We’ve tested out a few oils and serums ourselves that we really loved including the Kevin Murphy YOUNG.AGAIN and Davines OI Oil and there’s also the Aveda Smoothing Fluid we’ve tried. One of our friends who’s equally obsessed with hair, told us about 3 products she’s tried in this category. Check out what she has to say!
We have all bought them with the promise of a miraculous turn around for our over-processed, over-styled, dry, abused hair, but what’s the differences in these magical hair serums and oils REALLY? Well, in my personal experience….not a whole lot, but there are a few minuscule differences that could make all the difference for someone else.
Over the past couple of months I’ve tested Young.Again by Kevin Murphy, Morrocanoil treatment, by Morrocanoil, and K-PAK Color Therapy Restorative Styling Oil, by Joico. All 3 products have a claim to strengthen, protect, repair and make your hair shiny and smooth. And both the Morrocanoil & K-PAK claim to reduce the drying time of your hair, which I didn’t notice and I’m not exactly sure is a good thing! But here are my findings of these 3 products on my long, colored, thick and naturally wavy hair:
Young.Again – Kevin.Murphy
This treatment oil was once described to me as “crack for your hair” by a hair stylist. And although neither me, nor my hair are addicted to this product, it did make my hair feel very soft and smooth when it was dried naturally, it also helped keep the frizz down when blow-dried, and is lightweight and good for many hair types that can be applied to wet or dry hair. But I found that it placed a little low on shine factor, and over continual use it did not make a noticeable difference in the physical condition of my hair. This product is only available from select salons, and carries a $25+ price tag, but it is a decent size and should last users many months with daily use on dry or wet hair.
Overall rating – 3.5 out of 5
Morrocanoil Treatment – Morrocanoil
This oil has the consistency of engine oil, and kind of looks like it too! Morrocanoil has a mild pleasant fragrance, and when applied to damp, clean hair, and dried naturally it left my hair super soft, manageable and smooth! BUT….and this is a big but, there is no dispensing system, and it can pour out in masses if you’re not paying attention. And if you’re like me, and apply that palm full of oil to your hair, you will quickly find out what it’s like to have freshly cleaned, greasy hair! This product works great on my thick, long hair when wet, but is not my first “go to” product for dry, 2nd day hair to control frizz or fly a ways. I also think it might be too heavy for people with fine, thin hair, and although I’ve never used it, I heard Morrocanoil has a light version of this product that may remedy that issue. Finally, I’ve found that with repeated use my hair seemed more moisturized, with less noticeable breakage, and just “looked” healthier. This one will also set you back $30+, and if you don’t tip it over when the lids off, it’s decent size should last quite awhile.
Overall rating – 4 out of 5
K-PAK Color Therapy Restorative Styling Oil – JOICO
This product has said to be able to “lock in color” and have “color-enhancing shine”. Well let me say it definitely did not change the frequency of my salon visits at all! But I found that it does add shine to your hair when applied to wet or dry hair. And unlike the other two products, I’ve found that this one works best when used in small amounts to dry hair. It will control those untameable strands; add shine and softness without leaving too much residue behind and weighing your hair down. When K-PAK was used on my wet hair I noticed I needed to reapply once dry to get my desired results. And after multiple uses there was no changes noted to the overall condition and health of my hair. But because this product is not too pricey ($10+) and more widely available at premium drugstores and salons it’s a good option for all hair types.
Overall rating – 3 out of 5
So there you have it! Beyond the differences that may be in the chemical breakdown of these products, they are all very similar, so close that price will mostly likely be what sways me on my next purchase!