Between cleaning, conditioning and deep hair treatments, you wouldn’t think there was much room in the routine for much else. But the hair product market has increasingly grown fond of oil products that treat, condition, and style all at once. While Argan oils are one of the most well known, Kérastase’s Elixir Ultime range turns out to be both delightfully scented and easy to use. We tested out two products: Kérastase Elixir Ultime with Immortal Moringa Extract and Kérastase Elixir Ultime with Imperial Tea Extract. Read the review after the break.
Kérastase Elixir Ultime with Immortal Moringa Extract
This is a beautifying oil for damaged hair, made with Immortal Moringa extracts.
Scent: One of the first things you’ll notice about it is the scent: it’s woody and oriental, blended with a refreshing sharp note of citrus. Unlike scents in shampoos and regular conditioners, which often get washed out, the scent of this oil lingers in the right way.
Application: you can apply the oil to either wet or dry hair. Run a small amount of oil through the hair with your hands. Only one or two pumps of oil are needed which is a big advantage – it means one bottle goes a long way.
Results: the Elixir Ultime with Immortal Moringa Extract leaves hair smooth to the touch, brushes through easily and doesn’t leave any sticky or gluggy residue. Hair after use is light and manageable, and does feel well conditioned – so for someone with damaged or dry hair this is particularly useful as an addition to your usual hair routine.
Kérastase Elixir Ultime with Imperial Tea Extract
A beautifying oil for coloured hair, enriched with the Oléo-Complexe and Imperial Tea extract.
Scent: As with the Immortal Moringa oil, this one has a beautiful scent which makes the whole ritual of applying it so much more worthwhile. The scent of this oil is floral and fruity as opposed to the more woody Immortal Moringa.
Application: can be applied to either wet or dry hair, and again only one or two pumps of oil are needed. You can also use the oil pre-blow drying to protect colour-treated hair from further damage and to keep it smooth in the process.
Results: Elixir Ultime with Imperial Tea Extract leaves the hair feeling smooth and soft without it feeling heavy. Both of these oils are lightweight, protective and nourishing for damaged hair, but if your hair is particularly colour-damaged then best to opt for the specifically formulated Imperial Tea version.
More information: kerastase.com.