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Parisian haircare brand Christophe Robin are an emerging star in the Aussie industry — after all, ‘French girl hair’ is definitely in demand right now! That combined with their unique, effective professional products makes Christophe Robin quite the intriguing brand.
To get to the bottom of what makes this customer-fave tick, we sat down with Christophe Robin ambassador and QUE Colour founder and colour director, Monique McMahon. Monique has trained with Christophe himself, and regularly pays visits to his exquisite Parisian salon.
Keep reading to find out what Monique has to say about upcoming hair trends, how to best preserve your colour, and the elusive ‘French girl hair’.
Monique McMahon, Christophe Robin Ambassador & QUE Colour Founder and Colourist
RY: Can you please tell us a little about your role at Christophe Robin and your experience in the haircare industry?
MM: I’ve been in partner with the brand Christophe Robin now for almost five years. I am the National Educator for Australia and NZ, and do a lot of travel representing Christophe when he’s not in Australia. As I’ve been in the haircare industry for many years now, I’ve seen a lot of brands come and go. Christophe Robin is unique, as he is committed to using innovative ingredients with powerful natural properties, that really work to improve the overall health and condition of the scalp and hair.
RY: What are your best at-home maintenance tips for coloured hair?
MM: My top secret for looking after coloured hair at home is to work with the seasons to protect the colour and each individual strand. In summer, I love the Christophe Robin Moisturising Hair Oil with Lavender as my pre-shampoo treatment or out-and-about treatment, as it has SPF 6 and five natural oils that hydrate and protect the hair. I always shampoo with the Christophe Robin Cleansing Mask with Lemon when I’m on holidays, as it’s so gentle and restores the elasticity with magic St. John’s Wort. It also cleanses the scalp with active lemon zest.
In winter, you need to use a richer, creamier range to regenerate the hair and improve its condition, as it tends to be more brittle with the colder weather.
RY: What are your go-to essentials and tips from transitioning from summer to winter hair?
MM: You know I love to work with the seasons, so the transition from summer to winter is an important time, especially for our scalps. Autumn is the perfect time to introduce the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt to detox the scalp of any flaky residue or excess oils after too much summer fun.
To revive my ends, I like to follow with the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Prickly Pear Oil as my conditioner — your lengths need just that little bit more care at this time. I love this product because of its super-hydrating properties that don’t leave any unwanted weight in the hair.
Don’t forget to manage the scalp at this time of year — spray just a few squirts of the Christophe Robin Purifying Finishing Lotion with Sage Vinegar to your scalp before drying. The natural vinegars snap cuticles shut and remove any excess oils, leaving hair glossy and full of movement.
RY: What is the one Christophe Robin item you think every woman should own?
MM: Every woman needs the Christophe Robin Cleansing Mask with Lemon. This incredible 3-in-1 treatment transforms the hair, leaving it with a youthful, elastic texture. All hair should feel like this. It creates the perfect canvas to showcase beautiful colour and conditioner.
RY: Prickly Pear Oil is quite the unique ingredient. Can you tell us about its properties and why it has been so central to the Christophe Robin range?
MM: Prickly Pear Seed Oil is an incredibly powerful natural oil that’s extracted from the seeds of the prickly pear fruit. Only a tiny amount comes from each seed, making it a very rare commodity! It’s been treasured by Moroccan women for years; they use it for all their beauty rituals.
Christophe discovered the oil on one of his regular trips to Morocco and is passionate about using it in his hair products. Its hydrating properties make it a must for all hair types, especially coloured and sensitive locks that have a tendency towards dryness. It really soaks into the hair follicles, smoothing and adding vibrant shine.
RY: Anyone with coloured hair can reap the benefits of the Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care range. Can you tell us a little about these products and how they work?
MM: As a colourist, the Shade Variation range is one of my most favourite, and just flies off my shelves. Each product is 3-in-1; Shade Variation products are firstly conditioners that use almond oils. They’re also toners that draw on natural earthen products like iris extract (purple), carrot (copper) and liquorice (ash brown) to subdue and prolong colour within the hair. Finally, they’re intense masks enriched with Buritti oils to nourish and hydrate, leaving the hair with incredible shine!
RY: ‘French girl’ beauty is definitely a growing trend. As Christophe Robin is a Parisian brand, do you have any tips or must-have products for achieving this effortless vibe with your hair?
MM: French girl hair is all about the natural look, and the only way to get your hair to air dry naturally without frizz is by starting from the beginning. Avoid products with artificial ingredients and silicones as they only offer short term results. Next, head to your favourite salon and ask for an assessment so the right products can be recommended to you, from pre-shampoos to treatments, leave-in protectants and more.
RY: Do you have any predictions for upcoming hair trends?
MM: Trend alert — it’s the French girl bob, so get ready to make the cut, ladies! It sits perfectly at chin length to show off the neckline, and is softly textured at the front so you can flick it from side to side. And, brunettes — stand up, it’s your time to shine! Lana Del Rey’s current colour is exactly what we mean. Blondes are always trending, but this season, it’s more about face-framing — gentle light and shadow peeking through at the hair’s natural partings.
RY: Do you have a personal favourite product in the range? What is it and why?
MM: My personal favourite Christophe Robin product is the Shade Variation Care in Warm Chestnut. I use this as a conditioner to stop my brunette from going dull, and I also use it as a treatment that keeps colour from fading in general. My other ‘can’t live without’ is the Christophe Robin Moisturising Hair Cream, which is enriched with sandalwood. It stops frizz and hydrates at the same time, but feels practically weightless. I use it on wet and dry hair every day — it’s like a BB cream for the hair that brightens, smooths and protects.
Read more: The Sea Salt Hair Scrub Everyone’s Talking About
A big thanks to Monique McMahon for chatting with us. Will you be picking up any of the products in the Christophe Robin range as per Monique’s expert advice? Let us know over on Facebook or Twitter!
I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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