If you’re like me, a curly-haired girl who dreams of straight locks, you feel me during the dog days of summer. I hate my curly hair, and I always have. I remember the first blow-out I ever got. I was maybe 12 and spending the summer at my grandmother’s, who took me to the salon. It was the first time I ever saw my waves tamed, and I’ve been chasing that high ever since. If I could tell you the name of or even number of every hair-straightening product I’ve tried over the years, I’d run out of space. My hair is too fine to handle the chemical straighteners women are using these days, so it’s either find a product that does it, or forget about it. I’ve tried gloppy gels and poufy mousses, unlabeled serums and ineffective shampoos. Some products work better than others, but the holy grail of hair straighteners eluded me.
A few weeks ago, I went to the salon, where, stuck in a chair, waiting for my dye job to sink in, I flipped through some glossy magazines. I kept seeing mentions of Moroccanoil, which I hadn’t heard of previously. When my stylist returned, he showed me the magic oil on the shelves. It was oil, he explained. Oil? I thought. Every woman who has tried to straighten her hair will tell you that the vast majority of oil-based products are going to leave your hair a sticky mess that will curl up again in a matter of hours. “It’s a dry oil,” he enthused. Dry oil? That seemed like a contradiction in terms. But there was only one way to find out if it worked for me.
I plunked down around $40 for a 3.4 ounce bottle of the original Moroccanoil Oil Treatment, which promised to make my hair shiny and reduce drying time. (Actress Naomi Watts’ stylist used Moroccanoil Light for her recent appearance at the premiere of “Salt.”) Back at home, the next time I straightened my hair, I poured a penny-sized dollop at most into the palm of my hand and applied it to my towel-dry hair. The moment of truth was at hand. Blowing my hair out, the seemingly “wet” oil actually seemed to dry my hair, and the result was the closest thing to shiny straight hair that my hair can manage.
After that, I polished off the results with my ghd ceramic flat iron. Presto, bingo, my straightened hair looks better now than it ever has before. Perfect? No. But it’s close. And when you’re slogging through some of the hottest summer months on record, it’s worth it. [Moroccanoil]