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10 Facts About Elixir Ultime Hair Oil

Our Elixir Ultime Hair Oil benefits all hair types by using science to create shiny, healthy hair. Learn 10 facts about Elixir Ultime here.

Our iconic Elixir Ultime Original Hair Oil remains a timeless classic. In the decade since its release, this outstanding luxury hair oil has become a favourite of hairdressers and their clients alike. From the stunning glass bottle to the wealth of precious plant oils within, there’s so much to discover about this hero product for hair that shines. Read on to learn the answers to the top 10 questions about our Elixir Ultime Hair Oil.

1. What is Elixir Ultime Original Hair Oil?

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Original Hair Oil is a versatile hair oil that deeply nourishes, strengthens and protects all hair types. Formulated with hydrating plant oils, this best-selling product can be used in as a treatment, styling product or heat protectant on wet or dry hair to leave hair soft, shiny and healthy.

2. Is Elixir Ultime recommended for all hair types?

The idea that oil is only suited to certain hair types is a myth. Sometimes, people with thinner or finer hair shy away from hair oils out of a misplaced fear that it might weigh their hair down. However, the truth is that the only people who won't benefit from hair oil are those who aren't interested in a formula that will nourish their strands for soft and shiny hair. Elixir Ultime Hair Oil is perfect for hair that’s feeling dull, dry, coarse or frizzy, no matter your overall hair type.


Hair oil products are extremely beneficial to help hydrate dry hair. Elixir Ultime uses deeply hydrating ingredients to provide much-needed nourishment to dry brittle hair. If you have dry hair, use this beautifying hair oil on wet or dry hair to minimise frizz, nourish ends and increase shine. Use in conjunction with dry hair products like the Nutritive Bain Satin Shampoo for Very Dry Hair, and a nourishing conditioner like the Nutritive Lait Vital Conditioner to create the ultimate routine for dry hair.


If you are looking to treat frizzy hair, using a hair oil can help nourish and smooth hair. To reduce frizz, wash hair with anti-frizz hair products like the Discipline Sulfate-free Smoothing Shampoo and apply the oil before styling. The Elixir Ultime oil can also be applied on dry hair to smooth hair in-between washes.


The Elixir Ultime Hair Oil uses restoring ingredients to help strengthen the fibre for long, healthy lengths. First, wash hair with strengthening products for damaged hair, like the Résistance Strengthening Shampoo for Brittle Hair. Apply the beautifying hair oil to wet hair, to protect and nourish your lengths and style hair as usual.


Hair oil and curly hair are an ideal match. Curls can be prone to dryness and frizziness, which is effectively mitigated by the hydrating and anti-humidity properties of a good hair oil. Elixir Ultime thrives when used as a curl-defining serum when applied by twisting through curls one at a time from lengths to ends. Use as part of a complete curly hair routine with hydrating and curl-defining curly hair products.

3. What Does Elixir Ultime Do?

Let’s walk through the impressive benefits of hair oils like Elixir Ultime to help you understand the question ‘what does Elixir Ultime do?’. Hair oils give your hair a boost of radiance, helping it feel stronger, softer and shinier as the luxurious texture envelopes your strands. In addition to promoting impressive shine, hair oils act as heat protectants against the stresses of blow-drying and hot irons. Oils also have anti-humidity properties, meaning they’re an anti-frizz solution. Elixir Ultime Hair Oil is also enriched with carefully selected hair care ingredients curated for their hair benefits:

• Maize oil: Minimises frizz in curly or unruly hair types
• Marula oil: Boosts shine and moisture in dry, dull hair
• Camelia oil: Helps smooth the hair fibre
• Argan oil: This powerful multi-tasker is packed full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids to simultaneously support hydration, softness, heat protection, elasticity and of course, shine.

4. How to Apply Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oil?

Elixir Ultime Hair Oil has been formulated with a variety of uses to help you achieve healthy, shiny hair. Apply 1-2 pumps on wet or dry hair. Start from the mid-lengths and style as usual.
The beautifying multi-use oil may be applied the following ways:

Pre-Cleanse: Apply to brushed hair and rinse out before applying shampoo to remove impurities
Pre-Blow Dry: Apply to towel-dried hair and blow dry as normal for additional hair heat protection
Finishing: Work into the ends of the hair to control frizz, smooth and style
Touch-up: Apply a drop to ends throughout the day for a touch of shine as needed

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5. How much hair oil should you use?

So, what’s best in terms of how to apply hair oil? How much do you actually need? Our Elixir Ultime Hair Oil is never heavy with its fluid, silken texture. The amount of hair oil you need depends on the length, thickness, texture and condition of your hair. You’ll need somewhere between one and five pumps to create a radiant effect depending on how you’re using the oil. Apply your hair oil one pump at a time and distribute evenly throughout your hair to help determine how much you need. Then, keep adding one pump at a time until you’re pleased with the result. After a few times using Elixir Ultime, you’ll know your own magic number for shiny and nourished hair.

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6. Is it best to use Elixir Ultime on wet or dry hair?

When to apply hair oil depends on the result you’re looking for. Applying Elixir Ultime on wet hair means less shine, but in trade you get heat protection and detangling benefits. On dry hair, frizz, UV and pollution protection is the focus. However, the options don’t stop there. Elixir Ultime is an incredibly versatile formula you can use as a pre-shampoo hair treatment, leave-in conditioner, heat protectant, blowdry serum, finishing gloss or even as a hair perfume.

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7. Will Elixir Ultime create long lasting shine?

Elixir Ultime Hair Oil is formulated with a variety of plant oils like argan oil for hair to help promote shine & health. A high performance oil is the best way to achieve hair that looks shinny and the updated Elixir Ultime formula provides 48 hours of intense shine. You can also reapply a small amount between washes to further boost hair radiance. Learn about other ways you can promote shiny hair in our guide, 'how to achieve glossy hair'.

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8. What’s the addictive fragrance of Elixir Ultime?

All products in the Elixir Ultime collection have an intoxicating fragrance blending bergamot top notes with violet and freesia. Cedarwood, santal and creamy tonka bean rounds out the base notes for an elevated olfactory sensation reminiscent of a luxury perfume.

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9. Is it best to apply Elixir Ultime on the scalp as well as the lengths?

We designed Elixir Ultime for application on the lengths of the hair to boost shine, not for the scalp. If you are looking to also nourish the scalp, we recommended shopping our dedicated scalp care treatments designed specifically for this application.

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10. How often can you use Elixir Ultime?

You can reap the hair oil benefits from Elixir Ultime every single day if you choose! You can also use it as a hair treatment twice a week if that fits better with your schedule.

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The Elixir Ultime Original Hair Oil can be used alongside other hair products to create a targeted approach to your hair routine. To help personalise your hair routine, use our online hair quiz, otherwise shop the routine below perfect for dull, dry hair.

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