Review: Touché by Flavien Haircare

Pretty battered bottles, but to be fair, they survived 1 move and various travels :P
Pretty battered bottles, but to be fair, they survived 1 move and various travels 😛

Today I’m finally going to review the haircare line that I’ve been using for the past few months: Touché by Flavien

You might have heard of Flavien Abbas, a celebrity hairdresser at Harrods salon “Urban Retreat”. He’s worked is magic on some famous heads like Shania Twain and Audrey Tatou and launched his own haircare series in 2012.

Different from most hair care products, the Touché line focuses on treating the scalp rather than specific hair types. This absolutely makes sense to me, since a happy scalp is paramount to grow and keep healthy hair. The ingredients are mostly natural and there is one superstar ingredient in all of them: the very rare and expensive prickly pear oil. This oil is extracted from the cactus and very hard to obtain, which in turn makes it very costly. But because it’s naturally rich in antioxidants and vitamin E and also moisturising, it’s an ideal ingredient for hair care products.

I’ve got 3 products from this line:

Prickly Pear Shampoo – Balanced Scalp (there are also versions for dry or oily scalp)

Prickly Pear Conditioner – Moisturising Repair

Prickly Pear Intense Nourishing Treatment Mask

Let’s have a closer look at each of them:

The Shampoo

The shampoo is slightly more on the runny side and transparent. It smells mainly of jasmine with some herbal notes. I think the smell is pretty much the same in all 3 products. I’m not the biggest fan of jasmine but I can live with it. The smell also doesn’t linger that long so it doesn’t bother me. It lathers quite well and when washed out doesn’t dry out the hair. I wouldn’t say it’s that moisturising (again, this series focuses on the scalp rather than hair) but it does leave hair softer after washing it out, as opposed to the brittle, squeaky-clean feeling that some other shampoos have, so that’s pretty nice!

According to the description on the bottle, this shampoo contains 78.3% natural ingredients and 93.5% natural origin ingredients.

Ingredients: Aqua, coco Glucoside, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) flower water, citric acid, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, PEG-7, Glyceryl cocoate, benzyl alcohol, sodium chloride, parfum linalool, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Exctract. Hydrolyzed Keratin, Opuntia Ficus Indica Seed Oil, dehydroacetic acid, polyquaternium 7, sesame seed oil, argania spinosa kernel oil

The  Conditioner

The conditioner is much thicker compared to the shampoo, it’s creamy and white in colour. The smell is very similar – if not identical – to the shampoo. This conditioner is supposed moisturise and repair hair, with 91.4% natural ingredients and 97.1% natural origin ingredients. I have to say I quite like this conditioner! You don’t need very much to coat the middle and ends of your hair and after washing it out hair feels softened and it’s got nice bounce and weight to it, as if it just been saturated with moisture, if that makes any sense? I have veeery fine and frizzy hair so I absolutely love the feeling of bouncy, heavy  hair, as strange as this may sound :’)

Ingredients: Aqua, anthemis nobles flower extract, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, sesame seed oil,  olea europa (olive) fruit oil, benhentrimonium methosulfate, behentrimonium chloride, argania spinosa kernel oil, parfum-linalool, benzyl alcohol, hydrolysed wheat protein, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Opuntia Ficus Indica Seed Oil, dehydroacetic acid, Hydrolyzed Silk, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract

The Hairmask

This is by miles my favourite product of the series! A generous pot of thick, creamy white fabulousness. The smell of jasmine is the strongest on this one, so if you don’t liIMG_4166ke the smell of jasmine you might not enjoy this very much. I like to use a generous amount of this mask and coat the middle and specially the ends of my hair with it. If my hair is feeling particularly dry, I also apply some on the roots, as the instruction do mention to coat from roots to ends. Usually I try to leave it for at least 5 minutes, but it’s also great as a deep treatment. The way this makes my hair feel when I wash it out is just out of this world. Seriously. I’ve used quite a few hair masks but not one of them left my hair feeling the way this one did. As soon as I rinsed it out with water and passed my fingers through it, I could comb through my hair without getting stuck in knots. Again, my hair had this bouncy texture to it and felt incredibly silky. I was worried this might just be a one time thing as hair gets used to it, but it’s not. Every time I use this mask, it will feel like this as soon as I rinse my hair. I LOVE IT. This mask definitely infuses your strands with some serious nourishment, so if you had to choose just on product, I’d definitely recommend the mask.

Ingredients: Aqua, Rosmarinus officinalis water, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, sesame seed oil, olea europea (olive) fruit oil,  behentrimonium chloride, butyrospernum park butter, benhentrimonium methosulfate, argon spinosa kernel oil, benzyl alcohol, propylene glycol, parfum linalool, hydrolysed wheat protein, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Opuntia Ficus Indica Seed Oil, dehydroacetic acid, Lyceum Barbarum Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract

So, what’s the verdict? Although this line didn’t completely transform the condition of my hair, I find that they contain some pretty effective ingredients that do help in nourishing hair and treating the scalp. I like the fact that it doesn’t contain silicones and is not heavily chemical like a lot of haircare products out there. The smell isn’t exactly my favourite but I can live with it. In the end that’s just a matter of personal preference. I’d probably recommend this line to people with dry hair, as they can be a bit on the heavy side. My favourite product is it definitely the mask because it’s extremely nourishing and leaves hair feeling like silk!

If you’re feeling fancy, you can get Flavien products at Harrods, but if you’re on a budget like moi, I recommend trying at TK MAXX, where they sometimes stock some products. Good luck!

Have you ever tried Flavien haircare or have one to recommend? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

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