I have wanted to use Kerastase shampoo and conditioner for ever but always baulked at the price. Then last year I managed to justify it on the basis that I was getting my hair cut every 4-6 months and colouring it at home. I love Kerastase products and would happily use nothing else. But I have had a complete change of heart regarding salon visits and my hair. On April 18th I spent £50 on highlights and glossing (thats the nice way of saying they cover up your grey roots that would show between the hightlights). Then yesterday I just had the "glossing" bit done and a tiny trim, £62, and whilst I was there I booked T-section highlights and glossing for 7th July which is going to be another £60 I'm guessing so I really, really can't justify my Kerastase habit any longer.
Fortunately Em had a sample of L'Oreal EverPure in a magazine which I pinched. I have to say I have been sort of drawn to this range since I first saw it. Just in case you don't know here's what they say:
Non-sulphate cleansing system. Indulgent care to help protect over-processed, frizzy hair.
Specifically designed for fragile and brittle hair, EverStrong Reinforcing & Vitality is a Reinforcing System that combines non-sulphate cleansing and conditioning care. The formulae are enriched with botanical rosemary and juniper oils. Hair looks shinier, smoother and protected. For extra care use L'Oréal Paris Hair Expertise EverStrong Shampoo with EverStrong Reinforcing & Vitality Conditioner and EverStrong Nourishing Intense Mask
I decided to try EverStrong because it seemed closest to the Kerastase range that I was using. I have used it for the last week and whilst I don't think it tames the frizz quite as well as the Kerastase did, I think that given I bought the shampoo and conditioner for £9 together in Boots compared to a joint price for the Kerastase of £34.80, the difference isn't worth the additonal £25.90 - gad that's a Dior Extreme Addict lipstick right there, in case further justification were needed! Considering this is sulphate free it works up a nice lather, it smells lovely, sort of herbal which, considering it contains rosemary and juniper oils is hardly surprising - mmm hair that smells of gin, quick squirt of Juniper Sling and I'm good to go!! The biggest downside I have found is that with the Kerastase and a good blow dry - this takes me 20 mins and I don't stint on the products; a smoothing gel, an anti split ends serum (see below!) and a squirt of Kerastase to thicken, the next morning I can "refresh" my hair, using EverStrong I really could do with starting from scratch again the next day, it just doesn't stay as frizz free as it does with the Kerastase.
As if all that weren't bad enough there's this:
I know!!! Shocking isn't it. TRESemme stuff. My god who'd ever have thought it. Tell you what though, this bloody stuff works! It smells lovely, like sherbert sweets - covers up the ominpresent whiff of gin! - and it works. I rub a couple of pumps through my wet hair before styling and then rub a single pump onto my hands and then lightly froof the ends of my hair once its dried and it really tames the frizz. This costs a budget busting £5.99 and given the amount you need this could last me well into my 80's.