Pequi oil is extracted from the edible pequi fruit (caryocar brasiliense), which comes from pequi trees grown in the fertile Brazilian Cerrado. While the fruit isn’t well known in the U.S., it’s a staple in Brazilian cuisine, used as a cooking oil and for flavoring beverages. Pequi oil possesses a unique combination of monounsaturated fatty acids, also found in nuts and olive oil; thus, the oil is gaining popularity in the medical community. Studies show it may reduce cholesterol and has anti-fungal properties. A 2009 study found that the carotenoid-rich oil was efficient in reducing tissue injuries and DNA damage in runners. The oil from this super fruit has also done wonders for my hair and is my latest obsession!

Couture Colour is the creation of celebrity hair colorist Jonathan Gale. The line was designed for salon-like hair color via at-home kits. Pequi Oil Treatment ($12/$32) is the only styling product in the line. And it’s the latest arrival to the hair oil trend, which began with argan oil. Interestingly, the actual make up of argan and pequi oil are similar. Both contain palmitic, oleic, linoleic and stearic acids. However, the concentrations differ; pequi oil is largely composed of oleic (52%) and palmitic (44%) acids; whereby, argan oil is mostly oleic (43%) and linoleic (37%). The concentrations and combination of oils make a world of difference.

I used MorroccanOil for a while and recently tried Yarok’s Feed Your Shine oil ($24 in the TIA shop), a concoction of several oils capable of defying humidity. While I really like Yarok’s oil, I find it a bit heavy and reserve it for truly humid occasions. On other days, I prefer something lighter and pequi oil has been the answer to my prayers. When I first tried pequi oil, I laughed out loud when I read the precautions on the label: “Use care during application to avoid slipping if product drips onto hard surface floor.” You might recall that I was fortunate to avoid a hazardous fall after using MorroccanOil’s Glimmer spray, which didn’t list the precaution.

The first two ingredients in pequi oil are silicones but they are known to complement each other. Moreover, the first ingredient, cyclopentasiloxane, imparts a silky look and feel to hair and has a water-thin consistency, which quickly evaporates into the air after delivering nutrients to hair. The oil also contains phenyl trimethicone, a silicone that provides heat resistance as well as non-oily emolliency. There are also the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, which serve as natural UV filters.

Couture Colour’s Pequi Oil Treatment absorbs quickly and the concentration of essential fatty acids helps to soften and restore moisture to my dry hair. The product is also versatile; whereas most styling products are designed for use on damp hair, pequi oil can be applied to wet or dry hair. I love that it’s available in a spray bottle, which really helps to control the amount dispensed. Further, it has a lovely subtle, coconut-like scent.

I can’t attest to the claim that the oil makes your hair 600% stronger and 250% shinier but I can say that after using pequi oil for a week, I was surprised at how much it had improved the condition of my hair. If I’m styling my hair with a dryer, I generally use pequi oil in combination with Ouidad’s Moisture Lock leave-in conditioner and have discovered the products really complement each other. My hair becomes incredibly soft and shiny. Pequi oil is also lightweight enough that it can be applied before and after blow-drying, without weighing your hair down (with the caveat that there can be too much of a good thing). I’ve used pequi oil on its own, applying 2 to 3 pumps to damp hair and then blow-drying. I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth my hair looked. To boost shine and tame flyaways, I can even spritz a bit on dry hair. While it doesn’t work as well as Yarok on humidity-induced frizz, it certainly keeps any frizziness at bay on non-humid days.

Pequi oil has become my daily hair-care product, especially on days when I don’t need to style my hair with a dryer and allow it air dry. I can even skip the leave-in conditioner (saving on product) and still go outside without worrying about my hair looking dry and frizzy.