These have had a thorough road test – I just finished the shampoo and conditioner, which I will say took me ages – about 8 weeks of washing my long, thick hair every other day. Pretty good for 500ml, and they only cost £4.99 each too. I have repurchased the shampoo and conditioner, but the masque and spray are still going strong!
Let’s talk about these in order. The Keratin Restoring Shampoo is, I have to admit, nothing too exciting. It’s a clear gel, SLS free (although it does contain ALS instead). It’s pretty much your standard shampoo, really. If I wasn’t a stickler for using matching haircare sets in the shower, I probably wouldn’t have bothered repurchasing this but you know, using matching shampoo and conditioner is like wearing matching underwear.
The Keratin Restoring Conditioner is lovely, but it felt a little weird at first. This has a higher concentration of keratin in it than the shampoo does, so it’s really slippy and the first time I used it, I spent about a million years under the shower because I wasn’t sure if I’d rinsed all the product out of my hair! Be aware that if you use this, you probably have washed it all out, it just leaves a slippy feeling in your wet hair. This really helps to smooth the lengths and ends of my hair, which tend to be pretty frizzy.
The Keratin Deep Treatment Masque is pretty much a more hardcore version of the conditioner, to be left in the hair for the time it takes to wash your body and shave your legs, really. It’s a little thicker and stickier than the conditioner is, but just as easy to rinse out and leaves the same slippy feeling in the hair. I have to say I don’t notice that much of a difference in my hair when using this versus the normal conditioner, so I probably won’t repurchase this one. If you’re a slag for hair masks though, it’s great value at £5.50 for 300ml.
Before I tried the ghd Straight & Smooth spray, this Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray was the best heat spray I’d used. Now, I prefer the ghd one but this is hard to beat for the price. I don’t think it really offers much shine, but it does a good job of protecting your hair from the heat of your hairdryer and heat tools and lasts for ages at £5.50 for 200ml.
As mentioned, I’ve already repurchased the shampoo and conditioner so it’s safe to say I’m a big fan – they leave my hair feeling so soft and manageable. As much as I enjoy using the mask, I don’t think it makes much more differece in my hair than the conditioner but if your hair is exceptionally dry, this might be more effective for you. The heat spray is worth picking up, too.
One thing I will say, is that just because the shampoo and conditioner work really well for my hair doesn’t necessarily mean they will for yours. My hair is naturally thick and heavy with some volume. Jen’s hair on the other hand is quite thin, and she found these products weighed her hair down flat. If you think these would work for your hair type, definitely give them a go!