Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer

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If there is one thing that I hated about Australia, it was the weather. One day it’s a scorching 42°C and the next day you are shivering at a maximum of 19°C. Moreover the weather played havoc with my normally easy to manage hair. Yeah my hair is dry and prone to frizz but ordinarily it’s quite manageable. However it went totally ballistic in Melbourne. Whether it was the heat or the humidity that played havoc I can’t say but I needed a good hair serum and heat protectant as I was flat ironing my hair almost daily.

It was in such desperate times that I picked up Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer from Mecca Cosmetics. I think there was some offer going on that time and I picked it up along with the shampoo and conditioner of the same range. In any case I don’t remember the price as it was almost 6 months ago. The Mecca website puts it at AUD 44 so let’s just go with that.

It is called “A mist of many wonders” and I couldn’t agree more. These are the details on the Bumble and Bumble website about it –

  • “What: Infused with 6 feather light oils it helps soften, detangle, de-frizz, tame flyaways, ease styling and protect against breakage, heat-styling and UV damage.
  • Who: Dry, coarse or brittle hair.
  • When: On damp or dry hair before styling.
  • How: Spray on damp or dry hair, comb through and style”

                  It’s a versatile product that comes with a spray nozzle and the product is directly sprayed on hair damp or dry. You can section the hair and spray it or  if you are lazy like me,spray it all over and run a comb through the hair. However, a little goes a long way so please use it sparingly. I used it both on damp and dry hair and loved the results in both cases. It makes hair silky smooth and running a comb through it is a breeze. It is very light weight, hydrates hair well, tames flyaways, eliminates frizz and gives a nice shine. Add to that is the UV and heat protection factor. I have used it both pre styling and without any styling at all just in lieu of a hair serum with better result than a hair serum gives .It seems to give a slightly better result with the shampoo and conditioner of same family but works great with any other shampoo- conditioner as well.

Over all it’s a great product and highly recommended.

PROS-

  1. Versatile – can be used on damp or dry hair. So if you want to style your hair a day or two after you shampooed it, it can be used pre styling on dry hair.
  2. Controls frizz and flyaways without weighing hair down – is very lightweight.
  3. Hydrates well.
  4. Heat and UV protection.
  5. Nice fragrance that lingers on. But some may not like it

CONS-

  1. Expensive – At AUD 44 (i.e. INR 2200 approx.) it is quite expensive, quite in the league of Kerastase Elixir Ultime. However I found it better than the latter and if you are going to touch this league of hair care products, it’s worth the price and in fact better than may in this range. Besides a little goes a long way.
  2. Availability in India is a problem. Not sure if Sephora India keeps Bumble and Bumble products or if it is available on-line.

 

Wella Oil Reflections Smoothening Treatment

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After a long time, I made an impulse purchase and that also a non-natural one- Wella Oil Reflections Smoothening Treatment. (By the way, is there even a word “non-natural”? )As I walked past a Wella Salon (Strands– a chain of salons in the Chandigarh-Panchkula region), I saw huge hoardings of this new launch in India from Wella. Intrigued, or perhaps fatigued by the heat, I walked in and for some unfathomable reason, picked it up. My earlier hair serum, Kerastase Nutritive Serum Oleo Relax had finished a while ago and the other one, Kerastase Elixir Ultime I use only before any heat based styling. And so I reasoned to myself as I spent Rs 850/- on a 100ml bottle. Besides, I’m a sucker for fragrances and this one has a lovely, delicate, sweet fragrance to it.

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While most impulse purchases leave you to repent at them later at leisure, thankfully this one did not. The Wella site (http://www.wella.com/professional/en-EN/product/care/oil-reflections) describes it as-

This multi-sensorial oil, with macadamia seed oil, avocado oil and vitamin E, known as a natural anti-oxidant, instantly reveals the beautiful, natural reflections of hair color with a very lightweight technology that makes hair feel incredibly light and supple. High, glossy reflections: specifically designed to enhance the shine of Wella Professionals Colour, making it up to 86% more reflective. Wella Professionals Oil Reflections can be used in a number of different ways:

 

Conditioning — apply a few drops of oil onto damp hair for an instant, lightweight smoothening effect.

Styling — apply a few drops of oil to wet hair before you dry* for additional protection.

Finishing — apply after styling to give hair extra shine, and to intensify colour reflection

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First things first, this is not an “oil” at least the way I understand the term or the way we do in India. Most hair oils today are non greasy and light but this should not be confused with any traditional hair oil (Read here for my favourite hair oils). At best, this can be thought of an oil like Kerastase Elixir Ultime. But please don’t seek to replace your good old coconut/mustard/bhringraj or any such hair oil with this. I see it as a hair serum and so should you. If you are looking for benefits like hair growth, arresting hair fall, this is not meant for that.

Secondly, I do not have coloured hair. Instead, I use my favourite LUSH Caca Noir and TVAM Indigo. It says that it is designed enhance the shine of coloured hair, but it has been performing wonderfully on my hennaed hair as well.

DSC09034I have used it both as an after wash treatment on damp hair and on dry hair to control the dryness and frizz and have been very pleased on both occasions. For my almost waist length hair, I need 2-3 pumps. It is not heavy at all, the texture being more like Kerastase Elixir Ultime and a bit heavier than Kerastase Oleo Relax Serum. Yet it does not weigh the hair down at all. In fact, it is very light and I have used it not only along the length of the hair but also near the crown to control frizz. It imparts a nice shine to the hair– obviously not like a 1000 watt bulb or something but a distinct, healthy shine. This weather made my already dry hair more so and this has effectively controlled it. The smell is lovely and although it doesn’t stay on for long, this is the only hair serum I have come across that has any fragrance to it.  DSC09062

On the flip side, as far as ingredients go, it has Macademia seed oil, avocado oil and Vitamin E but also, like all hair serums, a host of chemicals. Those of you who completely stay away from all chemicals will not be very happy with it. Secondly, while the website says that it can be used prior to drying for additional protection, I’m not sure if it is indeed a heat protecting serum or not. Also the heavy glass bottle however is not very travel friendly and I am quite worried about dropping and breaking it.

Over all I am very pleased with my impulse purchase. Although I don’t use chemical products, after this I’m more inclined to try Wella products whenever I plan to pick up something. At Rs 850/- for a 100 ml bottle it is way cheaper than Kerastase.

My Favourite and Not So Favourite Hair Oils

I’ve been talking so much about hair and oiling that am beginning to feel like a bit of an oily, slippery, slimy person! But while I am on this topic, thought I might as well compile a list of my favourite and not so favourite hair oils as well as those that I doubt can be called hair oils at all.

So here it goes…

My Favourite 5 Hair Oils (In random order and all reviewed in detail earlier)

  1. Forest Essentials Bhringraj Hair Oil

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The sophisticated cousin my other favourite, Patanjali Divya Kesh Taila, this is a best seller from the Luxurious Ayurvedic brand and rightly so. Enriched with goodness of Bhringraj, this ought to sort out most of your hair concerns. Expensive at Rs 925/- for 200ml but that’s how all their products are priced

2.Patanjali Divya Kesh Taila

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This is the poor country cousin of the above rock star but helped save my hair post pregnancy. Not for the faint hearted, the smell and “chip chip” quotient being very high, but if you are truly desperate, this is your answer. However it may not suit all scalps as the ingredients are very “garam” and can cause small breakouts on the scalp. Rs 80/- for a 100 ml bottle- can it get any cheaper?

3.Kama Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment

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The only oil I have come across that has Indigo as an ingredient and thus helps maintain the black colour of the hair. A great option for dark hair ladies as it helps with the colour and has all essential ingredients for healthy hair as well, bhringraj being the primary one. This is the one I’m definitely using in winters to reduce the repetition of henna-indigo. Once again an elite oil at Rs 450/- for 100 ml.

4. Fabindia Sesame Hair Oil

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The first of the “branded” hair oils I picked up couple of years ago, it still is my favourite for its no frills goodness. Sesame oil is the base oil for most of the above oils and this is pure sesame oil. A great option and pocket friendly too at Rs 300/- for 200ml.

5. MABH Fast Growth Hair Oil

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My current favourite that had my jaw drop with the picture of the gorgeous hair on its bottle. Made and sold exclusively by Lancy of Makeup And Beauty Home, it promises to be a one stop shop for all your hair problems. While I’m still checking out its fast hair growth claim, it’s a great oil in itself. Available only on line through Makeup and Beauty Home at Rs 400/- for 100 ml, it is expensive.

 

Not So favourite Hair Oils-

1. Biotique Bio Flame of the Forest –

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I tried this oil a long time back and it was nothing but a disappointment.

2. Forest Essentials Sugandha Hair Oil

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A dud from the big brand itself hurt my pocket as much as it hurt me. Did absolutely nothing for my hair and left me depressed over a 1000 bucks gone down the drain.

3.Kesh King Hair Oil

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I tried it after hearing praises from few friends but somehow could not take to it- felt somewhat synthetic and the smell was a bit overpowering. Could not bring myself around to trying their shampoo and conditioner even though it came free with the oil.

4. Sesa Hair Oil

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Some love the smell, I hated it- period.

 

 

Are these even hair oils?

1.Matrix Biolage Root Nourishing Oil

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With chemical like Limonene, Hexyl cinnamal, Coumarin, Linalool, Butylphenyl methylpropional, Benzyl alcohol, Hydroxycitronellal, Amyl cinnamal, Geranoil, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamyl alcohol etc etc, how does this even qualify to be called a hair oil? Really now…

2. L’Oreal Mythic Oil Nourishing Oil

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It has avocado oil and grapeseed oil but is more of a styling serum than “oil”. Loaded with silicones and many chemicals

3. Kerastase Elixir Ultime

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Same as above- good hair serum and pre styling tool, but not“oil”.Again is chemical based .