Sunday, 27 January 2013

My New Hair Saviour - if you have damaged hair, you need this in your life

Hi everybody, 

I am deviating from my usual cosmetics based reviews today. I am probably as equally, if not more so sometimes, obsessed with hair and haircare. In a past life, I think I must have been a hairdresser. I have always been willing to spend copious amounts of money and maintaining my barnet- I just believe that hair is the ultimate accessory that you bring with you everywhere you go so it is important to invest. Before I reveal the product and why exactly I love it so much, I feel like I should give you a bit of background on my hair story if you like.

I have naturally very dark brown hair, but I have been getting highlights now for the last 12 (eek yes a whole dozen!) years, which has left my hair fairly battered in fairness. I get highlights and a cut once a month. I also have very thick and wavy hair with a mind of it's own so I subject it to a lot of abuse- hairdryer, GHD etc. I am actually terrible to my hair, but I try to compensate by buying the best products I possibly can to try to maintain some bit of health. 

My favourite haircare brand without a doubt is Kerastase. From their shampoos, conditioners, leave in conditioners, treatments, styling and finishing products, I think they are amazing, and well worth the price. I don't use any supermarket/chemist/drugstore shampoos on a regular basis, simply because I have never really found one that suits my hair and works well. The nearest drugstore equivalent of Kerastase that I have found is the L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect range (red packaging). I hate Herbal Essences, Fructis, Tres Semme, Timotei, Pantene- pretty much everything you can find on a supermarket shelf. They leave my hair too soft, if that makes sense, and so much more susceptible to breakage when I straighten it or get my highlights done. I love a bargain and a dupe as much as anybody else, but nothing has come anywhere near the high expectations and requirements that I have of haircare products.

So aside from a good shampoo and conditioner (FYI I alternate between the green, orange and pink Kerastase ranges), I need an extra special treatment before blowdrying to make sure my hair doesn't snap off. I have tried many, but few have inspired me the way this latest one has. 


Kerastase Fibre Architecte

Part of the green 'Strengthening' range, this is a relatively new addition to the family, the renovating dual serum is targeted for very damaged hair and split ends. It is a leave in serum, and I use this either on wet hair before I blow dry, or on the very ends of my hair when I have finished straightening or styling it. My hairdresser recommended this as an alternative to the Elixir Ultime which I am also a big fan of, and I trust her judgment and she knows my unruly hair, so I took her advice on board and I am so glad I did!

 The serum itself is quite lightweight and not greasy. As you can probably make out from the pump and packaging, it is a dual serum, with a light green and a transparent serum coming out of the pump when you press it. I do not know why they are separate, or what each colour does to your hair, but it works a treat. 

When I apply this on my wet hair after coming it out with a Tangle Teezer, it markedly leaves my hair feeling alot stronger, almost like tugging on a rope. When I blowdry my hair, instead of being the usual ball of fuzz that I am, my hair is noticeably sleeker, and I notice less breakage. My hair straightens easily, and the ends stay straighter for longer (I have flickers that tend to get a life of their own!). This does not make my hair greasy. Alot of serums that I have tried have actually left the ends of my hair so greasy looking that it almost looks a different colour to my roots, but not this baby!

I've been using it for three weeks now and it has done amazing things for my hair, it feels stronger, it's breaking less (I especially notice this when I straighten my hair or when I wear a black jumper- no shedding for me these days!

If you have dry, overprocessed, weak hair, I cannot recommend this enough. I will definitely keep repurchasing this even though it is not cheap at €35 for a bottle, but when you consider how concentrated Kerastase products are, coupled with how long a bottle actually lasts, the cost per use is very reasonable. I still love my Kerastase Chroma Thermique and Elixir Ultime, but this is a keeper in my eyes, and has made me feel a bit better for being so mean to my hair!

Would love to know how you get on with this if you try it.

Thanks for reading xx



  1. Oh one day when I am rich I will try Kerastase....until then it's l'oreal for me....

  2. My hair is in pretty good nick, but I've been using this recently too and I'm really enjoying it! :)

  3. I think I need this in my life. I bleached my dark brown hair a few months ago to dye over it with a vivid red, and my hair has just been getting more and more brittle since, despite using loads of masks, Moroccan oil etc. *adds to wishlist*

  4. Oh keratase how I love you.



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