This product was another TK Maxx find, so I have to begin this post by apologising if it’s difficult to track down online. It’s Edward Beale Ultra Gloss Argan Oil, and I’ve so far only been able to find it on Australian sites – and, of course, at good ol’ TK Maxx!
I’m writing about it anyway, though, because I’m pretty sure it’s the argan oil it contains that makes this a winner for me, so if you can’t find this specific brand, it shouldn’t be too hard to find something very similar. But on with the review!
As I said, I found this in TK Maxx (on the same day I bought the shampoo and conditioner I reviewed last week, actually…), and I was obviously in a bit of a spendy mood that day, because I found myself walking to the register with it, even although I’ve always been a little suspicious about argan oil, and the various accolades that have been heaped upon it.
It’s the “oil” bit that worried my. My hair, as I’ve mentioned before, is long and limp, and has a tendency to be greasy, especially at the roots. Despite this, however, it ALSO manages to be very fine and flyaway, and will go super-frizzy when I try to curl it, no matter how carefully I do it. Oh, and I have a lot of “fuzzies” around the hairline, which means that when I wear it up, or tie it back, I look like I have a little halo around my forehead – it’s not as cute as it sounds, trust me.
So: fine, flyaway hair which is also limp and greasy – sounds awesome, right? The fine, flyaway bit makes me want to use products to make it all better, and my stylist friend has told me that a bit of product would also help with the “frizzy when curled” issue. The problem with that, however, is that any product I use, other than shampoo and conditioner (and sometimes that too), will tend to weigh my hair down, making it look and feel even more greasy and limp than when I started. I was fairly sure a product with the word “oil” in the name would do exactly that, but like I said, I’d heard good things about it, and it was only a few pounds, so home with me it came.
I waited to try this until a day I didn’t have any plans, just in case it did, indeed, turn my hair into an oil slick, but as it turns out, I needn’t have worried. This is a styling and finishing product designed to help de-frizz your hair, and give it a smooth, shiny finish. You can use it on either towel-dried hair, for heat protection and frizz control, or on dry hair to add shine and fight those fuzzies. I mostly use it on damp hair, before blow-drying and styling, but I’ve also been using small amounts on dry hair when I have my hair up, and I love it because it gets rid of that “fuzzy” look without making my hair look oily, or like it’s covered in product: result.
On damp hair, meanwhile, I find this also makes a real difference. I tip a few drops into the palms of my hands, then rub them together, before running them through my hair, concentrating on the ends. It does feel oily when it comes out of the bottle, but it’s a dry oil, which absorbs almost right away, so there’s no icky grease-factor to deal with. (I’ve actually been using it on my hands, and rubbing it into my cuticles, too: I love the fact that it makes them feel moisturised, without me having to sit around for ages waiting for it to be absorbed!) I then blow-dry my hair as usual, and I’ll also often use either my Babyliss Curl Secret or Big Hair afterwards: my hair is subjected to quite a bit of heat, basically, but when I use this oil, I notice a big difference in the condition – it just feels much smoother, and if I’m curling my hair, it’ll be less frizzy too, which is a huge benefit.
What I like most about this product, however, is that it achieves all of this without weighing my hair down or making it look/feel greasy. A little also goes a long way: I’ve been using this every day for around three weeks now, but there’s still at least three-quarters of the bottle left. When it does run out, I suspect I won’t re-purchase this exact brand, purely because I doubt I’ll be able to find it again. Now that I’ve been converted to the wonders of argan oil, though, I’ll definitely be buying something similar, to use on both my hair and my hands.