It's almost like getting a salon blowout.

By Erin Lukas
Apr 09, 2021 @ 1:43 pm
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Spending more time at home has theoretically given me more time to treat and style my hair. Plus, my new 30-second commute from my bed to my couch leaves time for blow-drying and styling my hair — even if I hit snooze three times.

However, I've wasted this opportunity, because adding waves to my straight hair feels like a wasted effort when I'm in sweats 24/7. And while I haven't been exposing my hair to as much heat, I haven't given up on blow-drying it, no matter how much I hate doing it.

My hair is straight, but it's thick and coarse, so air drying literally takes all day and gives me serious frizz. Blow-drying it takes about 15 to 20 minutes (after I've let it partially air dry for 30 minutes), and while it's technically a quicker route to dry, smoother hair, it makes me absolutely dread washing my hair.

That is, until I tried Hair Rituel by Sisley Paris' La Creme.

While this cream doesn't make my hair dry faster, the heat-activated formula hydrates each strand to minimize tangles and frizz, so hair is silky and smooth post-blow dry.

Sisley Paris Hair Rituel La Creme Review
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Here's Sisley Paris' secret sauce: a blend of ionic polymers that fill in breakage and protect against heat, sugarcane for a protective barrier to lock hydration in, cotton protein, and camellia and moringa oils to strengthen and nourish hair.

Aside from the delightful floral scent, I'm a fan of this cream because there are multiple ways to use it, and they all fit into my low-maintenance pandemic haircare routine. First up, it doubles as a leave-in conditioner and heat protectant. To use, I like to warm up a dime-size amount in my hands and run it through my mid-lengths to ends for extra hydration, which leads to a smoother, shinier blowout. On second and third day hair, I massage it on the lower parts of my hair to make my split ends look less raggedy.

Whether I use La Creme on damp or dry hair, it doesn't leave my strands greasy or weighed down, even though the formula is extremely moisturizing. I chalk it up to its serum-like texture.

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This hair cream is one example that expensive-looking hair doesn't require a ton of products, but low-maintenance routines can come with a high-maintenance price.

La Creme will set you back $100 a bottle, but since we're still (mostly) staying home and not heading to the salon as often, I say go for it, and give yourself a salon-worthy blowout at home.

The Splurge is our recurring column dedicated to expensive beauty products that are worth it. This week, why we're rebuying Hair Rituel by Sisley Paris La Creme despite the $100 price tag.