I am terrible at all things hair related. Styling frustrates me, I can never seem to find a cut I like, and I am never happy with the way it looks. Don’t even get me started on trying to make it look nice for an event- I don’t even bother anymore, I just immediately book an appointment with my stylist to save myself the frustration and embarrassment.
All that being said, I am not one to give up, and since I am a product junkie, that means I am always on the hunt for a product that will be my hair’s saving grace. I am not in a committed relationship with any haircare line, so when I saw that Jen Atkin (hair stylist to the Kardashian clan- I know, I know, but you’ve got to admit their hair always looks good) was creating her own line of products, I figured I would give it a try.
Ouai haircare (pronounced like “way”) has a few different lines of shampoo and conditioner (repair, clean, smooth, and volume) as well as an assortment of hair styling products. I picked up the volume shampoo since I have very fine hair, the smooth conditioner since frizz is my hair’s defining quality, and the texturizing spray which is like a cross between a dry shampoo and hairspray.
Read on below for the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The volume shampoo claims to cleanse hair as it builds volume for fine hair. Sounded good to me since I have very fine hair that gets oily very quickly. I have used a lot of volumizing shampoos, and this one has to be one of my favorites. It is cleansing without being too stripping to my hair, and has a light, pleasant scent. I think it did a nice job of helping build volume while gently cleansing. A lot of shampoos claim to help build volume, but most end up over cleansing my hair and drying out my ends, so I wasn’t expecting too much from this shampoo, but I was pleasantly surprised. I am not sure if it was the addition of Keratin to this shampoo, but this is definitely a great product in my opinion!
The smooth conditioner is a hydrating conditioner that claims to tame frizz for smooth, shiny hair. I think that this product did a good job of delivering on its claims but I have few cons for this product. First con is that the conditioner is smaller than the shampoo. The shampoo was a full 10 ounces and the conditioner is just 8.45 ounces. I don’t know about you, but I always run out of conditioner faster than I run out of shampoo, so now that I have even less product to start, I am going to be out of conditioner significantly faster than shampoo. Maybe thats just a personal gripe, but it’s a big con for me. My second con for this product is that the light pleasant scent that was present in the shampoo was somehow doubled in this product. Yes I have a sensitive nose (thanks mom!) but this was a little too scented for my preferences. While I like the formulation of this conditioner, I am not sure I will repurchase because of the size disparity and the scent.
The final product I purchased was the texturizing hair spray. It’s basically a cross between dry shampoo and hairspray, so good for building volume and texture, and saving second day hair. I have used the Oribe dry texturizing spray before and really liked it, and was hoping that this would be similar (and much more affordable!).
I really, really wanted to like this product. Unfortunately I think that this spray is just a little too drying- maybe if I only wanted to use it on second or third hair, but I wanted to be able to use it on freshly cleaned hair to add texture and volume, and it just dried out my hair too much, and left it feeling a bit sticky.
My main issue with this product is the smell. I understand that most haircare products are scented, and I can deal with it because they’re usually lightly scented and fade over time. But no, not this product. This is basically a can of spray perfume that somehow manages to get stronger during the day. And I don’t mean like a light scent that maybe a friend would comment on, I mean an overpowering and your husband’s friend can smell it all night across the table kind of scent. If I had worn perfume while having this product in my hair it would have been just ridiculous. So while yes, I have a sensitive nose, that doesn’t mean I don’t like perfumes and scents. I think that this product was just a bit overboard with the scent, and will be returning it because of that.