Hair oils, Fad or Fantastic?
I am somewhat of an oil fanatic.. I use coconut oil for pretty much everything, from my toast in the morning to my body moisturiser after my evening shower. I use oil on my hair, my eyelashes and eyebrows (it actually nourishes the eyelashes and makes them shiny and long), my face and dry heels in winter. By far the best discovery I have made is that oiling my hair before washing it keeps it in the best condition it has ever been in. I never have split ends, and only get haircuts because the style is growing out. After moving to England I discovered to my irritation that the winter air is so dry my hair had a tendency to have a mind of its own and stick up and be very static-y. This irritated me no end, I even bought a humidifier to re hydrate the air in my room. However once I started using oil in my hair before I washed it this all completely stopped and my hair no longer irritates me and is shiny and healthy.
SO lets look at a few hair oils that are on the market.
1. Moroccan oil.
There is so much hype about this product that I thought I would have a quick look at the ingredients. It is also quite expensive which you would associate with a high quality product. Usually the order of ingredients is a good indicator of the concentration of the ingredient i.e. the first ingredient will usually be in the greatest concentration. So lets look at the first few ingredients of Moroccan oil.
cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, cyclomethicone - NONE of these ingredients are in fact oil, but all SILICONE i.e. PLASTIC.
butylphenyl methylpropional, also not OIL, but a synthetic fragrance
Fifth on the list is the actual Moroccan oil Argan oil. Wow ;)
and then the rest ALL of which are synthetic oils and fragrances:
fragrance supplement, D&C Yellow-11, D&C Red-17, coumarin, benzyl benzoate and alpha-isomethyl ionone.
SO is Moroccan oil in fact an oil that would benefit your hair? I think not.
Verdict: I would not put this on my hair if you paid me. Unless you want to create a horrible silicon build up and dry out your hair further I would avoid this product.
Product 2. Loreal miracle oil
I was given a sample of this product in my magazine and firstly I was mainly interested to see how they created a non oily oil, as a biochemistry student I know this is fairly impossible, so I had a look at the ingredients of this oil.
First up are ; cyclopentasiloxane and dimethiconol as with morrocan oil, SILICONES
And the rest which are pretty much dominated by synthetic fragrances, alcohols and emulsifiers(I am not going to analyse each one)
alcohol denat, phenyl trimethicone, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, chamomilla recutita extract/matricaria flower extract, cocos nucifera oil/ coconut oil,ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, nelumbuim speciosum extract/nelumbuim speciosum flower extract, benzyl alcohol, cinnamal, linaool, linum usitatissimum flower extract, caprylic/capric, triglyceride, gardenia tahitensis flower extract, rosa canina flower extract, bisabolol, glycine soja oil/soybean, , parfum/fragrance
I have however highlighted the actual oils which surprisingly are quite a few! In comparison to the Moroccan oil this is a higher quality product due to the amount of natural ingredients, and the use of actual natural fragrances. It is also half the price. However I would NEVER use a loreal product as they test on animals and secondly this product had far too many synthetic chemicals and silicones in it to even consider putting on my hair.
SO what do I recommend?
Fushi Organic Virgin Argan Oil.
The one and only ingredient and is actually genuine moroccan oil - Argan oil.
This is what i use and I absolutely LOVE IT. I sometime soak my hair in it overnight, before I wash it and also a tiny amount through the ends of my hair after I have washed it. I also use some on a cotton bud on my eyebrows and eyelashes to make them thick and shiny. All the benefits of a good oil and I am happy because i know it is actually benefiting me and not doing any damage with chemicals.