Product Type: VO5 hair care products
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Effective and nourishing hair treatment
VO5 Hot Oil
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
VO5 Hot Oil
Advantages: Easy to use, has a positive effect on hair
Disadvantages: Not a miracle worker
Recently I went to get my hair cut. This did not go well. I am currently trying to grow my hair, but the hairdresser said to me that my hair was in really bad condition and I should have it cut into a bob to get rid of the split ends before trying to grow it again. I really didn't like the resulting haircut (not because a lack of skill on the part of the hairdresser, I should add, but because I didn't like it on me). However, I had to acknowledge that she was right about the condition of my hair. It was so bad that it was breaking off at the ends. I wash, dry and straighten it every day, and I also colour it, so no wonder. I resolved to treat my hair better in the hope of growing it properly. Immediately after my haircut, I popped into my local Boots and bought a Tangle Teezer hairbrush (on which more later) and some VO5 Hot Oil.
This product, which is designed to repair damaged hair, has been around for years - I remember that it came out when I was a teenager. I've never actually tried it, but if it's been around this long, it must be good - right? In any case, a pack of 4 tubes (each 15ml tube does 1 application) was on offer for only £2.71 (normal price £4.07). I thought the product was certainly worth trying at this price.
The outer packaging seems to have been revamped recently. The four sachets come in a white box with a pink border to match other VO5 products, and the box bears the "nourish me truly" slogan. I personally think this slogan, and the others in the range, sound a bit stupid, but never mind!
This product is described as an elixir with 5 natural oils. You are meant to use it on the hair for 1 minute once a week, and it repairs everyday damage. The tubes are clear plastic and you can see the golden-coloured oil inside.
As instructed, I used it in the shower on wet (but not yet washed) hair. The first problem was heating it up. You are meant to heat it either in a cup of hot water or in the shower itself. Now my bathroom is on the second floor and the kitchen is in the basement - no way am I walking up four flights of stairs to bring a cup of hot water to the bathroom. I resorted to the latter method, but the oil never seemed to heat up properly.
It's easy enough to twist and remove the top of the tube. The oil itself is quite runny and you have to watch that it doesn't run through your fingers. However once you rub it into your hair it sticks there easily enough. The instructions state that you should leave the oil on your hair no longer than a minute, as it is an intensive treatment. This suits me fine as I don't really have time to stand in the shower for ages waiting for it to work. After rinsing out the oil, which is a fairly quick process, I wash and condition my hair as usual.
I've used all four of my tubes now, which has taken me four weeks. I have noticed a difference in my hair, though not a majorly dramatic one. In the first couple of days after using, my hair feels quite a bit softer and a little more flyaway (which isn't a good thing). However, at least my hair doesn't feel like straw, which it sometimes does. I've also noticed that in general my hair looks more shiny and feels a bit stronger, though this is hard to judge.
Overall, though this isn't a miracle cure it has had a positive effect on my hair and I would buy this product again. It doesn't cost much and is fairly quick to use. Maybe next time I will make the effort to bring up a cup of hot water from the kitchen to heat the oil in, in case it makes it more effective.
Summary: A handy, easy to use hot oil hair treatment