A Little Drop of This Hair Serum Could Change Your Life | women’s hair

BBack in February, I interviewed Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye presenter, activist and comedian, whose original profession – hairdressing – had spawned an eponymous line of products. I don’t know if it was good, after we met I decided to try NVG Instant Recovery Complete Serum£24, on my fine, chemically lightened hair, following the claim on the back of the bottle that one small drop per hair wash, applied to towel-dried lengths, would be life changing.

Almost without exception, serums, creams and oils live under the umbrella of “hairdressers love them, anyone with flat hair knows they’re a disaster.” JVN contains hemisqualane, a lighter derivative of squalane that I use to moisturize my parched face, and I was so sure of its unsuitability that I started trying it mainly to confirm my own bias.

Three months later, I haven’t once dried my hair without it and there’s no turning back. This is – and I say this very carefully – one of the best hair products I have ever used. It feels like a weightless face moisturizer, leaving no stickiness or grease on fingertips or hair. It combs my hair, layers the fluffy lengths and wispy ends into a smooth, soft, silky, even polish. It layers over or under any other product, smells deliciously and delicately of lemon, and doesn’t cling the roots flat to the scalp like a bathing cap. As I type, I’m about to wrap it up for a week because I can’t stand that we’re apart (and because I know all my friends are going to dip into the glass jar that, all this time more late, is still half full).

While I’m gushing, it would be remiss of me not to tell you to listen to the hype surrounding another product I’ve been using recently: L’Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths Wonder Water, £9.99 (but usually offered half price somewhere). It’s been hard to ignore the relentless marketing, but it really works. Apply in the shower to washed hair of any type and wait just eight seconds before rinsing. While I’m not yet convinced of the long-term benefits, it leaves hair in an exceptionally shiny, almost runny condition that dries to a satin curtain, with no silicones, clinginess or grease. I’m glad to be corrected on both.

Melissa R. Brumfield