Some products are instant hits. Others are timeless classics. Kérastase Elixir Ultime is both. The gorgeous glass bottle, the intoxicating fragrance, and yes, the special blend of precious, shine-inducing oils made a serious splash when the luxurious serum was released ten years ago. It remains a sought-after favorite of hairdressers and clients all over the world. Here are the top ten reasons to love Elixir Ultime...
1. It’s overflowing with precious plant oils.
Camellia oil takes center stage in the rare Elixir Ultime blend, with sacred marula and argan oils in supporting roles. They all work together to nourish the hair, keeping it soft, supple and yes, as shiny as glass.
2. Hairdressers love it.
An absolute favorite among Kérastase hairdressers, Elixir Ultime is a smoothing blow dry serum, dry shine finish and mask booster. It has so many uses and gives clients the halo of radiance they crave when they step out of the salon.
3. It gets top ratings.
It’s hard to argue with thousands of 5-star reviews. Consistently top-rated all over the Internet, Elixir Ultime is a truly beloved hair treat. Everyone has their own experience with its glimmering super powers.
4. It’s great for all hair types.
It is a myth that hair oil is only good for certain types of hair. Elixir Ultime is formulated for total versatility, so all hair types can enjoy its strengthening, softening, shine-inducing properties. It’s just a matter of proper application.
5. There are many ways to use it.
Elixir Ultime is the most versatile product on your shelf. Use it as a blow dry serum, a dry finishing gloss, a leave-in conditioner, a mask booster or even as a hair perfume. Each application has a slightly different effect. Experiment and find favorites for every occasion.
6. It smells amazing.
Some Elixir Ultime fans claim they use it for the fragrance alone, the extraordinary hair care benefits being secondary. It’s an intoxicating blend of uplifting violet and freesia with grounding cedarwood, santal and creamy tonka bean—a truly iconic olfactory experience that stays with you all day.
7. Its benefits are scientifically proven.
The science of shiny hair is a complicated subject, but Elixir Ultime has cracked the code. Its refractive qualities are proven to make hair shinier, while sealing split ends and offering continuous frizz control.
8. The texture is lovely.
Fluid and silken, never heavy, always luxurious. Simply pumping Elixir Ultime into the hand and smoothing it onto the hair is a powerfully sensual self-care ritual.
9. The mini size goes everywhere with you.
Elixir Ultime’s luxurious glass bottle is a beautiful vanity piece, but not as practical as a handbag item. No worries. The convenient travel size bottle is portable and durable. At 50mL, it passes TSA regulations too, so wherever you go, shine follows.
10. It seals in shine.
The Original Oil really shines as part of a complete Elixir Ultime routine that layers on the shine in a series of steps. Begin with the cleansing, nourishing Le Bain and choose Le Fondant for lighter conditioning or Le Masque for a deep treatment. At the end, apply the Oil to wet hair before styling, and then again on dry hair to intensify the radiant effect.
Elixir Ultime Hair Care Routine
Pure shine, opulent volume the must-have range to beautify hair, putting the power of Marula and Camellia
oils at the heart of its formula. Kérastase created a customized 3-step beauty routine:
cleanse, treat and texturize with carefully conceived methods
for shiny and extremely radiant hair.
Q&A About Our Best-Selling Hair Oil: Kérastase Elixir Ultime Original Oil
Our timeless classic Kérastase Elixir Ultime has been the favorite of hairdressers and clients all over the world since the day it was released; 10 years ago. After 10 years of usage, there is still a lot to discover about it. Now let’s start our journey.
1. Is Elixir Ultime recommended to all hair types?
Yes, every woman looking for a beautifying formula that will nourish their hair and make it shinier and more radiant.
2. Why should I be using a hair oil?
Hair oils can help your hair feel stronger, softer and shinier, and it also protects your lengths against external damaging factors. For example, Elixir Ultime protects your hair against damages caused by heating styling tools.
3. How much hair oil should I use?
The amount of hair oil needed ranges from 1-5 pumps depending on the lengths, texture, thickness and condition of the head of hair in question. The trick is to apply one pump at a time and distribute the oil evenly. Start small. Begin with one pump the first time, then add a pump each time until you get the desired result. After a few application, you’ll know your own magic number for high shine and deliciously fragrant hair.
4. Is it best to use hair oil on wet or dry hair?
It depends on the result you are seeking. Applying oil on wet hair means less shine, but there are other benefits, such as detangling and heat protection before blow-drying. On dry hair, the shine factor is higher and you will get better frizz, UV and pollution protection. For both benefits, apply 1-2 pumps to wet hair, and then finish with another 1-2 pumps evenly applied to dry hair.
5. What is the secret to long-lasting shine using hair oil?
For long-lasting high shine, the key is to begin with a high-performance oil. The new Elixir Ultime formula provides 48 hours of shine, which sets you up for success. In between washes, re-apply a pump of oil to lengths and ends (rub it into your hands first) to give hair a boost of shine that will take you all the way to your next wash.
6. Which Elixir Ultime is best for my hair?
The Elixir Ultime Beautifying Hair Oils come in three formulas, so no matter what your hair type you'll find the right care for you. Use it as a pre-cleanser, intensive conditioner, pre-blow drying or as a finishing touch. Elixir Ultime L'Huile Originale: a versatile shine-enhancing and frizz protecting hair oil for dull hair. Elixir L'Huile Legere: a leave-in bi-phase mist oil for fine hair to create body and luminous shine Elixir Ultime L'huile Rose : A radiant beautifying hair oil that smooths and nourishes colored hair for vibrant shine.
7. Can I use Elixir Ultime on my curly hair?
Hair oils were made for curly girls. Since curls tend to look dry and frizz easily, a few pumps of Elixir Ultime will help you with definition, while boosting hair shine. To define your curls, apply one pump of oil into the hands and apply one strand at a time twisting it through the curls and all the way into the ends. If you are having a particularly frizzy day, apply one pump of Elixir focusing on the frizzier zones. Goodbye, dryness.
8. What is the addictive fragrance of Elixir Ultime?
The addictive notes of luxury! Its Chypre notes, modernized by a touch of acidic watery fruits, are delicately amber. The Bergamot sparkles the top notes and a subtle bouquet of white flowers and roses exhales its fragrance in a transparent heart. The rich and sensual background blossoms around the iconic ingredient of Cyprus: Patchouli.
9. Should I apply Elixir Ultime on my lengths only or can I apply on my scalp as well?
Elixir Ultime is designed to be applied only on your lengths to boost hair shine, to seal split ends and help you with frizz control. We do not recommend to apply directly on scalp. At Kerastase, we develop other formulas specific for scalp treatment.
10. How often can I use Elixir Ultime?
Elixir Ultime can be used a couple of times per week but for extra shine we recommend to use daily.