Having been on something of a roller coaster ride for the past 18 months or so, my hair is in need of a bit of TLC. Well, a lot, actually. My hair, which is incredibly (luckily, considering all I've done to it!) resilient, despite being so fine, has never been so damaged. Never. I've never been too concerned about shampoos – some work better than others, but I've never had something like a miracle happen, so will use whatever, to some degree – I go by whichever one smells the best – and conditioner was something that just made the bath slippy and so was skipped, until I went platinum and used lots of it to do my hair pastel pink, blue, lilac and so on.
Now, on my fourth time of colouring my very pale bleached hair back to something more natural, it's been all about the conditioner. And the treatments. I'm patiently growing it out, opting to have inches cut off at a time (since I went red I've had about 6 inches lopped off) which has been a hard decision to make, as I really want to grow my hair longish again. It's that time-old question: to save damaged ends for as long as you can, or to chop them all off?
I am doing a bit of both. I've found a few treatments that actually really do make a massive difference to my hair. And I have finally tried some oils, too. I wasn't too sure about oils at first; anything that gets that much hype rarely lives up to it and anyway, surely using oil in your hair must make it a bit greasy and yuck.
I got the chance to try out two oils, a Macadamia treatment with Aragn oils, and Moroccan oil. I've been using them alternately for a couple of weeks now, on damp, unconditioned hair after I've washed it. Both were different from what I expected and both were very good. The Macadamia Luxurious Oil Treatment contains the Argan Oils I was interested in, and has a nice, fresh smell – somewhat zingy, and less cloyingly sweet and cake-like than I thought it would be. It works in very quickly and doesn't leave any kind of oily, stuck-together-y bits, which is the one thing I thought oil treatments might do. In fact it leaves my hair very conditioned and soft but also very light, which I really like – there's no weightiness to hinder any curling. It leaves behind a subtle, fresh scent and hugely improves my dry lengths. It also doesn't make my roots greasy and doesn't leave my hands gunky and gross afterwards either. Win win win. I sometimes need to add a touch more to the very ends of my hair to help seal, albeit temporarily of course, my split ends.
(Yes I have split ends even after last months' 3 inch chop. Or was it 4? Like I said, patiently growing it out...)
One thing I saw that surprised me was the line on the front saying it is "...enhanced with beneficial silicones" – silicones have had a bad rap when it comes to hair care for years but to be honest, if they make my hair that much nicer, I'll use 'em. And, in this case, they do. Fine. The other oil I tried was the one I have seen big displays for here and there, The Moroccanoil Treatment. This one has an ever so slightly stronger, sweeter smell, and a slightly heavier feel in my hair – after smoothing it in, my hair is silkier and more together, if you know what I mean. It feels a bit richer, both on my hands when I'm putting it in, and then in my hair, too. It also smooths down any frazzled ends quickly. I really, really like this one. I'm happy to use either one to replace a traditional conditioner when washing my hair.
The verdict? Erm, I really like both of them. The have slightly difference results, but that's only if I'm being very picky. They both massively improve the look and feel of my hair. Massively. I would definitely buy either of them again. I'm curious how they'd go in less damaged hair, now... I'll find out when I am using them in a year or so. Bring. It. On.
And you – do you use hair oils? What do you think?
disclosure: both products were gifted to Esme and the Laneway.