Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak

I believe that a good hair mask is the secret to beautiful, healthy hair. I try and do a hair mask at least once every two weeks because my hair is not exposed to much heat (I never use a hair dryer and it only sees a curling wand maybe twice a year) and is naturally nonfussy, basically the epitome of normal hair. However, if you are someone who uses heat on their hair as a daily basis I suggest using a hair mask on a weekly basis. I have tried a number of different products from drugstore to homemade and everything in between and I have found that Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak is hands down my favorite one. This lovely jar of goo retails for $25 which is slightly on the pricey side however if you (or a family member) is a frequent shopper at Kiehl's, their reward program combined with coupons can score you this for free. Often they will have promotions that reward you with any item $25 or less completely free of charge, which is how I get my hands on this stuff.

Even for someone like me who has thick hair all the way down my back, just a small dollop is enough to do the trick and this jar can last me for a good couple of months. This hair mask is white with a light scent comparable to generic conditioners of a good consistency that will not drip out of your hair easily once you've applied it. This leaves my hair soft and shiny and does not weigh it down at all. It is a nourishing blend of olive and avocado oils which rejuvenates even my most driest ends the one time where a trim was badly overdue. I find that my hair stays feeling softer for a good three days after I have done a treatment.

I have two ways of applying this and switch between methods. I must admit that what I have dubbed the dry hair method does leave my hair feeling silkier but it is something I do if I am not in a hurry.

The first method is to actually apply this product before I get into the shower when my hair is still dry. Dry hair soaks up any kind of conditioning substance better so doing this helps retain all the nourishing benefits. First I will brush through my hair completely making sure there are no tangles so it is easier to apply this mask evenly. Taking about a palm sized amount I will start from the roots really concentrating it there and massaging the product in. With whatever product is leftover on my hands I will run it through the rest of my hair, avoiding my scalp as much as possible because getting any type of conditioning product there will encourage the production of extra oils. Next I will twist my hair up into a simple bun and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. Then I will shampoo and condition normally.

When I have that extra time planned out at the beginning to let my hair marinate, I prefer that method for extra luscious locks, however other times I will just jump straight into the shower, shampoo my hair and then skip my usual conditioner and use the hair mask instead. Following the same idea of applying it and twisting it up into a bun, I will take a few minutes to use a body scrub or exfoliate, just something crazy I don't normally do while I shower just to give it some time to work its magic, before rinsing it out.

I definitely recommend this hair mask, I think it works great and my hair has been loving it. Since it is such a subtle generic scent it will work with everyone's normal hair products and not give a weird fruit cocktail effect.

What are some hair masks you guys think I should try? Have you tried this product? Hate it, love it? I'd like to know!

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