It’s not often that I talk about hair products. I just… am not terribly interested in them. I do however recognise the value of a good haircut and the tremendous blessing that is a good hair day. That said, I do invest in my hair in certain ways. I might not curl my hair, style it with tons of product, or even colour it, but I do make it a point to do the following things:
- Remain faithful to my amazing stylist, Alex Carbonell.
- Use as little heat on my hair as possible even though I love straight-ironing with my GHD.
- Deep condition my hair once or twice a week.
- Use hair oils.
There was a time when I was on board the whole must-use-only-sulfate-free-shampoos-and-conditioners thing, but I have not been able to stick with it. I have been thinking about testing some more of those, but for now my deep conditioner and hair oils have been keeping me happy.
These are the two best hair oils I have ever tried: Kérastase Nutrtive Oléo-Relax (1,500.00 Php) and L’Oreal Mythic Oil (approx. 900.00 Php). Since L’Oreal owns Kérastase, these are essentially by/from the same company. I use them both in the same way: rubbed into my hands and then brushed through my hair with my fingers, from ear-length down. The Oléo-Relax is for dry and rebellious hair, while the Mythic Oil is for all hair types. They both work on my normal to dry hair and I pick which one to use based on how damaged and/or dry my hair is on a particular day.
I’ve had the Oléo-Relax for ages now and this happens to be my second bottle of the stuff. You can see that I’m nearly done with it and I will be repurchasing. As it’s meant for dry hair, it’s the heavier of the two oils. Still, it doesn’t leave the hair looking oily or feeling weighed down. My hair sops this up very quickly and I’m left with manageable and healthy-looking ends. One bottle lasts for about 6 months with daily use and I need one pump per day.
The Mythic Oil is new to me but already I’m wondering why I didn’t pick this up sooner. I got it for around 800Php in Singapore, but locally I believe it sells for 950-ish. That’s definitely more affordable than the 1,500 you have to drop for the Kérastase Oléo-Relax oil. Both bottles contain 125ml of product. The Miracle Oil is more lightweight because it’s geared toward normal hair types, but I don’t find that it makes the oil any less nourishing. It also has a different scent from the Oléo-Relax, which smells light and powdery. The Mythic Oil has a light floral fragrance. Both smell great to me and are not overwhelming on that front.
L’Oreal does another hair oil that I will warn you to steer clear of:
This. At around 600 Php, the Extraordinary Oil is the most affordable option of these three. Funnily enough, it’s the only one that comes in a heavy glass bottle–and that is about the only thing that is nice about it. The product is thick, goopy, heavily scented, and it makes my hair look greasy no matter how little I use. I have never found that cheap hair oils do any good, but 600 Php is pretty up there in price. It’s expensive enough to make me have expectations, at least. The Extraordinary Oil does not live up to its name or those expectations.
So, in a nutshell: I recommend the first two which I LOVE and consider yourself forewarned about the “Extraordinary” Oil.