First off, a quick description of what I'm reviewing...
Mashooq Deep Penetrating Oil is a versatile hair oil that has been used for many years by hairdressing professionals. It can be used as a deep conditioner; to protect against heat and chemicals; treat dry scalps, and repair brittle hair. It contains a blend of six natural oils, including coconut, sweet almond, olive, sunflower, palm and wheat germ. You'll be glad to know that it's vegan and free from parabens, preservatives and added colours.
Although I've read that this oil blend is suitable for all hair types, I am going to be discussing its effectiveness on curly/coily afro hair, for obvious reasons. For those who also rock their natural afro hair, I'm sure you'll agree that keeping our hair hydrated, shiny and nourished can sometimes be such a struggle. Especially when you're as lazy as I am when it comes to hair care! Seriously, I have so much respect for anyone who can spend longer than 20 minutes on their hair without wanting to punch a wall... Anyway, when I think of the insane number of hair products out there on the market promising to deliver on all these key areas, I feel mildly exhausted. I'm a simple girl and I like simple solutions. For example, when I discovered shea butter a few years ago, it very quickly became my single go-to hair product. Melt a bit in the microwave, massage through my hair and scalp... done! You can never go too wrong with nature, and for anyone who wants to cut back on chemical-laden products, I highly recommend turning to natural plant oils and butters.
It is for this reason that I was keen to give Mashooq hair oil a try, it being made up of six natural oils and all. The added bonus is that the product is cruelty-free (i.e. not tested on animals). I used it fairly consistently for a couple weeks, allowing me to get a full sense of how well it works.
At first, I considered using the oil as a pre-shampoo conditioner to rejuvenate my hair (this is what I've been told happens when you oil your hair before washing it), but the thought of going on to wash all those lovely oils down the drain didn't seem right, and so I used it AFTER washing, applying it to my still damp hair. The combination of the water and oil, and then allowing my hair to dry naturally, created wonderful results. My strands looked visibly shiny and I also experienced less flakiness on my scalp in the few days that followed. I have pretty thick hair, but I found I didn't need to use too much of the oil at a time (generally one capful).
There is a light, almost sweet scent to the oil which isn't unpleasant or overpowering. I imagine you can get away with adding a few drops of your favourite fragrance/essential oils to change things up a bit. Lavender maybe? Tea tree oil?
Another plus is that the oil didn't leave my hair feeling greasy, nor did it clog up my scalp. As the name suggests, the oil penetrates and gets absorbed easily.
I had a positive experience with the hair oil overall and think it is worth checking out. This particular product, along with a range of others, can be found on their official website mashooqhair.com. They come in travel size bottles, 100ml, 250ml, and large 500ml bottles, with a price range of £2.99 to £22.99.
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