Good morning and happy hump day, babe. Just a quick heads up for the cuties with color-treated hair and the silicone-free product enthusiasts out there.
Luxury line Kerastase Paris has come out with a pricey yet promising new shampoo. It’s called Chroma Sensitive Cleansing Balm ($42 for a 6.8-oz. bottle), a low-foam cleanser designed to gently clean without washing away hair color.
Kerastase claims, among other things, that their low-foam, low-friction “Color Protect System,” a mix of a mild cleansing agent (1/4 of the recipe) and a deep conditioning agent (the other 3/4), smoothes the surface of each hair, preventing color pigments from escaping.
They suggest using it for the first three shampoos following a color service, and then alternating every other wash with your regular shampoo.
I recently got some chunky caramel highlights, but I’ve shampooed quite a few times since then, so I’m able to follow the direction to a tee (this time), but I’m still giving it a try now with high hopes.
I’ve only used it a few times so far, and at this point I haven’t seen any impact on my highlights, which could mean it’s working; however, beyond its color-preserving qualities, I am already liking how well it detangles. I also like that it doesn’t make my scalp feel all flaky and funky (the telltale signs of a bad shampoo). Oh, and I think it smells great too, like red gummy bears (weird, I know!).
Washing with it isn’t like washing with a traditional/regular foaming shampoo because the texture is closer to a conditioner. It’s thick and doesn’t lather up into a fluffy foam. I’m a fervent believer in frequent conditioner washing, so it reminds me of that, but if you’re used to shampoos with scrubbing bubbles, it might take some time to adjust.
It’s straight up salon expensive, but that’s Kerastase for ya. If you’re a fan of the line, swear by silicone-free hair products, and/or you’re planning a color change soon, you might want to give it a try.
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,