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After my last visit to my local salon, my hairdresser had noted that my hair was well hydrated but had become finer and would break more easily due to the highlights I have put in over the years. She suggested that I try 'the bottles with the dark green lids' from the kerastase range which she helpfully informed was available to buy at another hairdresser just a short walk away.
My hair can be a nightmare at times, it has a mind of its own so any product that can restore it to its pre-glory days and mean manageable styling is worth a punt.
So after much hunting around and researching on the net I decide to go for 'the safe bet' of the Kerastase Reinforce Hair Pack from feelunique.com, as 'the one with the dark green lid' wasn't specific enough as there are a good few products in the bain de force/bain de resistance range. I initially bought this pack as it had the Masque Age Recharge in there which retails around £20.00 on its own, also came with bain de force shampoo and two trial sizes of bain biotic recharge and ciment anti usure.
Now after using the masque which left my hair feeling really greasy and heavy unless i shampooed after use, I decided to give the ciment anti u-sure a whirl, why not - its free. Now this product smelt good, left it on 10 minutes whilst I moisturised, washed it out and my hair already felt noticeably silky. I had to smile... you know at this point whether its going to be a good hair day or not. After washing it out i ran a comb through and it was tangle free, which was never the case with my old brand. I promptly wrapped my hair in a towel and put the kettle on.
30 minutes later and I have blowdried and straightened my hair with ease, and am quite impressed with the results. My hair was tangle free whilst drying saving me alot of time, was silky to the touch and had an amazing shine to it, since using it I find my hair doesn't seem to shed as much or break as easily. I am very glad that the trial product was in there now as the original product I had bought was to heavy for my fine hair, I managed to make it last for two conditioning treatments too.
Since buying this pack I have invested in a full sized bottle, you can pick them up online for around £12.00 on feelunique.com or lookfantastic.co.uk, worth keeping an eye out and stocking up when an offer is on. I was up in arms that this costs three times the price of a store brand conditioner, however the results have outweighed the issue of the price. If I do my hair in the morning and I have a good hair day I tend to feel on top of the world the rest of the day, so for me I will continue to use and shop around for deals.
This comes highly recommended if you have fine hair or if you have problems with split ends and hair breaking easily.
Kerastase Ciment Anti U-Sure.
This set me back £13 for 200mls after spotting a web offer on wantthelook.com, the last of the big spenders, this was a result of a splurge on hair care after my birthday (I made a new years resolution for no more cosmetics, so far I have not done too badly but my hair care spending has sky-rocketed!). Normally this would cost around £17.50 in salons for 200mls. I paid less then this as I bought it on offer at lookfantastic for around £12. Still amazingly high. Am I mad? Yup! (It was my birthday...!) Am I happy with my purchase? Very!
I used this with other Kerastase products after choosing the best of what I could to support my coloured hair after reading reviews on other sites (makeupalley) it seemed overwhelmingly that this conditioner was better to use for my hair then Kerastases' own Chrome Riche (conditioner for coloured hair). Although this does say on the Kerastase site that it's well suited for my hair type. (Coloured and damaged). It's designed to reinforce and refinish damaged ends and lengths of your hair.
The conditioner comes in a squeezy matte, pale blue/green cone type tube with a dark green lid. It smells really nice, mild and slightly fruity/sweet with no overwhelming harsh chemical scent. Its odd, to me, it smelt 'blue'. Like when your at school and you drink a blue drink that tastes, well, blue. Not sure how else I would describe it- I liked the smell anyway!
It is a pale blue/green very runny conditioner- not milk like, but more like double cream then thick cream. It could have done with some thickening up as it's hard to gauge how much you're using whilst putting the cap back on the bottle- annoying if you're like me and have to put things away as you use them, not afterwards.
I have to say I noticed this straight away in the shower- as soon as I began to wash it out it was like my hair felt transformed- sleeker and much smoother and silkier. It almost felt a shame to rinse it out! But it does rinse out easily. Just for namesake, I did leave it in for about 60 seconds, it does recommend this. I tend to do with all conditioners, anyway just long enough to either apply shower gel or shave if you get bored).
After using it, I blow dried my hair. No visual difference aside from the colour staying put it was still frizzy- slightly less then when using Goldwell and John Frieda Serum, but nothing to write home about. I did notice it was soft to touch, felt easy to brush and felt strong against the yanking of my hair brush.
I will score this 4 out of 5. I wasn't sure if I should give it a 3 or a 4 as it's a good product, it does a good job of conditioning my hair, leaving it feeling really soft, smooth and strong. It could have done more- it could have helped with the frizz I get when blow drying and it could have been thicker and easier to apply, I would have also preferred a clip shut lid instead of a wind cap lid, and it is very expensive. I would think this would last me around 2 months, so average for me. That's about 40p a wash (4 times a week for 8 weeks). Its something I would buy again if I do come into money again (so my birthday next year then...) and had it been on the shelves in Boots at the same price as other hair care products I'd have snapped it up in no time as its much better then other products I've used, but its not a genius product. It's just very good. 3/ 4 out of 5.
Helps build weakened hair /