Reviewed and rejected: Suki Hair/Scalp Conditioning Oil
The example of Kate, who tries everything, every which way for at least a month, hovered over me and, resisting the urge to part company with this hair oil, I tried to get to know it better.
Obviously, the first thing I did was reduce the amount I was applying. Squirting anything more than the size of a dime resulted in a greasy, slicked-backed look that I was definitely not aiming for. Anything smaller left me with the distinct feeling that the endeavor was pointless. I tried it as a pre-shampoo treatment. Next I was especially careful to rub the oil into my scalp and not into my hair. It was all to no avail.
It occurred to me that the problem might be that I don't really have a problem - such as dandruff or eczema on my scalp. Nor do I have excessively dry hair.
Suki's Hair/Scalp Conditioning Oil is essentially, as you might expect, oil. Jojoba and sunflower being the most dominant. However, Suki highlights lavender and rosemary as the actives.
The University of Maryland cites a study of 86 people with alopecia areata (a disease that results in significant hair loss). Those who massaged their scalps with lavender and other essential oils daily for seven months experienced hair regrowth, although the study was unclear as to whether lavender or a combination of lavender and other essential oils was responsible. Rosemary is also touted as a hair growth stimulator. Although I haven't found any evidence to back that up, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that a rosemary rinse (made by boiling rosemary leaves in water) is a great conditioner.
Organic jojoba (simmondsia chinensis), rice germ (oryza sativa) & sunflower (helianthus annus) oils, organic calendula (calendula officinalis), chamomile (anthemis nobilis), lavender (lavandula augustifolia) & neem (melia azadricachta) extracts, 100% natural non-gmo vitamin e (tocopherol), organic rose extract (rosa canina), organic apricot kernel oil (prunus armeniaca), organic rosemary extract (rosmarinus officinalis), aroma (pure premium steam distilled essential oil)