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A few weeks ago, I got the hair did and also went wild buying a shampoo and conditioner that cost more than my weekly shop, but are totally amazing! I'd been meaning to get the chop for ages, kept forgetting, and month after month would go by and before I knew it, a full year had passed. Bad blogger/human being wha! As usual, I headed to Christian in Brown Sugar South William Street who I've been going to for well over 10 years now and he's The Actual Business.
Look at me trying to jujj my hair.
I wanted to keep a lot of the length (after saying that I didn't want it too short because any time it's too short and I try to curl it, I look like an absolute Toblerone) so he took a couple of inches of the ends and added some long layers around my face. As he was drying the heavy wet out hair, it instantly felt lighter and bouncier and the shine was insane. Now I know I'm technically challenged in the "Doing my hair myself" department, especially as I watched him putting GHD curls through it, but I figured I'd at least be able to wash and condition my hair successfully on my own with the products they used. The girls at work had given me a voucher for Brown Sugar for my birthday before Christmas and I figured it was the perfect time to treat myself. I bought this duo and couldn't wait to use them, hoping for the best that they'd give me the bounce and volume I need for my cheveux.
Say hello to the Kerastase Aura Botanica shampoo and conditioner. Now, like all Kerastase products, there's a fierce amount of writing on the front in both English and French and I always feel like I need a dictionary when using them, along with not being able to remember the names of them ever. People keep asking me what products I'm using and all I can remember is that the bottles are burgundy. I'm not even entirely sure if they're just called Kerastase Aura Botanica or if I should be saying "Yes so I use the Bain Micellaire followed by the Soin Fondamental".
Because they both cost a fierce amount, I was going to save them for good use, but figured no, I want my hair to look lovely every day. And so I've been using them every time I wash the cheveux, but am rationing them like a good thing, using the smallest amount each time.
The Kerastase Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire is described as a "gentle, aromatic shampoo for dull, devitalised hair" and that's pretty much how my hair always is. I've really silky hair that goes flat about 72 seconds after I blow dry it and is weighed down by products so easily. I wondered if the micelles in this shampoo would work the same way they do in micellar cleansers, attaching themselves to dirt before being removed. And they do. They really do. Each time I use this shampoo, which is sulfate, silicone and paraben free, it lathers up quickly, does the job and leaves my hair squeaky clean.
The Kerastase Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental (that's a fancy word for conditioner) promises to intensely moisturise the hair and it does what it says in French on the front of the tube. I use a small blob on the lengths of the hair, leaving it in while I do my other showery business and it rinses out without leaving any residue.
What I'm left with each and every time after washing my locks is swishy sleek hair with tonnes of volume. But not the kind of volume that makes me look electrified or fluffy headed. I've had so many compliments on said swishy hair with people asking what other products I use in it and it's just these! I don't have time to faff about every day with products and am all about the short cuts.
I was reading some testamonials on the Kerastase website and a good few people said they felt that this dried out their hair, so that's worth noting if you've dry hair to begin with. But I've not had that issue at all and would absolutely let you know if I had because these are super spendy. My hair type is greasy roots and normal ends FYI.
Do you need to spend this much on shampoo and conditioners that are going to wash down the drain? That's totally up to you. You know your budget and I'm just telling you what's worked so well on my hair. Typical that it's spendy wha! I've already repurchased these because my hair looks and feels only deadly and did I mention the volume?
You can buy them in hair salons nationwide, online on Look Fantastic, on Feel Unique (where they're on sale at the time of this post going live), on Peter Mark and anywhere else you Google "Kerastase Aura Botanica Buy Online". As much as it pains me and my wallet, this range is a game changer and a hair changer for me. If you follow me on Snapchat you've probably a pain in your face from me harping on about my hair!
**UPDATE** After posting this last night, the team at Millies.ie contacted me with a discount code for you, giving you 25% off all Kerastase products! Use the code LOVELYGIRLIEBITS in the Discount code section in the checkout and save a few bob. I'm not going to lie, I'm going to be using my own code. Fact.