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Ogilvie Straightener, For All Hair Types, 1 ea
 
3.5

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

68%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (19)
  • Controls frizz (10)
  • Effective (5)
  • Good value (5)
  • Lightweight (4)

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), Budget shopper (6), Product junkie (6), Survivalist / minimalist (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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

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...Read complete review

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)!!!

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 67 customers

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(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
             
            4.0

            Good product

            By Hair Un Happy

            from Myrtle Beach, SC

            describe yourself Beauty Conscious

            See all my reviews

            Pros

              Cons

              • Strong Odor

              Best Uses

              • Curly Hair

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

              Have used this product for years to control my wavy/frizzy hair. This product is convenient since it's for home use and also good because you control the amount of time it's on your hair (and therefore the level of straight you want). This product is good for my fine but unmanageable hair. It gives me the control over my style without having to go to a salon. Although the product smell has gotten better over the years, it's still a bit strong, but don't let that stop you from trying it.

              • Hair Type:
              • Wavy Hair
               
              5.0

              Works great

              By KD

              from Cranford NJ

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Curly Hair

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

                Works welll and keeps hair straight for a long time

                • Hair Type:
                • Very Curly Hair

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works Great!

                By Eva

                from Kansas City

                describe yourself Beauty Conscious

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Controls Frizz
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Thicker Hair

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

                  This straightener works better than any salon straightening I have had done. I have very thick wavy hair, that has a tendency to be a little frizzy and bulky. This straightened my hair without taking away body and did not leave my hair flat and unnatural. My hair dries more quickly and has not lost it's shine. It was easy to do...I will use this again!

                  • Hair Type:
                  • Wavy Hair

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  cant live without it!!!

                  By Crazy Caroline

                  from new york city

                  describe yourself Beauty Conscious

                  See all my reviews

                  Pros

                  • Controls Frizz
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Strong Odor

                  Best Uses

                  • Curly Hair

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

                  it worked great, i love my hair now, just make sure to conditioned your hair properly after.

                  • Hair Type:
                  • Very Curly Hair

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  MY HAIR MELTED!!!

                  By HairRuins

                  from spartanburg, sc

                  describe yourself Beauty Conscious

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Dries-Out Hair
                    • Frizzy
                    • Hair breakage
                    • Hair loss

                    Best Uses

                    • Never

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

                    I put the straightening creme in my hair, then pulled the brush thru it ONE time. My hair kinked up horrible. Freaking out I washed it out and neutralized it. I only had this on my hair for less than five mins. When I washed my hair and dried it it was of a gummy bear consistency and came out in clumps anytime i touched or combed it. I used deep conditioning, protein treatments, hot oil, and cholesterol with no avail. The ends felt like straw and were incredibly frizzy. I went to the salon and they said there was nothing that could be done. I ended up having my shoulder length hair that took TWO YEARS to grow back to a pixie style AN INCH in the back because I now have bald patches!!!! I only wanted my ends a little straighter because I had healthy hair before this. [...] I will now be buying a wig until my hair grows a little!!! DO NOT BUY!!!!!!

                    • Hair Type:
                    • Wavy Hair

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    straightner

                    By s'eets

                    from wisconsin

                    describe yourself Minimalist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Controls Frizz
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Strong Odor

                    Best Uses

                    • Curly Hair
                    • Thicker Hair

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

                    so easy, even my husband can do it! !!

                    • Hair Type:
                    • Very Curly Hair

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