Category Archives: Kerastase

Shiny Happy Hair: the How-to Guide

In the ongoing saga that is my hair (I’m truly happy with it at the moment), I have reached another major breakthrough. For as long as I can remember, I blow-dried my hair every day. Then I discovered that weaning it off of sulfates and only washing every few days meant I didn’t have to blow dry as often. And, now, I think I’ve weaned myself off of the blow dryer (save for the occasional Blowtique blowouts, of course!)

I get my hair trimmed very infrequently — to the horror of hair stylists everywhere. But, I find that with the right products and treatments, my hair does not damage easily. I tested my theory during my visit to Blowtique. I asked Rhona, “How long do you think it has been since my last trim?” It’s been about five months, so I was actually nervous to hear her opinion but to my surprise she said in her adorable Irish accent, “I’d say about four weeks.” She pretended not to hear me when I revealed the truth.

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A Few of Our Favorite Things…for the Mamas

If there’s one person I love to pamper, it’s my mom. I love making her feel special and beautiful. I only hope that one day, I have children that share this same philosophy. And I’ll have hopefully trained them all to be beauty lovers, too. An army of product girls and boys is what I’m aiming for. If you’re looking for some ideas to spoil your mama this holiday season, here are our picks!

  1. Bobbi Brown Party Collection Mini Brush Set – Moms love Bobbi Brown. I mean, who doesn’t, really? Even for the non-makeup maven mama, Bobbi Brown is known as a trusted beauty advisor. This brush set, featuring one of my most-used brushes, the Mini Face Blender, also comes with a gunmetal carrying clutch. $60, BobbiBrown.com
  2. Kate Somerville Refinery29 Winter Essentials Kit – If there is one thing a mom will appreciate it, it’s quality skin care. Plus, this set contains an anti-aging powerhouse (Kate’s Clinic-to-Go pads) without the words “anti-aging” blasted over it. Perhaps desired, but not always what you want to overtly gift mom. Through December 24, purchase for $69 at Refinery29 Reserve. (Oh, and we’re giving away a kit — enter here by Friday, Dec. 16!)
  3. Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Palette – The soft and feminine shades in this eyeshadow palette have mom written all over it. It’s sophisticated and sexy, and even comes with a double-sided brush. $48, Nordstrom
  4. Kérastase Elixir Ultime – Chances are, your mom color treats her hair. To help minimize heat and styling damage, a hair oil is a necessary luxury. Emphasis on the luxury.  What’s more pampering than Elixir Ultime, with a blend of four oils that work on all hair types? $54, Birchbox.com
  5. Fresh Mini Sugar Kissing Trio – Why get one, when you can get three? Fresh packed its three newest Sugar Balms – Sugar Plum, Sugar Honey and Sugar Passion – into a made-for-gifting (and hoarding) set. My mom loves these (like mother, like daughter), but I know she’s not likely to splurge on lip balm on her own. I picked this set up for my mother-in-law, and am anticipating she’ll be hooked, too. $28, Sephora
  6. Decleor Nourshing Treasure Trove Set – This set is so beautifully packaged, and contains just what mom needs to feel pampered and hydrated. The trove includes Nutridivine Soft Cream, Aromessence Angelique, Aroma Solutions Lip Balm and Aroma Night Angelique Night Balm. $77, DecleorUSA.com

New! Kérastase Age Premium Line

Kérastase is rolling out a new hair care line this week called Age Premium, designed to infuse new life into mature hair. Age Premium incorporates three new technologies that will nourish the hair and replenish it with essential minerals and protective agents and even treats the scalp.

If you at all suffer from thin-hair syndrome or just abuse from years of color treatments and heat damage this could be worth a try. One of the Age Premium technologies is a molecule called intra cylane and actually expands the fibers of your hairs.

The Age Premium line includes:

  • Bain Substantif, Rejuvenating Shampoo ($34)
  • Masque Substantif, Rejuvenating Masque ($60)
  • Laque Substantive, Strong Hold Finishing Spray
  • Re-Substance, In-salon renewal conditioning treatment (service price: $35)

I have not tried this line, but Kérastase is the real deal when it comes to hair care. I actually think my hair is probably too healthy for this product but can see my mom loving it. What about you? Any thoughts on this product? If anything, I think we’re going to start noticing a lot of innovation with hair products in the coming years. I think it’s not just enough to clean your hair but companies are helping us make our locks healthier and stronger!

It's All About the Hair: Pt. 1

kerastase shampoo While I was getting my hair cut last week at Gene Juarez, my stylist used the most amazing products on my hair. She used Kerastase Bain Satin Shampoo and Kerastase Lait Vital Conditioner. The whole time she was cutting and styling my hair, all I could smell was that wonderful smell from the products. It smelled like Chanel N°5 so I asked her if I was right, and I was. Apparently Kerastase was inspired by the perfume when creating their products. I thought that was really cool but the price tag was not. At $30 each bottle, I think I’ll just stick smelling the products when I get my hair cut. It would make a great present for my mom though, she loves that smell… I’ll have to keep it in mind.