That's why when Kerastase contacted me about trying out their new Cristalliste haircare line, it felt like a dream come true. I'm a longtime fan of their products and have over the years used products from the pink, green and orange lines and have loved each and every one of them.
I've said this before, but I truly believe that Kerastase is one of the few haircare lines where they products consistently meet or exceed my expectations. They do what they say they'll do and they are extremely targeted by hairtype for optimal results.
When Keratase told me their latest line was created especially for women with long hair, I was hopeful that they would be products that would help with my damaged lengths and ends, dryness, breakage, and so on. Here's what Kerastase says about their new Cristalliste line:
Cristalliste contains a perfect proportion of care and cleansing agents to treat and embellish the hair, making it radiant from the roots to the ends. Cristalliste solves all the problems of long hair leaving hair purified at the root level while leaving ends moisturized, smoothed and polished:
· New generation of high foaming cleansers
· Hair is perfectly clean
· Roots are left pure and weightless
· Evenness of the hair fiber’s cuticle is restored
· Eco-friendly conditioning care agents
· Lengths and ends are smooth and polished
· A concentrated dose of amino-acids and vitamins
· Features Aloe Vera: a powerful natural moisturizer
· Enhances natural hair glow and shimmer
I have been using the line for more than a month now and I'm extremely happy with the products. Here's a breakdown of what I think about each product:
Cristalliste Shampoo- (Bain Cristal Fine or Bain Cristal Thick)
This shampoo is silicone, paraben and colorant free and safe for color-treated hair. It is clear and smells really nice, which is always a bonus. I feel that this shampoo cleanses well but doesn't strip the hair which is important for someone like me who struggles with dryness from coloring and styling. I also love that even though it helps smooth the hair, it doesn't weigh it down whatsoever. This shampoo really cleanses the roots and nourishes my ends, but I'm still going the same amount of time between washes as I was with any other shampoo I was using, which is wonderful.
Cristallliste Conditioner: (Lait Cristal Conditioner for Long Hair)
You know how your hair can get that "slip" feeling when you rinse out conditioner? This one definitely delivers in that department. It is also silicone, paraben and colorant free as well as safe for color-treated hair. I expected the formula to be richer or creamier for some reason, but it has a more mikly consistency. This consistency, however, has not prevented it from delivering moisture to my ends and making my hair feel softer and smoother----it's supposed to leave your hair free-flowing and give it weightless shine and it really delivers.
Cristialliste Lumiere Liquide: (Luminous Perfecting Essence For Dry Lengths or Ends)
This is the standout product to me from the line. First off, it smells amazing. It kind of reminds me of waterlillies. Very feminine and pretty. Even the bottle is pretty and it has landed itself a permanent space on my glass tray from West Elm because it's too pretty to hide in my drawer. I apply two pumps of this to clean, wet, brushed-out hair. I apply it from the nape of the neck, downward, focusing most on my ends. This serum helps me achieve a soft, smooth blowout. What surprises me most is that you cannot at all tell you've used a serum in your hair because it doesn't add any weight and there is no "residue" feeling that you sometimes feel with other products. For some reason, you just don't get that "serum" feeling on your hair...but you get all the benefits of one, especially with how much smoother and easier hair is to style.
Kerastase Fibre Architecte:
This product was not sent to me, I purchased it from the Kerastase website, but I wanted to mention it because it is now a part of my blowout routine. I use the Fibre Architecte on hair that is 80% dry. I apply one or two pumps from the nape of my neck, down, again focusing on the ends of my hair. Then I blow out my nearly-dry hair in sections with a roundbrush and set in velcro rollers. This products helps to smooth and "seal" split ends and damage and also helps protect the cuticle of the hair from heat---it is a heat activated product so results are best when you apply heat to your hair immediately after using it. I have also used this prior to curling my hair.
Kerastase Elixir Ultime:
This is not part of the Cristalliste line, but it's one of the products I have come to really appreciate because it has a multitude of uses. I am using this once a week at night (on a night before I wash my hair the next morning) as a moisturizing oil treatment for my dry hair. I can always feel a difference when I wash my hair after I've used it. The smell is still something I'm getting used to as it's a bit stronger than the other products in the line, but it's not an unappealing scent either. I also use this oil (just a teeny, tiny pump) on third or fourth day hair. By this time, I've styled and re-styled my hair a few times with heat so my hair can start to look dry and lose it's shine from using dry shampoo and hairspray. Applying just a tiny bit of this oil revives my hair a bit and restores shine and gloss to my hair so that it can last me another day before I need to wash it. Less is more with this product, unless you are using it as a treatment. I still plan to try it on wet hair before a blowout as I've heard that's a very popular application technique for this product.
Since I've shared one of my best-kept secrets for healthy hair---to enter this contest, I want you to tell me, in the comments below YOUR Best Kept Secret for Healthy Hair.
1. Leave me a comment on THIS post about your best kept secret for healthy hair
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3. Update: My sincerest apologies, but I have just learned that Kerastase cannot ship the Limiere Liquide internationally as it is considered "hazardous"---not the product itself but the glass bottle and that it's a liquid). The contest can now only be open to contiental US residents. I am very sorry to anyone who may have entered who lives outside of the US and I thank you for being a dedicated reader of my blog.
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FTC Disclaimer: I was sent the above products from Keratase, except for the Fibre Architect, which was purchased with my own money. These are my honest opinions about a brand whose products I have personally used and purchased for a long time. I am not being compensated for this review and/or giveaway.