I have thick, coarse, color-treated hair that was more dried out from a summer spent at the beach than I realized. I wear a hat at the beach as often as I can, but I get too hot wearing a hat when I’m outside jogging or gardening. So in spite of trying to do the right thing, my hair does get exposed to the sun. When I went for my last haircut three weeks ago, my colorist noticed how dry my ends were. Actually, they felt like straw. They were “crispy”! I had my stylist cut off a good two inches or more.
Fortunately, I received a haircare duo from Kerastase via Influenster to test out for an honest review. Kerastase is the brand that Vidal Sassoon Salon, the hair salon I’ve been going to for 20 years (yikes!), uses most often. I trust their judgment, and I often use products from the Kerastase line.
Keraste has recently introduced a new haircare line for very damaged, over-processed hair, Kerastase Resistance Therapiste. Between being color-treated and dried out by the sun, my hair fits into that category. I was sent two of the products in the new line:
The products in this line are enriched with FIBRE-KAP, a complex that mimics the keratin associated proteins that bind keratin in healthy hair that are missing from damaged hair. In addition, the products contain RESURRECTION SAP, an extract from a plant that can come back to life after 10 years near death. Wow, now that’s pretty amazing!
What’s also different about this duo is the way that you use them: the Treatment product which is really a “reverse care” super-conditioner goes on first and the shampoo second – just the opposite of the way we usually wash and condition. Hmmm. I guess that makes sense. I sometimes apply argan oil or Indian oil to my hair for a half hour or so before shampooing to protect and treat my hair, so this is very similar. The researchers at Kerastase found that treating the hair first protects it from getting dried out during shampooing.
I tried the duo. I used the Treatment first, left it on for a couple of minutes, shampooed next, and I put on one of my conditioners. My hair definitely was much softer. However, applying the final conditioner was a no-no. By the second day, my hair really needed to be washed again – too much conditioner. The point is to use the Soin Premier, then the Bain Therapiste shampoo, rinse and done! Got it!
Soin Premier Therapiste is a thick white conditioning product with a light fresh scent. The Bain Therapist shampoo is also very thick, white, fresh scented, and makes a ton, I repeat, a TON of suds. So use the shampoo sparingly! Also, make sure you grab the right one. The Soin Premier has the matte finish, and the Bain is shiny. I grabbed the shiny one by mistake but didn’t notice till it was too late, lol.
I like this new duo very much. My only issue is that I will definitely use up the Treatment product way before I need more shampoo, but I guess I can buy it separately.
Here’s how my hair looked. It felt great! I was pleased 🙂 And it’s done a great job keeping my hair feeling soft and silky since. Thanks Keraste and Infuenster!
Check out the Kerastase Therapiste website for more information and to find out about the other two products in the Therapiste line: hair serum and mask.
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