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Admittedly, I did not buy this. I took it from my mothers bathroom earlier in the month because my own ran out - but I did give it back eventually (and half empty!).
I had never really suffered with bad hair until I began to dye it. Darker didn't do much but when I began my blonde process its become so ruined I'm wondering why I ever dyed it in the first place! My mother also suffers from the same issue as she has been white blonde for the last 35 years. Her hair is now very thin and damaged hence her buying of products like this.
As you can see, the product comes in a long thin bottle. It is quite thick plastic which first made me wonder how much liquid there was for the price we paid - but a little goes a long way as you will read in a minute.
The shampoo bottle is slightly opaque but you can still see the liquid inside and the conditioner bottle is almost completely transparent. It makes it easy to tell the two apart from a distance in the bath/shower.
The lid of the bottle is brown and clear, it flips so that it is easy to close and open. I have a hatred for screw top shampoo/conditioner because when your hands are wet it is semi-impossible to open! But luckily this one is very simple and causes no frustration. Although, I find sometimes more of the product ends up in the lid as it doesn't flip completely open.
I originally didn't like the scent as it is quite woody and organic. It still lingers on my hair the next day and I have been complimented on it by friends sat next to me at college (they caught a waft!). It also stayed in my bathroom due to the steam which was nice as I didn't need to spray anything.
Using the product
When my hair was wet, I put a tiny amount no bigger than a 20 pence on my hand then smoothed and massaged it into my hair. The product lathered up well and the fragrance was instant. Normally expensive products don't lather as it is a trait to cheaper products so you think your hair is being cleaned better.
I then proceeded to use the matching conditioner and rinsed both out. After drying my hair, it felt so soft and nourished. My friend cuts and colours my hair and she even noticed a difference. Quite glad that it is getting better because I was getting sick of putting my hair up every day.
I love that the product is also 100% natural so I am not rubbing anything bad into my hair. I hate knowing I'm using loads of chemicals. The liquid is quite thick and creamy so it doesn't run off your hands and all over the place, its quite neat and tidy.
The bottle has lasted in my home for a good few months now purely down to the fact that you do not need much in your hair for it to go a long way. I would advise making sure it is completely washed out as it can leave patches greasy. I find that my crown gets bad sometimes if I don't scrub it out, as the shampoo is thick.
Price & Availability
Whilst watching QVC over last Christmas (which she never does so this was a lucky visit), my mum saw the Ojon range. Previously neither of us had heard of the brand but we are now very fond of their products. This shampoo comes in a pack along with the conditioner for £34. There are also others which are good for improving damaged hair if you check the Ojon website (or eBay and Amazon).
Admittedly it is a lot to spend on a product if you aren't sure whether it will benefit you, but this has lived up to expectations well. The fact it lasts a long time means I didn't spend my usual up to £10 a month on shampoo and conditioner from the high street - the price of buying high street each month adds up to the same as the Ojon products if you think of the life span of Ojon.
I seem to have set myself off on a hair care reviewing spree. A few years ago I bought myself an Ojon set comprising of a tub of the conditioning oil (which I've spoken about in an earlier review), a bottle each of the hydrating and thickening shampoo and conditioner and a half full size bottle of restorative hair serum. For me this was a very expensive investment, if you've read any of my other hair product reviews you might be aware that I went through a period where my hair was falling out, and what was left was rough and crispy. This was the reason I splashed out on this set, it was after I'd used the Jeunesse hair mask I've already spoken about, and I wanted something to keep my hair on the right track.
This shampoo if bought alone costs around £18 for only 250mls! I know, ridiculous isn't it. Even in my darkest hair hour I would never pay that much for a shampoo. I'd bought the set primarily for the conditioning oil, but it was on a great offer at QVC and at the time I paid about £29 for the whole set. Which while still expensive was good value as the oil alone now cost that much (and now costs £32 ish) and lasts about 6 months of regular use. At the time the offer meant that the shampoo, conditioner and serum were 'free'. I've just checked up on the QVC website to look at current prices, and this shampoo is no longer available there, but seems to have been replaced with something called Dry Recovery Shampoo! I don't know if the formulation is different of if they've just re-branded it. It can still be found on ebay usually as part of a shampoo/conditioner set, for varying price points, I saw one today at time of writing for about £13 (with 100% positive feedback). Enough of prices already.
When buying as a set of shampoo and conditioner, which seems to be the most common way this is sold, I would rather the conditioner contained more product than the shampoo. If your hair is short this wouldn't be a problem but if its below collar level then you probably use more conditioner than shampoo. I suppose we could always buy extra conditioner...at this price though probably not, ouch... and there I go on about the price again.
The Ojon range is developed from one oil produced from the nut of the Ojon tree, hence the name. It came about either after a Canadian (Denis Simioni) with wanderlust came across a tribe in Central America who had spectacularly healthy luscious hair, the name of their group in itself means people of the beautiful hair (Tawera), or when the same Denis was given a jar of the paste by a relative after a holiday in Honduras where it was being sold in jars on the street. When he realised the great effects he went in search of the ... and then the first story kicks in but the tribe is now called the Miskito. The first mystical tail I heard on QVC the second (which has more of the ring of truth to it) I found online.
The oil is very high in beneficial lipids, which penetrate the hair well and help to temporarily seal the cuticles giving it a smoother finish, and protects against further environmental damage.
I like the no nonsense bottle this shampoo comes in, the plastic is sturdy but has a soft touch feel to it. It's translucent so you can see the nice yellowish liquid through it and be well aware of how much you have left. The flip top lid looks sturdy, but it's not particularly, I'd managed to break mine within a few uses.
I like the scent of this shampoo, it's little hard to describe, but it has none of the slightly chemical 'shampoo' smell that you often get underlying any fragrances added. It all smells fresh, natural and a little bit delicious. The smell doesn't seem to be a fragrance as such you could believe it's the natural smell of the ingredients. At first I doubted this because pure Ojon is rank (in my opinion) and smells a bit smoky and coffeeish but not in a good way (for me, some people quite like it). However Simioni says that the scent has not been tampered with and as other products than the pure oil in the range contain between 15 and 25% Ojon oil then perhaps the smell has been tempered by the other ingredients after all there is a hint of Ojon smokiness but it's not overpowering. Whatever fragrance there is doesn't linger for long on the hair once it's dried.
I found this quite difficult to lather, and occasionally swapped bottles because I thought (incorrectly) that I was using the conditioner. I did over use it a little as I'm used to having a lather as a guide line to where the product is spreading and working on my hair. There was some lather but it took a bit of working up.
It rinsed out well, but I thought my hair felt 'heavy' as if it wasn't properly cleansed.
Because of the what I deemed to be the disappointing result of the washing experience I didn't expect much when my hair was dry and was a little concerned that it would look lank and or greasy. (I did usually follow up with the Ojon conditioner, but that's a different review).
Boy did I have a surprise when my hair was dry, it was gorgeous. It added shine in a lovely natural way, most shampoos and conditioner which are shine enhancing do this by using dimethicone or other silicones, which work but don't enhance the actual base condition of the hair. This however brought out the natural radiance that healthy hair has. Some Ojon products do contain dimethicone but not in this shampoo formulation.
The biggest change however was that my hair was beautifully soft, the sort you'd quite like to bury your face in. It didn't stop the fine flyaway hairs (that were just growing back after their abortive suicide attempt) from standing up for fine weather, but it wasn't frizz as such it was just short fine regrowth.
One big fail for this though is the thickening claims, for me it really did nothing in that respect. Even after using the full bottle and the conditioner I noticed no difference in the volume of my hair. It did look it's best though, had a nice feel and a bit of bounce, so didn't lie 'flat' which can make the hair look thinner. If you are buying it primarily for thickening I would look elsewhere. If like me you want something very hydrating and conditioning then this a good option.
My hair was easy to brush, and style if I wanted to. It had 'swish' and didn't feel heavy or lank one little bit.
If this product wasn't so expensive I'd probably still be using it (once or twice a week as a maintenance programme).
One thing I don't mind about the price is that it isn't all huge profit margin (though I'm sure a fair wodge of it is). Simioni has built a good working relationship with the people who produce the raw oil from the nuts for him (the original tribe, mostly). The network of families (quite a lot of them, hundreds of families in fact) get paid fairly for the ingredients and their work, a proportion of the profits from the sale of Ojon also go to the people and helps to maintain the eco system and traditional way of life. A lot of money is spent so that the oil is hand extracted in the authentic way to maintain the original potency of the product. The company also limits the harvest to protect the natural resources. So the initial production costs are quite high.
It's great for curly or very wavy hair as that tends to be dryer and more porous making it more prone to damage (along the length of the hair even if the scalp is oily) and gives it a lovely natural bounce and softness.
I wouldn't buy this again as a stand alone item, not because the product isn't good but purely because it's a lot of money to spend on a shampoo (as above if it were cheaper I probably would buy it). I think if your hair is longer conditioner is the most important thing and not shampoo. As long as the cleansing isn't so harsh that it strips the hair then I think almost any shampoo will do, because a good conditioner is what makes the difference.
I do very much admire the ethical way in which this is produced - if you believe what they say, (there is also no animal testing). It's a very natural product and the results are very good, but if I buy from the Ojon range again I'd rather direct my pennies at the pure oil treatment.
Recommended for short hair that doesn't require conditioning after every wash, or extremely dry hair that needs all the tlc it can get.
*please note this review is for the Ojon ultra-hydrating shampoo, not the thickening one!*
Over the past fortnight i seem to have become a shampoo-obsessed madwoman. I've made it my mission to become a guinea pig and test as many different shampoos as possible as my hair is feeling crap, and as most women know, when your hair feels crap, YOU feel crap!
As promised, this is my review of the Ojon ultra-hydrating shampoo. I managed to get some rather generous samples of these to try out, after all, these baby's dont come cheap!! At £17 a 250ml bottle it's definetley not your average shampoo, but does the cost reflect the performance??...I wonder....
So, Ojon? I wont go into the epic story but basically, its a range that uses its exclusive 'ojon oil', derived from a tree that is native to somewhere in central america. Their signature product is a highly-concentrated restorative treatment and the line has expanded to shampoos, conditioners and styling treatments. The people who discovered Ojon oil are dubbed 'the people with beautiful hair'. All sounds very eco-fabulous, doesnt it! Ojon isn't widely available, I got my samples from the kind lady at John Lewis, but it can also be bought from QVC and online beauty retailers such as look fantastic and HQ hair.
The first thing i noticed about this product was the smell...WOAAAAHHH! Talk about pungent! I'd best describe the smell like sandalwood incense, but REALLY strong. I think most people would either love it or hate it, personally it was a bit much for my nasal hairs to take but i think my mum would adore it being an old hippy and that :)
Another thing I noticed was how little amount I needed. I must have used about a 10p sized blob or less and this gave me a really good lather so im guessing this stuff must be very concentrated.
My hair felt squeaky-clean after washing, if not a bit dry, but that was soon sorted after I appplied conditioner.
On drying my hair it did feel very soft, the smell was still lingering but not on an overbearing level. I still needed to apply a tiny bit of serum
but i think thats just down to the fact my hair is always poofy on the day i wash it, but this soon settles down :)
I would say this shampoo performed quite well, im not sure i would purchase it mainly due to the price but im still going use it until my sample jars run out, i've got a feeling they could last me a while considering how concentrated this stuff is, so if anyone did purchase the full-sized bottle I am sure it would last a long time on
I'ma sucker for things that say I'll get fuller, bouncy hair. I spend a fortune and have a bathroom full of bottles half used. I bought this product from QVC as part of a package with conditioner and pre-shampoo treatment. I absolutely love it. My fine hair never gets conditioned normally cos it goes limp but this range makes my hair feel nourished, healthy and manageable. You do need to rinse well but I think its well worth the cost and I'll certainly be sticking with it. By the way, it smells of chocolate - a bonus!!!!
Ojon hair products were created ten years ago when a Canadian travelled to the Honduran rain forest and found a tribe known as the people of beautiful hair, he learned that their secret was Ojon oil that was derived from the nut from the Ojon tree.
The hair restorative treatment is their signature product which I also reviewed a while back.
The Ojon range can be purchased from QVC and also a John Lewis.
The shampoo again was a gift and at £18.00 a bottle I am sure that I would not have purchased it myself but was very excited too receive it as a present and assumed at that price it was going to dry and style it for me but no just a shampoo!
The bottle of the shampoo is very sleek and classy looking and is just a thin cylinder shape with the Ojon logo on the front and a flip to lid, To be honest as long as a shampoo or any styling product is good I am not concerned with the style of the container.
The shampoo claims to " Lift hair up, fill it out and increase hair diameter to leave hair fuller, softer and shiny with clinically proven results"
Using The Shampoo====
When I opened the shampoo the scent jumps out at you and is in keeping with all the Ojon products, if you are not familiar with them the scent is a very natural and earthy scent and the best way to describe it is to say that it's reminiscent of coco butter and has a touch of vanilla in there.
The colour of the shampoo is a very pale lemon colour and the texture is very thick and creamy and you can see the quality in it even when it is in your hand.
It states that you only need a small amount of the shampoo and just need to apply it to damp hair and massage into the hair for a minute as this allows all the oils in the shampoo to be released and start to nourish your hair, I usually need to use more than the recommended amount as my hair is so thick and usually wont lather up until I apply lots but I was pleased and surprised that I really did only need a little and the shampoo lathered up really well in my hair and had a lovely creamy feel to it and my hair really did feel nourished.
Washing the shampoo out was easy enough and I noticed straightaway that my hair did feel softer as sometimes my hair can feel quite coarse after washing but it really did feel smooth and soft.
Results after using the shampoo====
I started to dry my hair in the usual way and I was looking forward to seeing my big bouncy hair appear and what I noticed first was that I was drying my hair it did feel thicker and also smoother than it usually does and it actually felt like velvet and not the rather straw like texture that I usually have.
I have to say that that my hair looked and felt fuller after I had dried it and it was quite bouncy , the same feel that you get after a visit to the hairdressers and my hair did feel really smooth and it actually felt that it was coated in something and as my hair is very dry this made it feel great although if your hair is prone to feeling greasy it may be to heavy for your hair as the product does have a high oil content and if it can turn my straw into silk it would turn the slightest grease into an oil slick.
Would I recommend It====
Without a doubt if you have very dry hair/ limp hair then it's a perfect product as it does give your hair a real boost and seems to double each hair strand but if you are prone to greasy hair then it is definitely one to avoid as the oils used in the product may just exasperate the problem.
Obviously it is an expensive product and I do feel that you get quality for that price but lets face it who can really warrant £18.00 for a bottle shampoo even with great results, what I would say though is that I only use it once a week and also on special occasions just to give your hair a boost and just use your normal shampoo for the rest of the time.
Getting Body Without The Cost====
After washing your hair apply some volume mouse and then dry your hair with your head upside down and when its dry put some large Velcro rollers in rolling away from your face and leave it for 20 mins and then gently take them out and tip your head again and apply a fine mist of hairspray and that should give your hair plenty of volume, body and hold.
An impromptu trip to John Lewis resulted in the purchase of some Ojon Hydrating Thickening Shampoo. Why? Okay, I admit that it was partly because I liked the bottle; partly because it was expensive (£16.50) so it has to be good (right?); partly because the assistant couldn't stop raving about it; but largely because of the claims written all over the bottle. So taken in was I by the phrases "thickening", "plumps", "lifts", "fills [hair] out", "fuller", and "clinically proven" that I barely hesitated to take out my credit card. I could hardly wait to get home and try it.
As I styled my hair that morning - or tried to - I wondered about all the things I could have bought for, say, £16.50. My hair wasn't interested. It was too busy flopping about and making itself as flat as it could. I blow-dried it upside down; I held it up in the air and spray it with everything I could find; and I begged it to find some life, but to no avail. I had to face it: I had just bought a nice bottle. And there's no doubt that it IS a nice bottle. It's tall and slim with an almost opaque matt finish, but you can just see the yellow product through it. It's minimalist in design with an inexplicable extra (transparent) bit on top of the lid, but the overall effect is that of a premium product. Too bad that they didn't think about who might use this product. Personally, my hair is quite fine, naturally shiny and a bit on the soft side. What it needs is thickening, plumping, lifting and filling out - just like it says on the bottle. However, this was not to be. It was softer, shinier and flatter than ever before. To be fair, "soft" is mentioned on the packaging, but not at the expense of all the other claims!
I think I have discovered why this product doesn't work for me and the answer is in the ingredients list. I have counted not one, but seven different oils, including jojoba oil, palm oil, avocado oil and Ojon® Oil (an "ancient native secret from Central America's Tawira tribe). No wonder my hair went south! Now, if this product really is, as they claim, "clinically proven", then one assumes they must have tested it somewhere - on real people with real hair. I can only imagine that these people must have had wild, woolly, coarse, very dry and totally untamed hair, because under these circumstances, a product such as this may perform quite well. However, if you had such hair, would you really want to create more volume, lift and fullness?
In case you are still considering buying this product, I will tell you a couple of good things about it! You don't need to use too much product as it goes quite a long way, it smells very nice - probably all those lovely oils - and it does feel like a quality product. If your hair really needs some conditioning, I would recommend it.
Sadly, I am personally quite disappointed in it. I expect it has a place and may really suit some people's requirements, but I don't think those requirements are the ones the manufacturers had in mind.