Saturday, November 27, 2010

Love your hair! - Bain Satin 3 by Kerastase Nutritive Review

With or without rebonding, my hair's natural state is kind of dry, and with the rebonding, more dry.  I made a note to buy Kerastase Bain Satin 3 in Singapore during one of my trips to visit family, and promptly forgot to look around for it. I mentioned it to the boyfriend (now ex) - that I forgot to buy, not that I wanted him to get me some - and he promptly bought me a bottle, with the matching Masquintense conditioner (Epais, for thick hair).  He experienced sticker shock (well, I didn't ask him to buy any of it!) when he spent close to a hundred dollars for the lot. And he had to FedEx it to me, but that's a whole other story.  Anyway, it was really sweet of him, bless him, whatever he's up to now.

So.  On to the bottle.  The bottle says Bain Satin.  Dosage Gluco-Active 3. Shampooing Nutrition Complete Chevaux Desseches et - oops, that's the French.  In English, Complete Nutrition Shampoo - Very Dry and Sensitized Hair.

What it says it is:  Complete Nutrition Shampoo for Very Dry and Sensitized Hair.  Complete nutrition from the roots to the ends.  Hydration of the scalp.  Soft, supple and light hair.

How to use:  Apply to damp hair. Massage, rinse and repeat.  The bottle dispenses a pearly lotion, not a thick goop.

Effect on my hair:  Leaves it light and silky.  My hair's texture smoothened, the straw-like feeling disappeared.  The ends were smooth too.  It was - well, silky smooth and fragrant smelling.  Yes, there is a light fragrance.  I've read of some being bothered by the scent, but I actually find it quite pleasant and not at all overpowering.  It's barely noticeable, you'd have to lean in to smell it.  The effects are quite lasting, and I was tempted to only shampoo twice a week, but I'm not used to Not shampooing for longer than every other day, and even if the texture and smell were still okay my scalp was not used to it.  I alternate this shampoo with the drugstore brand Clairol "None of your Frizziness", and another Kerastase shampoo Bain Oleo-Relax and it works quite well for my hair.

It's lovely!  Buy some, and love your hair.  I always have a back-up bottle.  Price: USD34 for a 250ml bottle.

Note:  this used to be THE shampoo from Kerastase's Nutritive line, for Very Dry and Sensitized Hair.  I just took a peep at the site and this shampoo's been moved to the Very Dry line - a new product, Bain Nutri-Thermique is now the star for the Very Dry and Sensitized line.  Hm, something new to try!

Kerastase Nutridefense (Dosage Gluco-active) Review

After more than half a lifetime ignoring my hair, I finally decided to give it a break and plunged wholeheartedly into the world of expensive hair products that promised to do wonders for my hair.  To be honest, my hair is blessed with curl - not the Shirley Temple type curl, but the variable, some of it in waves and some of it in frizz type curl.  Hair stylists would usually cluck over it, and the experience of having them do that eventually led me to either have it cut short and layered (a disaster when it grows out as it's like a pyramid, I really needed a trim every 6 weeks) or just in one length, in a pony tail all the time, to keep it tame. Nowadays I spring for a regular rebonding at one of the Korean salons.  And with that rebonding, I also decided  in for a penny, in for a pound, so I treat my hair to the aforementioned hair products.

I was first introduced to the Kerastase line more than 10 years ago but it was (still is) pricey.  Well, it is pricey, but in my opinion, worth it.  

Kerastase Nutridefense is a leave-in spray, and this is what it says on the front of the bottle:  Anti drying nutri protective spray,  dry and sensitive hair.  It's a styling product, and actually has nothing to do with frizz or curl!  :)

This is what it claims to do:  Hair is replenished and shiny, full of softness and incredibly light.  

Usage:  Use Spray Nutridefense daily for optimum protection.  Shake and spray onto lengths.  Avoid the roots.  Complements Masque Nutridefense.  Avoid spraying towards the eyes or inflamed skin.  In case of contact, rinse immediately with plenty of water.  Shake before use.

How I use it:  on days when I use a plain-Jane shampoo.  I towel and air-dry my hair, and spray it on to make combing easier.  Despite the rebonding I still get tangles about three-fourths of the way down my hair.  I do exactly what the instructions say - spray it on the lengths and near the ends of my hair.  Two or three spritzes is enough. I comb through.  The effect of silky smoothness is noticeably pronounced when my hair dries completely.  It's really really silky smooth.  The scent is mild, not at all overpowering.  

Would I recommend it to others?  Yes!
Note:  I'm not too sure they still sell it, though. Price: I think it was USD27 for a 200ml bottle spray.