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05 June, 2014

Review: Arvazallia Argan Oil Hair Mask & Oil Treatment

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I feel like it's impossible these days to flip through a beauty magazine (or website) without a thousand argan oil hair treatments jumping out at you. Where did they all come from? Why now?! Maybe it has to do with the fact that argan oil is an awesome, multi-purpose moisturizer. That must be it. In any case, I'll be reviewing two argan-tastic products from Arvazallia today: Their hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask and Premium Argan Oil Hair Treatment.

Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask Arvazallia Argan Oil for Hair Treatment

Will they stand out from the competition? Read on to find out!


Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask
($15.99 for 250ml/8.45fl oz):


This is a deep conditioning treatment. Here's what it looks like inside the jar:

Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask

Very, very thick. That's good, because it won't drip like crazy once you smear it all over your head. The instructions suggest applying the treatment to clean, towel-dried hair, leaving in for 5-7 minutes, then rinsing (to be done once or twice per week). Easy enough for me.

Ingredients, for those of you interested in that sort of thing:

Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask ingredients

I will say this is sort of similar to other deep conditioning hair masks I've used. I mean that in a good way—it smells pleasant, is easy to use, and makes my hair feel smoother and easier to comb. I can't say that this mask feels unique to me on its own merits, but it performs well and is less expensive per ounce than other similar products I've tried, so that's a definite mark in its favor. Please note the presence of silicones—I'll elaborate more on that below.


Arvazallia Argan Oil for Hair Treatment ($17.99 for 100ml/3.4fl oz):

This is a multi-purpose product. The package suggests using it to condition hair whilst heat styling, as a restorative wash-out treatment, and/or as an additive to hair color to aid absorption. Personally, I think you can also use this as a hair smoother/tamer even without washing it out if your hair is dry.

Arvazallia Argan Oil for Hair Treatment

This is not pure argan oil, in case you weren't sure. It's a mixture of argan oil and other smoothing agents. Here's the full ingredients list:

Arvazallia Argan Oil for Hair Treatment ingredients

Side note: As you can see, silicones (in the form of Cyclopentasiloxane and Dimethicone) are high up in the ingredients list. I feel like there are a lot of conflicting opinions about silicones in haircare, but the short version is that YES, silicones can make your hair appear smoother and less frizzy, but some silicones require sulfate cleansers for removal (to prevent buildup) and some can prevent actual moisture from penetrating the hair shaft. Whether or not that will be a problem for you depends largely on your hair type and condition.

Personally I don't really make a point of avoiding sulfate shampoos unless I'm coloring my hair red (because red fades like CRAZY, alas). Your needs may vary. If you'd like to read more about the science behind this and different silicones in haircare I'd recommend checking out this blog post (not written by me). Anyway, my point is that I personally I didn't see any reason to avoid using these products on my own silly head. /end side note

The first thing I noticed about the oil treatment was the fragrance. It smells really, really good! Sort of like warm vanilla and amber. The scent isn't too overpowering once distributed through your hair, but if you don't rinse your hands right after you may find yourself sniffing them creepily and repeatedly until you do.

As for the texture, it's thicker than oil (which is good—no dripping!) and non-sticky. Easy enough to distribute through the hair without making a mess. I will say this though: You can definitely tell that there's oil in there. If your hair is extremely fine and/or limp and/or greasy, this might be too much for you. My hair is sort of fine but on the denser side, so I had great results applying this to the ends of my hair with a light touch. If I put it all over my scalp I'd probably end up looking like a wet dog though.


Overall impressions:
I was pleasantly surprised by the Arvazallia products. The hair mask was sort of unremarkable for me but certainly not bad, so I'll continue using it. I do like the oil treatment quite a bit, especially because of the delicious smell, but if you're looking for a products that moisturizes more than it smooths (if that makes sense) you might be better off with pure argan oil (like the one I wrote about here). In any case, I think these products are a decent value for the price.


Where to buy:
You can find the Argan Oil Hair Mask here and the Oil Treatment here. There seem to be a couple of discounts going at the moment if you buy both products, so be sure to scroll down the page a bit for more info.


What do you think of these Arvazallia products? Do you avoid silicones in haircare?


Disclosure: The products featured in this post were provided to me for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.
 

13 comments:

  1. I'm starting to avoid them. This is for 2 reasons: first, my hair is straight and I DON"T want it to be sleeker and flatter. The second is that I've noticed after a while, silicones build up and dry out the hair, this really sucks since I use a shampoo bar that can't remove them. I need to find a leave-in conditioner/detangler that's silicone-free. I wonder if it exists.

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  2. Mmm, warm vanilla and amber. But seriously, I'm astounded by the amount of things that people do to/for their hair. I'm grateful that my hair is so low-maintenance.

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  3. I find that my hair is much less cooperative than it used to be, so I don't mind heaping on a bit of extra conditioner now and then. I'm fully willing to admit that I don't go all out and heat style my hair every day though. Remembering to brush it is enough.

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  4. Yep, that's exactly what I was trying to warn of. I can't think offhand of a leave-in treatment that's silicone-free, but if I spot one I'll shout it from the rooftops!

    This isn't a purpose-made detangler, but I've found that hyaluronic acid + glycerin facial spray actually kind of works for that purpose. I bought one, accidentally sprayed my hair whilst aiming for my face, and realized that my hair was suddenly 100 times easier to comb. This is the one I have: http://www.iherb.com/Reviva-Labs-Rosewater-Facial-Spray-for-Normal-to-Dry-Skin-8-oz-236-ml/15444

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  5. My hair is fine and color treated, the treatment may be to heavy for me but the mask sounds great!

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  6. I freakin love glycerin for my face so if this doesn't work out on my hair it won't be a big deal. Thanks for the tip!

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  7. The hair didn't seem to weigh down my hair at all, so I bet it would be great! It's definitely the kind of thing you'd only use once or twice a week though, not every day.

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  8. I dye my hair red so I try to stay away from stuff that will fade the color. Like you said, it fades SO DAMN FAST. I love my hair for the first week or two then its like brown with a red tint lol

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  9. Interesting point you made about silicones. You are right they may interact with each hair type differently. I reviewed these two products a while ago, and was so pleasantly surprised how good they were for my hair. Lately my hair has been dry and needs a lot of TLC and especially that mask have been amazing. The oil treatment I use more for taming (like you suggested) and it works wonders for frizz. XOXO, Elif

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  10. I always fall for argan oil, but really, my hair is way too oily for it, so it ends up weighing it down. T_T

    For a while, I did the whole sulfate free thing, but I didn't notice any improvements and, damn it, it's not satisfying without the LATHERING.

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  11. Yep, that's the curse of red hair. It looks the best but only for like three seconds, lol.

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  12. Yes, exactly! I think sometimes silicones get a bad reputation but I feel like it's just a "not for everyone" kind of thing.

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  13. I went silicone/sulfate free for a long while (maybe 6 months to a year? This was several years ago.) And I don't think it really helped my hair much, honestly. And a good lather is a beautiful thing, haha.

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