Kerastase Initialiste


14 reviews

71% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$


Aqua/Water, Polyquaternium-37, Paraffin Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Amodimethicone, Polysorbate-20, Quaternium-87, Stearyl Alcohol, Menthoxypropanediol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Safflower Glucoside, Candelilla Cera/Candelilla Wax, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Tricedeth-6, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Polyquaternium-11, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Parfum/Fragrance.

on 3/10/2015 3:25:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I didn't like this when I used it the first time. First I thougt it was to much perfume to put on my scalp, and I didn't see any difference in my hair exept for the strong smell og perfume. So first I was going to sell it. But then I gave it a second change, at I used more of it. I put a lot into my scalp and in the length of my hair. And the next day I saw the results. My hair already looked stronger. So this is really good. I Will buy it again when I run out. And that is soon, as I use a lot.

on 11/4/2014 7:21:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Tan, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

At first this product seemed like a gimmick to me. It claims to be a "Skincare-Inspired Super-Serum" to "Visibly Transform Your Hair in 7 Days." It promises "Strength Shine, Softness and Substance." They key ingredients are Ceramides, Fruit Cell Cultures, Green Tea Extract and Conditioning Agents.

I've used several other scalp serums in the past to help strengthen my hair and help it grow and have had some success. I decided to try Initialiste after I found some impressive before and after picture of people who had used for 30 days.

I am so glad I decided to try it!! I have been using it every time I wash my hair for a few months now. I apply 4 pipettes to wet hair in sections after towel drying, and then massage it into my scalp and run the leftover through the lengths of my hair.

I can definitely see a noticeable improvement in my hair! It has been growing faster and is healthier, shinier and stronger. It smells great too. I will definitely keep using it!

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Polyquaternium-37, Paraffin Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Amodimethicone, Polysorbate-20, Quaternium-87, Stearyl Alcohol, Menthoxypropanediol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Safflower Glucoside, Candelilla Cera/Candelilla Wax, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Tricedeth-6, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Polyquaternium-11, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Parfum/Fragrance.

on 10/7/2014 7:17:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I have been using this for about 1 year-- since using, i have noticed that my hair is stronger (I blow dry, color and flat iron regularly) and falls out less

Application is relatively easy, really nice smell--not too strong--also has a calming effect on my sometimes sensitive scalp.

I use about 4 pipettes per use, the bottle lasts about 6 weeks to 2 months depending if I wash my hair a bit more often or not.

A bit pricey, but I will continue to purchase as i have seen very positive results.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 2/21/2014 2:40:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

Okay, it's not that I don't like this product by any means, I really love the smell of it and I think it feels nice on your scalp/hair... but this product is meant to supposedly help your hair grow. I bought this thinking it would help my hair grow out quicker and healthier, how wrong was I! I have been using this product for like four months now, and I have not noticed any difference in my hairs growth speed at all. It still hardly grows at all..
The only thing I absolutely ADORE about this product is the incredible smell. It smells like fresh apples and it is the best scent ever. I feel like the packaging is a little overblown, for the amount of product you actually get, and the price is outrageous! The whole Kerastase line is overpriced in my opinion. I definitely wouldn't buy this again, I really really wanted to like this product and believed it helped with the quality and growth of my hair.. but was extremely disappointed.. too bad. =(

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 12/20/2013 7:28:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I got this tried on me at a salon, but decided to wait until I washed it out whether to buy it. Just rinsing this out my hair felt so amazing. I hated having to wash it out! I ended up buying a bottle and it has been so worth the money. I use this every other wash on average, but sometimes use it every time. I use about 3 pipettes on my scalp. I have noticed that using this, going sulfate free, and taking hair vitamins have helped my hair so much. I have very flat, fine hair. The only time it looks thick is when I let it go curly. With this and the above I mentioned my hair is thickening up. My hair looks thicker when wet and when dry it has so much volume I usually do not need thickening sprays. I have had stylists even comment about how amazing my hair is. I also think the combination is really helping my hair grow. I have been getting steady length. The other great thing about this is it smells so fancy and smooths in my scalp easily. The only downsides for me are the packaging and the way I have to wash my hair more often which is a pain. It is hard to see how much it is left and once it gets low it is really hard to use the pipette to get any out. And you are not supposed to pour this into your hands and rub it in. The pipette is the method of application because of how it absorbs. This does leave my scalp a little oilier after it dries. This is mostly bad for me because I already have an oily scalp. I usually avoid that by not using it when I need my hair to be styled. This is truly worth the money and I just bought my second bottle. I hardly ever buy products a second time, but this one is truly worth it.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 10/10/2013 1:26:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I have dry, damaged, bleached, flatironed, curled, and ultimately, destroyed hair. I realize there is no such thing as a miracle product that will undue all of the torture I have inflicted on my tresses. But I am obsessed with Kerastase products and am a regular user of their shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatments, so when my hairdresser suggested I try this one, I went for it. Sadly, after 4 months, I am not experiencing any amazing effects.

Pluses? It smells delicious, and has definitely improved my dry, sensitive scalp. But I have honestly seen NO difference in the appearance, manageability, and regrowth quality in my hair.

In fact, this product seems to just make my hair limp and dirty faster. Without it, I could take my hay-dry hair up to 5 or 6 days without washing, but with it, it just feels gunky faster. I have experimented with using less and less product but still, just flat locks. And I feel like a huge portion of the bottle's hefty price is the overdesigned packaging. I'll keep looking for that hair miracle!!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Tan, Cool

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Black

All my hair product I use Kerastase for 1 month. The result is all amazing .
My hair type : flat asian hair , re-dyed hair 3-4 times /year , no -volume , coarse and frisky due to iron hair roller
Product that I used
1. Shampoo : bain force architecte ( level3,4)
2. Elixir Ultime Mask ( after shampooing)
3. Serum Initialist ( at sclalp)
4. Ciment Thermique ( at the end of hair before blow drier)

Initialist serum - I use it for 4 weeks , I feel my hair is more healthy but I don't know how is this product work? because I use it with many Kerastase products as I said above. The hair fall is still happen , this can help a little . I feel my scalp more relax when I use it. I think I'll keep continue use this product because at least it can provide a hair nutrients.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 7/19/2013 4:59:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I have very thick, long, fluffy, frizzy, wavy, dry and slightly damaged hair due to highlights and coloring. I try to use the best products I can on my hair so that it never looks like crazy person who came out of an asylum (my hair naturally has habit of easily looking like that if I don't do anything). So in addition to my heavy conditioner, and efficient hair serums/oils; I have added Initialiste as part of my regimen. I do not know whether it adds shine or not. But I did notice some amount of manageability in my hair every time I use it. By the fourth use, I saw much improvement! I do think this does soften your hair. Honestly I thought it would make very thick hair to even thicker hair! Fortunately, what I was able to find is that there was more definition and control to my hair. I realized this effect when I skipped Initialiste a few times, and had much more fluffier hair! I am certainly going to keep using this!!! Fyi, don't put too much (3 pipette amount should be good)(this coming from a girl with a dry scalp and too much hair), otherwise, it makes scalp oily really fast.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 7/4/2013 10:19:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I wanted to believe, I really did. I love the Kerastase brand and had high hopes for this product, I was actually convinced it would improve my hair before I tried it. The first week of use is unbelievable-my hair was thicker, softer and more shiny than it had ever been. After a month (and I had already purchased a back up bottle-I hate to run out of things) my hair was waxy, coated, lank, dull...I always clarify and deep condition every 7-10 days so I thought maybe I just hadn't done a good job the last go around, so I clarified and deep conditioned and the waxiness and limpness didn't go away at all. When I pulled this out of my rotation after going through my routine (just trial and error) my normal hair was back. I have 3A hair that I blow out frequently, I use the best products I can and what I was trying to get out of Initialiste was less breakage from heat styling, maybe slightly thicker hair as the product promises. My hair is a little less dense than when I was younger (I am 36 yrs old with two children). Shine, bounce, healthy looking hair...I already more or less had that. I would be interested to hear what other people say about this product after using it an extended amount of time. Many reviews I have read were after the first week or two when indeed, my hair was reacting great as well.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

on 5/6/2013 9:51:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I bought this as soon as I found out on Kerastase website. I wash my hair every 2 days or almost everyday, depends how often I go to the gym. So, I only use this on my shampoo day. I do feel my hair grows faster, even my hair dresser said the same (but she didn't know that I've been using this). I can't complaint, yet. So far so good. I have weak, thin, fine Asian straight hair. I did not experience any cruel things while using this. I color my hair about 4 times/year. The reason why I bought this, because my hair always falls a lot since I was a teen. And everytime I get it color, it becomes weaker and more fragile. At one point, I was worried that I went balding. But, I did not. Although while using this, my hair still falls. But, loosing 100 hair/day is still normal. Give it a try, I still think it's a good product.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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