When I told you all about the much talked about MorrocanOil hair treatment oil, I spoilt it for many of you by telling you its not available in Malaysia at this time. I did promise you I’d find you an equivalent, and I found 2. The Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oleo Complete Beautifying Hair Oil is one of them. You’ll have to wait a bit until I get to the other 😀
This Kerastase hair elixir is a blend of 4 oils – Maize, Argan, Camelia and Pracaxi to beautify your hair, transform it into silky goodness and weightless. How very intriguing! 😀 For me, its close to liquid gold for my hair 😀
The oils come in a plastic bottle with a plastic pump without a cap. You can’t quite tell from the picture but the bottle is in fact plastic. In person, it actually looks a bit cheap – eep! Now I’d be the first to bemoan the fact its plastic, but for once, I’m not going to! You see, when you are wrestling a bottle with oily hands, you do not want to be handling a glass bottle. A fact I was glad of, the day this bottle slipped and fell to the floor 😛
The pump can be locked which again is a good thing so you don’t end up accidentally hitting it and having an oily dresser. It would have been nice had they made the pump look nicer though. This hair treatment can be used before or after shampooing. Used before, its good for those with thick coarse dry hair, to prepare and coat your hair before cleansing. I tried this, and its certainly intriguing! My hair did feel nicer after washing and I needed less conditioner. Used after (when I use it most) it helps the hair feel soft and manageable.
I found it absorbs quite quickly into the hair and does not leave it feeling oily nor heavy. Even with daily use, I did not the build up I got with MoroccanOil. They do say this is for all hair types so maybe non-oily is a good thing! I blow dry my hair most nights, so this elixir does help my hair, if I remember to apply it. It also seems to speed up the blow drying times, for some reason and always leaves my hair feeling soft, smooth and oh so swishable!
There is one thing I don’t quite like – the scent. Yes, this oil is fragranced and to my nose, it smells of coconut, and its quite strong. I don’t like the smell of coconut 🙁 Granted, it smells of lightly toasted coconut not the heavy oily scent and it fades, but its there.
I’ve also tried using it on dry hair when I had problems with very stiff dry fizzy hair in the mornings. It does help tame the hair and adds a nice shine, but I couldn’t bear having that coconut scent around me all day so I only use it as a pre-blow dry treatment. I don’t smell it when I’m sleeping LOL!
Pros: Leaves hair feeling soft and manageable, Can be used before or after washing, Can be left in hair without feeling oily, Pump dispenser
Cons: A little pricey but not overly so for the brand, Plastic on the pump looks cheap, I didn’t like the fragrance
On my short hair, I use 1 pump, spread between my hairs and then into my damp hair, and then blow dry. Despite the gold bottle, the oil is actually clear or with a hint of gold tone to it depending on the lighting.
For a treat, I used this on my hair every night for a week and the results were amazing! After that I cut back to about twice a week and I do find that the effects last on my hair for up to 3 days. You’d be surprised to note that it doesn’t go as quickly as you expect, unless you have very long hair 🙂
I’m not saying this is equivalent to or even a dupe for the MorrocanOil hair treatment oil. That one has Argan Oil as its main ingredient and a bunch of silicones. By contrast, Kerastase Elixir Ultime is a blend of 4 different oils and I’m not sure if there are silicones as I’ve lost the box. The texture is different. This Kerastase Elixir is more “oily” while the MoroccanOil oil is more “silicone-y” if you know what I mean.
Barring the strong coconut scent, I prefer how the Kerastase Elixir Ultime makes my hair feel and look, whenever I do use it. Best of all, its easier to dispense (pump vs pouring from glass bottle) and is available locally 🙂 I lost my box so no ingredient list. Sorry!
Would this be something you’d like to try or perhaps you are already using it? Its available at most Kerastase salons nationwide and I don’t think it very pricey at all 😀
The Kerastase Elixir Ultime retails for RM138/125ml at Kerastase approved hair salons nationwide. Call 03-7727 1231 for your nearest salon.