Heat-Protective Silk-Straightening Cream

A unique, light, and greaseless straightening hair cream
  • Locks out humidity while conditioning and protecting hair from over-drying and breakage
  • Gives hair an ultra-straight and silky-smooth look with incredible shine
  • Infused with extracts derived from Soy Beans, Sesame Seeds and Sunflower Seeds
  • Formulated especially for wavy, frizzy, or curly hair in need of smoothing
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"I love everything about this anti-frizz hair cream! My hair looks and feels so silky smooth with just a drop."

Diana, Kiehl’s Insider

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How to Apply:
-Apply evenly to damp hair - from roots to ends - keeping most of the product at the ends
-Blow dry evenly with a brush to straighten out hair
-Apply on dry hair for control and shine
-For optimum results and hold, follow with a straightening iron

SEH-sah'-mee OY-il

Sesame Oil, which is a refined moisturizing oil derived from Sesame Seeds, has the same emollient properties as other nut and vegetable oils and is commonly used as a carrier oil for skin care products. Absorbs easily and softens the skin.


Silk Powder is obtained from the secretion of silkworms. It is used primarily in skin care products to improve humectancy and oil absorption.


Soybean Oil is one of the most important oils produced today. It contains about 60% polyunsaturated fatty acids and is a good source of Vitamin E, used frequently in soaps and bath oils. The oil obtained by soybeans is extracted, consisting of emollient properties such as oleic, linolenic and saturated acids. Ancient traditions cultivated soybeans for its protein, oil, and lecithin content – believed to be a superior moisturizing agent that helps soften skin.

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I am looking for a new product to help tame my wavy hair this summer while also battling the humidity. All the reviews were amazing so it is totally worth a try! Can't wait to see the results.
Brad J on Jun 30, 2015
A friend gave me some to try and I fell in love with it. It smells delicious, very light and works like a charm. I'm stocking up on this amazing stuff.
Concepcion L on Jun 22, 2015
I have very coarse, curly hair. This makes my hair feel soft.
cyndi b on Jun 30, 2015
always looking for good styling products and liked the reviews I read
Bernadette F on Jun 16, 2015
Can this product be used on ethnic hair?
LaShunda M on Jun 28, 2013
Best Answer: Hi LaShunda, I am also African American with a mix of 4A and 4B hair type. This is the best kept secret for straightening relaxed, transitioning, tex-laxed, or natural hair!!! I wish I had known of this product before and saved myself a lot of money on products. Once I have washed my hair, I use nutress leave in conditioner, then literally a dime sized amount of the Kiehl's straightening cream, and Boe Crece Pelo Hair Rinse(leave-in condish) or Shea Moisture Transitioning Hair Milk, then I blow dry on low setting and flat iron. It sounds like it takes a long time, but I'm telling you it really cuts the time down on blow drying and flat ironing. My hair has shine and tons of movement, while still not disturbing my curl pattern at all. I have tried all of the brands that are supposed to be designed for our hair and this one surpasses them all!! I hope this helps ;-))
Reply · Report · Kelly R on Jan 27, 2014
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If used without heat or just with a blowdryer, does this product straighten the hair or just remove frizz?
A shopper on Feb 21, 2014
Best Answer: Hard question to answer because of the texture of my hair. My hair is coarse and unruly, but this product used with a blow dryer and a round brush will straighten my hair and remove the frizz.
Reply · Report · Brooke P on Feb 21, 2014
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Can I use this product on keratin treated hair?
A shopper on Aug 26, 2012
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Hi there - are there any men who have used this product without a flattening iron on medium length curly/wavy hair?
Matthew Y on Feb 11, 2013
Best Answer: Hello yes I got this for my wife and I, I have curly wavy hair but only put a small amount on the ends. I would recommended a quick blow dry and style if not it leaves the hair greasy . Overall great product it does protect it as well as reduces the frizz. Hope this helps you out.
Reply · Report · Emmanuel A on Feb 11, 2013
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how can i use this creme?????????
Muntasir T on Mar 19, 2013
Best Answer: I apply the Heat-Protective Silk-Straightening Cream to towel-dried hair, and then use the blow-dryer. Next, I'll use the Silk Groom Serum to smooth out my hair some, and use the flat-iron. I'll finish with another round of Silk Groom Serum.
Reply · Report · Michelle C on Mar 22, 2013
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I need to add body to my hair. It is fine and thin. Will this make my hair appear to have less body?
Marion M on Dec 23, 2013
Best Answer: This is a great product is you want the waves in your hair to calm down a bit (that was what I wanted it for) or if you want to straighten it. This may weigh your hair down unless you use a small amount and blown dry your hair with a round brush and flip your hair over. Kiehl's also makes a great thickening shampoo and voumizing conditioner ... give that a try. Anyway, I love all their stuff ... from their perfume to their skincare line, all their products are great! Good luck to you!!
Reply · Report · Cynthia B on Dec 23, 2013
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Is it safe to use on color treated hair?
A shopper on Jun 13, 2013
Best Answer: yes you can use on color treated hair this product really protects your hair while drying I give it a 5*****
Reply · Report · Sue T on Jun 17, 2013
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men can use this crime?????????arter using this creme ,then we have use the iron machine???????????/
Muntasir T on Mar 19, 2013
Best Answer: Yes, men may use this creme. Honestly, I don't think it cares about gender;)
It is a great product. Not greasy, but a little goes a long way.

This helps for people who use hair dryers, curling irons and straightening irons, but I don't use any of those. I use this product because it's the only straightening creme that works. I simply comb it through wet hair and that's it. My hair is natural hair's texture is wavy and this helps to combat frizz or fly-away strands.
Reply · Report · LAYLA D on Mar 19, 2013
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I cannot use a perm on my hair because I have thin fine hair very short and i am a black woman now tell me the truth will this product work on me without making me bold head?
A shopper on Mar 16, 2015
Best Answer: I am a white, 68 year old woman with salt and pepper fine hair that is frizzy! This is best product I have found. I wash my hair and do not use conditioner. I apply about a quarter's size of the cream and let my hair almost dry before blowing drying. It is great for taming the frizz and does not create helmet hair. It is definitely worth a try. Good luck.
Reply · Report · Alice M D on Mar 16, 2015
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Does product have added fragrance?
A shopper on Dec 7, 2012
Best Answer: The ingredient list says that it has fragrance, but it does not smell very strong. I love the product.
Reply · Report · Joan S on Dec 7, 2012
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Protect from degree ? 350? or up to 450??
A shopper on Apr 11, 2015
Best Answer: I don't know to what degree the product will protect your hair but it works very well to provide a smooth, antifrizz look. I apply it before blow drying my hair with hot heat, I have no heat damage to my hair
Reply · Report · Linda Q on Apr 11, 2015
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Does this product contain alcohol?
A shopper on Dec 2, 2014
Best Answer: No
Reply · Report · Cynthia W on Dec 3, 2014
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Can this be used for people with short hair? I see lots of people who are using flat irons, so I'm guessing it's mainly for longer hair.
A shopper on Apr 8, 2012
Best Answer: It's good for any length hair, if you use a blowdryer. I find I don't need my straightening iron when I use this product.
Reply · Report · Christina L on Apr 9, 2012
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Would I be able to add items to my order?
A shopper on May 31, 2015
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Does this product contain alcohol?
A shopper on Dec 2, 2014
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Does this product contain alcohol?
A shopper on Sep 12, 2014
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I would like to make my hair(here is a picture: imgur(dot)com/SfTVnsi.jpg [replace the dot-word with a period]) a little more strait, is this the product for me?
Clara L on Aug 5, 2014
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