The Fashion Week runways are showcasing a lot of different hair looks, but the soft waves at DKNY were totally my fave. The general texture, shine and smoothness of the models’ locks is what I seek to achieve daily… but I somehow fail miserably because unless it’s a special occasion, I refuse to spend more than 10 (okay, five) minutes with a blow dryer in my hand.
I’m more of an air-dry girl—which means I’m always on the lookout for a product that I can smooth onto my wet hair and go. Mousses, gels (crunchy curls, anyone?), powders and sprays: I’ve tried them all, but keep coming back to the superstar power of oil. It’s totally fab on my fine hair when I want to go au naturel, and it also rocks when I bite the bullet and commit to giving myself a blowout. I also love smoothing oils on dry hair to conceal split ends and tame frizz when I’m on the run.
But after years testing various hair oil prodz, I’ve become a very harsh critic. I expect a lot out of these babies! That’s why I’m happy to report on six that made the cut… and have my hair looking better than ever! Trust.
THE PRODUCT: Schwarzkopf Professional BC Oil Miracle Light Finishing Treatment
THE PROMISE: Specially formulated for those with fine hair, this treatment provides shine, softness and nourishment via marula oil, oleic acids and antioxidants. (There is also a regular formula for medium-to-thick or fine, porous hair, which uses argan oil.)
THE TEST-DRIVE: This oil totally impressed me! It smells beautiful and feels extra-light. Even better, it eliminated my frizz and didn’t leave any greasy residue.
THE VERDICT: Amazing for everyone, but especially if you have fine, frizzy hair and want to transform it.
BUY IT: At select salons for $39. Find the one closest to you at facebook.com/SchwarzkopfCanada.
THE PRODUCT: Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Treatment
THE PROMISE: This silicone-, paraben-, phthalate- and phosphate-free formula repairs damage, restores lustre and shine and combats the effects of humidity using 100 percent pure argan oil, grape seed oil and olive oil.
THE TEST-DRIVE: I love that this is natural and made with sustainable plant ingredients. The clear oil smells great and made my hair soft and shiny.
THE VERDICT: A terrific natural hair oil at a fab price point.
BUY IT: At Well.ca for $13.39. (Free shipping in Canada with no minimum order!)
THE PRODUCT: Kérastase Elixir Ultime
THE PROMISE: A combination of four precious oils (pracaxi, argan, maize and camellia), this product can be used in multiple ways: as a pre-cleansing treatment before you shampoo; as an intensive leave-in conditioner on mid-lengths and ends; as a pre-blowdry smoother; as a finishing treatment to tame flyaways; or as a re-touch treatment to add nourishment throughout the day.
THE TEST-DRIVE: This. Smells. Amaze. The golden-coloured oil made my hair smell good all day, absorbed quickly and added shine and silkiness without weighing it down. Can you say supermodel hair?
THE VERDICT: It’s a luxurious, silky leave-in treatment your hair will love.
BUY IT: At select salons for $50. To find the one nearest you visit kerastase.ca.
THE PRODUCT: Moroccanoil Light Treatment Oil
THE PROMISE: Featuring a lighter consistency and colour than the original Moroccanoil, this provides the same benefits: hydration, strength and improved elasticity (thanks to its signature ingredient, argan oil).
THE TEST-DRIVE: I’ve used the original formula with success, so was super-excited to try out the newer, lighter version on my fine hair. With the same yummy scent as the original, this formula is lighter in colour (great news for my highlights) with a thinner consistency. It didn’t weigh down my hair at all and I loved the silky, smooth texture it imparted to my normally frizzy locks.
THE VERDICT: This is a top seller for a reason and I love that it does what it claims to do—frizz and flyaways will not be a problem!
BUY IT: At fine salons and spas for $40.80. To find the salon nearest you visit moroccanoil.com.
THE PRODUCT: Matrix Total Results Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil
THE PROMISE: This ultra-light formula absorbs instantly and uses shea butter and olive oil to fight frizz, condition and restore shine and sleekness.
THE TEST-DRIVE: This one has a stronger scent that I didn’t enjoy as much as the others, but makes up for it in shine factor. My hair was sleek and frizz-free all day and I loved that it didn’t leave any greasy residue.
THE VERDICT: This mid-range product is great for banishing frizzies and adding shine.
BUY IT: In salons for $15 or at matrixcanada.ca.
THE PRODUCT: Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum
THE PROMISE: This tames frizz and flyaways while repairing and protecting against damage from heat styling and chemical exposure. Key ingredients include the famous Ojon oil, plus rouge oleifera oil (found in the fruit surrounding the Ojon nut).
THE TEST-DRIVE: Unlike the signature Ojon fragrance, this has a lemon-y, herbal scent and I was really impressed with how soft and hydrated my hair felt after using it. My frizz disappeared and my split ends were pretty much undetectable. Super-excited to see long-term results on my damaged ends!
THE VERDICT: A light, hydrating oil that’s perfect for repairing damage and restoring shine.
BUY IT: At Sephora, Murale and The Shopping Channel for $28.
Elizabeth Oborne is a Vancouver-based writer and holistic nutritionist. Follow her on Twitter: @elizabethedits.
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