New Hair Saviour: No Oil Oil

Behold my new hair saviour: the Percy & Reed No Oil Oil. Sounds a bit stupid to say – “no oil oil” – but that is the beauty of online shopping. You never have to ask for things with embarrassing names and you never have to worry that you’re pronouncing things in the right way! You just Google away and SHAZAM! It’s there in the basket, ready to be paid for.

No Oil Oil doesn’t have much in the way of oil in it, as you’ve probably guessed. This makes it quite brilliant for people (like me) with fine hair. I have lots of fine hair, but that doesn’t matter: it still gets weighed down if I plonk on too many heavy products. Now, I can hear some of you saying “yes, but you like Moroccan Oil, and that’s oil, you use that all the time!” OK, smarty pants, I do use Moroccanoil all the time, however: Moroccanoil isn’t quite as oily as you’d imagine. There’s a fair whack of silicone going on in every bottle, and really that’s what is making the hair so silky smooth and shiny. The Argan probably does something too, but in terms of surface shine, the silicones are key.

I’d imagine that the same could be said for the No Oil Oil. It has this wonderful lightness that’s almost water-like, yet it manages to smooth the hair and add shine. You can use it near to the roots of the hair (so perfect for taming those broken fly-aways near the parting) and there’s no issue with using it on a finished style – it’s so lightweight that you can almost pat it on with your palms. The “tip” on the box suggests running a large powder brush over the product when you’ve warmed it between your palms, and then sweeping it over the hair to tame any rebels, but you could just as easily lightly smooth the palms over.

This No Oil Oil has, for the moment, replaced my other oils and my serums too! When I just want to have a down-day and do nothing to my hair, I dry it naturally and work a bit of this through it before it’s 100% dry. It works perfectly. Not a product to use daily if you’re worried about product build-up (it might not be heavy but it’s still layering up on the hair) but I am using it a couple of times a week after washing. It’s great!

Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil Oil is £14 from BeautyBay

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  1. Ana
    July 15, 2012 / 7:57 am

    Ever since I kicked off supermarket shampoo and went for a natural alternative + apple cider vinegar hair rinse + silk pillow case, I’ve had absolutely NO issues with flyaways or crisp hair. And I have long hair! None of that silicone rubbish for me. Does no good in the long term.

  2. Rita the parachutist
    July 15, 2012 / 2:31 pm

    Haha, ok here’s another one which I’m currently using: “Olio Non Olio” by Sanotint (italian brand, they also have organic hair colours). Does the same, no silicones/paraffins, no need for masks, serums etc. anymore, and the bottle lasts for ages.
    I like it. It’s also quite reasonably priced… it was less than 10 Euros I think

    • Ruth
      July 15, 2012 / 8:21 pm

      Ooooh! My list grows…

  3. Gaya
    July 15, 2012 / 4:07 pm

    Hey Ruth! I was wondering if you tried the Phyto finishing serum from the phytolisse range. xx

    • Ruth
      July 15, 2012 / 8:20 pm

      Yes! Lovely, but quite “thin” and doesn’t have quite the same oomph as this! Think it’s silicone free though, am I right? I have it downstairs! x

      • Gaya
        July 16, 2012 / 10:09 am

        I guess it must be, Phyto being centered on plant-based products. That’s actually what I’m on the hunt for (something without silicones and such). However, my hair being extremely thick and long it is hard to manage with the silicone free products, so I’m trying lots of things at the moments to find my graal. Do you know of a silicone free mask and treatment that works? I swear sometimes I just dream about putting my head in a basin filled with oil. Maybe that would not be absorbed by my hair in the next seconds…

        • Ruth
          July 16, 2012 / 10:47 am

          Ha! That’s a weird dream… I am looking into this. xx

          • Gaya
            July 16, 2012 / 2:59 pm

            Thanks! :)

  4. Andrea
    July 15, 2012 / 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the review Ruth. I’m glad you found a product that works. My hair has thicker texture than yours and works best without silicones (but the silicones are great when I have to get dressed to go out). I think it’s interesting how some kinds of hair do alright with silicone in it and others (like mine) build up and react immensely.

    Basically Ruth, what’s your take on silicones in hair products?

    • Ruth
      July 15, 2012 / 8:20 pm

      I think that it’s very much personal choice – and also what works for your particular hair. I rely on them for quick-fixes and last minute panic-taming, so I can’t speak against them if I’m being truthful. I do think it’s wise, though, not to overuse. x

  5. pepper
    July 15, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    Thoughts on the skincare brand Skinceuticals?

    • Ruth
      July 15, 2012 / 8:18 pm

      Nice! Very nice! Reviews en route x

  6. July 15, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    My hair is so oily at the roots that I tend to stay away from hair oils–but I am discovering that I just need to find the right one, as my ends are dry and dehydrated

  7. July 15, 2012 / 9:59 pm

    I love the look of this brand, I can’t wait to try it – I’m a sucker for cute packaging! I have my eye on the wave spray – have you tried that one? I’m in a duel to the death with my hair to achieve any semblance of texture.

    • Ruth
      July 15, 2012 / 10:58 pm

      Nope, not yet! xx

  8. judelovesthis
    July 16, 2012 / 4:05 pm

    Oh oh oh, I do keep meaning to try this. I like the boys behind the brand, very convincing on QVC! I have the most ridiculous hair, its fine, lots of it but quite broken off so I need something that sticks all the frizzy broken bits down but doesn’t turn my scalp into an oil slick. I realise I have painted a very attractive picture of my locks there! I’ve spent 18 months growing my bleached highlights out just to find that actually, the condition of my hair and the snapping off issue isn’t really much better. I just have rubbish hair!

  9. Sakina
    July 18, 2012 / 2:59 pm

    Hee Ruth, first of all I want to say that I LOVEEE your blog. I’m from Morocco but I live in the Netherlands, I use pure argan oil only one time in a week as a mask, sometimes with pure coconot oil, and rosemary or sometimes I do a nettle tea rinse. I do have like you lots of thin hair, I just want to ask if you know a shampoo with no sls and all that kind of harsh chemicals xxxx

    • Ruth
      July 18, 2012 / 4:08 pm

      Yes, I do try, though I’m not really that sensitive to SLS and I do think that the “harshness” of chemicals can be exaggerated at times! There’s a good review coming up on Friday for an SLS-free shampoo! xx

      • Sakina
        July 18, 2012 / 5:53 pm

        I’m also not sensitive to any harsh chemicals in hairproducts, it’s just ‘people’ keep saying how better and healthier it is for your hair, so I wanted to give it a try, can’t wait till friday xx

        • Ruth
          July 18, 2012 / 11:33 pm

          Yes, I think maybe overall it’s better to avoid certain chemicals, but SLS is in so many things (as it does a really good job of cleaning!) that it’s hard to avoid altogether. There are face washes that I LOVE that contain SLS – it bugs me that they do, but they work and they don’t have any adverse effect on me…. Other, cheap, crappy washes with SLS are pretty much just washing up liquid, and I avoid those like the plague! x

  10. July 20, 2012 / 10:07 pm

    I realized halfway through reading this that I have watched so many of your videos I am now actually reading entries in your voice. It’s kind of cool, and also kind of cracking me up.

    • Ruth
      July 20, 2012 / 10:53 pm

      HA! Love it! x

  11. Shireen L. Platt
    May 15, 2013 / 10:37 am

    I know this post is nearly a year ago but I just discovered it in Sephora, Malaysia! Saw it and I remembered you gushing about it so I bought one and it’s absolutely brilliant! Love it, love you and thank you for this beautiful recommendation! Big hugs from Malaysia!

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