Safety in the Sun is something I’m very aware of when I think about my skin, but not something I’ve ever really thought about for my hair. I do get what I call ‘holiday hair’, which is where the Sun, chlorine and other environmental holiday factors make my hair feel dry, coarse and a little unruly – but I’ve always thought that was just part of travel and enjoyment and seek to repair when I get home rather than prevent. Had I known prevention was an option I would have been all over it, I hope this Oil from May’s Look Fantastic box works. The leaflet says:
“This protective oil helps to shield your hair against UV damage, whilst also reducing frizz, smoothing fly-always and reducing pollution damage, with its nourishing oil blend.”
This is a full size 30ml bottle of hair oil, which is available from multiple retailers. The best price I found today was £16.10 from regissalons.co.uk/shop. There is also a 100ml bottle available, which is better value if you enjoy the item – it is £29.54 from Terencepaulonline.com.
The oil is packaged in a clear plastic bottle with an orange lable and matching lid. The System Professional brand is written in black writing, along with the product name. Certain parts of the lable are highlighted in shiny silver, which is reflected in the neck of the bottle. The back of the bottle has the company contact details, and the company address is listed as Wella.
Ingredients: cyclopentasiloxane, dimethiconol, parfum, tocopheryl acetate, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, hexyl cinnamal, limonene, linalool, olea europaea fruit oil, citronellol, prunus amygdalus dulcis oil, camelia olefera seed oil, argania spinosa kernel oil, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, eugenol, cinnamyl alcohol, geraniol.
Neither the bottle nor the booklet have any directions, but a quick search online brings up a handy how-to guide.
Directions: During sun exposure: Apply 4-5 pumps of oil through the hair before and during sun bathing. After sun: Use on wet hair before blow-drying for softness and protection. Apply on dry hair to reduce flyaways and frizz.
I squeezed out a small amount of clear oil on to the back of my hand, and notice the oil is lightly fragranced. It smells like a Summer garden full of beautiful flowers, it’s a really gorgeous scent and not too overpowering. I apply two pumps of oil to my hair before blow drying in place of my usual oil, Kevin Murphy ‘Young Again’, and use my L’Oreal heat protection spray as usual. When my hair is dry it is soft and shiny – although it is no better or worse than the result I usually achieve using the other product. I also tried rubbing a small amount on the dry ends of my hair as they are a little bit dry. Be sparing if you try this – just a little oil on the very, very ends or your hair. Whilst I wouldn’t say the oil has transformed my hair it has made a difference. The only benefit I wasn’t able to try was using the oil for protection during sun exposure, but only because our Summer has been so Britishly terrible thus far. I will get to try is as soon as I can, and I’ll come back and update this article with the result.
Overall I’ve really enjoyed using this Oil. It’s about the same price as my current oil, and delivers similar results which makes it a contender to my hair routine. For me, how effective it is at protecting my hair during sun exposure will decide whether I decide to switch to this oil or stay with my current oil, but from what I’ve seen of it so far I really like it. This is the last item I have to review in my May’s Look Fantastic box, head back to the original unboxing article to find out what I thought of my first Look Fantastic box, whether I had value for money and what my favourite items were.