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M.I.S.S. Michelle’s Beauty Picks of the Week: Color Me Good – My Top French Finds for Color Treated Hair


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I’ve been dying my hair since I was 12, and I just did the math…..So in my 17 years of hair color experience, I’ve come to realize the importance of using hair care products that help preserve and optimize your color, especially if a lot of time, money, and energy go into the process. So this week’s picks are products from my own personal hair care routine that will make your hair, well, fabulously French.

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1. Kerastase Bain Miroir

I’m very picky when it comes to the way a shampoo feels before, during, and after a wash. The first time I used Kerastase’s Bain Miroir, I noticed it had a very low lather, so I was feeling a bit skeptical about its cleaning powers, which only fueled the fear the $32 I spent on shampoo was not going to live up to its monetary value, that this “colour-treated hair? shampoo would be too gentle, leaving me with supposedly clean hair, and down 32 bucks. My worries were soon dispelled, for after it was rinsed, I was left with very soft, lightweight, clean feeling hair that had seemed to take on a life of its own. I don’t know what they do there in their labs in Paris, but they’ve somehow managed to put that je ne sais quoi into a bottle of shampoo, casting a magical spell on one’s hair. Enchantée.

REVIEW:
Price: $32 for 8.5 oz.
Value: Moderate
Accessibility: Moderate
Where to buy: Select Kerastase Salons, Fred Segal Beauty, kerastase-usa.com

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2. Kerastase Chroma Reflect Masque

The stylist from the Kerastase salon I purchased this product from recommended I use the Chroma Reflect Masque in place of Kerastase’s Chroma Reflect Milk, (the conditioner marketed to be sold with the Bain Miroir). All I have to say is that this conditioner is amazing; where other conditioners leave my hair in desperate need of a detangler, I experience no such thing with the Chroma Reflect Masque. My hair comes out perfectly conditioned, I’m able to easily run my fingers through it, and it dries much faster, and looks its absolute best; shiny, bouncy, vibrant, and healthy as compared to when I use other shampoo/conditioner combos. And the shine, the shine from this product is absolutely incredible – with it my highlights pick up and reflect the light in such unique way it’s like having a million tiny prisms in your hair, and the beauty of it is that it does all this in a natural sort of way. Gotta love science!

REVIEW:
Price: $58 for 6.8 oz.
Value: Moderate
Accessibility: Moderate
Where to buy: Select Kerastase Salons, Fred Segal Beauty, kerastase-usa.com

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3. Phyto Huile D’ales – Pre-shampoo Intense Hydrating Oil Treatment

When I use Phyto’s Huile D’Ales I feel like I’m treating my hair to a day at the spa. It’s like giving your hair and scalp an aromatherapy session, since the treatment contains essential oils of sage, rosemary, juniper berries and lemon, which rinse out clean, leaving no oily residue as one might think. Using this product also gives me the opportunity for the occasional nerd out I like to have, as the junior scientist in me enjoys the preparation process of this treatment, since you have to break off the ends of the glass vial containing the formula in order to empty its contents into the enclosed spray bottle, which is then used to apply the oil to the hair. I use the treatment about every 3 weeks to revive my hair’s texture and color, and either the day of or before my color, as it helps the dye adhere to the hair shaft. *I soak the spray bottle in hot water before it’s application, so it’s like a traditional hot oil treatment.

REVIEW:
Price: $28 for (5) 0.33 oz. ampoules
Value: Moderate
Accessibility: Moderate
Where to buy: Sephora, sephora.com, drugstore.com

Enjoy and stay posted for more beauty tips and picks to come next week!

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