“Is this like Moroccan Oil?” I asked the sales rep at Sephora while fingering a bottle of Amika oil treatment. “Yes,” she replied, “like Moroccan oil on crack. It’s super nourishing and formulated without parabens or sulfates and is not tested on animals.”
“Ok, I’m intrigued. It says it’s for medium to thick hair, though.” (My hair is long, straight and superfine. The last thing I want to invest in is a product that leaves my locks looking like an oil slick.)
She explained that it’s really for all hair types, but it’s great at tackling frizz and taming fly-aways. “You just need to be careful not to use too much of it with your hair type.” Product junkie that I am, I picked up a bottle.
Amika is enriched with Argan oil, Omega 7, and Vitamin C to deeply condition and restore shine while providing UV protection from environmental and sun damage. The natural molecules in the formula penetrate the surface of the hair to get to the root, sealing split ends, improving shine and elasticity.
The company says Amika gets its power by harnessing the unique properties of the Sea Buckthorn Berry, also known as Obliphica. They claim Sea Buckthorn Berry has an unusually high percentage (40%) of the rare Omega 7, which protects, replenishes, moisturizes, and restores hair’s natural balance.
I did use too much on the first try and had rather greasy hair. Second time, didn’t use enough, but the third time was just right. I put a dime-sized drop into my palm, rubbed it between my hands (twss) and raked it through my hair before blow-drying. Success! Smooth, straight, non-frizzy hair was mine. I put in just a touch more after styling for a super shiny look. The uber humidity that plagued Philly this week took a bit of a toll, but half way through the day, I wet my hands and ran them through my hair and voila, the Amika oil was reactivated and I was set for the evening.
Viva la shine!