Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Esters, Trideceth-5, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Caprylyl Glycol, Trideceth-10, Trideceth-6, Benzoic Acid, Glyceryl Linoleate, Boron Nitride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Linalool, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydroxycitronellal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Coumarin, Xylose, Safflower Glucoside, Glyceryl Linelenate, Parfum, C39415/1
Consistency/ease of application: This product is an off white water based conditioner with a pearlised look. It’s very creamy, when I applied it to my hair it was instantly absorbed with very little residue remaining. In fact when I went to wash my hands after using it there didn’t seem to be anything on my hands, it’s that absorbent. I had to be careful as I kept applying more thinking I needed to as I couldn’t see it on my hair.
Protein vs Moisture: This is very much a moisturising conditioner with very little protein. It only uses one protein which is Hydrolysed Wheat Protein.
Softness factor: Ridiculous, that’s all I can say. When I first washed the product out, I noticed that detangling was very easy but my hair didn’t feel especially soft in its wet state. It wasn’t until I started applying heat that the softness began to show. After I blow dried and used the flat iron my hair felt so soft it was like I hadn’t used any heat at all. Usually after straightening, my hair feels a little dried out and rough. My edges were so soft they laid down flat all by themselves and looked like they’d been freshly relaxed. I got MoHair to touch my hair the day after a wash and even she was stunned! The heat activated claims of this product are certainly on point.
Slip factor: The slip in this product is very subtle. It’s not gooey and slippery like ORS Replenishing Conditioner but when it was time to detangle I stood under the running water as I usually do and watched my wide tooth comb glide through my hair from root to tip. No breakage, no snags and no knots.
Longevity: Now here is where this product becomes a keeper for me, the softness lasted, and lasted and lasted. 4 days later I was still wearing my hair down with swang, no buildup and incredible softness. I kept running my fingers through my hair in disbelief at the softness and pliability of it. The second time I used this product the results lasted a full 7 days. The other thing I noticed is that my roots straightened out a lot easier after using this product and there was a reduction in reversion of my roots in between washes.
Scalp Factor: no problems whatsoever. My scalp was as it usually is and I already use the SG Serum to help deal with my SD.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Quaternium 87, Stearyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifolia Wax), Polysorbate 20, Methylparaben, Trideceth 6, 2 Oleamido 1, 3 Octadecanediol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat protein, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methypropional, Cetrimonium Chloride, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Linalool, Hexylcinnamal, Citronellol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3 Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Perfume
Consistency/ease of application: It has a lotion like consistency which is very light and when I first saw it I think I laughed in disbelief.
Protein vs Moisture: A bit of protein but it has more ceramides. It’s mainly water, silicone oils, and other conditioning ingredients.
Softness factor: I’ve tried this product on hair conditioned with and without the Nutri Thermique Masque and the results were the same…incredible softness with no residue or greasiness. I’ve applied it to my hair quickly in one great big bulk and I’ve applied it to small sections taking my time and both methods work. It immediately hydrates and peps up dry irritable hair and I can literally hear my hair go “ahhh” upon contact with it. I say irritable because that’s how my hair usually feels at the end of each day, the ends begin to snag and feel rough. Sublimateur acts like a hot steamy bath to ease the stresses of the day and is a wonderful compliment to the Nutri-Thermique Masque in maintaining softness.
Grease Factor: I think because the product is based on silicone oils and water, it gives hydration and protection against the elements without the heavy feeling you can get with natural oils. It’s a very light shot of moisture and oil that takes longer to build-up which makes it perfect for daily use.
Longevity: I got to 7 days and only washed my hair because I fancied using the Nutri Thermique Masque again, not because I really needed to. My hair was still super soft, moisturised and happy.
I am officially a Kerastase convert. I’m now eyeing up all the other products of which there are many and plotting who I’m going to sell to make enough money to buy them….run hubby run!!
I do feel like I need to add a small caveat. I got great results from these products because they meet my very specific hair needs. They are geared towards very dry and stressed hair that’s subject to a lot of heat styling. Because I’m using a lot of heat at the moment and I’m transitioning, my hair classifies as very dry and stressed. If you protective style most of the time and use very little heat then these might not be the best products for you. I find that a lot of the time when a product doesn’t work well for people, it’s often because it’s not appropriate either for their hair type or needs. So before you rush out and lay down a load of cash on Kerastase then say Tola told you to do it, do your research. The Kerastase website is very useful and helps you identify the right products for your hair. You may even find that actually it isn’t right for you in which case you’ll save some money which you can spend on something that is!