My thoughts on Gisou | Bee-based haircare by Negin Mirsalehi

I finally gave into my want need for Gisou, a bee-based haircare line by Negin Mirsalehi. Not only is Negin a mega-babe and mega-influencer with impossibly good hair, she’s got a freaking master’s degree in marketing and experience beekeeping (which has been in her family for generations). All this makes Gisou one of the most unique–and sought-after–haircare companies out there.

In a (slightly desperate) search for products to restore the fullness and overall health my hair once had, I picked up Gisou’s Honey Infused Hair Oil, Propolis Infused Heat Protectant and Texture Comb last month.

Yes, these products are super boujee, but in my experience when it comes to haircare, you truly get what you pay for. That’s why I’m doing my best to limit drugstore purchases and to instead invest in high-end and luxury products for my locks. (Plus, I’m a sucker for packaging this pretty.)

For the first time in over half a decade, I picked up a new hair tool. (Let’s put it in perspective: I was a freshman in college when I last got a new hair brush…I’m 24 now.) Especially after seeing no improvement in my hair in the years after picking up The Wet Brush, it was time I tried something else. I don’t know why I didn’t realize that may be the key the healthier hair sooner…

While The Wet Brush did make brushing through my hair post-shower a quicker process, it didn’t do anything for my hair’s appearance or texture; if anything, it made it worse. Gisou’s comb, on the other hand, makes the process a little longer, but, hey–good things take time. (Rumor has it, it takes only 30 minutes to make a Michael Kors bag, versus 20 hours to make a Birkin.)

Not only does this comb evenly disperse any product through my tresses, it doesn’t rip or pull at my strands the way The Wet Brush did. I definitely notice significantly less hair loss when using Gisou’s comb versus The Wet Brush. To me, that’s worth the extra time it takes. I’ve since thrown my Wet Brush in the trash.

Honey Infused Hair Oil is what drew me into Gisou in the first place. I mean, how gorgeous does this product look on everyone’s top shelf? It’s like liquid gold in a gorgeous glass bottle. YouTuber Lauren Elizabeth also has gorgeous, envy-inducing hair, and after seeing her rave about this product both on her channel and on Instagram, I knew I’d eventually being trying it.

After all, I’m a sucker for oils. Coconut oil is great, but let’s be honest: it’s messy and time-consuming. I need an oil I can use every day without making a mess of my bathroom and myself.

During Sephora’s VIB sale, I picked up OUAI‘s Hair Oil. And while I really, really like it, it’s a relatively thin oil, so I found myself going through it really quickly. Gisou’s is a little thicker because it’s loaded with a ton of key ingredients, and you need much less of it to reap the benefits.

Honey, which is naturally full of minerals, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants, makes up the base. In addition to providing tons essential nutrients, this super food has the power to retain moisture, resulting in deeply conditioned, stronger locks. The sulfate-, paraben- and cruelty-free formula also contains almond and coconut oils, two of my go-to’s

I looove this product–and not just because it smells amazing and looks amazing on my countertop. This formula is weightless; it nourishes and conditions my hair without weighing it down or making it look greasy. It absorbs into my locks almost instantly, unlike other oils that sit on top, leave a sticky/waxy film or an overall gross look and feel to the hair.

Because my hair actually absorbs this oil, I know it will provide long-term strengthening and conditioning benefits when other products have just given me a temporary fix that instantly washes out.

After using Honey Infused Hair Oil for a week or so, I noticed a huge difference in my hair; it’s so much more manageable. It’s way smoother to the touch and a lot easier to style. Plus, it’s loaded with nutrients, so Gisou’s luxurious hair oil is strengthening my hair, helping to thicken it over time.

As the website states, this multi-tasking product can be used on wet or dry hair as a pre-styler, a finisher and/or an overnight treatment. It also suggests adding a few drops to your fav hair mask. I’ve doing all of the above; it’s perfect for smoothing hair on a day-to-day basis, while it strengthens long-term. And, when I do have time for a coconut oil hair mask, I mix in Gisou’s Hair Oil for extra benefits.

And because it’s so good at smoothing my hair down, it’s drastically reduced my need for heat tools. I can simply run this product through the fly-aways near my face and run out the door. Like any good hair product, it has a really light, pleasant scent.

I didn’t know a thing about Propolis until I started exploring Gisou’s range. The website states that bees use this ingredient to strengthen the walls of their hives; it contains numerous oils, vitamins, minerals and flavonoids, making it a richly fortifying ingredient for the hair.

What really caught my attention was Propolis Infused Heat Protectant’s ability to protect hair from heat tools *and* the sun. We so often forget that our hair, in addition to our skin, needs a filter to keep out harmful UV rays.

Much like Gisou’s hair oil, the Heat Protectant can be used on wet or dry tresses, making it an extremely versatile product. It also helps detangle hair, making the whole haircare and styling processes a little easier; less products equals less stress.

After using this product while straightening my hair, I noticed some *huge* results! I have naturally wavy, kinky hair that I like to straighten often, but I could never seem to achieve those sleek, fresh-from-the-salon results at home–until I tried Gisou’s Heat Protectant.

When used with a flat iron, this product leaves my hair frizz-free, polished and pin-straight. Plus, the results actually last.

There’s been countless times I’ve gotten so frustrated because I spent an hour straightening and re-straightening my locks, only to be left with strands that recoil–even when I’ve used straightening sprays and hair oils! The bottom layer of my hair near my neck is especially guilty of this. But with Gisou, everything stays smooth, just like a professional blowout.

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