Since I’m one of those people who really hasn’t used hair products, searching for products to try has been an interesting experience. I didn’t have any clue what my hair needed, whether it was dry or damaged or not, or what I should be looking out for in treatment or styling products. For the most part I still have no clue, so take everything I have to say here with a grain of salt!
I wanted to try a leave-in treatment to see if it would benefit my hair in any way, which would then help to shape my understanding of what my hair needs from the products I use. I chose to start with the Innisfree Camellia Essential Hair Oil Serum because it was cheap and I was familiar with the brand, and I had already tried the shampoo from the same product line. I know, this purchase was super inspired. /s
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What is it?
Innisfree Camellia Essential Hair Oil Serum is a leave-in hair treatment enriched with camellia oil. It claims to nourish and revitalize damaged hair, improving strength, silkiness, and shine. It should be applied to clean hair, either wet or dry, and focused on the ends of the strands.
- Size: 100 mL
- Price: $12.79 CAD from Jolse.com
- Texture: A clear, viscous fluid with an oily consistency
- Scent: Earthy and herbal, similar to the shampoo from the same line
- Packaging: Clear, red plastic bottle with Innisfree’s typical pump
- Longevity: 1 year+ at 1 pump per day
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Isododecane, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Glycolipids, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Fragance.
CosDNA breakdown. This is a very short ingredients list, and nothing flags for irritation or comedogenicity. It’s essentially oil mixed in a base of silicones. Camellia oil is a very popular moisturizing ingredient for both hair and skin. It is high in oleic acid and packed with antioxidants.
This serum comes in a clear red pump bottle. The pump is the same type I have on my Green Tea Serum from Innisfree, and I do like their style of pump. It’s got an attractive look, dispenses a perfect amount of product in a single pump, and is not at risk of spraying serum all over the place.
The liquid is completely clear and with medium viscosity. It flows more slowly than something like a cleansing oil would. It spreads between my hands very easily, and I can feel the oil in the texture but it doesn’t feel like straight oil does. It’s got some thickness to it that reduces the slip. It does have an earthy/herbal-y smell, which is very light and inoffensive. The scent disappears almost immediately once I apply it to my hair.
I much prefer to apply this to damp hair (towel dried after my shower in the evening) rather than dry. My hair is quite short and extremely fine and when I try this serum on dry hair, I feel far more in danger of overloading and ending up with a weighed down, greasy look. Applying on damp hair allows me to spread the product easier and I feel it absorbs into my hair better to treat the strands instead of just coating the surface. Also, I can get away with just rinsing the serum remnants off my hands when applying on damp hair, whereas I have to use soap when I apply on dry hair because there’s a layer of oil leftover on my hands that won’t rinse.
I do feel this made a difference in the softness of my hair, but only marginally. I’ve figured out that my hair is pretty normal and healthy, so there wasn’t much damage for this product to repair. I can’t say it made any difference for me in terms of the shine and strength of my hair, but it definitely looked and felt a couple degrees softer than when I went without.
The instructions say to use 1-2 pumps and focus the application on the ends of your hair. My hair is a short pixie, so I don’t really have the room to be avoiding my roots. That, plus the fine, straight texture of my hair, meant I could only ever get away with using 1 pump. I apply this in the evenings after I’ve washed my hair and every time I used 2 pumps I would start to look greasy about midday on the following day. If I washed my hair in the mornings, it might be a different story because the greasiness would be showing up during the night and it therefore wouldn’t matter. That’s not the case though, and I don’t enjoy looking like I really need the shower by the time I get home.
Would I Repurchase?
I won’t be repurchasing since I don’t think my hair is the right fit for this kind of product. This is probably better suited to people with longer hair so that roots can be avoided. Longer hair is also older hair and more likely to be damaged, which this serum is designed for. People with much thicker hair texture than mine could also benefit, since my fine hair would look greasy if I used this on dry hair, or used more than only 1 pump.