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Is Ojon restorative treatment any good

Anonymous Asks:

I was curious about what you thought of the Ojon products, specifically their restorative hair treatment. Is this any better than other products, and how would it work to improve your hair?

The Right Brain Responds:

Ojon’s oil treatment consists of palm oil, fragrance, and a few extracts. It’s particularly interesting because recent research has shown that only SOME oils will actually penetrate the hair. Mineral oil and sunflower oil, for example, will not penetrate. But coconut oil (which is essentially the same as palm oil) will filter deep into the cortex because it is so similar to hair’s natural lipids.

Why is that a big deal? Because the natural oils in your hair help make it flexible and waterproof. Washing your hair removes some of these natural oils. So it is possible that applying coconut oil to your hair can fight some of the effects of this oil loss. Once inside the hair, the oil serves as a re-fatting agent.

However, this type of conditioning won’t have much effect on the cuticle, the outer layer of hair, so you’ll still need to use a good conditioner to smooth the hair and make it easier to comb.

Is it a good value? Well, that’s another question. Any other coconut oil based product should do about the same job and should be much cheaper. Off hand we can’t recommend any specific brands, but look for products that feature coconut oil as the first ingredient. (If anyone has any recommendations we’d be glad to review them. Just let us know.)

Is there anything to their rain forest hype? Well, their rain forest story seems well intentioned but this ingredient isn’t proven to work any better or any differently than non-rain forest ingredients. Coconut trees only grow in tropical climates, but there’s nothing special about trees from the rain forest. So, if you like Ojon’s products and you want to support their cause AND you can afford the $55 for this product, then by all means buy it. But don’t buy the product just because they tell you their rain forest extract is better.

The Beauty Brains bottom line

We haven’t tested this product but based on recent scientific research, the palm oil used by Ojon should penetrate the hair. Therefore it could protect your hair from over-washing. However, at $55, it’s a bit pricey so shop around for other coconut oil products because you may be able to get the same effect for less money.

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Juliana February 20, 2014, 2:06 pm

    If I buy coconut oil and apply it directly to my hair, would it work?
    By coconut oil I mean the raw material. Like the one we use as one of the ingredients for soapmaking.
    Thank you!!

  • Monica Mehta June 23, 2014, 4:04 am


    i have multiple grey hair , so i use colour to hide them. I had colour my hair in salon couple of times . Wella koleston. But it is too expensive to colour them everytime in salon. hereby i bought the same product and started colouring at home with ratio of developer 1:1 ( where developer is 6%). But now my hair has lost its shine. it became too rough. I am using morocon oil products but dont know what to d with colouring.

    Recently i have also started using ccunut oilso that atleast some moisturization will happen

  • Monika January 27, 2015, 2:27 am


    It has been shown in recent years that the production of palm oil contributes hugely to the deforestation of rainforest. Some of the consequences of this is that families loose their homes and have to move because big companies makes plantations where they used to live. The palm oil industry is in general extremely unsustainable. Therefore, there is a huge social and environmental argument for buying coconut oil instead.

    I’m surprised that this is not mentioned in the article, as this information is easy to find and several big environmental organisations like WWF have had huge campaigns aiming at reducing the use of palm oil. For example, in Norway, most food brands have removed palm oil from their food after high public pressure, and “palm oil free” is often seen on the front of packages.

    Therefore I highly encourage people to buy coconut oil instead! :)

    If you’re interested, more information can be found here: http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/footprint/agriculture/palm_oil/

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