Hair oils rarely excite me, but Shu Uemura has created a miracle hair fixer elixir (seriously, it’s a hair miracle in a bottle).

essence_absolue_main1The Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil saved my dry, curly, drugstore box dyed hair (I know, dying hair at home is always a bad idea but my first grey hair appeared overnight, so it was hair crisis time). Growing up, I had all kinds of Indian oils massaged into my long black hair, but neither coconut, almond, alma nor baby oil compare with what this did for my mane.

It smells lovely, made my hair feel like real hair again and even adds shine. Additional bonus: it provides UV protection too. Apply to dry hair as a treatment and to add shine, and after washing to nourish your hair. The price is steep, but if you have treated, damaged hair, it’s worth the investment.

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil, $68.