Monday, November 11, 2013

Splurge VS Save: Lightweight Hair Oils

[As published on HERE]

It’s been a day since your last shampoo, but you can’t help but admire how lustrous your locks feel. And then you look upwards, and BAM – those greasy roots are staring you in the face! On the flip side, freshly-shampooed hair smells awesome, but it never does what you want it to, preferring to stick out all over the place.
It’s very common for Malaysian women to have oily scalps and dry hair ends. Because the weather is hot and humid, we sweat more easily, and our skin produces oil to protect itself. The same can be said for our scalp, which is also an extension of the skin on our face.
‘Why is it that we can’t have the best of both worlds?’ we lament.
Thankfully, the powers that be in the beauty industry have heard our pleas, and have invented the almighty hair oil.
‘Oil for my hair? Are you mad? Isn’t that going to make it even greasier?’ you think.
But no, this isn’t just any hair oil made from mixing a bunch of oils together in a bowl. The new breed of hair oils are lightweight, and absorb readily into the hair shaft, leaving behind only a glossy sheen, without the grease. Kind of like a dry-touch body oil, if you will.
And because no woman is identical, they’ve also been thoughtful enough to give us more than enough choices to boggle our minds (not that we’re complaining). Whether you have coloured hair, damaged hair, fine hair or even curly hair, you’ll definitely find something that works for your hair type.
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Here’s a tip from the professionals:
A little hair oil goes a long way. Pump a red bean-sized amount on your palm and rub them together to warm the product and distribute it evenly. Smooth over the hair’s surface from lengths to ends. Avoid the scalp area.
The result: shower-fresh roots with million-dollar shine and incredible body.

From wallet-friendly drugstore picks to luxurious organic gold nectar, here are a number of exquisite hair oils we like that fulfil our requirements, and then some.
Hair Oils
L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Oil Serum, RM27.90
For its affordable price tag, this oil serum sure packs a punch of promises. It contains Ceramide-cement, which protects hair from damage and harsh external elements like sun and pollution.
Bio-Oil, RM32.95
There’s more to Bio-Oil than just reducing the appearance of stretch marks. You can mix it with your moisturiser for intense nourishment, and you can even use it on your hair as a leave-in treatment. Contains Calendula Oil, Lavender Oil and Chamomile Oil.
Matrix ExquisiteOil Replenishing Treatment, RM50
Infused with Moringa Oil, this versatile oil-based treatment gives you your money’ worth. Use it as a pre-shampoo massage oil, mix it with your conditioner for added softness, or apply as it on damp or dry hair.

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The Body Shop Satsuma Beautifying Oil, RM58
Made from a lightweight blend of nut oils like Marula Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, this head-to-toe oil restores a healthy glow to skin and hair, leaving it delicately scented with tangerine.
Schwarzkopf BC Oil Miracle, RM75
This pretty-decent oil lives up to Malaysia’s humidity test. The ‘Light’ version allows hair to retain its bounce and body, but hair ends appear less frizzy. Contains Marula Oil to repair split ends.
Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Intense, RM108
Repair all signs of hair damage with this intense variant of the bestselling Shatterproof Serum, which contains Coriander, Camelina, Coconut and Apricot Oils. Definitely a luxurious treat for your tresses.
Melvita L’Or Bio, RM170
100% natural and certified-organic, this aptly-named liquid gold combines five different oils from all around the world. Argan Oil from Morocco, Kendi Oil from Indonesia, Inca Inchi Oil from Amazonia, Buriti Oil from Brazil and Pracaxi Oil from Amazonia. Can be used all over body and hair.

(Images:, and from respective brands)

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