Monday, 4 November 2013

Battle Of The Highstreet Hair Oils

Hair oils and serums have become all the rage in the last few years and since that Moroccan Oil Treatment made it into our haircare routine as a holy grail product so many drugstore brands have followed suit. In my opinion highstreet hair oils is where it's at - I don't think it's worth spending more than £10-15 on one, since above that price range the quality plateaus and they all pretty much do the same thing from then on. Here are the two I've been road-testing:

Firstly I'd just like to state that whenever I'm buying hair oils I always read the ingredients list and refuse to buy anything with silicones in them because silicone prevents moisture, protein or any other products from penetrating the hair shaft - It just gives the appearance of healthy and shiny hair but doesn't have any benefits. 

Secondly, there are a plethora of ways in which you can use hair oils: 
1. As a pre-shampoo treatment to nourish and protect the hair from drying out when washed
2. Before heat styling to protect the hair
3. As a finishing product to add shine, softness and tame flyaways
4. Can be used on wet or dry hair

John Frieda Full Repair Repairing Oil Elixir - This product contains Inca Inchi oil which has 47 times more omega-3 than argan oil and is also one of the largest sources of omega fatty acids. It promises to repair, smooth and reduce breakage. I like to take 2-3 pumps on damp hair and run that through the lengths of my hair focusing more on the lower half. It really does make your hair a lot softer and healthier looking. I love using it after heat styling as a finishing product to transform my lacklustre hair and give me a glossier mane. 

L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil - The texture of this is more gel-like and doesn't really feel like an oil. I use this in the same way as the one above. It contains a blend of 6 flower extracts promising to nourish, soften and add shine. Although it contains lots of different oils, it also contains alcohol which I don't like.

I personally prefer the John Frieda oil because I'm not a fan of the gel-texture of the L'Oreal oil. I feel like the John Frieda does more for my hair in nourishing and protecting it, and feels like more of a natural oil. 

What's your favourite hair oil?

Happy reading,


PS - If you want a completely natural alternative you could try 100% organic argan oil - I used to buy this from my local health food store, but I found it was too heavy and oily for my hair, although that would depend on your hair type and how much you use! 

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