I’ve been on team air-dry for most of my life because my straight, never-dyed, never-treated hair is relatively healthy and low-maintenance. But now that it’s winter, I’ve gotten into the habit of blowing it dry because stepping into the cold with long, wet hair is just TORTURE.
So when I learned about the Matrix Oil Wonders Flash Blow Dry Oil, a product that promises to reduce blow-drying time by 50 percent (and possibly mitigate the toll of regular heat styling), I leapt at the chance to try it.
Matrix Oil Wonders Flash Blow Dry Oil is part of Matrix’s latest line of oil-based hair products. The Blow Dry Oil, like the other products in the Oil Wonders collection, contains argan oil, which we all know is great at softening the skin and hair.
The oil is a very light, scented mist. I personally didn’t mind the fragrance, but the more sensitive might. The label suggests spraying two to three pumps through towel-dried hair before blow-drying. If you have long or thick hair, you might want to add some extra sprays.
Here's how it worked on my hair.
I tried the oil on two separate occasions, in two different ways. Using a stopwatch app on my phone, I tracked how long my Theorie Saga 3100 Professional Hair Dryer dried my hair at full blast both with and without the blow-dry oil.
Experiment 1: Two two-inch sections of hair.
Drying time on the side without product: One minute and 20 seconds.
Drying time on the side with one pump of oil: Fifty-five seconds. The product performed well, but obviously didn’t cut the drying time in half.
Experiment 2: Both sides of my head.
Drying time on the side without product: Four minutes and one second.
Drying time on the side with three pumps of oil: Three minutes and five seconds. Just like the previous experiment, it didn’t reduce drying time by half, but I did notice that the process on this side felt quicker.
I found that the dry oil made my medium-thick hair feel sleeker and softer. Since the product dispenses in a very fine mist, people with very thick, dry hair may still want to apply a richer product for moisturizing.
The Bottom Line
Although Matrix Oil Wonders Flash Blow Dry Oil didn’t exactly cut blow drying time by 50 percent, it did shorten it significantly. And for that reason, I think it’s a worth a buy, because when you’re in a rush, every minute counts. As a bonus, this oil can leave your hair soft and smooth. I see myself using this product when I’m pressed for time and need a DIY-blowout, stat.
- Have you ever tried a flash dry oil?
- Are any of you blow drying your hair more often because of the winter?
- Do you prefer to blow dry or air dry your hair?