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I love oils for skin and hair. The softness and shine from Bumble & bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, heat/uv Protective Primer ($26) and the Bumble & bumble Hairdresser’s Oil ($38) give superb examples of new hair oil products. Unlike some of the other older hair repairing or styling oils available, the B & b oil can be used on wet hair; Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil, for instance, which was, I think, the gold standard in conditioning oil, should never be used on wet hair, and in fact, should not be used as a leave-in styling product at all, but it does work beautifully as a deep moisturizing conditioner when left on overnight. It’s just a different type of product than the B & b oil and it’s fabulous for conditioning and repair.
To use the new generation of styling and conditioning oils like Bumble and bumble Invisible oil, pump a small amount into your palm, rub your hands together and run your fingers through your hair, giving it a good tousle from ends to roots. You can use the oil on damp hair before styling with heat or air-drying, or, as I most like to use it, on dry hair to finish, adding incredible shine, bounce and smoothness. B & b’s new Hairdresser’s Oil is lighter than the original Moroccanoil ($43), for example, and has a light fragrance that quickly dissipates. Bumble & bumble says of the Hairdresser’s Oil:
This transformative blend of nourishing oils vanishes into hair, leaving a smooth feathersoft feel and a trace of shine.
The Protective Primer has a very light feeling, as I also find in most of the other B & b leave-in styling products. It isn’t sticky or greasy (how can they make an oil product that isn’t greasy?) and seems to be undetectable, except for the smoothing and moderate flyaway control when used as an air-dry leave-in product, but I find that I still need a something extra for my naturally curly hair to define and smooth my curls and frizz. I’m currently using either Davines This is a Curl Building Serum ($26), Davines Love Serum ($22.50) or a dab of B & b Curl Conscious holding foam ($29) on wet hair and over the Hairdresser’s Protective Primer, then I finish everything with the Hairdresser’s Oil. B & b says this about its Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil,heat/uv Protective Primer:
This mist of many wonders infused with 6 featherlight oils helps soften, detangle, de-frizz, tame flyways, ease styling and protect against breakage, heat-styling and UV damage.
Both of the Hairdresser’s Oil products we’re talking about here have some of the same UV protection and sunscreen ingredients that you’ll find in sunscreen for your skin, but I’m a bit confused about how much UV and heat protection a hair styling product can provide. Until hair products have an SPF rating as skin sunscreens do (or something similar to show the level of protection that they provide), it’s best to protect your hair by wearing a hat.
If the Hairdresser’s Oil doesn’t provide enough dazzling shine for you, Bumble and bumble’s Brilliantine ($24) and SHINE ON ($28) provide brilliant shine and further smoothing, and can help achieve a piecey, tousled look with a bit of tousling – sorry, I just like that word. Start with a tiny bit of either product and layer more until you have created the most polished, shiniest hair possible. All of the Bumble & bumble products provide conditioning benefits, as well.
I’m cheating a bit with SHINE, as it doesn’t have the natural oils that the other Bumble & bumble products shown here have; it achieves its aims differently but so resembles the other oil products in the finished product (SHINE!) that I had to include it as an option.
I’ve been trying other hair oils, too, and some are…just superb! In addition to B & b’s offerings, Josie Maran Argan Hair Oil Serum ($30), which can be used on wet or dry hair, features Argan oil, as do all Josie Maran products, and has a geranium and bergamot scent which lingers throughout the day; it is a bit strong for me but is otherwise a marvelous oil. Fresh Sugar Ultra Nourishing Body Oil ($45) works wonders either on dry hair as a deep pre-shampoo conditioner, or when I use a few drops rubbed on my dry hair. I adore all of the Fresh product fragrances and this one’s sweet fragrance is intoxicating. I like to rub Fresh oils on my damp skin after a shower and then pat dry, and then I rub any oil left on my hands through my hair or my husband’s hair – more tousling! Fekkai PrX Reparitives Mending Elixir ($26) is made for use on dry hair, and you’ll want to display the lovely blue bottle! Philip B Rejuvenating Oil ($30) should only be used on dry hair, and the company has detailed instructions for its use as a deep conditioner on their website; the oil penetrates into the hair shaft to restore and hold moisture; it can be left on for a few minutes or as long as overnight before shampooing. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse($45), also has a flowery, warm, but strong fragrance, like the Josie Maran oil, and like the Fresh oil, can be used on the body, in the bath, or, like all of the other leave-in oils, use a few drops rubbed through your hair for shine!
I hope that you agree that these are the best of the bunch! Please tell me about oils that you like — or don’t — and how you use them!