I have a very complicated relationship with hair oils. I hear so many women rave about their smoothing and moisturizing properties, but as a fine-haired girl, most oils on the market are way too heavy for my strands — I wind up looking like I haven't washed my hair in weeks whenever I attempt to put them in. Not really the look I'm going for. I've had some success with Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Essence Absolue, but even with that I have to use just a microscopic amount — there's a very fine line between smooth and looking like an oil tanker ran aground on my head.
So, it was with great trepidation that I decided to give Privé's new Vanishing Oil a try. Made with a blend of argan, maracuja, and Brazil nut oils, this lightweight treatment claims to hydrate the hair, add smoothness and shine, fight frizz, tame flyaways, prevent split ends, shorten blow-dry time, and even promote a healthier scalp. All that and it supposedly "disappears" into the hair. Riiiiiiight.
Well, consider me a convert: I put a dollop of this in my damp hair on an oppressively humid NYC day and let my locks air-dry. The result was shiny, soft waves without a hint of frazzled pouf or pesky flyaways. Emboldened by my success, I tried it on fully-dried hair the next day I used it — a no-no for me unless I wanted a one-way ticket to greaseball land — and it added instant smoothness and shine, once again keeping the frizz at bay on a sticky, sweaty summer day. Both times my mane was free of residue and wasn't weighed down after I applied. I'm happy to say that when all my friends start raving about the magic of hair oils, I can now, finally, jump in with my own glowing success story.
Privé Vanishing Oil, $36, available at Privé.