09 November 2011

Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment Review

The Debenhams Ireland twitter account was looking for some suggestions this weekend, for products to restore dry hair throughout the cold winter months. I didn’t hesitate in recommending the Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative hair treatment  -- and that’s when I realised I’d never actually gotten around to blogging about this lovely little product. Allow me to set that straight.

I introduced you to the Ojon range here when I told you all about the Damage Reverse shampoo and conditioner. The treatment contains the same eponymous ojon oil, but more of it. The oil is derived from palm nuts which are harvested in the traditional way, by the native Miskito people, in the rainforests of Central America. Ojon seek to preserve their traditions and way of life, while at the same time providing employment and educational opportunities.

While you can use the product in several ways, I like to use it as an overnight conditioning treatment. The consistency is similar to butter that’s been kept in the fridge. You scoop it out, warm it in your hands until it liquifies, and apply the oil to your hair.  It takes about four scoops to liberally coat my mid length hair, then I whack on a shower cap to sleep in.

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room: the scent. It’s a most curious phenomenon, and opinions are very firmly divided. Having heard people talk about ashtrays and stale smoke and burnt coffee, I was delighted with the spiced chocolatey orange aroma. “They must have had a stale jar!”, I decide -- at which point himself bursts in, and demands to know who’s been smoking in the bathroom. I honestly can’t detect a hint of this. It’s like we’re smelling two entirely different products.

When I wash the product out my hair feels no different to normal. I condition and style it and, as always, leave it to air dry. And that’s when I see the results. My hair, if I do say so myself, looks lovely! Healthy, shiny and manageable, with loosely defined waves and no frizz. It feels nourished and soft. While it works wonders for me I’m not sure how well this would work on very fine hair: mine is thick, dry and damaged.

Not that you’d be able to tell.

I was sent this to try along with the shampoo and conditioner, but Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment is available from Arnotts Dublin, priced at €39. The Damage Reverse range also contains a shampoo (€24) and conditioner (€26 – both reviewed here), Finishing Spray (€29.00) and Smoothing Glaze (€35.50).
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