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Caring For Your Blonde – With Kérastase

Going blonde is more than a look, it’s a statement. From Ash blonde to rose gold strawberry tones and from platinum to golden blonde, it’s exhilarating and thrilling but can be frightening too. You’re faced with all the usual worries about a drastic hair change, plus the fear of being left with vulnerable and dry hair that can fade and become dull and brassy.

That’s why we’re pleased to have Kérastase to the rescue with their specially developed Blond Absolu range. Formed with a unique combination of potent Hyaluronic Acid and Edelweiss flower, the range deeply nourishes hair fibres and neutralises brassiness for an illuminated blonde – whatever your chosen shade of blonde.

We’ve been busy gathering their top tips to care and maintain your blonde, so you can dare to be the blonde you want. Take the plunge like Emily Ratajkowski, the face of Blond Absolu – are you ready for some Ultra-Violet care for your hair?

1. Ensure your hair is well hydrated

Bleached hair is highly sensitised and can feel like it’s been stripped of moisture. Ensure you use rich, moisturising products that hydrate and care for your delicate blond hair.

For deep hydration try Masque Ultra Violet Treatment. Ideal for natural, lightened or highlighted cool blonde hair in need of neutralisation, this rich purple mask penetrates the hair fibre to remove unwanted yellow undertones and brassiness, whilst deeply hydrating and restoring hair strands.

For lightweight hydration try Cicaflash Intense Fortifying Treatment. This opalescent milky gel with a soft lavender hue offers the restorative performance of a masque with the lightweight finish of a conditioner. It intensively restores sensitised hair, nourishing the fibre.

2. Use products specifically created for Blondes

To ensure you maintain that fresh look, try to use a range of hair products that is specific to your new colour.

Use Bain Lumière daily to maintain brightness. This shampoo will illuminate your hair whilst hydrating it from root to tip. Leave in and massage for a couple minutes from scalp to ends to ensure your hair is as clean as possible.

Brassiness you want gone? Bain Ultra-Violet is a powerful purple shampoo rich in neutralising agents which instantly remove brassiness and yellow undertones for the perfect cool tone. Leave it on for up to 5 minutes and then rinse out.

After reaching your desired tone finish with Masque Ultra-Violet to maintain and protect your colour. Use these products weekly.

Blond Absolu Cicaflash is your go-to lightweight conditioner leaving your hair nourished and moisturised. Leave in for 5 minutes and then rinse out to discover your soft luminous hair.

Styling your hair? Make sure to use Blond Absolu Cicaplasme Leave-in Cream fortifies sensitized faux-blonde, lightened, highlighted and grey hair. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid and Edelweiss flower, Cicaplasme seals split ends and smooths the hair fibre for a uniform touch and long-lasting frizz control. Cicaplasme is the ultimate protection providing heat protection up to 230 degrees – a must have before heat styling your hair.

Try the Kerastase Blond Absolu Routine set, for shine, strength, neutralising & heat protectant – top tip – there will always be a RRP saving when you buy the set.

3. Trim your hair frequently

Trimming your hair every so often ensures that it is healthy and prevents both split ends and dry ends.

4. Watch the heat styling

Cut down the use of straighteners, curling irons and blow- dry’s, as bleached hair can be vulnerable. Check out the Blond Absolu Cicaplasme Thermal Protector – this leave-in cream fortifies lightened, highlighted and grey hair. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid and Edelweiss flower, Cicaplasme seals split ends and smooths the hair fibre for a uniform touch and long-lasting frizz control.

5. Protect your hair from the sun daily

Using a scarf or hat in the sun is always a good trick as bleached hair is extremely sensitive to the sun’s rays!

The Blond Absolu range has been uniquely designed for those with blonde hair. The range will ensure you have the best colour possible and provides deep ultraviolet care for bleached hair. It hydrates sensitised hair, protects hair from oxidation, instantly neutralises brassiness and boosts colour luminosity for bright shiny hair.

Right now, when you purchase any 2 Blond Absolu products you’ll receive a Free Gift. Head over to our Free Gifts page to find out more.
Discover the full range here to care for your gorgeous blonde.

Vitamin C

Who among us doesn’t want brighter, younger and more radiant skin?

Vitamin C’s importance as a must-have beauty ingredient cannot be understated. With some of Instagram’s top dermatologists citing the ingredient as a necessity in everyone’s skin care regime, its popularity shows no signs of abating – and there’s multiple reasons why.

Do you have a specific skin issue you want help with? There’s a good chance Vitamin C’s famed multi-tasking ability will help. This staple ingredient can be found in everything: from cleansers to serums to moisturizers and masks – and even shampoo and conditioner too. In fact, not many ingredients are as hard working as Vitamin C!


What is Vitamin C?

When we hear Vitamin C, certainly ‘superfood’ and images of sun-drenched oranges come to mind. But, it’s so much more than that!

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient found naturally in certain foods including fruits (particularly citrus), green vegetables and tomatoes. As Harvard Health tell us, it is an important nutrient that is necessary for bone structure, iron absorption, skin integrity, and immune function. In fact, Vitamin C is so important as part of a healthy diet, even sailors in the 18th century carried large supplies of citrus fruits on board to stave off scurvy.

Not only that, clinical studies have demonstrated the wide-ranging benefits of this potent antioxidant when applied to the skin – many using L’ascorbic acid, a form of Vitamin C. Along with Vitamin A and SPF, Vitamin C forms part of the beauty industry’s ‘magic three’ – scientifically proven ingredients that have a transformative effect on your skin.
Who doesn’t want to use an ingredient that actually works?


How Does It Work? 

Being a potent antioxidant, Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals, reducing damage from aggressors such as UV light and pollution. As a reminder of why antioxidants are such hot ingredients, think of what happens to an apple when you cut it in half and leave it– that ‘browning’ is oxidation, which antioxidants help to neutralize.

Incredibly, the benefits of Vitamin C are not just limited to its antioxidant status – it also stimulates collagen production, giving skin additional support. For those of us seeking anti-aging effects, Vitamin C also helps to improve the skin’s texture and its quality. If you suffer with inflammation, it can also help with this too.

As if having an anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect on the skin was not enough, Vitamin C also plays a role as an anti-pigmentation agent. Essentially, it inhibits an enzyme called tyrosinase, decreasing dark spots and hyperpigmentation.


Who Can Benefit From Using Vitamin C? 

Vitamin C’s multi-tasking abilities make it a super ingredient in skincare products aimed to treat many skincare concerns. Do you want to prevent damage from free radicals? Suffer from inflammation? Need an added boost of collagen? Want to reduce dark spots and hyper-pigmentation?  Vitamin C is the one for you!

What do the experts say? Countless skincare specialists champion its numerous benefits, telling us that it’s the most important ingredient in a skincare regime, after SPF. That’s high praise indeed. It’s also considered to be well-tolerated by the skin so can be used more easily than other skincare ingredients.

Vitamin C is rightly the hero ingredient that it’s claimed to be. A proven lifesaver I’m sure many of us are in need of!


What Products Contain Vitamin C? 

Serums

One of the easiest ways to incorporate this must-have ingredient is by adding a serum to your skincare regime. This means that it is applied directly to the skin and left to work its magic.

REN Clean Skincare Face Radiance Perfection Serum
This multi-function serum is designed to revive the skin by noticeably enhance its tone and leave skin looking fresh, even and radiant.

Skin Doctors Potent Vit. C Day Ampoules
In an easy to apply capsule, this concentrated Vitamin C formula helps to brighten the skin and protect against damage from free radicals.


Moisturisers

Buying a moisturiser with added Vitamin C is another way to introduce this potent antioxidant into your beauty routine. Choose between a moisturiser infused with Vitamin C or a booster which can be added to your current favourite lotion – the choice is ultimately yours.

Omorovicza Budapest Moisturisers Elemental Emulsion
A lightweight formula containing a Vitamin C derivative to provide lasting moisture as well as even the skin’s tone.


Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%
For a daily dose of Vitamin C that can be conveniently added to your moisturiser, try Clinique’s Fresh Pressed Daily Booster – with 10% strength.


Cleansers

Don’t want to add an extra step in your current skincare regime? Perhaps swapping your morning cleanser for one containing an extra punch of Vitamin C is for you.

IMAGE Skincare Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser (included in the IMAGE Skincare Vital C Travel Kit)
This gentle cleanser contains vitamins and antioxidants, including Vitamin C, to improve skin texture and tone.

 

Murad Environmental Shield Essential-C Cleanser
Part of the popular Environmental Shield range, this cleanser contains Vitamin C, along with Vitamin A and E, to protect skin from free-radical damage.


Body Creams

Have you ever actually looked at the ingredients in your body cream? We spend time covering our bodies in lotion to smooth and nourish the skin, but does it contain ingredients that actually work? Now is the perfect time to consider adding some of that potent Vitamin C.

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Lotion
This body lotion contains Vitamin C as well as nourishing Vitamin E and B5 to leave skin soft and supple.


Hair Treatments

Don’t want to leave the power of Vitamin C out of your hair routine either? Try a hair mask which combines this essential antioxidant.

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Masque Treatment
This mask restores hair, leaving it nourished, soft and shiny. Infused with Vitamins C, D and Omega 9, hair is left healthier and repaired.


Dietary Supplement

If you’re looking to increase your intake of Vitamin C, look for supplements containing this key nutrient.

Vitabiotics Perfectil Platinum
These supplements include Vitamin C, as well as a host of other nutrients to contribute to skin radiance.


Was this helpful? If so, you can view all of our Vitamin C products and read similar articles at allbeauty.com/Ingredients

How To Tips From Chris

About Chris

Chris Pearson, one of our senior stylists, has been in the hairdressing industry for over 35 years. Some of his career highlights have included working with Vidal Sasoon as well as an array of other talented stylists. His work has even been on the cover of Hairdressers’ Journal. He has been a long standing member of the allbeauty team specialising in colour techniques and cutting. As a keen surfer and paddle boarder, Chris is often out on the water. With the recent corona outbreak, he has been finding this a great way to social distance whilst unwinding and relaxing but is always thinking of his skincare/ haircare at the same time.

Skincare

If you are leaving the house as part of essential exercise, or maximising the opportunity of being able to take lunch breaks in the garden, Chris recommends a high SPF to protect your skin. Caudalie SPF 50 High Protection Anti Wrinkle Face care is a fantastic product that boosts an ocean protect label as it has no nasty parabens or preservatives such as oxybenzone or Octinoxate that damage our skin and our oceans.

Haircare

For exposure to seawater and salt air, Chris makes sure to use a leave in conditioner to protect his curls. Kérastase Discipline leave in spray conditioner is one of his top recommendations for unruly hair! When home he recommends a good smoothing shampoo followed by a mask to nourish his  locks (especially after having been in the sea)

1) Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste Smooth- In-Motion Shampoo

2) Kérastase Maskeratine Smooth-In-Motion Masque

3) Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curling Gel soufflé

4) To style and hold the curls use Redken Ringlet Shape Perfecting Lotion


How To Tips From Anya

About Anya

Anya Goy is a professional senior hair stylist at allbeauty’s Guernsey salon. She is also owner of RainbowHairColour.com & author of: “Any Colour of the Rainbow – Guide to Alternative Hair Colour”. A TikTok guru, here are Anya’s top hair tip do’s and don’ts during lockdown.


Hair at home

CUT:

Don’t try to cut your own hair. I know the salons are closed, but it’s not forever. A hair disaster on top of the uncertainty of these times probably won’t help.

Do take the time to plan your next style, use your free time to Pinterest some looks together to show your hairdresser when they reopen. There are some fun phone apps you can play with to try different looks and styles on yourself. This could be a good opportunity to reinvent yourself and plan for a new look. As your hair will be longer than usual, there will be more for your hairdresser to play with.

COLOUR:

Don’t touch the permanent box dye or bleach! Unless you have the funds for a big colour correction when the salon is back open, this is not a good idea. If you get the urge to, try go watch some Brad Mondo “Hairdresser reacts to hair fails” on Youtube instead.

Do use temporary wash out root touch-up sprays to conceal the grays before your grocery run. If you’re a blonde who can’t get a salon toner top up, try Kérastase Blond Absolu Masque Ultra Violet Treatment instead. This will help cool off the brass and keep the condition feeling beautiful.

STYLE:

Don’t heat style your hair. This is the perfect opportunity to give your hair a heat holiday. Put the straighteners down and air dry if possible. You’ll be amazed how good your hair feels even after just 2 weeks without regular heat.

Do try some new styles! With more free time on your hands this is a great opportunity to learn a new skill like learning different braid techniques, or cute simple day to day looks, how to do thos festival styles… or if you want a challenge try some formal event upstyles. Youtube has some wonderful free tutorials. I personally love to watch Kayley Melissa’s channel for tons of great ideas and easy to try tutorials. I would recommend MOROCCANOIL Styling Luminous Hairspray to help give your hair some hold and make practicing these looks easier.

CARE:

Don’t neglect yourself. It can be easy to feel anxious or depressed with a bad situation and to stop caring for yourself. In lockdown, no one will see you anyway right? But it’s actually more important than ever to take time and practice self care and look after your mental wellbeing. And have fun with those new styles, as above.

Do pamper yourself! Treat yourself to an at home spa day. Take a nice long bath, and do a hair and face mask. Light some candles and let the worries slip away. For your hair treatment I would recommend Kérastase Resistance Masque Extentioniste

This mask has the key ingredient “Maleic Acid”, which is also the same key ingredient that is used in L’oreal Smart Bond systems, so has the same added benefit and balances out the PH levels in your hair and scalp. After cleansing, tower-dry hair. Use a hazelnut-sized amount and apply to hair length. Leave in for a minimum of 5 minutes, but I like to leave it for a good hour myself! Then rinse only!


How To Tips From Courtney

About Courtney

I started at allbeauty’s Guernsey salon 3 and a half years ago and I will become a qualified hairdresser this summer. My areas of interest as a hairdresser are interacting with clients and helping them achieve their desired look. I particularly enjoy working with colours and doing big colour changes. I also like doing hair updos for weddings and occasions and I was proud to be placed first in the Guernsey College of Further Education hair show 2019.

Detangling Your Hair

A lovely product from Shu Uemura, Art of Hair is the Create and Perfect Wonder Worker. Wonder Worker is the perfect product to help detangle hair, whilst helping with frizz and hydration. It boosts radiance and also adds silkiness to the hair. This product is perfect for when you’ve just washed your hair. Spray to your mid-lengths to get the perfect blow dry without any tangles!

Dealing With Stressed Hair

If you are struggling with distressed hair or hair prone to fall out, maybe due to stress, diet, medication, emotions or anything that makes you feel anxious, then my top recommendation is the Genesis Range from Kérastase. Fans of Kérastase will know that the brand offers targeted solutions for different hair types and the new range from Genesis does not disappoint. There are two types of shampoos in the Genesis range;  Kérastase Genesis Bain Nutri-Fortifiant, which is specifically targeted for dry hair needing extra nutrition and Kérastase Genesis Bain Hydra-Fortifiant, for normal hair. In the range you also have a beautiful blow dry spray which you spray into your mid-lengths to end after shampooing your hair with the Genesis Shampoo, Conditioner or Masque: this blow dry spray protects the hair up to 230 degrees heat which is perfect for the people who use daily heat on the hair for example (straighteners, curlers and blow drying)! This product also helps to detangle the hair to prevent further hair fall and has 24 hours protection against frizz.

Looking for a long term at home solution?

Kérastase Genesis Ampoules Cure Fortifantes Anti-Chute are specially designed as a six week care programme that you can undertake yourself. The product contains 10 x 6ml ampoules* of serum, designed for use daily over a six week period. Use after washing your hair with other products from the Genesis range for best results. Use once daily in the morning or before going to bed during a 6 week period. Break off the top of the ampoule to reveal the silicone applicator. Apply to the scalp, section by section, simultaneously pressing the button at the bottom of the ampoule. Do not rinse. *An ampoule is a small sealed capsule containing a liquid, offering the perfect amount of concentrated solution. 

Maintenance for Blondes

Redken Colour Extend Blondage is a perfect Shampoo and Conditioner for blondes – and, as a bonus, is also available in a 1000ml supersize. Say goodbye to your brassy unwanted yellow/orange locks and say hello to shiny blonder hair. This shampoo has a beautiful violet pigment which will help take control of your blonde hair. It will help neutralise and reduce brassiness and also strengthen the hairs cuticle for less breakage with a triple acid protein complex. I would recommend using the Redken Colour Extend Blondage shampoo and conditioner twice a week depending on how many times a week you wash your hair but will also depend on the amount of toning you would want. This is the perfect Shampoo and Conditioner for you perfect blondes. Wearing suitable gloves, apply the shampoo on to wet hair and lather up and rinse well. Repeat as necessary, for maximum benefits leave the second lather of shampoo on the hair for approximately 3-5 minutes for amazing results and then rinse off. After shampooing, apply the conditioner and leave on, also for 3-5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

If you’ve scanned the options in the haircare section recently, you may have noticed an increase of products declaring themselves SLS-free. Before adding another ingredient to your ‘avoid’ list, let’s investigate what SLS actually is, and whether you should be concerned about it featuring in any of your favourite beauty products. 


What Is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS, is a surfactant, a compound that is used to increase the ability of a product to spread and lather. It is most commonly found in shampoo, soap and shower gel, not only helping to create a good transference of the product but playing a role in its cleaning capabilities too. 

SLS is usually derived from either coconut or palm kernel oil because of its high lauric acid content. To the palm oil, sulphuric acid is added and then neutralised using sodium carbonate, all of which processes the lauric acid into SLS. The reliance on palm oil to create SLS is one of the reasons that many brands are moving away from SLS, which we’ll discuss in more detail later in this article. However, despite the admittedly scary-sounding ingredients involved in the process (though we all know by now that acid ≠ bad), SLS is safe to use and has been used in products we know and love since 1930.


How Does It Work?

When it comes to deep cleaning, sodium lauryl sulfate is a fantastic ingredient. As a surfactant which is both water and oil-soluble, nothing stands in its way.  It’s thorough action of trapping oil and water within its foam allows dirt and grease to be lifted and removed, leaving only your squeaky clean skin or hair behind. Of course, along with the grease and dirt, your skin and hair’s natural oils are also removed when using SLS, which is why following up with a conditioner or moisturiser is so essential.


Why Are Companies Moving Away from Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?

Despite SLS being safe to use and a key ingredient in many shampoos and cleaning products, there is a push to move away from its use for a number of reasons. 

The first is the reliance on palm oil as part of the manufacturing process. Palm oil is an ingredient that has strong links to the deforestation of rainforests, which many brands, particularly those with an eco-focus, don’t want to be associated with. 

Second, SLS has been shown to be very drying. While the majority of people can take steps to counteract this, such as by using a conditioner after shampooing, there is a large group for whom SLS is a no-go ingredient. Those with curly, dry or frizzy hair should avoid using products that contain an SLS, as should anyone with dry or irritated skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.

The final reason that companies are moving away from SLS is that it’s simply no longer a must-have ingredient in formulating cleansing products. Alternative, gentler surfactants are increasingly available, such as Sodium Coco-Sulfate, which provides the same function as SLS without the need for palm oil or the harsh, oil-stripping properties.


What Products Contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?

Unless you specifically avoid SLS in your purchasing decisions, the chances are high that you’ll already have a large number of products in your home that include SLS. Essentially, anything that lathers and foams as part of its cleaning process will probably contain SLS.

Here are our Sodium Lauryl Sulfate top picks.


Kérastase
Volumifique Bain Shampoo Fine Hair 250ml


Regenerate Original
Advanced Foaming Mouthwash 50ml


TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde
Tween Set: Shampoo 750ml & Reconstructor Conditioner 750ml


Most people can use sodium lauryl sulfate without issue, but as mentioned above, it is best avoided if you have a dry skin type or hair that requires a lot of moisture. 

Was this helpful? If so, you can view all of our Sodium Lauryl Sulfate products and read similar articles at allbeauty.com/Ingredients

Kérastase Scalp Scrub

If you haven’t introduced scalp scrubs into your haircare routine yet, what are you waiting for? In the same way that your skin needs regular exfoliation to clear away the bad stuff, your scalp needs it too. A scalp scrub is an essential treatment that your scalp and strands will love. 


What’s a hair scrub?

When it comes to your skincare routine, you may know exactly what your skin is calling out for, such as a helpful dose of hydration, a good cleanse, or deep exfoliation. The same needs apply to your scalp, after all, under all that hair, there’s skin there that needs attention too.

A scalp scrub is a perfect way to ensure that your scalp is looked after. It’s designed to clear away styling products, pollution, dead cells and other impurities that have the tendency to collect on your scalp. Remember: you can’t grow beautiful hair if you don’t create the right conditions for it to thrive. That’s why starting with the scalp is so important. 


What’s the best hair scrub for me? 

Normal to Oily

Enriched with gentle exfoliants like sea salt minerals the Kérastase Fusio-Scrub Energisant is designed to care for normal to oily scalp conditions to help exfoliate the deeply-ingrained impurities found within the hair and scalp. Made with Salicylic acid and Vitamin B5, the formula improves skin comfort whilst helping to nourish your locks and prevent dryness. It helps to instantly reinject up to 72% more volume & up to 6x more shine after one application.

Normal to Sensitive

For those with normal to sensitive scalps, try Kérastase Fusio-Scrub  Apaisant, enriched with Jojoba Seeds and Sweet Orange Peel to gently cleanse your scalp to remove dead cells and dirt particles, therefore, helping improve skin comfort and prevent dryness. 


How do I incorporate a scalp scrub into my haircare routine?

The key here is moderation. Just as you shouldn’t be deeply exfoliating your face every day, the same rule applies to your scalp. Too much exfoliation can leave the skin sensitive, and clear away the essential oils your hair needs to thrive. It’s therefore recommended that you incorporate a scalp scrub once/twice a week into your current haircare routine. Replace your routine shampoo and apply your Kérastase Fusio-Scrub to wet hair, emulsify into the scalp and hair to gently remove all impurities from your scalp and hair. Then let it work its magic, proceed as normal to conditioning. Your hair will have had an ultimate deep cleanse for boosted volume and shine. It’s as easy as that. 


Reinject volume back into your hair while gently exfoliating your locks, all with a scalp scrub designed for your specific haircare needs- try it today! Shop all Kérastase Now:

 

Summer Strand Struggles: Our Guide To Heatwave Hair

Summer ushers in the promise of long hazy nights and sunny days languishing on sandy shores with perfect mermaid hair.

However, we all know that the summer sun can bring in a whole new wave of issues when it comes to taking your hair from the beach to the club, dealing with humidity on the commute or even the joys of office air con.

From frizzy hair problems to dry ends and lack of volume, our cheat guide to Heatwave Hair is going to unpack the main ways in which you can combat summer strand struggles and maintain a tousled je ne sais quoi about your coiffure. Move over swamp monster from the deep and hello Brigitte Bardot!

Hair Mists, Sprays & Perfumes

There’s such a wide range of hair mists, sprays and perfumes on the market that it can be hard to know where to begin. We’ve picked a few of our favourites for the season below.

Looking for bounce and volume?

Reach for a Hair Mist! Hair mists contain a variety of different minerals and vitamins designed to strengthen and enrich your hair. Italian brand Davines uses turnip extract in it’s Volu mist to provide hair with vitamins A, B and C.
Davines - Volu Hair MistTo use, spray Davines Volu (RRP £25.15 Our Price £22.45) onto towel dried hair to add volume and shine. This product can be used on all hair types but is especially effective on fine or limp hair

Looking to add texture?

Maybe you should try a hair salt spray! Salt Sprays are great for adding waves and movement to your hair for that tousled beach siren look.

Alterna Caviar Style  Sea Salt Spray  (RRP £29.50 Our Price £17.95) can be used when air drying your hair and helps to protect hair from heat.
Alterna Caviar Style Sea Salt SprayDead Sea Salt adds body and waves whilst Caviar extracts help to add shine and prevent dryness. Use on damp hair.

Looking to scent your hair?

Are you a classic beauty who is fond of spritzing your favourite fragrance on your hair? You could be doing yourself a disservice due to the higher alcohol content in perfumes which have the potential to dry out your hair. Hair perfumes, sometimes also referred to as mists, are especially formulated for hair, meaning that you can protect and hydrate your hair whilst also smelling fabulous – something to consider if you suffer from dehydrated locks. Sachajuan’s protective hair perfume 50ml helps protect against static and uses ocean silk technology to provide UV protection. It’s also great for when you want to freshen up your hair without reaching for the dry shampoo. Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Mugler have also formulated hair-friendly versions of some of their cult scents.

allbeauty loves:

Aquolina Pink Sugar Hair Perfume 100mlAquolina Pink Sugar Hair Perfume 100ml
RRP £34.00
Our Price £9.95
Sachajuan Protective Hair Perfume 50ml

Sachajuan Protective Hair Perfume 50ml
Our Price: £40.00

Dior J’Adore Hair Mist 40ml

Dior J’Adore Hair Mist 40ml
RRP £41.00
Our Price £36.90

YSL Mon Paris Hair Mist 30m

YSL Mon Paris Hair Mist 30ml
RRP £35.00
Our Price £31.50

Hair Oils

Hair oils are great for hydrating dry strands, controlling frizz and preventing split ends from forming. Kérastase’s new Soleil Huile Sirene (literally translated as sunshine mermaid oil) is a beach bi-phase oil mist which offers softness, subtle scent and shine for hair exposed to sun, salt and UV rays. Been on a speedboat or on a summer hike? Use hair oil sparingly to smooth over any stray hairs to refine your look and add a bit of shine.

allbeauty loves:

Kérastase Soleil Huile Sirene 150ml

Kérastase Soleil
Huile Sirene 150ml
RRP: £23.80
Our Price: £17.85

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Purpose Dry Oil Spray 100ml

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
Multi Purpose Dry Oil Spray 100ml
RRP: £29.50
Our Price: £18.40

Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté Natural Beautifying Oil 95ml

Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté
Natural Beautifying Oil 95ml
RRP: £42.20
Our Price £31.65

Kérastase Ultime Rose Hair Oil 100ml

Kérastase  Ultime Rose Hair Oil 100ml
RRP: £43.00
Our Price: £29.95

Dry Shampoo

Of course, there are some moments in life when you need to get rid of excess oil in a hurry. Dry Shampoo is a key product to pack with you for festivals and glamping or even when you need an extra bit of volume for hair flattened by humidity . A spritz of dry shampoo at the roots goes a long way – just spray and massage into your scalp for sneaky styling on the go.

allbeauty loves:

 Bumble and bumble Dry Shampoo 40ml

Bumble and bumble Dry Shampoo 40ml
RRP: £12.00
Our Price: £10.20

Sexy Hair Big Dry Shampoo 150ml

Sexy Hair Big Dry Shampoo 150ml
RRP: £16.95
Our Price £9.95

label.m Dry Shampoo 200ml

label.m Dry Shampoo 200ml
RRP: £14.50
Our Price £6.95

A’kin Dry Shampoo 150ml

A’kin Dry Shampoo 150ml
RRP: £12.00
Our Price £9.70

Masks & Shampoos for weekend repair

Is your hair showing signs of water damage from chlorine or seawater? Deep recovery and cleansing treatments can help to replenish hydration – we recommend masks enriched with coconut (vitamin B and potassium) for hydration and cleansing the scalp of product and environmental build up.

allbeauty loves:

Kérastase Soleil Masque Après-Soleil 200mlKérastase Soleil Masque Après-Soleil 200ml
RRP: £32.99
Our Price: £24.75
Novex Coconut Oil Deep  Hair Mask 400gNovex Coconut Oil Deep  Hair Mask 400g
RRP: £8.40
Our Price: £7.25
TIGI Bed Head Totally Beachin Shampoo 250ml

TIGI Bed Head Totally Beachin Shampoo 250ml
RRP: £12.50
Our Price: £6.25

Revlon Professional Uniq One Coconut Hair Treatment 150ml & Conditioning Hair & Super 10R Hair Mask 300mlRevlon Professional Uniq One Coconut Hair Treatment 150ml & Conditioning Hair & Super 10R Hair Mask 300ml
Our Price: £14.95

Travel Sizes

Like the brands that you’ve read about but going on your holidays? Check out the following Travel Sizes for when you’re on the move:

Sachajuan Ocean Mist 50ml

Sachajuan Ocean Mist 50ml
Our Price £9.00

Kérastase Aura Botanica Travel Size Gift Set

Kérastase Aura Botanica Travel Size Gift Set 
RRP: £29.50
Our Price: £22.95

label.m Brunette Dry Shampoo 50ml

label.m Brunette Dry Shampoo 50ml
Our Price £4.95

 

Moroccanoil Treatment Light 25ml

Moroccanoil Treatment Light 25ml
Our Price £13.45

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Haircare: Multi Step Routines

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Kérastase Meets Megan Hess

Kérastase Meets International Fashion Artist Megan Hess

We find out more about her work, her love for Kérastase haircare and just how she became a global Instagram success in the world of fashion illustration…

Megan Hess allbeauty blogInternational fashion artist Megan Hess has worked with some of the most prestigious fashion designers and luxury brands around the world, including Dior, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany and Co. to name just  a few!

Her work has appeared on the bottom of luxury swimming pools in Dubai to bespoke homes in Paris and New York and on the walls of the most coveted fashion houses around the world. Megan is the author of 4 best selling books and she illustrates all of her work with a bespoke Montblanc pen, who she affectionately calls Monty.

How did you start illustrating? What is your background?

I studied Graphic Design because it felt like a ‘real’ job in the art world, but I really always wanted to be a Fashion Illustrator – I just never knew back then that it was a possible career choice! After working as an Art Director in ad agencies for several years I packed everything up and moved to London. It was in London that I worked in a million different creative jobs and in my final job there I realized that I had a burning desire to be an artist. At this time I’d became the Art Director for Liberty Department Store. Whist I loved art-directing fashion I loved illustrating it more. I started to do very small illustrations for Liberty and from this art directors saw my work and little commissions began to follow. After about a year I found myself with non-stop illustration work and I knew I was going to do this forever.

Megan Hess Kerastase illustration allbeauty blog

As my clients got bigger and better I was able to be a little more selective and just work on briefs that I knew had a great creative opportunity. Then in 2006 I got a call in the middle of the night from Candace Bushnell’s publisher asking if I would illustrate the cover of ‘Sex and the City’. This really was my big break and suddenly my work was seen on a global stage. After this was released I was contacted by TIME magazine in New York to create portraits for them.. Following this, I began illustrating for Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Dior, Cartier, Vanity Fair, Italian Vogue, Bergdorf Goodman, Versace, Prada and Ferragamo….. Ironically, at the same time as my work finally took off I had my first baby!! Its funny, I always tell people that I haven’t really slept since 2006!!

How has Instagram helped to shape your career?

When I first started posting on social media it was purely just a creative outlet for me and I never saw it as part of my business. As things grew and my followers really increased I realised how powerful it was – suddenly I could post an image of a new print collection and the whole collection could sell out in 20 minutes! What I love most about social media though, is that it’s almost like your own edited magazine and I love that I have complete control of the content. You can essentially show your world through your own eyes.

Kérastase was the first hair care brand that you collaborated with, why Kérastase?

Kérastase is the best haircare in the world and I always knew that if I was going to collaborate with a brand in that category it had to be Kérastase. It’s also a brand that I have been using on my own hair since I was a teenager. The products that I’ve used within the brand have changed as my hair has changed over time. Initially it was all about gaining volume – now it’s the opposite and it’s all about calming and counteracting the frizz! It’s nice to work with a brand that you admire and trust.

What does the Kérastase woman represent?

I see the Kérastase woman as someone who is successful and positive in the way she leads her life. She wants to look her best but she also wants her beauty and hair rituals to be a natural part of her life. I see her travelling, working, creating the life she wants to lead. She is someone who is selective about the products she chooses.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere! I seem to find it when I’m least expecting it. I love beautiful photography books, travelling and just getting out of the studio and seeing other exciting things that are happening in the world. In terms of subject matter, I find people and all their differences and quirks the most inspiring. I love seeing how other people dress, live and create. I’m an observer and I love all the little details that make people interesting. I also think travel has a huge influence on me and provides endless inspiration.

How is your work different to other fashion illustrations? How did you find your signature style?

I think all illustrators have their own style. I always think of my work as capturing an imaginary world of chic women in amazing locations. I always want my work to inspire or bring a smile to the viewer. When students ask me how they can find ‘their style?’ I always say… ‘just keep drawing and your style will find you!’

Why do you think women connect with you?

I think they connect with me because we share a common love of beautiful things. I love to draw and create beautiful images that are inspiring and I think we can all do with injecting a little beauty and inspiration into our lives.

You can shop Kérastase haircare at www.allbeauyt.com. Read more about Megan Hess’ work on her website: www.meganhess.com. 

With thanks to Kérastase and Megan Hess for this interview. This interview first appeared on www.kerastase.co.uk, and has been duplicated with permission from Kérastase representitives, The rights of the images featured within blog post belong to Kérastase or Megan Hess and should not be reproduced without permission.