A precious alliance of indulgent ingredients take shine to the next level.
Now with precious Camellia Oil, for long lasting shine & instant smoothness as well as
sacred Marula Oil, for a lightweight finish & high anti-oxidant protection.
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The Science of Hair Shine
Radiant hair is infinitely desirable, yet it can be so elusive. With Elixir Ultime, the scientists at Kérastase have harnessed the power of shine to infuse every strand with undeniable brilliance. No matter the hair type, learn how you can achieve shiny hair at home with Elixir Ultime hair products that can make a difference in how it looks & feels.
Sometimes it feels like a losing battle trying to achieve and maintain shiny hair. Between heat styling, product residue, environmental factors and other stressors, hair can easily become dull and matte, a frequent disappointment for those who prefer a glossier look.
But there is a science behind shine, and it is a code we’ve managed to crack. Here is some of the knowledge we’ve used to create an iconic product, now empowered to take shine to new levels of intensity.
Two Types of Shine
Not all shine is created equal. When light hits the hair, it can create two types of reflection—specular and diffuse. Specular reflection is symmetrical, creating a bright, mirror-like shine. Diffuse reflection scatters light, weakening its intensity. How much of each type of reflection you see depends on the condition of the fiber. Rough surfaces produce more diffuse reflection, which is why damaged hair often appears dull.
The Golden Ratio
The ideal conditions for shine yield a high ratio of speculative to diffuse reflection, and Elixir Ultime is designed to encourage that high ratio by smoothing and nourishing the fibers instantly. Speculative Reflection = Overall Shine Diffuse Reflection
Enemies of Shine
Deposited on the hair in the form of dust or product residue, dirt disrupts the hair’s ability to reflect light, causing it to appear dull and matte.
Natural oils from the scalp can seep onto the hair when it hasn’t been cleansed, clouding the surface of the fiber and reducing the hair’s capacity for intense shine.
Friends of Shine
Extracted from seeds inside the hard kernel of fruit from the Marula tree, this precious oil has incredible moisturizing and nourishing properties. It softens and soothes the hair, promoting a high level of light reflection, which appears to the eye as intense shine.
Taken directly from the seeds of the Camellia oleifera flower, precious Camellia oil is widely revered for its nourishing qualities. Comprised largely of oleic acid, linoleic acid and vitamin E, its nutrients can smooth and calm any hair type, creating the ideal conditions for high shine
Making Elixir Ultime Fragrances
As an iconic fragrance that has marked many manes for nearly ten years, we explore the unique olfactory structure of the remarkable products of the Elixir Ultime range. Top, heart and base notes work together to perfume hair with the most unique scent.
Violet is the hero here, blended with Freesia for a floral lightness at the top of the fragrance. This is where the scent gets its incredible lift, and a certain softness that balances the anchoring earthiness of the base.
Mineral notes come in at the middle level, including Heliotrope and Cedarwood that dance with the Mandarine above, offering an oriental flair that is the perfect expression of brilliant shine through scent.
The selection of the base notes is crucial to creating a fragrance that really lasts. Elixir Ultime’s robust foundation is rooted in the wood of Santal, the creamy richness of Tonka Beans along with a grounding, animalistic musk.
Fragrance Profile: Bain and Masque
Delights abound at the uppermost reaches of the fragrance, where the bright citrus-spice dance of Grapefruit and Ginger mellow into a cloak of crisp Raspberry and Cassis.
In its middle, the fragrance presents mysterious Black Violet fused with Saffron Flower Petals. Their composition is lifted by the delicate transparency of Crystal Rose.
The fragrance finds its foundation in wood and leather. Cedar and Cashmere Wood mingle lustily with the classic perfume of Vetiver.
Layering Elixir Ultime Products
Elixir Ultime products are meticulously designed with complementary fragrance profiles that work together to achieve a fully developed scent that stays on the hair for hours on end.