A powerful treatment packed with a precious oil and plenty of je ne sais quoi.
Written By AMBER KALLOR
Equal parts effortless and alluring, French girl hair — often characterized by rumpled, just-rolled-outta-bed waves seen on the likes of Jeanne Damas and Julia Restoin Roitfeld — seems particularly fitting for this moment in time. This natural, unfussy texture that has come to characterize the femme française doesn’t call for much, but it does require moisture if you want to wake up as they do in Paris.
Christophe Robin, a world-renowned colorist known for his work with French icons like Catherine Deneuve and Lea Seydoux, created a silicone-free serum that leaves even the finest hair intensely nourished but never flat. The MVP of this product (and the rest of Robin’s award-winning regenerating range) is prickly pear oil, an ingredient extracted from a rare cactus in the Middle East that has been used by generations of Berber women to protect skin, heal scars, and fight the signs of aging. With twice the amount of essential fatty acids and vitamin E found in argan oil, this ultra-rich elixir helps repair damage, soothe the scalp, and restore radiance.
Combined with hydrating tucuma butter that boasts a high concentration of fatty acids, carotenoids, and antioxidant polyphenols that lock nutrition into hair, this silky serum protects strands from heat up to 230°C (440°F), smooths split ends, and tames frizz without sacrificing bounce. The mirror-like shine that results from running this weightless wonder through damp or dry hair can be attributed to the formula’s natural sugar content that mimics the benefits of silicone. While adding a hint of perfume (preferably Chanel No. 5) to the nape of your neck feels like a very French girl thing to do, sultry notes of jasmine, ylang-ylang, and Calabrian bergamot make it entirely optional.
“This lightweight serum delivers the silkiest blowout. It smooths frizz without weighing down hair.” —Derek Yuen, Hairstylist
“I used this serum on a curly-haired client and loved that it delivered lightweight moisture, luxe shine, and beautiful results.” —Gabrielle Jeanne, Hairstylist
“I’m a huge fan of Christophe Robin’s products and this new serum is a winner! Light enough to use on finer textures, it leaves hair looking healthy and shiny instantly.” —Sascha Breuer, Hairstylist
As with every product on VIOLET GREY, the Christophe Robin Regenerating Serum with Prickly Pear Oil reached our shelves once a minimum of 70 percent of testers deemed it a winner. At that time, we added it to our hair care edit with the Violet Code’s official seal of approval.