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Ogilvie Straightener, For All Hair Types, 1 ea
 
3.6

(based on 63 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (14)

72%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (17)
  • Controls frizz (10)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Effective (3)
  • Good value (3)

Cons

  • Strong odor (9)
  • Doesn't work (5)
  • Dries-out hair (4)
  • Messy (3)

Best Uses

  • Curly hair (13)
  • Thick hair (6)
    • Hair Type:
    • Wavy hair (17), Very curly hair (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (13), Product junkie (6), Survivalist / minimalist (5), Budget shopper (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This really works!

I used this product 2 weeks ago on my wavy blonde color treated hair according to directions and it straightened my hair out perfect! I live in a humid climate and had a lot...Read complete review

I used this product 2 weeks ago on my wavy blonde color treated hair according to directions and it straightened my hair out perfect! I live in a humid climate and had a lot of trouble with frizz but now I can even get caught in the rain and my hair will dry out without frizzing.

One thing I did different was to use the leave-in conditioner BEFORE using the straightener as recommended for color treated hair, then afterwards I used my regular Neutrogena Triple Moisture leave-in conditioner.

My only complaint was the messy time-consuming application process but the results were worth it.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

good... considering (read on)

I have naturally curly hair. Long & thick. Really the only one in my family (from my birth family -including siblings- and my mother's side of the family who has curly...Read complete review

I have naturally curly hair. Long & thick. Really the only one in my family (from my birth family -including siblings- and my mother's side of the family who has curly hair). Unlucky me who had the weird genes and got curly hair. HA HA

I've had my hair straightened before by a professional at a salon, but the stuff never stayed. That was back in 1998 or so. I saw results when my hair was wet, but once it dries it's just less curlier. Curls are still there, just a teeny bit less.

So it's like 11 years later and I'm going to try this straightening at home kit by Ogilvie.

Now be aware, you will be in the shower like 3 times washing out your hair. 1. For your regular shower. 2. To rinse out the straightening chemical. 3. Rinse out the neutralizer.

I know the results aren't going to be perfect considering how my hair has reacted before and I know how my hair reacts. My hair is long, thick and curly. So I know whats to be expected.

Let's begin...

I took my shower to clean my hair and is damp (My first shower). I've put the straightening chemical in and I'm waiting 25 minutes for it to sit. I am doing this review as I am waiting since I have to wait anyway. Brushing every other minute or two, since I didn't ask anyone to help me do this. You're supposed to keep brushing/combing your hair the whole 25 minutes.

The smell really isn't that bad. Normal chemical stuff for your hair. The reason why it might not smell that bad at a salon is they might have some kind of deodorizer or some diffusers in the salon.

Okay so all the chemical is washed out (2nd rinse) and I applied the neutralizer which I am supposed to leave in for 5 minutes.

Washed hair again (3d rinse). Let hair dry for about a half an hour. Then I put the leave-in-conditioner in.

So here is what I think.

I noticed right away that my hair was straighter... while it was wet. Cause usually it's still curly when it's wet.

After washing out the chemical, your hair will feel a little rough and tangled. To me this is normal and is to be expected with any harsh checmicals that you put into your hair.

After the neutralizer and leave-in-conditioner, my hair seemed to have regulated itself. It didn't feel rough or tangled.

Ok I'm back. My hair is finally dry (2 hours later), with the leave-in-conditioner in, cause you're supposed to leave it in hence leave-in-conditioner.

My hair doesn't really feel like it was damaged or dry as others may have experienced. Feels normal.

My hair is still fairly curly. The only parts that was 'wavy' was the top of my head (the part that was flat against my head) and my hair toward the back (the layer of hair near the neck.

As far as the top layer of my hair, it just seems like the curls are more uinform. Less whacked. Ha ha

I followed the instructions step by step. Except for the strand test because I'm always too lazy to do those.

Overall I am satisfied, I wasn't looking for pin-straight flat hair as I don't like that. I still want waves and fullness. Will try again in 3 months to see how much straighter it might or might not get for the top layer of hair.

Thank you, Kairalyn

Reviewed by 63 customers

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Hair Straightener!!

By MamaC

from Coram, NY

describe yourself Budget Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Do Not Used On Dyed Hair

Best Uses

  • Once Every 4-6 Months

Comments about Ogilvie Straightener, For All Hair Types, 1 ea:

Over the past 30 years, I have used many hair straighteners. This is the ONLY hair straightener that DOES NOT discolor my hair. In fact, it makes it even shinier and brighter. LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!!!!!!!!

One caution: do not use on dyed or bleached hair.

  • My Beauty Routine Takes:
  • 10 Minutes

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not Too Shabby

By RS

from Florida

describe yourself Budget Buyer

See all my reviews

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Effective
  • Good Value

Cons

  • Long Process
  • Strong odor

Best Uses

    Comments about Ogilvie Straightener, For All Hair Types, 1 ea:

    I was kind of nervous about trying this after reading some of the reviews, but I decided to give it a whirl anyway. I have really weird hair - it's pretty straight/wavy on top, but the layers underneath are super curly and poofy. I wanted to make my hair more uniform, hence why I decided to go for this.

    It worked pretty well for me. My hair's really thick and long (almost waist length), and there was more than enough product. It didn't get my hair perfectly stick straight, but it did take out a ton of the curl from the layers underneath - enough so that I don't have to spend time with the flat iron if I don't want to!

    It's a long process, but it's nothing you can't knock out in a free afternoon. The instructions say to deep condition once or twice a week, but I'd say more like three or four would be better - this stuff weakens your hair quite a bit. And leave-in conditioner is a must!

    Overall, I was pretty pleased, and I'll use it again if I need it. I'd recommend that people with thin/fine hair use a lot of caution.

    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 30 Minutes

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product!!!!!

    By Asian Gal in OC

    from OC, California

    describe yourself Budget Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Effective
    • Good Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ogilvie Straightener, For All Hair Types, 1 ea:

        I'm am soooo glad I found this product and I hope Ogilvie continues to make it forever!!!

        I am Asian and have very coarse/wavy/kinky hair (completely unlike the pin straight/silky locks that most people think we have).

        I had been having my hair professionally straightened with the Japanese thermal straightening process (Yuko) for years, but decided to stop as it was so effective that it completely removed all body from my hair (making it look very thin and sparse).

        Without the Yuko straightening, my hair was a wild, unruly, shaggy mess! I had to flat iron it everyday or walk out of the house looking like a mop top (which happen more often than not as I prefer to be low maintenance and rather not spend more than 10 minutes getting ready).

        I looked into the Brazilian straightening system (as it is supposed to leave more body in your hair) but didn't like the formaldehyde exposure. I read even the "new" non-formaldehype processes the salons are offering actually have chemicals that become formaldehyde during the processing.

        I decided to try this home straightening product as a last resort. It basically is the same chemical as a home permanent wave kit except the solutions are thick and easier to use for straightening purposes. I also did some research and found the Yuko straightening system uses the same main chemical (ammonium thioglycolate).

        I must admit the first time I tried this system, it didn't work. However, it wasn't that the product was faulty. It was because I didn't leave the solution on for long enough. My hair is VERY strong and resistant to chemicals (usually takes twice the amount of time to dye it) and although I left it on for the recommended maximum time (25 minutes) it wasn't enough time for MY hair.

        I decided to give it another try (only a month later against their recommendations of at least 3 months between treatments) as the first time wasn't effective and I felt my hair was basically unprocessed.

        The second time I left it in for 40 minutes (most people probably shouldn't try this as my hair is unusually coarse and strong - I never have split ends or breakage) and the results were PERFECT!!!

        My hair is soft and shiny!!! If I go to bed with wet hair, I wake up to mainly straight hair with a very soft wave. And I still have a LOT of body to it!!! I can just run a comb through it and look presentable!

        My recommendations are....

        1. Have extra gloves. They do give you one pair but it's messy to have to keep them on the entire time or try to take them off and reuse them.

        2. I didn't bother combing my hair the entire processing time (my second try). I just put in the straightening solution and combed it in - let it sit - then combed it straight at the end before rinsing it out. I think it will cause less damage than combing the whole time. Also keeps the solution IN your hair instead of squeezing it out.

        3. If you have resistant hair like me, I would still only let it sit the maximum recommended time if it is your first time using the product. Better safe than sorry.

        4. At least for me, I noticed my hair was effectively "processed" when it felt slimy with the straightening solution in it. Weird, but that's what I noticed. The slimy feeling goes away once you rinse out the solution.

        5. Be very careful if your hair is processed (i.e. lightened) as it will be weaker and may result in breakage. I do color my hair but use a non-peroxide colorant. If you have had problems with the Yuko system (or home permanent wave) before, this is not the product for you as it uses the same chemical.

        Again, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product!!! Not only did it give me the result I wanted, it also saved me over $400 (as that's what a Yuko straightening would have cost me)!!!

        • My Beauty Routine Takes:
        • 10 Minutes
         
        5.0

        "Would buy this product again and again"

        By Lifelong Curly Top

        from North Lauderdale, FL

        describe yourself Budget Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Effective
        • Good Value

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Relaxes My Hair Perfectly

        Comments about Ogilvie Straightener, For All Hair Types, 1 ea:

        I use this product every three months when my hair begins to become unmanageable. I find that it makes my hair manageable and soft to the touch.

         
        5.0

        Perfect Product

        By curlycutie1

        from Dewey Beach, DE

        describe yourself Product Junkie

        Pros

        • Controls Frizz
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Hold

        Cons

        • Strong Odor

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ogilvie Straightener, For All Hair Types, 1 ea:

          This product is beyond amazing. I am interacial and I have insanely curly hair and this product made my hair almost percectly straight, better than I do with my 200$ Chi flatiron. 5 stars. However, the smell is a tad bit overbearing for those of you with sensitive noses.

          • Hair Type:
          • Very Curly Hair
           
          5.0

          EXCELLANT!!!!!!!! A+++++++++++++

          By JOJO

          from TAMPA, FLORIDA

          describe yourself Beauty Conscious

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Thicker Hair

            Comments about Ogilvie Straightener, For All Hair Types, 1 ea:

            EXCELLANT PRODUCT. I HAVE SHORT HAIR AND I GET MY HAIR CUT EVERY 2 WEEKS. I USE THIS PRODUCT EVERY 2 WEEKS AFTER I GET A HAIR CUT AND I HAVE BEEN DOING THAT FOR OVER 10 YEARS. THIS PRODUCT IS GREAT!!!
            JUST MAKE SURE YOU COMB COMB COMB YOUR HAIR DURING THE PROCESS.

            • Hair Type:
            • Wavy Hair

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Horrible Product - Hair Loss

            By Kat

            from Toledo, OH

            describe yourself Minimalist

            Pros

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Sticky

              Best Uses

                Comments about Ogilvie Straightener, For All Hair Types, 1 ea:

                Do not use thsi product it left bald spots on my head after 5 minutes. This should be pulled from shelves

                • Hair Type:
                • Wavy Hair
                 
                5.0

                Great Product

                By Roseann

                from New Jersey

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Curly Hair

                  Comments about Ogilvie Straightener, For All Hair Types, 1 ea:

                  I have been relaxing my hair since I was 16 years old, I am now 60. I had professionals do it for $100+, but this product works just as good for far less. I color my hair, so you MUST follow the directions. My hair is very curly (bride of Frankenstein curly) and this products works fine for me. I straighten in April when it starts getting humid and Ogilvie works for me all summer until my roots grow and the curliness returns. I live near the ocean & love the beach, my hair remains frizzles and silky smooth with this product. I only straighten once a year because it can and will damage your hair. Your hair should be in good condition before you straighten. Great product

                  • Hair Type:
                  • Very Curly Hair
                   
                  1.0

                  Do NOT USE THIS PRODUCT!!!!!

                  By Mom of 1

                  from Annapolis MD

                  describe yourself Product Junkie

                  Pros

                  • NONE

                  Cons

                  • My hair fell out

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Ogilvie Straightener, For All Hair Types, 1 ea:

                    I followed the instructions and the "suggested uses" from the pictures on the box. As soon as I applied the straightening lotion and started combing it though my hair, it started to fall out in hand fulls! I had to call my professional hair stylist who insisted that I come over to his salon. He then had to treat my hair to bring up the PH level and then had to cut all of my hair off because it was so damaged and broken off all over my head.
                    I have NO IDEA why this product is on the market!

                    • Hair Type:
                    • Wavy Hair

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    It only made my hair worse than ever

                    By Naomi

                    from San Francisco, CA

                    describe yourself Product Junkie

                    See all my reviews

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Doesn't Work
                      • Dries-Out Hair
                      • Makes hair stiff
                      • Melted hair
                      • Messy

                      Best Uses

                      • Never

                      Comments about Ogilvie Straightener, For All Hair Types, 1 ea:

                      I am very upset at myself that I tried this product!!

                      I followed all the instruction correctly, but it left my hair extremely weak and brittle now. My hair is now extra frizzy I canNOT run out the door with this hair! My hair started to melt while I was still applying the product on my hair.
                      I want to save some people from trying this product. For me, it was waste of money, time, and my entire hair!! I just wanna cry :(

                      f.y.i. My hair was not chemically treated and I have asian hair.

                      • Hair Type:
                      • Wavy Hair

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