Review: Kerastase Volumifique Line, Densifique Mask, and Carré Lissant Sheets

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written by Blythe 

When it comes to hair products, I am always on the lookout for a line that will make my fine hair look and feel thick and voluminous. This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. I remember watching Solid Gold, and instead of pining away for Andy Gibb, I was mesmerized by beautiful long, luxurious hair of all the dancers. I so wanted to be them and have their hair. (Yes, I am dating myself with this confession, but sadly, its true.)

I usually alternate between drugstore and higher end hair products, mostly because once my finicky hair gets used to the products they stop working. When I was asked to review these Kerastase products, I was a little hesitant. I wasn’t sure if they would actually work on my aforementioned finicky hair. And I have to say, I was overwhelmed by just how amazing my hair looked and felt, even after a second or third day.

Kerastase Bain Volumifique – $39*

 Kerastase Resistance Bain VolumifiqueIf you are not familiar with Kerastase products, they are divided into different regimens, each with three steps. The first step, Cleanse, in the fine hair care line is the Bain Volumifique. This shampoo is designed to amplify and reinforce fine hair for greater volume and lightness. In addition, the ingredients in the shampoo also help to control frizz, while adding shine without weighting your hair down.

This shampoo definitely delivers on its promise. My hair felt clean, without feeling striped. I also loved the smell of the product. It has a fresh clean smell, with hints of cucumber and grapefruit.

*The shampoo was not included in the sample box, so I had to purchase it myself. You can’t really review an entire line when you are missing the first step. I found it on Amazon for $20. I know they recently changed the formula, so I can’t be sure that the product I received is from the new line or old formulation.

 

 

Kerastase Gelée Volumifique – $42

 Kerastase Resistance_Volumifique_ConditionerThe next product in the Volumifique line is the Gelée Conditioner, which is part of the Treat Replenish step, or step 2. Like the shampoo, the conditioner is also designed to amplify and reinforce hair for greater volume and lightness. What is truly unique about Gelée Volumifique is that unlike other conditioners, which are usually thick and creamy, this is a light gel formula.

In addition, the ingredients in this condition help control frizz, add shine, improve manageability and long lasting style. I found all of these claims, or benefits as the Kerastase website calls them, to be spot on and truthful.

I’ve been trying not to wash my hair as often as I used to in hopes that it would be easier to style and stay healthier. This is especially challenging for me because I have naturally oily hair, and even with dry shampoo it doesn’t always look fresh. However, after using the shampoo and conditioner I noticed a complete change in my hair. I didn’t have to wash it for three days, and the products actually made my dry shampoo work even better. It was a hair miracle.

 

 

Kerastase Spray Volumifique – $40

 Volumifique_SprayThe Prime, or third step, in the Volumifique system is the Volume Expansion Spray. This spray is designed to add body and fullness to fine hair, while providing blow-dry ease and anti-static protection. The spray, which is used on towel-dried hair, from the roots to the ends also helps add texture and volume without weighing the hair down, while working to restore hair from the inside out.

I have been using a heat protecting spray for almost a year now, and have definitely noticed the difference when it comes to styling my hair. The Spray Volumifique definitely delivers on its promise of protection, but I also noticed how much more volume and fullness my hair had, and how much easier it was to style.

As with the shampoo and conditioner, the spray has a clean, fruity smell. On a side note, Kerastase has not reformulated the spray like they have with the shampoo and conditioner.

 

 

 

Kerastase Mousse Volumifique – $42

Resistance_Volumifique_MousseThe Volumifique line also includes a styling product called Mousse Volumifique. This mousse is designed to provide weightless volume, protect against heat styling and static, while adding strength, substance, and flexible hold. It should be used on towel-dried hair from the roots to ends.

I was a bit confused about whether to use this with the Spray Volumifique, or in place of the spray. I tried it both ways, and found that if I was just blowing drying my hair, without using a round brush or flat iron or curling iron, using just the spray was sufficient. However, when I used both the spray and the mousse my hair had much more volume and staying power.

 

Bottom line: While the Kerastase Volumifique line is pretty pricey, it is definitely worth the investment. Each product delivers on its promise to give fine hair more volume, without weighing it down.

 

 

Kerastase Densifique Masque Densité – $62

 kerastase-densifique-masqueIn addition to the Volumifique line, we were also sent the Masque Densité from the Densifique line, which is made to treat aging/mature/life-stressed hair. The Masque Densité is the second step, or the Treat Replenish step, of the Densifique line.

Although the name implies that the product is a mask, it actually works more like a conditioner. It is a daily treatment designed to restore substance, shine, and resiliency. The formulation is a light, creamy gel, which doesn’t weigh the hair down, and helps to smooth and detangle hair.

When I first saw the price of this mask, I was shocked. Confession number #2, this is the most expensive hair product I think I have ever used on my hair. Granted it isn’t the most expensive hair experience I have ever had though; I did live in NYC, where getting your hair cut or colored can cost a small fortune, and sometimes make you want to cry.

 

But I digress…despite its strong smell, the Masque Densité is amazing. While I wasn’t able to try it with the entire line, I did pair it with a couple of the different shampoos I had in my shower, and each time my hair was transformed. I only used it on the mid-section to ends of my hair, as instructed.

Regardless of whether I let my hair air dry, or blew it dry, my hair looked amazing. It was shiny, and full of volume, and held its style for days. It also seems to reduce the oiliness of my hair, which is always a plus.

Kerastase Carré Lissant Limited Edition Smoothing Sheets – $28.50

 carre-lissant-embedThe final product we received was the new limited edition Carré Lissant smoothing sheets. These are formulated with advanced static-control technology to take hair from frizz to smooth.

Each sheet has five benefits:

  • Eliminates frizz
  • Controls static
  • Tames flyaways
  • Blocks humidity
  • Combats dullness

I tried these sheets out twice, but wasn’t impressed. They feel like dryer sheets, or a softer version of them. I didn’t notice any improvements in the shine or static of my hair. Actually, I didn’t see any difference at all. I don’t know if they would be more effective in the summer when the humidity is higher, or if they just aren’t right for my hair. Guess I will have to wait and see.

Bottom line: While the Kerastase Masque is pricey, it is definitely worth the investment. Like the Volumifique line, this conditioner really helps to replenish your hair. I would be curious to see how it works with the entire Densifique line.

As for the Carré Lissant, I don’t think these sheets are worth the money. I didn’t notice any benefit or change to my hair.

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Comments

  1. Great review of this line, and I’m very interested in trying it. I have similar issues with my hair (fine, fragile, mature, stressed, yet it gets oily quick and looks horrible the day after I shampoo). The only Kerastase product I have is the Elixir (gold pump bottle, the most wonderful rich scent) which I like to use pre-shampoo to condition my ragged ends. I was very interested in the masque, since I’m on the prowl for a therapeutic treatment to condition and strengthen my fragile hair (did I mention I’ve been shedding like a Golden Retriever for the past year?). Not sure I could pull the trigger for north of 60 bucks, though. I need to think about that. But your review was thorough and balanced and very appreciated!

    • Thanks Ellen. I’m so glad you liked my review. $62 is definitely pricey, but the results are amazing and you do get a lot of product for the price. I wonder if you could find it online somewhere for a better price.

  2. Great review of this line, and I’m very interested in trying it. I have similar issues with my hair (fine, fragile, mature, stressed, yet it gets oily quick and looks horrible the day after I shampoo). The only Kerastase product I have is the Elixir (gold pump bottle, the most wonderful rich scent) which I like to use pre-shampoo to condition my ragged ends. I was very interested in the masque, since I’m on the prowl for a therapeutic treatment to condition and strengthen my fragile hair (did I mention I’ve been shedding like a Golden Retriever for the past year?). Not sure I could pull the trigger for north of 60 bucks, though. I need to think about that. But your review was thorough and balanced and very appreciated!

    • Thanks Ellen. I’m so glad you liked my review. $62 is definitely pricey, but the results are amazing and you do get a lot of product for the price. I wonder if you could find it online somewhere for a better price.

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