Everything changed after I had kids. Not only did I lose all semblance of a good night’s sleep or an hour of uninterrupted time to read or drink a cup of coffee, I also seem to have lost a good portion of my body’s moisture. Hormonal changes (and the aforementioned lack of sleep) and I guess…age?…have contributed to drier skin and hair. And when I decided to get my hair colored, which meant bleaching my dark hair, my hair gradually got drier and drier, until it approximated the feeling and texture of straw.
I’ve been desperate ever since to find something to help heal my damaged strands, so when I got the opportunity to test and review the Elyse Marie No. 79 Hair Repair oil, I jumped at the chance.
The first thing that drew me to the Elyse Marie No. 79 Hair Repair oil was that it is a bona-fide OIL. Many hair “oil” or serum products are based on silicones, which give hair a slick feeling and smooth out the hair cuticle, but don’t actually penetrate or moisturize the strands of hair. In addition, silicones can build up on the hair, preventing other nourishing treatments from penetrating, and requiring the use of harsh shampoos to wash out (which contributes to the dry hair cycle). Personally, I find that silicone-heavy hair treatments make my hair feel sticky, greasy, and heavy, without noticeably helping the underlying dryness.
So I was happy to see that the ingredient breakdown of the Elyse Marie No. 79 Hair Repair oil was simple and nourishing, and contained no silicones. Just a blend of nourishing, non-greasy feeling oils to gently restore moisture to the hair.
prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil*.
Apricot oil is a light, non-greasy oil that absorbs quickly and seals in moisture without weighing your hair down. It also naturally contains antioxidants and vitamins. This hair oil is a light feeling oil that doesn’t smell strong or oily, but has a light lavender scent.
I used a full dropper of the Elyse Marie No. 79 Hair Repair on damp, towel-dried hair, working it into my hair by massaging it with my hands and concentrating on the dry ends of the hair. Once my hair dried, it looked smoother and shinier than when I didn’t use the oil, even if I just let my hair air-dry. My hair is so dry that it just drinks this oil up, and my hair doesn’t feel greasy or sticky. You may want to experiment with the right amount to use, starting with a few drops and working up to half or a full dropper.
Once, I used a bit too much oil and my hair, while it looked great, felt a little oily and needed to be washed a little earlier than usual (I usually try to go 2 to 3 days between washings). I found that having the extra oil in my hair helped prevent my hair from getting stripped while shampooing, and my hair was softer after the washing than usual. You could use this oil as a pre-shampoo treatment to soften hair before washing.
I really enjoyed using this hair oil and I appreciated that it didn’t cause buildup on my hair, while at the same time moisturizing and smoothing it. I guess the only downside to this oil is that it comes in a pretty small bottle, just 30ml, and at the rate I’m using it, a full dropper at a time, it will likely run out quickly. Of course, apricot seed oil does have a tendency to go rancid quickly, so perhaps it’s for the best.
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