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Smooth Operator

Kérastase slims down, way down.
Smooth Operator Kérastase slims down, way down.

It's like they're reading our minds—only they go one step further and back it up with serious research as well. Kérastase Paris, everyone's fave luxury haircare label, churns out another revolutionary product sure to push bad hair days to extinction. As loyal as we have been, logging in the gym hours to shed unwanted pounds, it turns out getting rid of excess baggage from our tresses is oodles simpler.

Oléo-Relax Slim, a salon treatment and at-home reinforcement range, is the latest and arguably most relevant line in the brand's roster for Filipina women and all those living in frizz-prone places. Utilizing an outstanding combo of Cera-Trioleum, or shaft-smoothing ceramide pumped up with three potent oils (camelina for softness, pracaxi for anti-frizz and apricot for moisture), the hair strand is slimmed and smoothed down and previously unmanageable volume is now tamed and under control.

Ladies silently suffering in the in-between stage from a previous bob, major curly girls, or those simply cursed with a rough, poufy 'do (or buhaghag, in the vernacular) can now trek to their nearest Kérastase salon and ask for the Oléo-Relax Slim Ritual, a 3-step treatment and the linchpin of the range. After washing, the slimming cream is applied and massaged onto the hair lengths. The oil-booster quickly follows, sealing in the cream for the product's deeper penetration, and capped with a divine head massage before finally rinsing out the locks.

It wouldn't be the multi-lauded brand it was if it didn't support its salon services with an equally fabulous home care regimen. Oléo-Relax Slim Masque, a rich, luscious, nourishing hair mask that controls damage and volume and leaves hair silky-cool to the touch, may be indulged in weekly or as needed to maintain hair's smoothness and tangle-free texture. A lighter, more everyday approach may be taken with Oléo-Relax Slim Crème, a leave-on conditioner that defrizzes and instantly untangles knots and rough areas on the hair shaft.

Ed's note: Start your slimming program by cleansing hair with a matching shampoo (we like Bain Oléo-Relax) and skip regular conditioner. Instead, apply a dollop of the hydrating mask and leave for 5 minutes. Rinse; those with extremely frazzled strands may want to follow through with a comb-through of the leave-on crème to help style hair.

Kérastase Nutritive Oléo-Relax Slim Ritual, starting at P1500 depending on hair length, at Kérastase salons.

Kérastase Nutritive Oléo-Relax Slim Masque, P2625, and Slim Crème, P1633, at leading salons.

See the Salon & Spa Directory for details.

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—Eunice Lucero, Beauty Editor

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