Product Review: Living proof® No Frizz Nourishing Oil

I mentioned in a recent post about Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Hair Products that I wanted to try their Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist. However, when I looked into it further, I kept getting conflicting ingredient lists. I didn't want to buy a product I was unsure of, so I decided to try Living Proof's No Frizz Nourishing Oil instead.

Living proof® No Frizz Nourishing Oil

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I'm a big fan of Bumble & bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil, and have used it for a couple of years. But I'm also a big fan of Living Proof products, so I was really excited to see how the two compare. This post isn't intended to be a comparison post, however, I may have thrown in a couple! Ha!

Living proof® No Frizz Nourishing Oil is a 3.4 oz bottle, and sells for $38 on the Living Proof website and Sephora - but I purchased mine on Amazon for under $20. (I believe it is also available in a 0.85 oz. bottle.) It does not contain silicones, parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. It also does not provide heat protection. (FYI: Living Proof has a few heat protection products: Restore Instant Protection, Restore Perfecting Spray, and Straight.)

The Nourishing Oil is supposed to mimic your hair's natural oil composition, offering frizz protection and shiny, hydrated hair. Living Proof has a patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA) that weightlessly blocks humidity, which is found in this product. You can use the oil on dry or damp hair, although it's formulated for dry hair. You can also use it daily, if needed.

pump cap

It comes in a nicely weighted glass bottle with a wide pump top. A single pump dispenses probably close to the perfect amount of product. I say "perfect" not because it's enough to treat all of my hair (it's not), but because it's the right amount to work with in your palms without making a mess. It's also a good amount to start with on your hair - you can apply it and then decide if you need to add more. I usually apply to the shorter, top layers of my hair first - from the middle of the hair shaft down to the ends. Then I use a second pump to apply to longer, bottom layers of my hair - just on the ends. Next, I gently brush through my hair to evenly distribute the oil and decide if I need to add more. I usually end up applying one more pump of oil to the ends of the shorter, top layers if it's the first day or two after I've washed my hair. (These are the highlighted layers and tend to be the driest.)

oil in palm of hand

If you've never used oil on your hair, you might think it's odd and that there's no way it won't make your hair oily! I promise it doesn't, as long as you use it correctly. It absorbs completely into the hair, leaving it soft and shiny. My hair is normal near the roots, and a little drier as it gets closer to the ends since it is color-treated, over-50, and I use a flat iron on it. It has never felt greasy or "dirty" using oils like this, and I use them just about every day. You know I only shampoo every 4-5 days, so for Day 1-2 hair, I use about 3 pumps of the Nourishing Oil. For Day 3-5 hair, 1 pump is usually enough.

If you're wondering about the fragrance, it's very lightly scented with the usual light citrus scent of Living Proof products. I say "citrus" because that's what Living Proof calls it. I don't get "citrus" from it. I quite like the scent, but I wouldn't call it citrus. I can't place it - it's just a clean, fresh scent. Gus also likes it very much. Maybe too much. He's always sniffing my hair. He didn't do that nearly as much when I used the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil. Just saying.

Ingredients: Isododecane, Isohexadecane, Isoamyl Laurate, Coconut Alkanes, C13-15 Alkane, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Octafluoropentyl Methacrylate (OFPMA), Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil, Lagenaria Sphaerica Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Bis-Ethyl(Isostearylimidazoline) Isostearamide, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Fragrance, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Limonene.

Just a little FYI: I purchased a 3.4 oz. bottle of the Bumble & bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil back in July 2015 for $40, and I just ran out in February 2017 - so it lasted 19 months. It does contain some silicones for heat protection, so it's a two-in-one product. That's just a little over $2/month for shine and heat protection. After I've used the Living Proof Nourishing Oil a little longer, I may do a comparison post. I can purchase both the Living Proof Nourishing Oil and one of their heat protection products on Amazon for less than the cost of the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil, but I'm pretty sure the heat protectant wouldn't last 19 months. Plus it requires two products rather than one. Something to keep in mind...

But so far, I like this product! When I've finished the bottle, I'll come back and post an update!

UPDATE 1/11/18: I still haven't finished the bottle after 10 months - there's still a little less than half left. I still like this product a lot, and I still use it, but I have one issue with it. The pump started malfunctioning after a few months, and it's very annoying. Once you press down on it, it sticks. So you have to unscrew the top to fix it. You can see in the photo below how the pump sticks - and also how the oil is leaking out.

UPDATE 7/23/20:
Apparently, my issues were also issues experienced by many others because Living Proof just came out with a redesigned Nourishing Oil! Now it comes with a dropper instead of a pump. I haven't tried it, but past experience with products with droppers has shown me that they tend to get knocked over and spilled. So I'm hesitant to say this is an improvement.

pump cap top sticking

After a few times, I got tired of that and stopped using the pump. I just unscrew the top and use the tube on the pump drop some product in my palm ( I have to repeat this 3-4 times because of the length of my hair). The pump leaking isn't an issue at home now that I stopped using the pump feature, but if I want to travel with the product, I have to put it in a separate ziploc bag to keep it from making a huge mess. So, great product - bad pump.

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