In the past, I’ve used Kerastase hair masks as conditioners so I thought I should try one of their actual conditioners. I am a big fan of their hair mask for color-treated hair (although mine isn’t) but they recently reformulated it and I wasn’t sure I’d like the new formula. I chatted with a Kerastase representative and asked which conditioner would make my hair feel soft and they recommended Fondant Fluidealiste from their Discipline line.
pH Level: 5.0
Ingredients*: Aqua / Water • Cetearyl Alcohol • Amodimethicone • Glycerin • Cetyl Esters • Cetrimonium Chloride • Dipalmitoylethyl Hydroxyethylmonium Methosulfate • Trideceth-6 • Phenoxyethanol • Arginine • Glutamic Acid • Citric Acid • Benzyl Salicylate • Serine • Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein • Benzyl Alcohol • Chlorhexidine Digluconate • 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol • Linalool • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone • Parfum / Fragrance
Mia’s review: The Fondant Fluidealiste conditioner is my least favorite Kerastase product ever. It is marketed as a “hair-smoothing conditioner for frizzy or curly hair”. This is probably where I went wrong. My hair is not frizzy or curly. It is also not chemically treated in any way. The only heat I ever apply is a hair dryer a few times a week during the winter months. This might be a great conditioner but just not for me.
The good thing is that it didn’t leave my hair feeling squeaky. I don’t think any conditioner should ever do that. It didn’t, however, make my hair feel more moisturized or softer. Although their website does say that “[it] instantly transforms hair to be softer…”, it just didn’t for me. And when I rinsed it out, unlike other Kerastase products, I didn’t feel like it left anything behind in my hair to nourish it. I do like the smell. I don’t know how to describe it, maybe musky with a hint of floral.
I think this conditioner could work well for you if you have frizzy or curly hair. I also think it depends on what conditioner you were using previously. If you were using a $5 conditioner from the drugstore then maybe you’d think this $45 conditioner is great. But after this, I’ve learned that I still really love my $30 Davines Love Smoothing conditioner…which I just realized I haven’t written a review for even though I’ve been using it for years.
I sent a good amount of this conditioner to my BFFL because she has naturally wavy/curly hair that is frizzy. I didn’t realize when I mailed it that she has chemically straightened her hair so it is now never frizzy. She said it made her hair feel softer. So, as with any product, YMMV. 🙂
Update May 2018: Click here to see my Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner review.
*THE INGREDIENTS LIST MAY OR MAY NOT BE ACCURATE DEPENDING ON THE SOURCE OF THE LIST AND MANUFACTURER UPDATES/CHANGES.