The latest from Fekkai made my hair feel like butter!
I used to think I was a haircare snob, but I realized it’s my hair that’s the snob. Me? I used to try to get away with drugstore shampoos and conditioners, but my hair acts like a overprivileged diva time after time, letting out a “whatever” and misbehaving accordingly. I’ve learned over time to stick with high end products, and both me and my hair are happier for it.
I’ve been lucky to be able to try some amazing high end brands in my reviewing career. But when it’s time for me to buy, there’s one line I reach for consistently – Frédéric Fekkai. Why? Because the products work. EVERY time.
Therefore, I think I may have let out an actual squeal when the Frédéric Fekkai Essential Shea Collection arrived for review. Because if there’s one thing that I love as much as Fekkai, it’s Shea Butter. But up until now, I had only ever used it on my skin. My dry skin reacts so favorably to it, seeming to drink the creamy, decadence in. Would my overworked hair react the same way?
The line combines a “Moisturizing Renewal Complex” with Shea Butter, producing four products that promise to transform dry, coarse hair into silky, supple and easy to style locks. Oh, bring it on!
I chose to try the Essential Shea Shampoo and the Essential Shea Conditioner ($24 each, 8 oz) because I wanted to test the basics. But believe me, there is nothing basic about this duo! It doesn’t get more luxe then this. The sulfate-free shampoo creates moisturizing, creamy bubbles that envelop your hair, cleaning it but also feeling like it’s healing it. I almost felt like I could skip the conditioner, my hair already felt softer (and believe me – my hair never feels like I can skip conditioner!)
Thank god I didn’t, because this conditioner is the one in my dreams. There is nothing worse for me (and all dry/over processed hair owners) then a conditioner that doesn’t deliver. A thin, watery formula that leaves you thinking “that’s it?” or cursing as you snag your comb in your knotty hair. No fear of that here. This literally felt like softened butter. It’s creamy and thick, smells heavenly, and just a small amount left my hair looking noticably healthier.
Two other lucky Review Team members will be by in the comments to tell us more about:
• Essential Shea Ultra Shea Mask ($30, 7 oz) – A once weekly, intense conditioning treatment that takes ultra-dry, coarse or unruly hair and magically makes it manageable, soft and strong.
• Essential Shea Tame and Style Pot de Crème ($35, 5.2 oz) – An ultra-rich styling crème that delivers moisture while taming frizz, flyaways and general hair naughtiness. Doesn’t it look like a dessert?
I started to write a Pros and Cons list and realized it was absolutely unnecessary. If you have dry hair, you need this line. There are no cons. Fekkai does it yet again.
Readers and Review Team, do you agree – can Fekkai do no wrong?
Where to buy: What? Sephora doesn’t carry Fekkai anymore?! That’s just wrong. But yay for Dermstore, and they have free shipping!
Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, graphic designer, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
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