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The Low Down Hairy Gossip, Part 2

8 March 2012

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that my advertising sponsors, Nuffnang and Dove set me on a hair challenge – to try out a new Dove product and to keep a hair diary.

The product is Dove Nutri-Oil Serum – a “weightless blend of oils (with coconut oil and sweet almond oil) that are rapidly absorbed to give instant smoothness and shine”.

My plan was to start on a clean slate and give my hair a clarifying treatment.

Then I was going to use my normal routine of shampoo and conditioner, and use the Dove Nutri-Oil Serum as my only hair oil/serum/de-frizz/rejuvenating product for 4 weeks.

Clarifying Treatment – A Clean Start!

Over the years, I have learned that shampoos, conditioners, mousse, hair sprays, creams and gels all leave stuff in your hair. And after a while, it builds up and makes your hair heavy, lifeless, dull, coarse, and yuck. To get rid of all that build-up, you can use a clarifying shampoo – which is a bit harsh, so you should only do it once a fortnight.

I actually use bicarb soda which is nice and cheap – and it works wonders!

I have a jar of it next to my shower.

Step 1) I pour some of my NORMAL shampoo in my hand, add 2 tablespoons of bicarb soda, and work it around with both palms to get it lathery.

(If you have a sensitive scalp, it’s best not to use too much bicarb soda.)

Step 2) I shampoo my hair and wash it out as normal. The result is squeaky-clean hair, but it feels like hard, rough, unmanageable seaweed!!

Step 3) I just condition as normal, and the result is clean hair with no build-up!

Now my hair is OK – but I’m not happy with “OK”, I’m looking for *GORGEOUS*.

Add Nourishing Oil!

An occasional clarifying treatment is necessary to remove the product build-up, but it strips the oils from my hair and leaves my hair rough and straw-like.

So I *really* have to add some nourishing oil or some kind of repair serum to give my hair that extra boost of moisture, smoothness and shine. I do this after every wash.

This is where I try out the Dove Nutri-Oil Serum. I’ve only been using it for 1 week so far.

This is how I apply it.

1) After shampooing and conditioning, I towel dry my hair.

The Low Down Hairy Gossip, Part 2
The Dove Nutri-Oil Serum retails for $9.95 for a bottle of 40mL.

2) I use 4-5 pumps, because my hair is very long.

3) I rub it between both hands and warm it up a bit.

4) I divide my hair into two parts – left and right of my head – and run my fingers through my hair. I start from halfway down the length of my hair, staying away from the roots, and making sure that the ends get a good rub.

5) I blow dry my hair. Give it a quick swipe with my hair straightener.

6) And lastly I use one more pump of oil and give my ends a gentle rub, to really make it shine!

The serum smells very nice. It keeps the frizziness at bay. It feels light. It doesn’t feel greasy or gluggy.

The result has been LOVELY!

What can I say? I would definitely recommend it – especially as an affordable option for smooth, shiny everyday hair.

The Low Down Hairy Gossip, Part 2

Also as part of my hair challenge, Dove is giving away 10 bottles of Dove Nutri-Oil Serum to my readers! Do you want to try a bottle for free?

Just email me at
1) Your full name
2) Your email address
3) In a few sentences or less, describe your hair (type, colour, style) as creatively as you can.

This giveaway is a game of skill and I will choose the 10 most creative answers. Only open to my Australian readers, over 14 years. Sorry everyone else!

Please read the full terms and conditions!

Giveaway ends on 5:00 pm AEDST on 16 March, 2012