Falling for the okie doke? Don’t believe the hype!
The okie doke is a scam or a fraud; believing one thing when the truth is something different. When it comes to hair and beauty products the okie doke is served up so often it is hard to tell when you are being sold a bill of goods. Luckily Haley is here to help you weed through the foolishness.
Today I am going to pick on a new product I saw while shopping at CVS called Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment, $23.99. Argan oil has been touted for years as an amazing oil for the hair and skin (it is) and it has garnered a nice name for itself with a hefty price tag to go with it. Argan oil is actually pretty scarce which is why it is so pricey. However because it is so pricey it is rare to find an actual bottle of Argan oil, instead you normally find a mixture which includes Argan oil. And now I offer up to you Exhibits A and B.
From the looks of this front bottle (don’t mind the anti-theft sticker) this looks to be a legit hair treatment. It is contained within an amber colored bottle which is important for oils as they are broken down when exposed to direct light. However when you turn it over and read the ingredients…
you can see for yourself that this is just a doctored bottle of five different silicones with Argan oil and fragrance. Now this is not a post to shade silicone. Silicone is often used in hair care products to lubricate, seal and protect the hair. Many naturals opt not to use silicones because they create a barrier on the hair and you need a sulfate shampoo to remove them (Yes, I know there are water soluble sulfates but these aren’t) and sulfate shampoos tend to be rough and strip the hair making it dry.
All I am saying is I want to educate you so you know as a consumer what you are buying and how to use it in your hair care regimen. I would use this product if I was going to blowdry or flat iron my hair, if I wanted to create a nice seal to keep my hair from frizzing in excess humidity or to give the hair a smooth shiny appearance. However I would also know to use a good clarifying shampoo to make sure the silicone is removed during the cleansing process and I would follow up with a nice rich deep conditioner to balance the moisture from the harsh shampoo.
Now you know, and knowing is half the battle :)