After trying (and loving) the Honey infused Hair Oil by Gisou, I bought the Propolis Infused Polishing Primer right after it launched. One reason because it’s one of the products on the cheaper side, and because I was out of my regular styling gel – the Phyto Straightening Balm.
Now, I was quite confused about how I should use this product. What would a hair primer do? I’d also met and spoken to the Gisou team when they’d come to Paris for a pop-up at Galeries Lafayette. In all honesty, even after they explained it, I wasn’t 100% sure about what to do. But after receiving a store discount, I went for it. Figured I’d work my way through understanding this mysterious balm.
If you’d like to read my review on the Gisou hair oil, click here.
Online, it sells for 30€ (it used to be 29) which is quite reasonable but their shipping rates are quite high, which is why I bought it in Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées for 23€, after receiving a 10€ discount.
Still not too expensive for a premium haircare brand.
So the primer claims to reduce frizz, reduce the drying time of hair, and gives a better hold while styling your hair.
You’ll apparently get more volume, definition and hold with this product, without your hair getting stiff or greasy. This is basically designed to make your hairstyle last.
Propolis, which contains oils, minerals, vitamins, and flavonoids, and is a rich, fortifying ingredient for your hair.
Apart from that, it also contains sweet almond oil as its second ingredient. The other ingredients aren’t super recognisable to me.
You can find the full list of ingredients here.
CONSISTENCY AND SMELL
The consistency is thick and a bit sticky. Only a pea-sized amount is required to do the job. You have to rub it in your palms before running it through damp or dry hair.
There is not that much fragrance even though it’s added in the INCI list. The famous Gisou scent isn’t in this product, sadly.
I used it initially before styling my hair to see if it holds well or not.
Quick tip: the Gisou team recommends applying this before your heat protecting spray. This doesn’t replace your heat protection.
So, I did exactly that and ended up with sticky hair once it dried. I guess I applied a bit too much and the heat protection spray on top were too much for my hair.
The amount I used after was exactly pea-sized as recommended. The next time, I straightened my hair yet again and my hair looked great! But did the product really help make my hairstyle last longer? I’m not sure because they didn’t look any different. I also curled my hair using this product and I didn’t really see a difference either. My curls lasted just as long without the primer.
After my experimenting, I was a tad bit disappointed for a while and stopped using it entirely. A couple months ago (during confinement), I found the baby pink tube again and realised I owned such a product! I decided to test it out again and this time, to see if it reduces frizz and dries my hair faster.
And I was impressed.
My hair takes half the time to air-dry than before and I’ve remarked that my hair is less frizzy too!
Now, I didn’t love the product at first because I doubted it’s efficacy in ‘holding a style’ – I still do.
But I’m a huge fan of the fact that it dries my hair quickly, since I’m a person that likes to wash my hair at night but not sleep with wet hair. It also helps reduce the frizz but that’s not the main reason why I love it – the Gisou hair oil does wonders for that.
Now, is this reason enough for you to purchase a 30€ product? That’s entirely up to you. I’ve been enjoying using it, and you really do have to use the smallest amount. It saves me a lot of hair damage (sleeping with wet hair damages them, people), and nearly 90% of the product still hasn’t been used. For reference, I have been using this about 3 times a week since April.
I’m assuming that this product will last me well until early 2021, and the amount I paid for it is completely justified in my opinion.
However, if you want something to better style your hair, this is a personal no for me.