In terms of grooming, the majority of men have come a long way from a simple clean and are now taking more care in their appearance. However, I think we are (thankfully) still very far from words such as soft, shiny & lustrous in the way we describe our hair care regime. That’s why I’ve made the decision to keep at least my reviews of products precision targeted to men as forthright and to the point as possible. How it goes on, what it does, how it comes out and maybe, if we’re feeling particular piquant, how it smells.

The last point being particularly important to today’s product, the latest offering from Kérastase Homme – Capital Force shampoo with System Taurine – yep, named similarly to the suspiciously energising ingredient that goes into Red Bull. The press release plays on every man’s inner fear – hair loss – and why not? Having just started my battle of the bald spot, I know I’d try nearly anything to promote some hair growth in the thinning region. So below is my experience with the newest member on my shower’s shelf family.

Kerastase Homme Capital Force

The smell
Capital Force has a strong – thought not unpleasant – herbal smell, with a strong hint of ginseng and lemon. Don’t let this alarm you, as you certainly won’t walk away smelling like a potpourri. The smell will quickly fade after you’ve washed it out of your hair leaving just a light scent behind.

Application
I squeezed only a small amount of the shampoo and applied it tentatively to my scalp. I still have a fair bit of hair (as well as a large head) so usually this won’t be enough to cover my entire head in lather. This time, however, my head was soon covered with a froth of citrus-sweet lather without much effort.

The aftermath
After waiting the required 2 – 3 minutes I proceeded to wash the shampoo out of my hair partly because I had to get out of the shower and write up the review but mostly because I was unprepared to walk around with the shampoo in my hair for the rest of the day. My hair was certainly cleaner and when I asked my partner to tell me what she thought about the smell she said it was quite nice, so there is that further recommendation.

Where to get it
If you’re looking to shake up your hair routine, and try something new I’d certainly recommend giving Kérastase Homme Capital Force some thought. You can pick it up from July 1st from selected salons for $30.50.

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