For years my go-to hair care has been Kerastase Chroma Riche Shampoo and Hair Masque used as a conditioner. As I’m running out of both, I thought it was finally time to investigate another line.
I chose L’Occitane Repair Shampoo for Dry/ Damaged Hair and Ultra Rich Conditioner with Shea Butter, as I’d seen both recommended on The Non-Blonde. I don’t have particularly damaged hair, but it is colour-treated and getting quite long, so rich, gentle products seem a natural choice.
L’Occitane Repair Shampoo for Dry/ Damaged Hair contains five essential oils and is recommended for people with colour treated hair. This shampoo didn’t strip my hair, nor leave it so moisturised it didn’t feel clean. I was surprised at how quickly this shampoo lathered up and how thoroughly it cleaned my hair, depite being a ‘repairing’ shampoo. It is also paraben free and suitable for vegans.
L’Occitane Ultra Rich Conditioner with Shea Butter felt thin to me. After years of using the comparatively thick Kerastase Hair Masque as a conditioner, I was skeptical that L’Occitane was going to do anything for my hair. I massaged it into my hair and combed it through as normal, and very little had to be rinsed out. It doesn’t coat the hair, but actually sinks into it. This conditioner really nourished my hair and left it beautifully soft without weighing it down at all.
After the first use of both these products, I thought they were okay, but nothing outstanding. I thought they gave my hair much more volume than the Kerastase but that was about it. But after three or four washes, I felt there was an enormous difference to my hair. Not only is there more volume, but my hair is super soft, strong, and shiny, without using anything else when I get out of the shower. I keep running my fingers through my hair – I can’t believe how soft it is! It keeps getting better after every shampoo and condition too. My haircut actually sits better now that my hair is volumised and in better condition. I can see I’m going to be sticking with these for a while.
I bought the L’Occitane Repair Shampoo for Dry/ Damaged Hair (AUD $27.50) and L’Occitane Ultra Rich Conditioner with Shea Butter (AUD $27.50) from Strawberrynet.com, but they are also available from LOccitane.com and L’Occitane stores.