Yesterday, for the first time in a very long time, I took out my bottle of MoroccanOil Oil Treatment to use. As I noted in an earlier review, this oil was great for my hair in a very cold environment, but here in this hot humid Malaysian weather, it quickly weighed my hair down with daily use. However, my hair has been feeling unnaturally frizzy of late and this oil tamed it down a treat. No more lion’s mane! It was when I was looking at the small range of hair treatment oils on my dresser and realised just how they fell nicely into different price ranges – Save and Splurge time! 😀
I must say here that I don’t take very good care of my hair. Yeah like nails, if beauty blogging was judged on us being all rounded polished from head to toenails, boy! am I a failure 😛 But we’re not – yay! 😀 So I’m a shampoo and conditioner gal and off and on, I slap on a hair mask (usually one of the anti-frizz ones from different price spectrums). However, I blow dry my hair most evenings so it looks nice the next morning so a hair treatment oil helps keep frizzies at bay, and keeps hair from drying out too much.
Here are my top picks from different price spectrums 😀
Save: L’Oreal Paris Smooth Intense Anti-Frizz Serum Leave In – RM20+
An inexpensive leave in serum containing Argan Oil (probably in very small doses). I believe its easily available at most pharmacies and grocery stores and I don’t know why I never reviewed it before (I could swear I had!) but I like this for being an inexpensive serum that works!
I took this with me to London last year where the weather was cold and my hair frizzy and it worked about as well as the MoroccanOil did. I have short hair, so I usually just use a pump, run it through towel-dried hair and then blow dry. The texture is very light and fluid. My hair doesn’t frizz up, it isn’t heavy and doesn’t weigh down my hair and it keeps hair manageable. Back here, I use it whenever I see it or when I remember or when my hair starts puffing up and making me look like a mushroom head.
Works every time and a bottle will last you… well, forever! 😛 Ok not forever if you use it daily but for a long time.
Splurge: MoroccanOil Oil Treatment – £29.90 (RM150) Review here
This is rather pricey but you use so very little that I’ve barely made a dent in this bottle since I got it. I usually use it on damp hair before blow drying, and it detangles my hair, and somehow, speeds up the blowdrying process so I get the job done more quickly. Not sure how they do it, but they do.
I do find however, that of the 3 featured here, the texture is the thickest and heaviest. If I use it for 3 days running, I get hair that looks lank and feels heavy. So I just use it off and on, on days when I want to tame a lion’s mane. Of the 3 featured also, the packaging is the most unfriendly, being an open mouth glass bottle with no stopper so its impossible to measure just how much to use.
I usually just place my palm over the mouth, upend the bottle once, and whatever’s left is enough for me. That’s how I was taught to do it, and that’s how I still do it. At time of writing, I believe MoroccanOil is still not yet available in Malaysia.
Splurge Kerastase Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil – RM138 Review here
For a product from luxury hair care brand Kerastase, I wouldn’t call this one pricey, simply because it, like all the other hair oils featured here, will last you a long time. The texture of the oil is lighter than MoroccanOil and does not weigh my hair down as much.
I use this as I do the other oils, on damp hair before blow drying and it keeps my hair frizz free and looking smooth. About half a pump is sufficient for my short hair, and its easy to control the amount because it comes in a pump. You can travel with this one too, because its a plastic bottle and the pump locks. The only thing I’m not very keen on is the slight coconut scent I smell in this one. Do bear in mind that scents are very personal things and coconut oil is not a scent I like in anything. It is however very slight so its not something that will actually bug anyone.
If I had to arrange the 3 in order of preference, it would be L’Oreal Smooth Intense, Kerastase Elixir Ultime and then MoroccanOil. I pick L’Oreal first because its quite similar in texture to Kerastase (which is owned by L’Oreal) except the Kerastase is a little thicker in texture; so I go for price instead. I must say however, that I do like all 3 and will use them interchangeably. However, when my hair feels too frizzy and unmanageable, MoroccanOil does a better job in taming it quickly as compared to either Kerastase or L’Oreal. However, if I wanted a lighter hair serum that I could use more often, I’d go for either Kerastase or L’Oreal.
Have you tried any of the hair oil treatments featured here? Do you take good care of your hair and do you have a favourite hair oil treatment that I might have missed?
L’Oreal Smooth Intense Leave In Serum retails for RM20+ at most pharmacies and grocery stores, Kerastase Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil retails at RM138 at all authorized Kerastase salons and MoroccanOil Oil Treatment was purchased from London for £29.90 at the Stephan Way salon. I believe MoroccanOil is not yet available in Malaysia at time of writing.
Save and Splurge is where I show you similar items by different brands that I have tried. They may not work quite the same way, but it’ll offer you options for your wallet for a similar effect/product. Do note however, that it is based on products I have tried, so whilst there are many save and splurge options out there, these are my views. You can find more under the category of Challenges.