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Does Kérastase Elixir Live up to the Hype?

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Winter has arrived, and we all know how damaging the cooler weather can be to our hair. If your hair has a tendency to become brittle and dull at this time of year, fear not, as Kérastase’s Elixir hair oil is the perfect remedy to all hair woes!

Elixir is one of our most-used products in the salon, and we frequently recommend it to our clients – particularly over the festive period where their hair needs to look its best – and here’s why…


Most hair oils offer only one or two benefits, however Kérastase’s Elixir Ultime is much more than a typical hair oil.

Elixir Ultime is a multi-use oil that can be used either before or after styling to promote dazzling shine, deep conditioning and that much-needed nourishment – three key steps to preventing dull and lifeless locks.

The oil not only adds softness, strength and smoothness but also encourages cellular renewal, to keep hair at the peak of perfection by restoring fibres and protecting the hair strands from damage caused by heat styling or simply the undesirable British weather!


Kérastase’s Elixir Ultime oil combines four key ingredients into an Oleo-Complexe for the ultimate hair makeover – regardless of your hair type!

Maize Oil gives hair the essential anti-oxidant active ingredients required to promote ultimate shine. Pracaxi Oil offers deep nourishment and conditioning to strengthen hair strands, whilst Camellia Oil smoothes the microscopic fibres of the hair. The nation’s current favourite hair product Argan Oil helps strengthens the hair strands, and shields hair from further damage caused by the freezing weather.


As mentioned earlier, Elixir is a multi-use product that can be used both pre or post your usual hair-wash routine.

We advise our clients to use 2-4 pumps of the oil per use, dependent on the length of their hair. Warm the product in your palms and then lightly massage into the hair from root to tip.

If using pre-wash, apply to brushed hair and rinse before resuming your usual hair wash routine. If post-wash, apply to towel-dried hair in the same way prior to blow-drying.

Alternatively, you can use Elixir as finishing oil – simply work into the ends of styled hair to soften frizz and create smoothness. Elixir can also be use to reduce frizz created by the day’s activities.


Kérastase Elixir Ultime is definitely one of our most used products in the salons, and is certainly one of our most recommended products to clients battling with unruly hair on a daily basis. Elixir Ultime is very much a luxury product, but is a great all-rounder that works absolute wonders on all types of hair – particularly during the winter months!

Don’t forget to pick up a bottle from a Barrie Stephen salon after your next consultation, for £35.50.