Kérastase’s Aura Botanica Essence d’Éclat Will Perfectly Set Your Air-Dried Hair

Patience is a virtue—especially when it comes to air-drying your hair. The advice experts constantly give me for my thick hair is the importance of air-drying versus blow-drying. Sure, air-drying is time-consuming and seemingly pointless, but it really works. For years I set my damp hair with a moisturizing crème before air-drying (and if I was really in a pinch, I’d cheat and let it air-dry 70 to 80 percent, then grab a hair dryer to finishing the drying session), but after trying Kérastase’s new Aura Botanica Essence d’Éclat, I have a new respect for setting it with a fine oil mist.

Let me explain: Essence d’Éclat is a member of the brand’s new Aura Botanica collection, which has 96 percent natural-origin ingredients—including Samoan coconut oil, Moroccan argan oil, and sweet orange essential oil—that aim to moisturize the hair while minimizing frizz. And because it’s free of silicones, parabens, and sulfates, it coats the hair shaft without weighing it down.

“The molecules are small and lightweight, so you get penetration without it weighing down your hair,” says Tiana Dockswell, AVP of Education for Kérastase. “And there aren’t silicones that can add extra heaviness.”

Here’s how to air-dry your hair with or without Kérastase’s Aura Botanica Essence d’Éclat:

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Here’s how I used Kérastase’s Aura Botanica Essence d’Éclat: First, I gently gave it a shake (this is so the oil molecules properly mix with the water); then I sprayed it onto my towel-dried hair. Finally, I ran my fingers through my hair to distribute the product evenly. In the morning, when I woke up to dry hair, it felt fully moisturized and looked supershiny. I was sold—my air-drying routine just got a major upgrade.

The Samoan coconut oil and Moroccan argan oil are the main ingredients doing the moisturizing, but the product also includes avocado oil, jojoba oil, rosemary extract, and damask rose floral water to add a hint of fragrance (which I love, BTW). There aren’t any holding agents in the mist, so don’t expect it to add lift and volume, but you will be able to build on it with other hairsprays and gels (we love).

The Aura Botanica collection is a four-product line that also includes Bain Micellaire Gentle aromatic shampoo, Soin Fondamental Moisturizing deep conditioner, and Concentré Essentiel Aromatic nourishing Oil Blend, all of which retail between $43 and $58 and are 97 percent biodegradable. The entire collection can be preordered now at kerastase-usa.com, until it’s available in stores February 15.

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