I have very stressed hair. It's long, straight, fine, thin and color-treated. I use very gentle deposit-only colors on it to try to protect it, but still, you know the color isn't exactly helping it any. I also try not to dry it with a hair dryer more then twice a week, which is easy since my job requires that my hair be pulled back and secured. I can just wash it, let it air dry while I apply my makeup, then twist the damp hair up and pin it, and I'm done. Dryers and straighteners are left to the weekends.
All that being said, I still need all the help I can get when it comes to pampering my hair. Because it's so fine, it's easily damaged and gets split ends very quickly. Since it's also thin, I have to do everything in my power to hold on to every strand I can. I've recently fallen in love with Phyto products, which have truly restored what used to be a hot mess on my head. I started with Phyto using the amazing Phytocane Serum, which truly turned my hair around, making it stronger, denser, and shinier. This time around, I decided to go with a conditioning oil in the form of the Huile d'alés Pre-Shampoo Intense Hydrating Oil Treatment.
Huile d'alés comes packaged with 5 pre-measured glass ampules and a small spray bottle. To use, you simply break off one end of the ampoule, put it in the neck of the spray bottle, break off the other end of the ampoule to allow the oil to pour into the bottle, then spray your dry hair with the oil. I must state here that it's extremely important to transfer the oil from the ampoule into the bottle correctly. Break just ONE end off, put the open end of the ampoule into the bottle, then break the other end and watch it flow! I didn't do this correctly the first time. Instead, I first only broke one end, which resulted in the oil dripping verrrrrry slowly into the bottle. Then it occurred to me to break the other end...only I picked up the ampoule and put my finger over the already-opened end to keep the oil from leaking out of it, and then my finger slipped and I lost half of the oil. This really sucked, because this isn't a cheap product...it runs $28 for the 5 ampoules.
Anyhow, my point is that it's worth it. After applying this oil to my dry hair and leaving on for a minimum of 30 minutes, I rinse it out, wash, and am left with soft, shiny, healthy-looking hair that stays that way all week. Well worth the money, in my opinion.
Huile d'alés is comprised of beneficial ingredients such as calendula oficianalis extract, wheat proteins, oat amino acids, and essential oils. It smells clean and refreshing and very natural. Application is very easy due to the spray bottle, which applies product exactly where you need it with no drippy mess. This oil does feel slightly sticky when applied to dry hair, but when rinsed and washed out, it leaves nothing but softness behind. According to the Phyto website, this oil can also be added to hair color to help protect the hair during chemical treatments. I'm planning to try that method soon.
I will say that this is an amazing oil treatment. However, if you have extremely thick or long hair, you may need more than one ampule per application. It thoroughly coats my hair, but remember that my hair, though long, is also quite thin and fine. Those of you with tons of hair (I don't even want to hear your complaints about how hard that is) may need 1.5 ampoules or even 2 to thoroughly saturate the hair.
Do you have any favorite hair oils or conditioners? If so, share the wealth and let me know! I'm always up for trying whatever works!
Ingredients: calendula officinalis flower extract . peg-35 castor oil . sodium lauroyl oat amino acids . palmitoyl hydrolyzed wheat proteins . salvia officinalis (sage) oil . citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil . rosmarinus officinalis ( rosemary) leaf oil . juniperus communis fruit (juniper berry) oil . zea mays (corn) oil . vinegar / acetum . limonene . linalool . beta-carotene . water / aqua . tocopherol . phenoxyethanol . sodium bisulfite . methylisothiazolinone. methylchlroisothiazolinone .
Bottom Line: I'm so impressed with this oil. It doesn't weigh my fine hair down at all, yet it gives it shine and moisture and helps it behave. It also helps keep frizz at bay. I plan to continue with it as the condition of my hair continues to (hopefully) improve.