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 website. The link for the UK Ojon wesbite is below, and is also available in stores and online at John Lewis.


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12 Comments on Bringing my hair back to life

  1. I Have been a devout fan of Ojon for years, and no one else I know uses it! Its a fantastic hair line and here in the States its been on sale at Sephora the last few weeks!! Love all of your bloggging tips and would love to know if you might have tips on eye illuminizer? I’ve been using Josie Maran,…but could use some advice! X

    • By illuminizer do you mean a lightener for under eye? I am so pleased to hear you like Ojon too. I really do feel it’s made a big difference to my hair. Thanks so much for commenting x

  2. Hello Amy!
    How funny you should write about this as I just literally bought the Ojon oil this week. I’ve only tried it once when my hair was dry and left it overnight. It did leave my hair immediately greasy which was surprising as I’m used to oils like Moroccan oil or Orofluido (which is amazing btw) But I guess this is a totally different repair formula or like you, I used way over the recommended dose! 🙂 But I’m going to give it a whirl for sure x

  3. Hi Susie

    I will try Ojon when I run out of my current product and will make a mental note to let you know how I compare. I am personally a huge fan of PHYTO hair products. Not cheap but not much needed so cost effective. At the end of the day, hair and nails are dead products and we subject them to all sorts of nasty things. Why is a blow hair at the hairdresser different to what we can achieve at home? Because we can never get the right angle when we do it ourselves, so cuticles of hair are blown against their shaft which means light reflection is altered. Diet is also very important to hair and nails. Well done Susie, your blog is informative and so very nicely written. T xx

    • Hi Trish,

      I too am a huge phyto fan- it is a fabulous range it really is. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I am half tempted to do a blow dry your own hair course because as you say nothing is like a professional blow dry!! X

  4. Hi Susie,
    I love your blog as you suggest high end products and cheaper alternatives too! I’m going to buy the Ojon mask and oil now. My hair’s very long and I have recently had low lights on my quite dark hair, which I love but have dried my hair out too. What shampoo and conditioner would you recommend? I also recently bought a clairsonic and would love to know what cleanser you’re trying with yours?

  5. Hi Susie, I am a new reader…loving the blog 🙂 . I have my own beauty blog and love it. The world of beauty blogging gets very addictive so you might soon find yourself endlessly trawling reviews on different sites! You’re doing a great job on this blog and I look forward to reading more posts in the future 🙂

  6. Thanks a million for all these interesting tips, I will definitely try it on as soon as possible and check the results, I have been trying to grow up hairs for a year as well, results are not the way I was expected them to be. What I am also looking for is something that could help with the growing parts, which are constantly undisciplined and not nice to look for and requires a lot of time every morning. Thanks in advance,

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