Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hair creams, hair serums hair oils ... mini reviews.

I am a self proclaimed hair junkie. I'm always looking for new hair treatments, oils and potions for my dry, parched hair. I can't help it... hair products are my weakness! Here are some of my thoughts. I hope you find this helpful ;)

Chi products are really hit or miss. I've tried some of their shampoos and conditioners and hated them. However, the Silk Infusion remains one of their best sellers. Their hair treatments, i think, are great. In fact, the hairspray is really good! I don't often use hairspray but it has a very light hold, makes my hair feel soft and flexible and has a great scent. Their silk infusion hair treatment is also amazing!!! I love it. I love the scent, and I love the soft silky texture. It makes my hair feel really silky and the frizz is kept to a minimum. I recommend both of these products. Silk Infusion retails for $25.00 for a 12 oz bottle. 

Kerastase is a professional line of luxury hair products from Loreal. These two are my favorites:
Oleo-complex: Kerastase's crown jewel hair oil. It has a very silky texture and a heavy finish. Beautifully scented like amber and wood, its musky scent lingers gorgeously for hours. It is effective and works really well to soften and condition my hair but I don't think you'd need to have this AND the Chi Silk Infusion. They essentially feel the same and I get the same results, the only difference is the scent. It's around $30.00 for a 4.2 oz bottle. 

Serum Nutri-Sculpt: This product has been discontinued already but I like the way it feels on my hair. It's definitely not as good as the Oleo-Complex but it's still nice. I think this is more beneficial for people with fine or short hair because It's VERY light.

This is one of my more recent acquisitions. I like it but I'm not crazy about it. The scent is actually really overwhelming. I'm not sure if it's to hide the strong odor of the keratin? I read that online somewhere. This product claims to have the perfect infusion of keratin proteins and argon oil, making it a hair treatment that works well for people with damaged hair. When I use this on the ends of my hair, it definitely feels softer but I'm not sure if it's reversing any actual damage. My hair has a healthier bounce to it but it's nowhere worth the $40 price tag! Another thing I like the gorgeous glass bottle and the dropper. It's really awesome! This one can be skipped. It's a hoarder's product (haha). 

The Ojon Damage Reverse serum claims to repair and restore dry, damaged hair. I remembered seeing this at Sephora and I was like...MUST. HAVE!!!! :) So I ended up buying the full sized bottle sometime last year. I use this about once a week with towel dried hair. It's quite rich and oily so I use it pretty sparingly. It's perfect for people with coarse thick hair. Definitely would not recommend it to anyone with fine hair because it really weighs hair down. Scent is really nice. Something of lavenders. Very herbal-ish. I like. Serum is worth the $25.00 price tag :)

Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum: One of my first hair serums ever! This is a recurring purchase. I love how simple it is and how natural it makes my hair feel. Perfect for blow drying and styling. Very lightweight, absorbs really quickly and leaves absolutely no residue! Scent is also fresh and fruity. Non lingering. Affordable at $20 for a 5.1 oz bottle.

Biosilk Silk Therapy: This one is much like the Chi Silk Infusion. Very much alike! I'd say the Biosilk one is a tad thicker but gives essentially the same results. I think it's also a good product to use for styling because the silky formula absorbs quickly and softens hair considerably. This is a must-have!
 It's a bit pricey at $25.00 for a 5.6 oz bottle. 

Fekkai Essential Shea Pot de Creme: Sadly, this is probably the worst product of the bunch :( I had so much hope for it because leave-in conditioners are really good for damaged hair. But this product just made my hair feel really sticky, and extra dry. I didn't really like it despite its gorgeous scent and beautiful pot! $25.00 for a 5.2 oz pot.

Viva Labs Organic Coconut Oil: Alternatively, coconut oil is such an amazing hair treatment. I actually use it a lot on my hair. It is really oily but it absorbs SO quickly in my hair!!! The fatty acids in the oil really hydrate and soften my hair. I'm hoping that over time the coconut oil will actually make my hair healthier instead of it just "appearing" healthier. This coconut oil is a great value at $12.95 for a 16 oz pot. 

Eden Pure Moroccan Argan Oil: I'm done with this oil already. It's a nice, simple oil that isn't fancy nor commercialized. This oil is really light - too light. My hair didn't benefit from it too much. It was too light of a product that it didn't do anything. It must have something to do with the concentrations of the actual Argan oil. It retails for $30.00 for a 2.2 oz bottle.

Moroccan Oil: The ever famous bottle is....really amazing. I mean honestly it is really good! I'm not sure if it's the way they process the oil but it makes my hair really nice. No other argan oils I have tried are actually this potent. It was recommended to me to use it on wet hair but it can be used for both. My hair's thanked me for using this! I'm having much more good hair days than bad. This retails for $43.00 for a 3.4 oz bottle. 

Lucido-L Treatment Oil: This still remains one of my favorite hair oils! It's really light but it makes my hair feel very bouncy and soft. It also smells amazing! It's just beautiful. Really high quality drugstore product! It's like a lighter version of the Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum! It's around $16 for a  1.69 oz bottle. Best if you can get this in Asia!!! 

Herbal Esseences Tousling Mousse: Nothing special about this but it styles really well on dry hair. I don't like the tackiness it makes my hair feel when wet but it keeps the frizzies away and smells really floral and fresh. It's also around $3.00 for a huge 6.8 oz bottle. 

By comparison, prices vary widely between brands but broken down, a lot of luxury hair products seem to be more affordable per ounce. For example, Silk Infusion from Chi is only $2.08 per ounce versus Biosilk's $4.46 per ounce price tag. Both are comparable (in my opinion) so it's really up to you how much you think it's worth. My least favorite hair serum is the KeratinPerfect one which costs a whopping $23.52 per ounce! Yikes! Whereas Moroccan Oil is nearly half the price per ounce. A much better value :) 

Chi Silk Infusion: $2.08 per oz
Kerastase Oleo-Complex: $7.14 per oz
KeratinPerfect: $23.52 per oz
Ojon Reverse Damage Serum: $14.70 per oz
Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum: $3.92 per oz
Biosilk: $4.46 per oz
Fekkai Pot de Creme: $4.80 per oz 
Eden Pure Moroccan Argan Oil: $13.63 per oz
Moroccan Oil: $12.64 per oz

What are YOUR favorite hair treatments? Styling products? :)


Larie said...

Oh man, I'm a complete newb when it comes to hair stuff! Thanks for this breakdown!

Sharlynn said...

I'm not a hair fiend but I totally need hair mask and a good thick conditioner because I have thick thick asian hair like you! I'd love to try kerastaste products and coconut oil, I've heard so much about the oil and how it helps mend dry hair! I use macadamia nut oil conditioner from organix and keratin oil conditioner to keep my hair soft and if needed to use a hair serum once in a while but I'm not as invested as you!

Sunny @Mostly Sunny said...

Woooow that's a lot of hair stuff! I've really been meaning to get myself a tub of coconut oil! Do you use it as after you have shampooed your hair?

TracyBeautyReflections said...

I love hair oils too! Keeps my coarse hair in check! So many companies have them now which is great. I like the Paul Mitchell one too-it's a nice one. And of course, Moroccan Oil. Right now I'm testing out a hemp hair oil and it's pretty great!

Rainy Days & Lattes said...

Hemp hair oil is one thing I've been kind of wanting to try!! :) Might be next on my list. haha

Rainy Days & Lattes said...

I use coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner when my hair is half dry. A lot of the fatty acids in the coconut oil keeps my hair plump and bouncy which is the exact opposite of what I thought it'd do!

Rainy Days & Lattes said...

haha I should be embarassed of how many hair stuff I actually have! :p this is just one half of it... haha
You have gorgeous hair, trust me! ;)

Rainy Days & Lattes said...

You're welcome! ^_^

Sunny @Mostly Sunny said...

Thanks for the tip, Jen! MUST pay the local organic store a visit ASAP!

Anna said...

You know how happy and excited I am about this post Jen!?! I recently chopped a lot of my hair off, and with it being shorter it requires a bit more styling and a bit more heat so I was in search of an oil or treatment to use, and I'm thinking about picking up that Moroccan Oil. I never know if the oils can be used as heat protectants, or if you should use a heat protectant spray or product of some kind in conjunction with the oil or whatever you're using. lol O_o

Rainy Days & Lattes said...

Moroccan Oil is really nice although a bit of a splurge! haha I wouldnt recommend using coconut oil as a heat protectant though!!! :) I think products with silicones in it are usually present in heat protectants :)

Rainy Days & Lattes said...

Yeah, i try to be better about things but a lot of times I am lazy as well! But when i get to work, I'm like... AHH i should have used some treatment last night!!! haha

Masja Zweers said...

Nice post! I absolutely love coconut oil!

Amyboo said...

I remember having Silk Infusion before. It worked quite well, but the smell was not my fav. :( I've seen Ojon in Sephora many times, but I have yet to get any for myself...My hair has definitely gotten drier after dying it so I'm starting to feel desperate for a hair serum!

laura said...

I love seeing what people use on their hair! I used to have a lot more items, but these days, I only have my Johnson&JOhnson hair detangler and Nexxus promend hair mender. I've tried Ojon before and it didn't work for me as I have oilier hair.

Phoebe Limanta said...

That is a LOT of products doll! You should see my hair section in my bathroom, it consists of texturizing spray and hair spray! Thank you for the great mini reviews though, super helpful :)

Phoebe | Eat. Live. Love. Repeat.

lisa said...

ohh thanks so much sharing and putting this list together. i've always had "decent" hair i think but i definitely feel like once i hit 30 my hair seems a lot drier then it use to be! i'm so definitely going to be trying out some of these products! thanks hon :)