“ Brand: Gum Hair / Type: Hair Treatment „
I have been quite unkind to my hair with using lots of heat on a daily basis and getting blonde highlights, so now my hair is damaged and dry. I'd heard that Argan oil is very good for treating dry, coloured and frizzy hair which all apply to me. I was worried that due to this being oil, that my hair would be quite greasy but I found that towel drying my hair then applying a small penny sized amount into my hands and rubbing together to warm the oil, then applying from midlength to ends to keep away from roots worked well. I would then blow dry my hair as normal and style as I usually would.My hair felt very smooth and even split ends appeared less visible. I would highly recommend this if used in the right way.
Having read lots of good things about Argan Oil in various places, I couldn't resist putting one of these in my basket during one of my frequent Home Bargains "popping in to buy one thing and ending up spending £30" trips. It currently costs £2.99 per bottle in Home Bargains, compared to the RRP of £9.99 (allegedly).
So what's so special about Argan Oil? Well according to the product description, it's "one of nature's most valuable and exotic gifts to our hair and skin". This is apparently due to the Vitamin E and moisturisers it contains, and makes the oil suitable for taming frizz and fly-aways, and conditioning dry ends.
The oil comes in a plastic bottle with a flip top lid, providing us with nothing special looking. The directions tell us that we can either apply this to dry or towel-dried hair. I have tried both, but not had much success with either unfortunately. The oil is the consistency I expected from the fact it's called "oil", being slightly thicker than olive oil but still quite runny. And oily, obviously. In fact, one of the things I disliked most about this product was the way I felt my hands were oily after using it, despite washing my hands a number of times.
I was unsure how much of the oil to use as the directions on the bottle hinted that it was best to not overdo it, so the first time I used it I only used a tiny bit for fear of making my hair look greasy, and it did absolutely nothing for my hair. It didn't look any different, and the frizziness was still there. I ended up wishing I'd just used my normal heat protector spray. I have since experimented with different amounts, and using it in different ways (just on the ends, all over, and so on), but I don't seem to be able to strike a balance between my hair looking absolutely no different, and looking greasy. The only way it seems to control frizz is by making my hair look greasy.
I did consider that maybe controlling frizz isn't the primary aim of this oil, and perhaps it's designed to improve the condition of hair as a primary function. However, I can't say that I've seen any improvement in my hair after using this oil. It does tend to get dry at the ends because I don't get it cut as regularly as I should, and this oil made absolutely no difference to that.
I wouldn't bother buying this again, in fact I don't think I'll use the rest of the bottle before giving up on it and getting rid.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)