If you have long hair, chances are you need to pay special attention so the ends won’t look dry. If you have long and chemically-treated hair like mine, then you definitely need a big gun or two to keep those locks healthy and soft. Lucky for us, there are several new products on the market that can help. Meet Kérastase Iris Royal Immersion Nutritive, Vichy Dercos Instant Filler, Kérastase Iris Royal Masquintense, and L’Occitane Repairing Oil!
Many of you know that I use Caudalie Divine Oil in my hair overnight as a pre-shampoo treatment, and I have gone through several bottles. However, what if I want to go for a jog/swim before I shampoo my hair? I don’t always have all night for my pre-shampoo treatment!
The new Kérastase Iris Royal Immersion Nutritive (RRP in Belgium: 38,50 euros) is a pre-shampoo treatment for extremely dry hair. All you have to do is apply this to dry hair and wait 10 minutes (longer if you have the time, but I haven’t really noticed much of a difference with the amount of time I leave this in my hair). It smells soapy and faintly flowery, and the texture is very emollient. My hair is mostly detangled afterwards.
You should shampoo twice to make sure Immersion Nutritive has been properly rinsed off (which I always do in any case). It doesn’t weigh my hair down, and all in all, it is a pre-shampoo treatment that does a good job!
Here is the ingredient list if you are interested:
It is most paraffin and silicone, but it has worked well for me so far so I won’t complain!
We all know the importance of a good conditioner/mask, but a pre-treatment is pretty new to me! Vichy Dercos Instant Filler (RRP in Belgium: 15,95 euros) is a clear liquid with the texture between a thick serum and a gel. It has a synthetic scent that I can’t pinpoint, but it is not unpleasant.
After you shampoo your hair, pump some of this out and run it through your hair. It instantly detangles the hair! Instantly and completely! Do note that this is a pre-treatment instead of something that is made to function on its own, so it is an extra step in the hair care routine. However, for the price and how well it works, I will definitely repurchase!
Here is the ingredient list:
I went through tubs and tubs of Kérastase Iris Royal Masquintense (38,50 euros) in the past, and it is a reliable hair mask for me. You only need a tiny little for it to work, so it is good value for money. There is a version for thin hair and another for thick hair. You have to choose accordingly, otherwise it will probably weigh your hair down! The new version doesn’t seem that different at all. It still has the same soapy smell, and it still keeps my hair smooth, shiny, and soft. I alternate this with Kérastase Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil Masque (I like it so much that I repurchased), which is lighter. My hair stays soft and manageable for up to 3 days afterwards, and then it’s about time to shampoo again. It is a staple I would happily recommend to anyone who has thick and very very dry hair. However, it is the richest hair mask I have tried, so treat it as a last resort! If your hair is not drastically dry and unmanageable, chances are you can find something lighter that works!
Last but not least, what if you need a little extra help in between? L’Occitane recently included Repairing Oil in their hair care line for dry and damaged hair.
Like other products in the line, L’Occitane Repairing Oil (20 euros) has a essential oil type of smell. It contains a blend of 5 essential oils including ylang-ylang, sweet orange, lavender, geranium, and angelica. It can be used in three ways; as a pre-shampoo treatment, leave-in conditioner, or to tame dry and frizzy hair between washes.
A quick look at the ingredient list shows that the product is silicone-based. My experience with this type of “oils” tells me it works the best between washes for my hair. It coats the ends of the hair and makes it glossy and soft for another day. I can’t say it is too different from the better dry oils for hair I have tried before, but it is a decent one.
Have you seen anything interesting here? If you have dry and damaged hair, what are the secret weapons in your arsenal?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx