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Let's get this out of the way. I have awful hair. It is very fine and very damaged from years of dying and drying. What really finished it off was some cheap hair extensions which I had put in and then practically torn out. In the space of 12 weeks I halved the thickness of my hair and it has never been the same.
My hairdresser recommended that I start using a hot oil treatment once a week, and being the sort of person who is reluctant to spend a lot of money on myself, I did look for the cheaper options in this category.
Vo5 hot oil treatment comes in a purple and white cardboard square box and contains 4 tubes of 15ml treatment.
I bought these in Boots a month ago and they cost me somewhere between £4-4.50. It is a once a week treatment so at £1 a go I don't think it's too bad
Each tube is clear plastic with a twist off cap which is easy to open. You break the top of the tube off which is fine as you are meant to use a whole tube for each application so you don't need to worry about storing it. The oil inside is easily visible and kind of looks like golden syrup.
You have to heat the product up before applying to wet (but not shampood) hair. I use this in the bath so it is easy to just chuck it in for a while while I soak. I am not sure what you would do if you were going to use it in the shower. I guess you would need a mug of hot water up with you. Hmm.
The instructions say to apply this to your wet hair and massage. I found it a bit tricky to know how to do this best and so my technique is a combination of squirting a bit on my hands and dipping the ends of my wet hair in it and squeezing the oil directly onto my head and stroking it down my hair.
Immediately after use my hair feels lovely. Soft and silky. I have to make a real conscious effort not to keep stroking it as I know that's bad for breakage.
I have used this for 4 weeks now and my hair does feel better. I feel that less is breaking off when I brush and there is less broken hairs on my pillow in the morning.
I will be buying this again and making a point of using it each week. I will report back once I've seen my hairdresser again to see if the expert thinks there's any improvement to the condition of my hair.
I decided to try this this after my hairdresser suggested it fro my hair as it was so damaged and dry from all the dying and heat damage. When i first used it i found the instructions to be a bit unclear so i didnt use it right... so after washing it out and dryin my hair my hair felt awful .. greasy and was like this for days i was so upset as id paid a fair bit for the product and this really put me off using the other 3 tubes. However a few months later i decided to use it again .. as my hair was gettng bad again and i was fully aware of what it did to my hair last time .. but this time round i followed the instructions word for word so for anyone that doesnt know
you heat the oil up underneath the shower or in the bath ..
then you put it on ur hair massage it in and leave it .
then you wash it out once youve done this you then continue to do a normal wash .
so shampoo and conditioner as normal.
after doing it correctly the second time round all i can say is wow it really does work .. my hair felt increcible i .. i kept making my partner stroke it and feel how soft my hair was. since this time i had repeated used one tube a week and can say ive never had anymore problems with it .. its done amazing things for my hair which has now gone from dry and damaged to soft and shiny :) .. its definitly a must try for ayone. It doesn't make my hair greasy or cause me to have any build-up on myscalp.
100% recommend this to everyone ..
After a friend recommended V05 hot oil when my hair was damaged by scott cornwall's Colour B4 I decided to give it a go at only £3.20 for 4 bottles. The amount of oil was sparse however it is described as an intense treatment. After applying most of the product to the ends and rinsing thoroughly I allowed my hair to dry naturally; the results were somewhat disappointing. Prior to using this product my hair was moderately dry and after use there wasnt any difference. There is no distinct smell which is probably a bonus as other hair products which promise 'intense treatment' have has unpleasant odours. The only real change i did see was a slight shine to the crown of my hair which is somewhat surprising as i concentrated on the ends of my hair as they were the most damaged. Overall I would choose an intense conditioner and not the hot oil treatments in future.
I think it's no secret if you read through my past reviews, that I'm a hair product junkie. The latest treat for my locks that I got my hands on, was V05's Deep Nourishing Elixir, which states it is for colour damaged, course or brittle hair. The V05 hot oil range was actually suggested to me by a friend of mine, who is one of those people who always looks immaculate, so I was definitely keen to follow her advice! Upon scouring the shelves of Superdrug, I found there was this option in the gorgeous lilac packaging, or another variety for moisture boost in blue packaging.
One box set me back £3, for 4 tubes. I am new to this hot oil revelation, and luckily there are some instructions on the back of the box on how to use it. The instructions state to place a tube in some warm water (I boiled the kettle and poured the water into a cup). Wet the hair and apply the contents of the tube onto the hair, wait around 1 minute and then shampoo.
To release the contents, you have to snap the lid off of the tube. The liquid is an orange and transparent, and has a wonderful smell to it, kind of like hotel soap. I found applying the liquid to be quite straightforward, as the consistency is brilliantly runny, meaning you can spread it through your hair with ease. I was also expecting the oil to burn my hand off or something, but it was surprisingly not all that hot, although hot enough to be effective. Although 1 tube was about enough for me, I think if you have particularly long or thick hair you may require 2 tubes to cover all of your hair, as each tube is 15ml, although I got away with using 1 tube.
After giving the oil a minute to work into my hair, I rinsed my hair first and then used shampoo. It states clearly not to exceed the time limit as it may cause "severe irritation", although having sensitive skin/scalp I have to say it caused me no problems whatsoever.
Then, after I had finished washing my hair as normal (with conditioner), it was time to dry my hair and check the results.
*Reduce breakage from brushing & heat styling by up to 60%
*Protect the vibrancy of colour treated hair with a UV filter
*Seek out & bind to the weak sites of every strand
*Remove 75% more chlorine than shampoo alone
When drying my hair, I didn't notice any particular difference in the condition of my hair. However, after I had dried it properly and looked at it in the mirror, I did notice a definite boost to the look of my hair, as it appeared much smoother and glossier than it did before the treatment. My hair also felt quite soft and easy to run my hands through, and even smells quite pleasant too, so I would definitely say it has improved my hair's condition. Last time I visited my hairdresser, she said my hair wasn't as soft and smooth as it usually is however after using this treatment I definitely think it has brought my hairs condition back up to scratch, and even my faded colour looks improved.
I was surprised to learn that this product has mixed reviews, with some saying there is no noticeable difference. Maybe this depends on the overall condition of your hair to begin with, however I certainly noticed my hair was very soft and shiny after use. Some argue that the whole process of having to heat the tube first is too fiddly. In some ways I agree, however the box does say you can also put the tube in a warm bath to heat up. Also, the treatment isn't necessarily for everyday use, and in reality only adds a few minutes onto the time of washing my hair.
Overall, I am very glad I purchased this product, and it is definitely value for money, particularly as my hair takes a battering with constant colouring and heat styling. I think if you want your hair to look it's best, than you simply have to treat it now and again, so for me occasional treatments are a must. This product left my hair smoother, and less unruly after I had dried it with a hairdryer, even though I did not use straighteners on it. Perhaps the only disappointment is that it didn't tame my flyaways, however it doesn't claim to do so and I'd imagine the "moisture" treatment is more suited for this. Other than that, I struggle to fault this product and I would definitely recommend it.
When it comes to my hair it's something I really do work hard at to keep it looking nice and I really do appreciate shiny hair!
I spotted these in Boots costing £3.99 and as I hadn't seen these particular oils before I decided that I really must try them out, as I felt like my hair really did need a deep nourishing treatment.
The box is a metallic pink colour with a cut out 'window' to the side of it and on the front of the box I'm told that it is Alberto VO5 Oil Oil Deep Nourishing Elixir 'With cashmere keratin' and that it is emergency rescue from breakage. With a UV filter and that they are infused with 5 vital oils and that they are recommended to use on the hair for one minute and that they are for colour damaged, coarse or brittle hair and that there are 4x15ml tubes in the box. On the back of the box other information listed includes being told a bit more about the product and how to use them, ingredients are listed and contact details for Alberto-Culver (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Inside of course you get 4 see through, rather small tubes with a snap off piece of plastic to the bottom of each one and each one of course tells you what they are. The tubes are easy to handle and to use and enough information is given on the box too!
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Box:
For you, VO5 has created Deep Nourishing Hot Oil an intensive pre-shampoo treatment infused with a blend of 5 vital oils & Cashmere Keratin extracts to strengthen & nourish your hair.
We understand you want your hair to look its best and so you use heated appliances, brush frequently and maybe colour your hair. To counteract the damage this may cause, VO5 Deep Nourishing Hot Oil, uses the power of heat and penetrates deeply within the hair to:
Reduce breakage from brushing & heat styling by up to 60%
Protect the vibrancy of colour treated hair with a UV filter
Seek out & bind to the weak sites of every strand
Remove 75% more chlorine than shampoo alone
To use one of these all you do is place an unopened tube into a cup of hot water to heat it up and that takes about a minute. Then you wet your hair (before moving on to shampooing it) and massage it through and leave it on for a minute. Then you simply rinse this off and wash your hair with shampoo and follow with conditioner if desired.
The light yellow liquid in your hands after warming it up does have a slight greasy feel to it, but do bear in mind of course that this an oil. It contains a light and fresh floral aroma to it. I don't however find this easy to distribute through the hair at all, it doesn't lather up and you have to add it to the hair bit by bit really and work to get a full coverage and it feels slightly warm when applying it but goes cold fast.
It rinses off with ease and then I just continue my usual hair care regime.
To me this product is a waste of money to be totally honest with you. Yes it's a bit tricky to use but to be fair after you've used a tube of this once you soon work out how to use it. It does need be warm and that's fiddly too in my opinion but now I just make sure the water I pop a tube into is really, really hot.
However I have now used all 4 of these up and decided they really are not worth the effort and/or money to repurchase them again in the future. I have simply noticed nothing new with my hair and certainly couldn't say my hair feels really nourished after using these. Sure they don't hurt my hair at all and don't dull it down or anything like that but like I say I can't see any difference in my mop at all!
£3.99 in all good supermarkets and chemists for a box of four.