I have—shall we say—a very special type of hair. It’s naturally oily—not in a shiny Vidal Sassoon commercial kind of way, but rather that greasy, I just hiked-a-mountain look. Factor in a year of hair coloring and those greasy roots have grown into dry, fried, frizzy ends.
Although I’ve experimented with hair oils before, I’ve never found one that was able to address both of my concerns—dryness and greasiness. Most oils do tend to make my hair feel softer, but exacerbate the grease factor, leaving my strands feeling coated, heavy and limp. That’s why I perked up at a Living Proof event earlier this month when the scientists listed my exact complaints as the reason why they also weren’t that into hair oils and hadn’t developed one of their own until now.
Living Proof may not have been the first to the hair oil game, but it’s certainly taken its time to make one that I now consider the best. Most hair oils have a hard time absorbing into the hair (another secret no one’s telling you: many of them contain also silicone in the blend!), therefore only coating individual strands and leaving behind an unpleasant residue.
Living Proof’s No Frizz Nourishing Oil is constructed to mimic the fatty acid composition that’s naturally found in healthy hair and paired with OFPMA, its patented frizz-fighting molecule that helps the oil to absorb quickly into the strands. Because the product is designed to mimic natural hair structure, the resulting look is that of a healthy head of hair, with just the right amount of shine. Plus, the oil doesn’t just sit there on top of your head.
What really sold me on this product was a video demonstration that showed the oil absorbing so well that nothing was left behind on the surface. A stylist ran a blotting paper through a model’s hair 30 minutes after application and nothing came off. When I tried the exact same test on my own hair after the applying the oil to my strands, I pleasantly got the same results. My hair was left soft and manageable, but not even a tad greasy.
To borrow a line from them, it’s all in the proof.