I recently picked up the Ouai Leave In Conditioner 140ml to try and tame the frizz of my hair, especially during the extra humid days. The Ouai brand is a new one that I had never tried before up until recently with this purchase, so I was very excited to finally try it, and the leave-in conditioner is their best selling product. It has also won a Reader’s Choice Allure Beauty award in 2020. So, over the last few months I have been testing it out on my hair, applying it after I get out of the shower and have towel dried my hair. Let’s get into it and talk about this very popular hair treating conditioner.
Products & Textures
– Ouai Leave-In Conditioner 140ml; a leave-in conditioner that is in a mist form, it is designed to help detangle hair, heat protect, de-frizz and soften hair. It is formulated with evening primrose oil, argan oil, botanical antioxidants of tamarindus seed extract, baobab seed extract and hydrolysed enzymes. The heat protection in this conditioner can provide heat resistance for up to 232 degrees celsius, it can also repair dry ends, protect against breakage, hydrate the hair, control fly-aways, provide shine and help reduce tangling. It has a lovely scent too, with notes of bergamot, Italian lemon, violet, apple blossom, white musk, raspberry, jasmine and sandalwood. It definitely smooths my hair, keeps fly-aways down and gives my hair a nice shine. It’s very easy to apply as well, just a few spritz while the hair is still damp and it’s applied. One downside is sometimes the next day or two days after applying the leave-in conditioner, there can be a bit of a layer of residue left on the hair, like it builds itself up into a layer of film and if it not washed out, it can start to flake and crust. It doesn’t always happen but it has happened.
Worldwide Prices & Availability
– Ouai Leave-In Conditioner 140ml;
Australia: $43 AUD
Available: online and in-store at Sephora.
USA: $14 (45ml) – $28 (140ml) USD
Available: online at Ouai, online & in-store at Sephora, Ulta and Target.
UK: £24 GBP
Available: online at Ouai, Cult Beauty, Space NK, online & in-store at Selfridges, Harrods and John Lewis.
New Zealand: $49 – $105 NZD
Available: online & in-store at Sephora NZ, and online at Fish Pond NZ.
Canada: $18 (45ml) – $36 (140ml) CAD
Available: online & in-store at Sephora Canada.
My Thoughts & Impressions
– Ouai Leave-In Conditioner 140ml; I’ve been trying this out since I got it about 6 months ago now, it has the most loveliest scents. The notes are simply gorgeous and it really does make your hair smell uber pretty. In terms of the de-frizz and smoothing, yes, it definitely accomplishes those. The texture of it is so nice, soft and creamy, it’s almost crazy to think it can come out as a mist, but it easily does. And the spray bottle is pretty easy to use as well. One thing I notice is that I do sometimes get a thin layer of residue, like a built-up layer of film on my hair if I don’t wash my hair the very next day. So if you’re in between washes, I don’t think it’s an ideal time to apply this, which is a shame because it is to be applied in damp hair more commonly, which is usually after somebody has washed their hair. However, if you’re not planning to wash your hair after, keep in mind of rinsing your hair out instead so it stops any chance of residue build-up. Now, I enjoy the product and it definitely does what it is meant to, but would I repurchase?, I think I would try other anti-frizz products first and see if there isn’t something else I like more, before I would repurchase this one. Because while the product works well for its purpose, the cost of it and the fact that sometimes it has a build-up of residue that layers up, I don’t think its on my re-stock list. Whether I’m using it wrong, I’m not sure, but I don’t like sticky-ness or build up in my hair. I will still use up the rest of this until it’s empty.
Disclaimer: the product featured in this post was purchased by myself with my own money. This post is not sponsored, not paid for and not an ad-post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. All photos in this post were taken by myself and are copyrighted, they require permission from myself for any reuse or republishing.