DIY £9.99 version of salon treatment loved by Emily Ratajkowski claims to transform hair in eight seconds

DIY £9.99 version of salon treatment loved by Emily Ratajkowski claims to transform hair in eight seconds

01/26/2021

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If there’s one salon blowdry treatment that really shines out for me, it’s Kérastase K Water. First seen on the gorgeous Emily Ratajkowski, this backwash miracle worker had the beauty world buzzing for creating hair so dreamy and gleamy it was dubbed “lipgloss for hair”.

Now the technology behind it has arrived in a £9.99 DIY version, here, just launched by Kérastase’s high street sister, L’Oréal Paris. And having tried and loved the salon original, I couldn’t wait to see if the DIY version could match up to it on my crispy lockdown locks.

L’Oréal Wonder Water certainly sounds enticing, especially with salons shuttered for the foreseeable future. Proclaiming itself a “game changer”, it promises to leave hair “ten times smoother, with a glassy shine and a silky touch” – and all in just eight seconds.

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That’s right, eight seconds. While most repair treatments require you to cower in the shower for at least five minutes, this one can just be applied, lathered and rinsed straight out, ready for your blowdry.

How, then, is it meant to achieve all this? The answer is something called lamellar water which was ten years in the making before it arrived in the salon.

Without wanting to get too technical, lamellar technology uses featherlight molecules that spring to life in contact with water then form a glossy film over your hair. It’s particularly handy for damaged hair, with the lamellar layers acting as a sort of temporary filler for split and snarly areas.

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L’Oréal claims it works for all hair types, and has impressive-looking, retouch-free before and afters on women of different ethnicities.

So that’s the marketing covered, but what about the reality? Bottle in hand, I was ready to hit the shower and find out.

Verdict

The first point I would make is this: Wonder Water is dispensed on shampooed hair via a nozzle you have to twist to unlock. Don’t be a doof like me and try to prise the actual cap off. Fail!

For best results, I’d also recommend squeezing your hair thoroughly first, or better still giving it a scrunching with a towel, so the product doesn’t get diluted by dripping-wet locks.

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One thing I hadn’t realised from my backwash treatment is that lamellar water physically heats up in contact with wet hair. So don’t be alarmed when you feel the hair getting warm as you massage it in.

I’d also suggest you try to avoid getting it onto your scalp because the glossing effects on lengths will translate into pancake-flat hair at the roots.

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It is remarkably quick though. All I had to do was rub my hair for eight seconds like it was Aladdin’s lamp, ready to unleash a beauty genie. Too soon to judge if this stuff was truly magic, but my hair certainly felt promisingly smooth as I rinsed it through.

I hit an early minor snag when I made the mistake of blast-drying my hair, and it tangled into tiny clots which needed teasing apart. It was far better, I quickly realised, to blowdry the “proper” way, smoothing through gently with a paddle brush.

It took a little longer than my usual lazy technique but the result of Wonder Water was worth every extra second. My hair looked and felt incredibly smooth, and fell into place very easily without my usual need for irons to flatten out frizz or disguise the frayed ends.

It’s worth noting that lamellar water is a cosmetic fix, so the glossy effect of Wonder Water won’t last beyond your next shampoo (unless you reapply it, which I have done, several times over).

And of course, I didn’t get the full bouncy benefits of the Kérastase K water salon version, where my hair was blow-dried and tonged by a pro.

However, it still looked and felt a thousand times better than it did in its un-lamellered state, so that still counts as a wonder in my book.

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