I’m Saying Goodbye To My Silicones-Laden Conditioners. This Is What I’m Replacing Them With

by Gio

The search for a sulfate-free shampoo that can deal with super oily hair is still on but I’ve tracked down a couple of oils that can replace my silicones-laden conditioners.

Scratch that. Not oils. Alchemy of oils (see what I did there?). Each little bottle houses a blend of five different oils that can fix most hair woes and make your mane smell amazing to boot.

I’ve tried two: Alchemy Grapefruit Hair Remedy and Amla Hair Remedy. Wanna know more?

Good, because I’ll tell you anyway.

Grapefruit Hair Remedy

You’d think this stuff had a huge dollop of grapefruit, wouldn’t you? Wrong. It’s there mostly to make it smell heavenly. Fresh. Uplifting.

The workhorses are castor oil, avocado oil and fractioned coconut oil. They can all penetrate the hair to some extent. Coconut oil is the one that goes in the deepest, moisturizing and strengthening the hair from within. 

Plus, it protects it from hydral fatigue. Hydral fatigue happens when you wash your hair. Your hair swells and contracts during the uptake and loss of water and this can damage it. Coconut oil reduces swelling of the hair shaft when wet, limiting the damage.

And, like all the other oils in here, it can tame frizz and make hair super shiny. Especially when you use it as a pre-shampoo treatment. Put it in, leave it there for a few hours and wash your hair. Hello, soft and shiny locks!

Another reason I love oils is their versatility. You can use them on dry or wet hair. I usually do wet because I find I get some more volume and bounce that way. Either way, I avoid the roots like the plague. When you have oily hair, oiling the roots will turn your locks into a flat and greasy pancake. No thank you!

Amla Hair Remedy

This time amla is the star of the show. Well, sort of. A staple in Ayurvedic medicine, amla oil is made by soaking the fruit of the Indian gooseberry tree into another oil, such as sesame (the one used here). Some of the components of the dried fruit seep their way into the sesame oil, which is then filtered to remove the bits of fruits.

Short version: the type used here is an infusion of amla oil in sesame oil. What does it mean? Well, that a lot of goodies you find in pure amla oil aren’t in here.

This type of amla oil simply coats your hair, preventing moisture loss. That alone makes your hair softer, smoother and a breeze to detangle. Plus, there are fractured coconut oil and avocado oil that penetrate hair and strengthen it from within.

I actually like this oil more. I find it suits my hair type better and gives me a bit more volume. Strange, because it’s thicker than the other one. I use this one on my wet ends as well. I could do a pre-shampoo treatment but I have the travel-size and don’t want to run out too soon. 🙂

It hardly bears repeating, but this one amps up the shine, too. Did I mention it smells gorgeous? The zesty lemon scent is divine!

Are you making the switch from silicones to natural oils, too?

Price & Availability: Grapefruit Hair Remedy, £24.00; Amla Hair Remedy, £27.00 at Not On The High Street


Grapefruit Hair Remedy: Ricinus Communis Oil (Organic Castor Oil), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Persea Gratissima (Organic Avocado Oil), Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Citrus Paradisi Peel Oil (Grapefruit White Essential Oil)

Amla Hair Remedy: Emblica Officinalis (Amla) Fruit & Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Persea Gratissima (Organic Avocado Oil), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Organic Argan Oil), Citrus Limon (Lemon Essential Oil)

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Georgette May 13, 2017 - 11:49 am

Hi! Love your blog…you introduced me to Paula’s Choice and my skin has never been better. I am dying for you to do a review of New Wash by Hairstory. I a personally dying to take the plunge and try it as I want to stop using sulfate shampoos and silicone conditioners. New Wash is expensive though and I want a blogger I trust to give it a review!

Gio May 14, 2017 - 3:41 pm

Georgette, so glad to hear that! Noted. I will try to get a bottle and let you know what I think. Judging from the ingredients, though, it sounds like fancy co-wash. A conditioning cleanser would work pretty much the same way and be cheaper.

Barbara May 23, 2017 - 12:28 pm

Love the review! So their ingredients are purely oil??? I´m a little surprised, because when I use oil on my hair it leave my hair… well, oily.

Gio May 27, 2017 - 7:01 pm

Barbara, you have to use the tiniest amount ever. That’ll make them last for ages, too. 😉


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