Keune International is probably a company that you haven’t heard about, but you should have. Started by a professional chemist living in Amsterdam in 1922, Keune has had a major role in products such as “hot” perms, “cold” perms (By the time I was getting perms in the 1980s, they were all considered “cold,” I think. I never remember having a hot perm), hair spray, hair gel, and hair color. It wasn’t long before the company headquartered in Paris, and has only expanded since then. Keune hair is now headquartered on the Champs Elysees and has relaunched their Care line, launched Blend, their individualized styling product line, relaunched Design, a repairing and texturizing line, and relaunched their So Pure natural line, and when they aren’t doing all that, they are celebrating 90 years of keeping hair looking on point.
These are the products I tried, and you’ll just have to keep reading to see which one wins my Makeup War:
- Keune Care Line Satin Oil Shampoo: this is a color-preserving shampoo, and seems very gentle. I only really shampoo along my hairline and scalp, since my ends are only barely hanging in there these days (too much heat styling!), and it cleans well, no problems there. When it comes to color, and seeing if a product actually extends the life of the color, it’s almost impossible for me to tell. I have to do my roots every three weeks or so, and pretty much anything I use will “extend” it three weeks. So I don’t really have much to offer on the color sealing properties. I will say that the rounded bottle and flip lid are super cool. Around $19 on Amazon.
- Keune Care Line Satin Oil Conditioner: this is a shea butter based product, so it does help hair smooth out a little bit and add some shine. It’s a great light-weight conditioner for anyone who has some damage, but doesn’t need the full on power of a coconut oil hair mask overnight. Leave it on while you finish up your shower, and rinse out. Really lovely light conditioner. $20 on Amazon.
- Keune Care Line 2-Phase Spray: shake the blue and white product, and you get a double duty shine enhancer and frizz controller. I spray this on when my hair is still damp from the shower. It also seems to cut my drying time down a bit, which is always nice since my hair is thick, curly, and coarse. About $20 – $30 on Amazon.
- Keune Care Line Satin Oil Treatment for Coarse Hair: here are some oils to make your hair feel amazing: monoi, sweet almond, maracuja, and yangu. You can use this product in a few different ways. I discovered that it made a great pre-shampoo treatment. I love the idea of really working some oil into your ends (have I mentioned mine are an absolute disaster?) and letting it sit for about 15 or 20 minutes before you shower. Actually, I like to do it the night before and wrap my hair in a scarf, but I know most people find that annoying. So there is that way. Another way to use it is to add it to damp hair before heat styling, as it will protect against heat. At least on your ends. It also smoothes down dry, frizzy, and fly-away hair. Just a few drops on the troubling dry hair spots works wonders. About $36 on Amazon.
- MAKEUP WARS WINNER! Keune Care Line Silkening Polish: this stuff is amazing. It probably has a million different uses, but the one I used the most was during blowdrying. Let me explain: I blow my hair mostly dry before I start using a round brush to blow it out. After getting most of the moisture out, I section my hair and round brush a section at a time. The sections that are the most difficult (massive frizzcurly hair that defies explanation) are at the nape of my neck and along the sides of my face. Even pulling the brush through with the dryer blowing hot air through a diffuser right on the hair doesn’t tame it very well, but I can usually get it mostly straight, but never frizz-free. What I started doing was blowing out each section, and when I was done, apply a small amount of this polish to the section I finished. Then I would move on to the next one. This thick balm does an AMAZING job of keeping the frizz down and the shine up. If you have hair like mine, and you try only one thing out of this line, make it this product. You won’t be sorry.
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