comes out of the tube. You only need to use a small amount, maybe the size of a 10 pence piece so although initially it may be expensive, its cost effective and as with all salon products, less really is more!
I have been using this for a month now and can honestly say my hair looks and feels in better shape than ever. I can pull my hair back into a ponytail and it feels smooth, strong and somehow thicker, which I can only assume is because it has been strengthened by using this product.
I still use everyday shampoo and conditioner but the effects of this milk really are amazing.
I would not hesitate to recommend this to anybody with weak hair
Kerastase is possibly the most expensive hair stuff you can buy. Even the name sounds posh. I have tried several of their products, while alternating between high street brands. I still feel it is good to mix and match products and change what you use, so the hair does not build up a resistance to a particular shampoo or conditioner.
This ciment, or cement as I prefer to call it, is designed to nourish hair from within, protecting it by sealing in nutrients and improving the density of the hair fibre with its high tech ingredients. It dispenses easily enough from the bottle, not as milky as it claims, it has a slightly thicker consistency then milk, which makes it easy to apply to the hair.
After you wash your hair, give it a light towel dry to remove excess moisture, then divide it into sections, working small amounts of this stuff through from root to tip. It is important not to saturate the scalp in it, as a little goes a long way. It tends to help if you have combed the hair through first, as this will make application easier.
I then followed this procedure with a blow dry. The hair experienced no problems during the blow dry and seemed tamed by the use of this product. The results? Well, I couldn't tell from within the hair shaft obviously, but it did leave it feeling and looking nourished. Hair had a shine to it, did not feel quite as brittle on the ends and was left in radiant condition. A finish with straightening irons completes the look nicely.
My one gripe is the fourteen pound price tag. I know the brand swears by their technology, but there are some hair masques on the market which will allow you to look after your locks at a third of the price. If you can afford this, go for it, but for a casual buyer, it's too expensive to make it a regular purchase.
As someone who has their hair dyed red every two months and uses straighteners and curling tongs very often, it's no real surprise that my hair isn't (or wasn't - as you will soon find out!) in the best condition. Over processed and dry it would very rarely feel or look soft or silky and would regain split ends only a few weeks after it had been cut. I was used to using spray in heat protection products so when, in a routine trip to the salon my stylist applied a thick cream to my hair before blow drying, I was curious to know what it was and even more curious to know how much it cost!
Well it was Kerastase "Resistance Ciment Thermique" and is available from any approved salon for £16.50. For 125ml, it's one of my most expensive hair care items but after reading the box / leaflet inside and talking to my stylist I was sold on it.
Described as a reconstructing milk for weakened hair, it promises to strengthen the hair internally, whilst also protecting the outer surface of it too. To smooth hair from root to tip leaving it firm, supple and energised. It claims to use three different processes to do so -
~ Thermo Activation: Specially developed to use with heat, it increases the effects of the product by sealing the reconstructing active ingredients in the fibres.
~ Vita Ciment: Recreates the intercellular cement, strengthening the hair fibre from the inside.
~ Vita Topseal: Resurfacing active ingredient. Reinforces the natural external protective layer.
(I'm actually studying some haircare as part of my university course but I'd be lying if I said I knew what most of that meant, but my stylist assured me it's all good!)
It is packaged in a tall pale green squeeze tube with a darker green screw on lid. Easy to use, simple and stylish. It has a strong, almost fruity (melon?) scent which I personally really like, which is a change as I am quite sensitive to scents. It has a shelf life of 12 months, though I seem to get through a tube about every 6-7 months anyway.
To apply I take a 50 pence sized blob into my palm and smooth it through the lengths and ends of my hair, avoiding the roots. The inner leaflet actually states that you only have to use this every 4-6 washes or so as it stays in your hair for quite a while, but I use it after every wash as I like to make sure my hair is well protected and luckily it doesn't leave a greasy buildup. After combing it through my hair I blowdry then straighten and it leaves my hair feeling super soft and silky smooth. The scent lingers for a while which is nice too and it doesn't leave that wierd, waxy coating on the hair that some heat protectors seem too :-)
After using this for just over a year I can safely say that it has definately improved both the appearance and texture of my hair. I have less breakages and split ends and my hair doesn't dull so quickly either. My hair has remained healthier and doesn't dry out half as quickly as it would when I wasn't using this so that's a bonus too. I really feel like this product coats the hair with a protective layer, as opposed to just sitting on top of it and steaming a little when you straighten it!
Definately a must have product for me now and I have since incorporated a few more Kerastase products into my hair care routine too and although my wallet doesn't thank me, my hair definately does! :D
While straightening my hair one morning I noticed that pieces of my hair were breaking off into my hands and that it felt dry and in generally bad condition. This was only a few weeks after I had been to the hairdressers - so either I have a hairdresser who managed to miss all these split ends when cuttting my hair or my hair was in such poor condition that the split and brittle ends on my hair were already reappearing. Either way I had a sudden nightmare of myself returning to the hairdressers and being told that to save my hair I would need to have a short-back-and-sides!
I started trawling the internet for a miracle cure for my hair that would stop these split ends receding up through my hair - each website would say the same thing: "stop using your straighteners - leave your hair curly for work". For me this is not an option - my hair does not curl when left, my hair resembles one of the Hair Bear Bunch. I was beginning to lose faith until I stumbled upon this product - 'Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique'.
Kerstase Resistance Ciment Thermique is a leave-in treatment that is heat-activated so it is supposed to work WITH your heat styling equipment to protect your hair. The product description states that it "works by strengthening the hair fibre internally and protecting the surface of the hair, smoothing it from root to tip." So instead of straighteners being the enemy - they now help to condition your hair!
So, always willing to try new things, I ordered it and couldn't wait to try it out. I washed my hair with Tigi's Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey shampoo and conditioner (which is also to help my damaged hair - see my other review) and towel-dried my hair. It tells you to squeeze out a walnut-size amount of product into your hand and apply it first to the ends of your hair where there is the most damage. After this you massage it in and also through the lengths of your hair and leave it - don't rinse it out.
When applying it I noticed that it gave off a strong citrusy smell that although not a bad smell, it was a bit overpowering.
It then tells you that to get the most out of the product you have to dry your hair with a hairdrier and style your hair as you would usually. So I blow-dried my hair and noticed upon doing so how soft and smooth my hair felt and not greasy at all. After then straightening it I was left with zero frizz, my hair seemed stronger and it seemed to obey my every command. It also seemed to give my hair much more body and shine than how it usually hangs limp.
The product instructions also explain how this heat protection lasts between shampoos so you don't have to add any additional heat protection between washes.
The price of Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique is usually around £15 which does at first sight seem a lot of money for a 125ml bottle. What swayed it for me was how much money I wasted on £5 bottle of heat protectors that claim to protect your hair but infact don't do much at all.
I wholly recommend this product to anyone who straightens their hair daily or anyone who suffers with weakened hair - you won't be dissapointed with the results that it gives.
A heat-activated reconstructor milk for weakened hair formulated to strengthen the hair fibre internally and protect the surface of the hair from root to tip /