Monday, October 1, 2012

Have You Met Mythic Oil?

Hello everyone,

Not so long ago, I an assignment from ELLE to interview Manolis Sevastopoulos, L'Oreal Professionnel National Educator in Vietnam. This was a part of the pre-show activities for ELLE F/W 2012 Fashion Show. The interview went well and Manolis actually taught me a whole bunch of things about hair, which, believe me, as a makeup-centric beauty blogger, I don't know much about. On top of that, he was really funny, which made an assignment feel like fun.

In the middle of the interview, Manolis asked me a question as a way to answer my question. Just imagine him speaking English with a Greek accent and you'll get the idea :)

Me: What's your favorite product?
Him: You know about Mythic Oil, no?
Me: *shook head*
Him: We use Mythic Oil in everything. We mix it into our hair dyes. It's fantastic. You don't have it? I'll give you. By the way, you should dye your hair. You have lovely hair, why black? Why brown? You should come to our academy and we'll dye your hair.
Me: *felt half ashamed as hair was sticking into scalp in the most horrendous manner* *face palm* *speechless*

I told you, that interview was fun. By the end of the interview, he gave me a tour to L'Oreal Professionnel Academy in Ho Chi Minh City and asked a guy to give me a bottle of Mythic Oil that the staff was using. I took it home in the rain.

Because of the rain, I decided to wash my hair that night and used Mythic Oil before blow drying it. Since I came back from the vacation, my hair was in an utter state of dread: it was oily at the root and dry at the tip. On top of that, it felt rough and shed like Belly's hair in summer. I don't think I've said this before but I don't like hair oils or serums that much as they tend to add more oil to my root and deflate my hair as well.

But again, I was desperate so I pumped a healthy dose of Mythic Oil and rubbed it from root to tip without touching the scalp (as Manolis warned me not to do so.) Then, I blew dry the crap out of my hair.

The result was uh-MAY-zing! My hair was softer, smoother, and sleeker at the first try. I slept on it and on the next morning, I saw more volume on top. Usually, my mop of hair would be greasy by day 2 but at the end of the second day, it was fine. So I stretched out for one more day and on day 3, my hair was greasy as it would usually be on day 2. However, this would not be the end of awesomeness. I've noticed less hair falls as well. For the first time since ever, I have met a product that truly makes my hair look and feel better.

So what is Mythic Oil, anyway?

According to L'Oreal Professionnel, Mythic Oil is "enriched with a special blend of avocado and grape seed oil, this lightweight oil cares and pampers all hair types. Nourishing even the finest hair, the formula leaves hair looking shiny, feeling nourished and supple."

Here are the ingredient list and instructions:

As you can see, all the hair smoothing and sleeking powers come from cyclopentasiloxane and dimethiconol. However, as avocado and grape seed are number 4 and 5 in the ingredient list, they are abundant enough to make a difference. In the past, I remember rubbing a little bit of Moroccan Oil in my hand and because it felt really, really tacky, I decided not to rub it on my hair. Moroccan Oil, as I recall, doesn't have a lot of argan oil. Therefore, I can't compare between Mythic Oil and Moroccan Oil. However, if Mythic Oil is the answer to Moroccan Oil, I guess L'Oreal Professionnel just won.

Believe me, I was very cautious of what this Mythic Oil would do to my skin. Usually, hair products with intense amounts of those two compounds would cause my skin to freak out. I would see zits sprouting around my jaw line and the perimeter of my face. But nope, after half a month of continuous use, I saw none of the above.

Now, here's the thing: while L'Oreal Professionnel is a salon brand, you can hardly find it in the U.S and Japan unless you hit up which sells it for an exorbitant amount of money! In the U.K, I've read somewhere that you can get this on sale for around 10 pounds. In Vietnam, it is currently priced at around $22 USD.

However, and this is a big however, I've found out that you don't have to use a full pump to get smooth and sleek hair. While it is not greasy when you use a lot of Mythic Oil, I don't see much of a difference when I use 2 pumps or 2 big drops. This is the amount of Mythic Oil I'm using now, considering how expensive it is going to cost me once this 4.2 ounce bottle runs out:

The trick of how to apply it is to dispense 2 or 3 drops of oil on your palm (it smells floral, btw), then rub the two palms vigorously together. This will warm up the oil and help spreading it better. Once the oil contacts with your wet hair, it will toughen up and become hard to spread. After dispensing the oil close to the scalp without touching, you rake your hands down to the tip of your hair, then twist it back and forth while running the palms up and down the length. Then, you can go ahead and blow dry your hair out and see how shiny it is.

Am I going to buy another bottle after this one runs out? You betcha! Mythic Oil is officially The Good Stuff in my book. This is rare to me when it comes to hair products as I'm very anal about them. I remember buying a bin full of hair care and styling products only to donate them to those in need (the YMCA Summer Camp at some point became a benefactor as I dropped boxes and boxes of hair products at their door!)

So if you are in Europe and Asia but not Japan, I hope you'll give Mythic Oil a try. It is so really, really, ridiculously good that it makes me and my hair happy. For those who live in the U.S and Japan, can be your best friend :)

That's all for now, folks! I hope you'll get to try Mythic Oil soon.

May you have a good hair day,
Dao xoxo

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