About two years ago I started to grow my hair again. I was having yet another cut with my hairdresser Stephen Low at Neville’s salon, and told him I was planning to grow it. Quite simply he said to stop cutting it, and that I didn’t need to be cutting it every 6 weeks if I wanted to grow it. I took his words a little too literally, and when Stephen was away on a trip for over a year, I didn’t cut it once.
I continued to colour it – a shade darker than my natural colour – it was in fairly good condition. I had steam treatments on it rather than a cut, and as it got longer, unless I needed it to look good, I would never heat style it, I am fairly lucky with how it dries. It was growing at a great rate, and when after a year I did go into the salon for a trim I asked them to literally just take the very ends off.
After a few months my steam treatments that Paolo did, after it was coloured, I changed to his reflexology. As much as his reflexology is something I benefit greatly from, my hair did not thank me.
At this point Seniz my colourist at Neville’s wanted to ombre my hair – dark at roots light at the ends. I loved it – it looked fabulous. But my hair in its slightly neglected state became drier and drier at the ends. I think I had become so used to it, that it took for Rosa – who was doing a Brazilian Blow Dry for me – to tell me my hair was in terrible condition and to get an urgent cut.
I had an inch off, and then another inch off, and went back to giving my hair a little more attention.
Top of my hair’s shopping list was Ojon’s Restorative hair treatment. About three years ago I had bought it in LA, after hearing nothing but great things about the range as a whole. This was their stand out product -from what I had been told – and had bought a starter kit of everything, and a large pot of the treatment. At the time I didn’t think it was available in the UK, but soon after getting home I saw it in John Lewis, and these days it’s possible to buy the full range on Ojon’s website too.
The thick balm transforms into an oil when warmed in the hands. They suggest applying it to dry hair and combing through 20 minutes before washing. I leave it overnight, and wash it in the morning. The other option is to apply it, cover the hair in cling film and add heat with a hairdryer, to intensify the effects of the treatment. It’s very moisturising – Ojon claim it can restore health and vibrancy to even the most seriously damaged hair. It’s paraben free, and also free of synthetic dyes and fragrances. The smell is relatively strong but very pleasant, scented wth Tonka Bean, Vetiver, and Benjoin.
On the recent visit to the states I also bought their Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum. It’s fabulous I use it every time I wash my hair. The only thing I struggle with is it says to ‘use one or two drops on damp or dry hair’ – and because that looks so very little, being the untrusting person that I am, I probably use far more than is recommended!!
The ends of my hair have stopped crunching – and numerous people have mentioned how nice my hair looks in the last few weeks. I haven’t changed it in any dramatic way, so I’ve quietly taken that to mean it looks healthy again, which has made me very happy.
Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment is £32.50 for 100ml ($33.00)
Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment is £22.00 for 50ml ($25.00)
The products are available in the USA at Sephora, and the ojon.com website. The link for the UK Ojon wesbite is below, and is also available in stores and online at John Lewis.
For the UK http://www.ojon.co.uk/products/4726/Shop-by-Product/Shop-by-Product-Type/Treatment/index.tmpl
For the USA http://www.sephora.com/browse/brand_hierarchy.jhtml?brandId=Ojon
Nevilles – http://nevillehairandbeauty.net/