In my culture, oiling hair is a universal thing. As a child, much to my loathing, my hair was thickly oiled and tightly braided each week by mother dearest. It made my hair smell like food, nauseatingly slick, a magnet for dust and unbearably unfashionable. It had the then-unappreciated effect of conditioning my locks, making them long, shiny, strong and manageable. Of course, I cared nothing for this and looked forward to Sundays when I could shampoo my hair and rid it of the ghastly slick, and wear it loose and free nearly all day. Oh joy!
Hair oils, then are not unfamiliar to me. The weekly ritual died out once I was in high school after successful protest. But even now, I do treat my hair to some nourishment via oiling every three months or so.
This sachet of Hair&Me Hair Rejuvenation Treatment made me smile when it arrived in the mail. Memories came flooding back of idyllic Sunday afternoons, spent with a scowl on the face, head swaying with every tug of mother’s hands behind me, coaxing my hair into the firmest pigtails known to woman.
|VOLUME/SIZE||90ml/ 3 fl.oz.|
|FORMULATION||Blend of 100% organic natural oils (contains nut oils)
Fragrance, preservative and artificial ingredient free
|PACKAGING||Plastic, nozzled pouch|
*This product was kindly supplied for consideration. I did not receive any compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and honest.
I was excited to try out this treatment particularly because it boasts completely natural and organic ingredients, essentially a blend of coconut, jojoba, sweet almond and macadamia oils.
The packaging is cute – a hot pink pouch with a screw cap over a large nozzle dispenser. This could be a slight problem as you get to the end of the product because it can be tricky to squeeze every last bit out. But I’m a practical woman and find a good ol’ rolling pin easily fixes this.
The treatment predictably smells of coconut oil, a scent I have grown to love. There is no hint of chemicals or perfume which I have a keen nose for. The treatment is an off-white coloured, fatty, almost grainy paste – a lot like coconut oil at room temperature. It softens as you rub it between your fingers.
The instructions are to apply to damp hair from root to ends, leave on for 45 minutes then shampoo off twice and condition as usual. Ok, this put me off a little for two reasons: I don’t like dampening my hair and I don’t like waiting. Forty-five minutes can feel like an eternity if you are as impatient as I am. In the name of beauty, I persisted. The packaging does promise to:
repair, moisturise and strengthen hair and scalp as well as stimulate hair growth, prevent split ends and breakage, control frizziness and help cut blow drying time by 30-50%
As suggested on the packet, I popped the treatment in the fridge before use. That actually didn’t help because it made it too hard to squeeze out and apply. After letting it come to room temperature again, I rubbed it into my damp hair. It was hard to tell how much product is a suitable amount to use – there is no instruction on this. I went with coating my hair thoroughly which meant I used just over half the sachet for my long bob (I have thick hair). I knotted my hair into a bun and waited for the magic to happen. The formula does not drip at all, which is great.
Washing the product out was tricky – shampoo once and you leave some greasiness in. Shampoo twice and I felt like my hair was a little stripped. After conditioning, my hair felt normal again. I couldn’t say if my hair felt incredibly different to before. It certainly felt nice but then again, I have normal, thick hair that is fairly resilient, even to hotel shampoos!
Blow drying time was no different so I am not convinced about the claim of reduced drying time. I did notice though that my hair was able to withstand a few more passes of the hair straightener than usual. Bonus!
My hair feels soft, full, shiny and lush. Can I say, hand on my heart, that this was because of the treatment? Probably not – it usually looks and feels this way after every wash, except for the fullness which I think is a direct outcome of shampooing twice.
Yes, this product is good for my hair but I reckon there is a more effective way to use it. I am going to put the remainder of the sachet to use in a different way.
- Instead of chilling it, I will warm the product by immersing the sachet in a bowl of hot water. I think this will actually make it easier to apply and be absorbed by both the scalp and hair shafts.
- I will probably use half as much product as I originally did. There is such a thing as too much and using less will (a) be easier because it will be warmed and thin, (b) mean that I can wash it out in one shampoo and so strip less nourishment away.
- Rather than rub it into the hair, I will massage it into the scalp and hair roots. Just like shampoo, I believe the focus should be on the areas of growth and oil production.
I like the concept of a convenient, natural hair treatment. I also think there are a lot of benefits to applying oils to hair. The Mediterraneans have been doing it for thousands of years with olive oil. African tribes use animal fat mixed with ochre. Sub-continentals still use coconut and almond oils as hair beautifiers.
If you’re looking for a hair treatment that is free of chemicals and artificial ingredients to to nourish your locks, the Hair&Me Hair Rejuvenation Treatment will definitely tick those boxes. Whether it will stimulate hair growth is not a question I can answer.
It is on the expensive side given a 1 kilogram tub of food-grade, extra virgin organic coconut oil is around $20. The benefits though, are that it has some other beautiful oils in the mix and it is super convenient.
After all, just because I can have coffee at home does not stop me from buying several flat whites every day.
And this is me enjoying my freshly washed and rejuvenated hair 🙂
Does your hair need some TLC? Would you try hair oil treatments?
What was your experience with the Hair&Me Hair Rejuvenation Treatment?