You know a product is good when you get one of those dinky, mostly useless, barely one time use samples in a little paper satchel . . .and you actually end up buying the product. Those things make me so mad most of the time. Especially the foundation ones! “Ah yes, I really think I’ll enjoy this foundation based on the 1/4 inch patch it covered on my left cheek.” Nope, that’s not what happens.
BUT thats exactly what happened with the Agave Healing Oil. I got a tiny sample with a Sephora order and just slapped it in my damp, freshly washed hair thinking “eh, might as well not waste it” and then let my hair air dry. To be fair, the sample was big enough for one time use, so it wasn’t as crazy as the foundation sample situation.
The first thing I noticed was that it disappeared into my hair, instantly. I was actually sorta concerned that it would do nothing because it felt like it soaked in too quick, and that my hair would air dry looking like some kinda wolf-woman. But a few hours later, after it was fully dry, I was SERIOUSLY impressed. My hair was perfectly smooth and really healthy feeling without any sign of there being product in it. It was like it made my hair exactly what it was always dreamt of being. My hair has big dreams, it’s pretty ambitious.
It comes in a dark glass bottle with a glass dropper. Not my favorite mode of application because I’m a little clumsy and glass scares me. But it gets the job done and it does give it a very luxurious, apothecary type feel (the larger 4 oz size comes with a pump). The oil itself is very much like a thick serum, which makes it extra surprising when it disappears so quickly into your hair. The smell is very mild and sweet and once it’s applied to my hair I don’t notice any lingering scent.
A few things to note:
Some of the reviews seem to say that this was too heavy and waxy on their hair. I imagine that those people may be using far too much product because this is SO light. I use one dropper full for my entire head of hair (I have a TON of hair) and it works beautifully. You may need even less if you have shorter or thinner hair, but a little goes a very very long way so keep that in mind.
You can use it on either wet or dry hair. I find that I get the best results when I use it in wet hair, but it does a nice job of smoothing out dry second or third hair as well . . .which is nice for those of use who really try to stretch out every wash and style. You know I can’t be bothered washing and drying this mop every day!
The bottle mentions that you should use it before heat styling, which I have done with excellent results, but as I mentioned it makes my hair really nice when air drying as well. So I would say the heat styling is not necessary to get the benefits of the product.
The price is nothing to sneeze at. It retails for $24 for 2 oz. or $40 for 4 oz. at Sephora but I found it on Amazon for $28 for 4oz so always look for a good deal! It’s not insanely priced for the quality or anything, but on a budget that 25-40 bucks can really hurt the wallet so I figure that’s worth mentioning.
In case you are wondering what my hair type is for comparison, I have thick, heavy hair with a smooth, slippery texture and a very loose wave. You can actually see a really good example of how my hair air dries in THIS POST, but I really think this product will work well for most hair types, so it shouldn’t really matter THAT much. You should just read that post anyway though cuz it’s a good one 😉
To sum it up, I have been using the Agave Healing Oil every single time I wash my hair and I love it. I definitely recommend trying it if you’re looking for something really light to leave your hairy soft and shiny.