Years ago, I was on the Moroccan Oil band wagon. I loved that stuff, and yes, it did make my hair feel softer and shinier. I used it daily for about a year, which is when I realized what was really in that stuff (check out Kevin James Bennett’s post about what is in Moroccan Oil), and that I wasn’t really doing my hair any favors. So, my bottle of Moroccan Oil has sat in my bathroom for years. Untouched. (And I should probably throw that thing out! I can’t believe I’ve ignored it for this long.)
Recently, I was asked to review Darshana, a new hair oil that just launched a few months ago. When I heard that it is a blend of oils inspired by the oils frequently used by both men and women in India, I had to try it! I know it’s a stereotype, but everyone I know that is Indian has amazing hair (and I’m pretty sure all of my Indian friends would be completely fine with me stereotyping like that!) I really wanted to try it out.
So, here is the reason that Darshana is so amazing. That ingredient list. There’s not a single silicone (which is most of Moroccan Oil), only natural oils and extracts!
And yes, this stuff is really amazing. It is a little thicker than other hair oils I’ve been using recently (aka- that Redken Diamond Oil), but I think it is probably similar to Moroccan Oil in consistency. From what I remember of it from years ago, anyways. It smells yummy. There’s no other way to describe it. It’s citrus and fresh, but not over powering. I can smell it while the oil is on my hair as a mask, but it does wash away.
You apply Darshana to your hair as a mask. You can apply a little, or enough to look really oily, it’s up to you. Darshana recommends leaving it on at least 30 minutes before shampooing the oil out of your hair (be careful, it can make your shower slippery). You can leave it on overnight if you want. I’ve used the treatment a few times now, the first time I left it on roughly 3 hours, the second I left it on about 30 minutes.
The results are obviously more dramatic when Darshana is left on longer or you use more oil. The result is soft, shiny hair that really looks healthier. The best part is that the results aren’t temporary, they last! And, my hair still had plenty of volume. I admit that I was afraid putting oil on my hair (especially because I included my scalp as the directions recommended) would just give me flat, oily hair. Instead, my hair was healthy, easy to style and I still had plenty of volume.
Note that I have tried Darshana as a styling product as well. I’ve applied it to both wet and dry hair, then styled as usual. If you are going to use the oil in this way, you will need much less than with a treatment. Think on the order of a few drops. A little goes a long way! It does help calm frizz, but start with a very small amount as it is easy to overdo it.
What’s your favorite intensive hair treatment right now?