A few weeks ago, Ouidad hosted a breakfast at Sephora Times Square to celebrate the launch of their new line, the Salon Series. Pitched as a "collection of innovative home treatments for hair," the line was designed to boost hair and scalp health with naturally derived ingredients. Although Ouidad is renowned for its innovation with curly hair, this new line can be used on any hair type.
After an extremely humid and grimy summer in the city, I welcomed a chance from Ouidad to try the three new Salon Series products: Omega-3 Replenishing Hair Treatment, Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Treatment and Biotin Lightweight Reparative Hair Serum.
Omega-3 Replenishing Hair Treatment, $36 for 6 fl. oz.
Ouidad's claim: Omega fatty acids, flax seed oil, passion fruit seed oil, acai pulp and organic macroloba oil help restore the natural lipid barrier of hair and promote softness and shine.
The pros: This treatment has a very balmy texture and smells amazing. I put it on from roots to ends (per instructions) in the shower and let it absorb for about five minutes. After rinsing, I lightly used shampoo (again, per instructions) and then conditioned. My hair felt very smooth after, and I even felt like the consistency of my hair felt stronger as I brushed.
The cons: The hair dried a little flat after using the treatment. Since I have fine hair, I think it was simply due to the heaviness of the restorative ingredients. If you have fine hair like me, you may want to do this treatment on a weeknight and wash your hair again the next morning.
Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Treatment, $36 for 6 fl. oz.
Ouidad's claim: Hair and scalp are cleared of residue with bay leaf oil, sugar cane, lemon and apple extracts for better nutrient delivery to hair roots.
The pros: This treatment was my favorite of the three products—the exfoliant smells amazing and feels slightly tingly as you massage the product into your scalp. I have fine hair, so build up becomes an issue for me. I started using this treatment every few days, and my roots felt bouncy and free of any leftover products. I would definitely recommend using this treatment twice a week as a spa-like escape from lifeless hair. To really reap the benefits, apply Biotin Lightweight Reparative Hair Serum after using this treatment.
The cons: The only con I can think of is the extra time spent using the treatment in the shower (about three minutes). I can't imagine anyone not wanting to take a break for this exfoliating scrub...
Biotin Lightweight Reparative Hair Serum, $42 for 2 fl. oz.
Ouidad's claim: Biotin and and vitamins strengthen the hair, energize follicles and strengthen—ideal for weak or over-processed hair.
The pros: I applied the hair serum at night to let it absorb while I slept. The serum is very fluid when you first put it on, but by morning, it had completely dried. It's not greasy at all and is similar to the consistency of hand soap. After washing my hair the next day, my roots felt so soft and silky. Using this product was similar to a salon boost without the work. It was hard to believe this improvement happened while I was sleeping. I've used about half the bottle so far and see and feel results every time I use the product. Plus, this hair serum smells amazing!
The cons: Because this product is a serum, it shouldn't be used if you're planning on not washing your hair the next day. The price is also a bit steeper than the other products in the line for a smaller amount.
Have you tried any of Ouidad's Salon Series yet? Let me know what you thought!
Disclaimer: I was given these three products for review purposes, but the opinions stated here are my own.