Aesop Shine Oil
I’ve been styling my hair curly recently, and I’ve found that it always tends to lead to dryness at the ends. Luckily, this turned up recently, and I’m a little bit in love with it.
It’s an extremely lightweight oil, that spreads easily in the hair – you just need two or three drops which you spread over your palms, then smooth lightly through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. It doesn’t build up, and – best of all – it doesn’t contain silicones. Far, far, far too many hair “oils” on the market are basically cocktails of silicones with just the scantest addition of argan oil or something, it drives me crazy, as some silicones can build up and actually make the condition of your hair worse. Not to mention that a lot of them can be heavy and lead to greasiness if you overapply, as what they’re actually doing is forming a coating on the outer layer of your hair (therefore making it look smoother, and shinier), rather than being absorbed by it and conditioning your hair from the inside.
Ironically, actual oils are less greasy! Counter-intuitive, I know. But if you just use a couple of drops, your hair should absorb the oil, and make it less dry or brittle from the inside. And I do mean DROPS, btw, if you need more just add it drop by drop until you feel like your hair has softened up. When I style my hair straight, two drops is enough, but when I’ve had it curly for a day or two, then three or four would be more in order.
You can also use a full pipette (or two), as a pre-wash conditioning treatment. The oil is chock full of conditioning ingredients such as borage, sweet almond, olive and jojoba oils, and smells lovely, herbal, and somehow fresh at the same time. You can leave the oil on overnight, or just an hour or two before washing it out. Whilst it hasn’t cured my dry hair problems overnight, (I need a protein treatment or two, I think), it sure has made it less of an issue.
Aesop Shine hair oil will be available from Aesop very soon.