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My At Home Ritual with Kérastase by Eva McMahon
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.