Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light.
- John Ruskin
In honor of the last weekend of summer, I’d like to share one of my very favorite new products: that is, OI/Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion for hair by Italian sustainable-beauty range Davines, a light, golden elixer that’s just the ticket for restoring a bit of life and sunshine to your locks at season’s end.
(And what a long damned season it has been. My first full New York summer in seven years has been admittedly glorious, albeit a sticky, filthy, exhaust-suffused strain on things like my bank account and my hair; suffice it to say, I’ve had to take a few extra pains to city-proof myself in all the implied, literal and figurative ways. I am pleased to report I am making progress: the bank account still proves problematic, though at least my hair is looking pretty good thanks to a few well-chosen products combined with the fabulous, restorative qualities of New York’s genuinely superior tap water, and I am not being facetious, here, it really is the best).
At any rate. You simply find ways to do something about yourself, as time marches on. I suppose a re-calibration of one’s beauty routine has been an inevitable part of the process.
My hair is fairly fine and sensitive to heat, and so I do benefit from a bit of moisturizing product; that said, I can’t deal with anything even moderately thick or heavy, otherwise my hair just goes rather lank and limp. I typically comb a small drop of the Davines oil into damp hair before blow-drying as a protectant, and finish with a drop more if things are looking particularly lackluster (Davines offers an excellent YouTube instructional with a thorough step-by-step on what to do).
Make note: when I say “small drop,” I do mean a small drop – I’ve had the bottle you see here for over a month now, and have used very little. You could say that every drop is apparently “bigger on the inside,” in some kind of spatial-temporal way, or is comprised exclusively of heavy particles or some kind of superdense, distilled Aether…or, you could simply acknowledge that the product distributes extremely well when combed through the hair. Either way, the effect is the same, and – ounce-per-ounce – is proving to be surprisingly cost-effective.
I bought mine from my most excellent new hairdresser/colorist Tim Dark, proprietor of Tim Dark Hair in the East Village (and the number-one reason my hair has survived the season); though non-New Yorkers and convenience-minded types may buy it online via Amazon.
En fin, for now. Happy Summer, friends, and – as we slip along the natural course of things to spend a bit of time in the darkness – may you carry the torch of reflection forever in your hearts.