Friday, April 02, 2010
3 Hair Oils That I Love
I think I can honestly say that when I started this blog, something I never thought I'd be blogging about (and gushing about) was hair oil! Just a few years ago mentioning hair oil likely would bring up grimy, greasy images in everyone's mind. Why would you willingly do that to yourself? Then something happened? What was it?
I think it was the release of Moroccan Oil. This stuff suddenly showed up in salons across the country and everyone went crazy! I remember when my stylist Shannon first used it on my hair. I fell in love! My hair was so soft and silky, but not weighed down! It was perfect. Unfortunately, it was sold out at the salon and I couldn't buy a bottle for a few months. I don't have any numbers to back this up, but I'm pretty willing to bet that it's the most popular hair oil in the US right now.
If you haven't tried it, it is a pretty versatile. The oil is somewhat thick, and you only need a very small amount. You can apply it to wet or dry hair, and it will smooth, moisturize, add shine and help smooth fly aways. On the negative side, since it's so potent I've found that it doesn't have a very big margin of error between shiny, healthy looking hair and looking like a grease ball went off on your head.
Shu Uemura's Essence Absolue is a product that I was recently introduced to, and I've found that it has many of the benefits of the Moroccan Oil, but with a few additions! This oil is a bit lighter in weight, and I love that rather than coming in a bottle it comes in a pump. I find that this helps a lot when trying to control how much you will be using, especially since they seem to have calibrated everything so that 1 pump is the right amount to use.
Essence Absolue is a tad different than Moroccan Oil. If applying to wet hair, you do need to apply a few more pumps and I have noticed that it does not work as well as Moroccan Oil for wet hair. It really works best when applied to dry hair. 1 pump is great to apply to your hair when dry to help smooth, shine and condition! It is much harder to make yourself look greasy with this stuff. It can also be applied (in large amounts) to hair as a weekly conditioning treatment before you shower, or you can apply 4-5 pumps to your hair at night, sleep in it, and the next day your hair will be insanely soft and shiny without looking greasy!
Garnier Fructis Nutrient Spray is definitely an oil, but quite a bit different than the other 2 products. In that little spray bottle there are 2 different liquids, and you need to shake to mix them well. Yes, like a salad dressing. The oil inside smells like an amazing tropical drink (I feel like I'm in those old Garnier ads from the 90's when I use it. I should be in a lava rock shower somewhere). Simply hold it about 6-8 inches from your head and spray where you need it! This oil is best used on hair that is already dry, and basically at the end of styling. It's very lightweight, and a few spray are all you need.
Perhaps my favorite use of this oil is as a mid-day product to revive my hair! I use only 2-3 sprays for my whole head, run my fingers through my hair and fluff for a second. It seems to do something to the product already present and immediately things look fresher and less frizzy.
Shu Uemura Essence Absolue
Garnier Fructis Nutrient Spray
- Moroccan Oil
- Shu's Essence Absolue, Garnier Nutrient Spray