Product: Vatika Naturals Olive Enriched Hair Oil
Price: £3.50 – 4.00
Available: Afro Hair Shops, Amazon, Superdrug, Tesco
A few months ago I went to the Bloggers Ball held in DSTRKT London and organised by fellow blogger Scarlett London. It was here that I met with a brand called Vatika who, after a long chat, were kind enough to send me this Olive Oil for my hair. Now if you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I have become very passionate about hair care and the products I use. Since I use a lot of oils (coconut, argan etc…) I thought it would be great to give this a go. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
According to the brand, the Vatika Olive Enrich Hair Oil claims to:
- Helps protect your hair from daily wear and tear
- Balances and infuses moisture and protein in your hair
- Repair the damage shaft of the hairs
- Increase shine of your hair with regular use
Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil)
Elaeis Guineensis Oil
Olea Europaea Fruit Oil
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil
Ricinus Communis Seed Oil
Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract
Butyl MethoxyDibenzoyl Methane
Butylated Hydroxy Toluene
Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil
CI 47000 (D&C Yellow No. 11)
CI 61565 (D&C Green No. 6)
CI 26100 (D&C Red No. 17)
One of the first things thing I look at when it comes to hair products are the ingredients, and this was no different. Something that immediately stood out to me was the fact that ‘Mineral Oil’ was listed as the number one ingredient. If you don’t already know, mineral oil is a colourless and odourless oil that’s made from petroleum. It’s long been a controversy that it’s an ingredient to be avoided due to the fact that it could be contaminated with toxins if not purified properly, and actually has no real nutritional benefits for your hair. With that being said, it’s not a product that poses any real danger and whether or not you use it depends on how ‘natural’ you are when it comes to your products. Mineral oil are found in many beauty related products for both skin and hair so it’s not really something that you should be scared of. I guess the only thing that disappointed me was that it was listed as the first ingredient (which usually means it’s the ingredient that makes up the highest percentage of the product). I would have loved to see a more ‘natural’ oil being used as the main ingredient, being that it is labelled as ‘Vatika naturals’. On a better and final note for first impressions was that the oil smelt absolutely lovely, so thumbs up on that part!
My 3 Month Review
Ok so as the heading suggests, I’ve been using this product for the past 3 months because I really wanted to give it some time to determine whether or not it was a right fit for me, and whether the long-term “benefits” are worth buying.
The first thing great thing I would say about this product is that a little goes a long way. You don’t need to put tons of oil into your hair to notice the difference and that’s always a bonus because us curly heads need a lot of product, so the longer a bottle can last, the better.
The results of using the Vatika Olive Oil on curly hair is pure gloss and sheen. Honestly guys, my hair never looks dry or frizzy when I apply this oil and that’s always been a problem I’ve been wanting to combat. With this is mind, the product doesn’t moisturise my hair the way I’d like it too. So even though sheen curls are attractive, I can’t rely on this olive oil to give my hair the intense moisture it needs to grow and be healthy. Don’t get me wrong, some people have claimed it worked miracles on their hair, but for me personally, I haven’t noticed too much of a difference in terms of moisture and average growth.
The Vatika Oil is not a product I can use on it’s own to give me satisfactory results, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good product. I still like to incorporate the Vatika Oil into my hair routine by applying it at the end of my hair routine, after I’ve applied my leave-in conditioner and various hair moisturisers. My hair is damp when applying this product and I don’t apply too much because as experienced, I’d be left with oily spots on my face and neck from when my hair touches my skin.
Would I Change Anything?
Ok so it may be a cosmetic change but I really wish the Vatika Olive Oil came in a spray bottle…or at least with a head that doesn’t allow so much product to come out at once. It would just make it so much easier to apply evenly around the hair and would also mean I can use even less product. Pouring oil into the palms of your hands and trying to apply it without spilling it on the floor is quite a challenge but since it’s the only option, I’ve had to make do! I guess you can buy a spray bottle and transfer the product into it, but if we had to do that for all the hair oils we own, the expense would be cray cray.