Sunday, 19 September 2010

Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment Review - it smells!

I have tried some Ojon products before and was not at all convinced by them. I have very fine hair and normally skip conditioner because it has a tendency to leave my hair looking lank. It is easily weighed down by product so I prefer to keep my hair natural, I don't blow dry it or use styling products etc. Really I'm just lazy.
Ojon Hair Restorative Treatment - £39 for 150ml

I had heard a lot of good things about the Ojon Restorative Treatment, from customer reviews and other bloggers so I thought I would give the range one last try.

The product comes in a jar and has a waxy type look about it. You use about 1/2 a teaspoon of product, rub in between your hands until it forms an oil and then apply it directly to dry hair. Once the hair is fully saturated, you can leave it on for anything from 20 minutes to overnight, and then rinse well and shampoo as usual.

This sounded simple enough so I gave it a go last weekend. The moment the jar is opened the smell is quite overpowering. It is very sweet, almost a musky tobacco smell, incredibly distinctive but very hard to describe. I think you will either love it or hate it. I didn't mind the smell at first but after a couple of hours it was too intense.

Now to the major downside. It is described as a 'unique highly-concentrated hair and scalp treatment' and promises to use the secrets of the rainforest to 'restore your hair's natural beauty'. I agree with the highly concentrated bit, but as for restoring my hair's natural beauty? This is where it fell short.

I left it on for two hours the first time I used it and shampooed my hair twice to make sure all the product had been removed. When I dried my hair though it looked lank and greasy, as if the product was still there. The only benefit I saw was that any frizz was gone, but I would prefer some frizz to lank hair! My hair is very fine and it just doesn't seem to suit this product. If you have much thicker, possibly curly hair then you may get the amazing results others rave about, but for fine hair give it a miss.

Just in case the first result was a freak occurrence, I gave it to my mum to try and I used it again, this time using the Ojon Ultra Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner with it. My hair felt slightly silkier but still had the lank appearance. The product promises 'to instantly hydrate and restore damaged and colour-treated hair, leaving it extraordinary soft, shiny and healthy looking' and none of these were achieved. My hair had a lot less shine than usual and felt weighed down and greasy.

I wouldn't purchase this again even if it was a drugstore product, but the fact it costs £39 is just ridiculous. For that kind of money I expect great results, and Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment did not provide these. I do try to look for the positives but I can't even recommend the shampoo and conditioner, I have had better results from cheaper brands. I have used the thickening formula and the hydrating formula and I wouldn't use either again.

I recently tried a fantastic sample of the Frederic Fekkai Technician Mask for coloured hair which was far simpler and less time consuming to apply and the results on my hair were fantastic. The Ojon will be going back and I will be saving for some of the Frederic Fekkai range instead, it smells a lot better!

Has anyone else with fine hair struggled with Ojon as a brand? Anyone swear by it as a hair treatment? I'll do a thorough review on the Frederic Fekkai products I order in a month or so.

1 comment:

  1. I prefer the Ojon restorative pre-wash something something that comes in a tube to this - it has a creamier texture than this one and washes out more easily. I still don't get it too near to my roots though.

    I do think this one is best suited for very dry/thick/coarse hair, and it is easy to use too much of it in an application.