My hair can be a mess.
Dry ends, oily roots, itchy scalp — it’s all going on up here.
I also have very fine hair which doesn’t react particularly well to heavy, moisturising treatments, so I can be quite hesitant when trying new products, particularly on the roots.
But when Alchemy got in touch to ask if I was interested in trying their Grapefruit Hair Remedy* (v), I was curious, because it’s made for fine hair just like mine.
Alchemy specialise in hair oils, with three available to choose from (including a peppermint one for beards!) Their products are free from parabens, PEGS, phthalates, sulphates, silicones, mineral oil, glycols, DEA and TEA.
Not only are they cruelty-free, but they’re also registered with the Vegan Society and certified by PETA.
The first thing I noticed was the beautiful glass bottle with a stopper, which fit my idea of what an alchemist’s packaging should look like (and looks lovely on display in my bedroom).
The oil itself is actually made from five different oils: coconut, avocado, almond, castor, and grapefruit, which is said to tackle dandruff and gives the product a gorgeously sharp citrus scent.
The Grapefruit Hair Remedy is designed to nourish and strengthen fine hair, as well as adding shine and generally making your hair more shiny and more manageable. It can be used as a mask, concentrating on the roots, or you can use a tiny bit on the ends of your hair like a serum.
Surprisingly, I actually prefer using this on my scalp and roots.
It soothes the skin on my scalp, gives the (often rather flat) roots some life and moisturises them without making my hair lank and greasy like a lot of oils and masks do.
I no longer suffer from dandruff so I can’t comment on that, but the skin on my scalp feels a lot calmer now I use this oil regularly (about once a week, for about 20 minutes pre-shampoo). I’ve also noticed less fall-out when I brush my hair.
I did try using the oil as a serum and while it didn’t make my ends go stringy, it did give them a piecey kind of look, which I’m not a fan of, so I’ll stick to my weekly mask treatments!
The full-size Grapefruit Hair Remedy costs £24, which sounds like a lot, but if you’re looking to invest in a natural, cruelty-free hair treatment then I don’t think you can go wrong with this one, especially since you only need to use a couple of drops each time. (Be careful when you pour the oil out of the bottle!)
Alchemy have very kindly offered my readers a 10% discount with the code toastywrites if you fancy getting your hands on a bottle. There’s also an £8 travel-size version available.
What’s your favourite hair treatment? And how do you feel about putting oil on your hair and scalp? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.