Gisou – the luxurious little bottles of hair oil and hair perfume have been on my wish list for such a long time. Not being able to afford the both of them together, I decided to splurge on one product. I finally gave in and bought the golden hued Gisou hair oil people have been raving about and posting about all over Instagram. You can’t blame people from getting attracted to it – it looks beautiful, like the nectar you need to heal your hair woes. And if you take a look at the founder, Negin Mirsalehi, you’ll understand why every girl is considering Gisou as her next hair purchase – Negin has a mane blessed from the Heavens above. Or at least that’s how it seems on IG. I know – we can’t trust anything we see on there.
Anyway, like any other influencer founded brand, Gisou isn’t cheap. It punches a hole in your pocket (not a big one, but 45€ for a 50ml hair oil is luxury – that’s nearly a euro per milliliter). I was always tempted to try it out, and the want turned into a great desire when they launched in one of the biggest department stores in Paris. I had my desire under control for about 2 weeks and then I gave in, I HAD TO TRY IT OUT.
Quick backstory on my hair – it’s frizzy and dry af. I straightened them daily, with little regard for their long term health benefits and have used drugstore shampoos for most of my life (I don’t know if expensive shampoos actually do anything for your hair?). I needed something to calm down the frizz, make my hair softer, shinier, and give it life.
(Bought in France)
45€ for 50ml (priceyyyy) at Galeries Lafayette
39€ for 50ml online (but shipping is 9.50€…)
It’s key ingredient, honey, helps nourish your hair and as a natural humectant, it deeply nourishes and strengthens your hair.
Although, it also does contain 2 types of silicone – Cyclopentasiloxane and Dimethiconol, which is important for many to know. There are some people who vehemently avoid it, but I really like silicone in my haircare (not an overpowering amount of course). If you take a look at the entire ingredient list, you can see that honey is the third ingredient, which is quite re-assuring.
Apart from that, it has sweet almond oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E. Overall, great ingredients, but you have to keep in mind that the very first ingredient is a silicone. This might be a negative for many people.
If you want a deeper understanding of what is in this oil, click here to see Skincarisma’s breakdown.
Consistency and smell:
Everyone is right about the smell – it’s so floral and summer-y. Love the scent. The consistency is a bit more viscous than a regular oil, but still feels a bit silicone-y, which was expected.
Quick recap once again, I have frizzy, slightly wavy, thick hair (I’m Indian, so that explains a lot).
I have only used this on dry hair for now and I love it! I put very, very small amounts the first few times as the word ‘oil’ really scares me. The last thing I wanted was to look like I’m back in 4th grade when my mom forced me to apply coconut oil so tame the flyaways. However, the oil diffused very well, leaving no oily traces behind and really worked on making my hair flatter and well-managed.
The best thing is that this oily isn’t an oily oil at all. I accidentally put a lot more than intended one time and I saw that a bunch of my hair strands looked too greasy. A little scrunching of the hair, combing through it with my fingers and spreading it all over my hair worked like a charm in less than a minute!
There is a big difference in my hair before and after using this oil.
This oil has become a staple in my haircare routine. Going on without this little miracle bottle would be difficult for me. I use it as a touch up if I feel my hair is getting frizzy again and my hair seems shinier and tamer than before. A couple months ago, I couldn’t go out without tying my hair up or straightening it to get the frizz out.
If you have flat, straight hair, then I envy you, and you may not love this oil! I love it to calm my hair down, give it a lovely sheen and flatten it – which it does without being overpowering on the ‘oiliness’.
However, I have to address the price here, it is quite expensive. Well, 39€ isn’t too bad, but that’s the price online and buying this for 45€ (i know, it’s just 6 more euros but still…) is a bit much. If I was a student again, I wouldn’t (couldn’t) buy this. I’d rather test out the other less expensive oils in the market.
Then again, I do love this product, I have seen veritable changes in my hair and I will continue using it (the travel size bottle is coming with me everywhere). However, I’ll try out some other hair oils to see how this one compares to the others in the market, as I don’t think I’ve tested too many products out there.
I’ll leave you with some (only 2…) photos of this beautiful bottle of hair nectar.