Confessions of a Hair Abuser

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Ever since I cut my hair into a long bob, I have been styling it more. When I had long hair, I could sweep it into a high pony or whip it into a messy braid. With a bob, it’s pretty limiting in that your hair needs to be down every day. Heat damage every day is not a good thing.

I also got highlights put in 2 months ago, and even though my hair is cared for by the most brilliant hairdresser ever (Shelene from Tanaz), bleach is still bleach.

To add to the madness, 3 weeks ago I was feeling SUPER restless with my hair so I went to Clicks, got a box of Garnier hair colour and coloured my hair.

I wanted a light brown tinge to deepen the strawberry blonde I’ve got going on, but the result was a flat, dark brown. Not great. So I read online about how to lighten your hair naturally, without chemically processing it and found the one that fit my lifestyle the most: bicarb. The other option I considered was to spray my hair with a mixture of lemon juice and chamomile tea and then sit in the sun for an age. And aint nobody got time for that.

So I got some bicarb, took it to the shower with me, and got busy rubbing it in. My hair was about 5% lighter after that. The next day, I did it again, and this time my hair was about 15% lighter in total. I repeated this two days later, and my hair was about 25% lighter in total. I was kinda pleased with the results, until I noticed that my ends, and especially my highlighted bits, looked particularly frazzled and damaged. The kind of damage where my split ends have split ends.

A while back, I received some Kerastase Therapiste (basically ICU for hair), but had never used it because my hair wasn’t overly damaged. I pulled it out and oh my gosh, guys! It has been a lifesaver!

what is it?

Kerastase Therapiste is hair care for damaged locks.

who is it for?

Different types of damage accumulate. Hair might look glam yet, in reality, it’s in a state of shock. If your hair feels shabby, if your hair breaks when you brush it, if it looks sad, brittle, over processed or the colour looks dull and dreary you’re the ideal candidate for a bit of TLC from Therapiste.

How does it work?

When hair becomes damaged, important proteins disappear, which consequently disrupts the internal structure of the fibre and leads to its gradual collapse. Therapiste contains an an exclusive Kérastase compound called FIBRA-KAP – designed to compensate for the loss of proteins, and to ensure the structure of the hair. These tiny proteins link keratins to each other and attach them together. It also contains 6 amino acids, a wheat protein derivative and a powerful gluco-peptide to supply the follicle with the energy necessary to activate KAPs synthesis. Added to that is the inclusion of the miracle of nature ingredient, the resurrection plant – a vascular climbing plant that grows in the world’s most arid regions. It has the unique ability to come back to life after undergoing a near death state. During the most severe droughts, this unique plant loses its green colour and up to 97% of its mass, retracting its stems, in order to concentrate precious vital elements at its core. When once again in contact with water, in a true feat of nature, the resurrection plant regains its original casing and begins a new cycle of life.

how do you use it?

Kerastase offers 2 routines for thick and fine hair types. Since my hair is fine, this is how I used the products:

I started by using the Soin Premier Conditioner Therapiste (R360 for 200ml), which is like ‘co-washing’ or the ‘reverse-poo’ method. Soin Premier is a beautiful velvet-like conditioner, formulated to bind the hair in the manner of a protective gauze. It works to infuse the fibre with softness so it is protected during washing. I had to get used to conditioning my hair before shampooing, but the switch left my hair feeling softer and bouncier. It has a delicate, floral scent and gets absorbed instantly. I kept it on for 2 minutes and then moved onto shampooing my hair.

Bain Thérapiste (R300 for 250ml) is a concentrated shampoo that produces fine bubbles, akin to a mousse texture. It envelops the hair in its loving foam, and my hair felt smoother after I used it. A little goes a long way.

Before I blow dry my hair, I finish off with the Serum Thérapiste (R500 for 30ml). It has the same soft, floral fragrance and is a combination of a serum and a cream. I apply it to my hair to protect it from heat, and I really like it. Compared to a lot of other serums, it is incredibly light and doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it feel oily.

On some days, I’ll use the Masque Thérapiste (R475 for R200ml) as a treatment. It’s thick and creamy and has the same light, floral scent. The texture is a mixture of a gel and a whipped body butter. I use it when I bath so I can leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and my hair is always soft and smooth and smells pretty

For thick hair, the routine goes Bain Therapiste followed by the Masque and then the Serum.


I love how pampered, cared for and soft my hair looks after using the Therapiste range. Each strand feels like it’s been coated, but in the best way. My hair is light and bouncy and feels super soft. I would definitely repurchase.

What is your hair confession?

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