Well bathe me in oil and call me grease lightning! Today I’m channeling my inner fry cook with a look at a slick hair styling product called Amika Obliphica Oil.
Now, should I ever find myself longing for more grease in my life, I’ll be able to turn to Amika’s (Sea Buckthorn Berry) Obliphica Pure Oil ($38), a hair oil treatment with a texture so greasy, it rivals KFC!
Amika, makers of great flat irons and curlers, designed Obliphica to hydrate, de-frizz and condition medium weight to thick hair. I’ve used and liked other oil treatments before, so I had pretty high hopes for this.
What’s an obliphica anyway?
Exotic-sounding oils like Argan and Moroccan have been all the rage lately. Obliphica, Amika’s star ingredient, is sometimes referred to by its other name, sea buckthorn berry, and it, like other trendy oils, also hails from distant lands, in this case Europe and Asia. The plant is a shrub whose oil supposedly provides anti-aging, sun protecting and healing benefits.
Of course, obliphica is listed as the second item in the list of ingredients…right behind mineral oil, an inexpensive lubricant used in a host of different beauty products.
Over the last few years, mineral oil has fought some pretty tough image problems. Some consider it bad for skin and hair, but others insist that it’s safe and performs well (here’s an interesting, detailed look at mineral oil over at naturallycurly.com).
I’ve had mixed results from products containing mineral oil, so now I file it under the “different strokes for different folks” category.
Some like it hot
After testing Amika’s Obliphica Oil, which has a delicious cozy vanilla-amber scent, a number of times on both wet and dry hair, it seems to work best on my thick, wavy hair when I apply a very small amount (2-3 drops) before blow drying and using a brush. When I use it this way, I do feel my hair looks somewhat smoother, shinier and even straighter than usual, with just a little added weight.
If you do end up giving it a try, I recommend having a good clarifying shampoo on hand because I had a tough time washing this out of my hair. It took two rounds with my regular, non-clarifying shampoo.
I’d probably like Amika Obliphica Oil more if it wasn’t quite so greasy and hard to remove (oh, and cheaper too), but gals with extremely thick, unruly hair might still want to give it a try.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,