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Review : Jojoba & Clove organic oil treatment by Old Wives Tail!

Hello beautiful,

In this world that we live in, with various products loaded with chemicals and sold purely to make profit, Old Wives Tail emerges as a breath of fresh air.

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OWT is a small hair care company, based in the UK, selling handmade, organic hair care products with absolutely no additives or chemicals!. Their main lifetime goal is to eradicate animal testing in the beauty industry and 10% of their profits go to charities that save animals from being tested upon!

The first time itself that I heard of OWT and their ethical approach to creating organic, cruelty products, it really appealed to me!. They make oil treatments and mask treatments for hair and also sell hair accessories and cosmetic brushes (with bamboo handles). I am delighted to review one of their hair oil treatments today.

It’s the Jojoba and Clove organic oil treatment. Each of their oil treatments target different hair problems. I chose the Jojoba & Clove one because it is made for dull, thinning, brittle and broken hair. After my rebonding experience, my sole goal has been to take as much care of my damaged hair as possible. This treatment seemed just perfect!. It came wrapped in a very pretty printed napkin, which is so lovely!. I could see that extreme care has been taken to package the product, so that there is no damage caused during transit.

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Once the napkin was removed, there was a plastic wrap inside with a little sheet which listed the benefits and usage directions of the product.

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The product is solid/creamy in consistency, yellow in color and filled to the brim of the container.

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Truth be told, seeing the container, I felt it’s way too small. Looking at the picture on their site, I had expected it to be much bigger. Ofcourse, it’s mentioned there that it’s 100ml but still, that info hadn’t registered with me. Seeing the container in real, placed in my hand, I wondered how little 100ml actually is. I thought to myself that this surely isn’t going to last me a long while.

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I have long hair that reaches around my elbow level. You can imagine my surprise when I had to use only 1/2 a tbsp (shown below) for my entire hair!!. It’s solid at room temperature. So, I took a little bit in between both my hands and rubbed them together. Your body temperature makes it melt into a luxurious oil. Then I spread it on my hair, massaging it on the roots first and then onto my entire hair. My husband quite loved this treatment too. For him, I used a little less than 1/2 a tsp.

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Here is some info about the product from their site – The pure organic jojoba oil penetrates every hair follicle to add strength, volume and texture to weak, lifeless hair. This treatment has both anti-bacterial and stimulating properties which when massaged onto the scalp will naturally sooth, balance and stimulate your roots to encourage healthy hair growth.

Directions for use: Use on damp hair and massage into your scalp. Leave the treatment on for one hour. Rinse with fresh water and shampoo. Repeat this process until your hair feels clean and product free. After shampooing you can use conditioner on the ends of your hair only. Rinse out thoroughly and style as normal. If your locks are really damaged, then use twice a week leaving the oil on overnight wrapped in a warm towel. Store in a cool, dry, dark place – A cupboard in a ventilated bathroom is fine to store your hair treatment.

As directed, I applied it on damp hair. Once it was washed off, my hair looked shiny and felt healthy. Also, the color of my black hair seemed to look more intense after the treatment! It’s main smell is that of cloves. It’s a beautiful and strong smell that lingers on your hair even after you wash it off with shampoo. I could smell that pleasant smell even the next day!. I use it only once per week.

Here are the all-natural ingredients in this amazing product : Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Karite Butter Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil.

It is made with certified organic ingredients only. It’s paraben free, sulfate free, gluten free, vegan & vegetarian with no animal testing. I loved this treatment and I really recommend you try it!. OWT offers free worldwide delivery on any order, which is a huge plus!. I got my package by post via Royal Mail.

Price: $22.76 (AED83.60) for a 100ml container

Giveaway!

OWT is holding a giveaway on their site, whereby when you follow their rules and participate in it, you stand a chance to win TWO hair oils of your choice!. It’s an excellent opportunity to win and try some awesome, organic hair products!. Go ahead and participate in this worldwide giveaway!. It ends on November 1st, 2014 and winner will be contacted by OWT via email.

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Naz ♥

Note: I was provided this product for review purpose and all opinions are 100% my own.

My experience with hair rebonding…

Hi guys!

In my haircare related posts, I always mention my hair is dry and damaged. Here is a little bit of history on it…. a trip down memory lane..

It was 2009. I was working back then. My hair was a little bit wavy, unmanageable and unruly. So getting them de-tangled right in the morning was a tough job. Also my father always wanted my hair to look great and kept telling me “Ask your Filipina friends how their hair looks so great!”. So finally I decided to do rebonding. I looked around for a perfect salon and with suggestions from couple of my Filipina colleagues, I finally chose a Filipina salon. I chose them because they are experts in the hair rebonding industry. When you decide to do anything, you go to the very best yeah?.

So, depending on my hair length (which is long), I was charged AED1000 for rebonding. It was a six hour procedure. Chemicals (tons of them) were applied, heat was applied, I was told to sit straight once it was all done so that no waves/curls form in the hair. The heat was pretty unbearable by the way. I never use hot tools on my hair so I pretty much had awesome (but unruly) virgin hair back then. [Oh by the way, the last time I had my hair straightened in a salon with a hot tool along with a blow dry was on a special occasion 2 years ago!.]

Anyways finally it was done and I had perfect hair. If you ever see me, my hair is definitely not something you would notice for being pretty. Probably my eyes maybe :P. But definitely not my hair. So finally getting my hair to look great, I was on top of the world. I got compliments by the ton. My confidence level hit an all time high and went right through the roof. Obviously that’s what you too would feel when your hair looks like this right?.

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All was well, until my hair started falling like crazy. At first, I noticed it while bathing. Previously my hairfall wasn’t exactly noticeable. Everyone has hairfall. Infact, on a regular day, a normal person sheds a maximum on 50 strands of hair. So when a lot of hair started falling I couldn’t help but notice. I tried conditioners (from the brand Cream Silk – also what Filipina’s use), but it didn’t make any difference. On my comb, I didn’t find much hair because my hair was so smooth it didn’t get snagged onto the comb. But on the floor, there was a lot of hair. I wasn’t cleaning my rooms back then (my mom was), so I never noticed. My mom did keep saying that I gotta take care of my hair more.

So, one year went by and my hair had already started becoming a bit wavy. The volume of my hair nearly halved. But still, could you really believe how stupid I was when I decided that I wanted to get my hair rebonded again!!.

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Jeez. Looking back at those memories, I wish I could dissuade myself from doing it. But I did it again. This time it cost AED800. My hair looked great again. It was almost addicting. That smooth feel. But my hairfall continued.

Today, 4 years later, my hair is still under the category of ‘Damaged’. I do a lot of DIYs, deep conditioning at home etc to try and get back the health y hair. I don’t work now a days and so, I have the time to take care of it like never before. The new hair that grows, seems to be more wavier than my original hair, which is pretty sad. I trim my hair every 2 months so that the ultra straight hair at the bottom is slowly gotten rid of. But what I can say is that the volume that I had, might never come back. It’s sickening really!. Now when I braid my entire hair, I have one ‘tail like’ braid while before I could have 2 braids with double the current one’s volume.

My final verdict : Rebonding gives you short lived happiness. It’s not worth it at all in the long run. If you are thinking about getting your hair rebonded, I would dissuade you completely. Just don’t do it. It’s not worth your time and money. Just look after your hair. Treat it with respect and care. Try to avoid hot tools for everyday use. I hope this post helps atleast someone out there decide against getting their hair rebonded.

[Updated on Dec 3rd, 2016] – Since some of you asked me in the comments below and via email, which oil I use on my hair now, I am updating this post. I actually use several oils, not just one. Here they are :

Good hair oils

Coconut oil (random brand)
Argan oil (Acure)
Apricot oil (Now Foods)
Avocado oil (Now Foods)
Egg oil (Eyova)
Castor oil (random brand)

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Naz :