You know those girls that have beautiful, soft, shiny hair? Ya, I hate them too. My hair isn’t like that…..naturally. I fake it. My hair is thin, fine, naturally curly/wavy and frizzy. And it’s not naturally that shiny. I’ve tried lots of hair oils to fake the shine, but since my hair is so thin and fine, most of them just weigh it down and make it look greasy. Greasy, frizzy hair isn’t quite the look I’m going for.
I’m a huge fan of Surface’s Trinity Protein Cream so jumped at the chance of trying more Surface products. I’m really loving this Bassu oil. It’s lightweight, smells amazing, makes my hair shiny and of course – has great ingredients.
So first, the texture. It’s a pretty thin oil. It comes in a little squeeze top and most oils come out in ‘drops’, but this is so thin it comes out continuously – if that makes sense. The first thing I noticed was that it is YELLOW. Well, perhaps gold from the name? But anyhoo, it’s yellow. I thought for a milisecond this was going to stain my hair or something, but it doesn’t. It also smells amazing. I can’t quite explain the smell, it’s a little masculine but not so much that I wouldn’t want to use it.
After putting it through my hair, I sometimes even put a little extra in my hands and rub it through my hands. It sinks in almost immediately and leaves my skin soft and smelling awesome.
So I have been using this two ways. The first is after I style, as an all-over shine and de-frizzer. Whether I iron it straight or let it go curly, this adds a nice shine without looking greasy or weighing down my hair. I also thinks it helps tame the frizzies and flyaways a tad. Not a whole lot, but it does help a little.
The second way I’ve been using this is for second-day hair style. After straightening my hair, my hair will sometimes curl up overnight. So when I re-straighten it again the next morning, my ends can really look dry and frizzy. I tried using some of this oil and really focusing on the ends and this made my hair look and feel like new! Ok, maybe not NEW – but day-of-original-style. I was amazed, and that’s when I became hooked.
I know many use oils as a pre-style but I have never cared for oils that way. I feel like I don’t really see the shine like I do post-style, so I just wait until I’m done blow drying and/or straightening before I use.
Ingredients (pardon typos, I had to type this myself errrr): Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Carrot Oleoresin, Argan Oil, Babassu Seed Oil, Linseed Extract/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Flax Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ceramide 3, Hydrolyzed Amaranth Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Laurydimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Fragrance.
So as you can see, this is full of awesome ingredients. It DOES contain silicones, but the good news is the silicones found in Surface’s Bassu Oil are actually naturally derived from natural silica in mineral quartz! Pretty cool. After the silicones are multiple lightweight oils, which is what helps this oil be so thin and lightweight. And not only do they include multiple, high-quality oils, but then also vitamins, a ceramide AND proteins! Even if you don’t need the shine, these ingredients would be great as a leave-in treatment.
Do you use hair oils? Have you tried this or have another favorite?
Disclosure: A sample was provided to me by Surface to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.