My daily visits from the UPS and FedEx man are often the highlights of my day, because as Forrest Gump said, “You never know what you’re gonna get.” Sometimes I squeal with joy upon opening a package, sometimes I say, “Eh,” and sometimes I’m unsure what to make of a product. When I got Monat’s Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive to review, I assumed that it was just another hair oil to use post-shower/pre-styling.
I realized I was wrong when I read the directions, as this oh-so-common use was not even one of the three listed. The first suggested use was as a pre-shampoo treatment, and as much as I’ve embraced oils in my skin and hair routines, I’ll admit I’ve always been reluctant to try this one.
For the sake of journalism I decided to go outside my personal beauty box (so to speak), and I promptly applied a “generous” amount to my dry hair and left it on for 15 minutes. Then I hopped in the shower, shampooed and conditioned as usual and embarked on my usual styling routine. All I can say is that I was beyond shocked at how soft, smooth and shiny my hair came out. It was kind of ridiculous. I got all the benefits of a post-shampoo deep conditioning treatment with none of the greasy residue or weighed-down feel.
The instructions also include “Intensive Hydrating Treatment,” but I have to say that applying to damp hair from scalp to ends and wrapping with a warm, moist towel for 30 minutes is a bit outside of my convenience zone. But with that said, as soon as I get 30 minutes to myself, I will definitely try it.
Lastly, this oil can also be used to smooth rough, frazzled ends after styling, but this wasn’t even necessary when I used it as a pre-shampoo treatment. This stuff is that good.
Just so you know, you can use this citrus-scented oil on your skin as well. From face to body, it’s main ingredient, Abyssinian oil, provides your hair and skin with fatty acids, amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and so much good stuff that it deserves a place on your vanity or in your medicine cabinet. In fact, its composition actually mimics the oils produced by our bodies naturally. And the silver packaging is oh-so luxe, so you won’t even feel the need to tuck it away. Oh, and it’s organic, so there’s absolutely no guilt involved. I’m giving this product a 10, not only because it can be used in so many ways, but because I saw the results for myself.