Kerastase Cristalliste Review
I’ve been growing my hair out for a little less than a year. It’s always been on the long side but I wanted more dramatic length. One of the downsides to dealing with long hair is the constant maintenance. It takes forever to blow dry. It’s much more likely to break in the course of normal wear, so you have to be careful, especially when styling. Recently I’ve been using Kerastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal Shampoo for Fine Hair – $39, Kerastase Cristalliste Masque Cristal – $61, paired with a new styling product from the same company, Kerastase Cristalliste Cristal Sculpt – $42.
To be truthful, I never expect wonders from shampoo and conditioner. It’s hard to put too much weight on something you wash out of your hair right after applying. That premise turned out to be true with this particular conditioner. The Masque Cristal boasts nourishing properties while still remaining weightless in the hair. This is all true. It did a fine job moisturizing my hair, it smelled amazing, and it didn’t weigh down my hair. But I think you could probably get those properties in a cheaper conditioner. Still, a very nice product.
The Bain Cristal shampoo, however, is a different story. It claims to make hair “free-flowing” and “lightweight” and it really lived up to this promise. It made my hair a lot easier to deal with when I got done washing it–really easy to get a comb through (it’s a shampoo–how does it even do that?!?) and not as dried out as with other shampoos. But the real test was when I paired it with the Cristal Sculpt. This is a styling serum that you can apply before or after blow-drying. It advertises itself as lightly holding style while providing shine and a “featherweight touch.” I applied before blow-drying and it was pretty miraculous.
My wedding band and engagement ring are soldered together, and there’s a tiny gap between them. Almost every single time I blow-dry my hair I have to take off my ring at some point because I snag a big clump of hair in that little gap. This didn’t ever happen the multiple times I used the shampoo and serum together. My hair was so manageable and had all this movement that is typical of shorter hair, not long locks like mine. Once dry, my hair was really shiny and smooth. It also had a lot of body, and held a curl well. I think these products would be especially useful in sleek hairstyles–when using a flat-iron or when blow drying with a round brush.
It’s tough to ignore the substantial price tag on these products, but they are quite effective. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. I tried the shampoo and the serum separately, too, and both products lived up to their promises, though not as well as when used together. If your budget doesn’t allow for both products, but you’re interested in trying out the Kerastase Cristalliste line, I think you could do very well with one or the other and still get a similar effect.
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