After A Year, Still Loving It!
If I still love this after a year of using it, that says a lot, right? I got a sample when I bought my Solia flat iron (also love! so much better than my CHI that broke because of its stupid cord design, and CHI has gone downhill since then anyway, but that's a story for another review). After a year's liberal use every time I shampoo my hair, I've still got half a bottle, so it really feels like a bargain.
Here's what kind of hair I have: the individual strands are very fine and thin, but I have a hell of a lot of them. And it's got a bit of natural curl to it. The combination of thin, curly hair with deep south humidity has meant that for most of my life I've had frizzy uncontrollable hair. The best I could hope to do was the blow dry it into the general shape that I wanted. But often within half an hour of drying my hair, even without going outside, it would start to go crazy! So much so that when I lived in the South and was skinny enough to pull it off, I just kept it at a couple of inches long. I let my hair grow out when I lived in the midwest's just-right most days humidity. Somewhere along the way I also discovered flat irons, and now that I've come back to the south, having a professional hair dryer, flat iron, and this hair oil make my hair manageable enough most days that I don't whack it off, which I'd previously thought was impossible.
I don't really use a lot of products because I like my hair to have a natural feel. I'm fidgety, and I like to touch my hair, which I know is not really a great habit. So I like products that make it so I can run my fingers through my hair, which is I guess to say I like products that are relatively light.
Only rarely have I accidentally applied too much. My hair goes past my shoulders, so I use more than a couple of drops. I use a few dashes of the product, coat my palms, and starting with the back and the middle of the hair work my way down, so the bulk of the product isn't at my roots or the front. Then I get the top of my head and my bangs. I like to do it while my hair is still pretty wet. It seems to distribute better. Then I comb it through and put it up in a clip for a while until I'm ready to dry it.
I also use this when I air dry my hair, and it makes a big difference to cut the frizz out of my curls (I am in total denial that I really have curly hair!). But it helps even more to use a little styling gel if I'm going to let my hair dry naturally.
At minimum, that this is the only product I use. Sometimes after styling, when it's especially humid out, I'll smooth on a couple more drops. Definitely drops at this stage! I'll also use little of an Aveda product--a light finishing cream. But when it's really humid and I'm going to have to be outside a lot (plus it's hot as hell in Alabama in the summer) I'll use a clip to put it up, and then have my bangs down. That way at least, at the end of the day, I can take out the clip and the hair that was clipped is usually still not frizzy, unless it's a rainy day or I get sweaty hot head.
Between my CHI ionic dryer (which needs to be replaced. I'm on folica now to buy a replacement), the Solia Flat Iron (which also doesn't catch and snag the hair like the CHI did), and this fantastic hair serum, my hair gets a whole lot less damage. Even now, it's been OMG four or five months since I've had a cut. I just forget and get lazy. Anyway, even now, so long since my last cut, I really don't have that many split ends, not like you'd expect for sure.
I feel like this product protects my hair when I iron it. It definitely makes it smoother, so the iron just glides over the hair. It helps a bit with humidity control too, but not 100%. Or not for frikken ALABAMA's insane humidity. Plus I have to walk a lot from my car and to the various classrooms I teach in across campus, so there's no escaping the humidity. But my hair is way more manageable, shiny, and less frizzy than without the product. Even in Alabama, I can often get two or three days out of one shampoo and style, even in the summer, if I stay out of the rain and don't go for a run. There's just no way I can not shampoo my hair after a run. It would be gross.
Oh, my hair is so much better now than before I discovered professional styling tools and products! I wish I'd had access to this kind of stuff when I was in middle or high school a million and a half years ago.
This stuff does what it claims to, smells great, and is a bargain considering how little you need to use and how long it lasts. I think I'm going to get two years out of my bottle, and I use the crap out of this stuff! DEFINITELY FIVE STARS ALL THE WAY!