I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not but oils are a huge beauty trend at mo. From those you can put on your hair (here’s looking at you Argan oil) to those you can cleanse or hydrate your face with, oils are big, big news.
Once such new oil-infused hair range is Wella’s System Professional (SP) Luxeoil collection which boasts a keratin protect shampoo, keratin restore mask, ‘keratin boost essence spray’, light oil keratin protection spray and the ‘oil’/serum itself which Wella call ‘reconstructive elixir’.
Each product promise to transform your hair’s texture while protecting, smoothing and softening without weighing down your locks. The hydrating oils in the mix are Argan (but of course) as well as jojoba and almond. There’s also a good dash of hair strengthening keratin.
Of all the products, I most like the mask (R287).
You only need a small amount to massage through your hair and don’t have to leave it for ages for it to work its magic – a real bonus as my new spot only has a shower (and yes, I am having serious bath withdrawals). If I leave it on for just three minutes while I brush my teeth and wash my face, that’s all the time I need. After towel drying, brushing out my baby fine, super tangly hair is a total breeze. No huffing and puffing required. Once dry, it definitely lives up to its promise about not feeling heavy. In fact, my hair feels bouncy and light and smells great to boot; sweet and musky, but not overpowering.
My other favourite item? The reconstructive elixir (R449) which is the line’s star product.
It’s formula is similar to other popular ‘hair oils’ – think Moroccan Oil, Lee Stafford’s Argan Oil of Morocco and Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil – in that it’s mostly a light silicone blend with just a dash of oil, but this is all you need to sleeken, speed up dry time and protect your hair from heat damage without turning it into a major oil slick. Also, as the elixer’s an expensive salon product as opposed to something you could snap up at Clicks, its molecules are nice and tiny so they’ll better penetrate your hair.
To use it, I simply pump one or two squirts into my palms, rub them together and then run them down the lengths of my hair while it’s wet. Once it’s dry, my tresses definitely look shinier and have a smooth, silky feel.
Want to try the Luxeoil line yourself? You’ll find it in selected salons across South Africa. To find a stockist near you, call 0860 104 109.