When my little bottle of Yarok Feed Your Youth Anti-Aging Hair & Scalp Serum
(as seen on Real Housewives) ($26 in the TIA shop
) arrived in the mail, I was really excited. For whatever reason, I already had an affinity for this brand. I love the packaging, the mission, and every time I read a review it’s super positive. As I’m sure all you product junkies know, sometimes you are drawn to a brand, other times put-off, and oftentimes for no logical reason. Well from the get-go, Yarok was on my good side.
I’m all about nourishing hair treatments. We so often focus on our skin that we sometimes neglect our hair. Yarok’s Youth treatment seemed like a perfect way to give my hair and scalp some much-needed love and nourishment. But would it perform? It’s based in oils from avocado, apricot, and yarrow, all of which are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. To be honest, I’m usually not a huge fan of oil-based hair treatments. You can’t use them unless you wash them out because they leave your hair greasy. And since I only wash my hair about 2 to 3 times a week, I sometimes forget to coordinate the treatment with the washing.
The Yarok oil is thick and slightly green, very similar to the color and consistency of a good olive oil. It has a rich earthy amazing scent, which most likely comes from the ylang ylang. I love the smell. The day it arrived I had already showered and done my hair. But I really couldn’t wait until the next day to try it. So although the directions say to leave it on for 10 minutes, I decided to use it that night and sleep with it in my hair. You are supposed to work three droppers full through your hair and scalp and leave it in for 10 minutes before shampooing. But there’s no reason you can’t leave it on longer.
The next morning I washed my hair twice, just to make sure all the oil was out. In the shower my hair did feel smooth and soft, almost as if I didn’t need to use a conditioner. But the real test would be how my somewhat unruly curls felt and performed once they dried. And while my hair did seem soft, there wasn’t really a huge noticeable difference. I didn’t want to draw any conclusions yet. This is the type of treatment that I imagine works better over time.
The next time I used it, I followed the directions. I left in for about 10 minutes. I washed my hair only once, to see if that would be enough to get all the oil out and it was. This time I ended up drying my hair with my mom’s Conair Spin Air Brush (which by the way, is AMAZING and deserves a review of its own). As my hair was nearly dry, I had an idea that maybe using a teensy bit of oil on my dry hair would help smooth it out. I rubbed just one or two drops into my palms, and ran my hands through my hair. The combination of the Air Brush and the oil left my hair smooth, super shiny, and amazingly bouncy. Pretty much the best it’s ever looked! When I showered the next day, my hair felt healthy and soft, again like I didn’t even need conditioner. Since I’ve been using it, my hair is less dry and brittle feeling.
So the bottom line is I really like this product. The organic ingredients are amazingly pure and super healthy for your hair and scalp. If you are going to use it on dry hair as a finishing product, make sure to use only a very teensy tiny bit; otherwise, it will leave your hair greasy. And if you want to learn more about the brand, you should check out Marta’s video with Yarok’s Theadora Guzman
Ingredients: Avocado Oil (rich in vitamins A, D and E, high in essential unsaturated fatty acids), Apricot Kernel Oil (rich in essential fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acid, high in Vitamins A, E and C), Wheat Germ (rich in vitamins E, A, D, proteins, lecithin and squalene), Ylang Ylang, Yarrow Oil, Orange Blossom Oil, Bitter Orange