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Color Me Good: Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving Hair Care Collection




Kiehl’s might as well be my beauty GPS because the brand rarely ever leads me astray. So, of course, I was stoked to try out Kiehl’s new Sunflower Color Preserving Hair Care line, which caters to women with color-treated hair, helping their tresses retain their vibrant color, maximizing luster, and helping to repair any damage caused by the chemicals involved in the dyeing process. The line consists of three products: Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo, Sunflower Color Preserving Conditioner and Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Pak. All three products contain sunflower seed oil, a natural moisturizing agent, as well as apricot kernel oil, which is rife with essential fatty acids that nourish and condition, and vitamins B3, B5 and B6, which add shine.

Okay, but enough of the press release-y stuff. Let’s get to how these products perform. The Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo washes hair gently, so that it won’t strip your color  — a huge plus considering how hair dye tends to fade and lose its sheen. Now, there’s a metaphor I like to use to describe the conditioner’s results — it’s a decidedly unglamorous metaphor, but it works, so please bear with me. Okay, imagine your hair is like dry angel hair pasta and the Sunflower Color Preserving Conditioner is the boiling water in which you’ll be cooking the pasta. Once that dry pasta is placed in that pot of boiling water, those noodles soften and develop a nice flexibility and a sense of movement — not to mention obtaining a warm golden hue. Well, that’s what happens with this conditioner — as you work it into your wet hair, you’ll almost feel the moisture penetrating the hair and making each follicle a bit plumper and smoother.

All that being said, if you have seriously dry hair, you’ll need to complement these products with both an intense treatment, such as the Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Pak (if your hair is really coarse, you can apply it once a week but otherwise, a bi-weekly session should suffice), as well as a more lightweight, leave-in conditioner. Though these products moisturize and cleanse effectively, they’re not quite as hydrating as other haircare products, but they do work wonders in terms of bringing out the nuances in your hair color and adding a healthy luster.

Here’s an added plus: I love the smell of this hair care line— you can smell the sunflower seed
oil, of course, but the apricot oil adds a nice fruity zest (oddly enough, when you combine these scents, it almost smells like guava, but it’s a delicious fragrance).

Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo, $18; Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving conditioner, $19; and Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Pak, $25. Visit

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