I rarely use conditioner which is why my hair's overall smoothness rests heavily on hair oils. I find that oils are lighter on my fine hair and do not cause me to have bumps on my chin. They moisturize nicely, keeps my head from looking like a hay stack, and do not build up on my scalp! What else can I ask for?
My favorite hair oil slash serum is the Kerastase Ultime, but its amazing-ness comes with a hefty price tag. There are a lot of alternatives out there, however! One of them is the Lucido-L Repairing Oil for straight Hair (P295).
I admit that I wasn't familiar with Lucido-L until I visited one of those drugstore beauty stores in Tokyo - this is one of the most prominent brands displayed! So I got curious. I finally tried this oil which I think I got half a year ago.
This product is more of a treatment oil than a styling product, compared to its sisters (there are two other variants available). The Repairing Oil is labeled for straight hair but it works nicely for my curly hair; I don't see why there should be a difference.
This feels like a serum, much like Vitress. Unlike Vitress though this has no sticky feeling.
It feels light on my hair and has this exuberant fruity-floral scent, which I am ambivalent about, as strong scents like this can turn iffy when hair is baked under the sun. If you travel to work or school in the morning and go home at night though, it shouldn't be an issue.
To apply: This is best used on damp hair. Focus on the ends of the hair then move up near the scalp. Don't apply it there directly though; leave about 2 inches of space.
The oil is recommended to be used at night, before you sleep. Lucido-L claims that it'll help nourish your hair at the core. I don't know about that though. Its main ingredient is cyclopentasiloxane, which is a silicone product that's used to increase spreadability and slinkiness in body care and cosmetics.
In any case, if you use this at night you will still wake up with nicer, smoother, and shinier hair. :) I like this. I'm not in love, but it's a good substitute for true oils that can turn your hair into a greasy hardened mess.
What do you think?