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7 months ago 1 comment

Micellar shampoo explained

Kérastase have created their most gentle cleanse to date, the Aura Botanica Micellar Shampoo, a micellar shampoo that cleanses the hair and scalp without stripping or drying.

How to combat very dry hair in winter

4 days ago No comments

As temperatures go down, central heating goes up, stripping all the moisture out of your hair and leaving you with parched, dry locks that lack shine and vitality – sounds more like hay than silk, right? And as if that weren’t enough, other harsh factors such as icy winter winds and wearing a wooly hat can really finish off the job. So what can you do? Hydrate, protect and hydrate some more!

Repair and nourish

Specifically formulated for very dry hair, our Bain Magistral shampoo contains key active ingredients that provide an intensely nourishing action and target the symptoms of dehydration. For an added touch of luxury, massage the product into your scalp and rinse with cold water to boost circulation.

After shampooing, take the repairing action one step further with the Fondant Magistral conditioner. One of our most nourishing complexes, it helps restores the hair fibre’s balance. Nourished from root to tip, your hair is supple and easier to detangle.

And for those really desperate S.O.S cases, say hello to your new secret weapon – Masque Magistral. Massaged into your lengths and left to work its magic for 5 minutes, this rich mask is capable of reviving even the most severely dried-out hair. Your hair is left feeling soft to the touch and supple with a radiant shine.

Ultimate in-salon care for dry hair

To ensure your locks stay glossy and looking healthy, visit your nearest Kérastase salon to indulge in the Nutritive Protocol Immunité in-salon ritual in addition to your at-home care. Tailored to your hair’s level of dryness following your stylist’s diagnosis, this bespoke treatment will keep your hair looking its best throughout the winter!

​My Kérastase Results by Eva McMahon

9 days ago No comments

Most women dream about having great hair, straight teeth, flawless skin and a toned, healthy body, and I am no different! I feel very lucky that I was born with thick hair that has a natural curl. Lots of people say things to me like “Lucky you, you do not have to curl your hair”, or “Your hair is so thick, you’ll never have to worry about thinning hair”. Well yes that may be true, but what they don’t know, is about the issues I have experienced.

Scalp issues can be brought on by many things, including lifestyle changes like stress, change of environment, or changes in your diet. Unfortunately, scalp issues may appear all of a sudden and when you least expect it. Some people do not like to talk openly about scalp issues however, I feel it is the same as talking about your body issues, acne or any other troubles women and men may experience. None of us are perfect and I am pretty confident that even super models find that one thing that may bother them. It is all about finding solutions for our problems.

As the specialists would say, I think it is super important to always start with the basics. If you want to lose weight, you change your diet and workout and it affects overall health. I recently learnt it is the same with your hair. If your scalp is healthy, you hair can look and feel better.

I have always been proud of my hair but I would get embarrassed of my sensitive scalp. I had two parts around the hairline that were so sensitive and dry that it effected the look of my skin around my hairline. So I decided to take control and seek the help of the professionals!

If you read my two previous posts, you will see I recently experienced the Kérastase Specifique scalp and hair treatment at the Richard Ward salon and have been using my recommended at home haircare routine ever since.

Since I experienced the in salon treatment and have been using the at home routine, I have seen visible, positive changes on my scalp. The dry patches I used to be embarrassed about appear to have gone, my scalp feels soothed, and I have had no signs of dryness.

Whilst I hoped and thought that these products would help my scalp, I was happy to see how it also affected my hair. Before going into this process, I didn’t realise how strong the connection was between a healthy scalp and healthy looking hair. But now I have seen the results for myself, I am a firm believer in this! My hair definitely feels more healthy to touch, it is easier to work with when drying my hair or styling it, and it has more shine.

In addition to the 3 step routine the other Kérastase product I cannot live without the Elixir Ultime Oil. This oil leaves my hair shiny, soft and really use to work with, it’s a great prep product for pre styling.

Whilst I am very happy with the results that I have seen since I made these changes to my routine, I firmly believe that the hair needs continuous care. I know that I will have to maintain my new routine if I want to see long term changes and keep up the good health of my hair and scalp, as you would with diet and exercise!

That being said, these changes have definitely helped to boost my confidence. I’ve been getting lots of compliments on my hair from friends and family, and also from my followers on my blog and social media. The fact that people around me have noticed positive changes in my hair is the best proof I can get that my new routine is working!

Eva McMahon x

Valentine’s Day: Our top product picks for quick and easy Date Night hair styling

12 days ago No comments

Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or a lovable cynic, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, one thing is sure – there’s no better excuse to dress your hair up to the nines! And even if you’re strapped for time, we’ve got just the thing to take you straight from the office to the restaurant in the time it takes to say, “I love you”. One date night hairstyle, coming right up.

Reshapable style, on the fly

Specially formulated to set your hair without that tell-tale 80s stiffness, our Laque Couture hairspray delivers big when it comes to long lasting fixation with a vibrant and radiant finish. Designed to give you soft and supple hold, go from a boardroom-ready chignon to soft loose waves with a simple shake of the head – no need to wash. Simply spray 10-15 cm from your finished style as a final touch. And as if that weren’t enough, it also provides anti-frizz, anti-humidity action to boot. So even if you get a little hot and flustered from running late, your date will never know. Your secret’s safe with us!

Prep now, style later

If your hair is naturally on the thicker unruly side and you have a little time to spare before the mane event, opt for L’incroyable Blowdry Creme. Its innovative formula makes locks easier to style and re-style thanks to its long lasting shape memory, which is especially handy if you can’t decide which look to go for. Providing optimal anti-frizz action and thermo-protection, your hair is shielded from temperatures up to 230°C, giving your finished style an irresistibly natural feel – perfect for running fingers through if you ask us. Date night never looked so good!

​Hair breakage: the causes and the solutions

15 days ago No comments

Let’s be honest, there’s nothing to love about brittle hair and split ends. But what causes it and how can you get rid of it? First in line amongst the usual suspects, is lack of moisture. Dehydrated hair is far more prone to breakage, so optimal hydration is key.

The next major culprit is too much heat styling. While it can give you amazing results, it’s no secret that continuous heat styling damages and weakens your hair over time, making it an ideal candidate for breakage. Try cutting down and when you do use a hot tool, be sure to protect your hair and prevent split ends with a targeted treatment such as the Sérum Thérapiste. Its breakthrough technology that combines FIBRA-KAP ™ and Sève de Résurrection protects the fibre from heat and seals ends for a sleek, polished finish.


Do some damage control with this 3-step ritual

We recommend starting with a conditioner before your shampoo for this hair care regime to help prevent further breakage while washing. Target breakage with a rich conditioner like the Soin Premier from our Thérapiste range. Applied to wet hair, it contains six types of Amino Acids that work on the most frazzled areas of your hair to repair any damage internally. After a few minutes, emulsify and rinse before following up with a nourishing shampoo such as our Bain Thérapiste to gently cleanse your strands and wash away any impurities. Last up in your anti-breakage arsenal, our Thérapiste Masque! Intensely nourishing, this mask acts like an S.O.S bandage for your hair, strengthening and protecting it from further damage.

Get professional help for hair reconstruction

If you think your strands are beyond repair, think again. Head to your nearest Kérastase salon for a made-to-measure Fusio-Dose treatment. Clinically proven to reduce breakage by up to 98%, Concentré Vita-Ciment reconstructs the hair fibre thanks to its high performance formula and is mixed in with one of five boosters depending on your hair’s specific secondary needs, tackling everything from breakage to dullness for an instant transformation.

Keep hair healthy for longer

To maintain your glossy locks post-salon, your stylist will send you home with your personalised Fusio Home Lab treatment. Designed for use over four weeks, your kit will contain the same concentré and booster prescribed and used in-salon to revive your hair to keep it in top condition between salon visits. Use it alongside your at-home Thérapiste 3-step ritual for peace of mind, and show-stopping hair to boot!

My At Home Ritual with Kérastase by Eva McMahon

16 days ago No comments

Over the past few years, I have developed a huge passion for at home beauty rituals, whether it is for my hair, face or body. However, I generally get the most compliments on my hair, so I make sure I give it extra care to keep it healthy and glowing!

It gives me huge satisfaction when I look after my scalp. There is something special about staying at home, pampering yourself and then seeing and feeling the results. I really look forward to my evening pamper sessions and my ‘me time’, especially since I have become a mum!

In general, my at home hair ritual consists of washing my hair once to cleanse, and then again to treat, followed by conditioner or mask. I also apply the Elixir Utilme hair oil to make sure my ends stay hydrated. To be honest, most of the time I use a mask over conditioner as I feel it gives my thick hair better hydration.

When I started to experience my scalp issues at University it took me a while to find the shampoo that would help me long term. I felt frustrated when I would try recommended products, hoping they would be the solution to my problems, but my scalp would remain dry and sensitive. At times, I felt embarrassed and it started to affect my confidence. But when I discovered Kérastase Bain Riche Dermo-Calm shampoo I started to enjoy looking after my scalp again. I have been using it ever since.

This shampoo is designed to help people with a sensitive and dry scalp. Not only does it promise to cleanse the hair, but also soothe the scalp at the same time. I have been using this shampoo for several years now and it still works for me.

So how does it work? It contains the natural plant oil, Calophyllum oil and Glycerol. This product clearly works for my scalp. And I’ve found if you keep your scalp healthy your hair will reflect it. My hair feels light, revitalised and hydrated when I use it.

Since I had my treatment at the Richard Ward salon, I have actually incorporated the Kérastase Masque Hydra-Apaisant and Cure Apaisante into my at home routine too – and they have taken scalp and my hair to another level!

The masque is very easy to use. Unlike most traditional hair masks, you can apply this directly to your scalp. It contains AOX Complex that is formulated with L-Carnosine, which is a combination of amino acids, and Vitamin E, which you probably know is an antioxidant. The masque is also enriched with Morings and Rhamnose. Once applied, it offers hydration and a soothing effect.

The final step, is the Cure Apaisante which was applied during the salon treatment, but can also be applied at home. It is a special treatment that should be used over a course of 4 weeks and you are advised to use it 3 times a week. I wash my hair according to personal needs but I would say I wash it roughly 3 times a week anyway, which makes it very easy for me to use this Cure. It can seem a little daunting, but it’s actually very easy to use!

It leaves the scalp feeling soothed and protected.After washing my hair and applying the mask, I apply the Cure to towel dried hair. You can also apply it to dry hair but I prefer to use it after I washed my hair. You distribute the cure onto the scalp section by section, then massage in with fingertips and leave, no need to rinse.

The whole routine is super easy to do, and feels really luxurious, a bit of like when you are using a serum on the face. I enjoy the three-step routine, as it feels more like a ritual. Plus, I have seen fantastic results. I look forward to my hair routine more than ever before.

Look out for article next week when I will be sharing my final results and how I like to style my hair.

THE FINEST INGREDIENTS ON EARTH

17 days ago No comments
WILD POWER

THE FINEST INGREDIENTS ON EARTH

EXPLORE THE NATURAL ACTIVES THAT GIVE AURA BOTANICA ITS INCREDIBLE POWER.


SAMOAN COCONUT OIL

This double hand-pressed virgin coconut oil is responsibly sourced and certified organic. The oil extraction process is helping Samoa reach its goal of becoming an organic island, while bringing regular income and a sustainable way of life to indigenous communities there. Responsibly sourced and certified organic, the oil extraction process is helping Samoa reach its goal of becoming an organic island, while bringing regular income and a sustainable way of life to indigenous communities there.

AMAZONIAN BRAZIL NUT OIL

The oil is sourced by wild harvest and an intricate extraction process. Brazil nut collectors known as castañeros and barriqueros camp out deep in the Madre de Dios rainforest for the harvest. The nuts are then hand selected and cracked for cold-press extraction, preserving the oil’s nourishing fatty acid, selenium and vitamin E contents.

Thai Rice Bran Oil

Rich in vitamins and antioxidants.

Amazonian Murumuru Butter

Native to Peru and Brazil, this nourishing butter is extracted from the seeds of the murumuru palm for its incredible ability to make thick, curly hair completely manageable. It penetrates deeply and fortifies the fiber, locking in moisture and imparting exceptional softness that endures for a long period of time.

Mexican Aloe Vera Extract

NFound in highly biodiverse south-eastern Mexico, the plant is a virtually indestructible succulent that thrives even on infertile terrain. We work closely with the Campeche Farmers there, who cultivate certified-organic land to produce an ingredient that is completely free of preservatives and contaminants.

Paraguayan Sugar

Sugar offers sweet cosmetic benefits to the hair, providing body and texture with a soft feel and a shiny look. Based in a small village outside the Paraguayan Asunción, the Montillo Cooperative provides organic cane sugar from over 400 farmers, enriching the local community with fair trade, technical assistance, improved product and access to credit.

Moroccan Argan Oil

This precious oil, rich in Omega-6 and Omega-9 is extracted by hand from the kernels of the Argan trees in the forests of southwestern Morocco, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it is supplied by a cooperative that preserves local culture by providing fair income and support for Berber women. Extracted by hand from the kernels of the Argan trees in the forests of southwestern Morocco, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it is supplied by a cooperative that preserves local culture by providing fair income and support for Berber women.

Find your nearest salon

Far more than the place to get your root touch-up or an occasional trim, book an appointment at your nearest Kérastase salon for a complimentary personalized hair diagnosis.

Air dry vs. Blowdry

25 days ago No comments


NATURAL STYLING AT ITS FINEST

Air Dry vs. Blowdry

For many women, hair washing is a treasured beauty ritual, allowing time for relaxation. But what comes next? Some enjoy the undone look of the air-dried mane. Others prefer the perfectly polished appearance only a blow dry can achieve. Others want something in the middle—what French girls call coiffé décoiffé or “undone style.”

There is no right or wrong choice, but whichever styling adventure you choose, you must have the right products to nourish and protect your hair while delivering incredible results. The Aura Botanica range presents options for both schools of thought, and everything in between.


Styling With Aura Botanica

Bring the heat or go au naturel. Either way, there’s a product to nourish and protect.


Crème de Boucles

Apply this curl defining leave-in cream to towel dried, naturally curly hair for soft bounce and up to 72-hour frizz control. Proceed to blowdry with a diffuser. Re-apply later on dry hair to revive those curls.

Eau de Vagues

Spray this texturising mist on damp hair from root to tip. Scrunch and air dry for natural, glowing beach waves. Blowdry with or without a diffuser for more constructed waves and added volume.

Lait de Soie

Apply on towel-dried hair. Take 2 to 4 pumps, depending on the length and thickness of the hair. Spread this smoothing leave-in milk from root to tip and blowdry for a silky, touchable finish.

Essence d’Eclat

Shake well before use. Mist towel-dried hair with this lightweight bi-phase oil to add nourishment, frizz control and glow. Air dry or blowdry, the choice is yours. Spritz it on dry hair for a smooth glow anytime.

Find your nearest salon

Far more than the place to get your root touch-up or an occasional trim, book an appointment at your nearest Kérastase salon for a complimentary personalized hair diagnosis.

Love the fragrance of your professional hair care? Now you can bring it home

1 month ago No comments

Nothing beats that feeling of stepping out of the hairdresser’s with freshly pampered hair that looks and smells divine! And it’s not for nothing- 75% of our emotions generated throughout the day are directly related to smell*. Whether it’s the fragrance of a beautiful rose or your favourite hair product, scents play a big part in how we feel and can instantly lift our moods or ease stress. So why not bring that post-salon sensation home?

Choosing the right scent

We believe that the way our products smell is very important, turning something every day like washing into your hair an indulgent and luxurious ritual. Well now you can bring those sublime fragrances into your home! Envelop your senses with one of our Home fragrance diffusers**, and let the olfactory journey begin. There is one fragrance for each of our 4 bestselling ranges:

Reflection home fragrance

Fresh lemony notes riff off the powerful wooden base notes, striking a harmonious balance whilst the fresh floral heart will have you drifting into a dreamy haze… an idyllic scent for the romantic at heart.

Nutritive home fragrance

Top notes of fresh citrus give this scent its crisp energy and mood-lifting boost. Just underneath sparkles lavender, giving base notes of white musk space to breathe for an incredible sensation of lightness that envelops any room with a breeze of well-being.

Resistance home fragrance

For those who like to get up and go! Tasty top notes open with fresh effervescence and bite, before the sweetheart notes give way to a captivating and delicately floral musk. An uplifting scent to start the day right.

Elixir Ultime home fragrance

Melt into this elegant fragrance. Delicately sunny top notes come in the form of mandarin, whilst violet petals add a refined touch. Amber tones of sandalwood ground the scent, giving it a warm and woody aura for that feeling of long summer nights, whatever the season.


Visit your local Kérastase salon to discover the fragrances of our iconic products and learn more about their offer to receive a limited edition home fragrance**.



*Source : Air/Aroma, Scnet Marketing, Sense of Smell Institute

**Offer available at participating salons only. Check terms and conditions with your Kérastase salon.

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​Hair Oils: Should you be using them?

1 month ago No comments

Many of us can feel a little confused about how to use hair oils. Are they simply for dry hair or can everyone incorporate them into their daily hair care regime? We have the answers so you can decide when and how you should be using this nourishing product.

What is a hair oil?

Whilst some may think that oils could further weigh down greasy locks, hair oils are actually extremely beneficial, no matter what your hair type.

With a combination of various sublimating plant oils from argan to camellia, and coconut to coriander, our award winning Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oils nourish, protect and illuminate all hair types for beautiful shiny locks.

Why should I use a hair oil?

Provided you select the right oils for your hair type, not only can they make your hair feel stronger, softer, and shinier, they can help protect it from external damaging factors. As a result, hair oils can keep your hair in top condition and eliminating frizz.

Which oil is for you?

The Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oils come in three formulas, so no matter what your hair type you’ll find the right care for you. Use it as a pre-cleanser, intensive conditioner, pre-blow drying or as a finishing touch.

And it doesn’t stop there…

In addition to the Beautifying Oils, the Elixir Ultime range also features the Bain Elixir Ultime cleansing oil shampoo and Beautifying Oil Conditioner, both of which allow you to experience the benefits of oils on a daily basis. For thick hair, the Masque Elixir Ultime hair mask hair allows a no-fuss lustrous shine finish. A wonderful pick me up when we are in between salon visits!

Hair oils are beneficial for every hair type and using them has never been easier with Kérastase. Incorporate the right oils into your hair regime and you can look and feel like a superstar all day long!

Now you know more, why not visit your Kérastase salon to receive a hair diagnosis and a recommendation from your hairdresser as to which hair oil best suit your needs.

Image credit: Instagram @mospblog

My Sensitive Scalp Journey – by Eva McMahon

1 month ago No comments

During the years I have been through many different phases with my hair, however one thing that changed drastically for me at University, was the sensitivity of my scalp. All of a sudden, my scalp started to disagree to the majority of shampoos I tried, making it feel uncomfortable. I was always proud of my hair and always that person that got lot of compliments on it, so my dry, sensitive scalp was a real concern for me. At that point I started my search for the perfect shampoo for my sensitive scalp.

Around 3 or 4 years ago I started to look on different discussion pages and forums to find a shampoo that would hydrate and help sooth my scalp. That is when I first tried Dermo Calm Bain Riche shampoo from the Kérastase Specifique Range. Straight away, I started to see results. I always get great results when I do two rounds of shampoo, one to cleanse, the second to treat, and of course make sure I wash the product out properly. That is one of the key things I think everyone should keep in mind – you won’t see the results if you don’t use the products in the correct way.

So I was over the moon when I got the opportunity to try the Kérastase Specifique Protocol in salon. I booked a visit in the Scalp Clinic at Richard Ward Salon based in Chelsea, but the treatment is also available in other selected Kérastase salons nationwide. I can say that it is the best salon I have been to so far in London. If you decide to go there, you are in for a big treat. The salon is spacious with gorgeous design and the small touches that make it very special. The staff are helpful, friendly and welcoming.

Upon arrival I was shown into a private room where the scalp treatment takes place. I think it is a fantastic idea to have a separate room as it allows you to discuss any scalp issues you want to keep confidential. My hair stylist, Foster, explained everything in detail so I could understand more about the process and the results the treatment delivers. It was very helpful to get more insight. After my hair consultation we came to the conclusion that we would tailor the treatment to my sensitive scalp. You can also have the treatment if you are experiencing dandruff, hair loss or oily hair; it is totally tailored to your needs. I would compare the treatment to having a facial, as you don’t just see the results straight away but over a period of time.

The first step is anti-pollution cleansing. Kérastase offers an in-salon only Masquargil clay mask that provides deep cleansing of your scalp. It helps to unclog pores, and eliminate excess oils and sweat from the surface. I know it does not sound appealing but trust me my scalp felt soothed and cooled instantly. It is applied with a small brush and spread evenly on the scalp.

The next step is the sonic cleansing which is combined with one of the prescribed Specifique Bains shampoos. The choice of Bain for me was clear as I have been using that product for few years now, the Dermo Calm Bain Riche shampoo. they use a Clarisonic professional brush that is specifically used for the scalp cleansing, and also provides an amazing, sensorial experience. Simply heaven. Not only does it feel good, this brush is so effective that it detoxifies your pores and activates micro-circulation. It also cleanses the hair more effectively than manually shampooing hair using a pulsating sonic movement.

The final step at the backwash is the application of Masque Hydra-Apaisant, which is a renewing gel cream mask that is developed for scalp issues. And I almost forgot to mention another part of this wonderful treatment – the massage chair! I had such a great time during the treatment and as a busy mummy with a toddler at home; this was such a nice and relaxing treat for me.

The final part of the treatment was the Cure Apaisante vial, which is an intense treatment designed for dandruff and scalp irritation to help soothe the skin over the course of treatment. One Cure was inserted into the Micronizer (the device which helps disperse the product) and was sprayed directly on to my scalp, in sections. Once my whole scalp had been sprayed with the Cure, it was then combed through my hair. Again, it offered an instant soothing and cooling effect and it also smelled divine!

The whole treatment was finished off with a gorgeous blow dry. I opted for a classic bouncy look and it looked amazing. My scalp felt very hydrated, hair looked fantastic and I felt instant relief - It was honestly like leaving a salon after a facial but this time focusing on my scalp!

I left the salon feeling very happy and with my personalised haircare routine, recommended by my hair stylist, Foster. To help improve my sensitive scalp, he recommended the Bain Dermo Calm Riche shampoo, the Masque Hydra-Apaisant and the Cure Apaisante.

Look out for my article next week where I will share my at home routine and how I am getting on with the products!

Eva McMahon x

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Blog

7 months ago 1 comment

Micellar shampoo explained

Kérastase have created their most gentle cleanse to date, the Aura Botanica Micellar Shampoo, a micellar shampoo that cleanses the hair and scalp without stripping or drying.

How to combat very dry hair in winter

4 days ago No comments

As temperatures go down, central heating goes up, stripping all the moisture out of your hair and leaving you with parched, dry locks that lack shine and vitality – sounds more like hay than silk, right? And as if that weren’t enough, other harsh factors such as icy winter winds and wearing a wooly hat can really finish off the job. So what can you do? Hydrate, protect and hydrate some more!

Repair and nourish

Specifically formulated for very dry hair, our Bain Magistral shampoo contains key active ingredients that provide an intensely nourishing action and target the symptoms of dehydration. For an added touch of luxury, massage the product into your scalp and rinse with cold water to boost circulation.

After shampooing, take the repairing action one step further with the Fondant Magistral conditioner. One of our most nourishing complexes, it helps restores the hair fibre’s balance. Nourished from root to tip, your hair is supple and easier to detangle.

And for those really desperate S.O.S cases, say hello to your new secret weapon – Masque Magistral. Massaged into your lengths and left to work its magic for 5 minutes, this rich mask is capable of reviving even the most severely dried-out hair. Your hair is left feeling soft to the touch and supple with a radiant shine.

Ultimate in-salon care for dry hair

To ensure your locks stay glossy and looking healthy, visit your nearest Kérastase salon to indulge in the Nutritive Protocol Immunité in-salon ritual in addition to your at-home care. Tailored to your hair’s level of dryness following your stylist’s diagnosis, this bespoke treatment will keep your hair looking its best throughout the winter!

​My Kérastase Results by Eva McMahon

9 days ago No comments

Most women dream about having great hair, straight teeth, flawless skin and a toned, healthy body, and I am no different! I feel very lucky that I was born with thick hair that has a natural curl. Lots of people say things to me like “Lucky you, you do not have to curl your hair”, or “Your hair is so thick, you’ll never have to worry about thinning hair”. Well yes that may be true, but what they don’t know, is about the issues I have experienced.

Scalp issues can be brought on by many things, including lifestyle changes like stress, change of environment, or changes in your diet. Unfortunately, scalp issues may appear all of a sudden and when you least expect it. Some people do not like to talk openly about scalp issues however, I feel it is the same as talking about your body issues, acne or any other troubles women and men may experience. None of us are perfect and I am pretty confident that even super models find that one thing that may bother them. It is all about finding solutions for our problems.

As the specialists would say, I think it is super important to always start with the basics. If you want to lose weight, you change your diet and workout and it affects overall health. I recently learnt it is the same with your hair. If your scalp is healthy, you hair can look and feel better.

I have always been proud of my hair but I would get embarrassed of my sensitive scalp. I had two parts around the hairline that were so sensitive and dry that it effected the look of my skin around my hairline. So I decided to take control and seek the help of the professionals!

If you read my two previous posts, you will see I recently experienced the Kérastase Specifique scalp and hair treatment at the Richard Ward salon and have been using my recommended at home haircare routine ever since.

Since I experienced the in salon treatment and have been using the at home routine, I have seen visible, positive changes on my scalp. The dry patches I used to be embarrassed about appear to have gone, my scalp feels soothed, and I have had no signs of dryness.

Whilst I hoped and thought that these products would help my scalp, I was happy to see how it also affected my hair. Before going into this process, I didn’t realise how strong the connection was between a healthy scalp and healthy looking hair. But now I have seen the results for myself, I am a firm believer in this! My hair definitely feels more healthy to touch, it is easier to work with when drying my hair or styling it, and it has more shine.

In addition to the 3 step routine the other Kérastase product I cannot live without the Elixir Ultime Oil. This oil leaves my hair shiny, soft and really use to work with, it’s a great prep product for pre styling.

Whilst I am very happy with the results that I have seen since I made these changes to my routine, I firmly believe that the hair needs continuous care. I know that I will have to maintain my new routine if I want to see long term changes and keep up the good health of my hair and scalp, as you would with diet and exercise!

That being said, these changes have definitely helped to boost my confidence. I’ve been getting lots of compliments on my hair from friends and family, and also from my followers on my blog and social media. The fact that people around me have noticed positive changes in my hair is the best proof I can get that my new routine is working!

Eva McMahon x

Valentine’s Day: Our top product picks for quick and easy Date Night hair styling

12 days ago No comments

Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or a lovable cynic, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, one thing is sure – there’s no better excuse to dress your hair up to the nines! And even if you’re strapped for time, we’ve got just the thing to take you straight from the office to the restaurant in the time it takes to say, “I love you”. One date night hairstyle, coming right up.

Reshapable style, on the fly

Specially formulated to set your hair without that tell-tale 80s stiffness, our Laque Couture hairspray delivers big when it comes to long lasting fixation with a vibrant and radiant finish. Designed to give you soft and supple hold, go from a boardroom-ready chignon to soft loose waves with a simple shake of the head – no need to wash. Simply spray 10-15 cm from your finished style as a final touch. And as if that weren’t enough, it also provides anti-frizz, anti-humidity action to boot. So even if you get a little hot and flustered from running late, your date will never know. Your secret’s safe with us!

Prep now, style later

If your hair is naturally on the thicker unruly side and you have a little time to spare before the mane event, opt for L’incroyable Blowdry Creme. Its innovative formula makes locks easier to style and re-style thanks to its long lasting shape memory, which is especially handy if you can’t decide which look to go for. Providing optimal anti-frizz action and thermo-protection, your hair is shielded from temperatures up to 230°C, giving your finished style an irresistibly natural feel – perfect for running fingers through if you ask us. Date night never looked so good!

​Hair breakage: the causes and the solutions

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Let’s be honest, there’s nothing to love about brittle hair and split ends. But what causes it and how can you get rid of it? First in line amongst the usual suspects, is lack of moisture. Dehydrated hair is far more prone to breakage, so optimal hydration is key.

The next major culprit is too much heat styling. While it can give you amazing results, it’s no secret that continuous heat styling damages and weakens your hair over time, making it an ideal candidate for breakage. Try cutting down and when you do use a hot tool, be sure to protect your hair and prevent split ends with a targeted treatment such as the Sérum Thérapiste. Its breakthrough technology that combines FIBRA-KAP ™ and Sève de Résurrection protects the fibre from heat and seals ends for a sleek, polished finish.


Do some damage control with this 3-step ritual

We recommend starting with a conditioner before your shampoo for this hair care regime to help prevent further breakage while washing. Target breakage with a rich conditioner like the Soin Premier from our Thérapiste range. Applied to wet hair, it contains six types of Amino Acids that work on the most frazzled areas of your hair to repair any damage internally. After a few minutes, emulsify and rinse before following up with a nourishing shampoo such as our Bain Thérapiste to gently cleanse your strands and wash away any impurities. Last up in your anti-breakage arsenal, our Thérapiste Masque! Intensely nourishing, this mask acts like an S.O.S bandage for your hair, strengthening and protecting it from further damage.

Get professional help for hair reconstruction

If you think your strands are beyond repair, think again. Head to your nearest Kérastase salon for a made-to-measure Fusio-Dose treatment. Clinically proven to reduce breakage by up to 98%, Concentré Vita-Ciment reconstructs the hair fibre thanks to its high performance formula and is mixed in with one of five boosters depending on your hair’s specific secondary needs, tackling everything from breakage to dullness for an instant transformation.

Keep hair healthy for longer

To maintain your glossy locks post-salon, your stylist will send you home with your personalised Fusio Home Lab treatment. Designed for use over four weeks, your kit will contain the same concentré and booster prescribed and used in-salon to revive your hair to keep it in top condition between salon visits. Use it alongside your at-home Thérapiste 3-step ritual for peace of mind, and show-stopping hair to boot!

My At Home Ritual with Kérastase by Eva McMahon

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Over the past few years, I have developed a huge passion for at home beauty rituals, whether it is for my hair, face or body. However, I generally get the most compliments on my hair, so I make sure I give it extra care to keep it healthy and glowing!

It gives me huge satisfaction when I look after my scalp. There is something special about staying at home, pampering yourself and then seeing and feeling the results. I really look forward to my evening pamper sessions and my ‘me time’, especially since I have become a mum!

In general, my at home hair ritual consists of washing my hair once to cleanse, and then again to treat, followed by conditioner or mask. I also apply the Elixir Utilme hair oil to make sure my ends stay hydrated. To be honest, most of the time I use a mask over conditioner as I feel it gives my thick hair better hydration.

When I started to experience my scalp issues at University it took me a while to find the shampoo that would help me long term. I felt frustrated when I would try recommended products, hoping they would be the solution to my problems, but my scalp would remain dry and sensitive. At times, I felt embarrassed and it started to affect my confidence. But when I discovered Kérastase Bain Riche Dermo-Calm shampoo I started to enjoy looking after my scalp again. I have been using it ever since.

This shampoo is designed to help people with a sensitive and dry scalp. Not only does it promise to cleanse the hair, but also soothe the scalp at the same time. I have been using this shampoo for several years now and it still works for me.

So how does it work? It contains the natural plant oil, Calophyllum oil and Glycerol. This product clearly works for my scalp. And I’ve found if you keep your scalp healthy your hair will reflect it. My hair feels light, revitalised and hydrated when I use it.

Since I had my treatment at the Richard Ward salon, I have actually incorporated the Kérastase Masque Hydra-Apaisant and Cure Apaisante into my at home routine too – and they have taken scalp and my hair to another level!

The masque is very easy to use. Unlike most traditional hair masks, you can apply this directly to your scalp. It contains AOX Complex that is formulated with L-Carnosine, which is a combination of amino acids, and Vitamin E, which you probably know is an antioxidant. The masque is also enriched with Morings and Rhamnose. Once applied, it offers hydration and a soothing effect.

The final step, is the Cure Apaisante which was applied during the salon treatment, but can also be applied at home. It is a special treatment that should be used over a course of 4 weeks and you are advised to use it 3 times a week. I wash my hair according to personal needs but I would say I wash it roughly 3 times a week anyway, which makes it very easy for me to use this Cure. It can seem a little daunting, but it’s actually very easy to use!

It leaves the scalp feeling soothed and protected.After washing my hair and applying the mask, I apply the Cure to towel dried hair. You can also apply it to dry hair but I prefer to use it after I washed my hair. You distribute the cure onto the scalp section by section, then massage in with fingertips and leave, no need to rinse.

The whole routine is super easy to do, and feels really luxurious, a bit of like when you are using a serum on the face. I enjoy the three-step routine, as it feels more like a ritual. Plus, I have seen fantastic results. I look forward to my hair routine more than ever before.

Look out for article next week when I will be sharing my final results and how I like to style my hair.

THE FINEST INGREDIENTS ON EARTH

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WILD POWER

THE FINEST INGREDIENTS ON EARTH

EXPLORE THE NATURAL ACTIVES THAT GIVE AURA BOTANICA ITS INCREDIBLE POWER.


SAMOAN COCONUT OIL

This double hand-pressed virgin coconut oil is responsibly sourced and certified organic. The oil extraction process is helping Samoa reach its goal of becoming an organic island, while bringing regular income and a sustainable way of life to indigenous communities there. Responsibly sourced and certified organic, the oil extraction process is helping Samoa reach its goal of becoming an organic island, while bringing regular income and a sustainable way of life to indigenous communities there.

AMAZONIAN BRAZIL NUT OIL

The oil is sourced by wild harvest and an intricate extraction process. Brazil nut collectors known as castañeros and barriqueros camp out deep in the Madre de Dios rainforest for the harvest. The nuts are then hand selected and cracked for cold-press extraction, preserving the oil’s nourishing fatty acid, selenium and vitamin E contents.

Thai Rice Bran Oil

Rich in vitamins and antioxidants.

Amazonian Murumuru Butter

Native to Peru and Brazil, this nourishing butter is extracted from the seeds of the murumuru palm for its incredible ability to make thick, curly hair completely manageable. It penetrates deeply and fortifies the fiber, locking in moisture and imparting exceptional softness that endures for a long period of time.

Mexican Aloe Vera Extract

NFound in highly biodiverse south-eastern Mexico, the plant is a virtually indestructible succulent that thrives even on infertile terrain. We work closely with the Campeche Farmers there, who cultivate certified-organic land to produce an ingredient that is completely free of preservatives and contaminants.

Paraguayan Sugar

Sugar offers sweet cosmetic benefits to the hair, providing body and texture with a soft feel and a shiny look. Based in a small village outside the Paraguayan Asunción, the Montillo Cooperative provides organic cane sugar from over 400 farmers, enriching the local community with fair trade, technical assistance, improved product and access to credit.

Moroccan Argan Oil

This precious oil, rich in Omega-6 and Omega-9 is extracted by hand from the kernels of the Argan trees in the forests of southwestern Morocco, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it is supplied by a cooperative that preserves local culture by providing fair income and support for Berber women. Extracted by hand from the kernels of the Argan trees in the forests of southwestern Morocco, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it is supplied by a cooperative that preserves local culture by providing fair income and support for Berber women.

Find your nearest salon

Far more than the place to get your root touch-up or an occasional trim, book an appointment at your nearest Kérastase salon for a complimentary personalized hair diagnosis.

Air dry vs. Blowdry

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NATURAL STYLING AT ITS FINEST

Air Dry vs. Blowdry

For many women, hair washing is a treasured beauty ritual, allowing time for relaxation. But what comes next? Some enjoy the undone look of the air-dried mane. Others prefer the perfectly polished appearance only a blow dry can achieve. Others want something in the middle—what French girls call coiffé décoiffé or “undone style.”

There is no right or wrong choice, but whichever styling adventure you choose, you must have the right products to nourish and protect your hair while delivering incredible results. The Aura Botanica range presents options for both schools of thought, and everything in between.


Styling With Aura Botanica

Bring the heat or go au naturel. Either way, there’s a product to nourish and protect.


Crème de Boucles

Apply this curl defining leave-in cream to towel dried, naturally curly hair for soft bounce and up to 72-hour frizz control. Proceed to blowdry with a diffuser. Re-apply later on dry hair to revive those curls.

Eau de Vagues

Spray this texturising mist on damp hair from root to tip. Scrunch and air dry for natural, glowing beach waves. Blowdry with or without a diffuser for more constructed waves and added volume.

Lait de Soie

Apply on towel-dried hair. Take 2 to 4 pumps, depending on the length and thickness of the hair. Spread this smoothing leave-in milk from root to tip and blowdry for a silky, touchable finish.

Essence d’Eclat

Shake well before use. Mist towel-dried hair with this lightweight bi-phase oil to add nourishment, frizz control and glow. Air dry or blowdry, the choice is yours. Spritz it on dry hair for a smooth glow anytime.

Find your nearest salon

Far more than the place to get your root touch-up or an occasional trim, book an appointment at your nearest Kérastase salon for a complimentary personalized hair diagnosis.

Love the fragrance of your professional hair care? Now you can bring it home

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Nothing beats that feeling of stepping out of the hairdresser’s with freshly pampered hair that looks and smells divine! And it’s not for nothing- 75% of our emotions generated throughout the day are directly related to smell*. Whether it’s the fragrance of a beautiful rose or your favourite hair product, scents play a big part in how we feel and can instantly lift our moods or ease stress. So why not bring that post-salon sensation home?

Choosing the right scent

We believe that the way our products smell is very important, turning something every day like washing into your hair an indulgent and luxurious ritual. Well now you can bring those sublime fragrances into your home! Envelop your senses with one of our Home fragrance diffusers**, and let the olfactory journey begin. There is one fragrance for each of our 4 bestselling ranges:

Reflection home fragrance

Fresh lemony notes riff off the powerful wooden base notes, striking a harmonious balance whilst the fresh floral heart will have you drifting into a dreamy haze… an idyllic scent for the romantic at heart.

Nutritive home fragrance

Top notes of fresh citrus give this scent its crisp energy and mood-lifting boost. Just underneath sparkles lavender, giving base notes of white musk space to breathe for an incredible sensation of lightness that envelops any room with a breeze of well-being.

Resistance home fragrance

For those who like to get up and go! Tasty top notes open with fresh effervescence and bite, before the sweetheart notes give way to a captivating and delicately floral musk. An uplifting scent to start the day right.

Elixir Ultime home fragrance

Melt into this elegant fragrance. Delicately sunny top notes come in the form of mandarin, whilst violet petals add a refined touch. Amber tones of sandalwood ground the scent, giving it a warm and woody aura for that feeling of long summer nights, whatever the season.


Visit your local Kérastase salon to discover the fragrances of our iconic products and learn more about their offer to receive a limited edition home fragrance**.



*Source : Air/Aroma, Scnet Marketing, Sense of Smell Institute

**Offer available at participating salons only. Check terms and conditions with your Kérastase salon.

​Hair Oils: Should you be using them?

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Many of us can feel a little confused about how to use hair oils. Are they simply for dry hair or can everyone incorporate them into their daily hair care regime? We have the answers so you can decide when and how you should be using this nourishing product.

What is a hair oil?

Whilst some may think that oils could further weigh down greasy locks, hair oils are actually extremely beneficial, no matter what your hair type.

With a combination of various sublimating plant oils from argan to camellia, and coconut to coriander, our award winning Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oils nourish, protect and illuminate all hair types for beautiful shiny locks.

Why should I use a hair oil?

Provided you select the right oils for your hair type, not only can they make your hair feel stronger, softer, and shinier, they can help protect it from external damaging factors. As a result, hair oils can keep your hair in top condition and eliminating frizz.

Which oil is for you?

The Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oils come in three formulas, so no matter what your hair type you’ll find the right care for you. Use it as a pre-cleanser, intensive conditioner, pre-blow drying or as a finishing touch.

And it doesn’t stop there…

In addition to the Beautifying Oils, the Elixir Ultime range also features the Bain Elixir Ultime cleansing oil shampoo and Beautifying Oil Conditioner, both of which allow you to experience the benefits of oils on a daily basis. For thick hair, the Masque Elixir Ultime hair mask hair allows a no-fuss lustrous shine finish. A wonderful pick me up when we are in between salon visits!

Hair oils are beneficial for every hair type and using them has never been easier with Kérastase. Incorporate the right oils into your hair regime and you can look and feel like a superstar all day long!

Now you know more, why not visit your Kérastase salon to receive a hair diagnosis and a recommendation from your hairdresser as to which hair oil best suit your needs.

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My Sensitive Scalp Journey – by Eva McMahon

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During the years I have been through many different phases with my hair, however one thing that changed drastically for me at University, was the sensitivity of my scalp. All of a sudden, my scalp started to disagree to the majority of shampoos I tried, making it feel uncomfortable. I was always proud of my hair and always that person that got lot of compliments on it, so my dry, sensitive scalp was a real concern for me. At that point I started my search for the perfect shampoo for my sensitive scalp.

Around 3 or 4 years ago I started to look on different discussion pages and forums to find a shampoo that would hydrate and help sooth my scalp. That is when I first tried Dermo Calm Bain Riche shampoo from the Kérastase Specifique Range. Straight away, I started to see results. I always get great results when I do two rounds of shampoo, one to cleanse, the second to treat, and of course make sure I wash the product out properly. That is one of the key things I think everyone should keep in mind – you won’t see the results if you don’t use the products in the correct way.

So I was over the moon when I got the opportunity to try the Kérastase Specifique Protocol in salon. I booked a visit in the Scalp Clinic at Richard Ward Salon based in Chelsea, but the treatment is also available in other selected Kérastase salons nationwide. I can say that it is the best salon I have been to so far in London. If you decide to go there, you are in for a big treat. The salon is spacious with gorgeous design and the small touches that make it very special. The staff are helpful, friendly and welcoming.

Upon arrival I was shown into a private room where the scalp treatment takes place. I think it is a fantastic idea to have a separate room as it allows you to discuss any scalp issues you want to keep confidential. My hair stylist, Foster, explained everything in detail so I could understand more about the process and the results the treatment delivers. It was very helpful to get more insight. After my hair consultation we came to the conclusion that we would tailor the treatment to my sensitive scalp. You can also have the treatment if you are experiencing dandruff, hair loss or oily hair; it is totally tailored to your needs. I would compare the treatment to having a facial, as you don’t just see the results straight away but over a period of time.

The first step is anti-pollution cleansing. Kérastase offers an in-salon only Masquargil clay mask that provides deep cleansing of your scalp. It helps to unclog pores, and eliminate excess oils and sweat from the surface. I know it does not sound appealing but trust me my scalp felt soothed and cooled instantly. It is applied with a small brush and spread evenly on the scalp.

The next step is the sonic cleansing which is combined with one of the prescribed Specifique Bains shampoos. The choice of Bain for me was clear as I have been using that product for few years now, the Dermo Calm Bain Riche shampoo. they use a Clarisonic professional brush that is specifically used for the scalp cleansing, and also provides an amazing, sensorial experience. Simply heaven. Not only does it feel good, this brush is so effective that it detoxifies your pores and activates micro-circulation. It also cleanses the hair more effectively than manually shampooing hair using a pulsating sonic movement.

The final step at the backwash is the application of Masque Hydra-Apaisant, which is a renewing gel cream mask that is developed for scalp issues. And I almost forgot to mention another part of this wonderful treatment – the massage chair! I had such a great time during the treatment and as a busy mummy with a toddler at home; this was such a nice and relaxing treat for me.

The final part of the treatment was the Cure Apaisante vial, which is an intense treatment designed for dandruff and scalp irritation to help soothe the skin over the course of treatment. One Cure was inserted into the Micronizer (the device which helps disperse the product) and was sprayed directly on to my scalp, in sections. Once my whole scalp had been sprayed with the Cure, it was then combed through my hair. Again, it offered an instant soothing and cooling effect and it also smelled divine!

The whole treatment was finished off with a gorgeous blow dry. I opted for a classic bouncy look and it looked amazing. My scalp felt very hydrated, hair looked fantastic and I felt instant relief - It was honestly like leaving a salon after a facial but this time focusing on my scalp!

I left the salon feeling very happy and with my personalised haircare routine, recommended by my hair stylist, Foster. To help improve my sensitive scalp, he recommended the Bain Dermo Calm Riche shampoo, the Masque Hydra-Apaisant and the Cure Apaisante.

Look out for my article next week where I will share my at home routine and how I am getting on with the products!

Eva McMahon x