Like you, I wasn’t immune to the Moroccan oil craze when it first hit in the late 2000s, and applied the stuff religiously—completely oblivious to the sad reality that I have long, fine, grease-prone hair, and oils in general just aren’t my jam.
Still, my friends raved about it (and many still do), so the first couple of years of my 20s were spent optimistically smoothing my locks with hair oil, hoping for bouncy, shiny waves and to cover all traces of my dry ends. Every time though, I was left with a cruel reality check: Within hours my roots were greasy (didn’t even put oil anywhere near there, thanks), and my hair felt heavy, and lost a lot of its natural movement. Sad.
I did all the right things, and tried oiling only the ends, using less product—hell, I even applied while my hair was wet—but never loved the result. Somewhere along the way I resigned myself to the decision that I should give the hair oil trend a wide berth for good, until Kérastase’s new Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil Mist ($58) landed on my desk.
The product literally just launched, hitting shelves this month, and was made specifically with thin-hair girls like myself in mind. Unlike the oils I’ve tried, tested, and inevitably dumped in the trash in the past, this solution claims to be the ticket for shiny, bouncy, oil-infused locks. I asked Kérastase why this oil’s better than the rest (read: worth my time), and the company explained it’s a combination of the actual oils used in the blend: maize for shine; argan for vitamins A, D, and E, as well as protection from external aggressors; camellia for shine, smoothing, and strength; and pracaxi for conditioning and nourishment.
This works in tandem with a molecule that the brand calls Intra-Cylane and regularly adds to products for thin, damaged hair. To design Intra-Cylane, the researchers were inspired by a chemical process called sol-gel. Used particularly in the glass industry, it consists of modifying certain materials to transform them from a solution state to a solid gel state. There’s more on that here though, if science is your jam.
So there are a bunch of reasons why this product’s worth trying, but did it live up to the hype? Well, yes and no. The first time I tried the mist, I cautiously sprayed a couple of spritzes on the ends of my blow-dried hair, and noticed my locks instantly looked healthier and had a nice shine all day. What women with fine hair will enjoy about this product–and what I loved–is that the mist packaging distributes the solution evenly, so you don’t have to worry about weird clumps of oil greasing up your strands like you would with products that require application with your fingers. By the following day, my hair still retained that shine, and my roots didn’t look any more oily than normal.
A couple of days later, I washed and dried my hair again and applied the product a lot more aggressively to the mid-to-end section of my hair. For a few hours my ’do looked great, but did not fail to become a little greasy and limp by the following morning. So, yes, I would absolutely recommend this product over other hair oils, but just don’t get too excited when you’re applying it if you want those shiny tresses to look great all day.